Sunday, April 11, 2010


Nick Gregorio took a stand against his ambitious ex-lover’s plans for a reunion. If Al wants them to get back together, then he has to give up the double life he’s been living and move to Vegas.

Just Released by AMBER ALLURE: April 11, 2010

Nick is still waffling back and forth, unable to make up his mind—should he try and work something out with Al, or should he let him go?

After six weeks pass with no word from Al, Nick doesn’t know what to think. Is Al still considering his suggestion about coming to live in Vegas, or does his silence say it all? Then an old friend from Nick’s hometown comes to work with Nick at The Neapolitan Hotel and brings news about Al that sends Nick reeling with shock, anger and total despair. In desperation, Nick turns to his new friend, Trip Browning, for support. But then Trip delivers a big surprise of his own.


Nick had been literally holding his breath, praying for Silvia’s approval. If she’d given thumbs down on all or any of the three dishes, he’d have been hard-pressed to come up with replacements at this late stage. Instead, to his relief, she’d loved them all!
As the door closed behind Silvia, Nick let out his breath in a rush, grabbed Trip and waltzed him around the room. “She liked them. In fact, I think she loved them. This is so totally fantastic because I was terrified she would hate them all, and in that case I would have been totally screwed because I—”
Nick’s flow of words ceased abruptly as Trip’s arms tightened around his body and the hot moist heat of Trip’s mouth was grinding hard against his lips and he tasted blood as the passionate onslaught opened up one of the almost healed cuts.
Unable to move, Nick felt the thud of his heart against his ribs and the blood pulsing in his veins. He could also feel Trip’s heat and smell his scent, but he didn’t know what to do or even what to think. Okay, so it was something he’d secretly wondered about, perhaps even hoped, deep down, that what he suspected about Trip might turn out to be true.
Although if it was true, why hadn’t Trip made a move before now? He tried to pull free, but Trip held firm, one hand cupping the back of Nick’s head while his tongue slipped into Nick’s mouth, seeking, exploring.
As suddenly as it had begun, the magical moment was over. Trip released his hold on Nick and stepped back, his face flushed and his expression confused. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that. I had no right. It’s too soon. You need time to recover, time to heal and put the past behind you. Forgive me, I—”
Before Nick could collect his thoughts and say he didn’t want or need an apology, Trip had abruptly stopped speaking, wrenched opened the door and rushed out, leaving Nick on his own.
Nick took a deep breath and touched his mouth with the tips of his fingers. One of the cuts had opened up and was bleeding again. He found a tissue in his pocket and quickly stemmed the flow. Wherever Trip had gone, Nick knew that chasing after him was the worst possible idea. It would achieve nothing except draw attention to something he wasn’t sure about, and he didn’t have a hope of trying to explain if anyone asked him questions.
He and Trip were close. They’d become best friends fast, within a few days of Nick arriving in Vegas. Trip’s friendship had helped Nick through the painful aftermath of leaving Al, and the difficulties of settling into his new life, and sometimes Nick wondered how he would have ever managed without him. However, Nick knew that even close friendships such as theirs had limits beyond which it was better not to go. For one thing, he’d never been sure of Trip’s sexual orientation, and perhaps Trip wasn’t either. In any event, it wasn’t something he’d felt entitled to ask. Maybe Trip was one of those guys who’d been teetering on the edge and Nick’s moment of triumph had given him the courage to declare himself. Either that, or he’d just closed his eyes and jumped. And scared the hell out of himself?
Whatever the reason behind that kiss, Nick knew it had left Trip feeling confused and embarrassed. All Nick could do was give him the space to figure it all out. The one thing Trip didn’t need right now was for Nick to start hounding him for answers he most likely didn’t have, or probing for motives he was unsure of.
When Trip was ready to talk, he’d be back in touch. But if that didn’t happen within the next few hours, then it would be up to Nick to make the next move.

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