May 28, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Unexpected Release in 2 Days – Excerpt Included – #newrelease #gayromance #unexpected #M/M #straighttogay
A chance meeting will change their lives forever…
From the moment he entered the dark taproom, Caleb Hunt found himself drawn to the handsome man who sat alone at the end of the bar, away from the crowd. His interest in the dark-haired, muscled adonis took him by surprise, not remembering when he’d felt such hunger from a simple glimpse. Unable to stay away, he quickly found an open seat next to him and slid into it. When Ronan turned his ice-blue eyes to Caleb and introduced himself, his warm hand sent shivers of desire through his body and he was enthralled.
Ronan Scott’s boring Friday night had taken a turn for the better when Caleb took the seat next to him. Over the next few hours, he found Caleb easy to talk to and at the same time, he found that he couldn’t tear his gaze away from the beautiful man. Caleb captured his attention in a way that no other had for as long as he could remember. Taking a chance, he leaned forward and captured Caleb’s lips with his. And with the simple kiss, Ronan understood that Caleb would become an essential part of his life.
As Ronan and Caleb explore their new relationship and integrate their lives together, they realize that not everything will be so seamless…
© 2017 Valerie Ullmer
Ronan froze, his hand clutching Caleb’s. He pulled him forward, until Caleb could smell his subtle scent of cedar and spice. “Do you have a boyfriend?”
“No. I kissed a man once during a party, but I’ve never dated one.”
Ronan hadn’t let go of his hand and it felt wonderful. When he ran his thumb against the sensitive skin along the back of his hand, Caleb couldn’t suppress the shiver that snaked over his body. He glanced up, hoping that Ronan hadn’t noticed his overt reaction. He needn’t have worried; Ronan was deep in thought and the touch had been unconscious.
Caleb’s eyes roamed over Ronan’s face, understanding on a certain level that the attraction he felt was something he’d never experienced before.
But the man was spectacular. His dark hair, although styled, seemed a little longer than he was comfortable with, as he brushed it out of his face from time to time. His olive skin glowed with a healthy tan that made his eyes brighter, piercing. Caleb’s gaze lowered to the muscles of his chest and arms, and over the strong hands, one of which still held his. His gaze traveled back up to Ronan’s face, loving the scruff that had grown over the course of the day. Caleb couldn’t pull his eyes away, even when Ronan glanced up and their eyes met.
“I’ve never dated a man before, or even thought about it.” Ronan pulled Caleb even closer. “What happened with the guy you kissed?”
“Nothing. It was a drunken frat dare. He was a pledge and they ordered him to kiss a man and I happened to be close. The guy had been too drunk to remember who I was and since I didn’t feel anything when he kissed me, I had forgotten about the entire incident. Until now.”
“So…you’ve only dated women?” Ronan leaned closer to Caleb.
Caleb couldn’t help that his gaze dropped down and focused on Ronan’s lips. After a few seconds of silence, Caleb shook himself as he remembered the question. “Yes, I’ve only dated women, but usually infrequently and I’ve never been serious about someone before. Since my job requires a lot of focus and long hours, they quickly move on when they get bored of being ignored. I haven’t met anyone where I’ve given them my full attention, and that’s when they usually break up with me.”
“What do you do for a living?”
Ronan had turned fully toward Caleb. He opened his thighs and with his arm on the back of Caleb’s chair and his leg enclosing him against the bar, he was surrounded by Ronan. Caleb loved that he held this Ronan’s full attention. The action also blocked others from coming close who could intrude on their conversation.
“Technically, my title is outside security consultant. In reality, I’m a white-hat hacker. I find vulnerabilities by hacking into various systems, finding the problem, and fixing it.”
“So, are you any good?” Ronan must’ve realized how the question sounded and wiggled his eyebrows at Caleb.
“Yes, I’m good.” Caleb couldn’t help but beam at the other man. “But seriously, can I ask you a question?”
Ronan laughed before he nodded. “You can ask me anything.”
Caleb swallowed at Ronan’s casual words before he spoke. “You shot down that curvy blonde earlier, so why no girlfriend?”
Caleb watched as Ronan’s eyebrows drew down, obviously trying to remember the blonde Caleb was referring to, before realization sparked in his eyes and he looked up before answering his question.
“I haven’t really found anyone I connect with and I’m spending most of my time on my business, so, no dates either. The blonde I turned down slept with Jack last week after I passed on her first offer. She figured that I wouldn’t remember her, so she propositioned me again. I politely turned her down.”
Caleb chuckled at Ronan’s innocent look. “I’m sure.”
Before Ronan, conversation was either a chore or a chance to relieve his self-imposed loneliness, but no matter what they spoke about, Ronan had his complete attention. And the longer they spoke, the more intriguing Ronan became to him.
They had drifted closer as the minutes passed. Earlier in the night when a woman had taken a seat next to him at the bar, Ronan had reached for Caleb’s chair and tugged him closer. Before long, Caleb found his shoulder pressed against Ronan’s hard chest as they leaned in close to hear over the din of the crowd.
“What’s it like to kiss a man?”
“Well, I don’t really remember it enough to compare it to other kisses I’ve had, but there was no spark, nothing memorable. But then again, I could say that about the relationships I do remember.”
Ronan thought about Caleb’s statement for a moment. “I hadn’t really thought about it until you sat next to me. But for the first time, I feel more than attraction, more than desire. For you.”
Caleb hadn’t known if his feelings for the man could be reciprocated. But when Ronan lowered his head, he noticed heat and a glow of an emotion he couldn’t name in the other man’s eyes.
At the first touch of their lips, Caleb sucked in a breath and clenched his fists, preventing himself from reaching for Ronan. He loved it when Ronan moved his hands from the back of his neck to cup his face. He tilted Caleb’s head and he watched intently as Ronan closed his eyes and dove into the kiss.
The whimper that escaped Caleb’s throat as Ronan’s tongue explored his mouth had an obvious effect on Ronan. He pulled Caleb off the chair and moved him between his legs. Caleb groaned aloud as they pressed their chests together. But the feeling was nothing compared to when Ronan devoured him in a kiss that stole his breath and left him hard and aching. Before long, the kiss deepened and Caleb stopped thinking and lost himself to the new sensations.
Caleb’s sudden desire for more had him tense. He locked down his muscles to prevent himself from crawling onto Ronan’s lap, but it didn’t keep him from smoothing his hands over the man’s wide shoulders, imagining what it would be like to run his hands over Ronan’s naked skin.
But before he could explore further, the bartender shouted for last call.
Caleb could feel himself swaying as Ronan released him from the kiss, but somehow his hands had moved over Caleb’s waist and held him close. Ronan rested his forehead against Caleb’s as they tried to get their breathing back to normal.