Series: Love in the City #1
Series: Love in the City #1
Author: Mia Monroe
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2019
Release Date: July 15, 2019
Falling for him was not part of the plan.
It was the perfect plan. I would marry one of my closest friends and reap the financial rewards. He needed a savior right when I showed up on my white horse. Weâ€™d been friends for years, so now weâ€™d be glorified roommates. No one had to know two straight guys decided to tie the knot. We agreed nothing would change. Weâ€™d just go on with our normal lives.
That was the plan until I started to notice more about him than just his laid back vibe. I started to look forward to coming home. I lived to talk books, art, and love. Suddenly, we were both feeling things that didnâ€™t make any sense. We didnâ€™t date men. We had to make a decision â€“ act on the attraction or try to pretend it wasnâ€™t there.
One thing about perfect plans â€“ sometimes you have to deviate.
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As I hand him my wine glass, our hands brush together causing both of us to pause. My eyes shift to his, and my brow furrows as the strangest thought settles over me.
â€œSomething wrong?â€ Quinn asks.
I blink rapidly, taking a moment to ground myself.
â€œJason? You okay?â€
â€œYes.â€ I clear my throat. â€œIâ€™m fine.â€
â€œYou looked like you were gonna be sick.â€
I swallow hard. â€œUm, no it passed. Maybe too much wine. Iâ€™m good.â€
Quinn smiles. â€œOkay. Want some water?â€
â€œI can get it.â€
I stumble to the fridge, reaching in for a bottle of water, but still reeling from the urge I had to fight back. I wanted to kiss him. Or him to kiss me. I wanted my male friend to fucking kiss me. Again. Work has been keeping me so busy, itâ€™s been easy to avoid the feelings, but theyâ€™re back. When he touches my shoulder, I jump back, startled.
Quinn raises his hand. â€œSorry, man. You sure youâ€™re okay? Youâ€™re acting really strange.â€
I couldnâ€™t tell him. No way. That would be an invitation. Or admitting something Iâ€™m not sure I want to admit.
â€œI think Iâ€™ll sit down for a minute.â€
â€œGood idea. Iâ€™ll finish up in here.â€
In the living room, I sink into the couch, rubbing my forehead. My mind shifts back to the night we kissed and Quinn said it was no big deal. But it was. Because I liked it. A few minutes ago, I was tempted to do it again. What is it about the guy that makes me feel such strange things? And what would he do if I actually kissed him?
When he appears again, my breath catches, but I hope he didnâ€™t notice. He sits on the edge of the coffee table directly in front of me and puts his hands on both my knees.
â€œAre you sure you donâ€™t need to see a doctor?â€ he asks. â€œYouâ€™re still really pale.â€
â€œIâ€™m Irish. Iâ€™m always pale.â€
Quinn smiles, softly shaking his head. â€œYour sense of humor is intact at least.â€ He studies my eyes. â€œYouâ€™re sure youâ€™re okay?â€
Could I tell him? â€œI, um, just have a lot on my mind.â€
â€œOkay. Letâ€™s talk. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m here. Do you need advice? I donâ€™t know much about your world, but maybe I can help.â€
â€œIs it your business?â€
â€œPersonal then. Something between you and me? Something you want to tell me?â€
He nods, still holding my gaze. â€œIt is me. Did I do something wrong?â€
â€œNo.â€ I shake my head. â€œNot at all.â€
He stands and as he does my eyes follow him, taking in his masculine body. He moves beside me. â€œTell me whatâ€™s going on, Jason. I can take it.â€
â€œUm, well, maybe itâ€™s just the wine, but umâ€¦â€ I canâ€™t tell him.
Quinn moves to his knees on the floor in front of me so Iâ€™m forced to look at him again. â€œWhat?â€
I donâ€™t say a word. Instead, I just lean in and press my lips on his then sit back abruptly.
A slow smile spreads on Quinnâ€™s lips. â€œYou wanted to kiss me?â€
â€œI guess I did.â€
We sit silently for a moment until Quinn slides his hand up my neck, settling it just under my hair. He pulls me to him and kisses me again, softly, letting his lips linger on mine. Then he releases me.
â€œThat was nice,â€ he whispers. â€œDid you think so?â€
I nod. â€œYeah, Quinn. It was nice, butâ€”â€
â€œShh. No buts. We donâ€™t need to break it down right now.â€
My brow furrows. â€œAre you sure?â€
â€œI am sure. Itâ€™s just something we both wanted to do, and thatâ€™s cool.â€ He grins. â€œWe are married after all.â€
I laugh softly. â€œWeâ€™re not that kind of married.â€
He shrugs. â€œMaybe we are.â€ He takes my hand in his. â€œOr maybe we will be one day. I think we justâ€¦â€ He tilts his head, fixing those amazing eyes on me. â€œJust let it happen.â€
â€œWhatever it is. Iâ€™m down with that. Are you?â€
Releasing August 19, 2019
Mia has long been an avid romance reader and writer. As someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ community, Mia feels a special connection to these sometimes complicated stories. Once she read her first MM romance, she was hooked, and now wants to bring those stories to you. Sheâ€™s a hopeless romantic so she guarantees a happy ever after in all her stories, but she does not guarantee they will be without complications.
Mia describes her writing style as angsty, emotional, and kinky and just lets her imagination take her where it wants to go. No filters, no restraint, no apologies. She hopes you enjoy the ride and come back for more.
People will tell you Mia is funny in the most sarcastic of ways, fluent in inappropriate memes, loosely moralâ€™d, a lover of words, and fueled by coffee and tacos- but not at the same time. She has some standards. Send her a friend request!
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