Thursday, March 14, 2019

Awesome Excerpt Thursday! - Around the Block by Jo Tannah

Blurb

Sometimes the second time around is the right time.

Kevin McCallum walked out of a verbally abusive relationship of over twenty-four years, leaving his house and ending up in an apartment in his home town. His older brother, Jason, sends him a private message on messenger telling him that an old boyfriend of his, Matthew Logan, says hi.

It troubles Kevin. When he was dating Matthew, he broke off the relationship before it had gone two months. He’d realized then that he didn’t care for him in that way. He couldn’t put his finger on it, but it hadn’t felt right when Matthew had held him in his arms.

Kevin decides what the heck. He can talk to Matthew, no biggie. It doesn’t take long. Kevin finds Matthew’s profile page and requests a friendship. An hour later, the chat box pops up and Kevin and Matthew start chatting. They chat until dawn. The next day, they chat again right after work. Before Kevin realizes it, he’s telling Matthew everything and discovers he and Matthew have a lot more in common than he realized. Matthew’s going through a bad divorce himself, and with two kids, too. That’s not the end of the common things and life events they shared.

 When Matthew suggests they meet up, should Kevin agree? Can it ever work the second time around?

Excerpt ~

Leaning back in his chair, Kevin thought about what he was going to say next. Should he pretend not to know about what had gone on with Matthew’s life or act like he should have if they’d stayed friendly?
Kev? Are you there?
Kevin stared at the words. He might have broken off any romantic relationship with Matthew, but he’d technically not broken off their friendship. Well. Not really. Decision made, he straightened in his chair and held his breath as he typed in his response.
Matt, I have a confession. Jase told me about what happened to you. At least, the newspaper version.
Oh.
Kevin bit the bottom of his lip and narrowed his gaze on the one word. When nothing came after it, he began to type once more.
Look, if you don’t want to talk about it, I’m cool with it. I mean, I understand. I wouldn’t want to talk to me either. Not after the way I up and left.
Nah, I’m just kind of worried about what you’re thinking
About what?
About me.
Kevin frowned down at the chat box.
What do you think I’m thinking?
I don’t know?
Matthew, we’re both adults, we’re no longer the angry teenagers. Tell me what you think I’m thinking.
I’m thinking you want to kill my ex.
Kevin blinked. That was unexpected, but what Matthew said was the truth.

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About the Author

I grew up listening to folk tales my father and nannies told either to entertain us children or to send home a message. These narratives I kept with me, and finally, I wrote them down in a journal way back when I kept one. Going through junk led to a long-forgotten box, and in it was the journal. Reading the stories of romance, science fiction and horror I had taken the time to put to paper brought to light that these were tales I had never met in my readings.
The tales I write are fictional, but all of them are based on what I grew up with and still dream about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for my pleasure. And I hope, yours as well.

Twitter: @JoTannah
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/JoTannah




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