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Out in Time is LIVE!
Meet Wade and Heath in this sexy stand-alone novella!
A closeted football star. An out and proud photographer. And a road trip.
Wade Truman had grown accustomed to admiring Heath Taylor from afar. Now, years of denying himself and the irresistible Heath are wreaking havoc on Wade’s resolve. The odds are stacked against them … they’re graduating college soon. Wade just signed a multimillion dollar football deal—thrusting him even further into the spotlight. Not to mention, what would the gorgeously refined Heath want with a small town jock boy like himself anyway?
Heath grew up privileged, accepted, and out. And the two hells he swore he would never put himself through—crushing on a straight guy and being anyone’s dirty little secret—have presented themselves in one sweet talkin’, dream hauntin’ package. One weekend with Wade, and Heath’s sure the devil himself has come a-knockin’.
Warning: Contains Southern accents wielded like weapons of desire, a snarky, do-gooder Pennsylvanian, and two boys deserving of true love.
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“Dare,” Wade ventured.
“Nope, my turn. Dare,” Heath demanded. “I dare you to show me something embarrassing. Something stupid you do that no one knows about.”
Wade thought for a moment. He didn’t do anything stupid. Well, he didn’t think he did. “Like what?”
“Hmm … well, you can’t use this against me later, but something stupid I do is dance around in my room. Wearing just my underwear.”
“A lot of people do that. That’s not stupid.”
“To One Direction?” Heath added with a wry grin.
Wade burst out laughing. “Uh, maybe not.”
“Shut up. They’re fun. Makes me feel good.”
A lock of that soft, brown hair fell across Heath’s forehead, and Wade longed to brush it away. “See, that makes it not stupid.”
“You’re deflecting. This is your dare. Not mine. Whatcha got?”
He thought about it for a moment and then nodded. “I have to show you? Can’t tell you?”
“That’s what makes it a dare.”
“’K.” Wade heaved his large frame from his comfy spot and moved to the space between the beds. Heath sat up quickly and spun around, sitting Indian-style with a huge grin on his face. “I don’t want to disappoint you. It’s not all that impressive.”
“Go on, quarterback. Show me what no one else has ever seen,” he taunted.
“Fine. I’m too buzzed for this to be graceful. Just remember that.”
“Do your worst.” Heath lifted his glass, toasting Wade before slamming back another shot.
Wade turned and faced the nightstand that divided the room. At least he wouldn’t have to look into Heath’s face as he did this. He took a deep breath and released it slowly as he bent at the waist and dropped his arms to the floor to support his upper body. He let his feet slide back and his head dangle before rotating it side to side between his arms, slipping into what had become second nature for him over the years. “Downward dog,” he announced. Wade stared at his feet for a moment before breathing deeply again, bringing up his head, dropping his hips and forearms, and rising onto the tips of his toes. “Plank.” He started to feel a little weirded out since Heath hadn’t made a peep. So, he moved quickly by dropping the rest of his body to the floor but arching his spine and neck toward the ceiling. “Cobra.”
“I can’t believe you do yoga. That’s fucking awesome. Show me some more,” Heath finally encouraged. Wade could hear the awe in his voice, so despite how ridiculous he probably looked, he found himself complying. He did a couple more poses on the floor before moving into a standing position.
Then, he did his favorite. He figured out why that was long ago. It made him feel graceful, at a time in his life when his size made him anything but. He balanced himself on one leg and brought the other up to rest one foot on the inside of his thigh. Now, he was facing Heath, so he grinned a little at the wide-eyed look he was giving him. Finally, he brought his arms over his head much like a ballerina would do but kept moving his hands until his fingers locked together. He opened his mouth to speak, the self-deprecating comment that had sprung to mind died on his tongue, though, as Heath launched himself at Wade.
Before he could move to defend himself from the incoming fingers, Heath wedged them into his ribs and wiggled them hard. Wade’s breath whooshed out of him, and he lost his balance, throwing his arms around Heath to catch himself from falling. Instead of steadying him, Heath’s momentum sent them both toppling backward onto the other bed.
Wade grunted when Heath’s elbow came down to hit him in the stomach. He tried to laugh at their suddenly awkward position, but it ended up coming out like a bark. Heath didn’t stop tickling him, so instead of letting him go, he squeezed his arms tighter around Heath. Heath’s entire body rested against his—their chests, their stomachs, their hips, their—oh, lord, help him—their crotches, even Heath’s toes stretched out on top of Wade’s bare feet.
Heath finally exhausted all his laughter and relinquished the torturous tickling, although he made no move to extract himself from Wade. He finally looked up at him, and his eyes practically glittered with mischief. “I’m sorry,” he laughed. “I couldn’t resist.”
“You don’t look sorry,” Wade mock-complained.
“You’re right. That was a lie.” Heath grinned, and his eyes darted to Wade’s lips.
“Dare me,” Wade blurted before he could doubt himself any further.
Heath gave a nervous laugh before asking, “Dare you to what?”
“Dare me to kiss you.”
Heath’s green eyes widened and shot back up to Wade’s before tightening at the corners. “Why would I do that?”
“Because I know you want me to,” Wade boasted before swallowing hard. “More than that—I want to.”
All rights reserved. Copyright Grey Cole 2015.
★✩★✩★ 5- Unrequited Love meets Unbridled Passion -Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
It wasn't that he didn't want to be friends with Wade, but well, let's face it-Heath couldn't hang out with Wade and not want him.
Sweet-as-hell, hot, unattainable, Wade. And Heath had no idea he had a Southern accent fetish until he'd met him.
Heath Taylor and Wade Truman are about to graduate college and embark on the next phase of their lives. One is a photographer and freely lives out in the open refusing to be ashamed of who he is, the other has just landed a major spot in the NFL and is buried so far in the closet no one even knows he's there, save one intuitive granny. Heath has been crushing on Wade for as long as he's known him, but believing the man is straight has forced him to keep his distance in an attempt to keep their friendship and not humiliate himself by falling all over the hott-as-hell quarterback. Wade had been crushing on Heath for years but fear of jeopardizing his career keeps him from showing his true colors and going after the one man who has always made his heart zing. One weekend road trip changes everything and the men are left with a decision- can Heath live as someones dirty little secret, can Wade keep his sexuality hidden long enough to be established in his career and does he really want to let Heath go? Being who you are should never be this hard or require this much sacrifice.
Acceptance Wade had, but only in pretense-how could you ever be truly accepted it you weren't truly honest about who you were? How could you ever be honest if you knew your truth would keep you from following your dreams?
This book was relatively short but packs such an emotional punch it's hard not to get sucked into the story right from the start, you won't even realize it's happened til you're being spit out the other end. These two were so clearly into each other and fighting it for very different reasons, it broke my friggin heart. One man is a southern gentleman with a sexy accent that will melt your panties (or boxers) right off, and one is jaded by a life that has shown him no compassion, no understanding, and little acceptance, but refuses to be ashamed of who he is. That is the real problem here. Heath wants Wade, cares for the man deeply, but is unsure if he can live his life hidden away. He kinda understands why Wade needs to keep his sexuality buried in the closet, as least for the time being, and he knows coming out is hard enough and shouldn't be done until the man is ready, he doesn't want to walk away he just doesn't know if he can handle keeping his feelings tucked away-especially after finally having a taste of what he has wanted for so long. The first half of the book is spent with them getting to know each other on a deeper level and discovering the feelings that neither man has admitted to before-the second half is spent with them exploring each other in a way neither knew was possible. Their first time skin on skin was pretty friggin amazing and is was reminiscent of a time when innocence goes out the window leaving a sexual beast in it's wake-we've all been there. It was sweet, funny, sexy-as-hell, and a little heartbreaking. We weren't left with a cliffhanger exactly, but I was left feeling like I wanted more, so much more-I need to know where they go from here, how everything turns out, and a little more sexy time with them would NOT be unwelcome. Gray Cole has proven once again how fantastic she is at weaving emotion with self-discovery, steam with heart and a bit of dirty talk. This woman can do me no wrong at this point and if she wasn't already sitting pretty at the top of my M/M One-Click-Addiction List, this would have put her there. Cannot wait to see what she brings us next and I will be harboring an insane need to hopefully see more of these two somewhere in the future.
“God, you're just so sweet and innocent, Wade. It's refreshing. I wasn't laughing at you, I promise. I was just laughing 'cause I'm about to corrupt your sweet, momma's boy ass.”
Grey Cole always dreamt of a book that featured hot male-on-male action that grew to encompass one lucky woman. Okay … maybe Grey really dreamt of this scenario playing out in real life and then decided to purge all those dirty thoughts onto the page.