Welcome to Rita Bay’s Blog. I’m decked out for the holidays and featuring my scorching hot M/M romance, Ely’s Epiphany (Secret Cravings), for MFRW’s Home for the Holidays Bloghop. Check out the blurb and PG excerpt. If you’re interested in reading an XXcerpt or buying, click HERE or the book cover. When you’re ready to move on, click the MFRW Home for the Holidays graphic, then click NEXT.
BLURB: For Todd Anderson, a West Point graduate from a wealthy family, it was love at first sight. Living with Ely wasn’t easy, but it was the only life for him. When Ely plays too nice, Todd fears his partner—his first and only lover who introduced him to the gay lifestyle and sizzling hot sex—is preparing him for a Christmas breakup. Will this Christmas be their last together?
Ex-Green Beret Ely Locklear survived a childhood filled with poverty and abuse by building a wall around his heart. Although the millionaire mercenary and entrepreneur has a family and partner who love him, the wall and rough edges remain. When his ward’s new Army Ranger husband shows him that loving someone isn’t a weakness, he wonders if it’s too late for a fresh start with his partner of two decades.
EXCERPT: The enormity of what Ely was about to do struck him like a Mack truck. He downed the last of his eggnog, walked in the kitchen, poured himself another, and added more bourbon.
Todd sent him a worried look as he returned, but he couldn’t even glance his way until he got through this. He drank half the eggnog and took a deep breath. “The evening’s not over yet. I have something I have to say and do.”
Todd froze, and then exchanged a frantic look with Lexie. What in hell were those two thinking?
“You know some of my background. I ain’t a saint now. I wasn’t one when I was in the Army, but I was a holy terror before that. I had no upbringing whatsoever. In particular, I’d never been a part of a real family. The people I knew were out for themselves and didn’t give a damn about those around them. Until I met Todd.”
He put a hand on Todd’s thigh. It was hard as a board. “You were the first to give a shit about me, but I screwed things up and you had to leave the Army you loved. Worst of all, I had planned everything out. I’d watched you from a distance for months. You were gorgeous, but, most of all, there was a goodness and peace inside you I craved. Thought maybe it would rub off, if I could get close to you. I planned our meeting at the bar. I knew you were on duty when I went there.”