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Ricky Talbot, fresh from his first year at university, is looking to have a perfect summer. He gets to work for the man he’s had a crush on for years and spend the rest of his days in the pool, training for the swim team. Jack Corson, on the other hand, is a suburban hermit with a tangled past. Jack’s a lot more experienced than Ricky, cantankerous and more than a little anti-social.
When an unexpected one-time encounter between the two of them turns into more, Ricky and Jack must see if they have what it takes for love to bloom despite all of their differences, the distance between them while Ricky’s away school, Jack’s past and Ricky’s parents. Can their slow-blooming love come to fruition?
Length: Novel | Rating: Erotic | Publisher: Torquere Press
Themes: May/December Relationship; Self-discovery; BDSM; Athlete Hero; College Life; Forbidden Love; Small Town Life; Contemporary Romance
“They let you out of their sight today.” Jack stepped back to let Ricky in. “I’m surprised.”
“Yeah. They probably watched to make sure I made it across the street, but I’m allowed out.” Ricky smiled as he stepped inside. He didn’t mind; his parents had a right to be worried after what had happened. “I came over to thank you again.”
Jack closed the door behind him. “I told you, it was nothing.” Jack crossed his arms over his chest, looking at Ricky with a slightly stern expression. “Just get better so you can get back to mowing my lawn. Also, the damn pool is full of bugs.”
Ricky laughed. “I could probably handle a skimmer, you know.” Maybe not the lawn mower, though, even the new one.
“Not until the stitches come out.” Jack shook his head, frowning at Ricky. “Sorry. Until you’re better, Mr. Torres is going to do it when he brings Anna over to do the cleaning.”
“Okay.” Ricky was having a hard time figuring out whether Jack was still interested, whether it was a good idea to say anything or not. Finally, he just shoved his hands into his pockets and tilted his head back to look up at Jack. “Guess I’ll have to come up with some other way to make it up to you. Got any ideas?”
“I don’t think you owe me anything.” Jack looked down at him, frowning. “It doesn’t work that way.”
Ricky frowned, shaking his curls back. “That’s not what I meant.” So much for tentative flirting. “I fell asleep. I didn’t mean to. I wanted… Well. I wanted you. Yesterday morning didn’t really seem like the time, but I thought maybe if I came back today, you’d still be interested.”
“You needed to sleep.” Jack’s expression softened, turning almost tender. “You had a shock to your system.” He reached out and cupped Ricky’s face in one hand. “And I’m still here today. Probably here tomorrow… for a while, if I’m lucky.”
“Just because you’re here doesn’t mean you’re still interested in me,” Ricky pointed out, but he was already turning his face into Jack’s hand, brushing his lips over the palm.
Jack exhaled, a soft snort of frustration, then stepped in closer and kissed Ricky on the mouth, hot and slow. The hand that wasn’t sliding into Ricky’s hair slipped up under Ricky’s untucked T-shirt and caressed the small of his back. After a long, perfect kiss, Jack pulled back to murmur, “I am very interested in you,” against Ricky’s kiss-slick lips.
“Oh.” Ricky knew it sounded stupid, but he was surprised at the way Jack said it. “Good.” He tilted his head and kissed Jack again, his hands coming up to rest against Jack’s big chest.
“Anah Crow and Dianne Fox again confirm to be a pair of authors able to write romances apparently simple and good (family, love, happiness, good feelings), but never ‘light’.” — Elisa Rolle, My Reviews and Ramblings
Slow Bloom took 2nd place for Gay Erotic Contemporary Romance in Elisa Rolle’s 2010 Rainbow Awards!
“Perfect and beautiful.” — Nikki, Rainbow Reviews
“Slow Bloom is sweet, gritty, thought-provoking, and incredibly sexy.”— Emerald Jaguar
“A wonderfully compelling story.” — Lily, Reviews by Jessewave
Slow Bloom was chosen as one of Lily’s Top 5 Books of 2010 at Reviews by Jessewave!
Slow Bloom was included in Jessewave’s list of Diverse M/M Books for having an older hero.
Dianne Fox & Anah Crow: In the Spotlight — Reviews by Jessewave