WHISKERS OF A CHANCE
by Tempeste O’Riley
M/M Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Release Date: September 30th, 2015
Jason Grant runs his own IT business from home, owns his own home, and has the best friend he could imagine. What he doesn’t have, or believe he will ever have, is love. When Jason catches a glimpse of his new neighbor on moving day, his libido ignites and his fascination in piqued. He even manages to concoct an excuse to go over and meet the man who makes him hope and want for more than he has in years.
Keith Skyler is a shifter in a world where his kind is known to only a few, but they don’t often mix and they never mate. Keith has been hoping for a mate since before he can remember, but gay lynx don’t have true mates. As far as he knows, they don’t have mates at all. However, while moving his little family across Seattle—and away from their tribe—his reality tips and spins more than he thought possible.
When these two men meet over a dish of five-cheese broccoli-noodle casserole, sparks fly. Who knew a welcome to the neighborhood gift could give both of them their chance at love?
Jason checked the wall clock in the kitchen and realized it was six, exactly. Hurrying through the house to the front door, Jason held his breath for a count of five, then let it out slowly before he opened the door and smiled. His mouth went dry and his pulse raced at the vision before him. Keith stood on his small porch in black dress jeans, a green button-down dress shirt, and black Docs on his feet.
“Keith,” he breathed out, unable to make his voice stronger.
“Jay,” Keith replied.
The sweet smile Keith graced him with then melted Jason completely. “Did—do you want to come in for a drink or head out?”
“Relax, baby,” Keith said, slipping his arm around Jason’s shoulder. “We have reservations in an hour, and the restaurant is only about twenty minutes away, so we have time if you want.”
“You want the nickel tour, then? My place is a little different than yours.”
“Sure. Yours looks a lot bigger, from what I can tell.”
Jason flashed a smile, nervous but excited. He so rarely had anyone visit that showing his place off was kind of exciting, though he figured that made him a dork. He didn’t care. “This is the living room, of course. And here we have the dining and kitchen areas,” he continued. A door from the dining room separated his kitchen from where he ate, though there was only an archway between the living and dining areas. He had all hardwood floors except in the kitchen—where he’d had tile laid. “Down the hall are a bathroom, the guest bedroom, the master suite, and my office.”
“You’ll have to show me those later,” Keith purred, crowding against him.
It took Jason a minute to remember why they weren’t heading to his bed, now. “P-please.”
Keith wrapped his strong arms around Jason and pulled him back against his chest. “Come on, Jay, or we’ll never make it to dinner. Not if you keep sounding like that.”
“Right, dinner, eating….” Jason grumbled and stepped away from Keith’s warmth. “Who said I gave a damn about eating?” he whispered. The smirk that flashed across Keith’s face made him wonder if Keith had heard him, but he shook off the thought.
“Come on, I’m taking you on a proper date, whether you like it or not.”
“You know it,” Keith teased, the smirk turning into a full-blown grin.
When they stepped outside, Jason noticed the pristine white Shelby with dusky blue racing stripes parked in his driveway. He hadn’t paid attention to what Keith drove before, but he was certain he would have noticed a car like that had it been there. “When’d you get this?”
“Few years ago. She was in my garage the other day.”
“It’s a shame to keep a beauty like this hidden away,” Jason said as he stepped over to the car and ran his fingers along the glossy paint. He’d always wanted an old-school muscle car but had gone conservative, as he did with everything. He glanced over to his tan Toyota Corolla, wishing everything about his life wasn’t so safe. Of course, being with Keith is a lot different, so maybe….
“I tend to ride my bike more than drive the car, but come, let’s go eat.” Keith opened the passenger door and held it while Jason settled, before closing it, walking around the front, and getting in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.
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