TITLE: Wide Open Spaces
AUTHOR: Renee Stevens
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning
LENGTH: 35,632 words
RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2016
BLURB: Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.
No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.
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“I thought I’d moved on, and then I see you in the store and it’s like wham. It’s not like I sat here and pined for you or anything. I lived my life. But then there you were, and I realized maybe I hadn’t moved on quite as much as I thought I had.” Levi worried his lip again.
Devon ran his thumb over the back of Levi’s hand. “Careful. You’re gonna draw blood one of these times.” He smiled. “It’s selfish as hell of me, but if you’re going to give me another shot, I’m damn well going to take it. Sitting here with you, it’s like I never left. And despite the fact I want to kiss and lick every inch of your body right here and now”—Levi gasped—“I’m not going to.”
“You’re not?” Levi looked almost disappointed.
Devon shook his head. “No, I’m not. Whether we like it or not, this is the first time we’ve seen each other in nearly six years. We’ve both changed. And while we know more about each other than most new couples do, we’re going to do this right.”
Levi fucking giggled.
“What?” Devon didn’t see anything funny about what he’d said.
“Nothing. Wondering when you turned into a romantic. I thought that was me.” Levi snickered.
“I’m hurt. I’ll have you know, I can be romantic when the situation calls for it.” Devon tried to keep a straight face but couldn’t do it. He started laughing, and once he started, he couldn’t stop. Levi looked at him like he belonged in an asylum for the criminally insane. It took a while, but eventually his laughter dwindled down to an occasional chuckle.
“Okay, Mr. Romantic. You want to do this right. So what do you propose we do next?”
“Well.” Devon let go of his hand and pushed himself to his feet. “I haven’t eaten yet, so if you want, we can order a pizza. I’d offer to cook, but I’m still getting settled and most of the food I bought only requires a microwave. While we wait, I can dig out the Blu-ray player and set it up while you dig through the box of movies.”
“Are you trying to get me to help you unpack?” Levi stood and put his hands on his hips.
It was so outrageous that Devon laughed again. At least it didn’t take him as long to calm down. He shook his head. “Not at all. The way I figure it, we’re not complete strangers, so it’s perfectly acceptable for us to cuddle on the couch, eat dinner, and watch a movie.”
Levi let out an exaggerated sigh and rolled his eyes. “Where’s the box?”
Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties. Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the paranormal. When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can be usually be found working on GayAuthors.org in her capacity of admin and Anthology Coordinator.
Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters. Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head keeping her company while her husband works. When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts.
When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors. She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby. Once back at home, it’s back to writing.
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