Best Policy [Other Worlds]
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by Stevie Woods
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Science Fiction
Description: On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation--Other Worlds--has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work. Among them are two men, Major Rafe Wheaton and Lieutenant Adam Deacon, a linguist, who are part of one of the survey teams.
Rafe and Adam have been experiencing problems working together, and shortly before the current mission, Adam offers to transfer to another team. Rafe, however, convinces Adam that he doesn't want to lose him and Adam agrees to give things another chance. Now, they are left alone on the planet they're surveying after the rest of their team takes the ship and returns to base with an important geological sample.
During a particularly nasty downpour, Rafe is heading toward the temple where Adam is working when a landslide occurs. Rafe finds Adam half-buried inside one of the temple rooms, unconscious. Awaiting the return of their ship and the rest of the team, Rafe looks after Adam, uncertain if there'll be another landslide.
When Adam eventually awakens, time alone with Rafe results in the men sharing some home truths. But is it too late to fix things between them?
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: November 2011
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [86 KB]
Reading time: 52-73 min.
"A 'B' RATING!...Out of the books in the series I've read so far, I think I liked this one the best. The hurt/comfort aspect which features strongly in all the books is dealt with quite quickly and then the story moves onto a period where the men actually talk to one another. It was this part that I liked the best, the resolution of feelings was realistic and Adam's reaction when Rafe finally confides in him, rather amusing. I liked Adam a great deal, and also liked Rafe's fond exasperation of Adam's scholarly mind. The story has a good flow to it and I read through quickly, eager to see them sort things out together."--Jenre, Brief Encounters Reviews
When Adam awoke and heard Rafe's voice, he'd been confused, still imagining he was lying in Rafe's bed, in the arms of the man he loved. But as the fog in his mind slowly cleared, he realized he really was looking up into Rafe's face and knowing then it could only have been a dream. Oh God, if only it could've been real.
Only, of course, it wasn't real. It couldn't be. Adam had to rely on his fantasies because he knew that was all he would ever have of Major Rafe Wheaton. Rafe being here with him was just being a good friend, looking out for a member of his team, for his buddy. Adam rubbed a hand across his forehead, trying to erase the pain throbbing through his skull. Adam knew he needed to concentrate, listen to Rafe and try to discover what the hell was going on.
Damn this headache!
As he became more aware of his surroundings, he realized, with dismay, just where he was lying--half across Rafe's lower body with his head resting against Rafe's abdomen--and he tried to move. This was too tempting and his defenses were down.
"What'cha doin'?" Rafe asked in a concerned voice, his hands gripping Adam tighter.
"Trying to ... find my water bottle," Adam replied creatively. He didn't like lying, but he couldn't admit the real reason for trying to move away from Rafe. He couldn't tell him this closeness was just too hard to cope with when he felt so low.
"Huh, sorry, I have it. Here," Rafe said, passing it over to Adam. "Just a few sips, though."
On second thought, Adam realized a drink would be good about now and, taking the bottle, he gratefully sipped the water, as, to his shame, his treacherous body leaned into the support Rafe offered.