629 Miles To Love
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by Fae Sutherland, Marguerite Labbe
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica
Description: When Noah Parker left his hometown six years ago, he left behind more than his family and the confines of a town he'd outgrown. He also left behind Cal Green, his childhood best friend and high school love, and it's the one thing he's regretted ever since. Now, called home by his ailing father, Noah decides he's had enough of regrets and sets in motion a plan to convince Cal that they're meant to be. Noah has a full tank of gas, a reluctant passenger and 629 miles to change the past before his gas, and his time, runs out... Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Exhibitionism / Public Places
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2008
eBookwise Release Date: September 2009
29 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [74 KB]
Reading time: 45-63 min.
"...This is a cute and romantic story about high school lovers that messed up and reconnect years later through sheer stubbornness. No doubt this shorter story will be loved by romantics for the classic best-friends-turned-lovers theme as well as the idea of never giving up on your first, true love. The authors have delivered a nicely well written story, able to infuse a connection not only between the men but with the reader...The prose was imbued with emotion and energy...The characters were very charming and likeable...It's wonderfully written with engaging characters and a sweet, lovely romance that will certainly appeal...I easily recommend this story."--Kassa, Reviews By Jessewave
"5 Nymphs!...I was able to relate to both characters, and could understand the reluctance and why giving up was not an option. Their ache for the other was clear. I'll admit I straddled the fence throughout this entire story, unable to take sides after each new point came to light. The setting, a truck cab where the men are isolated and faced with no alternative but to communicate, was the perfect location for this battle of wills to take place. It allowed me to focus on the couple with a minimum amount of distractions. I was delighted with this story and look forward to reading more from this duo."--Scandalous Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews
Noah exhaled heavily, and Cal was reminded of just how much he had always despised it when Noah was upset. It awoke an instinctive need to soothe him, make it better. But he didn't have the right anymore and Cal forced himself not to tell Noah it would all be alright. God knew it probably wouldn't be.
"Because I couldn't stay away anymore. During college it was easier, then in graduate school ... I was busy working, studying, interning. I could convince myself it was best this way, that you were happy and so was I." Noah shook his head and ran a hand through his hair, mussing it even more than normal. "It wasn't exactly a spur of the moment choice. I've been talking myself out of picking up the phone or getting on a plane for six years. I guess I just ran out of arguments and here I am."
Yes. Here he was. Turning Cal's life upside down and ripping open wounds that had never fully healed. God help him, he wanted to say yes to whatever Noah was offering, cling to him and never let him go. but he was afraid. His pride stung, but it was the truth and he couldn't deny it. He'd barely survived losing Noah once. He knew if he let Noah in and it blew up in his face, there'd be no recovering.
So Cal tilted his chin, as if he wasn't dying inside, and met Noah's eyes steadily. "I am happy. I have a life and I'm happy with it. So do you. Go back to it, Noah. We can't recapture the past, even if we wanted to."
The moment the words left his mouth and Noah's blue eyes flashed with pain, Cal wanted to take it back. He gritted his teeth and didn't. After a moment, Noah drew in a heavy breath and narrowed his eyes. "You're a liar. Get back in the truck."
Cal watched incredulously as Noah stalked back around the truck to the driver's side. His heart ached and he didn't know what to do. Noah wasn't letting it go, and Cal didn't know how much battering his willpower could take before he crumbled in Noah's arms.
"Get in the truck! We aren't done until I say we're done." Noah's eyes met his across the empty bed of the pickup. "And just so you know--we aren't ever going to be done."
Cal's heart leapt at the tone of absolute finality and knew it was true. Despite all the time and other relationships, he'd never let go of Noah. It seemed it went both ways.