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by Cassandra Gold
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica
Description: Quinn Delaney has never had much luck with men. Shy and uncomfortable with his height, he's always tried to blend in rather than stand out. When his former foster sister and best friend cons him into going on a singles' trip to Walt Disney World, Quinn is certain he will be miserable. Then he meets Josh.
Being dumped by his high-maintenance boyfriend a couple of weeks before a trip to Disney World isn't what Josh Hart had planned, but he's determined not to let it get him down. Rebooked on a singles' trip, Josh intends to make the most of his first trip to an amusement park. On the first day, he meets shy, sexy Quinn, but the man is clueless about his own appeal.
If Quinn wants to catch the man of his dreams, he'll have to be willing to risk the one thing he's never put on the line before--his heart.
Genres: Gay / Contemporary
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: August 2010
75 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [160 KB]
Reading time: 100-141 min.
"5 Nymphs!...A real keeper. From the very first page, this engaging and enjoyable story caught my attention, and it kept me enthralled until the end. I liked Quinn...a lot...You can definitely call this story cute and sweet, but it's so much more. It's also tender, caring, and heartwarming. I for one would love to see a sequel, seeing where this relationship goes once the men get home and back to their everyday lives in St. Louis. Think about it, Ms. Gold. I'd appreciate it and I think others would too. Read and enjoy."--Mystical Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews
"4 Stars!...I instantly fell in love with Quinn. He was tall, strong, but shy--a gentle giant...The good doctor, Josh was also an appealing character. His more outward friendliness was the opposite of Quinn...I hope for a long and happy togetherness for these two delightful characters."--British Bull Dog, Rainbow Reviews
"Joyfully Recommended!...Cassandra Gold delivers pure magic...The best book I've read this year!...Has all the joy of the Magic Kingdom combined with all the sensuality and heart-wrenching vulnerability of a perfect romance....Has everything you could want in a story: love, sensuality, happiness, fears to overcome, obstacles to be beaten, and an ending that is more realistic than fairytale. I was thoroughly enchanted by this wonderful story and look forward with great eagerness to reading more of Ms. Gold's work."--Shayna, Joyfully Reviewed.com
"4.5 Stars!... This was a gentle opposites-attract story thatdeals with two men who start a holiday romance with potential for much more. The quality of the characterisation is so good that I was drawn into both men's situation and background and sympathised with them...The way that Quinn grew as a character during the story was one of the highlights of the book for me...If you are looking for a great character-based romance about two men meeting and starting on the road to love, then you can't go wrong...I found myself delighted by the men and the way they overcome past hurts to be together. Highly recommended."--Jenre, Rainbow Reviews
Quinn Delaney felt like a sardine in a can. Shifting uncomfortably, he tried to get into a position that would allow him at least a little freedom of movement. At six foot seven and two hundred and fifty pounds, the odds were against him. His knees were right up against the seat in front of him, blocking his access to the tray table, and the armrests hemmed him in on either side in a way that made him claustrophobic.
Airplane seats were made for people like the woman next to him, who was thin enough that a strong gust of wind could blow her away. She'd given Quinn a few nervous looks when he'd taken his seat beside her. Used to that sort of reaction from women, and sometimes men, he hadn't made any attempt to talk to her. When he was younger, her reaction would have hurt. He had a thicker skin now, or so he tried to tell himself. After a few minutes she had relaxed and put on some headphones.
He sighed. All this for a singles trip he hadn't even wanted to attend in the first place. He'd tried to tell Stephanie Disney World was ridiculous for a man his age. She hadn't listened, of course.
He wished he had brought his iPod, or anything to distract himself with. He had a book, but he couldn't stay interested in the storyline. There wasn't enough room for him to get out his laptop, unless he managed to shrink himself, which didn't seem too likely. Even sleep would be difficult, since he couldn't stretch out.
Bored and uncomfortable was not a good combination with more than two hours of flight time left. Quinn glanced around the section of the cabin he could see, seeking out anything of interest. A few seats behind him and to the right, a mother scolded a little boy who had spilled his drink. Further back, a couple argued in raised voices until a flight attendant approached them. Uncomfortable at seeing what should have been a private moment, Quinn turned his gaze forward.
A few seats ahead of him, in the aisle seat like he was but on the opposite side of the plane, a man talked to one of the male flight attendants. They were both laughing. To Quinn's none-too-discerning eye, it looked like the flight attendant was flirting with the passenger. Of course, anyone, male or female, would notice him.
Quinn stared. If he described his ideal man, the end result would be pretty damned close to the man in front of him. The guy had blond-streaked brown hair long enough to cover the tops of his ears, dark eyes, and the kind of smile that made people want to smile back. Quinn couldn't see much of his body from his vantage point, but the man had nice broad shoulders and his left arm looked nicely muscled.
Maybe he's going on the singles trip, too. No, Quinn would never be that lucky. Besides, if the guy was on the trip, he'd end up being one of the straight guys. It was supposed to be a mixed trip, with gay, lesbian, and straight travelers. According to his friend Stephanie, a travel agent who'd helped set up the trip, they would be separated into their various "possibility groups" for dinner tonight and breakfast tomorrow in order for everyone to know who they should be flirting with. There were also a few scheduled activities, but after the first couple of days they were on their own.
Quinn didn't know whether he dreaded the structured activities or the unstructured days more. The activities would force him to meet new people and mingle, two things he hated, but at least he wouldn't be alone. Once the tour guides turned them loose, he doubted anyone would choose to pair up with him.