I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. From their description: “Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).” Pretty cool, eh? Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and/or my Facebook profile while you’re over there checking out this fantastic group!
For context, Nash is standing in front of his best friend Harley’s apartment door (where he’s been couch-surfing), trying to work up the courage to enter. Here are seven lines (sorry—one over the limit) told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:
Nash’s brother Aaron’s favorite phrase came to mind. Gird your loins. Well, it had been Aaron’s favorite phrase back in grade school, anyway. He’d whisper it with a giggle-snort daily when their father arrived home.
A large and muscular man, their dad had one of those faces that seemed to be perpetually frowning. The brothers had been in awe of him growing up, but they’d eventually figured out what their mother had always known—he was just a big pussycat underneath it all.
So, Nash girded his loins, turned the key, and entered the apartment.
Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.
Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.
When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?