Title: Falling for Him
Author: CL Mustafic
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: April 17
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male, Male/Female/Male (No Male/Male interaction)
Genre: Romance, attempted murder, coming out, divorce, hate crime, law enforcement, medical profession, MFM, OFY
Doctor Gavin Addison’s marriage didn’t end on the friendliest of terms, and his estranged wife’s continual harassment has the local police visiting his home so often they’ve started calling him “the doc.” One of those cops, Officer Lex Turner, has a crush on the handsome doc, even though he knows there’s no chance the doc would ever consider dating a man.
A chance encounter on a crowded dance floor ends with both men in the same bed with the same woman—but with questionable results. When the doc wants to try that again, Lex becomes more involved than he’d dreamed possible as he helps his new friend navigate the kinkier side of sex. Knowing it’s just sex for Gavin, Lex finds it hard to keep his feelings hidden. But when Gavin finally figures out he has feelings for Lex that go beyond what a guy should feel for his buddy, will he let Lex convince him to take a chance with him—even if it turns both their lives upside down?
Falling for Him
CL Mustafic © 2017
All Rights Reserved
“How much paperwork we got tonight?” Grady asked. He turned on his computer and started digging through his desk drawer, looking for god knows what.
“Not too much. Gotta finish up that report on the doc’s vandalism, and you need to write up that accident report. Then we can get back out there for another fun-filled night,” Lex said, making Grady wrinkle his nose.
“That damn woman makes for a lot of fucking paperwork. I’ve got half a mind to handcuff her to her water heater and forget her,” Grady said with a smirk for his own cocky bravado. “Don’t know how a nice guy like the doc got mixed up with a crazy bitch like that.”
Lex sat back in his chair. That was the question, wasn’t it? The doc seemed like a decent enough guy. Why his ex, one Cassandra Addison, would want to make the poor guy’s life hell was beyond Lex. It was even more fucked up when you added in the fact that, from what Lex had gathered, she’d cheated on him. He just hoped they wouldn’t end up with a Fatal Attraction–type ending with this case.
“Yeah, well, sometimes they hide the crazy until they have you in their clutches; then, bam presto chango, psycho chick is in your bed, and you’re fucked in more ways than one,” Lex said.
“Sounds like you got some experience in that area.”
“Don’t we all?”
Grady’s gaze shifted to something over Lex’s shoulder. “Speak of the devil,” Grady whispered.
Lex turned around, hoping that Cassandra Addison was not, in fact, standing behind him. Nope, not the bitch, but Gavin was, and he didn’t look thrilled to be in Lex’s humble workplace. Lex cast an appreciative look over the handsome doctor. He was one fine-looking man, with blond hair that curled wispily around his head and those deep-brown eyes, where you expected to see crystal blue, got Lex every time. Gavin had the greatest smile, and the dimples that peeked out at the slightest grin made Lex want to dip his tongue in them. He shook his head to clear away the thoughts of what he would like to do to the doc, if the doc was so inclined, that was.
“You got him, Grady. You know you’re better with this kind of crap.” He didn’t tell Grady that he got tongue-tied around Gavin and was afraid he’d make a fool of himself.
Grady stood up, smiled, and gestured for Gavin to take a seat by his desk. “Hey there, Doc, what’s up today?” he asked as if Gavin’s was a social visit.
Color rose on Gavin’s cheeks as he flushed a little before answering. Lex was glad he was sitting at his desk because the doc blushing like that did things to his body that weren’t acceptable in polite company. “There’s been another incident. I can’t be one hundred percent sure she did this, but I can’t think of anyone else who would want to humiliate me so much.”
“So what did she do this time?” Grady asked, “Or allegedly do?”
Gavin handed Grady a little slip of paper. “If you punch that into your web browser, you can see for yourself.” Grady took the paper and turned to his computer to type in the web address. He waited a second, and when Grady’s brow furrowed at what he saw on the screen, Gavin’s blush deepened. Lex itched to see what was on that screen but stayed in his seat.
“Why do you want me to look at your personal ad?” Grady asked.
“Because I didn’t post it, and that little sticky note was stuck to a computer at the nurse’s station on the fourth floor surgical unit where I happen to do rounds every morning. Everyone at the hospital now thinks I’m some kind of kinky pervert,” Gavin explained, visibly upset.
Lex had to see what was on Grady’s screen. He got up to look at his partner’s computer. He instantly understood why the doc had turned pink when he handed over the little piece of paper. Lex shook his head; that woman was pure evil.
* Exclusive Excerpt *
Exclusive Excerpt from Falling for Him by CL Mustafic
The smell hit him first, and Gavin crinkled his nose, his mouth dropping open as he entered the kitchen through the side door. He took in the scene in his kitchen before he walked through to the living room where he fell to his knees. Why? Why would any sane person do this to another? There was no doubt in his mind that Cassie had been in his house. Then he thought, what if he was wrong and someone broke in, and they were still there? He sounded like a bad movie, even to himself. Who would break in, trash the place, and then write those things on his walls? No, this had his ex-wife’s name all over it.
He pulled out his cell and dialed 9-1-1. When asked what his emergency was he hesitated, this wasn’t technically an emergency, was it? Oh fuck it. “Um, someone broke into my house and I…uh need some police, probably?”
“Sir, are you inside the residence?”
“Yeah, I’m inside,” Gavin answered.
“Are you safe? Has the intruder left?”
“I think so. I don’t think there’s anyone here but me,” Gavin said. The woman’s voice helped to calm him, and his brain was slowly starting to come back online.
“I’m sending officers to you right now. Can you give me your name and address please?”
Gavin gave her his details, and she insisted on keeping him on the line until the officers knocked on his door. He thanked the operator and stood up to open the door for the cops. It was Officers Santiago and Larson, the smiles on their faces falling as soon as the stench reached them.
Santiago grabbed Gavin’s arm to pull him outside onto the porch. She put her hands on his shoulders to make him look her in the eyes. “Hey there, Dr. Addison, are you okay?” Her eyes scanned his face. He heard Officer Larson cursing inside the house. Santiago pulled what Gavin hoped was a clean cotton hanky from her pants pocket and started swiping at his wet face. Gavin grabbed her arm to make her stop.
“Is that human shit?” Larson asked when he came back out on the porch after taking a look around. Gavin gaped at him.
“I think he may be in shock,” Santiago said.
Larson gave Gavin a once-over and shook his head. “I’m calling this in. I think we’re gonna need some help,” Larson said as he walked down the steps.
“Can you tell me what happened?” Santiago asked.
“Ah, I went out, no shit; I came back, shit storm,” Gavin said, giving her the short version. She didn’t need to know what he’d been doing while he was out, right?
She covered her mouth and coughed. It was plain to see she was trying not to laugh. “You think your ex may have had something to do with this?”
“No shit, you think?”
This time she did laugh, and Gavin glared at her. “I’m so sorry,” she said when she calmed down. “Do you know if anything was taken?”
“Yeah, it looks like a couple of hundred dumps were taken all over my living room and kitchen. How the hell would I know? It’s not like I spent time digging through that shit to inventory my shit to see if it was all there!” Gavin’s voice had steadily increased in pitch, but goddamn it, this was just the shit frosting on his crappy night. All he’d wanted to do was climb into his bed, crawl under the covers, and forget about his botched foray into the kinkosphere, and now he had to deal with this…this…CRAP!
“Doc… Doc… Doc… Hey, Do—”
“WHAT?” he shouted when Larson chanting his nickname finally penetrated his thoughts.
Larson put his hands up in front of his chest in a placating gesture. “Whoa, calm down there, Doc. I think you need to have a seat and get ahold of yourself. Is there anyone you could call to come sit with you?”
Gavin’s mind pulled up a picture of startling blue eyes giving him a heated look he couldn’t reconcile with the very male face they were set in. He shook his head to clear it. Why would Officer Turner pop into his head like that? Santiago was right; he must be in shock. “Maybe my friend Riley. I’ll call him.” Larson nodded as Gavin pulled out his phone and checked the time. Ugh, almost four in the morning. Riley would not be pleased.
“Hey, Ri,” he said after the grunt from the other end let him know that his friend had answered.
“Ugggghhh, god, Gav, you coulda waited till morning to give me the deets,” Riley grumbled.
“Sorry, Ri, but could you come to my house? I kind of need someone here,” Gavin said, and for the first time, his emotions bubbled to the surface. His breath hitched, and he held back what would have been a very unmanly, embarrassing sob.
“Gav, what’s wrong? Are you okay? Are you hurt?” Riley asked. He was awake now for sure, and Gavin could hear Sheila’s worried voice in the background.
Gavin took a deep breath, their concern making him want to cry even more. “I’m okay, my house…” This time he did let out a little sob. “She shit on my house.”
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CL Mustafic is a born and bred American mid-westerner who mysteriously ended up living in one of those countries nobody can ever find on the map of Europe. Left with too much time on her hands—let’s be honest here: it was the lack of television channels in her native language–and too many voices in her head trying to fill the silence, she decided to give her life-long dream of writing a novel a shot. So now, between shuttling kids back and forth from various activities and risking her life on the insanely narrow, busy streets of her new hometown, she loses herself in her own made-up world where love always wins.
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