Champion MMA fighter Adam Littrell needs no distractions as he prepares for the fight that will determine whether he retires. But when he opens the door of his swanky Las Vegas home to his new personal assistant, Bo Wilkins, staying focused becomes a struggle.
Aware of Adam’s surly reputation, Bo doesn’t expect to like his new employer, let alone fall for him. But Bo is pleasantly surprised when a shared love of books leads them to study for their GEDs together and plan for a life after their current careers. Adam won’t be able to fight forever, and Bo wants a relationship on equal footing. But just as their relationship is getting off the ground, the sister Bo raised needs his help, and he drops everything. With Adam’s final match looming and Bo in a different city, reuniting will be the real challenge.
Hungover morning after Bo tried to kiss Adam for the first time
Countless butterflies attacked Bo’s queasy, hungover belly with the unforgiving beat of their wings. He groaned and placed a hand over his stomach as memories from the night before ran through his throbbing head in a taunting stream fueled by shame and remorse.
He didn’t regret asking Adam to kiss him. Not really. Had he said yes, Bo would’ve been thrilled to wake naked in his bed rather than tangled in the sheets of his own, fully clothed. But Adam hadn’t said yes.
It made sense. Bo couldn’t fault Adam for turning down his drunken come-on. After all, hadn’t Bo been the one making sure their relationship remained platonic the past few months? Hadn’t he been the one pushing Adam away despite the relentless pull that kept trying to draw them together?
Without the brain-numbing power of alcohol twisting his good senses, Bo’s stupidity stood out like a shiny beacon of absurdity. Why had he tried to push himself on Adam? There was no possible positive outcome. Not because Adam didn’t want Bo, but after months of being denied, there was no way he’d accept Bo’s drunken flirtation as anything other than an error in judgment.
But it wasn’t. Not this time. He was tired of fighting his desires and heartsick from watching Adam do the same. And why should they? Bo trusted Adam. He hadn’t at the beginning when he hadn’t known the man, but he did now. Even if giving in to their physical cravings wound up ruining their relationship, Adam wouldn’t screw him over. He wouldn’t fire Bo without warning or kick him to the streets, destitute and alone.
At the very least, Adam would give him time to find somewhere else to go. And now that he had his GED, Bo had a better chance of getting another job. Not just a job, but a good job. One that might pay a comparable wage.
He rubbed at his temple as he headed for the kitchen. It was Sunday, so despite his inebriated threat, there would be no waking Adam. With coffee or without. This was Adam’s only day to sleep in, so Bo wouldn’t bother him. But as soon as he got up, they could pick up where they’d left off. Hopefully with Adam’s tongue down Bo’s throat and a whole heck of a lot less clothing.
When Bo rounded the corner into the living room on a beeline for the kitchen, his bravado drained away with a whimpered yelp. A blistering flush crept up his neck to heat his cheeks as Adam glanced up from his lounge on the couch.
It was barely eight o’clock in the morning. Why was Adam already awake? No, scratch that, how was Adam already awake? It took Bo forever to pry him out of bed. He’d never once seen him get up under his own power before 10:00 a.m. at the earliest.
“How are you awake right now?”
Adam rested the book he’d been reading on his chest. He offered a shrug and a small smile. “I set an alarm.”
Bo raised his brows in disbelief. “An alarm woke you up? How?”
“By beeping really loud and on repeat.” Adam’s smile turned wry. “Believe it or not, I’ve been finding my way outta bed on my own for thirty-eight years before you came into my life.”
“But I thought your PAs woke you up.” Panic had the warmth in Bo’s cheeks cranking up to a simmering scald. Had he been doing something he wasn’t supposed to do? Did Adam not want him climbing into bed with him and…. Crap.
Adam chuckled and pushed to a sitting position. He slipped a bookmark between the open pages and set his book on the coffee table. “I usually had them pop their head in to make sure I didn’t hit snooze too many times, but that’s about it. However, when you took it upon yourself to rouse my ass with those adorably frustrated grunts and shakes, I decided it was a much more enjoyable way to wake up.”
“You mean….” Bo’s jaw dropped. “That wasn’t part of the job? Kyle told me you were impossible to wake up. He said I’d have to ‘get physical’ and asked if I was okay with that. I never would have—” “Of course he did. Fuckin’ bastard.” Adam snorted. “Don’t worry, I wasn’t complaining, was I? I am a pain in the ass to wake up, but it’s usually my ass feeling the pain, not someone else’s. It was a nice change of pace. Plus, it got you into my bed. Even if it was innocent in nature.”
Evie Drae is a registered nurse by day and an award-winning male/male romance writer by night. She has won first place in seven Romance Writers of America® (RWA®) competitions, including the prestigious title “Best of the Best” in the 2018 Golden Opportunity Contest. She is a double finalist in the 2019 Golden Heart®, in both the Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense categories, and finished as a second-place runner-up in four additional RWA contests. As an added perk, she landed the fabulous literary agent Eva Scalzo from Speilburg Literary following a dual win in two separate categories of the 2018 Heart to Heart contest.
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