The French guy agitates my heart with his singing, and Ronan calms it with his kindheartedness. The contrasts are intense, making my skin feel too snug for my body, my chest tight, and my stomach worried. My pulse flutters in my neck, and I worry that Ronan will see it. I don’t know what to do with myself.
So I allow myself to look at Ronan, seeking comfort in his calming presence. I drink in the warmth radiating from him as though he’s the sun and I’m a sagging flower in desperate need of his rays of life.
As I approach, he brushes off the hood with his hand, revealing his face, and I stutter a breath. Dang, he’s grown up nice. When he’s not hunched over, he’s tall—and inch or two over my own six-feet-one—and muscular and broad all over. His hair is buzzed completely off, his ears sticking out a little too much, and a neatly trimmed beard frames and draws attention to pink, thin lips. His eyes are dark, almost black, and suck me into his gaze.
📚 From Tuesday: The perfect man, what a silly, childish notion. And yet, in the darkest hours of the night when he found it hard to sleep, spending far too much time staring up at the blank ceiling like it might magically produce answers to all of life’s most baffling questions, he ached for something more. Especially as of late, yet what exactly more was, he didn’t have a clue.
📚Reading 7 short stories this week on the treadmill:
– His Steady Heart by Nell Iris
– A Leather and Tea Morning by K.L. Noone
– Forever Yours by Kassandra Lea
– Slither by T.A. Creech
– Aim Higher by JL Merrow
– Finder’s Keepers by Rob Rosen
– The Gate by A.L. Lester
💖 A rundown of the open giveaways on Stories That Make You Smile as of this posting. 💖
☆ Snowed In: Nen and Anani by Nell Iris
☆ Enukara Series by Nina R. Schluntz
☆ Devil’s Bargain by Kathryn Sparrow
☆ Eagle in the Hawthorn by Sam Burns
☆ In Case You Missed It by S.M. James
☆ Hat Trick by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey
☆ The Cassie Tam Files by Matt Doyle
☆ Road of No Return by K.A. Merikan
🌸 Read the book blurbs and enter the giveaways for a chance to win: ebooks, an audiobook, a signed paperback, and Amazon gift cards
From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.
Woo! Nell Iris has collected four of her wonderfully sweet stories into one box set! Who doesn’t love a bargain? Not only is the collection a fabulous deal, but if you purchase it at JMS through November 23rd, you’ll get an additional 20% off! Purchase JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo Finding the One Box Set by Nell Iris Publisher: JMS Books Length: 258 …
Us Again by Nell Iris Publisher: JMS Books Length: Novelette / 9,200 words approx. Blurb When Alex gets a call in the middle of the night telling him his ex-boyfriend is in the hospital, he only hesitates for a second before rushing to Sammy’s side. But the Sammy in the hospital bed is fragile and not the same man who told Alex to leave seven months ago. Alex wants to …
Falling into Love (Family Found 1) by Kris T. Bethke and Nell Iris Series: Family Found (book 1) Publisher: JMS Books Length: Novella / 34,305 words Blurb Liam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he …
Length: 20,000 words approx. Publisher: JMS Books Blurb Mars enters Pisces, giving Beckett Cooper the opportunity to assert himself when it comes to a secret infatuation; his best friend’s younger brother Levi. But can Beckett trust what’s in front of him and be brave enough to take what he wants? With Venus in Virgo, people usually become more reserved, but Levi Byrne always takes the opposite road of what’s expected …
I was privileged to be able to beta read this one. Even that earlier draft was fantastic, so I know the polished published story will be amazing! Book Info Publisher: JMS Books, LLC Release Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 Cover Art: Written Ink Designs Length: Short Story – 5,285 words – 21 pages Heat Rating: 1 Flame Genres/Pairing/Tags: MM, Contemporary, Romance, Gay, Bittersweet, Tear-jerker Synopsis Five years ago, Phoenix lost …
Treadmill Goals/Tracking Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day Distance 1-2 miles per day Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (exception…at the end of the week …
Length: 27,000 words approx. Publisher: JMS Books Blurb What do you do when your past comes knocking? Six hundred and ninety-five days. That’s how long it’s been since Jude’s fiancé broke off their engagement. With the help of his brother and his all-encompassing love for music, Jude glued the broken pieces of his heart back together, but when his ex shows up on his doorstep late one evening, Jude fears …
Treadmill Goals: Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day Distance 1-2 miles per day Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (exception…at the end of the week …