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Contemporary gay romance - the Men of Marionville series

These stories can be read individually. They feature characters in the same community, all friends. They do
not need to be read in the order in which they were written to enjoy them fully, but they are numbered for
those who prefer to do so. For more about the Men of Marionville series,
click here.
The Marionville Series
(series overview)

A Hard Habit to Break
(#1) Heath & Travis

Open Roads                
(#2)Tyler & Noel

What You Don't Confess
(#3) Dylan & Cassidy

Your Whisper in the Dark
(#4) Kenzie & Mason

A Cat Named Hercules
(#5) Shiloh & Gale

Leather Jackets
(#6) Jude & Wynn

Station to Station
(#7) Scott & Dakota

Dreams to Sell
(#8) Keith & Terry

The Right Brew
(#9) Hollis & Caleb

Where There's Smoke
(#10) Leon & Jeremy

Bourbon & Blues
(#11) Kory & Griffith

Twice Removed From
Yesterday
(#12) Chandler & August
Griffith Ernde missed his father’s funeral. When
he made it to the cemetery, the gates closed
with him on the inside. Griff ends up in a cell at
the local precinct house charged with
trespassing with no way to salvage the day. No
doubt about, it’s a personal low in his life. Then
his luck changed when Kory Watts joined him
in the cell.

Kory Watts has a knack for being at the wrong
place at the wrong time. Stood up on a blind
date at a local club, Kory gets swept up in a
drug raid and lands in a cell with an inebriated
stranger. When his drug test comes back clean,
the duty sergeant offers Kory a deal: if he takes
Griff home, they both can go with no charges. It’
s not a deal Kory will refuse.

When Kory and Griff meet again, they agree to
have a drink - of ice water. Neither man judges
the other and it’s quickly apparent they share
an attraction. As their budding relationship
heats up, Kory wonders if he’s ready to get
serious with a guy he just met no matter how
well suited to each other they are. When Griff is
suddenly charged with the murder of his father,
Kory is ready to move heaven and earth to help
prove him innocent, but it might not be enough
to save what’s between them.

                     
INTRO

Friday morning finally arrived. I sent a text to Griff, just to check in, and he sent back everything was
set. At five minutes to twelve, I got a one-word text from him.

Nooner?

I didn’t even think about it before I sent my reply.  Hell, yeah.

I hit the off switch on my laptop and yelled for Leon. He appeared in the doorway.

“What’s up, other than your voice?”

I rolled my eyes at him. “I hate to ask you again, but can you close up this afternoon?”

“Sure. Smoke loves to sneak in here and sleep in your chair.”

“Of course he does. Thanks, man. I owe you.”

He grinned. “I’ll cash in my marker the day before the Smithfield Agility Trials.”

“Done! See ya Monday.” I didn’t wait for him to reply. I was out the door and into my car, headed to
Griff’s place. Ten minutes later I parked my car beside his.

I was already hard and aching for him. He opened the door before I could knock. I stepped inside
and he grabbed me around the waist and backed me against the refrigerator. I cupped the back of
his head and pulled him in for a rough kiss. Things got a bit fuzzy as we kissed, nibbled, and yanked
at clothing. He tucked his fingers under my belt and pulled me to his bedroom. We landed on the
bed.

I rolled him beneath me. “Hey, Griff. Hello. Good to see you. Thanks for asking me over.”

He wrapped his legs around my hips and squeezed. “Screw the pleasantries and fuck me.”

EXCERPT

And what was up with that little smile on his face? I tossed a throw pillow at him.

He threw it back. “Why don’t you come over here and sit beside me?”

“I’m good right here, thanks.”

He sighed. “I’m lonely.”

“Well, we can’t have that, can we? I mean, what if you start to whine?” I moved a few inches closer
to him.

He patted his lap. “You could sit here.”

Actually, I rather liked that idea. I could play easy to get. “You could back the train up.”

“Kory, you’re killing me here.”

“Okay. We can’t have that.” I slid over to sit beside him, keeping a few inches between us. I knew
where this was headed.

Griff stretched out his arm along the back of the couch, not touching me. “Better, don’t you think?”

I bumped against him. “Much.”

He moved to put his arm around me. We stared at each other. I wondered if my gaze held the same
speculation I saw in his. Did he see that I wouldn’t tell him no? Was he equally nervous about
making the move? One of us had to do it. I leaned in and kissed him.

His lips opened and moved over mine. Every nerve in my body lit up like a light. I couldn’t breathe
as arousal shrieked through me. My balls tingled. My cock swelled full and hard in just a few
pounding heartbeats.

Griff jerked away to stare at me with eyes gone wide and black. He licked his lips, twice. “This might
be a colossal mistake, but I have a television in the bedroom. You’re panting.”

“So what? You’re drooling.”

He swiped his fingertips across his mouth and then scowled at me. I grinned and held my hand out
to him. “Lead the way.”

He switched off the TV and took my hand. I grabbed my glass of cola knowing I’d need a drink later.
He nodded and picked up his before leading me back a short hallway to his darkened bedroom. Very
little light came in around the blackout blind and the heavy drape.

Griff ran his hand along my arm. He must have noticed what I was looking at. “There’s a streetlight
right outside that ruins my sleep, but we can let in some sunlight if you want.”

“I want to see you.”

He nodded and pushed the drape to the side. “Enough?”

“Yep.” I reached out and pulled his shirt free of his jeans.

“Wait,” he murmured as he tucked the silver cross beneath his turtleneck. A moment later I had the
garment over his head and tossed on the dresser.

He yanked my shirt up and off me. We fumbled at each other’s zipper. I finally backed away to kick
off my shoes and take my pants off without causing bodily injury. Naked, I stood straight and let him
look at me while I gazed at his beauty.

Griff was a bit taller than me and, as my mother would say, bigger boned. He wasn’t muscled like a
serious body builder, but he did have good definition. His shoulders were broad enough to
encourage a long taper to slim hips that flowed into lean, sexy thighs. A dusting of hair grew on his
chest and darkened into a bold line that led my gaze down to his beautiful, swollen cock.

I forced myself to look up into his eyes. He was looking down, at me. His gaze flicked up to meet
mine for an instant, and then he dropped to his knees.

The heat of his mouth enveloped me, warm and wet. Welcoming. I buried my fingers in his dark hair
and watched my shaft appear and disappear as his lips trailed moisture over me. I closed my eyes
but the vision of it stayed with me, threatening to speed me to the finish line.

“Griff. Enough.”

He gave me a last, teasing lick and stood. I reached for him but he stopped me. He motioned at the
bed. I helped him shove the covers down before dropping to my knees on the mattress. He came to
me, wrapping his arms around me and tumbling us over to the soft sheet.
Bourbon & Blues