Friday, January 9, 2015

January 10, 2015 - MySexy Saturday - THIS TIME FOR KEEPS

January 10, 2015:


I don’t have anything that actually fits the theme for this week’s MySexySaturday but I’ve always liked the love that's so apparent between the characters in these seven paragraphs from THIS TIME FOR KEEPS. Josh is deep in a book when Pete unexpectedly shows up.

By Christiane France


Josh and Pete were always breaking up and getting back together. The last time it happened, they swore their ten-year affair was over for good.  Although Pete moved out, and Josh took a job overseas, Josh figured it was simply a matter of waiting to see who would give in first--the same routine they’d gone through a dozen times before. Except Pete didn’t call, and when Josh tried to contact Pete, it turned out both of Pete’s numbers had been disconnected.  He tried telling himself Pete didn’t love him any more, that Pete had found someone new and moved on. But ten years is a long time--too long to just dismiss like it was nothing. If Pete no longer loves him, then Josh needs to hear that from Pete in person. Determined to find out the reason for Pete’s silence, Josh returns home to the mind-numbing news that Pete is dead.

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A couple of weeks before Christmas, Josh filled a mug with hot apple cider and stretched out in front of a cozy fire of pine logs and scented wood chips to enjoy the new thriller he’d just purchased that afternoon. He’d barely got settled on the sofa when he felt a blast of icy air invade the room. The house was well insulated, the doors and windows all tightly closed, and the drapes drawn to shut out the winter storm that was picking up strength as it roared across the lake. But Josh knew at once what had caused the sudden chill, and it wasn’t the weather.

“Where you been?” he inquired with a smile. “I haven’t seen you in days.”

“Hiding out under the blankets. This house is so damn cold, I’m freezing my ass off.”

“I didn’t know ghosts could feel the difference between hot and cold.”

“Now you do. Do you mind if I wrap myself up in this rug?”

Josh’s smile increased as he watched one end of the sheepskin rug in front of the fireplace lift up, apparently all by itself, and roll itself into a cylinder shape. “If it’ll help, go ahead. But can you make yourself visible, please? I’m not sure I want to watch a rolled-up rug cavorting around the room all by itself.”

“It would not be by itself, and please note I do not cavort,” Pete informed him haughtily. “Anyway, the drapes are all closed. No one would see me.” 

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  1. I love how comfortable Josh is with Pete's presence. The blurb made me sad,but the excerpt cheered me up.

  2. Please tell me there is a HEA. Josh and Pete seem like a good pair. Thanks for sharing this excerpt.