29 November 2017:
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This week I have another excerpt from Chance Encounter, a contemporary m/m romance about the reunion of former lovers.
by Christiane France
by Christiane France
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In high school and through their first year of college, Jase Thoman and Matt Lester were best friends and lovers. Then Matt’s family moved, Matt transferred to another school, and they drifted apart.
Ten years later, they meet again by chance. Jase is a private investigator, desperate to find his kid brother (Donny) who, in addition to two other teenage boys, disappeared after last being seen at a local gay bar. Matt is an undercover police officer, brought in by the local police department in the hope he can succeed where they’ve far failed.
Matt is the only man Jase has ever really loved, but ten years is a long time. They’re not the same people they once were. When Matt tries to pick up where they left off, Jase takes a step back. His first priority is finding his brother. As far as Matt is concerned, Jase feels how he imagines a deer would feel when caught in the headlights of a vehicle with little or no chance of escape—confused, unsure, and at the same time, positive whatever he does will be the wrong thing.
He felt Jase give him a nudge. “Hey, you sleeping on the job?”
“Nah, just daydreaming. Remember that time we went to Florida and—”
“Nope, sorry I don’t. It was too long ago, and I’ve never been good at taking trips down memory lane.” He laughed, as if to apologize for throwing ice water on Matt’s memories and gave Matt’s arm another nudge. “Only kidding. Right now, I just want to hear about this conclusion you’ve reached. The suspense is killing me.”
“Serve you right if I didn’t say another word,” Matt replied, not bothering to hide his annoyance at Jase’s cavalier dismissal of their past. “We had some great times back then. And don’t say you can’t remember because I know that’s not true.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because…” Matt snagged Jase’s gaze and held on tight, feeling himself grow hard just from looking deep into Jase’s hot, dark chocolate eyes. “The way you reacted when you realized it was me last night, and don’t pretend I imagined it. I know you wanted me to kiss you properly. And it was your suggestion we go in back and make up for lost time.”
Twin spots of color appeared high on Jase’s cheekbones. “I was teasing, that’s all.”
“Liar.” Matt continued to hold Jase’s gaze. “If I’d said yes, you’re saying you’d have turned me down?”
“Maybe.” Jase shrugged. “Didn’t happen, so I can’t say.”
“Or is it that you won’t say?”
“Maybe it’s because I have a job to do. Finding out what happened to Donny is my number one priority, so if you want to share this conclusion of yours…”
Matt knew when to back off and he did so now with a smile. “It’s nothing earth-shattering if that’s what you’re hoping for, merely the fact that, in spite of all the usual digging and double-checking by the investigating officers, the owner and the staff have come up clean every time. Anyway, I made out like I was curious and asked one of the waiters, who’d said he’d been there since the place opened, if it was true about these kids disappearing. He said it was, but unless they’d somehow got themselves kidnapped, he had no idea how it happened and neither did any one else who worked there. They were all as mystified as everyone else.”
“Or so they say.”
“Actually, I believed him. Look at it this way, Jase…you can’t expect the staff to know who the customers talk to, hook up with, or eventually leave with when the place is totally packed by eleven, and it’s too dark to distinguish one face from the next. It would be totally impossible. And that got me thinking. What if someone is using the crowds and the darkness to their advantage?”
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