Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MidWeekTease - 6 December 2017 - Chance Encounter (6)

6 December 2017:

Thanks so much to Angelica Dawson for hosting the MidWeekTease - It’s a great way to learn about other authors and their work.
My apologies for being late posting today, but life at this time of year has a habit of disrupting schedules and other well-laid plans.
This week I have another excerpt from Chance Encounter, a contemporary m/m romance about the reunion of former lovers.

Chance Encounter
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.

For a moment, they continued to hold one another, savoring the moment, until Matt tumbled Jase down onto the bed and looked deep into his eyes. “Are you still thinking this was a bad idea?”
“I’m not sure.”
Matt bent his head and brushed his lips over Jase’s mouth, sending another shiver of need rocketing through Jase’s body. “Neither was I until a moment ago. But we’re good together, babe. It’s almost like—”
“The past ten years never happened?”
“Something like that I guess. I’ve never stopped hoping that one of these days we’d meet again, but ten years is a long time. I wanted to make the effort to see you again, but something always held me back. I worried about little stuff, like we wouldn’t recognize one another or that we’d no longer have anything in common. And even if we did, you’d be in an established relationship and I’d be left to wonder what if.”
Jase got off the bed and reached for the box of tissues on the bureau. After he’d cleaned himself up, he adjusted his clothing and handed the box to Matt. “Well, you can stop worrying about that. I’ve never met anyone I liked well enough to consider making things permanent.”
After Matt was done with the tissues, he put the box back on the bureau and returned to the bed. “Never?” he said with a slightly wistful smile. “Not even once?”
Jase cupped Matt’s face in his hands. “Maybe once a very long time ago. When I was young and foolish and full of big dreams.”
“Yeah, me, too.” Matt laughed and rolled over onto his back. “At one time, I dreamed about coming back here to live after I finished school, and you and me getting a place together.”
“Really? Amazing all the crazy dreams you have when you’re young and you believe life will work out exactly the way you think it should.”
Matt wrapped his fingers around Jase’s hand. “It still can if we want it to.”
“You think?”
“Why not?”
“I don’t know.” Jase disentangled his hand and blanked his mind against Matt’s nearness and the feelings already starting to build again within him. Feelings that could get him in a whole heap of trouble if he closed his eyes and jumped the way Matt wanted. Maybe Matt thought what they’d just shared was all the validation they needed to start over.

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