Release Date: 15th February 2016
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.
That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.
I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.
But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.
Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
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Within the Skype window, Kai’s lips curled up. “What were you planning?”
“Primarily how I was going to convince you to get naked.”
His mouth fell open. “Oh. I— yeah, I could see how you’d need a plan for that.”
A lance of lust soared through me and coasted on my knotting nerves. If there was ever a time I’d felt simultaneously panicky and horny, it was now. What if he thought this was weird? What if– despite all of our dirty chats–this scared him off?
“You into it? If not, I won’t bother saying more, and we can just talk gaming.”
“I…” Kai scooted back on his bed. He was wearing nothing more than black briefs and a hoodie. “Will you be naked too?”
“After a while.”
Intrigued flashed in those big blue eyes. “What happens during the ‘while’?”
“I tell you what to do, and you do it.”
Kai wasn’t breathing hard enough for me to hear it, but I could see the rapid rise and fall of his chest. The way he squirmed on the bed and absently reached down to adjust himself. Fuck yes. He was into it.
“Take your hoodie off,” I said, voice lowering. “I want to see all of you.”
With only the slightest hesitation, Kai ripped his hoodie off and tossed it to the side. His smooth unblemished flesh was totally bared for the camera, and I let my eyes feast on it. The more I traced the hard lines of his body with my eyes, the harder he got. I could tell by the way he stretched out his underwear.
“I’m gonna get nasty so tell me if you wanna abort.” I licked my lips and kept my hands at my sides. “If you don’t like what I’m saying, just tell me, okay?”
Kai didn’t tell me to stop as he looked at me with dilated eyes and quickening breath. Then he nodded once.
Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
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