In and Out

In and Out

L.B. Gregg

Men of Smithfield

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Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light glimmers in Holden's dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything--including Holden Worthington--into the open.

 
PUBLISHED BY: Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-288-8
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010
WORD COUNT: 55500
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 5 5 5 5 5
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CATEGORIES: ManLove, Contemporary, Erotica, Mystery/Suspense, Romantic Suspense
KEYWORDS: gay romance, erotica, gblt, contemporary, murder, agoraphobic, gardener, recluse
 

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EXCERPT
COPYRIGHT L.B. Gregg/2010

"Take me to the point."

Where in the hell had that come from?

"Oh, really? Can you do it?"

I tried to keep my voice jocular."It depends on the ‘it’ you refer to. Just drive, Morgan."

"Yes sir."

We left the driveway and Adam took the back way, racing past the news trucks and heading down Gallows Lane toward the Smithfield Woods. He drove easily, taking the wet corners fast with the practiced skill of a native. The lights disappeared in the rearview mirror as we took 202 toward the Lake. There was only one reason to go to the point at night and we both knew it. I was stiff with dread and something a bit earthier.

Lust.

What the hell did I think I was doing? I was brimming with anticipation, resolved to at last put my mouth on this gentle, steadfast young man. Panic, my constant companion, could fuck off. As could honor, because the word virgin had taken its place in my lexicon. It fairly drummed inside my veins. I focused on the shocking breadth of my impure thoughts while Ida Maria sang about liking someone so much better naked. How appropriate.

He pulled onto the bumbling private drive. Closed at dusk the sign warned. But Adam had grown up here, as had I, and he took that sliver of roadway to the very end of the point without hesitation. The headlights gleamed on still dormant trees. The branches glittered as if adorned with a million sparkling diamonds. Further out, our lights disappeared into the ghostly fog over the inky expanse of Bantam Lake.

We came to a stop and Adam shut the car off, the radio too."You good?"

"I’m hanging in there. I’m not leaving the car though."

"Me either. It’s pretty damn dark." He laughed.

With the radio off, the night was filled with the noise of woodland frogs. Even with the windows closed, we could hear their peeping. Adam didn’t seem to know where to put his hands. They went from the steering wheel to his thighs. Then he crossed his arms. He uncrossed his arms. I watched, wondering if it was good form to grab a virgin by the neck and have my way with him.

The inside of the car turned warm and nearly oppressive with silence. How should I do this? The seconds ticked by, each one longer and hotter. When had I become so out of practice? I wanted him. I knew he wanted me. He looked point blank at me, not saying a Goddamn word, and he fucking willed me to do something. We stared at each other and…older, wiser, more experienced, this thing was up to me. His gaze flickered to my mouth, back to my eyes, to my mouth again and desire moved me forward."Are you nervous?"

A laugh puffed on a tiny breath and he nodded."Maybe a little."

"Good."

He laughed again and I couldn’t wait another moment. I was going to lay my hand on him and then, sweet Jesus, I was going to put my mouth on him.

In the dim light, his gaze was eager and bright but when I touched his neck, when that first spark of finger to flesh shocked us both, he flinched with the power of it. His mouth trembled and he closed his eyes. I threaded my fingers through the silken strands of his hair and he leaned into me, so eager, so ready, as if he were desperate to be touched in kindness. He leaned into me and I knew that this bold, strong, delicious boy had been as bereft of human contact as me.

Promises be damned. I met him halfway and nipped his lip. A tiny hitch of breath escaped him. Our first contact and I bit him. I was nothing if not smooth. I brushed my mouth gently, easing the sting of my teeth.

I whispered, "Thank you for taking me here, Adam."

My words were barely out before his mouth came hungrily, greedily to mine. The satin flesh of his lips, moist and flavored of gin, opened and I tongued him. I forged in and took his mouth, this first kiss deep like a perfect fuck. I filled him and he yielded into my arms with a willing moan. I cupped his bold jaw, tilting him into my embrace, topping him—and showed him the raw pleasure of one man’s mouth on another. Adam’s surrender took me from just hanging in there to Goddamn you’re so lovely, lovely, let me have you.

 
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