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He turned for the bar—
Darcy. Perched on a high stool, one elbow on the counter. Their eyes met. How long had Darcy been watching him?
Darcy waited, as if convinced Bennet would be the first to look away. Well. He wouldn’t be intimidated. He restrained his cold feelings toward Darcy and approached the bar. In much need of a drink.
The server winced apologetically and rushed off to finish a tray of beers for the rugby team.
Fine. He could wait.
He shivered at the heat of Darcy’s studious gaze on his profile. Smiling, he faced him. “Do I have something on my face?”
Darcy’s eyes flickered away. “No. You look . . .” He took too long to finish.
“Wasn’t going to say tired.”
“Well, I am tired. Didn’t sleep very well.”
“I couldn’t stop wondering why some people act the way they do.”
Darcy’s gaze drifted, locating Lyon across the hall, completely missing his meaning. “I said it once, I’ll say it again.” Darcy returned his focus to Bennet. “He’ll turn out just fine.”
Lyon was a much safer topic. “He met a boy, at Shear-A-Sheep Day.”
“Are you worried?”
“Come, Darcy. You’re a father of three. Do you think I’m worried?”
A shallow smirk startled Bennet. “I have something for that.” Darcy slid his whiskey along the counter.
Hesitantly, Bennet sipped. “Pretty sure this is only a Band-Aid.”
Darcy leaned in slightly, dark eyes twinkling. “A good one.”
Bennet scolded himself for the laughter that shot out of him, and returned Darcy’s drink.
Love, Austen (Book 3)
“I want someone to want me for who I am. No changing my appearance or philosophies or principles. I need a partner to be proud of me—in public and beyond—and proud of themselves.”
“Think you’ll find it?”
~ ~ ~
Bennet had always dreamed of love. Of finding his Mr. Right.
Hell, he’d even settle for Mr. Righteous.
Who he won’t fall for, not ever? Mr. Downright Pride-less.
~ ~ ~
It’s Pride and Prejudice, complete with scumbaggery, anguished declaration of desire, meddling villagers, Karaoke, Scrabble, and Pride.
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.
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