Today I am so pleased to welcome Beck Grey to Joyfully Jay. Beck has come to talk to share an exclusive excerpt from their latest release, Save Me. Beck has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!
Nervously, I scan the parking lot of the strip mall for the millionth time, just as an SUV pulls into the space next to me. My heart hammers in my chest and my lungs start to forget how to work, but then I recognize Jamie’s profile in the driver’s seat and I take a deep breath. I could cry with relief, but I’m tired of crying. Really, I’m just tired. So. Incredibly. Tired. I open my car door and barely place my foot on the asphalt before Jamie yanks me out of the car and crushes me to his chest. “Jesus, Ashley, you had me worried.”
I close my eyes and melt against him, pressing my nose into the crook of his neck, smelling the familiar citrus of his cologne and feeling safe for the first time since San Francisco. Before I think about what I’m doing, I wind my arms around his waist and cling to him. Without hesitation he holds me tighter like I’m something precious, and for a moment I pretend I am. I’ve missed him, and just how much hits me like a ton of bricks. I want to laugh and cry and I can’t help feeling it’s wrong to be so happy and grateful to be in his arms given everything that’s happened. I should have known the moment wouldn’t last.
“Seriously, Ashley! Do you have a death wish? Wasn’t this all explained in your orientation? You can’t go back to your old life! Not if you want to survive!” I’m not sure he realizes that he’s still clutching me tightly. I’m not going to point it out. If he wants to yell at me, this is a very enjoyable way to endure it.
Unfortunately, Jamie lets me go and steps back, starting to pace in front of my car. “It’s not safe for you in Seattle.” He stops and looks at me. “It’s not safe for you to go back to wherever you live now.”
Fuck. I hadn’t considered that. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this latest bit of information as Jamie’s anger winds down.His pacing stops, and he takes a huge breath, letting it out slowly. I copy him, looking for a little calmness of my own. “I understand. But Jamie, Oliver is dying. At most he has a few weeks left.” I reach out and grasp Jamie’s forearm, squeezing gently. “I had to try to see him. He’s like a brother to me. We grew up together.” I’m tearing up again, now that the adrenaline is receding, and I’m furious that of all people, I can never seem to hold my shit together in front of Jamie. “I couldn’t let him think he was completely alone.”
Jamie sighs and nods. “It’s done. Now we just deal with the fallout.”
Love in the Pacific Northwest, Book 1
Deputy US Marshal Jamie MacDougall assumes his latest assignment is just another security detail, but when he finds himself falling for the gorgeous key witness he’s sworn to protect, it takes everything he has to keep things professional.
When Ashley Pandy enters the WITSEC program, with a new identity and a new life far away from Seattle and Jamie, he tries to move on, but a year later, with no hope of seeing him again, he still can’t forget the man who stole his heart.
Ashley walked away from love for noble reasons. Jamie let him go because it was the honorable thing to do. When a foolish decision gives them a second chance to be all kinds of wrong, can they finally get it right?
Beck Grey is an LGBTQ romance author who lives in the Northeastern United States with their partner and two adorable dogs. Weekdays are passed spending their employer’s money. Evenings and weekends are devoted to writing stories involving hot characters, favorite tropes, and happily ever afters.
Any additional time is spent laughing with friends, drinking red wine, printing and painting minis, and playing D&D. There might even be video games. If there’s cake involved at any point it’s a win!
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