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“You lived in Boston, man,” I wailed. “This is a tragedy. It’s like you were living dead-center of an all you can eat buffet and spent three years saying, ‘No, I’m perfectly fine with this small fruit cup and this sprig of parsley.’ Nobody is handing out bonus points for how little enjoyment you derive from life, Knox. You do know that, right? But fine. Fine! We begin from where we are.” I waved a hand like I could magic away his shortsightedness and moved on with what I felt was considerable maturity. “Now get out your phone and let’s do this thing. Time for lesson one. I’m going to tutor you in the Art of the Modern Hookup.”
He shook his head. “Not only no, but hell no. I’m not interested. Besides, why in the world would you want to help me with this? Forgive me if I don’t trust your sudden generosity.”
“For the good of humanity? Because I’m just that kind? No?” I sighed. “Okay, fine. Not to dredge up our painful history since you apologized so nicely and all, but you’ve been a bear to deal with the last two weeks. Think of my helping you get a stress-relieving fuck as a form of self-preservation.”
More laughter—that easygoing, happy laughter—bubbled out of him, seeming to startle him as much as it did me. “Goodman, you are…” He broke off and shook his head.
“A fool?” I said darkly. “Yes, so you keep saying.”
And he wasn’t wrong.
I had it bad for this man, I could admit that to myself, and that was beyond foolish because Knox was the literal definition of Never Gonna Happen.
But at least now I knew there was no point in walking around the apartment wearing my fuck-me jeans which, in retrospect, were not very comfortable. And I definitely didn’t need to stop annoying him constantly, which was handy since I’d kinda gotten into it.
I just needed to approach this ceasefire with Knox the same way I’d gone into Game of Thrones when I’d started watching it last year, approximately a billion years after the rest of the world had seen it and spoiled it all over the internet. When you knew there wouldn’t be a happily ever after, you knew not to let yourself get too invested.
“I swear to god, I’m gonna make sure you get laid one of these days. And when you’re stress-free and smiley, I’m going to be smug as fuck.” I threatened Knox sunnily. “Watch. It. Happen.”
The Sunday Brothers, Book 1
The job at Sunday Orchard was supposed to be temporary.
A chance to gain some work experience. To have some fun. To get away from my overprotective brothers. To maybe, possibly encounter some lumberjacks in their natural habitat before moving on to the dream career that awaited me in the city.
I had not expected to be welcomed into a family of gorgeous and weirdly efficient lumberjack-types myself. Or to find a purpose in the tiny Vermont town whose claim to fame seemed to be apple-based products and copious amounts of charm.
And I most definitely hadn’t expected to fall for Knox Sunday, my grumpy, burly, fifteen-years-older, reluctant roommate, with his infuriating lectures, his hot-as-fire body, his superior attitude, his snarky humor, and his stealth cuddles.
Now I find myself making excuses to delay my big dreams… just for a little while.
But Knox has unfulfilled dreams of his own. A career he walked away from. A big city life in Boston he left behind when he returned to his hometown to help his family. He claims he’s not looking for anything permanent, and I’ve never been one to put down roots.
My big life is waiting for me somewhere other than Little Pippin Hollow. So why does it feel like I’ve finally found the home of my heart?
And how can I get Knox Sunday to… pick me?
May is an M/M author who lives in Boston. She spends her days raising three incredibly sarcastic children, finding inventive ways to drive her husband crazy, planning beach vacations, avoiding the gym, reading M/M romance, and occasionally writing it. She also writes MF romance as Maisy Archer.
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