Today I am so pleased to welcome Eden Finley to Joyfully Jay. Eden has come to talk to us about her latest release, Football Royalty. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Felix left the front door open when he walked in, so of course, perfect timing, Levi steps through as I say this.
He laughs. “I can see cooking went as well as making coffee did.”
Not one to ever be a wallflower, Felix immediately asks, “Who are you?”
What am I supposed to say here? My date? A dude I hooked up with a couple of weeks ago, have randomly DM’d a couple of times since but haven’t seen again because football and school are taking up all my time? The messages haven’t been flirty or even mention what happened, but they’ve been friendly enough. He asked for recommendations on where to get good Chinese food. We asked how our classes are going. That kind of thing.
I wanted to ask to see him again but really couldn’t.
Brady senses my hesitance and comes to my rescue. “That’s Levi Vanderbilt. We went to high school together back in Chicago.”
“He’s in the law program,” I add. Because my immediate reaction is to somehow save his cover story for being here even though no one asked for that information.
Levi gives me a smile and hands over a bottle of wine. “I knew I should’ve brought a plate of food instead, but I went against my gut instincts.”
“Your gut instincts were right. I’ll add it to the rest of our dinner.” I turn and put it with the bottles of vodka, rum, whiskey, and tequila.
“Jesus,” Levi says when he looks at the pile. “Do we have anything to line our stomachs first?”
“We have pie.” I grin.
“Oh, we’re so going to die.”
“What happened to you in your old age?” I ask. “Oh, is it the Hahvid effect? It removes the partying part of your brain and replaces it with old-white-guy syndrome.”
Levi playfully slaps me. “Quit it with that Harvard shit.”
“Don’t you remember all those epic parties back in high school?” I ask. “Sure, we never actually hung out at them, but you would drink like a fish.”
“Exactly. I think my body rebels whenever it remembers.”
I lick my lips because now my body is remembering what else his body can do.
“Why … why is this turning me on?” Felix blurts.
Thank you so much for making this awkward, I want to say but don’t.
Marshall pulls Felix to his side. “Because you’re a horndog.”
“Right. That.” Felix nods. “What is it with the straight-guy thing? They’re so hot.”
Levi and I speak at the same time but say very different things. “It’s because they’re unobtainable, and that’s appealing,” I say.
“I pass for straight? Haven’t had that happen for a few years.”
“Oh, sorry,” Felix says. “I shouldn’t have assumed.” But then his face lights up. “Wait. You went to high school with them.” He points to me and Brady. “You’re gay. Did you and Brady ever—”
“Nope,” I cut in. “Not going there.”
Levi smiles over at me.
Felix gasps. “Are you the one who took Peyton’s guy virginity? The one he claims made him realize he was super straight?”
Levi laughs. “Ouch, Pey. That cuts so deep.”
Felix jumps up and down. “Oh my God, this is so much fun.”
“And we’re going to need to start drinking,” I say. “Like, right now.”
Franklin University Series, Book 8
If you never fooled around with someone of the same gender, did you even go to high school?
My whole life I’ve had the pressure of being Marcus Talon and Shane Miller’s football prodigy. I’ve been destined to follow in my NFL-playing fathers’ footsteps since the day I was born. I usually thrive under pressure, but as senior year looms, it all gets too much, and I need an outlet. The last place I thought I’d find my release is at Levi Vanderbilt’s graduation party. In his bed. With him.
It’s a one-time thing. An experimentation. And while it was fun, we agree that being with guys isn’t for either of us. I’m happy to accept that until he turns up in California.
I haven’t had to think about him for four years, but now I can’t get him out of my head.
Coming to Franklin University for grad school to follow a boy I hooked up with once is the stupidest thing I could have done.
We said that high school didn’t mean anything, but the truth is, that night made me realize who I truly am, and since then, I’ve been trying to find that sense of freedom again.
I’m hoping it can be with him, but everything I’ve heard around campus points to Peyton not having the same life-changing revelation I did.
And if that’s the case, did I just move across the country for a straight guy?
Kill me now.
Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.
She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.
She’s also an Australian girl and apologizes for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.
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