Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to talk to us about her latest release, Love and History. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
“I’m sorry, Ezra. I’m not skilled at the art of high jinks and tomfoolery. I shouldn’t have confiscated your food. Please forgive me.”
“Hmph. I’ll think about it.”
He swiped the washcloth over his face and forearms, scrunching his nose as if still dissatisfied with the results. And of course, I had a pretty good idea where that would lead.
Sure enough, he tugged his polo shirt over his head, and dropped it next to the cooler.
I rolled my eyes as I perched on the corner of my bed. “Any excuse to take your clothes off, eh?”
“Now that you mention it, my pants are a little damp.” He made quick work of his khakis, toeing off his shoes and socks. In seconds flat, he was standing in the middle of my bedroom in a pair of black boxer briefs that lovingly cupped his generous package.
Don’t look, don’t look.
I averted my gaze to the elaborate ink design on his torso for a beat and shook my head. No one else on the planet got away with randomly stripping quite like Ezra. He filled every space he entered, conquering unsuspecting citizens with relentless perseverance and jockish charm. I wished I could report that I was immune, but that was a lie.
I was too worn out to fight my body’s amorous reaction. I wasn’t overly concerned, though. I’d never thrown myself at a straight man and I certainly wasn’t about to start now. However…
“Maybe you should change your clothes and come back for your stuff,” I suggested.
He pointed a stern finger at me. “You’re helping me put those groceries away.”
“I will, but I need a minute, so…get dressed first.”
Ezra gave me a pointed look before flopping beside me on the bed. His thick brows formed a V in the middle of his forehead as he twisted to face me.
“So, what happened? You lost your marbles when you realized I was going to win that bet?”
“Something like that.”
“I don’t get it. Why do you want to win so bad? Is this really about Henry the Eighth? I mean, c’mon…there’s gotta be other guys who fit that costume and would make better candidates than me,” he said, hiking his thumb toward his chest.
I shrugged. “Maybe, but I think you’d be perfect.”
“Then why not just ask me?”
Was he serious?
“I did ask you,” I snapped irritably. “You said no.”
“Oh. That’s right.” He lay back, bracing his weight on his elbows, looking more at home in my room than I’d ever been. “Well, I didn’t know it meant so much to you. Try again.”
I had nothing to lose but my dignity at this point—and even that was up for debate. So…
“Ezra, will you please be Henry the Eighth for the HRS’s Renaissance in the Park festival?”
Ezra chuckled. “Fine, I’ll do it, Shakespeare.”
The sporty roommate, the professor, and a history lesson…
Ezra might be the most annoying roommate ever. He’s loud, obnoxious, and full of himself. So what if he’s a tall, muscular, tattooed jock? His tendency to strip to his boxers in the kitchen while helping himself to my food isn’t endearing in the slightest. Nope. Ezra has to go.
However, I have to admit, he’s the perfect fit to play the king for my historic reenactment event. Ezra in a royal robe…oh, this could be quite tantalizing indeed.
He won’t do it, though.
Unless I trick him into a history lesson.
Holden is the kind of dude who wears top hats and great coats while teaching astrophysics to brainiacs. Weird, right? But I gotta respect that level of commitment. And I respect him.
Sadly, Holden doesn’t feel the same way about me.
I guess I can’t blame him. Cranking his gears has been a highlight of my stint in geek land. I’ve never seen anyone get riled about yogurt like him. He makes me laugh. And think. And he makes me want things I’d never thought possible.
So yeah, I’ll take that history lesson. If it leads to something more, I’m in.
Love and History is a Bi-awakening geek/jock romance featuring a messy law student, a picky professor, and a lesson neither will forget!
Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, 2018-2019, and 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.
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