Charli Coty

LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings

A cocky little snippet…

Hi all! I’m sharing another snippet from Speedbump this week (because every time I do that I get to look at this cover again *sigh*). I’ve backed up to Chapter One because this bit caught my eye. I don’t know about the rest of the group, but it’s not always easy to choose a snippet—I usually end up with something super-spoilery and then at the last minute have to make another choice. Only two more weeks, though, and I won’t have to worry so much about that! 😊

So, this is from Ezra’s POV, while Red’s giving them a ride after picking them up on the side of the road.


I’d just raised my hand to point out the mailbox when he slowed to take the turn. His cocky grin made me want to adjust my pants again, but I was afraid we’d end up in the ditch if I did. Red roared down the half-mile stretch of dirt and gravel that passed for our road but stopped the car without making any ruts. He might be cocky, but he was no asshole.

Great. I’d sort of hoped he was.


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Getting broken wasn’t supposed to fix everything.

Ezra Cook is sole caregiver to older brother Tray, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in his forties. They live outside the small town of Drop, Oregon, on property Tray bought with his Microsoft settlement money. For years, Ezra has been going on and off low doses of testosterone to maintain a comfortable level of androgyny. Ezra spends most days juggling Tray’s needs and the work required to survive in rural Oregon on a small income, ignoring their own needs, especially companionship and sleep.

Ellred “Red” Long escaped Drop at seventeen but returns to his hometown in disgrace after his band dumped him on the streets of LA. Coming back doesn’t seem like such a dead end, though, after he sees a guy walking along the side of the road in the rain and gives him a lift.

Ezra and Red’s chance meeting begins an uncomfortable friendship neither had expected, and both allow fear to keep it from escalating into a hookup, or worse, a romance. Red never meant to return to Drop and doesn’t want to get stuck there again, while Ezra’s protective walls may be too strong to breach, from either side.


Read more snippets from Speedbump here.




About Charli Coty

Charli has survived droughts, earthquakes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

12 comments on “A cocky little snippet…

  1. rhodrymavelyne
    January 20, 2018

    Great last two lines. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. AM
    January 20, 2018

    The cover is gorgeous. And my lips are zipped for another two weeks, LOL. Great snippet. I love Ezra so much.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charli Coty
      January 20, 2018

      Thanks! I love Natasha’s covers.
      I hope your last line there is a clue about your review. *lol*
      Waiting is so hard–I just want this story to get out there already (but that’s probably because I wrote it in 2015).


  3. Kasia Bacon
    January 20, 2018

    Nice one! Cocky non-arseholes FTW. Heheh.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charli Coty
      January 20, 2018

      Thanks! I have to admit a soft spot for them too. 🙂


  4. Nephy Hart
    January 20, 2018

    I really love that cover. I also love the snippet especially the last line


  5. Addison Albright
    January 21, 2018

    Ha! Well, at least he knows what he wants! ❤


  6. janadenardo
    January 24, 2018

    Loved that last line.


  7. Jackie Keswick
    January 26, 2018

    Nice case of wishful thinking there. 🙂 I’m sure he’ll change his mind.


  8. Antonia Aquilante
    January 26, 2018

    It is a gorgeous cover.


  9. louiselyons013
    January 27, 2018

    Sounds like that cocky grin has him all twitchy! 🙂


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