LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings
Hello and welcome to my Day of Awesomeness snippet!
These 6 sentences are from Speedbump—we’re in Red’s POV, and he and Ezra are sitting in Ezra’s backyard.
We fell back into silence and watched the fire dancing in the little clay fireplace. Cold settled around us like another layer of quiet. Maybe it was a little crazy to stay out much longer, but I didn’t want the evening to end. The thought of removing my arm from around Ezra’s shoulders made my chest tight, but we couldn’t sit there all night.
I’d never been so hesitant to invite myself into someone’s bedroom.
The feeling was kind of awesome—profound in a way that I’d scratched the surface of in a song or two but never expected to meet in real life.
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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.
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