The muffled thud of shoes came from the front deck. He wasn’t expecting a delivery, so that left one of his many unwanted visitors. A knock followed shortly after. He glared at the door and picked up the book again.
Another knock, this one much harder.
“Michael, I know you’re in there.” Simon’s words filtered into the house.
Michael stood and stared at the door. What the hell was Simon doing here? Out of everyone, he hadn’t expected him.
“Come on. Don’t think I won’t make a scene.” Simon’s voice got progressively louder.
Michael’s heart thumped.
“I did warn you,” Simon said in a singsong fashion.
What? Michael took a step closer to the door.
“I can’t believe you’re doing this to us,” Simon yelled for the whole damn neighborhood to hear. “After all I sacrificed for you, you just use me and throw me aside!”
Michael’s mouth dropped open. Oh, the Newmans were going to have joint heart attacks, and Mr. Benson was going to record this for YouTube.
“I gave you my virginity,” Simon screeched. “And you—”
Michael threw open the door and jerked Simon inside the house.
“What the hell are you thinking?” Michael snarled as he slammed the door.
“I’m thinking I not only got you to open the door but got inside your house.” Simon’s dark green eyes sparkled. “But seeing how things look”—his nose wrinkled—“that might not be a good thing. It looks like Animal House exploded in here.”
Michael glanced around the room and grimaced before settling his attention on Simon. Did the man have to look so sexy?
–Above is an excerpt from Fused by Fire, the third book in the Firehouse Six series. It will be released May 20th. Simon is my book boyfriend of the month. Below is a photo of my inspiration for him while I was writing the book.
Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.
Simon has had the biggest crush on Lieutenant Firefighter, Michael Donovan since the first day he saw him. Which just happened to be at an interview for a job to work as a firefighter. Before his desire to lick the gruff older man from head to toe affects his work, Simon transfers over to being a paramedic. Just when he’s begun to build a life that doesn’t include hot shower fantasies of Michael, the object of his angst is thrust into his path.
All too quickly, Simon begins to barrel through Michael’s defenses and dig up the desires Michael has fought so hard to hide. As passions flare out of control, tragedies collide from every side. Michael’s struggle to keep Simon at a distance starts to crumble beneath the weight of the secrets that Simon is hiding. Will Michael be able to protect Simon when he needs it the most or will he lose Simon forever?
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