By: Diana DeRicci | Other books by Diana DeRicci
Published By: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC
ISBN # 9781936387397
Word Count: 11232
Two men. One roof. Who knew togetherness could be so dangerously tempting?
Korbin is looking for a renter to help make ends meet. Not quite ready to make the offered room a squatter’s paradise with a public ad, he advertises by word of mouth. Turns out he’s doing it at just the right time.
Cage is relocating for a new job and needs a no-hassle place to live. He’s wary about sharing space with a total stranger, but the opportunity to be able to start at his new job without this stress is too good to pass up.
Except one of them is hiding a secret identity and his past has taught him to not talk about it. Friendship brings the men closer, but will the secrets they both carry keep them from exploring a deeper attraction between them?
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Cage straightened to study him, thinking he’d heard wrong. “Someone punched you?”
Korbin’s eyes slid away and he chewed on his lip as he debated something. He nodded then licked his lips, softening the slightly abused spot. “When I told my best friend I’d had my writing accepted. The erotica. He was appalled that I’d been writing it to begin with, angry when I was already making a name for myself, then…”
“Then?” Cage prompted, lifting a hand to run through his hair. Tight curls that welcomed him, clinging to his fingers, coils of softness. It was everything he’d imagined and more. Korbin didn’t flinch or anything. He almost pushed into the caress. I am so going to kill Patty. The witch was right. Again.
Korbin’s gaze rose and locked with his. “Then… He asked if I was gay,” he whispered faintly.
“He hit you when you said yes.”
Though it wasn’t a question, Korbin nodded.
“Damn, Kor,” he murmured, molding them closer together. “That’s why you didn’t want to be touched in the beginning.” Why he didn’t deny being straight.
Korbin lowered his chin, a light tremble vibrating Korbin’s chest. “I’m sorry.”
Cage lifted him from his hiding with a free hand. His chest swelled at the warm trust gazing at him. He never wanted to hurt Korbin, never wanted to see him hurt again. “Never apologize for someone else’s stupidity.” Cage drew a shaky breath, feeling himself be sucked into the brown of Korbin’s eyes. Longing simmered beneath his skin. “Can I kiss you, Korbin?”
With a hesitant hitch, Korbin crept forward a fraction, his gaze sliding from Cage’s eyes to his lips and back again.
Cage closed the distance when he didn’t retreat. Korbin melted beneath Cage. There was no other way to describe it. Lashes lowered, hiding his expressive eyes. Cage held him close, held him tight and Korbin did the same. His lips were soft and smooth, and so perfect.
Cage licked the curve of his upper lip with the tip of his tongue and Korbin whimpered, opening hungrily for more. Cage gave it, thrusting deep and tangling with Korbin.
He pulled away a few minutes later, trying to breathe. Blood pounded against his ears, a heady rush he hadn’t felt in
years. He hadn’t wanted to feel. Korbin was killing him.