To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.
As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.
Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart. After all, his father has certain expectations, and one of them is not him staying in Florida.
Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.
Title: Ebb and Flow
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Love’s Charter (Book 2)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Aug 18 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
I sometimes find it hard to set a story in a place I haven’t visited or lived. Also each setting has a certain feel to it about the place itself as well as the people and if I haven’t actually been there I run the risk of getting it wrong. For Ebb and Flow, the setting came as the result of a visit to my publishers who lives in that area of Florida. On that trip I also got the opportunity to spend the day fishing on the gulf. It was an amazing experience and the captain and his mate were amazing people whom it was a pleasure to get to know. During the trip back, we had engine problems. They jumped on it fast, diagnosing the issue and devising a solution with the tools and supplies they had on board. The thought fast and repaired the boat so we could get back to shore safely and as quickly as possible. My contribution to the problem solving was to stay out of the way. I will admit that smoke pouring out of the engine compartment scared the crap out of me, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and the guys remained cool and calm under pressure. I’ll go out fishing with them any time. Parts of them are in each of the charter boat characters.
“Congratulations!” Jerry called boisterously from their table, and the guys stood, raising their glasses. “You did an amazing job, and you deserve your success.”
Skippy grinned as they all clinked glasses filled with various kinds of pink mixers. It was their thing. “Thanks, guys. It was one hell of a case.”
“So what’s this new one?” Kyle asked.
Skippy shook his head. “I can’t talk about it. Confidential and all that, but it’s in Florida, so….”
“Yeah, I’m so there.” Jerry sniffed and turned away from the table to cough.
“Call my office and make sure Alec has your information. He’ll book all our flights so we travel together.” A thought occurred to him, and Skippy pulled out his phone to send Alec a quick message. He got an almost immediate response.
Are you serious? Alec practically squealed through the message.
Yes. This is going to be a big case and I’m going to need some help. We’ll talk more tomorrow and review the details. Skippy put his phone back in his pocket and looked up.
“What was all that?” Kyle asked.
“My assistant whooping because I asked him to come to Florida. I’m going to need his help, and he deserves it. The guy works his fingers to the bone. I gave him some research to do, and I bet he’s there till midnight tonight working on it.” Alec deserved some recognition, and Skippy was going to make sure he got it, along with a reward.
The server took their dinner orders, and Skippy sat back, some of his energy melting away. He’d been running on adrenaline and coffee for so long that, now that it was passing, he felt drained.
“Can I ask what they did at your office? Don’t they have parties or something when they win a big case?” Steven asked, setting down his drink.
“My father gave me another case and told me he was glad things worked out. It was his way of getting a dig at me because I took the case to court.” Skippy shook his head, then shrugged.
“And I thought my dad was a bastard.” Steven’s father was notorious for being an asshole’s asshole.
“Sometimes I think the only way I’m ever going to get any peace is if he retires and I’m able to take over and run the firm.” That would be lovely, and Skippy intended to treat his associates better than his father did. Not that anything like that was going to happen any time soon. His father was in his late fifties and showing no sign of slowing down. No… Skippy was going to be under his father’s thumb for a long time to come and had to get used to it.
Jerry leaned closer and spoke softly. “You know you’re never going to make him happy.” He patted Skippy on the back. “What the hell did you ever do to him anyway? Besides the whole gay thing.”
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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