Heart Untouched was one of those stories that came out of something that made me angry. The US Olympic Committee doesn’t treat our athletes in the United States very well. Other countries support them, but here in the US, the committee takes in a great deal of money, using to pay administrators huge salaries, while most of the athletes end up in debt in order to represent their country. When I saw this it really got under my skin and Heart Untouched was born. From a writing perspective, it really was fun making an organization the bad guy. However, I have to tell you that my guys really worked their way into my hear.t This series really feeds my romantic soul because everyone deserves to find love and be happy. We all struggle in our lives, some of us more than others. But there is nothing more rewarding for my little romantic heart than when that happy ever after warm it so beautifully.
Title: Heart Untouched
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Hearts Entwined Book 3
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Oct 9 2018
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format ~ eBook & Print
A Hearts Entwined Novel
An accident crushed Duncan’s Olympic dreams and landed him in a chair, but he knows it’s time to get his life back on track—and he has a plan in mind. Working with his friend Todd, an Olympic skeleton racer, on a promotional campaign will not only help Duncan regain some direction, but it’ll give Todd the financial boost he desperately needs. The sport Todd loves is draining his resources—so much so that he’s thinking of giving up racing just to make ends meet.
As the two men work together, their friendship blossoms into much more, and suddenly the future is looking brighter than it has in a long time. But just when love, happiness, and success seem within their grasp, the USOC steps in with plans to stop their campaign. That’ll mean an end not just to Duncan’s business, but to Todd’s dreams… and Duncan isn’t about to let that happen to the man who means everything to him.
“Why are you nervous? You got a thing for this guy?” There were times when Clive could be amazingly perceptive, and Todd hoped this wasn’t one of those times. “You can blush faster than a fifteen-year-old with a hot date. What’s this guy like?”
“How about we leave the fifth degree until I get home. I’m just having lunch with an old friend. There’s nothing more to it than that.”
Which was the truth. Todd doubted there could ever be anything more than that between him and Duncan, no matter how many times he’d wondered what Duncan would be like to come home to and spend more than just the hours training together on frozen runs with. They were both competitive as hell and had pushed each other to be better, over and over again. They fought sometimes, and each of them had won and lost. There were times that Todd had hated Duncan, but now he could see that was just their competitive natures getting the best of them. Besides, everything had changed when Duncan got hurt. Those past rivalries paled in comparison to his friend’s health and well-being. The accident had shaken Todd to the core and pushed him to some hard truths, like maybe… sometimes… it wasn’t who got down the hill the fastest.
Clive rolled his eyes dramatically and sighed. “So, you like this guy. It’s about fucking time.” He grinned. “Go out, have a good time, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.” He paused. “On second thought, I hope to hell you do something I would do, preferably multiple times until your eyes roll back in your head and he puts a huge grin on your face.” Clive swooped out of the room.
“Slut,” Todd teased in his best southern accent, which he knew came off flat, but it pissed Clive off when he did it.
“You really want to do this?” Clive paused for barely a fraction of a second before firing back with “Prude.”
“Helium heels,” Todd retorted, and Clive raised an eyebrow ever so slightly. “Shirttail lifter,” he added for good measure.
“Great American sex desert.”
Todd chuckled. That was a new one, and really quite good. “Member of the Kneepads of the Month club.”
Clive opened his mouth but nothing came out.
Todd grinned and pointed. “Gotcha,” he crowed before Clive had a chance to recover. He claimed victory by shooing Clive out and closing the door. Their game had started out with one-upmanship around who could bag the guy they wanted first, but after things had fallen apart for Todd, they had shifted mostly to Todd defending the fact that his life in the bedroom had become his right hand and nothing more.
He finished getting ready and headed out to where the other three people in the house sat watching ESPN. They were all athletes in various sports, mostly the unglamorous ones, though Henry was a speed skater, and in Milwaukee that held some interest, given that the Olympic speed skating training center was in town and the two American stars of the sport, Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, were both from the area. Other than that, most people only heard of the sports each of them loved every four years when the Winter Olympics rolled around.
“I’ll see you later, guys.” Todd headed for the door as all eyes turned to him. They waved and thankfully didn’t tease. Todd was more grateful than he could say.
He half jogged to his car, slipped inside, and started the engine. The old beater was in tip-top condition under the hood, and Todd intended to keep her that way. He navigated the streets to Duncan’s and pulled into the drive, got out, and approached the front door to ring the bell.
The door stayed closed and Todd heard nothing from inside. Had Duncan forgotten they were going to get together? A wave of disappointment washed over him before the door finally opened and Duncan rolled back. Todd opened the screen door and stepped inside.
“Sorry, I was….” Duncan glanced down the hall, and Todd nodded his understanding.
“Where’s your mom?” Todd asked, looking around.
“She went to visit relatives.” Duncan grabbed a sweatshirt jacket and piled it on top of his legs. “She wanted me to go with her.”
“We could have rescheduled if that’s what you needed,” Todd said, even as a smile curled his lips upward.
“Oh God no.” Duncan tilted his head to the side. “She’s one of those pity people.” He lowered his jaw and made a soft “oh” sound. “‘Poor Duncan… I’m so sorry.’ Bitch.” The cattiness snapped out, and Todd laughed. There was some of the Duncan he knew. “I hate the woman, and Mom makes me go with her whenever she does her beck-and-call thing.” Duncan rolled forward. “I’m ready when you are.”
Todd let him slide out of the house and then pulled the door closed. “Awesome. Where do you want to go?”
About the Author
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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