We have Meg Bawden stopping by today with her new release Rushing Love from Dreamspinner Press
G;day! My name is Meg Bawden, and I’m here at Divine Magazine today to celebrate the release of my new story, Rushing Love.
Rushing Love is a M/M romance story set in South Dakota, USA. I wrote it for the States of Love line from Dreamspinner Press and I can’t wait for its release. I had so much fun writing it and I can’t wait to share it with you. Please allow me to share the blurb with you:
After a devastating break-up with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a holiday to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.
Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.
If you’re interested you can find the story here:
To celebrate the release (which is today! Yay!), I’d like to share a short story into their lives. I’ve shared another short story before, at MM Good Book Reviews, and this segment is a follow up. So I hope you enjoy!
Grayson’s sister wasn’t what Flynn expected. Unlike his mom, she was short and stout, with curves that would have tempted Flynn had he been born straight. She was a loudmouth who said things how they were and never shied away from a conversation, even one that involved Grayson and Flynn’s sex life.
“So, who’s the girl in your relationship?” She raised an auburn eyebrow. She’d inherited her coloring from their grandparents, or so Grayson had told Flynn the moment they’d met Hannah.
The question left Flynn squirming and he glanced at his boyfriend, hoping for some help. He certainly didn’t want to tell Hannah it was none of her business. He was trying to make a good impression on Grayson’s family, after all.
Grayson glared at her. “Neither of us. We’re men.”
She waved her hand in annoyance. “I know that, but who takes and who gives?”
Grayson pointed at her in warning. “Hannah, what have I told you about asking these questions?”
She shrugged. “I’m just curious. There is nothing to be ashamed of.”
Her mother snorted as she entered the family room with a tray of cookies in her hands. “I don’t know where you get your curiosity from. It’s your brother, Hannah. You shouldn’t be curious about those sorts of things.” She placed the tray on the coffee table in front of the sofas they sat on. “Would you like it if we asked you about yours and Roger’s sex life?” Mrs. Harland dropped onto the sofa beside Flynn and patted his knee.
“I wouldn’t care if someone asked me,” Hannah said, ignoring the look of embarrassment on her boyfriend’s face. He was a lot like Flynn in a way—older than his partner and shy, especially in the presence of a family he was meeting for the first time. “Roger and I have sex in a lot of different positions, but he’s definitely the girl in the relationship. I take charge in the bedroom. He usually just lies back and takes it.”
“Hannah!” Roger’s face flushed a deep crimson and he glanced around the room, horrified. The noises coming from his mouth made it sound like he was choking on words, as though he was trying to think of something, anything, to say to his girlfriend’s mother and brothers that he’d only met today. Instead, he let out a strangled groan and tried to sink into the sofa.
With a glance around the room, Flynn noted that Mrs. Harland and Hannah’s three older brothers who occupied the room, including Grayson, didn’t seem surprised by her confession. If anything, they looked very unsurprised and bored.
Grayson leaned in to Flynn and whispered in his ear, “She’s not shy about sex conversations. She thinks it’s perfectly normal to talk about her sex life.”
Grayson’s comment wasn’t as quietly as he must have thought because Hannah scoffed. “Why should I be embarrassed by it? Sex is perfectly normal.”
“Yes, but it’s not perfectly normal to talk about your sex life in front of your family, darling.” Mrs. Harland sighed.
“I ask Tommy about his sex life all the time. He tells me about it.” She threw a hand gesture at her other gay brother, who sat in the corner with a book in his hand.
Like the rest of the family Flynn had met, Thomas wasn’t what he expected either. Apparently, he’d conjured up this completely wrong image of Grayson’s family. He’d expected Thomas to be like Grayson—tall, dark, and masculine, with no filter for his mouth—but he wasn’t. Like Hannah, Thomas wasn’t tall, rather about Flynn’s height, and he had the same auburn coloring as his sister and grandparents. He wore thick, black rimmed glasses and a splattering of light freckles feathered across his cheeks. Thomas wasn’t a cowboy like the rest of his brothers, but an accountant who preferred to spend time in a large office building over a ranch. He’d told Flynn that he didn’t hate the ranch, it was home, but he didn’t love it either. Even Hannah helped out on one of the dude ranches in Montana, which made Thomas the odd one out.
Thomas pushed his glasses up his nose and turned his stare to his sister. He frowned. “Yes, because I don’t have a sex life.”
Hannah nodded. “True, but you prefer to bottom. You said so yourself.”
“I top sometimes,” Thomas argued. He didn’t seem fazed one bit that they were talking about his preferred sexual positions.
“And you like doggy style,” Hannah continued, ignoring the horrified look from her boyfriend. “On your back is too personal. You don’t like looking at your partner unless they’ve earned your trust. Whereas I, personally, prefer—”
She didn’t get much further because Roger slammed a hand over her mouth. “I think that’s enough sex talk for the evening.”
Flynn couldn’t agree more. The conversation made him feel awkward. It wasn’t that talking about sex left him uncomfortable, rather that it left him wanting Grayson then and there. The more they talked about it, the more he thought about his boyfriend on top of him, under him, Grayson’s chest heaving with exhaustion and sweat clinging to his tanned skin as his orgasm hit him so hard that it left him winded. And these thoughts made Flynn breathless.
Flynn glanced at his watch. “Oh, look at the time. Grayson and I should probably go to bed soon.”
The entire room full of people stared at him as though he was insane, even Grayson. It wasn’t until Flynn squeezed Grayson’s thigh painfully hard, that realization hit his much younger boyfriend and Grayson nodded rather dramatically.
“Yup. Bedtime for us.”
“Bedtime?” Hannah’s voice filled with disbelief. “It’s only seven.”
“The drive was very tiring.” The lie came so easily to Flynn that it surprised him.
She eyed him suspiciously, but the others didn’t hesitate to say goodnight. Mrs. Harland offered them a cookie before they went and Flynn snagged one while, much to Flynn’s surprise, Grayson took five. Either they were really good or Grayson was splurging, because he never ate baked goods. Or maybe, just maybe, there was more to his boyfriend than he knew yet. But one thing he’d learned with Brendan, his ex, was that no matter how many years you were together, you never stopped learning new things about each other. And Flynn was excited to learn more about his handsome cowboy.
They stood and said their goodnights, before slowly making their way toward the exit of the room, trying to act inconspicuous. That wasn’t easy when Grayson’s hand kept accidentally swiping his ass and lingering a little longer than necessary.
Just before they finally reached freedom, Mrs. Harland said, “Try to keep the noise down, boys. I don’t want to hear my son having sex.”
Flynn would probably have taken the coward’s way out and actually gone to sleep if Grayson hadn’t dragged him to his old room and ravished him. Flynn could never say no to Grayson’s touch. Who was he kidding? He couldn’t say no to anything about Grayson. Even if his family was amazing, if a little strange.
Review by Truus
Flynn and Grayson
After nineteen years Flynn’s relation is over…. with a bad breakup.
With his best friend for life Sean, he is taking a vacation …..far away from his is ex…
To a South Dakota dude ranch….
Flynn is in an awful state of mind and Sean wants him to feel better and is doing his best.
After they arrived they get into their cabin and try to settle… a knock on the door and there stands a beautiful cowboy, the co-owner of the ranch Grayson. When Grayson sees Flynn he has only one thing on his mind….. conquer Flynn. He is just head over heels.
Flynn is impressed by Grayson…. but thinks he too young…. way to young. Grayson has different ideas and is determined to take Flynn over the threshold.
Grayson’s brother doesn’t like the idea.. his younger brother with the older Flynn. And Flynn agrees with the brother….Grayson is way to young ……only he is so attracted to him
What follows is some little accidents, excursions, melting of Flynn’s heart, sweet kisses and
Grayson trying his best to own Flynn’s heart. He has to be honest about who he really is.
And there is a tiny dirty part with Flynn’s ex…..
It’s a short read. The writing style was good, it was entertaining and overall a nice read. Only 90% of the story was spread over two, three days…. Grayson was convinced about his own feelings at first sight… I didn’t feel it that way. It could have some more depth.
This read is for the ones who love a light story with a young determined cowboy 🙂
Star rating: 3.5
About the Author
Meg Bawden was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.
Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!
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