Thanks for having me today Divine Magazine! I wanted to share this excerpt of Flynn and Andy seeing each other for the first time since their separation. It really sets the tone for things going forward. We get a good glimpse of Flynn’s personality here and what Andy might have to endure for the two weeks up until his sister’s wedding.
If you need some background music to set the scene, I recommend House of Memories by Panic! At The Disco.
He isn’t expecting much when he opens the door, just a reasonably attractive man by Clint’s standards, which aren’t always credible. He hasn’t given any thought to what color hair the man would have (rich sable), or the color of his eyes (bright blue like the sun off a lake), or how tall he might be (several inches taller than Andy himself).
He hasn’t given any thought to whether he’d know the man.
He closes the door in that familiar face only moments after opening it, his stomach plummeting so far down it feels like it’s at his feet. His breathing is fast, his heart thumping away double time. He braces himself against the door, letting his head hang between his arms. There’s a good chance he’s having a panic attack. Flynn Barnett is standing on his doorstep. He tries to take a slow, long breath in.
“Seriously?” asks a deep, familiar voice in a slow drawl that’s somewhat muffled by the door. “This is a bit petty, no?”
Andy is going to kill Clint. He is going to tear him to pieces. “There’s been a misunderstanding,” he says. “I think you should ask your driver to take you to a hotel for the night.”
“My driver left.”
“Andy?” asks his mom, appearing in the hall behind him. “What’s going on? Let the poor man in.”
Andy shakes his head no. “He can’t stay.”
“You’re being ridiculous and very rude,” she says, eyeing him with concern. Her concern doesn’t stop her from gently prodding him out of the way so she can open the door. “You,” she breathes, standing frozen in the doorway, staring at their guest.
“Hello, Mrs. Wilson. Pleasure to see you again. It has been quite some time.”
She shuts the door in his face.
Andy can’t help it. He starts to laugh, and he can’t make himself stop. His mother doesn’t say one word, waiting for him to calm down on his own time. “You know he’s not going to leave if we don’t let him in,” points out Andy. “Probably climb the side of the house and come in through one of our bedroom windows.”
“I’ll go check and make sure they’re all locked.” And bless her, she starts to move like that’s exactly what she’s going to do.
“No,” says Andy, rubbing at his eyes, which are watering from his laughter. “I’m going to let him in. It was just the shock at first. That’s all. I’m fine. It’s fine. Everything’s fine.” He can be a mature adult about this. Clint wouldn’t have sent Flynn to him if it weren’t important. He knew their history.
He reopens the door and stares into a face from his past. A face he’d never thought to see again. Had kissed and stroked and even at times mended. The face of a man he had loved beyond words. A man who had given him the absolute happiest and the horrifyingly worst moments of his life.
Three years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant.
Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no.
Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.
Review by Janice Birnie
The Last Favour by Meg Harding is a book about second chances and learning whether or not we can trust again. Sometimes a reconnection can be made, sometimes not. The revisited relationship may fail, or it could be even better than before, we’ll never know unless we take that leap of faith.
Andrew Wilson is a handsome, muscular, blue eyed Canadian/American. He is a hard working, respected, member of the FBI, and enjoys his work and downtime with his colleagues. Having drinks at their local bar, after wrapping up a case, one of his friends and co-workers, Clint, bets Andy that he can’t pick up Mr tall, dark and handsome sitting at the end of the bar. He must pretend to be a pilot, and even Andy doesn’t think he has a chance with this “gorgeous specimen of a man”. Unexpectedly, his pick up line works, and one night of passion ensues. Creeping out the next day, Andy never expects to see his hook up again.
Flynn Barnett is a bit of a lone wolf. Beginning work in a new FBI office he waits with his new boss, with some trepidation, for his assigned partner. When Andy, the ‘pilot’, walks in, both men are equally shocked. They can see the funny side though, and so begins a successful partnership. Working as partners leads to falling in love and moving in together. An undercover drug bust has Flynn working as a mole, but when it’s time to make arrests, mistakes are made that very nearly cost Andy his life. His loss of trust in Flynn means the end of their relationship, and Andy quits the FBI and, with Clint’s help, returns to his family in Montreal.
Fast forward three years and Andy is running a successful Italian restaurant and is knee deep in wedding preparations for his sister, Harley. A phone call from Clint, calling in a favour and asking Andy to put up an ex FBI agent in need, results in Andy playing host to Flynn. This surprise reunion is not what Andy, or his family, expected and Flynn isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. The wedding preparations, and a string of unexpected, and often very funny, events keep throwing these two bull headed men together, and as Andy’s family works on forgiving Flynn, so does he. Accepting that he may have also contributed to their relationship problems, and that communication is key, Andy gradually opens himself up to the possibility of forgiving Flynn. Whether these two strong, stubborn, alpha men are capable of making the changes and concessions needed for a HEA remains to be seen.
The Last Favour is an enjoyable, at times very funny, read. Meg Harding’s characters are often slightly flawed, or damaged, and she tells their stories lovingly. There is an authenticity to her MC’s that I find refreshing. Like the other stories I’ve read by this author, you know you are in for a bumpy ride, but you will probably laugh along the way, and can have faith that somehow everything will work out in the end.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF, and is completing a masters program for Publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
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