‘First Love’ Blog Hop Day 3!

Happy Valentine’s Week! Our fabulous topic for the day is:

First Date

 The very first date in my life was a total dud. He was a younger man who ended up reminding me of my brother. And his goodnight kiss was just about as exciting.

Luckily! Things go better for Shelton.

Excerp from ‘Shelton in Love’

             To his surprise, Nevil took him to one of the more subdued pubs in town, saying he didn’t want too much competition for his attention. Shelton sighed in relief as he slipped into the booth and settled against the comfortable leather cushions. He’d been half afraid Nevil would take him to one of the clubs he frequented. This was a more intimate setting, but there were enough people milling around for him to keep his head with Nevil.

             A tingle of excitement filled Shelton as the waiter took their order, the man’s eyes clearly showing interest as they flicked over him, further bolstering Shelton’s confidence. Nevil chortled softly, but the sound was warm rather than mocking, filling his heart.

             Nevil leaned towards him across the table after the waiter brought their drinks. “I’m glad you’re here. Everyone’s jealous of me.”

           Shelton snorted, but his heart soared at the praise; and curious why Nevil had said that, he sneaked a look around the crowded room. It startled him to encounter a man’s hard stare. Caught, the blond picked up his drink from the bar and walked towards them, never taking his green eyes off Shelton.

            Sliding into the booth beside Nevil, the man gave Nevil a familiar kiss on the cheek. “Who’s this, darling? Lovely jacket.”

            Shelton felt instantly self-conscious. “Thanks. It’s a ‘Tera Shaw’.”

            The man snapped his fingers. “That’s where I know you! You’re right, Nevil, the man’s as gorgeous in real life as he is in the catalogues.”

            Shelton stared at his drink, heat burning his face under the man’s hot gaze. When had Nevil discussed him with this man? Shelton didn’t even know the guy. What had they said?

            Nevil picked up his glass and swirled the contents, his eyes focused on the reflection of light in the amber liquid. “Now you’ve seen him. Shouldn’t you be getting home to the boyfriend, or are you going to solicit an autograph?” he taunted. The man made an irritated sound, but then his expression changed as he looked from him to Shelton.

            “Oh, I get it. Want some privacy,” he said, giving Nevil a broad wink. He tossed back his drink and slid to his feet. “Well, gotta run. You two have fun.” He leered at them before pushing  his way through the group of people clustered around the bar.

            Nevil scowled at the man’s retreating back then turned a rueful face to Shelton. “Michael’s an ass even at work. Ignore him. I try to.”


Shelton in Love

Breathless Press: http://www.breathlesspress.com/shelton-love

Shelton is falling hard for his best friend and roommate, finding Nevil’s dark good looks and moments of gentleness almost impossible to resist. But Nevil is more interested in affairs of the body than the heart. As Shelton’s desire for the man grows, he wonders if he can change Nevil’s mind. But does he even want to? Nevil might not stay, once he learns Shelton’s secret, and then his loneliness would be complete.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Win a PDF copy of ‘Shelton in Love’ by telling me in a comment what was the first date you went on with the love of your life.

This is a Blog Hop!



About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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3 Responses to ‘First Love’ Blog Hop Day 3!

  1. Love that excerpt, Dianne. Have I told you all three Shelton books are on my TBR list? They are. 🙂 Happy Friday.

  2. Love the name, Shelton. I can see why these are on Danielle’s TBR list. They’re on mine now.

    The first date with my hubby was a jazz concert, and I intended not to spend the night with him. I really tried. But he took me home and resistence was futile!

    But it’s been 40 years and 4 kids later, so I think I made the right decision. Thanks for the yummy excerpt, and for participating. I’ve shared and re-tweeted this for you as well.

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