Two men with painful, complicated pasts who have shut themselves down from ever loving again. Complete opposites of one another, one raised in a strict military household, who grew up with the sole purpose of becoming a soldier and defending his country, only to have that cut short by an IED; and the other raised in the rodeo, small town and ranch life his safe haven; and their chance meeting.
How the two of them end up in some small town diner can only be credited to divine intervention. But are both men too damaged? They say God works in mysterious ways. Well, he certainly had his hands full when he chose these two for saving.
Is it too late?
His war has just begun.
Triggers: Deals with PTSD, death, and injury.
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New York was quite a bit different than their little hometown, but to a young man ready to embark on his own life, it was exciting. So as they had arranged, after a strong season and defending his title in bull riding plus coming in second in bareback bronc riding, Chris said goodbye to youth rodeo. He’d just turned eighteen and instead, he left home and headed to New York for his freshman year.
“I don’t know about these,” Chris complained. He had gone to the mall with a few friends from school, intending to get himself some New York clothes. He had discovered that his wardrobe, which had always comprised jeans, t-shirts or button up shirts, his cowboy hat and his boots didn’t work so well on a college campus in New York. It was all he’d ever known, but he had a group of friends determined to help him fit in.
“I think they look okay,” Adam stated, looking at the running shoes. He and Chris had dated on and off for a few months, but neither was looking for anything serious.
“They look good, Chris,” Becky, another close friend added. “They have good traction and it will certainly be easier to run in these than in your boots,” she teased. She still giggled when picturing the look on their gym teacher’s face their first day of class. He took one look at Chris and nearly resigned right then. That was before he discovered how athletic Chris was.
“You think so?” He looked up at her. They felt funny so he walked around to try them out.
“We also need to get you some shorts,” Adam stated.
“Gonna feel like I left the house without any pants on,” Chris joked.
“I don’t think anyone in class will mind that one bit,” Becky teased. “I understand those thighs are to die for!”
Adam smiled. “That they are.”
“Fine,” Chris huffed, grabbing the empty box and his old pair of boots. “I’m buying these and keeping them on to get used to them. Now if you two will stop discussing my performance in the bedroom, I’d like some help getting a few other things,” he reprimanded, a smirk always just below the surface.
Copyright Shelly Davidson 2016
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Who is Shelly Davidson? Shelly is someone who has been writing literally her entire life (and that’s a LONG time) and has always written M/M. Her first story was back in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Of course, Shelly never dreamed of getting published, so needless to say, she’s in heaven! Shelly loves her characters. Her writing focus is real people, flaws and all, who are hurting or damaged, but deserve a little joy in their lives. Shelly was born and raised in Arizona, but currently lives in California because that is where the money is! She is currently single, but has a grown daughter and an adorable grandson both of whom she loves dearly. While she usually stays pretty much to herself, she does have a Bachelor’s in Social Services and a diverse background that ranges from theater to health care and currently works in accounting, she swears it’s not as boring as it sounds. While this is her first publication, it is by far not the last! She plans on being around for quite some time! You’ve been warned!