Behind Iron Lace [NOOK Book]

Overview

Hot and steamy in The Big Easy isn't the life Darcy Butler wants, until he meets a smooth talking bad boy…

Darcy Butler is a fish out of water and is suffocating in the humid New Orleans heat. Dissatisfied with his career, his life, he is homesick and heartbroken. Above all Darcy is straight. Or so he believes until he meets the drop-dead gorgeous photographer he wants to revamp the art department of his e-magazine.

Caleb Mitchell, bad boy ...

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Behind Iron Lace

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Overview

Hot and steamy in The Big Easy isn't the life Darcy Butler wants, until he meets a smooth talking bad boy…

Darcy Butler is a fish out of water and is suffocating in the humid New Orleans heat. Dissatisfied with his career, his life, he is homesick and heartbroken. Above all Darcy is straight. Or so he believes until he meets the drop-dead gorgeous photographer he wants to revamp the art department of his e-magazine.

Caleb Mitchell, bad boy extraordinaire, lives life on the edge. He's been around the world covering murder and mayhem. Back in New Orleans to tend his dying mother, Caleb is worn down by grief. He seeks the diversion of working at a local e-magazine to help keep him sane. He doesn't expect the instant attraction to the bright-eyed editor/owner. That Darcy is probably straight doesn't matter to Caleb. Because when Caleb wants something, nothing will stand in his way.

Will Darcy be his salvation or his undoing?

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released at another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release by Totally Bound Publishing.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781842942
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 121,721
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in the wilds of north west Florida, I currently make my home in Mobile, Alabama, where I attended the University of South Alabama. My interests are as diverse as the topics about which I write. I love to quilt, cook, and troll resale stores for bargains. Being a good southern girl, I love football and fried food. I write southern themed spicy romance of the het and gay variety. Because love doesn’t care who you are.
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The offices of Y not ask Y! were like an oven. Strike that—the temperature was unbearably close to sauna level, if said sauna just happened to be located in hell. What a day for the damned air-conditioning unit to die. Wiping sweat from his forehead before it could drip into his eyes, Darcy Butler glanced up towards the ceiling fans almost in supplication. He prayed for a hint of cool air. Just a hint. One slight breeze, was it too much to ask?

One hundred degrees in the shade, with a heat index of nearly one-ten, according to the radio. God, how do people live like this? he wondered, and not for the first time since moving to New Orleans last winter. It was too hot to do anything but lie naked in a tub of ice. Shit, it was only June, early June at that—still spring. Summer was still to come and, if spring were any indication, he was not going to survive to see the fall.

"I absolutely cannot do this today," he said to the two people sitting across from his desk. He couldn’t focus on the budget or any other trivial little detail. Irritated, he tossed a pencil on his blotter and peeled his sodden shirt away from his body. "I’m afraid someone might die of heat exhaustion if we don’t get out of here."

"Why don’t we call it a day then, Dar? The repair crew can’t get here until tomorrow anyway." His partner Bailey flashed him a suggestive smile that he studiously ignored. "I, for one, wouldn’t mind finding a nice cool pool to slip into."

He and Bailey went all the way back to freshman year at college when they had been dreaming of setting the world on fire. Now it looked as if they would spontaneously combust before they ever got the chance. Or, worse, melt clean away. "I will gladly settle for an air-conditioned bar and a cold beer. Okay, yeah, send everyone home—we’re not going to get anything done today. Tomorrow either…" He paused for a moment. There was something he had to do today, he just couldn’t remember. Then it dawned on him. "Oh crap, I have an appointment with a new graphic artist in an hour."

"What’s the name?" Bailey spun his phone around and, with a few deft finger jabs, she paged through his appointments. "Caleb Mitchell?" She raised a questioning brow, to which Darcy nodded, and she shot off a text in seconds flat. "I told him to meet you at O’Doul’s down the street instead of here."

"Thanks, Bailey." Darcy hated the damned phone, hated text messaging, hated technology. Sometimes he wondered how he’d ended up in a technology-based field at all, publisher of his very own e-magazine that—thanks largely to Bailey and Chester, her secretary—they’d somehow managed to take international, even in a tanking economy.

Moving to New Orleans last Christmas had been a money-saver, he reluctantly admitted, though he still wasn’t entirely happy about the move. The building was in the heart of the French Quarter and, because of the damage to the lower floor, it had been a steal. With a little time and a little more money, Darcy had managed to find a talented group of contractors who’d made quick work of bringing the building back to life.

During the winter and the gorgeous spring, Darcy had been quite happy with his new home… Then June and this ridiculous heat wave had hit. Now he just wanted to go back to Oregon and the tranquillity of a mild, heat-free summer. He tried not to panic whenever some well-meaning local assured him this was nothing, that he should wait until summer really got here in August. He wasn’t going to make it to August.

"Aw, shucks, boss, ’tweren’t nuthin’." She laughed, not really at him as much as because he was a hopeless technophobe. Darcy just took the teasing in stride, mostly because it was funny as hell. He’d long ago decided Bailey could have the gadgets all to herself. He’d stick with words and content, thank you very much.

Glancing over to the man sitting beside her, Darcy caught Chester smirking. Chester seemed to smirk a great deal, Darcy thought briefly before wondering for the millionth or so time what sort of pseudo-symbiotic relationship the two of them had.

His long-time best friend and sometimes lover, Bailey was taller than him, taller than Chester too—nearly six-foot one in her bare feet—and slender as the proverbial reed. She kept her straight hair short, in one of those weird Japanese comic book styles, very short in back with longish bangs framing her face. She dressed like a supermodel, preferring anything couture she could get for bottom basement prices off the Internet. Today was no exception, except she was dressed for the weather, while he wasn’t.

Chester… Did the man even have a last name? Chester was prime-grade emo kid, all grown up and graduated to hipster. He was so thin Darcy wondered if he actually ate at all. His hair stood in chopped spikes, the tips blond and whatever colour he liked for the day—today the tips were turquoise to match his surfer tee. He was younger than either of them, maybe twenty-three, probably even younger. He’d started out as an intern from U of O last fall and had followed them down to be Bailey’s secretary.



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    Great read

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