Saving Zeke [NOOK Book]

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Ben and Zeke have been best friends forever — but can they become lovers without losing each other along the way?

Ben Dealy longs for a loving relationship like the one his parents have, but he can't seem to connect to any of the women he dates like he does to his childhood friend, Zeke. As a police detective, admitting he's gay could ruin his career. But when he discovers Zeke is in trouble, not admitting he's gay may cost him much ...

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Overview

Ben and Zeke have been best friends forever — but can they become lovers without losing each other along the way?

Ben Dealy longs for a loving relationship like the one his parents have, but he can't seem to connect to any of the women he dates like he does to his childhood friend, Zeke. As a police detective, admitting he's gay could ruin his career. But when he discovers Zeke is in trouble, not admitting he's gay may cost him much more than his job.

Zeke has been fighting his attraction to Ben since college, but was determined to uphold the 'expected' lifestyle. When he discovers his fiancée, Claudia, is only after him for his money, he decides it's time to stop running from the truth, and start fighting for the man he's still crazy about.

But will Ben and Zeke admit their feelings for each other or will Ben's need for a career drive them further apart?

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857155443
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Series: Men of Riverside , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 81
  • Sales rank: 848,066
  • File size: 211 KB

Meet the Author

I’m a night owl who starts writing when everyone else in my time zone is asleep. I’ve loved reading all my life and spent most of my childhood with my nose buried in a book. Although I always wanted to be a writer, financial independence came first. Twenty-some years and a successful business career later I took some online writing classes and never looked back.Living and working in seven countries has taught me that there's more than one way to get things done. It has instilled tremendous respect for the many different cultures, beliefs, attitudes and preferences that exist on our planet. I like exploring those differences in my stories, most of which happen to be romances. My characters have a tendency to want to do their own thing, so I often have to rein them back in. The one thing we all agree on is the desire for a happy ending. I currently live in the United Kingdom, sharing my house with a vast collection of books. I like reading, traveling, spending time with my nieces and listening to classical music. I have a passion for science and learning new languages.
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"Lacking emotional stability!" Ben Dealy sniggered as he repeated the summary of his evaluation aloud to no one in particular. He closed the front door of his house on the outside world and tossed his keys onto the little table in the entrance hall before going to lock his gun in the downstairs office safe. "What kind of a dumb-ass reason for not getting a well-deserved promotion is that anyway?"

He stomped to the kitchen to get himself a beer, which he intended to drink out on the deck. His house wasn’t big, but the back yard was nice and private. He loved sitting in his comfortable Adirondack chair, doing nothing more exciting than listening to the birds, breathing the fresh air, and watching the grass grow. As far as he was concerned, living just outside the city limits of Riverside was well worth the additional driving time.

He got a beer from the fridge, opened the bottle and gulped down half its contents before coming up for air. He wiped his mouth with his hand and walked towards the back of the house. Unlocking and opening the door that led out to the deck, he muttered about the injustice of a police chief who seemed more concerned about his employee’s emotional stability than his ability to catch criminals. How the hell was he supposed to fix something intangible like that? He was a police detective, for fuck’s sake. He dealt in facts, not in emotions.

He sat down with a moan and stretched his long legs across the footrest. Leaning his head back against the cushion his mother had made for him, he took a deep breath of the warm summer evening air and closed his eyes to examine his emotional state. Maybe he could find some kind of argument or angle that would help him convince his boss that all his concern was superfluous.

Yes, he was lonely. He’d been accused of being married to his job by most of the women he’d dated over the years. What was wrong with that? Becoming a cop when he graduated from high school eight years ago then making detective five years later had been a dream come true. It was also a hell of a lot more fulfilling than a relationship with some woman he was unable to connect with. None of them could even come close to the friendship he had with his best mate, Zeke. And he was another man. Shouldn’t a relationship with a female partner be a lot more meaningful than one he had with a long-time buddy? Even if he’d met that buddy in primary school and they’d been inseparable ever since?

A stab of pain went through his heart. Not quite inseparable. Four years ago, once Zeke had received his business degree from Riverside College, he’d suddenly become engaged to Claudia, a fellow student. Ben hadn’t seen that one coming at all. The woman had made Zeke move to Austin so she could be closer to her parents and family. Ben still missed Zeke like crazy. Not that he’d ever admit that out loud.

He sighed. It was Zeke’s birthday today and he’d better call him before the big party started—the first one Zeke had invited him to in four whole years. He’d wanted to go and spend the entire weekend to try and reconnect, but bloody Claudia had nixed that idea when she’d found out. He hated to see Zeke under her thumb like that, but Zeke had made his choice and there was nothing Ben could do about it.

"Hello?" Zeke’s voice was barely audible above the din in the background.

"Hey buddy. Happy birthday!" Ben swallowed around the sudden lump in his throat. God, he suddenly hated being alone with an intensity that almost took his breath away. "Sounds like you’re having a great time."

"Ben! Thanks for calling. It’s so good to hear from you." Zeke sounded breathless. "Hold on, let me go upstairs so I can actually hear what you’re saying. It’s a madhouse down here."

"So the barbeque is going well?" Ben closed his eyes, wishing he could be there.

"Yeah, I guess. Claudia’s in charge and she loves these things." There was the sound of a door closing and Zeke exhaled. "I think she went totally overboard, but what can I do? She tells me it’s good for business to invite all these people. I guess she’s right. I just wish she hadn’t been so nasty about you coming over. I was looking forward to seeing you."

"Same here." What was he supposed to say to that? Zeke didn’t seem to be able—or willing—to stand up to his fiancèe at all. Maybe it was a selfish thought, but every time Ben thought about those two, he was doubly glad he didn’t have some woman in his life to tell him what was what.

 



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