Will is certain there’s truth to the phrase that no good deed goes unpunished.
William Blunt thought posing for a charity calendar would be fun. Instead, it’s kind of tedious and stressful, and his boyfriend begins to display some alarmingly jealous behavior. Once the shoot is over—again—he’s ready to move on to other things, one of which is, eventually, a healthier relationship.
Breaking up isn’t hard to do, and Will vows to learn from his past dating disasters. What he doesn’t count on is meeting a man whose smile turns his world upside down. Baz is gorgeous, but more than that, he’s intriguing and funny, and he seems to be as interested in Will as Will is in him.
But all is not smooth sailing, and a murder complicates the personal issues both men are already struggling with.
About the Author
A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn't happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey's brain demanding to be let out.
Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey's office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey's presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.
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Copyright © Bailey Bradford 2018. All Rights Reserved, Totally Entwined Group Limited, T/A Pride Publishing.
“I swear, this is the last shoot. The single and couples idea is going to work out and this will be the bestselling charity calendar ever!” Perry clapped her hands. “Thank you, everyone, for your patience and support. I’ll contact y’all with details of the release party, release date and all that good stuff.”
Will Blunt sighed. He was relieved to be done with the calendar shoot. It’d caused nothing but trouble for him. Now that he was done and Perry was happy with the photos she’d taken, Will was ready to put his life in order, because it’d gone to hell in a handbasket the last few months.
“See ya around.”
Will nodded to Gregg. “Sure. I think we work together a few days next week.”
“Always happy to work with a great nurse.” Gregg smiled then turned to speak to his boyfriend, Albert.
There were a few more people Will stopped to chat with before he reached his car. At least he’d made some new friends…much to his boyfriend’s ire. Anxiety sat like a brick in his stomach as he unlocked the car and got in. He’d known Geoffrey wasn’t the guy for him after a few dates, but he’d stuck it out for over six months in part because he hated confrontations.
He didn’t want to get introspective and figure out his issues when it came to putting up with possessive crazy shit from his boyfriend.
Will cranked the volume up on the radio and sang along with every song he knew as he drove home. By the time he’d parked in the driveway of his ranch-style house, he was a lot less anxious. His voice was raspy from bellowing at the top of his lungs to a few tunes. He snickered as he imagined what he must have looked like to other drivers who might have seen him.
He unbuckled and started to get out when he saw Geoffrey’s sedan pulling up behind him. The anxiety was back in an instant. “Ugh! Not now.” He’d had such a good day. This isn’t right. I shouldn’t dread seeing my boyfriend this much—or at all.
Geoffrey was out of his vehicle quicker than Will. It annoyed Will, but he tried not to let it show as he closed the car door. Smiling at Geoffrey was more than he felt capable of. “Geoffrey, what’re you doing here?”
Geoffrey—Dr. Geoffrey Chalmers—frowned at him. “You don’t seem happy to see me.”
Will sighed and ran a hand over his hair, which was still stiff with product from the photo shoot. “Geoffrey, I wasn’t expecting you to show up today. I’ve told you I’m not fond of uninvited guests dropping by.” It screwed with his anxiety, and Will didn’t want to have to tell his therapist that was getting worse again after finally getting off meds.
Geoffrey’s smile morphed into a fake smile. “I’m not any old guest. I’m your boyfriend. Your lover. Surely that exempts me—”
“It doesn’t,” Will cut in. His temper was rising, and he hated that—it was part of the reason he avoided confrontations. “I made it clear that I had boundaries, and you’ve stomped all over them numerous times.”
“Boundaries? Don’t be ridiculous. I’m not crossing any boundaries. I just stopped by on the way home because I saw you outside.” Geoffrey’s smile was still in place, and it made him look rather unhinged since it didn’t meet his eyes.
Will slipped out from between Geoffrey and the car. “You live on the other side of town. My house isn’t on your way. You worked until four, so I know you weren’t in the neighborhood doing any shopping. You’re creeping me out, dude.” He hadn’t meant to add that last part. It just slipped out.
Geoffrey’s creepy smile dimmed until he was back to frowning. “If you didn’t have such ridiculous rules, I wouldn’t have to make up excuses to see you.”
Will’s head spun as his anger flared to full power. “There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don’t even know where to start. Wait. Yes I do. Let’s start with you not dismissing my needs and feelings, and let’s end it with, hey, guess what? We’re both single now!”
It wasn’t his finest moment, and Will knew he’d bitch at himself over the way he’d broken up with Geoffrey later. Right then, he had to get away from Geoffrey before he said anything else he’d regret.
“You don’t mean that.” Geoffrey reached for his arm and Will jerked back. Geoffrey’s face darkened with anger. “Stop acting so childish. Do you know how lucky you are to be dating a doctor? I could have my pick of women or men.”
Will’s face went hot with embarrassment when he saw Mr. Ewing standing on his porch watching them. “Then have at it. Find someone without all the ridiculous rules that I have.”
“You’re fucking someone else, aren’t you?” Geoffrey’s expression was one Will hadn’t seen before. It was something worse than anger. “Some slut from that calendar shoot. Who is it? Gregg? Did he dump his dorky side piece already? You and Gregg talk a lot at the hospital.”
Will’s temper snapped. “That’s enough! Get your obnoxious ass off my property! And you’d better not harass me or Gregg at work.” He turned on his heel and walked up the driveway, each step jarring his shins as he stomped out his anger.
“So it is Gregg,” Geoffrey snarled.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Will thought the charity shoot was a good thing, til his boyfriend, Geoffrey got all jealous of nothing. So Will dumps him and takes himself out to dinner. And has an instant and powerful reaction to Baz, his server. Baz is a swan shifter, and they mate for life so Baz needs to be careful with Will. Then Geoffrey turns up dead and both men are prime suspects. Book 4 in the Calendar Men series, but you don't need to have read the other first. It will give you a better picture of what has happened on the photo shoot, but very little of the shoot appears here. I liked this, a lot. Not as much as March, but I did like it. I just didn't love it and *insert whiny voice* I don't know why! It carries drama of a different nature to the other books, but I liked that here. It also has shifters of a different breed: swans and coyotes. I did not see whodunnit until it was revealed in the book! The heat level between Baz and Will is hot and steamy, but also deep and emotional, especially when Baz is talking about life mates and things. I just LIKED it, but I didn't love it. BUT!! Still a four star read and I'm interested how the rest of the year will play out. 4 GOOD solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**