Mr. January

Mr. January

by Bailey Bradford

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Overview

There’s no sense in pussy-footing around when it comes to love.

Albert E. Washington is a nerd and proud of it. He’s a cool cat when he shifts, but for the most part, he’s just a guy who sometimes tapes his glasses together and enjoys quality clothing like bowties and suspenders. When his boss has him acting as an errand boy, Albert finds himself in the middle of a sexy calendar photo shoot. It’s a little too much for him to process and he ends up embarrassing himself.

Gregg is Mr. January—or he will be if the photo shoot ever gets going. Injuring his back when he trips on the set isn’t going to speed things up. The appearance of a seriously hot guy who flips the switch on Gregg’s geeky-man button makes a bad day great. Now, if Gregg can just get Albert to agree to a date, if he doesn’t scare Albert off, if Albert will just pick up on the flirtatious things Gregg says…

That’s a lot of ifs, but Gregg isn’t intimidated by them. He knows his dream man when he meets him. Now all Gregg has to do is survive the photo shoot and convince Albert to give him, and love, a chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786516473
Publisher: Totally Entwined Group Ltd
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Calendar Men , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 12,078
File size: 963 KB

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.

Normally, Albert E. Washington loved his job at Quantum, Inc. He got to think, create and nerd-out all he wanted to, and he got paid well for it. Last week, he’d finished helping design a prototype motherboard that had the potential to be groundbreaking if the test models worked. Which they will. Albert had complete faith in his and his coworkers’ skills. They were all going to be well-known names in their field after the motherboard was put on the market. But Albert didn’t care about his name being out there. He wanted to create the best products he could in the information tech sector.

It was very important to him to succeed. Shifters weren’t known for being tech-savvy, though many of them were quite adept with modern technology.

Still, the majority of shifters preferred more physical or manual labor, which tended to mean working outside. Albert didn’t blame them—his cat liked being outside, too—but his brain thrived on challenges, and his curiosity was endless.

Albert stretched and purred when his spine popped in several places. The sunlight was streaming through his office window, and the desire to curl up and take a nap was strong. Alas, one of the cons of working in an office versus outside. Can’t relax in the sunlight for an hour or three. Not that his fellow shifters were outside napping on the job, but they were getting the benefit of direct sunlight, whereas Albert got the glass-filtered version.

Eh. I love my job even if I wish I had more sunlight. And a cat tree in my office. He was comfortable at Quantum, even though he was one of only a few shifters employed there. Species didn’t matter at Quantum. Most of the people he worked with were geeks like him, and bullying wasn’t something that happened on the job.

After growing up in public schools and going to college at sixteen, Albert had too much experience with being bullied. Sometimes he’d been picked on for being a shifter despite the fact that humans and shifters had coexisted for centuries. There were still some assholes that wanted to hate a species just for hate’s sake, and that was true of humans and shifters both.

Albert didn’t care who was what. Most other people hadn’t cared either, so he’d been able to get past the ones who had. He’d caught more shit about being gay than he had about being a shifter.

Gods knew, if Albert heard, “But you don’t look gay,” from one more person, he was going to possibly scream. He didn’t know what ‘gay’ was supposed to look like, but apparently, it wasn’t him. Stupid stereotypes.

Albert pushed his taped glasses up his nose then grinned because he did fit the stereotype of the geek with taped-together glasses. At least he used cool tape, though, not the white kind. Albert had used blue tape with computer monitors printed on it.

He glanced at the window and winced. He’d gotten distracted from his task and needed to keep on track.

“Albert?”

Albert spun in his chair and saw his boss, Ezra Harrington, standing in the doorway. Ezra was one of the other shifters at Quantum, and like Albert, he too was a cat.

“Yeah, boss?”

“You look like you could use some fresh air.” Ezra winked at him. “Want to deliver this camera to a photographer doing a shoot? His name is Marco, and he’s down the street in the square not far from the Alamo.”

“Uh.” Albert got up. “Sure.” He walked over and held out his hand.

“Thanks.” Ezra gave him the camera bag. “Take your time—within reason, of course. Wouldn’t want you to doze off in a sunny spot and not return today.”

“Okay.” Albert waited for Ezra to get out of the doorway, then he left the building, slightly puzzled by being given the errand. He couldn’t remember ever being sent out like a delivery boy, especially for a product he’d had nothing to do with.

Albert hadn’t been one of the developers for the camera, so why he got to deliver it was beyond him. He wouldn’t have dared to argue, though. Ezra was a cool boss, and Albert would walk a few blocks in the awful heat for him. As much as Albert loved sunlight on his skin, he kind of hated the triple-digit heat and the humidity.

Albert started sweating a few feet out the door. He was going to be gross and slimy by the time he handed off the camera. His glasses slipped again and he huffed in annoyance. He’d ordered a few pairs after his debacle this morning. The neighbor’s kitten was lucky Albert hadn’t fallen on it when the little thing had tripped him up.

As angry as he’d wanted to be about his glasses, he’d only had to look into the big blue eyes of the fuzzy white kitten to decide the glasses were worth the sacrifice—he would have been devastated if he’d hurt the kitty.

One strap of Albert’s suspenders started to fall down his shoulder. He reached for it and bumped a guy speeding past him.

“Watch it, asshole,” the man barked at him, flipping Albert off. The heavy scent of canine made his nose sting. His cat wanted to run away, but Albert reined the instinct in.

Then he stumbled over an uneven spot on the sidewalk and bumped into someone else.

“Move,” the guy growled. “Fuckin’ nerd.” That insult came from someone who was strictly human. His scent was just as rancid as the dog’s had been, though.

“Some people are such assholes,” said a lady on his left.

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debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. I've read a few of Bailey's shifter books before, they tend to be short and sweet, so this one came out of left field and surprised me! And I've no idea WHY it surprised, just that I'm left feeling that and ya'll know I gotta share! It's sweet, it's funny, (some proper laugh out loud moments!) it is emotional and it's sexy. And I really enjoyed it! Albert is a geek and proud of it, and there are a few geeky jokes, and some not so funny comments, but they get shot down, right quick! Gregg is a model helping with a charity calendar and Albert has no illusions that he could ever land a guy such as Gregg, but Albert pushing all of Gregg's buttons, and some he didn't know he had so it's a matter of Gregg chasing Albert. There is an on-going issues (I've already read book 2 when writing this review) with the photo shoot, and I don't know if it will ever get done, based on these two I've read, it might well be December before it gets done! A thoroughly enjoyable read, some 180 pages,that fit in well on my list between two heavier reads, hence the hang over tag. I look forward to reading more of this series! 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. I've read a few of Bailey's shifter books before, they tend to be short and sweet, so this one came out of left field and surprised me! And I've no idea WHY it surprised, just that I'm left feeling that and ya'll know I gotta share! It's sweet, it's funny, (some proper laugh out loud moments!) it is emotional and it's sexy. And I really enjoyed it! Albert is a geek and proud of it, and there are a few geeky jokes, and some not so funny comments, but they get shot down, right quick! Gregg is a model helping with a charity calendar and Albert has no illusions that he could ever land a guy such as Gregg, but Albert pushing all of Gregg's buttons, and some he didn't know he had so it's a matter of Gregg chasing Albert. There is an on-going issues (I've already read book 2 when writing this review) with the photo shoot, and I don't know if it will ever get done, based on these two I've read, it might well be December before it gets done! A thoroughly enjoyable read, some 180 pages,that fit in well on my list between two heavier reads, hence the hang over tag. I look forward to reading more of this series! 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously love this author. I have and have read all but the one series about vampires, little short books. But other than that, I have all of her series, I think I've read all start to finish each at least 3 times. This is my favorite author of time. Just bought book 2 and preordered 3. I have been wanting a book about cats, like pet cats since I read a series from another great author and adored the cats. This doesn't really focus too much on the cat, doesn't go into as much detail about the shifters like her other shifter series. Kinda bummed about that. Loved the laser, but wanted more about the species and more details. A ball of yarn or something would've been so cute. But now I'm off to start the next book and see where she's taking this series. A good start, and hope it's good another long series. I really love series books so hope this continues great, but this author is amazing so I don't doubt it!