by Brigham Vaughn

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After a rocky first few months, Stephen Parker and Russ Bishop's relationship is at a crossroads when the death of Stephen's father forces them to visit Stephen's hometown in southern Georgia.

Estranged from his family, Stephen must find a way to come to terms with his past and say goodbye to the father whose expectations he could never live up to. The small, conservative town provides its own challenges as Russ realizes providing emotional support is one part of being a true partner for Stephen.


After the dishes were done and the kitchen was clean, the three of them sat on the front porch, Russ beside him on the creaking swing as Miss Esther knitted and told Russ stories about Stephen growing up. "Before you leave I'll show you the photos I have," she promised Russ and he enthusiastically agreed. Stephen's gaze flew to the elderly woman.

"You have them?"

"Sure do," she said easily, the clack of the needles never pausing. "Your daddy tried to throw them out when your momma passed but I wouldn't let him. I've been hangin' onto 'em for you."

"Oh," Stephen replied, feeling strangely shaky. He'd thought every memory of his childhood had been tossed out.

"They're in a box in the blue bedroom," she said. "You can get them down from the shelf in the closet for me tomorrow."

"I'd love to see them," Russ said, his tone eager as he leaned forward. Stephen was less sure of how he felt. On one hand, he was relieved to know it hadn't all been destroyed. On the other, he wasn't sure how much of his past he could face this weekend. Then Russ' knee nudged his, their thighs pressing together. As the katydids droned in the background, Stephen felt himself relax, remembering he didn't have to face it alone.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150626010
Publisher: Brigham Vaughn
Publication date: 09/14/2014
Series: Equals , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 331 KB

About the Author

Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her three cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.

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Twitter: @AuthorBVaughn

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MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
I can safely say I have never read a book as far ahead of a scheduled posting as I did Partners.  As soon as I received the ARC, I went right to reading it and have been chomping at the bit to tell my review.  AMAZING!!!  Stepehn and Russ touch your heart in every way possible.  To say I loved them is putting it mildly and, if I may add, stating the obvious.  There were a few times where I could have reached in and throttled Stephen though, usually when he put voice to his doubts over Russ "settling" for an older man. I can't even begin to imagine what Stephen is feeling having to return to his hometown after his father's death considering how things had been between the two men, but Miss Vaughn handles is beautifully.  I'll admit that at times some of the characters were a bit on the preachy side but anything less and it wouldn't have been fitting of the story, the characters, or the author.  I look forward to see what the future has in store for both Stephen and Russ (I hope) and Miss Vaughn.