Pulled Long

Pulled Long

by Christine d'Abo

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Pulled Long by Christine d'Abo

For months, coffee shop owner Ian Long has fantasized about a customer he knows only as "Blue Eyes." Until he learns Blue Eyes is in the midst of a divorce—the last thing Ian wants is to be the rebound experiment of a straight guy. Giving in to lust, he invites the man into the café after hours and they indulge in a little exhibitionist play, but Ian is unwilling to get involved.

When he's forced to see Jeff again to return his briefcase, Ian finally agrees to go out on a date. Dinner quickly becomes an erotic encounter in a special room at the sex club Mavericks, and Ian realizes Jeff satisfies desires he didn't know he had. The more he gets to know Jeff as a person, the harder it is to resist falling for him.

Jeff makes it clear he's interested in more than just sex. He wants to go public with their relationship in more ways than one. But can Ian open his heart, when he fears it will be broken?

Book 3 of the Long Shots series.

30,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426892899
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 12/12/2011
Series: Long Shots , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 154,557
File size: 872 KB

About the Author

Christine d'Abo is a novelist, short story writer and secret ninja with over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to hit the gym. When she's not practising her ninja moves in her basement, she's most likely spending time with her family and two dogs. You can visit Christine at her website www.christinedabo.com.

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Ian let his forehead fall into his hand, closed his eyes and yawned. Moving by rote, he took a gulp of cold coffee and hoped the caffeine would kick in before the indigestion. He tried to focus on the inventory sheet in front of him, but it was getting harder and harder to do as the night wore on.

Pulled Long coffee shop, his pride and joy, had been closed for over two hours, leaving him in peace to do what he needed to make sure everyone stayed employed. He loved owning his own business, except when it came to dealing with paperwork. He wished there was a way this stuff would take care of itself.

The late November winds had picked up, rattling the doors and forcing Ian to turn up the heat. At least this year they weren't going to struggle to pay any bills. The store finally seemed to be on steady ground, giving them some freedom to hire a few more staff and let his sisters work fewer hours.

Ian had no intention of working any less, no matter how much the girls bitched at him. He was determined to make this business a continued success, and would do whatever it took to make that happen. But he wasn't going to put his sisters through any more than they had to. Unlike him, both Sadie and Paige had lives outside the shop, since both were in steady relationships. He hadn't been surprised when Sadie showed up this morning waving an engagement ring around. He and Paige had been taking bets on how much longer Paul would wait before asking.

Paige had won.

Straightening in his seat, Ian gave his head a shake to drive away the exhaustion. It was closing in on midnight and he needed to be up at four-thirty to let the baker in for her shift. If he could get through the next two pages, he'd have everything ready for the inventory order tomorrow. It was hard to run a coffee shop without any coffee.

The splattering of rain against the window made him glance up once more. Fuck, he hated this time of year. Not for the first time he wished he'd been born in another country—Jamaica perhaps—before dismissing the idea.

A lone man came into view across the street, collar turned up against the weather, briefcase clutched to his body. Poor bastard must be having a worse day than Ian to be out in this shit so late at night. The man stopped when he was directly across from Ian and turned to look in. With the streetlight as dim as it was, it took Ian a moment to realize who was standing in the rain, staring back.

Blue Eyes.

The customer Ian had flirted with for months after he stumbled into their store one day, a grin on his face. The man Ian had fantasized about late at night when he was too horny to sleep but too tired to find a bed partner. A stranger who Ian felt closer to than some of the friends he'd known for years. The one who'd never told Ian his name, even after months of guessing and teasing.

The man who turned out to have a wife lurking in the background.

"Ex-wife," Ian muttered.

It had been months since he'd last seen the man. He'd come so close to asking Blue Eyes out on a date. The last time they'd met, Ian had planned on discovering his favorite food so he could book a table somewhere. Ian would have asked him out that night if Blue Eyes hadn't received a call from his soon-to-be ex.

Ian had chased him out of the shop. The last thing Ian needed was to be an experiment for a straight guy. He'd never be able to handle that again, not after Kyle.

Ian tried to break eye contact but couldn't. Blue Eyes let his briefcase fall to his side and straightened. Another gust of wind blew hard, sending his jacket flying around his legs. It was cold, wet and not a fit night for anyone.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We see a lot of Ian and Jeff (Blue Eyes) in the first two books so I was prepared to not be surprised. I thought I had them figured out. But I was pleasantly surprised. In this story, Ian's insecurities really come out, and Jeff is there to help him through his issues to the place where they can be honest with each other. Well written, though it could have been a longer novel. The 3 stories should be sold as one book. Don't read it unless you're okay with erotica/homosexual characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as long as the other "shot" stories but steamy as 2 men navigate a relationship within the confines of work, play and family
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great read
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I have been anticipating this book throughout both of the other two books in this trilogy. Ian and Blue Eyes have had a flirtatious relationship throughout this entire series. If anyone deserves a good romance, it is Ian. He works so hard at the family coffee-house and he needs a good reason to take a break. It broke my heart in the last book, when Ian found out that Blue Eyes was going through a divorce and rejected his attentions because of it. You could tell at the time that both men were devastated. Ian's last relationship went wrong when his love interest was sexually conflicted. Ian doesn't want to go through that pain again. When he hears that Blue Eyes has been married to a woman, he immediately thinks that Blue Eyes is simply playing a game and experimenting with his sexual orientation, but there is more to the story than that. And so the book starts with a midnight visit from Blue Eyes where he finally reveals his name, Jeff. OMG, I love the way that Christine laid this book out. The opening scene between these two men was so perfect with the build-up that we have had with their relationship in the last two books. There is no denying that they are both incredibly drawn to each other, but Ian is leery and Jeff is unwilling to go halfway with their relationship. It makes for some explosive, emotional situations between the two of them that kept this book sizzling from page one. These two are great characters together. Both of these guys own their own business so they are both really intelligent, confident people, but Ian seems more vulnerable in this book. He doesn't want to get hurt again. Jeff is definitely the more aggressive of the two. He knows what he wants and he is okay with pushing to get it. There is an exhibitionist aspect to this novel (this is erotica) that makes this book so incredibly hot, but at the base of it all is romance and love and it is gorgeous! This has been a fabulous series. I am a huge coffee lover so the setting completely worked for me. I enjoyed the push and pull of the relationship between the three siblings...it was written to be so true to how things really can be between siblings. Having the influence of the sex club, Mavericks, across the street provided some really hot scenes. If you like erotica, I HIGHLY recommend this wonderful series by Christine d'Abo!