The Gift of Shayla

The Gift of Shayla

by N. J. Walters

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ISBN-13: 9781426892233
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 09/12/2011
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 114,263
File size: 315 KB

About the Author

N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

You can find N.J. online at njwalters.com.

 

 

 

 

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"How long have we been friends?"

Adam Lancaster studied the half-inch scar just below his left thumb. It was faint, but it was there. His best buddy, Rob McKeith, had a matching one. They'd cut themselves with Rob's pocketknife when they were only eight years old and pledged to be friends forever. "A long time."

He didn't look at Rob, who was kicked back in one of the two comfortable brown leather club chairs flanking the natural stone fireplace. The flames, which had been crackling loudly when he'd arrived a half hour ago, were now a low flicker. Adam was seated in the matching chair.

He knew Rob would be studying him with his vivid indigo eyes, the worried frown on his face creating several deep lines between his brows. His shoulder-length silky black hair was pulled back and contained by a leather tie, which only served to emphasize his features. Rob could have been a model, if he'd chosen, instead of an architect. His face was all angles and planes, harsh in some light. His lips could thin when he was angry. They smiled just as easily.

Rob was also patient and would wait indefinitely until Adam looked at him. Adam wasn't ready for this conversation. Instead, he studied the Christmas tree in the corner. It was a huge Douglas fir, covered in hundreds of colored lights. He liked them better than the white lights many people favored now. They reminded him of his childhood. Of happy times when he wasn't so conflicted about his life.

That was part of the price one paid for becoming an adult, he supposed. Self-awareness could be a bitch sometimes.

Adam picked up the heavy crystal glass and took a sip. The fine scotch burned slightly as it slid down his throat to his belly. Rob always had impeccable taste in liquor. The ice clinked on the side of the glass as he set it back down on the coffee table.

The entire room was festive without being overdone. Fresh boughs lined the fireplace mantle, scenting the air. Red and white candles sat in tall clear holders, strategically placed, flickering and adding their light to that from the tree. An antique Santa sat on the edge of the hearth. He knew it was all Shayla's doing.

Shayla and Rob had married a few months ago. He loved them both but being around them was more difficult than he'd anticipated. They were so happy and he was so…alone.

It was worse because he lived in the house next door. He and Rob had bought the several acres of land years ago, always planning on building their homes here, raising their families. Rob had designed both homes, tailoring them to each man's individual wants and needs, and Adam's construction company had built them. They were on a wooded lot on a quiet country road, close to town, but giving them the privacy they'd both wanted.

Now that privacy was making his life a living hell.

A small pile of presents was stacked under the tree. The ones he'd brought over were sitting in front of the rest—a bottle of scotch for Adam and imported chocolates for Shayla. Not much of a gift for his best friend and his wife, but Adam hadn't known what else to buy. Anything else he'd thought of was too personal.

Adam continued to study the Christmas tree, ignoring his friend. He knew Rob was leading up to something and was very afraid he knew what it was about.

His heart was racing and he was starting to sweat even though he was wearing a cotton shirt and not a sweater. He'd put on the red shirt his sister had given him last Christmas because he'd figured it was festive.

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The Gift of Shayla 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: At 19,000 words, this is a fabulous little Christmas erotic read that you can gift to yourself. This is a seriously hot little book. It's Christmas Eve and Adam is over at Rob & Shayla's house. They live next door to each other, are best friends, and do everything together... the three of them, but lately Adam has been feeling lonely and depressed. He loves spending time with them, but going home to his empty house every night is not making him happy. He's bisexual and has been attracted to both of his friends for way too long, especially knowing that nothing can come from it. What he doesn't realize is that they are about to gift him with every fantasy that he has ever imagined about the three of them. Shayla & Rob are married. Since they got married, she has been able to sit back and observe Adam and Rob, especially the unguarded moments where they don't realize that they are being watched. She quickly discovers that Adam is in love with her husband Rob, and she's not so sure that his feeling aren't returned, despite the fact that Rob is fully heterosexual. She decides that maybe a little bit of experimentation may be in order. The best thing about this book: Adam. He's so vulnerable. He's looking for something more and so envious of the marriage between his two friends. It's especially hard for him because his feelings for both of them are so strong. He's tried to keep those feelings hidden because he doesn't want to jeopardize his friendship with either of these people. I love how shocked and unsure he is when the present becomes "unwrapped." This is a man that truly does not want anything to endanger his friendships no matter how much he wants to and you have to admire and love that kind of loyalty. Just a really yummy character! You can already see how hot this book is going to be right?!? OMG, these are three people acting out the first vestiges of fantasies that they have only dreamed about. Add to that, all the underlying feelings that no one has expressed and you are talking about some major sexual tension. It makes for a FABULOUSLY sensual erotic read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's truly the best of both worlds...a great little holiday story mixed with an incredibly hot erotic read. Snuggle up in front of the Christmas Tree and prepare to be heated up in more ways than one.
Vivacie More than 1 year ago
Usually, I tend to avoid erotica like the Bubanic Plague, but this time, I made an exception and I'm really glad I did! I often forget erotica can have a story-line (silly me!) and The Gift of Shayla reinforces this. So much so, that as I read, I wanted to know more about the characters. What were they like in the past? How did Adam hide his feeling for so long? How did Rob meet Shayla? What happens afterward? Do all three work things out? The story is very sensual and explores a little bdsm (as well as m/m). The sex scene isn't just filled with mindless sex, but with dialogue that makes you almost feel sorry for the situation they've put themselves in. That is, until you keep reading- then you're really glad they did. I only have one problem, which really isn't a problem at all, and that is...I wish it were longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it a lot could not put it down. This is a must read!!! The whole story is hot!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was really good, I wasn't sure I would like it but the sex scene was not dirty or vulgar. Adam was so in love with the two people he thought he could never have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good manage romance. It was well written and told a love story that was enjoyable.
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Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay read...I did not save it to read again if that tells you anything
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I liked this story because it seemed real. The love they have makes this one a real page turner.
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