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Today’s Taste is from my submitted manuscript, Desires’ Guardian. DG is the story of Chase and Rhys, whom you first met in Designs of Desire.
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Danni Burns, James’s seven-year-old stepdaughter, and Rhys sat on a blanket in a glade dotted with small flowers, near a gently winding brook, having tea. Rhys in his biker leather and Danni in one of her lavender princess dresses. Mrs. Rainbow—her beloved pastel, tie-dyed bunny in a tiny white and green Irish dancing dress with miniature black Mary Janes on—sat between the two.
“So, what do you think?” James asked Chase as he joined him before what was secretly one of his favorite paintings of his show. The gallery show had opened about an hour earlier, but the two men hadn’t had much time together to discuss what images would be shown. Honestly, the fact there was such a family feel to part of the images, as opposed to James’s usual erotic content, surprised him.
“I think you caught the mischief and sweetness of Danni beautifully.” In truth, he was in awe of how James managed to capture their inner-selves so beautifully. In his opinion, it was one of James’s best paintings. The gentle giant and his precious little sprite. “But why did you pair her with Rhys of all people. He’s so…” Chase trailed off, caught again by the beautiful masculinity before him.
“Powerful? Handsome? Gentle?” James raised an eyebrow at Chase and smiled. “I honestly wish you would tell me why all the animosity between you two,” he added, voice soft.
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Chase is outwardly a party-boy twink, or at least that’s what many think when they first meet him. Actually, Chase is a loyal friend with deep wounds that only his BFF knows anything about. When he meets Rhys things don’t go well, but he can’t shake the attraction for the huge, sexy man.
Rhys Sayer is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. When he first lays eyes on Chase Manning, he’s not in a good place emotionally and causes any possible future together to go poof, maybe. Rhys is not a complicated man, he doesn’t think so at least. But he fears the very type of relationship he desires, and even worse, Chase is his dream man in more ways than one!
Can Chase move past his hidden pains to truly let a man into his heart in the forever kind of way? Can Rhys win over the whiley Chase and teach him that love and trust are his to grasp?