15 November 2017:
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This week I have another excerpt from Chance Encounter, a contemporary m/m romance about the reunion of former lovers.
by Christiane France
by Christiane France
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In high school and through their first year of college, Jase Thoman and Matt Lester were best friends and lovers. Then Matt’s family moved, Matt transferred to another school, and they drifted apart.
Ten years later, they meet again by chance. Jase is a private investigator, desperate to find his kid brother who, in addition to two other teenage boys, disappeared after last being seen at a local gay bar. Matt is an undercover police officer, brought in by the local police department in the hope he can succeed where they’ve far failed.
Matt is the only man Jase has ever really loved, but ten years is a long time. They’re not the same people they once were. When Matt tries to pick up where they left off, Jase takes a step back. His first priority is finding his brother. As far as Matt is concerned, Jase feels how he imagines a deer would feel when caught in the headlights of a vehicle with little or no chance of escape—confused, unsure, and at the same time, positive whatever he does will be the wrong thing.
Late the next morning, Jase had just finished up a phone conversation with a prospective new client when Teri, the mature secretarial student from the local community college he’d taken on for “work experience week,” stuck her head around the door.
“There’s a man here who wants to see you, boss,” she announced around the fat wad of gum Jase kept asking her to lose. “He’s really cute, but he doesn’t have an appointment, and he won’t give me his name. Want me to tell him to get lost?”
Jase got up from his chair and peeked through the partially open door to see who was in reception. He was a tad surprised to see Matt sitting in one of the client chairs, leafing through a magazine, but a very different Matt to the one from last night. Dressed in designer blue jeans and a black polo, with his dark hair tied back in a ponytail, this was a completely recognizable but older version of the Matt he used to know. “No, that’s fine, you can send him in. And Teri?”
“The gum, okay?”
The woman’s face turned a bright shade of pink and she shrugged her ample shoulders. “Sorry, boss, I keep forgetting. You want coffee?”
“Thanks, that would be very nice.”
“You still mad at me?” Matt asked by way of greeting the moment he stepped into the room and closed the door behind him.
Jase went back to his chair behind the desk, but he didn’t bother inviting Matt to sit. “That depends why you’re here. If you’re here to lecture me on the dangers of Rafe’s or you plan to start in on me again, demanding to know why I was there last night, you can piss off right now. I’m not in the mood to be harassed.”
“No lectures, no demands, and no harassment. I just came to apologize for giving you a hard time.”
Oh, yeah. Sure you did.
“That’s nice.” Jase knew damn well apologizing was merely Matt’s excuse for showing up this fast. His real reason was something quite different: he still wanted to know what Jase was doing at Rafe’s last night. “Anything else?”
“And also to ask for a small favor.”
“You don’t want me telling anyone you’re a cop? Or you don’t want me telling anyone I caught you peddling your ass for the good of the force?” Jase could tell from the set of Matt’s jaw and his stiff stance his remark had really ticked him off, but so what? See how Matt liked being wound up just for the heck of it.
“That’s not what I was doing. The reason for both the outfit and the makeup is because I was in costume. I’m working as a back-up singer with the band.”
“Really? You lied about being a cop?” Jase paused, frowning. “I’m totally shocked. I forget, is impersonating an officer a crime or merely a wrist-slapping offence?”
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