Author: Jaclyn Quinn
Title: Hard To Get
Series: Haven's Cove #2
Word count: 75,079
Release Date: April 19, 2018
Cover Artist- Cate Ashwood
Gabe D’Angelo has it all. Designer clothes, luxury cars, a cool confidence most would envy, and a never-ending supply of money—and men. When he arrived in Haven’s Cove to be there for his best friend, he never imagined he’d end up extending his stay indefinitely. Small town living isn’t so bad after all, and the views are magnificent—especially the view of a sexy, rugged blond. But when that mysterious, brooding man refuses all Gabe’s advances, he is forced to take a step back and truly look at the person he’s become.
Nate Black moved from Boston to Haven’s Cove for his family. He’s missed small town living and the simple, tranquil life that comes with it. What he doesn’t bargain for is the pushy, spoiled playboy who’s set his eyes on Nate as his next conquest. Knowing this man has the potential to crack the foundation of his quiet life, Nate will do everything he can to protect his safe, closed-off world.
Is one man worth loving? Is the other worth the sacrifice? Or is the love they’re searching for not just hard to get but completely out of reach?
“Gabe, we’re lucky we got him to come. Don’t scare him away, okay?” Owen’s dark eyebrows furrowed in concern.
“He’s not a frightened animal, for heaven’s sake. You and your boyfriend seem to think I’m going to attack the guy in your living room. I’m simply replenishing the man’s beverage. If he chooses to sample the other goods being offered, who am I to deprive him?” Gabe stared at Owen with a look that said he wasn’t backing down.
“You’re relentless,” Owen said, shaking his head and smiling.
Gabe nudged Owen’s shoulder and returned the smile. “Don’t blame me. I was raised that way.” Walking around Owen, he continued on his path toward the gorgeous man in the corner.
“Hey there, sexy.” Leslie linked an arm through Gabe’s and stopped his forward momentum.
“I thought we covered this, honey. Unless you’ve got a tab A that will fit deliciously in my tab B,” he wiggled his butt, “this puzzle won’t work.”
“Hey now. I’m not putting a thing into anyone’s anything. And trust me,” she glanced over to a tall, handsome—and extremely nervous looking—man in the corner, “my tab V is covered.”
“Hmm…is it? Then you wouldn’t mind if I brought my future tab A on the other side of the room a beer.” He wiggled his eyebrows playfully.
“Aren’t you supposed to stay away from a particular sexy, broody, muscular…?” She licked her lips. “What was I saying?” Leslie asked as she unashamedly eyed Nate.
“You were saying you were going to stay out of my sex life and go back to your man over there before Jenny scoops him right up.”
“What?” Leslie whipped her head in the direction of the shy man. “Why that little—”
“Bye, Leslie.” Gabe carefully pulled his arm away so as not to spill his wine and watched Leslie storm off. Wouldn’t want to be Jenny right now.
“You’re a man on a mission, huh?”
“Ah, Jonah.” Gabe sighed when Jonah stepped in front of him. “I should’ve known you would be part of the roadblock. Whatever happened to not cock-blocking a friend, hmm? Is there no loyalty in the gayhood anymore?”
Jonah laughed, spreading a gorgeous, dimpled smile across his face. “Glad to see you’re still as dramatic as always, Gabe.” The guy was perfect from head to toe, inside and out.
Too bad perfect wasn’t what Gabe was after. No he needed something with a little more wear and tear. Someone with an edge. Which brought him back to the roadblock currently standing in his way. “Well, it’s been fun, but if you’ll excuse me―”
Jonah placed a gentle hand on Gabe’s chest. “Nothing I can say to get you to back off then?”
Gabe sighed again, rolling his eyes. “My God, did the four of you have a Nate Protection Plan meeting I wasn’t invited to? I assure you, I’m harmless. I’m also pretty sure that Nate is a grown man who doesn’t need protection—unless it’s a condom. Then I fully condone it and will even offer my services in the Sheathing Department.” Gabe winked. “He can thank me later.” He held the beer bottle in the crook of his left arm and patted Jonah’s cheek. “Wish me luck.” Then he walked around Jonah and headed for his target.
Nate didn’t disappoint tonight; that was for sure. The guy made a pair of jeans the sexiest material ever to fit on a man’s strong body. Long legs, strong muscled thighs, unmistakable well-endowed bulge covered in denim. It made Gabe want to get down on his knees and find out what hid beneath the denim—with his tongue. Nate’s broad chest was screaming to be released from the tightly stretched black cotton T-shirt. Tell me the man doesn’t know what he’s doing to me in that outfit?
“You’re staring.” Two plump, well-defined lips uttered the words—none too kindly—and Gabe blinked, snapping out of his stupor.
Shit, was there drool on his chin? He’d been undressing the man with his eyes. “Sorry, bad habit. Another beer?” Gabe held up the bottle to Nate, and as he expected, was quickly shot down.
“No, thanks,” Nate said, obviously irritated, not even looking in Gabe’s direction.
“Tell me, Mr. Black, do you have a problem with all tall, dark, and handsome men, or is it just me who ruffles that blond hair of yours?” Gabe asked. His voice was low and seductive as he moved in a little closer to Nate.
Nate turned his face to look at Gabe and snickered. “Tell me, Mr. D’Angelo, do you have a problem with rejection in general, or is it just the fact that I’m not interested that rubs your conceited ego the wrong way?”
Gabe smiled wickedly and moved a little closer, letting his hot breath caress Nate’s ear as he whispered, “Trust me. There isn’t a wrong way to rub me. When you’re ready to admit you want to, then we can make this interesting.”
Nate moved in even closer, the heat from his body making Gabe’s cock dance with glee. Nate’s lips and the scruff of his goatee brushed up against Gabe’s ear, sending a delicious chill down his spine. “Why don’t you hold your breath,” Nate pulled back abruptly, “and see where that gets you.” With a look of disgust, he walked away.
“Well, that went well,” Gabe said to no one in particular. He had to laugh at the situation or he’d explode. If he were smart he’d get over it, realize the man was a waste of time, and find someone more willing to tickle his fancy—and other parts of his anatomy. Hell, he could be back in the city with a man filling him so good by the end of the night.
Too bad he wasn’t a smart man.
I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.
I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!
When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.
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