Thursday, 11 February 2010

Excerpt Day: Love Means... No Boundaries © Andrew Grey


Excerpt


“The National Youth Symphony is arriving today, and one of my host families backed out. I need someone to take in one of the musicians, and I was hoping that Geoff and Eli would be willing to take him in.” Mari had been talking about bringing this group to town the last time she was at the house. It seemed that Mari had called in a number of favors and pulled every string she could think of to get them to include the Ludington area in their tour. Joey knew she couldn’t have something like this ruin it. “I’ve already got two girls staying with me, or I’d take him in.”
“Hold on a minute. I’ll ask Eli and be right back.” Joey put down the phone and relayed the message to Eli who was wiping up the floor.

Eli barely looked up from his cleaning. “Tell Mari of course he can stay here. I’ll make up a bedroom for him. Ask her when we need to pick him up.” Joey hurried back to the phone.

Mari was thrilled and relieved. “Their bus arrives at the high school in fifteen minutes. I’ll call the symphony coordinator and make sure that someone will be able to wait until you get there. Tell Eli thank you.” She disconnected, and Joey relayed the message.

“Would you please pick him up for us? I need to finish this, and Geoff isn’t back yet.” Eli got up from the floor. “I know how you feel, and I wouldn’t ask, but….”

Joey felt his insides start to churn, but he pushed it away as best he could. He owed Eli and Geoff a lot. He wasn’t going to let his own insecurities get in the way. “No problem.” Joey put his boots back on and headed outside. Getting into his car, he pulled out of the drive and headed to town. He hated doing this, but he hated the way he felt about it even more. Grow a pair. He tried to psych himself up, but all Joey could see was the reaction of some kid when he saw his face: some snooty teenager from some rich, well-to-do family who was given everything in life was going to take one look at him and then look away in disgust. “You may as well get used to it because it isn’t going to change any time soon,” he told himself as he drove down country roads lined with their freshly planted fields.

Approaching the outskirts of town, he slowed down and made his way to the high school, pulling into the long circular drive. He’d expected there to be a hoarde of people, but all he could see was a single bus and a woman standing next to a young man, holding what appeared to be a violin case. Pulling up behind the bus, he stopped the car and got out. The woman stepped forward, and to Joey’s surprise, he saw none of the usual pity on her face. He almost wondered why. “Are you here for Robert Edward?” The woman looked relieved as she glanced across the parking lot to the only other car there. Two young women were talking together by the car. She’d obviously been waiting for him before taking them home.

“Yeah, I guess so. Mari didn’t tell me his name. She just said that I needed to be here to pick up a young man.” Joey wiped his hands on his pants as he turned to the man standing next to her. “I’m sorry I’m late. I’m Joey Sutherland.”

“Robert Edward Jameson, but everyone calls me Robbie.” He held out his hand, and Joey shook it, looking into Robbie’s huge, blue eyes. He also noticed that Robbie smiled at him without a hint of pity or even curiosity. Joey actually felt some of his nervousness slip away.

“We should probably get your luggage loaded in the car.” Joey popped the trunk and picked up a large suitcase, placing it in the trunk. He noticed that Robbie hadn’t moved and hadn’t offered to help. Shaking his head, he picked up the second case and loaded it, muttering under his breath, “What does he think I am, some sort of servant?” He slammed shut the trunk lid and walked back to where Robbie appeared to be waiting for him.

“If you two are all set, I’ll be leaving. We’ll see you at orchestra rehearsal tomorrow, nine sharp.” The lady touched Robbie’s shoulder as she began walking toward her car.

Robbie called after her, “Thank you, Mrs. Peters, for all your help.” Joey noticed Robbie’s Southern accent, and he smiled. The man was cute, and he sounded adorable. Too bad he was too full of himself to load his own luggage. He’d probably expect Joey to carry the bags upstairs and unpack them for him when he they got back.

“It’s no problem, dear, you have a good time.” Her voice trailed off as she got closer to her car.

“We should get going. Eli will have dinner ready soon.” Joey walked around to the driver’s side of the car and opened the door, expecting Robbie to do the same. When he didn’t move, Joey walked back around to the passenger side and opened the door, “I’m not a chauffeur either.”

“I didn’t think you were a servant or a chauffeur, but I could use just a little help, if you don’t mind.” Robbie handed him his violin. “Would you please put that on the back seat?” Joey did as Robbie asked, wondering why he couldn’t do it himself. Joey then waited and watched as Robbie reached into the pocket of the jacket hanging on his arm and pulled out something that looked like white folded sticks. With a slight flick of his wrist, the sticks rearranged themselves into a long, white cane.

Joey blinked twice.

Shit and fuck.

Robbie was blind.

Joey felt completely insensitive and stupid, but he’d had no way of knowing. Those eyes seemed so big and bright. “Here, let me guide you to the car door.” Joey gently touched Robbie’s arm. “Step down from the curb and the car is straight ahead of you.” Robbie tapped his cane on the ground as his other hand touched the car door, following it to the body of the car and then to the seat. “That’s it. The seat is directly in front of you.” Once he knew where he was, he easily sat down and pulled the car door closed, refolding the cane and setting it on his lap.

Joey got in as well and started the car, pulling around the drive and back out onto the road. He didn’t know what to say—he felt like such a fool. How was he to know that Robbie was blind? But what he’d said had been rude, regardless of whether Robbie was blind or not. At least now he knew why Robbie didn’t react to the scars on his face. “I’m sorry.”
Robbie turned his head toward the sound of Joey’s voice. “Why are you sorry?” Robbie smiled, and his face lit up. God, he was adorable, and it wasn’t just his accent. The man was definitely cute. “You didn’t know, and I’d be mad, too, if someone made me load the bags in the trunk without helping.” That smiled widened. “Actually, I’m kind of grateful.”
Joey didn’t understand any of this. “For what?”

“You treating me like anyone else.” Joey took a corner a little sharply, and Robbie leaned toward him. It took a few moments for him to correct his balance. Joey realized what had happened and slowed down. “Most people treat me different because I’m blind, but you treated me like anyone else.”

“Well, you won’t get special treatment around the farm, that’s for sure.” Even though Robbie couldn’t see it, Joey smiled at him. “Everyone works pretty hard, and there won’t be anyone who’ll be able to stay with you all day long. You’ll be on your own for some of the time.”

“A farm?” Damn, Robbie’s smile widened farther, if that was possible. “We’re going to a farm, like a real farm with horses and cows and stuff?”

“Well, yeah. Laughton Farms is the biggest operation in the county. We have almost three thousand acres now, with fifteen hundred head of cattle, as well as horses.” Joey went on about the farm, telling Robbie about the barns and the dogs. “Geoff and his partner Eli own and manage the farm together.”

Robbie’s face registered confusion for a second. “Partner as in business partners?”

“No,” Joey corrected, “partners as in partners in life.”

“Oh.”

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Love Means... No Boundaries

Andrew Grey

Series: Love Means.. - BK 3

Content: Contemporary, Gay

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

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Joey Sutherland has found a home with Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, living and working at the farm that has become a refuge after a motorcycle accident left him with a scarred face and a lot of insecurities. When Geoff’s aunt Mari convinces them to take in a musician from the National Youth Symphony, Joey is reluctantly roped into picking him up, already anticipating the disgust he’ll see on the man’s face.
But Robert Edward Jameson surprises him: he’s outgoing and friendly, he’s willing to try just about anything around the farm, and he’s blind, which goes a long way toward easing Joey’s nerves.
Joey and Robbie become inseparable and discover the beginnings of love. But summer is coming to an end, and Robbie will return to his home in Mississippi, where his family and servants see to everything he could want or need. Joey can only hope Robbie will take a chance on love and escape the boundaries that have shaped his sightless life.

 

 

 

 

Previous books In series

Love Means... No Shame by Andrew Grey eBookLove Means... Courage by Andrew Grey eBook

 

4 Speak To Me:

Chris on 11 February 2010 at 13:46 said...

I have the first one on my ereader...

Tam on 11 February 2010 at 17:50 said...

I bought that just this week but I haven't gotten to it yet.

Eyre on 11 February 2010 at 22:52 said...

I didn't realize this one was coming out so soon. I liked Love Means No Shame, and I loved Love Means No Courage. I'll definitely be making this purchase tomorrow.

Erotic Horizon on 13 February 2010 at 12:21 said...

Hey Ladies... Chris, Tam, Eyre

I hope you enjoy it - I loved the two first one in the series so far and if the excerpt are anything to go by

this one should be a winner as well....

E.H>