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Still waters run deep…
Tommy’s been away from his home in rural Somerset for three years. Long enough to sort out who he is, and to get over the feelings of confusion and shame that blighted his lifelong friendship with farmer’s boy Rob. He’s out and proud, now—and he’s coming home to claim back what he lost.
Rob’s the one who stayed behind, working on the farm with little time for a social life. With Tommy coming back into his world, he could have a lot to gain—and everything to lose.
He’s going to have to take a leap of faith. Straight into the ice cold waters of Quarry Lake.
This story was originally published in 2013 as part of the Summer Lovin’ anthology.
By Quarry Lake is a tale of redemption and reinvention. It’s a tale about two childhood friends, Rob and Tommy, whose close friendship turns to more than either of them anticipated. Their time swimming in their secret spot allows them to play and experiment but when Rob kisses Tommy for the first time, his best friend’s reaction isn’t quite what he expected.
I loved that the story was told simply and to the point. Rob kisses Tommy and Tommy reacts badly. So badly that he hurts his friend physically and the emotionally as he moves from their small town to London and doesn’t return for three years. During those three years, Rob lives his life as it’s always been; working the farm with his dad and quietly living in the closet as he pines away for his best friend. The last thing Rob expects to see when he goes to the lake to cool off is that exact friend bobbing in the lake and teasing him to join him.
Goodness, but I am a sucker for second chance romances and this did not disappoint. I liked that Tommy was honest with Rob about what happened with the kiss, after and what he wants now. Told from the dual POV of the best friends, it was nice to briefly get inside each of their heads to know where they were at and I really liked that there was minimal angst or hate from family as Rob and Tommy decide to move forward with their relationship.
I was not ready for the story to end as I was so wrapped up in these two but the end was fitting for the length.
What a charming story of second chances this was. I adore Ms. Myles work and this short but sweet and sexy gem of a story reminded me of just how much I love it.