Susan Scott Shelley and I have a fun novella out today! If your thinking that Swoon sounds familiar, you are correct. Swoon was originally featured in Love is All: vol.5, and has been expanded to include a brand new epilogue.
Firefighter Gage Garrison prides himself on being strong and reliable. Since his last relationship’s humiliating end, he’s kept to himself, but thanks to the rec league rugby club he joined, he’s slowly gained new friendships and a place to belong. A place that is threatened when his attempts to rescue a kitten in a tree thrusts his secret fear of heights into the spotlight, in full view of his new friends, and the teammate he’s been crushing on all season.
Dendrologist Valentine Bartley loves plants and trees with a passion. Settled in a new city, a new house, and a new job, he’s now part of the rugby club he used to love playing against, and has formed some solid friendships there. He’s also developed a crush on his fearless teammate Gage. Taking part in the tree rescue gives him a glimpse behind the tough mask Gage shows the world and he’s determined, quirks and all, to pursue the intriguing man.
Caring for the kitten bonds the men. Sharing vulnerabilities and wants, they find support, honesty, and a connection that feels like the solid foundation for a relationship. But with Gage’s worries over how his phobia could color Valentine’s and his teammates’ opinion of him, and Valentine’s doubts over whether he can trust Gage to keep his word when others haven’t, will fears of history repeating itself keep them from the promise of new beginnings they’ve found in each other?
Note: This version of Swoon also includes chapter four which was erroneously deleted by the anthology publisher, affecting all copies of the Love Is All: vol. 5 anthology purchased or reviewed prior to June 22, 2022. (The anthology was available June 14th - July 14th 2022. If your copy of the anthology has 3 chapters of Swoon, you have the incomplete version).
Buy links can be found at: https://www.shelleyandmer.com/swoon