Teaser Tuesday – 12/7/22 – Shades of Sepia

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Shades of Sepia, book 1 of The Sleepless City.

“I think I might have just outed myself,” Simon said dryly. “She’s in one of my classes at the university and flirts with me constantly when I come here. I suspect she’s just realized she was wasting her time.”

“You could be bi,” Lucas pointed out helpfully.

“I’m not,” Simon said, “and besides, I’m already taken…” His voice trailed off.

Already taken? Ben swallowed. Simon couldn’t be serious, could he? What the hell was he playing at, kissing him like that if he was with someone else?

Lucas elbowed Ben in the side, none too gently. “Earth to Ben. You still there? Simon, I think you’d better tell him again, and ask nicely this time so he understands what you’re saying.”

“Simon?” Ben managed to croak. Ask him what? “What’s he talking about?”

“I… um…” Simon cleared his throat. “I’m not interested in her, Ben, or anyone else. I’m interested in you. That’s what I meant when I said I was already taken. By you. Is that all right?”

“Oh.”

“So is that a yes?” Lucas glanced between them. “Put me out of my misery, here.”

“That’s a yes,” Ben said. At least for now, while they figured out whether this relationship had the potential to be something more long-term. “Oh, and, Lucas?”

“Yeah?”

“Could I talk to Simon please? Alone.”

“Oh, right. Sure.” Lucas stood. “I should probably get back to work anyway. Dead bodies await and all that. Thanks for your help, Simon. See you when I get home, and…” He leaned over and whispered something in Simon’s ear.

“No,” said Simon firmly. “I don’t think so. Definitely not.”

You can read more of this story here.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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