Sunday, July 14, 2013
Male Bonding by Angela Claire
Mark Ryanis stabbed in the back by a guy he thought was his friend and is fired from a Fortune 500 company he trustedwas his future. He’s not in the mood for any male bonding. Some good hard sex, however, is another matter.
Jamie Wilkes’ real last name is not quite as brand-worthy as Rockefeller, but it’s mighty close. When he wanders by Mark’s mammoth glass beach house and finds the hot corporate titan in residence for once, he jumps at the chance to get to know his secret crush better. If Mark wants to mistake him for a surfer or a beach bum, Jamie’s fine with that. What he’s not fine with, though, is Mark’s closed-off attitude.
The prince believed to bea pauper and thewould-be CEO who’s fallen off the corporate ladder both realize this could finally be their chance at something real.
Although this is a hot male/male story, it does contain one sizzling ménage romp with a female friend.
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An Excerpt From: MALE BONDING
Copyright © ANGELA CLAIRE, 2013
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
Mark Ryan loosened his tie and looked out at the darkening beach. The waves had that peculiar purplish color that twilight sometimes gave them, none of the orange of the sunset on the tips.
Fuck the board. They wouldn’t know a long-term strategy if Adam Smith himself came and dropped it in their laps. If all they wanted was a suck-up, they were better off with Crable anyway. He’d give them their perks and their corporate airplanes and their fat retainers right up until they all danced their way to the bankruptcy court door.
It wasn’t his problem anymore.
He was pissed off anyway. Even the ridiculous severance package they foisted on him pissed him off. Three years. Who deserved three years of salary and a target bonus for being booted out the door?
Corporate America was so fucked.
Not that he wasn’t taking the money. He was. He’d need it until he found another job. Although maybe he’d forget about trying to be a CEO and hang out on the beach for three years.
Like that guy.
Mark had noticed the tall blond man the last time he’d been up here, which was quite a while ago given his lack of free time as he scrambled to bring that shit of a company into the information age. Just as the last time he’d seen him, the guy was ambling along the sand, wandering in and out of the waves here and there, a tri-color collie following close beside. He was dressed in a tee and shorts, his hands dug into his pockets, his head more often than not facing out to the sea instead of looking where he was going.
He must live around here somewhere.
Unexpectedly, the man turned toward him and waved.
For a second, Mark was tempted to look behind him over his shoulder before he realized how ridiculous that was. The guy was saying hi, being neighborly. Had he been immersed in cut-throat corporate politics so long that he didn’t even recognize a friendly gesture?
Chastened, he waved back, but unfortunately that prompted the other man to approach the deck, his enthusiastic collie bounding along with him.
Mark nodded. “Hi. Nice night.”
“Yeah, like every night around here.” He nodded his head toward Mark’s beach house behind them. “Is this your house? I was starting to think it’d been abandoned.”
“Yeah. I don’t get out here much.”
“It’s a beautiful place.”
Mark wondered how the hell this stranger knew that until a glance back reminded him that one wall of the house faced the ocean and was made almost entirely of glass. It had been a wildly impractical impulse by his architect, but Mark liked it. Liked the wide open view of the water. He just forgot sometimes that people could see in too.
The guy still lingered.
“You live around here?” Mark asked.
“About a half mile down the beach. A little shack compared to this, but the beach front is worth it.”
“This is Laddie, by the way.” He introduced his dog with a vigorous petting of the thing. “She’s a girl despite the name. I just thought Lassie would be too much.”
Mark had never had a dog. One of the many things for which he’d never had the time. He had nothing against them though. The dog’s tongue hung out of her mouth and she looked up at her master with adoration.
Maybe he should get one.
“Do you have a dog?”
Mark transferred his attention back to Laddie’s master, shaking his head no but disinclined to elaborate on the subject. This was what he got for being friendly. Forced to hang around making small talk with an empty-headed beach bum.
He didn’t question why he thought of the guy as a beach bum. Tanned and lean, with that sun-kissed shaggy hair, this beachstroller probably had some bikini-clad bimbo around to suck his cock whenever he felt like it. She’d probably glance adoringly up at him as well, same as the dog.
Mark didn’t even glance at the guy’s shorts to see if he could check out his package. In another context, maybe he would have. But this guy was straight. Mark could tell. And if there was one thing he lived by, had served him well during his twenty years more or less in the closet in corporate America, it was that straight guys didn’t want to find out you weren’t.
“I’m Jamie Wilkes, by the way.”
They shook hands. “Mark Ryan.”
Mark found absolutely nothing erotic about shaking hands. He had done it in the same perfunctory manner hundreds of times in his career. A brief clasp of the hands and a moment of eye contact. Sometimes a head nod at the same time for emphasis.
He’d never been caught freezing at the shake part and keeping the eye contact too long. But this guy had the bluest eyes. Bright with long dark lashes.
Mark dropped his hand abruptly.
“So you here just for the weekend?” Mr. Blue Eyes, er, Wilkes, asked.
“No. I’ll be around for good, for a while anyway.”
“Cool. Not many people are full time out here. So you want to get a beer or something? There’s a little bar farther down the beach.”
“You sure? You look like you could use a drink.”
The friendly chit-chat was annoying. Mark didn’t want to go pick up chicks with this guy or whatever he thought they’d be doing. All he wanted to do was take a long swim and then get seriously drunk. Alone.
But more came out of his mouth than he expected. “No offense, but I’ve had a shitty day. I’ve been stabbed in the back by a guy I thought was my friend and fired from a company I thought was my future and I’m not in the mood for any male bonding.”
Mark clamped his mouth shut after the admission. Talk about sharing too much. Great. Next thing he knew he’d be making a pass at this poor guy who just happened to wander by at “his darkest hour”. A perfect end to a perfect day.Getting blown off by some gorgeous, probably homophobic young guy.
After a minute, the guy said, “I wasn’t thinking about male bonding. More like mindless fucking.”
“Well, you’ll have to find a beach bunny without me.”