Camden is on top of the world.
He’s dating his best friend and co-star. He has a top rated TV show that just got renewed for a seventh season. It’s what he’s always wanted.
And he’s fucking miserable.
Dimitri is living the life he always wanted. He and Victor, his high school boyfriend, are social media darlings. His part just got renewed on his hit TV show, and the charity foundation he co-founded is taking off. It’s everything he ever wanted.
And he’s fucking miserable.
The only time either seem happy is when they’re together. And both of them are ignoring the attraction between them. There’s too much at risk. The show, their significant others, a friendship that is more important than a quick screw.
Oh, and Camden is straight.
But attraction isn’t always easy to ignore, and a lot can happen that isn’t meant to. When one of Dimitri’s fans gets involved, both men will have to decide how much and who they want.
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He says, quietly, “Vic wants me to quit.”
I go still.
Because of all the things I expected, that wasn’t anywhere on my list.
I’d heard about Dimitri and Victor before I found out he was joining Fractal Ends. Dimitri was notorious in the industry for being a hard worker and a wild card when it came to publicity. Not because he got himself in trouble. But because no one–not even Dimitri–could predict what he would do next. But I’d hear of him because he was a social media darling, and he was with Victor Vanes. Dimitri helped Vic get his start, performed with Silence of Screams for the first few years when they were still in a shitty van and shittier venues. When Dimitri was writing their music because they couldn’t afford to buy songs.
They clawed their way to the top with each other, using the other to feed their own dreams, despite the press and the PR people. Despite groupies and tours and long weeks on set, they did it. Dimitri landed on Fractal Ends and Victor landed on the Billboard Top 10.
And they stayed together. They were the only people besides my parents who were high school sweethearts and managed to make it work.
“Why?” I ask, because the reason Dimitri and Vic work is because they support each other. Always.
I frown when he shrugs and looks away, that desolate expression slipping into his eyes again.
He takes another sip from the bottle and I watch, unable to look away.
“Ever think what you’ve got isn’t what you want?” he asks, tempering the shocking question with a wry smile.
Every fucking day.
“Dee,” I whisper. “you love Vic.”
He nods and laughs. “I do. That’s what makes this so fucking hard.”
I take the bottle from him when he takes another too long swig. Drinking for the wrong reason sure as hell won’t solve anything. He sulks, turning his attention back to the screen where Cari is kissing some guy I think is supposed to be her boss. Or the one trying to kill her.
Misunderstood heroes or some shit. She rolled her eyes pretty hard when she read that part of the screen.
“He’s jealous,” Dimitri says suddenly and I glance at him. He’s close again. Closer than he was a few seconds ago and it makes me nervous.
My voice is low and a little too raspy when I ask, “Of what?”
He grins, this wide, devil-may-care thing that I know enough to have a split-second of worry, and then he’s kissing me.
For a heartbeat, there’s this disconnect. I’ve wanted this for so damn long that it doesn’t add up and I go still and startled under his lips.
He seems to realize that I’m not into it and starts to pull away and that wakes me up. I throw an arm around his shoulders and yank him back to me.
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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.
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