Author: Andrew Grey
Brock Ferguson knew he might run into his ex-boyfriend, Vincent Geraldini, when he took his first job as a police officer in Carlisle. Vincent’s attitude during a routine traffic stop reminds Brock why their relationship didn’t last.What Brock doesn’t expect is finding two scared children in the trunk of a Corvette. He’s also surprised to learn the kids’ mother is Vincent’s sister. But his immediate concern is the safety of the two children, Abey and Penny, and he offers to comfort and care for them when their mother is taken into custody.Vincent is also shocked to learn what his sister has done. For the sake of the kids, he and Brock bury the hatchet—and soon find they have much more in common than they realized. With Abey and Penny’s help, they grow closer, until the four of them start to feel like a family. But Vincent’s sister and her boyfriend—an equal-opportunity jerk—could tear down everything they’re trying to build.
“Penny and Abey were remanded to child services for thirty days. Donald and I have agreed to keep them, but Vincent’s application for foster parent status is being reviewed, and hopefully Penny and Abey can be turned over to him just as soon as he’s approved.” Carter stood and put his phone back in his pocket. “I’m going to miss those two, but they’re better off with family, and Vincent seems like a great guy.”
“He is,” Brock said.
“Then if you don’t mind my asking, why are the two of you dancing around each other?” Carter clearly wasn’t letting him off the hook, judging by the intensity of his stare.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Brock drummed his fingers on the table and then stopped when he realized what he was doing.
“Come on. Donald was at Vincent’s, and he saw the two of you together. He called it the closest thing to sex with clothes on that he’d ever seen. And Donald is rarely wrong about these things.”
“It doesn’t matter. Vincent and I had something a while ago, but I don’t think we can go back.”
Brock groaned and glared at Carter. “Is this what you really want to talk about? Don’t we have something better to do?”
“All right. Come on. We’re assigned to the southeast quadrant of town.” He led the way out of the station and to their patrol car. “Though if you think that sitting together in the car is going to get you off the hook….” Carter grinned, and Brock groaned again. He should have known that as soon as they started working more closely together, Carter would be all up in his business. Granted, Carter was a happy man, and he wanted everyone to be just as happy as he was—and that meant playing matchmaker.
“Fine.” He pulled open the passenger door, got in, and waited for Carter. “Vincent and I were a thing some years ago, and we spent some time together the other day. It was like old times. We laughed and talked about serious things and we acted goofy. It was comfortable.”
“So what’s wrong with that?” Carter started the engine and pulled out of the garage, turning toward their area of town.
“That’s how things were years ago, but then when push came to shove, I wasn’t important enough for him to come out and deal with his family… and he left me like I wasn’t good for his life. It was hard for me, and I don’t want to go through that again.”
Carter shook his head. “Did you know that Donald and I dated and then broke up? Granted, we didn’t go out for too long. Donald was sexy but cold. It took a while for me to learn that it was part of his defense mechanism for his job. He deals with children who need help all day, every day.”
“So what happened?”
“Alex. I found him at a call. He’d been locked in an attic.” Carter choked up as he spun the wheel to make a turn. “He needed care, and I guilted Donald into taking him in. I also promised to help, and over a few days, we realized that neither of us knew the other all that well, and once we got a look underneath, there was a lot more to be fascinated with.”
Brock snorted. “Like that’s going to happen with me and Vincent.”
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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