Shelton is so in love with Nevil, but Nevil seems content to play the field., until one night things may be changing, but then again maybe they aren't. Shelton decides he can't stay with Nevil, and suffer like he is.
Nevil seems to realise he is going to lose the best thing in his life, and he and Shelton become a couple. Everything seems to be going well, until Shelton gets a promotion and then everything gets rather fraught.
The way that the book is written, you go on the emotional roller coaster with Shelton and Nevil, and I have to say I didn't want to stop reading. You get to know both Shelton and Nevil really well, and get a complete insight into their feelings. You also realise that Shelton is still bothered by something in his past, which he is convinced makes him someone who can't be totally loveable.
As the book went on, you could see how they were both attuned to the other, and knew when the other needed to talk. This is a nice light read, and one I think once you start, like me you won't want to put down.
Surprised, Shelton looked quickly around, but there was no one else to see their blatant display of affection. He was hardly aware of the pain that squeezed his chest as he dropped his gaze to his hands clasped on his lap. Nerves burning, he pleaded with the universe to be invisible and that Nevil wouldn't see him sitting on the bench. He wished the ground would swallow him up, anything, afraid to move and draw their attention.
In a moment he heard their voices drift off and he risked a glance, seeing them disappear into the trees in the opposite direction from him. He waited a few minutes then, sick with disappointment, rose and walked the short distance home.
The apartment had an empty silence to it he'd never noticed before, and he reluctantly closed the door behind him and locked himself into the quiet, lonely rooms.
"Damn," he said, not sure what he meant by the word. Without bothering to change, he went to the kitchen, grabbed a can of soup out of the cupboard and began to heat the brownish blob over the stove instead of the microwave, not minding the extra time it took. What else did he have to do, anyway? Nevil had said he'd see him that night, but he never should have gotten his hopes up.
Unthinking, Shelton took his hot bowl of soup to the living room and bit off an oath at the sight of the couch. Body instantly on fire and aching for Nevil's touch, he placed the soup on the coffee table and sat down, sinking into the cushions. Trembling, he surrendered to the memory of Nevil's skillful fingers; his hot lips and tongue bringing fulfillment. Shelton could never tell Nevil, but that night had been the best in his life.
Drawing a ragged breath, he sat up and clicked on the television before letting one mindless show after the other numb his senses and nudge him toward sleep. At one in the morning, he finally dragged his aching body to bed only to sleep fitfully, listening for Nevil to come home. It was another two hours before he heard the key at the front door and Nevil's familiar tread in the hallway.
Shelton's pulses leapt to life as Nevil's footfalls paused outside his door. He clutched the blankets, urging Nevil to come in and kiss away his hurt and loneliness. He didn't even care where he’d been. After a brief moment, the footsteps receded and Nevil's door closed firmly. Shelton rolled to his side and stared at the wall for a long while.