Since moving back to Ames Bridge, Jack Lawrence has been consumed with running a successful bed-and-breakfast. He hasn’t considered making time for relationships until he starts flirting with Luke each week at the farmers' market. By the end of the summer, Jack is wondering where the spark between them could go.
When Luke finally ventures into a club where he can fulfill his desires, he unexpectedly runs into Jack, and they discover they're a perfect match in the bedroom. With each hot encounter, more tender feelings surface, but between the age gap, not being out in Ames Bridge, and Luke’s need to come into his own, do they dare be more to each other?
I really for Luke, it is like his family has permanatly wrapped up in cotton wall to protect him, and this has been the case since he was seriously ill as a child - but he is now 21 years old, and nothing has changed. This is also probably why Luke has never told anyone that he is actually gay, and I have to admit I don't blame him.
It also seems like the whole town of Ames Bridge thinks he is fragile - well all except for Jack. Jack and Luke finally meet when Luke goes to a gay club, but not just any gay club, this was a club for Luke to explore his kinkier side, which he has been exploring on the internet. I'm not sure who was more shocked when they met either!!
Jack and Luke start to meet in secret, where Luke can actually be himself - although they never meet where anyone from Ames Bridge will see them. They spend more and more time together, and Luke really seems to be coming out of his shell, and this is all due to Jack.
However, Jack is a lot older than Luke, plus nobody knows that Luke is gay, and it was inevitable that someone would see them and report back to Lukes family. Now is when Luke has to make some decisions, but suffice to say he is not happy at what Jack proposes, But what Liam can't seem to grasp, is that Jack wants Luke to be happy.
Is there any chance for Luke and Jack? Can Jack get Luke to see things from his side, and why he proposed what he did?
For all Luke knew, Jack was straight as an arrow and would be disgusted if he realized Luke fantasized about him. But he’d seen Jack assessing other men in a way most straight men didn’t. The fact that Luke had noticed meant he’d spent far too much time watching a man who probably thought of him as a kid. Why did he always crush on
older men who were out of his league?
When Jack crossed the grassy area between the rows of booths, Luke’s mouth went dry and his pulse pounded in his head.
“How’s the afternoon going?” Jack asked.
“It is. It shouldn’t be this hot so far into September.”
“Right. It…um…shouldn’t.” Great. He was making a fool of himself.
“How’s your corn?”
The change of subject threw Luke at first. “Oh…um…it’s still producing. We’ve got some beautiful ears right here.” He pointed to his left where he’d placed the corn in bushel baskets. Produce was a safe subject. He could talk produce in his sleep.
“Great. I’ll take some. I’ve got a recipe for a Mexican casserole I want to try.”
“For your guests?”
“You…um…you seem to like choosing recipes for them.”
“Cooking for people has become my favorite part of running the inn, which has really surprised me.”
“Before I decided I wanted to run my own inn, I was, at best, a mediocre cook. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hire anyone to cook for me, though, so I started watching videos and practicing, and now I’m quite good, or at least the guests think so.”
“I bet you are.” Heat filled Luke’s face as he realized how breathless his words sounded.
“You should stop by the inn for breakfast sometime.”
“Oh, um…” Luke’s heart pounded.
“Since your family supplies so much of the food, it only makes sense for you to see how it gets used. And I like to show off my skills because I—”
“Worked hard for them.” They said the words at the same time.
“I know that feeling,” Luke said.
Jack smiled. “I guess you do.”
Unlike most people, especially anyone older than Luke, Jack didn’t patronize him. He simply acknowledged that Luke had worked hard for opportunities a lot of people took for granted.
“Call me if you want to stop by one morning.”
Luke would love a chance to spend more time with Jack, but he also knew he wouldn’t have the nerve to call. If he let Jack feed him a delicious breakfast, he’d be even more of a wreck around him than usual, or, even worse, he might lose his mind altogether, follow Jack into the kitchen, and try to seduce him right there.