WOO HOO YOU GUYS READY TO SEE THE COVER OF THE NEXT BOOK IN ALEXA LAND'S FIRSTS & FOREVER SERIES: WORLDS AWAY? IT IS BEAUTIFUL AS WE KNEW IT WOULD BE! BELOW IS THE COVER FOLLOWED BY THE NEVER BEFORE SEEN BLURB AND AN EXCERPT, AS WELL AS A COMMENT TO WIN GIVEAWAY! LET'S GET TO IT!
BEAUTIFUL RIGHT? I CAN'T WAIT FOR SAWYER AND ALASTAIR'S STORY! HERE IS THE BLURB:
Does love stand a chance between two men from different worlds, when they’re both being pulled in opposite directions?
Sawyer MacNeil is looking for answers. His time in the Army didn’t go as planned, and he’s still reeling from the end of a relationship that never should have happened in the first place. Now he’s trying to get his life together, while struggling to come to terms with a side of himself he’s always kept hidden.
Sparks fly when Sawyer meets Alastair, an upper-class British graduate student whose future has been mapped out since birth. Alastair can’t promise anything more than a hook-up. He doesn’t have much time left in the States, and a mountain of responsibility and a disapproving family are waiting for him back in the UK. But whatever’s happening between them feels like so much more than a fling.
When tragedy strikes and the two are separated just days after meeting, will Sawyer risk everything to follow his heart?
AHHHH YOU NEED THIS BOOK NOW RIGHT? ME TOO!! BUT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TOO LONG TO WAIT! HERE IS AN EXCERPT:
Worlds Away by Alexa Land
When we reached his apartment, he led me straight to the bedroom, which was softly lit by a single lamp on his bedside table. We both tossed our jackets aside and I took a deep breath as we watched each other for a long moment. Anticipation crackled across my skin.
I approached Alastair slowly and stopped just inches from him. With a gentle touch, I tilted his face up with two fingertips under his chin. His breathing accelerated as he draped his arms around my shoulders.
Our lips met, tentatively. It felt like an unspoken question. I cupped his face between my palms and kissed him again, and his lips parted for me. Alastair reached up and caressed my short hair as the tip of my tongue met his, and we deepened the kiss just a little, savoring each other.
My heart was pounding as I lost myself in his sweet taste, his clean scent, the feel of his skin beneath my fingertips. I breathed in his little sigh of pleasure, made it mine. His lips were soft and wet and yielding, and I could have spent forever right there in that moment, reveling in that kiss, feeling it awaken every part of me, stirring needs and feelings and sensations long ignored, shut down, buried.
But when he reached for the buttons on my shirt, I was pulled out of my reverie. I caught his hands and said, “Just a little slower, okay? Come sit down with me.” He looked up at me and nodded, confusion in his eyes as we both perched on the edge of the mattress.
“I didn’t mean to rush. I’m sorry,” he murmured.
“You didn’t. I just…need a minute.” I wasn’t ready to show him that other side of me just yet, the part so few understood, the part I didn’t understand myself. But there was something else too that had made me slow it down, something in his eyes, his touch, his response to me, something a little uncertain that made me ask, “Alastair, are you a virgin?”
He chewed his lower lip for a moment before admitting, “Sort of.”
I grinned a little. “How does that work, exactly?”
“I’ve messed around before, but when it came to, um, penetration, it never quite…worked out.” He looked mortified.
“Where you bottoming?”
“That was my intent, but I just couldn’t manage it. I want to, though. God, I want to. I’m hoping you’re a little more experienced than I am, so you’ll be able to guide me through it tonight.”
“Losing your virginity is a big deal. Don’t you maybe want to wait until you’re in a relationship?”
His voice rose a little as he looked up at me and said, “But I’m never going to be in a relationship. Don’t you see? I only have a few months, and then I have to return to the UK. My family knows I’m gay, but they think it’s just some rebellious phase I’m going through for shock value, and they expect me to be done with it by the time I come home. How the bloody hell am I supposed to just be done with who I am?”
Alastair took a deep breath before continuing, more quietly, “I came to California because I thought I could be open about who I was and explore my sexuality while I was here, but it hasn’t gone like I thought it would. I had this idea that I’d be having loads of sex, a different bloke every week. I thought San Francisco would be the perfect place for that. But they don’t really tell you, do they? Nobody mentions the fact that it hurts like hell when you’re inexperienced, and that it’s terrifying to make yourself vulnerable with a stranger you’ve just met in a bar, or worse, through some sleazy dating app. So then I thought, alright, apparently I’m not a one-night stand kind of guy, so I’ll just find myself a boyfriend. But that didn’t work out either! I’ve been in the U.S. since I was sixteen, and okay, I didn’t really start looking for a boyfriend until I was eighteen, but still! Nothing turned out like I thought it would. And now here I am, twenty years old, and I can’t go back a virgin. I just can’t!”
I said, “You won’t. We’re going to make sure of that tonight.”
He searched my eyes. “I’m surprised you’re still willing, now that you know I don’t have the first clue what I’m doing.”
“Of course I am. I’m honored that you’d trust me with something this important, and I’m going to take good care of you, Alastair.”
He picked up my hand and wove our fingers together, and after a moment he said, “If you don’t mind my asking, what your first time was like?”
“It pretty much sucked. Neither of us had been with a man before, and we were so clueless. The good news is, it taught me what not to do, so your first time will be so much better than mine.”
“Who was the guy?” Alastair shook his head and amended, “Never mind, that’s none of my business.”
“It’s fine. He was…I almost called him my boyfriend, but that’s not accurate. I guess all I can really say is, he was a guy I was involved with when I was in the Army. He was also the officer in charge of my military unit, which is all kinds of messed up, but that’s another story.” I looked at our joined hands and added, “He’s the only person I’ve ever been with, and he absolutely refused to bottom. So, tonight’s going to be a first for me, too, one I’ve wanted for a long time.”
“How long were you and he involved?”
“It dragged on for three years. When I left the Army, I left him, too. In fact, he’s part of the reason I didn’t re-enlist.”
Although I’d tried to keep my expression neutral, the pain I felt must have slipped through somehow, because he asked, “You loved him, didn’t you?” I hesitated before nodding. “Do you still?” I grinned a little at the stream of questions. He was probably stalling, which was fine. Whatever it took to make him more comfortable.
“No. It took a long time, but I finally got over him. I had to. He was never going to treat me as anything more than his dirty little secret.”
“Thanks for being so open with me.”
“Well, I think you should know who you’re taking to bed.” I hesitated before adding, “You don’t have the whole picture yet, though. There’s something I need to show you. It might be a deal breaker, but I don’t want to hide who I am. I do that with almost everyone else, and I don’t want to hide it here, too.”
He watched me curiously as I pulled off my shoes and socks, then got up and turned to him. I took a deep breath as I began to unbutton my shirt. “If you’re not into this, that’s fine,” I said. “I know it’s…different.”
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