Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Length: 86 pages
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Blurb: Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.
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He ran to the apartment door and paused to give Spencer a pointed look. “If you don’t go over there and say something, I’ll have to take matters into my own hands, and neither of us wants that.”
The thought terrified Spencer. “All right, just give me some time.”
Danny nodded and was off. Spencer lay on his couch thinking about how he might approach Quinn without scaring the guy. Did he really want to get involved with him? Even if he stood a chance, which was unlikely, Quinn had a dangerous job. Spencer remembered how he’d felt sick to his stomach watching the news report of the showdown, the report that an officer had been shot and rushed to the hospital. He’d been beside himself when he found out it was Quinn. They’d posted a photo of him in his uniform, smiling and looking both handsome and intimidating. It had been one of the worst feelings Spencer had ever experienced, and they weren’t even friends.
“Okay, Spence. Time to grow a pair.” He sat up and told himself off. Was he really going to sit back and do nothing? If the most he got out of his attempt was Quinn’s friendship, it was still worth it. The guy had been holed up in his apartment since he’d come home from the hospital. At first there had been plenty of movement and people coming in and out, but after a few days, the visitors stopped. Quinn wanted to be left alone. Spencer had heard him arguing loudly with someone about it—he wanted to be left alone to recover in peace. The guy was grumpy, no doubt about it. Of course, he’d just been shot several times.
Gathering his courage, Spencer got up and went to the door to put on his sneakers. “You’re just going to say hello and ask if he needs anything. That’s all. You’re being a good neighbor.” Okay, he could do this. He grabbed his keys and paused. “Come on, man, you’re just striking up a conversation. You’re not asking him to prom.” Spencer left his apartment and was heading for Quinn’s door when he spotted a tall, handsome Latino in a navy blue suit and white shirt knocking on Quinn’s door. “Hi.”
Shit. Quinn had a boyfriend. Of course he has a boyfriend, you idiot. Just because you haven’t seen one around doesn’t mean there isn’t one. “I’m sorry. I, uh, I just came by to see if he was okay and say hi.” He lifted a hand up. “Hi.”
“Who are you?” the man asked warily.
“I’m Spence, Spencer Morgan. I live next door.” He jutted a thumb behind him in case the guy might have trouble finding it. Man, he was such a dork. He should get out of here before he really made an ass out of himself.
“You’re a friend of Quinn’s?”
“Um, not really. We don’t, um, get to talk much.” At all, actually. “He’s a busy guy, you know.” Doesn’t know I exist. “Anyway, I was just going to let him know that if he needed anything, I’m just next door, but I see he’s got you, so I’m sure he doesn’t need me. I mean my help, not me, me, personally.” Crap, crap, crap. “I’m gonna go now. Sorry to have bothered you.”
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