Treasure Trail, a States of Love story
by Nicole Dennis
from Dreamspinner Press
Owner of Matey’s Tavern, a popular brewpub-tavern in St. Augustine, Florida, Derick Keyes loves his adopted hometown and job. He also harbors a crush on a pirate captain.
Tour guide for the popular Pirate Pub Walking Tour, Christopher Easton portrays a pirate captain as he takes visitors on a guided tour of St. Augustine, stopping at certain taverns for a pint of grog and tales of the golden age of piracy. With a little liquid courage, Chris breaks the cycle when he talks to Derick. Things change between them. Derick wants a chance for more with Chris.
During the Annual Pirate Festival, Derick creates a treasure hunt for Chris after “cursing” him. To break the curse, Chris must find four clues before the final battle on Sunday night. Only then can the curse be broken.
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Cat gives this one 5 Meows with a 3 Purr heat index...
Derick is a bartender and bar owner in St Augustine. He loves the Pirate Pub Tours that come through, especially a certain Pirate Captain. Chris has liked Derick for a long time and been waiting for him to make a move, so he finally takes it upon himself to talk to Derick, this gets Derrick opening up, and Derick sends Chris on a little treasure hunt.
I liked both Chris and Derick; I thought the treasure hunt was such a sweet idea and Chris meeting Derick at night for Bike rides o home was romantic as well. The sex was hot and sensual. If you're looking for a short fun, sexy sweet romance to fill a little time, This is a good one! If you like Pirate re-enactment, Bartenders, short, sexy romances this one is for you!
Guest post with Author Nicole Dennis
Changing the ‘First Meet’
Treasure Trail: STATE of Love – Florida
There’s always something about that special first meet between your main characters to help kick off their story. Sometimes it’s a crazy bump out of nowhere. Others planned down to the second. Every once in a while, you find a ‘first meet’ actually happens over a few years before anything is done about it. This book begins with one of the last kinds of first meets.
Here’s a tidbit from the first chapter where the main character, Derick, is checking out a tour guide, Chris:
These two danced around for years. Something always keeping them apart. Derick never quite feeling like he’s the ‘right person’ or strong enough inside to take that crucial first step. He doesn’t know there’s another side to the enigmatic Chris.
When I started planning and writing this novella, I knew Derick and Chris weren’t strangers. They see each other almost every day, depending on when Chris is leading one of the Pirate Pub Walking Tours through historical St. Augustine. Chris entertains his tour group with tales of piracy and St. Augustine while they visit up five different pubs/taverns. One of them being Derick’s place, Matey’s Tavern. Every time one of the tours visits the tavern, if Derick is at the bar, he becomes part of the spiel.
They ‘talk’ almost every day as part of their jobs, but it doesn’t go further than that due to insecurities and questions on both sides.
First meets can go beyond strangers. There’s more to a first meet than just laying eyes on someone, it’s sitting down ant talking things. Or just swept into a hard hug and deep kiss. Who knows how it happens, but it sure is fun to figure out different ways to make them interesting.
What is your favorite or most memorable ‘first meet’?
A quiet one, Nicole Dennis curled up with the latest book of a favorite author. Since the beginning, there were these characters in her head, worlds wanting to be built on paper, and stories wanting to be told. She began writing during class and continues to this day. Now she can let others into her imagination and worlds that always celebrate the love between two or more people within LGBT, paranormal, and fantasy.
During the day, she works in a quiet office in Central Florida, where she also makes her home, and enjoys the down time to slip into her imagination. She is owned by a semi-demonic tortie calico, affectionately known as Fat Cat.
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