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Sample Saturday: The Cellist

A new feature for 2021, in which I give a chapter sample of one of my available books, to give you a taste of what’s in store. Apologies for starting it in the middle of the year. I fell really behind schedule with a lot of things, this year.

Since Chapter 1 / the Prologue of my books can be found in my WIP posts, I’m going to use the 7/7 Challenge (where authors post seven lines from page 7 of their WIP) as inspiration. I’ll be posting (approximately) 7 paragraphs of page 7 (unless they have spoilers, then I’ll choose the previous/next chapter) If more is needed, for context, then I’ll add more.

After six years, cellist Roman returns home with boyfriend Ben, in search of more than just international fame. There’s one complication he didn’t count on. His high school crush, the straight, untouchable, Jaxton is there when he arrives.

One performance at local club Crimson 8, stirs emotions that were better left forgotten.
With prior warning that the club is a gay man’s fantasy come true, where anything and everything can happen, Jaxton is dragged along with a group of his friends, to see Roman play.

What happens next, will change the course of all their lives forever.

Roman usually always got a buzz from playing, but tonight hadn’t been the same. The music, the choreography and the entire performance had gone off without a hitch, but Jaxton weighed heavily on his mind.

Seeing him on campus was bad enough, then he showed up to the club and stared at him, with those intense eyes. The whole time he was playing, he was all he thought about. How he used to smile at him, during class, how he laughed at his jokes, or thought his poetry and music were signs of real talent. How he’d accidentally put his hand on his thigh one day at school when he was upset, and how the touch had burned through his jeans and branded his skin for hours afterwards.

There were so many things he remembered, from growing up in the same town as Jaxton, and he could see it all in his eyes. He knew who he was, he remembered everything, but still he was hiding. Still, after all these years, he chose popularity over who he really was inside.

It hurt now, more than ever. A teenager choosing to be popular, in high school, instead of being his friend, somehow made sense. But now Jaxton was twenty-three, old enough to know better, and he was still making the same mistakes.

Then, when he finished playing and found Ben watching him, with rapt attention, like always, the guilt set in. He’d gone over and kissed him for a long time, to remind himself that he had love and Jaxton wasn’t his to worry about.

He sighed, as he walked back into the club and found Kendall drooling over Ben, yet again. He was always getting mushy-eyed around him, undressing him with his eyes. It was annoying, but he had no reason to get jealous. Ben was his and that was never going to change.

No matter how hard Kendall tried.

No matter how Jaxton looked at him.

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Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating ‘love is love’ and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016’s Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.

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