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Title: Falling for Ramos
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: “Real Men Wear Jocks” painted by Ian Brown
I am endlessly fascinated by people’s love stories. Maybe because I’m not very successful at it, when I hear about true love my cynical old heart goes all mushy.
One day I met an elderly couple that had been together for over seventy years. The wife was suffering from dementia but her husband had never spent a day apart from her and he wasn’t about to start now.
Falling for Ramos is based on a real life story. All the incidents are fiction, but the premise, of two men being forced apart because of family, and a chance meeting after years apart is completely true. My romantic author senses went overtime when I first heard the story. They met again, and that love was still there even after all those years. I’m still hoping for their happy ending.
It gives me hope that out there, a person has Sue Brown written on their heart and one day I will find them. Of course, if they meet my sister (the real Sue), then I’m stuffed.
COLIN HESS hadn’t laid eyes on the man for over a decade, yet he recognized Alejandro Ramos immediately. He smoothed out the business section of the newspaper, his gaze drawn to the man in the middle of the group photograph. He could have picked Ramos out from a hundred men wearing masks, let alone a small group of businessmen. Colin scanned the short caption, hungry to know why his ex-lover was in the newspaper. The two lines told him that the businessmen were in London, seeking a merger with a British-based company.
Colin stared at Ramos, soaking up every detail. A slight smile curved Ramos’s lips as he stared into the camera. Colin knew that smile, knew that Ramos was acutely uncomfortable and trying to hide it. He traced Ramos’s full mouth with the tip of his index finger.
It had been ten long years since Colin last laid eyes on Ramos, his last sight the tear tracks down Ramos’s beautiful cheeks and his mouth pressed tight as he tried to hold himself together in the middle of the airport. Colin had walked away for the last time, never expecting to see Ramos again. tears pricked Colin’s eyes as he looked at his ex-lover. They’d parted badly—hurt and acrimony on both sides and a realization that, despite the fact they still loved each other, their relationship was over.
Colin’s breath caught in his throat as he looked at his ex-partner. “You’re still gorgeous.”
Ramos was as beautiful as the day they met, both aged nineteen and undergraduates in London. With his dark olive skin and fine cheekbones, Ramos was a complete contrast to Colin’s red hair and freckled skin. He had aged well, the photo showing little signs of the wrinkles and gray hair Colin battled daily.
“Who’s still gorgeous?”
As his boyfriend came into the room, Colin flushed, feeling guilty at being caught ogling his ex, and had to suppress the urge to hide the photo. “You are, of course, babe.”
Antonio raised an eyebrow. “That’s nice. Now who did you really mean?”
Colin handed over the newspaper.
Antonio scanned it, and a frown settled between his brows. “Ramos.”
Colin didn’t try to prevaricate. Antonio had been with Colin for a couple of years. He knew exactly who Ramos was and what he had been to Colin.
“Did you know he was going to be in the paper?”
“I haven’t heard from him in over ten years.”
Antonio threw the paper onto the table. “So he’s in England. Do you plan to see him?”
Colin pressed his lips together. “I’ve just seen the damn paper, Tonio. I’m not planning to see him, and I haven’t hidden anything from you.”
“You’ve probably been meeting him, haven’t you? All those nights you’ve been working late….”
Antonio was working himself up into a rage, his dark eyes snapping as he presumably imagined all the trysts Colin had not been having.
“Don’t be so bloody melodramatic. He’s just arrived.” Colin didn’t have time for this bullshit. “I’m not the one who’s been screwing around. You know how late I leave the school every night.”
“You could have slipped out early for once.”
“I could have, but I didn’t.” Colin didn’t have time to scratch his arse, let alone hook up with his ex. “Why the hell are you getting jealous, Tonio? It’s been over ten years. Can’t you let it rest already?”
“I could say the same for you,” Antonio said bitterly and left the room.
Colin huffed in annoyance, but his gaze went back to the picture of Ramos, and reluctantly he admitted that Tonio had a point.
“I never got over you,” he murmured quietly, not sure whether Antonio was still in earshot. Even after a decade, the love he felt for the man burned brightly in his heart.
Antonio walked back into the lounge holding his keys and wallet. “I’m going to the deli,” he announced, his expression darkening when he realized Colin was still looking at the paper.
“I’ll come with you.”
“Don’t bother. You can moon over your lost love while I’m out.” With an audible snap of his teeth, Antonio turned on his heel and left again.
Colin knew he should go after him, make it right between them. He also knew that his lack of interest was a damning indictment of their relationship. He sighed and curled up with the newspaper.
“Why did you have to come, Andro?” Colin used his private pet name for Ramos. “I’ve tried so hard to forget you. Why did you have to come back now?”
His mobile phone buzzed on the coffee table, and he answered without checking the caller ID.
“He’s here. Ramos is here,” Lil, his younger sister, said.
“How? Did he call you too?”
“Uh, no. I saw his picture in the paper. Wait, you mean you’ve spoken to him?”
“Well, yes. He called fifteen minutes ago asking where you were. He didn’t know if you were in the country or not.”
The breath caught in Colin’s throat. “He asked about me?”
“Duh, doofus, he’s not going to be interested in me, is he? Of course he asked about you.”
“What did you tell him?”
“I told him you were off shagging Chelsea football team. What did you think I told him?”
“Did you give him my number?”
“I told him I needed to talk to you first. I didn’t know how you’d feel about talking to Ramos again after he destroyed your life.”
“It wasn’t as bad as that,” Colin scoffed.
“Colin, you didn’t get out of bed for three months after you came home. I had to hose you down and force you to eat. My kids were scared of the yeti in our spare room.”
“Was I really that bad?” He didn’t really need to ask the question.
“Worse!” Lil’s voice softened. “I was scared my big brother was going to die of a broken heart.”
“I’m sorry I scared you, li’l sis.”
“You did scare me, and I don’t want to see you like that again.”
“I’m all right. It’s not like it was before. I’m over him now.”
Damn his sister. She could put so much feeling into two syllables.
“I am,” Colin protested. “I’m with Tonio now.”
“Where is Tonio?”
“He’s at the deli.”
“He only goes there when he’s upset and wants to pig out on the pastrami.”
“How do you know that?” It was scary how much she knew about him.
“Colin, get your head out of your arse. If Tonio caught you mooning over Ramos, he’s working up to a full-on meltdown.”
Now Colin was totally creeped out. “Do you have cameras in this house?”
“Oh God, you can be so bloody oblivious. Go after him and make it better.”
“What should I do about Ramos?”
“Don’t contact him. Don’t stir up all those old memories again. It took you years to be able to face the world, and look, you have Tonio now, don’t you? He isn’t perfect, but after Ramos… he made you live again.”
Colin stared at the picture. “You’re right. I know you’re right. It would be stupid of me to even think of talking to Ramos after he got married to that woman.”
“He’s dead to you. You know I’m right. So what should I do when he calls again?”
“Give him my number.”
Prism recently reviewed Falling for Ramos. You can find the review here.
A glimpse of a group of businessmen in a newspaper tells Colin Hess his old love, Alejandro Ramos, is back in London a decade after they split up.
They met by chance as students, when Colin was pushed into Ramos’s lap at a party. Despite the disapproval from Ramos’s parents, Colin and Ramos were inseparable from that moment and settled in their own place as soon as they finished university.
But when Ramos’s father fell ill, Ramos was forced to return to the family vineyard, leaving Colin behind. When Colin joined him for a holiday, the plans Ramos’s parents had for their son became painfully clear—and those plans did not involve Colin.
Colin knows it would be stupid to rekindle their old love after the devastating end to their relationship. Still, neither can deny that they still have feelings for each other from the minute they meet, and Colin learns the meeting might not be as random as it seemed.
About the Author:
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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