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Title: Always Been You
Author: Jess Buffett
Publisher: Reckless Lovers Press
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
After recovering from a shooting that took the lives of his best friends, Seth Hall returns to his hometown for the first time in eleven years with his two children in tow. Intent on setting up a happy, stable life for them, he vows not to allow his past to intervene with their future. That is until Jared, the boy who had broken his heart all those years ago, returns to his life a full grown man who knows exactly what he wants…Seth.
Jared Stewart thought he had lost his only chance to be with Seth after a series of misunderstandings and mistakes. When Seth finally comes home and back into Jared’s life, Jared vows to do anything it takes to keep him there. However, while Jared and Seth grow closer, they discover that not everyone is so happy for them.
Will they be finally able to make a life for themselves together? Or will they be torn apart again, by people they thought they could trust?
1. We are here today to talk about Always Been You. What can you tell us about it?
Always Been You is about two men who grew up together, were in love, yet were afraid of that love. It shows their lives eleven years later, with happiness and tradgedy, and how they are still able feel the love they had as teenagers, but also how it has become more. They also face a few hurdles, but most importantly it’s a story that shows that no matter how much time passes, if it’s meant to be, then it’s meant to be.
2. Tell us more about Seth and Jared?
Seth is a shy yet determined baker who has just sold his successful bakery in New York after a shooting injured him and took the lives of his two best friends. He moves back home with his two god-children he has adopted after their parents death and is trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of their loss.
Jared is a strong and confident lawyer at his family’s firm. He has been in love with Seth since they were young but never worked up the courage to tell him. With Seth home Jared’s sole focus becomes proving to Seth that they deserve a chance together. And he is stubborn enough to get his way.
3. What about Always Been You makes you the most proud?
I think the emotion behind it. Some of it comes from a pretty raw and personal place.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
If you feel it, write it. If someone rejects it, chose whether or not you want to take their advice on board, but don’t take it to heart.
5. What tool do you use to plan scenes? (such as index cards, white board, ouiji board, etc)
I have a love/hate relationship with excel and sticky note. LOL
6. What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
With the original Always Been You, I had a man email me and tell me that the book really spoke to him on a personal level. That he could see himself and his late partner in my characters and it meant a lot to him. To have one of my books touch someone like that, to have the get my characters as much if not more than I do was pretty mind blowing, and I’ve enevr been able to forget it.
7. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I just finished NJ Nielsen’s When Souls Collide, and I’m about to start RJ Scott’s Alpha, Delta
8. Rapid Fire Time
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed
- Salty or Sugary? Salty
- Porsche or Prius? Prius
- World of Warcraft or Everquest? World of Warcraft (though I do like League of Legend too)
- Vodka or Tequila? Vodka
- Steak or Pizza? Steak
- Red or White? White
- Music or TV/Movies? TV/Movies
9. What are you working on? What is next?
Book 2 of the Second Chance series titled Can’t Go Back. Landon and Tyler are about to get their story and I’m really excited about it.
Walking through the bakery, Seth he proceeded to write his own lists for everything else. He became so involved that he hadn’t heard the chime from the front door. Remembering he needed the measurements for the new sign out front he spun around, and collided with a wall.
“Oh, damn. Sorry,” a deep baritone voice said. Long arms reached out and grabbed his hips before he could land on his ass.
Okay, so not a wall, but darn close. Stepping backward to see what, or more to the point whom he ran into, Seth’s gaze locked onto a pair of striking green eyes. Shards of ice ran down his spine as recognition hit him. God, he remembered those jade orbs that used to make him lose his breath.
Jumping back, Seth struggled for breath as he stared mutely at Jared. He couldn’t believe the guy was actually here. And he was still as gorgeous as ever. Jared stood roughly at six foot three, a few inches taller than Seth’s six foot. He was also wider, all of it muscle, and Seth noticed his blond hair was still cut short with just enough length to style it. The man wore charcoal gray slacks and an emerald-green shirt, that were tailor made.
Seeing Jared looking so good made Seth more than aware of the old Oktoberfest t-shirt he wore, and the jeans and sneakers that had both seen better days. Fiddling with his notes, Seth shuffled from foot to foot, not knowing what to do. Jared was right in front of him looking all yummy, casually leaning against the counter with his hands shoved deep into his pockets, and all Seth wanted to do was run. Taking in a deep breath, Seth snapped his head up when Jared finally spoke.
“Hey, Seth. It’s been a while.”
“Yeah, it has.” Apparently not long enough, Seth thought, as he tried to discreetly shift the ever growing bulge in his pants. Now was not the time for a hard-on. Not five seconds ago, he had forgotten how to draw air into his lungs, and now he was going to have a zipper indent. Seriously?
Silence descended, as the two of them just stood there staring at each other. Awkward much?
“So, what is it I can do for you?” Seth asked, trying to ignore the slight tremor in his voice as he walked around the other side of the counter. Hopefully that would hide one of his problems as he tried to regain some composure. Why did he still have to look so good? Wasn’t there some rule stating assholes were meant to look like toads.
“Actually, I’m here on Izzy’s behalf. She was roped into some fundraising thing for the school she works at and asked me to come meet you instead,” Jared replied as he lent forward, resting his forearms on the counter in front. A smirk formed on his handsome face as Seth took a step back.
“Ah, yes. I was told she was a teacher now. Brave of her,” he said, giving an awkward laugh, spreading his hands out onto the flat surface before him in order to support himself. Clearing his throat, he added, “Well, you can just tell her that she can come see me whenever she’s free.”
Jared stood straight, folding his arms across his chest as he studied Seth. “Yeah, she is brave. And no need to rebook, I know what she wants. I’m quite sure we can work something out.”
Why did that sound like an innuendo? This was definitely not going as he had planned. And why did Jared seem to be taking so much pleasure in this? Was this a game to him? Silly little gay boy, isn’t it cute that he still blushes. Well, he’d be damned if history was going to repeat itself. He was a successful businessman and baker. He had two beautiful children, and had survived a fucking bullet.
Straightening his back, he met Jared’s gaze.
“Fine. Let’s take a seat and get this over with, shall we?”
“Is that the way you talk to all of your clients? Cause I have to say, I’m surprised you get much business then,” drawled Jared.
Ignoring the comment, Seth led them to one of the booths. He cast a glance towards the kitchen, but Sal seemed to be preoccupied. Maybe telling the man to just ‘go for it’ hadn’t been a smart move. Something told him things were going to cost more than he thought.
Taking a seat opposite one another on the old scuffed booth with weathered red leather seating, that he absently noted to himself had to be added to the ever growing list of things that needed replacing, Seth launched straight into professional mode. He needed details to come up with something that the future bride wanted and that’s all he was focused on. At no time did he notice how good Jared looked, or how muscular he had gotten. Seth hadn’t even taken note of Jared’s soft pink lips or his large firm hands.
Not at all.
About the Author:
Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She is a mum of two, married to her high school sweetheart.
Jess is a hopeless romantic who is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance with a happy ending—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be Shifters, Vampires, Cowboys, or the boy next door.
A caffeine addict who shamefully can’t make a decent cup of coffee to save her life, Jess believes in soul mates, happily ever afters, and in love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third for the brain to catch up.
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