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Title: Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1)
Author: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow / Giovanni Dall’Orto
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.
Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.
The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.
I lift my hand and when the bartender finally turns and heads in my direction, a gasp escapes my throat. My entire body becomes numb—from the roots of my hair to the soles of my feet.
The bartender places his forearms on the edge of the bar top so he can lean over to hear me better. “What can I get you?”
“What can I get you?”
He doesn’t fucking recognize me. Maybe it’s not him. No, it’s got to be him. My gaze scans all around his face. The dark curls at his forehead, piercing green eyes, full lips, the small, jagged scar alongside his right eye.
“Are you…” My throat is so damn tight, it’s hard to speak. “Lucas?”
His brows knit together, yet his eyes still stare vacantly at me. In the photos we shared on-line, my hair was buzzed short. I’ve let it grow out since then and it’s blonder from working in the sun. My skin is darker as well and I’ve definitely filled out more. I’m no longer the skinny pimpled-faced kid who was desperate to make an on-line connection in that chat room.
“Who wants to know?” Lucas asks, his voice hooking me like thorns. It’s deep and gravelly, not at all how I imagined it. But better. So much better.
As we stare each other down, I can see his brain working, scrambling to understand where he might know me from. Damn, it’s like I’ve been erased from his memory or something, which fucking sucks.
Some dude behind me complains about the slow service and springs me into action. “Uh, can I get two pitchers of Bud?” I ask and then add, “Lucas.”
“How the hell do you know my name?” he asks as he holds up a finger to a waiting customer down the bar. “You been in here before?”
I shake my head. “No, man. I’m…”
And all at once he looks completely thunderstruck. His hand comes up to swipe across his mouth as a line of red washes across his neck and cheeks and ears.
“Gabriel,” he fills in the blank. “Holy fuck, you’re Gabriel.”
I nod vigorously, as I grip the edge of the bar to steady my trembling fingers.
“You came,” I blurt out, sounding like some over-excited kid. “You’re here, in Hollywood.”
“Not because of you,” Lucas bites out, his lip curling into a sneer, his fists tightening at his sides. He’s pissed at me. So fucking pissed. And I get it. Without question. As far as he knows I ditched him for no reason. And I did—ditch him, in a way—but I had a reason.
About the Author
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
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