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Title: Short Stay
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Kanexa
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 05/24/2016
Book 3.5 in the Love Lessons Series
Hot messes have a hard time with happily ever after.
Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They’re engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays?
When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can’t slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can’t always counteract the limits his disability will put on his—and Elijah’s—life.
With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they book a stay. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas—it will follow them all the way down the aisle.
This novella was written for and by the request of Heidi’s Patreon readers. It is a continuation of a story begun in the novel Lonely Hearts in the Love Lessons series, also incorporating characters from the Special Delivery series. It is suggested but not required that you read at least Lonely Hearts before reading this book.
From somewhere nearby, music began to play, and Randy perked up. “Scratch that. Dance floor’s open. Let’s go see how many left feet you have.”
Before he could object, Elijah was hauled out of the booth and propelled in the direction of an archway that had been dark earlier but now pulsed with low light and club music. The room it led to wasn’t big, but it doubled the size of the bar, with tables strewn around the edges and checkerboard linoleum under spotlights in the center. No one was in the room but a DJ, who waved at Randy as he led Elijah onto the floor.
Elijah tried to escape. “I don’t want to dance. And I left my phone in the booth.”
“You don’t need your phone. It’s perfectly safe there. And if anything goes wrong with Baz, Steve will tell the hotel, and they know exactly where I am.” He drew Elijah in close, grinning dangerously as he began to wiggle his hips. “Dance it out, bitch. Come on.”
It was too weird, being in the middle of an empty room, dancing with a man he barely knew. “I don’t have enough drink in me for this.”
“Yeah you do.” Randy winked. “Come on. Give me one song, and if you’re still pissy at the end of it, we’ll go back to the booth and brood some more.”
It was difficult to argue with him, especially since Elijah didn’t want to go back to the booth. He didn’t know what he wanted to do—not go home, not go to the room, not go with Walter and Kelly. Not dance, either, but there were worse things in the world than getting cheered up by Randy Jansen.
So he stayed. Let Randy lure him into putting up his hands and shaking his tail feather. When the song shifted, he didn’t try to escape, and Randy didn’t point out he’d gotten exactly what he wanted. Elijah knew he’d been played, but he was okay with it. Besides, he did have just enough alcohol in him.
Dirty Whiskeys. He’d have to remember that.
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About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.
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