Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Post: Healed Beginnings by Diana Dericci+giveaway

Healed BeginningsEd Norwood is living in limbo. He has his friends, his job, and his parents, but he's feeling restless. More so now that his ex has found something perfect with another man. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate and move on. He wished he knew.

Duncan Nichols is the man who could change everything, if he is willing. Ex-Army Veteran trained in canine Search and Rescue, Duncan and Ed's first meeting is fraught with tension and worry after massive storms slice through Silo. Duncan is surprised to find a community that is open and giving in Silo, and is welcomed to return to show off his dog's skills at the annual firehouse fundraiser.

Without the stressful distractions of storms and missing people getting between them, lust flares nearly out of control between the two men. Only Ed wants and needs more in life than a friend with benefits, and when he says as much, Duncan is quick to put the kibosh on even dreaming of a happily ever after. Then real life intervenes when Ed's mother falls ill, and Duncan returns to Ed's side in support.
Can Ed break through the barriers Duncan has put up to protect himself? There's more to Duncan than the left hand he habitually hides. Ed believes if Duncan cracks even a little, he can prove it. If it just wasn't his heart at stake to make that happen

Ed’s heart was tripping a hectic rhythm. Oh, man. He took a casual step away from Duncan. An easy Hey, I’m giving you space kind of move because if he didn’t, he was going to melt all over the other man.
Ed had seen Duncan at his focused best, had seen him and Margo work like a well-oiled machine, and here he was today, volunteering again to give something more to the community.
The longer he was quiet though, the more Ed noticed it. Maybe he’d poked a little too hard with the questions. He hadn’t meant to be intrusive, but something had urged him to try to find out. He wished he could find out even more. One thing he had noticed was Duncan was a deliberate person, said what needed to be said and nothing more.

“Come on. I’ll show you the station before it gets too crowded.” Ed turned on a heel, catching Duncan doing the same at his side. Maybe changing the focus of the conversation would relax the other man again.

Not that Ed hated being his guide for the day. Duncan was spectacular in snug jeans, and sexy on top of it. He’d shaved, showing off a slightly angular jaw. Deep brown hair that rolled in waves like a slow tide reached his collar. Ed tore his curiosity away from the other man when they approached the outer door—or more, before he walked into it.

“You saw the kitchen and the main bay,” Ed said. “The office is here.” He unlocked the door and pushed it in. “It’s locked for today because of the crowds.” Duncan nodded in understanding. Ed showed off the smallish-sized weight room between the office and the kitchen. It had equipment, which was more than many stations for such a small town could claim. Then Ed took him upstairs to the small dorm where there were a dozen made bunks. “There are usually only a handful of us here on shift continuously, but if it gets hectic, the guys can crash here.” He raised an arm toward the other side of the dorm. “The showers and lockers are in there.”

“Nice setup.” Duncan walked across the space to peek into the locker room. Ed followed the strut of those legs and the sweet, tight ass above them with an unwavering attention. Margo trotted at Duncan’s heels sniffing as they passed the beds. She was probably having the time of her life.

Ed tried to keep his expression neutral when Duncan reversed his trip. Only instead of walking past him out the door, he stopped cold in front of Ed, blocking him at the wall.
Ed’s heart kicked and began to race madly into his ribs after he’d spent the last ten minutes getting it to calm down.
Duncan’s hazel gaze regarded him. Then Ed saw something in the man change. A tilt of his head, the sharpness of his eyes when they narrowed a fine hair. A very slight curve to his lips added heat to the mixed darkness of his pupils.
Meltdown initiated. He sagged to the painted brick wall behind him, just shy of stumbling in his need of support.
Duncan leaned close, almost chest to chest. The heat of his breath warmed Ed’s lips. Pleasure and hunger battled, simmered, waiting for the match that would make him combust.

“Thank you for answering my question,” Duncan said, barely a whisper by his ear.


Duncan growled low in his throat. Ed’s eyelids dropped. The rush of need pulsating through his body made him dizzy.

“Yes.” He teased Ed by licking beneath his ear. “And if I’m lucky, you’ll tell me the rest before the end of today.”

Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci’s writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story. Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal. You can catch the latest news on all of Diana DeRicci’s writing and books on her website.

PS. I added a cute lil video I found on for search and rescue has a puppy....can you say cute.

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