There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve, and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out.
As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight… maybe… and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat… and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.
Henry works for a financial firm where Marc is the revered “big man on campus”. Everyone loves Marc and Henry is no different. They both went to BU, but that’s where the similarities end.
Henry always ends up tongue tied around the charismatic Marc and feels inferior to his obvious charms. When they end up stuck in a car together over the holidays, he realizes there’s more to Marc than he thought. And most importantly, so does Marc.
This was a short story I was sad to see end. Just when our MCs find one another the story’s over! L
The simmering sexual tension was well played, the dialog witting and engaging and the slow realization of Marc’s sexuality was well done.
I really enjoyed this and hope to see more of these guys in the future!
(PS I love that the “rescuer” is Betty!)
4.5 of 5 stars
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