THE LONELY HEROES SERIES – BOOK FOUR
Lawrence ‘Lawry’ Schatz –
Heartbroken? Check. Unemployed? Check. Homeless? Check. Self-medicating? As often as possible.
My life has been upended with a three-word text, and a meeting with my boss’s boss nearly finishes me off. I’m in a downward spiral, and I have no intentions of pulling out. My brother Hank has other ideas. He’s called in a big gun, Gabriele Torrente, who drags me to New York and pushes me to get myself together.
At a family event, I hook up with the hottest guy I’ve ever met, intending to just relieve some tension. The guy turns out to be more than I could imagine. He’s sassy, opinionated, and he completely sets me on my ear. I can tell Maxim Partee won’t put up with my crap. I made a huge mistake with him, but he still agrees to be my friend, and that is precisely what I desperately need. I live under no illusions he’ll ever need me in return.
Maxim ‘Maxi’ Partee –
Sexy? Check. Successful? Check. Lonely? Very much so. Power bottom? You bet your… bottom.
I have a successful business—two of them as a matter of fact. I have friends I cherish, and I love my life. I keep telling myself it’s more than enough for me. I choose the men I spend time with, and it’s always on my terms.
An unexpected hook-up at a birthday party leads me down an unanticipated path where I meet a man who has been crushed by mountain of disastrous events, and he’s doing his damnedest to push everyone away so he can quietly self-destruct. Why in the hell can’t I just walk away?
This fictional story is approximately 86,000 words in length. It is the fourth book in “The Lonely Heroes Series.” TRIGGER WARNING: Discussions of suicide and description of an attempt.
| Former CIA Cybercrimes Field Agent | Party and Event Planner | Enemies to Lovers |
| Hurt/Comfort | Foreign Intrigue | HEA |
I tied my black tie into a Pratt, pushing up the knot only to pull it a little looser again so as not to choke myself before I slid on the new sports jacket I’d bought for the occasion. It was a brocade, red and silver with a black velvet collar. I was wearing a black dress shirt and black jeans, so the pop of color was the jacket, which I’d paid a pretty penny to have handmade. I loved it and saw it as an investment, and that’s what kept me from eating ketchup sandwiches to recoup some of the money I’d spent on it since I could write it off as a business expense.
The doorbell rang as I fastened my watch onto my wrist as if preparing for battle. I grabbed my loafers and made my way to the front hallway of my brownstone, opening the door to see Shay standing in front of me, looking quite sexy.
He’d cut his hair, which surprised me. The sides and back were very short, and the top was long, sculpted into a dramatic swoop. He was wearing brown eyeliner to emphasize his gorgeous amber eyes, and the champagne-colored silk shirt with the saddle-tan leather jacket made his eyes pop even more.
“Well, well, look who got a makeover,” I teased as I stepped back and invited him inside.
He laughed. “The bun thing was so 2017, and really, I wore it because I was too damn lazy to do anything with my hair. I was also afraid to try a new look, but I finally got tired of the same reflection in the mirror. I had Ari, the new guy, chop it off this morning. He did a good job, don’tcha think? He even gave me a straight-razor shave, which you should experience, my friend.
“Anyway, I took more time with it today, but on any given day, I can just slick it back out of my face. Far less troublesome,” Shay stated as he walked inside and followed me down the short hallway to the living room. “You look quite elegant,” he commented as he popped the shoulder seams on my jacket from behind as if straightening them.
I turned and smiled. “Not too much, right?” Why the hell was I nervous? No, I couldn’t lie to myself. Lawry Schatz was going to be there, and I found the man to be incredibly gorgeous and a little bit of a bad boy. After listening to Dexter talk about the man’s situation, I’d felt sorry for him, but when I looked into his beautiful, green eyes? Bless Madonna! That man was fine!
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