Here’s an excerpt from my story, Working Stiff.
Zachary McCaffrey slung the ladder over his shoulder, hefted his tool belt and sauntered onto the construction lot, exaggerating his cocky gait to show the workers he had his shit together. Being boss rocked, but sometimes the pressure ate at him, bringing sleepless nights to his world and a helplessness he hid from everyone, especially here at the build site. When he’d been just another carpenter his weaknesses didn’t matter, but now he had to be the badass construction foreman, all knowing and capable of solving every crisis. He had to prove he knew his stuff and could do it better than everyone else.
A sweet red BMW pulled up out in front of the construction site and stopped. Great, just what he needed, some desk dork coming down here to tell him how to do his job. Stupid jerk. He didn’t need a babysitter and the implication that corporate didn’t trust him hurt. Sure, this was his first big assignment, coordinating the build for this two hundred unit apartment complex had him worried, but he sure as hell wouldn’t admit his fear here, not at the build site.
The door to the red Bimmer opened, revealing long legs clad in jeans. Zach’s gaze traveled up the slope of those legs, taking in the trim waist and the nicely muscled pecs underneath a simple white T-shirt. Loving the shape of this desk dork’s body, he reigned in his libido, willing his cock to obey. The man stood tall and removed his sunglasses, revealing beautiful green eyes. Zach swallowed, his throat going dry. Crap, total hottie on-site. But Zach wouldn’t fall victim to another drama filled dating adventure, and dating a guy from corporate screamed drama.
Bimmer guy bent into his car, giving Zach a glimpse of the most gorgeous ass he’d seen in a long while. When the guy stood he had a construction hat in hand and slid it on before moving toward Zach. At least the desk dork knew enough to wear a proper lid.
“Can I help you with something?” Zach asked, praying he’d been wrong about corporate and this dude just happened to be in the wrong place, but with the construction hat, the guy probably meant to be here. If the cute desk dork were here by mistake, he’d ask mister gorgeous out.
Bimmer stuck out his hand, reaching for a shake. Zach dropped his tool belt and grasped hands with the hottie. As their skin touched an arc of electricity buzzed between them surprising the hell out of Zach. Holy fucking shit! He hadn’t had such a strong reaction to another guy in ages. Bimmer must have sensed the connection too because he wrenched his hand free and stepped back, his eyes going to his hand then to Zach’s.
Zach stared blankly at the desk dork, hoping to cover his electrifying reaction with a lack of interest. The dude’s gaze flashed to Zach, leaving him wishing he’d met this guy anywhere but here. Zach had visions of mountains with fresh streams and taking a tumble with Bimmer in a field of grass, pushing him to the ground and riding him till he screamed with delight. Fuck, I need to get laid.
“I’m Josh Rand, I’m here for the job.”
The air sucked out of Zach’s lungs. This guy couldn’t be here for the job. For one, carpenters in Paris Texas, no matter how good they were, didn’t own nice rides like the car Josh drove. And this guy looked too good, tanned but not overly so, his skin still appeared soft like he had a desk job instead of being out in the elements all day. Hell no, this guy wouldn’t last a week. Fuck, he wasn’t even supposed to be here till next Monday. Then there was the attraction issue. Zach had already mentally stripped the guy and fucked him in his fantasies. Hell, if he had to spend any length of time with this beauty he’d be so screwed.
Why had he agreed to hire this dude? No way he’d survive working with Josh Rand, but he’d made a promise and he stood by his word. He sure as hell couldn’t toss the guy to the street, especially not after vowing to Mike, his sister’s husband, he would hire his cousin who was out of work. Shit, this was bad and he needed an out. He asked even though he knew the answer, “You ever work construction before?”
“Yes sir, it’s been a few years, but I know what I’m doing.”
Zach didn’t want this guy here, not on his first big build. Fuck, Josh had him getting hard just by being near. “Get plenty of guys who say that.”
Bimmer held up his hand, “I know construction, I know how hammers work and what a nail is for. It’s a cake walk.” Josh winked and took the ladder from Zach. “Where you want this stairway to heaven?” Josh’s face turned pink. “Not that I have a Jacob’s lad–never mind.”
Zach cocked his head to the side, having no idea what Bimmer was talking about. Images of an overly pierced guy flashed into his mind and realization struck. Zach let loose a booming laugh, liking this Josh guy more and more each minute he spent with him. After he recovered he slapped Bimmer on the back of the shoulder. “Put it over there, we’re working on building six in the back. My name is Zach, Zach McCaffrey, the foreman for this little site.”
Josh smiled before walking off, careful not to swing the ladder into Zach. The way the guy moved showed swagger, and what the hell had Josh really meant by that little Jacob’s ladder comment? Did the dude have piercings? Was he gay, or did he mean he didn’t do dick? Zach was sure the guy swung that way, maybe he hadn’t had a man with piercings, or maybe he had piercings… Oh hell, he needed to stop thinking about how cute Bimmer’s ass was in jeans and how he’d like to kiss that sassy mouth. Considering how flippantly he’d made the comment about a Jacob’s ladder, Zach figured Josh would be a fun date. But fuck him silly, he couldn’t date the men he worked with, he was the boss.
Blurbs for Hot Summer Fun
Ten hot stories by ten hot authors.
Summer’s Dawn by Sue Brown – Together with his friends, Seth spends his summers watching the high school boys play beach volleyball. His girls are desperate to attract the attention of the hunks on the beach, but they can’t complete with the older girls. Seth watches them too, content to let his friends think he’s looking at the girls, until one day he realizes one of the boys is watching him back. Summers pass, and Seth and Joel continue to watch each other, yet it’s never the right time to acknowledge their attraction.
A Summer Night Fling by Raine Delight- Cal Larson wasn’t expecting to find a hot sexy man stuck in a tree as he took his morning walk in the woods. When he meets Alex, sparks fly and these two find that love is waiting to claim them. Except Alex has a secret…one that may bring danger to Cal’s doorstep. Can Cal find it in his heart to accept Alex and let this summer fling turn into something much more?
Working Stiff by Sara York- When Josh finds himself out of work he jumps at the job his cousin arranges even though he hasn’t done construction in years. His muscles are sore, his body aching but that doesn’t keep him from noticing Zane, the hot foreman on the project. But admiring your boss and sleeping with him are two different degrees of stupid. Josh steers clear of Zane until they are thrust together one weekend.
In the Heat of the Night by Lisa Worrall – The heat wave gripping Southern California has driven Nick and Oliver apart—as far as their sleeping arrangements are concerned. Despite Nick’s complaints, the combination of the oppressive heat and the heat Nick himself generates, Oliver heads for the downstairs guest room. In the middle of the night, when Nick is awoken by mumblings and doors opening downstairs, his first thought is for Oliver’s safety. But will he find the burglar he suspects, or something more surprising?
Summer House by Jaxx Steele – Marcus’s twin brother asked him to take his place for the weekend at the summer house they owned in Key Largo. Marcus looked forward to a weekend by the pool, but it’s what he didn’t expect to find at the summer house that made his impromptu vacation one of the best he ever had.
Summer In The Wild by CR Guiliano – Gillian Daleth knew he was a rare breed. Being driven out of his pack proved it. No werewolf wanted a Delta in their pack. Gil spent the next sixteen years researching, getting a degree in European History while he was at it, and finding out exactly why he was not welcome in any wolf pack. Not that it bothered him. He considered himself a loner anyway. Until he met Jeriah Peirson. An Omega that was just as sweet as he could be. But Gil couldn’t mate with Jeriah. Not without an Alpha. And the only Alpha Gil knew was Laramie Cane. An Alpha that had no interest in a mate, or mates in Gil’s case.
One Night in Paradise With You by Rawiya- Peter Galley is a successful businessman taking a well deserved vacation to Hawaii after being overworked. He has one night left before he goes back to New York to fulfill his fantasy of having sex with a man. He meets Cruz Vallejo, resident surfer, party boy, a gorgeous town hunk. Peter immediately wants to make this man his conquest but will Cruz even notice, and if he does will he give Pete the chance?
Air Bear by A.J. Llewellyn – Hawaiian-born Kappy is thrilled to be back in the land of his ancestors with the man of his dreams, Jason, an Air Bear–Military Trooper–stationed at Wheeler Air Force Field.
Kappy is excited to introduce his husband to all his island friends and to show him the sites. When they drive along the once-forbidden H3 Freeway, Jason is amused that Kappy seems so frightened about displeasing the old island gods. Kappy tries to explain the ancient kapu associated with it but his Air Bear is not convinced.
Jason is now determined to prove that the legend about bad things happening if you take the drive with pork in the car is just local superstition. Mumbo jumbo. A silly myth…
Or is it?
Hot Summer Hogs by Patricia Logan – It’s a sticky August week in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Every year, bikers from around the world gather in the town of Sturgis for the world’s largest bike rally. Partying and fun along with men and women determined to have a good time, are a hot combination. Hook-ups and unadulterated excitement are everywhere. Cade Littlebear, famous custom bike builder and his husband Jake Maxfield join the sexy crowd for their first ever, bike rally. When Cade is challenged by a sexy ex, Jake is there to support his lover and keep his ‘spirits’ up. How he chooses to keep Cade’s ‘head’ in the game, will leave you breathless and wanting more. When the rubber meets the road, the fun really begins. The heat of the day is cool in comparison to the scorching hot nightly activities of the sweaty, leather-clad lovers. Come and join the sexy heroes and a town bursting with “Hot Summer Hogs”.
A Midsummer’s Night Pick-up by Ike Rose -Hans Rotmusen is a twenty-five-year-old blond whose socially prominent family kicked him out when they discovered that he was gay after he fell in love with a fellow actor, Jonathan. Living in a small apartment with his lover was great, until Jonathan decided that he needed to marry a woman to hide his gay past. Hans, refusing to continue on the down-low, kicked him out. After two years alone, he’s horny as hell, so he decides to go cruising in Central Park on Midsummer’s Night of 1978. Under the magical moonlight, Goldilocks encounters Pappa Bear, a hot older bearded man, deep in the woods. Following the most passionate kiss of his young life, Hans is helplessly attracted to the gruff, rugged stud, but when they get to Pappa Bear’s Den, he discovers a big surprise. Will Pappa Bear be Goldilocks’ true love, or just a Midsummer’s Night Pickup?