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Just Friends by Saxon James
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A Never Just Friends Novel, Book 1
Five years ago, I walked away from Sunbury, Oregon, and left my best friend behind. The move was supposed to get my life on track. I even had a list.
Life-changing epilepsy surgery. Check.
See the world. Check.
Get over my straight best friend … Not exactly.
No matter where I go or who I meet, I can’t let Tanner go.
I’m back to tell him how I feel. To get the closure I need once and for all.
Only now I’m here and falling for him all over again, it’s getting harder to say the words.
Because once I have my closure, I’ll be gone.
And this time it will be for good.
When my best friend, Roo, left for Australia, it was the worst day of my life.
I thought we’d have each other always.
But Roo needed the surgery so I let him go, thinking he’d come straight back.
Five years is a long time.
Now he’s here, all I want is to hold on tight.
I need to show him what he means to me.
The problem is, I’m not exactly sure what that is.
My draw to him has always been confusing and different—everyone in town says so. But I struggle to understand it.
All I know is I won’t survive him leaving again.
And I’ll do anything to make him stay.
Tanner sets the half-empty bowl back on the table. “You done?”
“Yes.” I’m still struggling to get this last bite down.
“Good.” Tanner loops an arm under my knees and stands, taking me with him. It catches me by surprise, but I manage to grab hold of his neck before he drops me. “We’re gonna get my laptop, and lie in bed, and watch movies all day.”
“I don’t think we’ve ever done that before.”
“I don’t think we have either.”
My heart feels full as he tucks me in and grabs a glass of water and his laptop. He sets it on the nightstand, then climbs into bed behind me.
“Try and sleep.”
“How the hell am I supposed to do that when your dick is right beside my ass?”
He laughs. “You don’t think about it.”
“It’s not hard at all, actually. And you’re not in any state to be thinking about my dick.”
“I’m always thinking about your dick.”
He laughs again. I love that laugh. I wish I could take the time to enjoy it, but my brain is still all fuzzy. So instead of watching the movie, I let my eyes close and concentrate on branding this moment to my memory. I’m convinced there’s nowhere in the world safer than being in Tanner’s arms.
He leans over me at some point to switch movies, but I’m in a weird limbo between awake and asleep and not in any hurry to move past it.
I roll onto my back to look up at him. “Can I ask you something?”
“In high school, did you ever think your life would be easier without me around?”
He hums as he stares across the room, thinking. “Well … life might have been easier. But easier doesn’t mean better, and I wouldn’t have changed things even if I could.”
“You used to get teased.”
“So did you. And I don’t anymore. The way I see it, those closed-minded assholes were what I had to go through to earn you.”
“Earn … me?” Even without a fluffy brain, I’m sure those words wouldn’t make any more sense.
“A friend like you is a gift. You’re loyal and fearless, and you’d support me with any little thing I wanted to do. Not everyone is lucky enough to find their Roo. So yeah, I had to get through a little teasing, but who the fuck cares? Because I always knew that as soon as I walked out of that locker room, I’d be heading straight for you and …” He pauses for a moment. “I dunno. When we’re together, I forget about all the stuff I’m supposed to worry about.”
I swear I have damn hearts in my eyes. It’s these moments, where Tanner doesn’t try to hide that he feels this bond between us as intensely as I do, that give me hope. It’s not healthy to indulge in it, but I do anyway. I use the excuse of being tired and feeling weird to reach for his face and run my hands over his cheeks. To tilt his mouth closer to mine.
Our lips skim together for a moment before he pulls back and presses his lips to my forehead instead. “You need to sleep.”
I pout and grip his arm tight. “Stay.”
“Roo, I’m not the one going anywhere.”
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Saxon James is an author from Australia who’s obsessed with writing queer characters. She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.
When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.
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