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You’re My Home
By Katie Moore
A love story you can live in…
Brady is my overprotective best friend, and I love him like this. He’s so much bigger than me and makes me feel safe. We are opposites in so many ways, but when I’m cuddled up against him and he reads to me, all those differences fade away. Brady promises to be friends forever, but what will he say when he finds out my secret? Will I lose my best friend and the boy I love more than life itself?
Zach is so tiny and tenderhearted. All I want to do is protect him from the world. He’s my sweet bookworm and never wants to hurt anyone. I love my best friend, but how do I give him all of me when I don’t understand myself yet? If nothing else, I can shower him with all the acceptance and love he deserves.
Zach and Brady come from completely different social and religious backgrounds, but they don’t let that weaken their friendship. Both teens have to go through a journey of self-discovery, including all the heartaches and joys that come with growing up. As they get older, will they find themselves and how they fit together?
You’re my Home is a sweet and emotional coming of age story. It’s a slow-burn, hurt/comfort, teen best friends to adult lovers romance. There will be tears, laughter, new friends, and steamy lovemaking as Zach and Brady learn the meaning of true acceptance of oneself and others.
**Trigger warnings: domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, and religious homophobia.
Alyssa scoots over into the middle of the seat, putting her hand on my thigh. “I’m glad we went out tonight. I had fun.”
“Yeah, it was fun.” Kind of. There’d been a lot of awkward moments where I didn’t know what to say. At the movie, she talked so much about every part of it that I didn’t enjoy watching it at all.
Somehow, I thought tonight would be like when Zach and I go out, but it was not even remotely the same. Dating feels like work, and I’ve not quite figured out what the hype is about it yet.
I turn to look at her because I realize that I zoned out and probably didn’t hear a word she said. She leans forward to kiss me, and it doesn’t feel quite like I expected. It’s different. Most guys say it’s like sex only with your mouth, but if this is what sex sparks feel like, then my expectations are going to be pretty low.
I wonder what movie Zach watched and if Connor made sure it wasn’t a horror flick. Zach gets nightmares if he watches anything remotely scary. What if Zach forgot to take his iron supplement with supper since I wasn’t there to remind him? Did he even eat supper? What if he had a panic attack without me there?
Alyssa pulls back from me. “Do you want to go park somewhere and…you know?”
She wants to have sex on the first date? Is this the norm and something I should want to do right away? I’m only sixteen and just kissed for the first time. Sex seems like a big jump. I didn’t even bring condoms because I never dreamed my first time would be in the truck.
A truck Zach sits in.
I shake my head. “No, I think with it snowing again, it’s best if I take you home. Plus, I have a curfew.” I don’t have a curfew, but it’s better than saying I don’t want to have sex because I’m not ready.
She seems a little upset that I’m taking her home, but I walk her to her doorstep and then make the drive back to my house.
Mom and Dad are still up, and I pause to say hi.
“How did your date go?” Mom asks.
“It was okay.”
“Do you really like her?”
Dad raises his eyebrow. “Doesn’t sound like you had a lot of chemistry.”
Maybe that is what was lacking when we kissed. “You might be right. Where’s Zach?”
“He’s in the basement with Connor still. I think Connor brought him Mary Poppins Returns for a surprise.”
Irritation skirts across my skin even though I’m being selfish. I wanted to surprise Zach with that movie; he’d been waiting for it to come out. “It’s way past his bedtime…he’s going to be tired tomorrow now.”
Dad does his classic raise of the eyebrow. “You’re out this late, and Zach is old enough to stay up if he wants. You’re not his boss, Brady.”
Yes, I am, my mind says to me. “I’m going to go check on him.”
The basement is dark except for the TV being on. I see that The King is playing on the screen and grit my teeth over Connor letting him watch a movie with killing before bed. I come around the couch to see Connor sitting on one end and Zach lying down with his head on Connor’s leg. It bothers me more than it should, seeing him take comfort from Connor. I don’t like knowing he needed to be close to someone and I wasn’t there.
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About the Author:
Katie Moore is a writer of romance and happily ever afters. She is very compassionate and tries her best to show others kindness. She loves to write and escape into some imaginary world she’s created in her head. If she’s not writing, she’s reading a book. Preferably one with emotion that makes her laugh and cry. Katie is usually snuggled up with her four dogs, Izzy, Bess, Violet, and Skye.
Katie Moore is the author of You’re My Home, a gay romance novel. She let her heart write Zach and Brady’s story. She hopes all her readers love them as much as she does.
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