Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Hopeless For You
By Raquel Riley
Hearts For Hire, Book 2
Cyan is hired to tutor Griffin in the ways of love. He never expects to become the student. Will their lessons lead to the real thing?
A twenty-one year old virgin college freshman? Yeah, that’s me. But I haven’t waited this long to just throw it away. I dream of the perfect romantic night, straight out of one of my favorite novels. So, I hired a professional to get the job done right. There’s just one hitch; Cyan isn’t the playboy I expected. He’s so much more.
I’ve been described as easygoing, charming, and a natural-born flirt. It’s for those reasons I’m one of Lucky Match’s most sought-after escorts. It’s also why Griffin Clarke wants to gift wrap his V-card and present it to me on a silver platter. Being with him changes everything I thought I knew about myself. He helps me realize I’m more than just the pretty playboy everyone else sees. The trick is to make him want to stick around, but he seems to only want one thing from me: love lessons. How can I make him believe he has more to learn than I can teach him in only one night?
Hopeless For You is a gay male escort romance with an HEA. This sweet heat, friends to lovers story features spicy love lessons, first times, well-meaning friends with terrible advice, and found family.
Chapter 15 Cyan’s POV
I absolutely dreaded going to class this morning. I seriously considered skipping so I could stay in bed with the covers pulled over my head like a child. It took every ounce of courage I possessed to get dressed and drive to campus. I had no note for Griffin this morning, no smile. Laying my head on my folded arms on the table, I buried my face. Griffin settled into the seat beside me and dropped his book bag on the floor between us. Tensing as I held my breath, I waited for his degradation, but it never came. Maybe he was giving me the silent treatment.
You can imagine how shocked I was when he asked in a cheerful voice, “Do you have a hangover? We don’t have to write our essay today if you’re not feeling well.”
Slowly, I raised my head to peer at Griffin curiously. Why was he being so nice to me? Didn’t he have anything nasty to say to me about my behavior? Was he not going to judge me? “I don’t have a hangover. If you want to work on the essay after class, I’m down. I just don’t know why you would want to help me.”
The look on Griffin’s face said everything I needed to know. He looked genuinely confused. Somehow, he didn’t judge my actions from last night. He didn’t hold my job or my choices against me. Proving yet again, he was too good for me. “Why wouldn’t I want to help you?”
“This isn’t the time or the place. We’ll talk about it after class.” The class dragged on for what seemed like forever. When we were dismissed, I followed Griffin down the hall with my tail tucked between my legs.
“Would you like to go back to my dorm? Matt will be in class all afternoon. If there’s something you want to say to me, at least we’ll have privacy there.”
I nodded, following him back to his dorm. Griffin sat cross-legged on his bed while I sat in his desk chair. I was trying to force some distance between us. “Cy, what’s wrong? Tell me what’s going on with you.”
I searched his pretty face that had become so familiar to me. “It’s about last night. You looked stunned when you saw me. When I came out of the bathroom, you were gone. I’m so confused. I thought you would be angry with me this morning, but you’re not. At least you don’t seem to be. I don’t know what to say.”
Griffin seemed genuinely confused. “Why would I be angry with you? You were just doing your job.”
Jumping to my feet in a fit of frustration, I paced his worn carpet. “Is that really how you see it? Fuck, Griffin, you can’t possibly be that good of a person. I don’t know if you missed it when you walked in, but I was sitting on that man’s lap. He was kissing me, and I was smiling about it and having fun.”
Griffin remained calm. “So? Are you in a relationship with someone that you were cheating on? Did you accept money from him, or were you there just for a good time? It’s work, Cyan. I’m glad you were having fun because it would be a miserable job if you weren’t.”
I threw my hands up. “Then why did you leave?”
“Because I didn’t want to make you uncomfortable. And I didn’t want to hear Matt say ugly things about you I would have to hold against him after I defended you. And, I really don’t like seeing guys treat you that way. You deserve better than their lack of respect and admiration. They only admire your face and body. They don’t see the stuff that really counts, the priceless side of you.”
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About the Author:
Raquel Riley is a native of South Florida but now calls North Carolina home. She is an avid reader and loves to travel. Most often, she writes gay romance stories with an HEA but characters of all types can be found in her books. Raquel weaves pieces of herself, her family, and her travels into every story she writes.
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