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I’m Not in Love
By Mia Kerick
Don’t Let Go Series, Book 1
I’m not in love…
I’m not in love…
I will never let myself fall in love with Tristan Wilder.
And maybe if I tell myself this a thousand times, I’ll believe it.
Having lost his parents to a tragic accident when he was a child, wealthy hotel heir Remi (Julian Remington III) refuses to form intimate emotional bonds, fearing a repeat of the crushing loss that destroyed his youth. This means no deep friendships, no heartfelt family ties, and God forbid should he ever fall in love… Well, it’s safe to say he’ll never let that happen.
However, as a senior at the most prestigious art college in Garner City—his last year of freedom before he’s required to take his place at the top of the Remington family empire—Remi freely explores sexual intimacy with “distractingly” beautiful men. And he does so with enthusiasm—how better to distract himself from the temptation to experience tender human connection?
Remi’s plans for emotional isolation are shook up when he meets Tristan Wilder, a nude model for his life drawing class. Stunningly beautiful from head to toe—and in his heart, as well—Tristan struggles to scrape together enough money to support his twin sister, Tara, and her three young children. Like Remi, “Uncle Tris” is unwilling to enter a romantic relationship—his responsibility to family is all-consuming. As the men take a chance on casual friendship, Remi comes to admire Tristan’s devotion to his family. And with Remi’s surprisingly doting attention to Tara’s children, he works his way into Tristan’s heart.
Tristan is finally all in, but can commitment phobic Remi lower his walls enough to allow Tristan—and the entire Wilder family—into his heart?
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Special Exclusive Excerpt:
Tristan and I again start down the hall. “So, you’re a master of watercolor?”
Despite his wry question, when he glances up and our gazes meet, his expression isn’t one of ridicule. Though still wary, it reflects sharp intellect and genuine curiosity. And to my relief, there’s no dawning recognition—I doubt he’s put two and two together regarding my once-famous, if sadly tragic, identity.
“My work in watercolor isn’t bad.” Look at me, feigning humility. “And my life drawing is competent, as well.”
“I’d like to see some examples of your life drawing, if you wouldn’t mind.” Another quick glance—too fleeting to analyze. “I’m always looking for pieces to add to my model’s portfolio.”
“When this series is over, you could drop by my loft near the Purchase Street Station and check out my etchings… You know, the drawings I do of you.” I grin sheepishly, which is so not me. Check out my etchings? Is that the best you can do, Remi? “We could take a look at them over, say, a bottle of wine… or two.”
As we proceed down the hall, Tristan veers widely from my side, and if my peripheral vision has it right, he shrugs. Recognizing his discomfort, I admit to my impatience. This is a rare miscalculation—I’m stellar in the meet cute department: Senior year artist sets his romantic sights on the new student in life drawing class only to discover he is today’s nude model.
Chance encounters don’t get more fucking adorable than that.
Tristan clears his throat, allows the duffel bag’s strap to slide down his arm, and then swings it to his other shoulder. “Uh, yeah… maybe. Or you could show me your drawings at the end of the series. I… I could check them out in the classroom… say, next Friday after class.”“Of course. That would work too.” I’m pretty sure I just got denied, which only raises the stakes.
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About the Author:
Award-winning gay romance author and mother of four, Mia Kerick, knows that a satisfying romance novel is riddled with challenges. For true love to prevail, the leading men are going to have to put in some effort. But the HEA is oh-so rewarding.
From Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester to Brokeback Mountain’s Ennis and Jack, Mia has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature. Her contemporary gay romance focuses on such steamy tropes as hurt/comfort, forbidden love, and enemies/friends to lovers. She firmly believes that sometimes a lover has to break his heart to save him. In Kerick’s books, the course of true love truly never does run smooth.
Mia’s books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine. They have won a 2019 IPPY GOLD award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, a 2018 YA GOLD MOONBEAM Children’s Book Award, a YA Readers’ Favorite Award, several Gold Rainbow Awards in YA and adult categories, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, a YA Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award, a Bronze Medal for Readers’ Favorite Young Adult Romance, and more.
Mia cheers for each victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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