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By Brigham Vaughn
Rules of the Game, Book 1
Rule #1: Hockey Comes First
As NHL team captain, Zane Murphy’s goal for the upcoming season is simple: take the Evanston River Otters all the way to the Stanley Cup.
Rule #2: Only On the Road
But an unexpectedly hot night with his best friend and teammate Ryan Hartinger throws Zane’s carefully laid plans and his sexuality into disarray.
Rule #3: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Best Friend
When feelings begin to creep in, Zane will have to decide if he’s willing to throw out the rules and risk his career and his friendship for a chance at winning it all.
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“What if I never play again?” Zane’s eyes were so big, the blue nearly swallowed up by the dark of his pupils. “What if I never make it to the NHL?”
“You will,” Ryan promised, still cradling his face, rubbing his thumbs in soothing little circles, desperate to make Zane feel better.
“I promise,” Ryan said firmly. He’d move heaven and earth to make it happen.
“Thanks.” Zane let out a shuddering sigh, his eyelashes dipping, dark and spiky from earlier tears. “I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“Hey, you’re never gonna have to find out,” Ryan promised. “It’s you and me, Murph. Always.”
“Shh,” Ryan soothed, trailing his thumb down Zane’s face, the stubble tickling. “No matter what, okay? I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. You trust me, right?”
He brushed the pad of his thumb across Zane’s lips and he parted them, staring up at Ryan with such an aching, needy look that Ryan felt a strange tremor go through him.
“Always,” Zane said hoarsely. “You’re the only one I trust.”
Throat thick, Ryan leaned in, tilting his head until their foreheads rested together, swallowing hard at the strange energy buzzing through his body.
“We’ve got a great future ahead of us, okay? We’re gonna play in the NHL someday. We’ll be together on a line just like we are now.”
“Hartinger and Murphy,” Zane whispered, his voice slurring a little, his whiskey-laced breath gusting against Ryan’s mouth.
“Exactly. Hartinger and Murphy,” Ryan repeated like a promise and Zane let out a shuddering little sigh. “You and me until the end.”
Zane reached up with his uninjured hand, grasping the front of Ryan’s shirt. “I love you, you know that, right?”
“I know.” Ryan swallowed thickly. “I love you too, man.”
“You’re the only person I can trust,” he repeated. “I can’t lose you.”
“I’ll never let you down.”
“I know. You’re … you’re so good, Ryan. You’re the best,” he said thickly. “I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“You’re never gonna have to find out.” Ryan pressed a kiss to Zane’s forehead, letting his lips linger a moment, the action as much of a promise as his words had been.
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About the Author:
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
Her books range from short stories to novellas to novels. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings. Pronouns: she/her
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