People who know me, know I don’t like talking about myself or tell anyone how wonderful my work is. But I can tell you that the lovely, wonderful, sweet, and slightly evil Rhys liked it.
The book is about Laurie and Sam, who meet at an animal shelter where they both volunteer. Sam is a vet and Laurie is a senior in high school. He turns eighteen during the story, and even starts college at the end.
Sam is about nine years older, which makes it a pretty big age gap. Laurie has a lot of growing up to do, but in some ways he’s more mature than his peers, because he’s been through a lot.
Of course he’s still a young man and sometimes acts like it, but he grows up a lot during the story, with the help of Sam and others. Sam is kind of in a rut when he meets Laurie. Yes, he just took over a new vet clinic and he has a great group of friends, but he’s stuck in his routine and has no real excitement in his life.
Sam likes Laurie a lot but doesn’t want to start something with anyone that young, partly because of the immaturity and partly because he’s scared he’ll be left when the ‘new and shiny’ thing will wear off. Laurie doesn’t give up easily though, but when he does, the shit hits the fan. But it makes Sam get his head out of his ass and go for it.
But then, others make it hard for them to trust their love. Also, Laurie has been through a lot of abuse, so the intimacy between them is difficult. It takes a lot of time for Laurie to trust his own body and Sam.
Writing this book was a pleasure and a pain. I loved creating personalities and a story for them, but the sex scenes and some of the other scenes, were very hard. The sex scenes had to be very detailed, every sound, feeling, movement and smell had to be described. Then the emotions that came with it… But I think they turned out quite well, if I do say so myself.
The inspiration for this book came from a real live boy, who bought my best friend’s horse. He absolutely adored animals and lived in a foster care facility. He did have a great relationship with his mother, but never mentioned his dad, which started my imagination working overtime.
It took me about nine months to finish it, but in my defence, I’m not a consistent writer. I took breaks for months…
But when I write, I love it. It gives me satisfaction and makes my mind feel active and productive. It is tiring though, so after two or three hours my brains starts to scream and shout at me to stop already, or it’ll make me stop by exploding. So, not an overly productive and consistent writer, but I do have a lot of fun doing it.
I guess this was what I wanted to share with you today. I hope you enjoyed it, if not, blame Rhys 😉
Laurie Stallon isn’t like other high schoolers. After suffering years of abuse at his father’s hands, he now lives in a foster care facility and finds solace volunteering at the local animal shelter. Laurie’s had to grow up fast, and even though his eighteenth birthday is still weeks away, he’s more adult than most adults he knows. When he meets Dr. Sam Davies, the new shelter veterinarian, the attraction is instant. They become friends at work, but Laurie knows Sam will never go for someone like him. No matter how Laurie tries to prove his maturity to Sam, Sam continues to reject him as too young.
Needing a distraction, Laurie goes out dancing for his birthday and finds his life in danger yet again. When Sam is called to the hospital, he realizes Laurie needs someone to care for him. Sam takes him home, and they slowly build a relationship. But more than their age difference works against them. Facing the disapproval of friends and the scars from Laurie’s past, they’ll need to put all their trust in love for a chance at a future together.
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Mari Evans is a wife and the proud mother of a very active daughter, two dogs and two cats. She’s a very social kind of girl, who loves to talk. It’s both her best and worst quality.
From the moment she could read, she devoured books. Anything goes, as long as it has a happy ending.
There were always stories swirling around in her head and as a child she liked to lay in bed and let the characters have their story and happy ending. It wasn’t until 2013 that she actually tried to put one of the whole stories down and submit it to a publisher. To her own surprise and excitement it was accepted. This gave her the drive to keep going.
The decision to write m/m was made when a friend told a story about a young gay man that struck a chord, even as her husband had already encouraged her to try it earlier.
Now she found her passion, having already found the love in her family and friends, her life is completely chaotic, crazy but wonderful.