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When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a one-night stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees.
Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy. Between Cole’s fear of intimacy and his wandering lifestyle, Jonathan wonders if their relationship may be doomed from the start—but the more Cole pushes him away, the more determined Jon is to make it work.
Best Gay Contemporary Romance - Second Place, 2010
Best Character Development - Tied for Third Place, 2010
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HOW DO YOU SOLVE an emotional fruitcake puzzle like Cole
Marie Sexton’s imagination creates an extremely unusual scenario about two protagonists - Both living in the beautiful northern Scottsdale area of Phoenix, Arizona.
Thirty-two year old, six foot tall and with a runner’s physic, a strikingly good looking masculine guy in his features - Jonathan Kechter - a handsome outgoing business senior liaison account director for Guest Line Software, Incorporated; a computer application distribution representative dealing with software for large hotels and resorts reservations, spa services and room charges, payroll and staffing. Jonathan helps transfer the hotel bookkeeping portion of company records into the Guest Line Software.
After a three year failed university bromance with Zach, Johnathan returned to his family’s Phoenix base homestead, where he joined the sales senior representative sales staff of the Phoenix based Guest Line Software Application consortium. Johnathan has climbed the ladder of success for eight years, as a valuable company distribution representative, whose travel job assignments require him to travel to Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Denver, to Salt Lake, to Seattle, to Las Vegas, where Johnathan even owns a condo off the famous Las Vegas Casino Hotel-strip. His Las Vegas condo is located near the MGM Bellagio Hotel, the Wynn Hotel and the Caesar’s Palace Casino. During his last Las Vegas trip, running into his Colorado friends Matt and Jared, from college, Jared tells Jonathan about a mutual college friend, Cole, also residing in Phoenix, who he should meet, potentially, for a new best and good friendship; the assumption this new guy “Cole” - would be from the same mold as Matt and Jared - who both like football watching, beer drinking, the outdoorsy type of guys.
Arriving from Los Angeles in the terminal’s baggage claim, answering his cell phone, Cole’s voice quality sounded feminine, introducing himself as Jared’s Colorado friend from college. “How about a blind-date, getting together for dinner, tonight?” Agreeing to meet at a local restaurant at six, Jonathan arrives early, sitting at the bar, awaiting, keeping his focus on the receptionist’s pedestal desk, waiting for the arrival of his blind date! Noticing a “ginger” five foot nine inch tall very slender “feminine flaming” dinner guest checking in with the maitre de hostess, Jonathan watches his blind date walk toward him, where Cole Fenton introduces himself, “let’s go, our table is ready!” Jonathan replies, “the hostess told me our table isn’t ready!” Cole : “ I NEVER have to wait for a table....”
And so, this wonderful intriguing relationship between Jonathan and Cole follows: introducing a bumpy transcript of multiple encounters, as their no-strings, no-tie-down fun and humorous friendship develops. Marie Sexton’s romantic story is very probing, insightfully disturbing, as well. Jonathan discovers as their friendship grows into a stronger bond in love, as their occasional “blind-date-relationship” develops, Cole is a confounding mystery, a lover surrounded in shadows, protecting his secrets; psychological walls in protecting himself, both thrilling, yet incredibly uncomfortable, of sharing his inner-true self.
How do you solve a puzzle like Cole?
How to solve admissions to each other ...
- I LOVE YOU .....