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A Coastal Carolina Novel

The first step is the hardest. After a scandal, New York political reporter Reed Barfield is lying low at the North Carolina coast, writing a story about the seafood industry. But it’s the harbor pilots on the Cape Fear River who capture his interest—men who jump across ten feet of open ocean to grab a rope ladder and guide huge container ships into port. Men like sexy but prickly Justin Vance. 

After surviving an abusive childhood and a tour in the Navy, Justin isn’t fazed by his dangerous job—it’s certainly easier to face than Reed’s annoying questions. Justin isn’t out at work, and he doesn’t need Reed digging into his personal life or his past. 

But Reed’s no stranger to using his considerable charm to get what he wants, and as he wears Justin down, they realize they have a lot in common—and that they like spending time together. Moving beyond that, though, will mean Justin confessing his sexuality and learning to trust Reed with his secrets—if Reed even decides to stay. Both men want a future together, but can they find the courage to take the first step?

September 17
Dreamspinner Press
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Customer Reviews

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…NOW lonely…HOW…lonely…?

The first step … into a relationship … is like …
climbing a rope ladder’s bottom step-rung,
the first step, climbing UP …
to reach the top-starboard of …
an ocean container ships deck railing…

SHIRA ANTHONY’s analogy … explores an insightful story about two young lonely men’s first meeting … their crossing each other’s paths, intersecting, disrupting each man’s fate-fed destiny …
Two men sharing an issue of individual identity and freedom … their incredible journey of surrender…

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