Perfect, happy, “Jonah the Savior”, that’s how most people see Jonah Taylor. What they don’t always see is how incredibly overwhelmed he is with his new business or how lonely he is. When a painfully shy man enters his wellness center, all Jonah wants to do is help break him out of his shell. The problem is, the attraction he feels to the nervous, timid man is undeniable.
Cameron Vaughn has let most of his life be decided for him. A traumatic event from his past has caused him to doubt every decision he makes. When he’s forced into a new, anxiety-ridden situation, his first instinct is to run. So, what is it about the owner of the wellness center that has him questioning everything he’s ever been told?
Can one man convince the other he’s worth saving? Can the other realize he’s strong enough to save himself? Together, can they prove that what they’ve found is worth holding on to?
HAVEN’S COVE SERIES BOOK 2
RELEASE DATE: 07.24.18
Jonah sat in his office on Monday morning with a smile on his face that he couldn’t seem to stop from forming. Cameron had spent most of Sunday with him, and although they hadn’t done much more than kiss or hold each other after their night together, it was more than enough for now. He’d even skipped Sunday dinner with his family because he was still really upset with his mom. Jonah sure as hell didn’t blame him.
Being with him was better than Jonah’s wild imagination could’ve ever thought up because he couldn’t have imagined the absolute awe on Cameron’s face as they discovered each other. He couldn’t wait to see him and glanced at the clock—again. Couldn’t the damn day go by any faster? He still had hours to go.
He picked up his coffee and took a sip of the liquid, hoping it would get him through the day. He was exhausted physically, but emotionally, he was bouncing off the walls. He hadn’t even noticed when Gabe came to the door until he heard him clearing his throat dramatically.
Gabe crossed his arms then raised one hand to scratch his chin skeptically as he arched one eyebrow and studied Jonah. “You had sex.”
Jonah spewed the sip of coffee he’d just taken, choking on it a little. He wiped the coffee from his chin and looked up at Gabe in surprise. “What?”
“Don’t play dumb with me, sir. I know that look when I see it, and I want details.” He came in the room, sitting down in the chair alongside Jonah’s desk. Putting his elbow on the desk, he leaned his chin on his hand like he was ready for Jonah to tell a tale. “Spill.”
“There’s nothing to tell,” he said, but for the life of him, he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
“Hmm, there it is… That’s the face of a man who thoroughly enjoyed himself this weekend. A little, I’ll scratch yours if you scratch mine, perhaps?”
“Jeez, Gabe.” Jonah sighed, shaking his head in amusement.
“Now, I’m going to take a wild guess here and assume the cheesy grin on your face was not created by some one-night stand. No, that’s the grin of a man who finally got what he wanted, am I right?”
“How do you do that?” Jonah asked, taken aback by his accuracy.
“It’s a gift. Now, stop avoiding the subject. Tell me before I start to whine.”
Jonah scrubbed a hand over his face and laughed. “Cameron may have spent Saturday night at my place.” Gabe waved his hand as if to tell Jonah to go on. “And we may have gotten to know each other better.”
“Oh, for the love of Gucci, Jonah. Did you fuck or what? I’m getting gray hair here waiting for you to spit it out.” Gabe rolled his eyes.
Jonah laughed at his friend’s sheer knack for being blunt. “Ugh…okay! No, we didn’t fuck, as you so romantically put it. Let’s just say neither one of us was left unsatisfied.” He felt awkward talking about this, knowing it was Cameron’s first time with a man, but he did say the only people he wasn’t ready to tell were his parents.
“Ah, so there was some deliciousness though?” Gabe waggled his eyebrows.
“Stalling,” Gabe said in a sing-song voice, teasing Jonah.
Fuck it... “We both got off…twice. Is that what you wanted to hear?”
“Now, was that so hard?” Gabe chuckled. “I must say, I had my doubts. So, are you two an item now?”
The ex-boyfriend of Owen, who you just couldn’t help love. More best friends than anything, he was respectable and so understanding when his boyfriend had feelings for someone else. It hadn’t been working for them for a while, but still… it had to be tough. I admired the way he loved Owen enough to want to see him happy, even if it wasn’t with him. And he deserves to be happy too. So… already, I loved Jonah. Side note… I loved his giant, deep voiced brother Zachariah as well, and I hope to be seeing more of him in the future… just throwing that out there <wink wink>
So, in this one… we of course know, Jonah.. if you don’t, I strongly urge you to go back and read the other two in this series, because…those guys are just as amazing. It’s a year later and with help from Gabe, he’d opened his own gym. He’s struggling, because of course opening your own business is a lot of work, especially when doing it on your own…but he’s happy. He’s always been of a mind that whatever you want in life, you can have it, as long as you work for it. So, that’s what he’s done.
Cameron… how to describe Cameron. Lost. Numb. Scared. Shy. Confused. Don’t get me wrong, he has justifiable reason to keep himself sheltered, but he doesn’t want to.. He’s tired of living life on everyone else’s terms, listening to people tell him who he should be and what he should want; and his brother and sister-in-law know that he’s hiding from who he really is because he’s been told his whole life that he’s different than what he really is. He finally starts questioning that when he meets Jonah.
It’s a slow-going read, sometimes too slow for me, but only because I wanted so much for Cameron. It was exactly what he needed though, and I adored Jonah for letting things happen naturally. Jonah is endlessly patient and so understanding, I truly believe he would’ve waited for Cameron forever had he needed to.
A childhood trauma and extremely overbearing parents caused Cameron to be confused about his sexuality and the things he was capable of in life; but with a small push from his brother and a three-month trial at Jonah’s gym… Cameron slowly comes out of his shell. Not only comes out of his shell, but he also starts a friendship with Jonah, which of course turns into more.
It’s hard, especially with Cameron’s mother thinking she still knows what’s best for Cameron… my goodness that woman, I’d have liked to have smacked her a time or two, and the therapist that went behind Cam’s back to tell her things ILLEGALLY… I wish he’d have gotten his karmic smack down, but sadly that didn’t happen….but eventually, the more he felt comfortable with Jonah, and the more he opened himself up to the possibility of things that actually made him happy… the more he let himself live.
I was rooting for them from the very beginning, and I knew it would be worth it. I’m loving the way that everyone is progressing forward with the guys and their families. I truly can’t wait to read more.. I’m really crossing my fingers that Zach is next!
What an awesome addition to a really great series. 4 pieces of eye candy from me!
I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.
I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!
When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.