Love, Austen (Book 2)
Lake: Did you get his number this time?
Cameron: Yes. But I’m not sure I should use it so soon.
Lake: What’s soon? Didn’t you last see him yesterday?
Cameron: I thought you’re meant to wait three days? Otherwise it looks desperate.
Lake: You are desperate.
Lake: From everything you’ve told me, sounds like this could be something.
Cameron: You think?
Lake: Message him. Keep it sexy.
When it comes to romance books, Cameron Morland can always read between the lines. When it comes to real romance, he may need a dictionary.
It’s Northanger Abbey, complete with a neo-gothic mansion and charming misunderstandings. But contemporary. And gay.
To: Cameron17Morland @gmail.com
From: Henrybatilney @gmail.com
I’m sure I barely slept at camp last night. I’m sure I was wondering how you were taking my first letter, what you think of me.
I hope you slept well.
One part of last night’s email was left on a cliffhanger . . . The armchair you tossed your gloves on when we danced.
The moment your gloves hit the upholstery, thoughts of Ralph and his padded glove hit me. How desperate he was for love behind his stoic façade. Then I looked at you struggling to voice what you wanted but saw in your eyes how much you wanted us to kiss, and I felt like Ralph looking at Laurie. I realized we are them. All of us. Anyone who faces choice in their life, and the battle it takes to follow the call of our souls.
That’s what makes the book so powerful.
It becomes a part of you, and in random moments, the emotion of reading it rises like full tide threatening to spill over a bank.
I’ve had a few of these moments since meeting you, and the gloves were not the first.
Our first night in your office, analyzing your desk and your personality, I flashed to Laurie at school observing Ralph’s desk, and at the end, when he observes it again, how much it revealed.
Then your mention of Lanyon in our first chats.
The broken gramophone, reminding me of Laurie and Andrew.
Every other day, another flash. Like an airplane runway lighting system.
Seeing you read the book makes me feel vulnerable, exposed, touched. Like you’re reading a part of me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sleep well. I’ll be dreaming of you.
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
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Cover Illustrator: Lauren Dombrowski
Lauren Dombrowski is a comic artist and illustrator based in the Chicago area. Previous publications of their work include co-written comics in Tabula Idem: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology published by Fortuna Media, Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 3) published by Margins Publishing, internal illustrations in Conventionally Yours, published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, and an internal illustration in Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox.