Max has a plan. Tanner doesn’t do plans. Plan or not, they’re better off together.
Max Thompson has a few problems. He’s spending too much time at the skatepark watching a mysterious, unattainable young man he refers to as skater boy. Meanwhile, his college fund is running dry in his senior year at Arizona State University and it’s time to find a roommate to help with expenses. Hopefully one that’s not too weird this time. He’s spent his college years staying away from love to focus on school, but he can’t get skater boy out of his head.
Tanner Donahue is a hardworking assistant manager at a grocery store, who likes to skateboard and play guitar in a cover band in his spare time. But Tanner has his own problems. The first being the fact that he hooked up with and fell for his roommate and coworker, who has decided a relationship with a guy is not what he wants. It’s time for Tanner to find a new place to live and learn from his mistake.
When Tanner shows up on Max’s doorstep with his guinea pig, Stan, hoping to rent the room Max has available, Max jumps at the chance. Max soon realizes he’s going to have to walk a fine line if he’s going to make Tanner his own while living together. It doesn’t help that Tanner’s old roommate wants him back, and Tanner’s family situation is complicated at best. As truths are revealed and problems pile up, can Max and Tanner navigate what’s thrown at them to come out together?
Catching His Fall is a roommates to lovers, opposites attract romance with an HEA and no cliffhangers. It features a determined college student and a bad boy skater with a heart of gold who only wants to please. This is book one in the Mesa Boys series. Each book features a different couple.
Max stood in the doorway, fixated on skater boy. No. Tanner. Skater boy had a name. And good God, he had the most stunning hazel eyes. And holy shit he was even hotter up close. His cock pulsed. Even my dick is happy to see him. Even? His heart thumped in his ears. He needed to say something. What the hell was he supposed to say? The roommate Gods were shining bright on him today. Oh, holy fucking hell fuck. He had to make him live here. He just had to.
“Uh, hi?” Tanner waved.
Oh, my God, that’s so cute. Max cleared his throat, then swallowed, struggling to find his voice. “Hi.” Pull it together. He’s going to think you’re weird. He rubbed the back of his neck. “Come on in. I’m uh, Max.” He stepped to the side. What could he say to sell the place? He had to lay it on thick.
Tanner walked inside, over the gray, wood laminate floor, and scanned the main room, nodding his head. “Pretty nice place you got here.” He pointed to the couch. “You uh, buy your furniture at IKEA?” He lifted the edge of his mouth.
“Yeah, pretty much everything in here is from there.” Max bit his lip. “B-but I got the good stuff, not the real cheap stuff. Didn’t want it falling apart on me.” He offered a quick laugh. He sounded like an idiot. “D-do you have your own furniture you want to use? I’m cool with that, too, we can move stuff around.” His gaze fell to the tight black jeans hugging Tanner’s perfectly round ass under a gray, long-sleeve t-shirt. Even that was better up close.
“I was going to leave my stuff for my old roommate. I got it all at Goodwill.” Tanner stopped and faced him with a sly grin. “I love IKEA actually. All my bedroom furniture is from there.”
Max rubbed his palms on his thighs. How did they get so sweaty all of a sudden? “Oh, good.” He stalked behind him, fixating on the wide shoulders and down to the way his tight ass swayed in his skinny jeans. “S-So, your bedroom is, is right in here.” He sauntered past Tanner to the extra bedroom and turned on the dome light in the ceiling. “I mean, if you want to, to move in with, with me.” He needed to quit stammering. The guy would think he had a speech problem or something. He drew a deep breath.
As Tanner strolled in the room, his shoulder brushed Max’s chest.
Max’s breath caught and his heart stuttered. If Tanner moved in, how was he going to handle it? He’d have to find a way to settle down. This was too intense. “Uh, so you’ll have this room and we’ll be sharing a bathroom.” He swallowed hard. His mouth was dry. He needed water or maybe a beer would be better? “I hope that’s okay?”
Tanner turned inside the bedroom, perusing the black and white desk and laptop with two large monitors resting against one wall. “So, you’re using the room now, or did you have another roommate who’s in the process of moving out?”
“Oh, I was going to use this room for my online classes and studying. I didn’t have a roommate this year.” Max chuckled. “I haven’t had very good luck with roommates, well, except for Josh, but he has a place, and he doesn’t want to move again or be far from campus.” Shut up, you moron. He huffed. “Do you want a beer or something? ‘Cause I could really use one.” He pursed his lips. What was Tanner thinking about all this?
Tanner’s gaze found his and he spread a wide smile over his mouth. “A beer sounds awesome, man.”
“Okay.” Max headed for the kitchen, stubbing the toe of his sneaker on the edge of the gray rug under the coffee table, then stumbled and righted himself. “Fuck.”
“You okay?” Tanner called out.
Christie Gordon started writing gay and M/M romance fiction after becoming preoccupied with anime and in particular, the boys love and yaoi genres. She’s always had stories in her head and always enjoyed writing, so she took up fiction writing classes at a local community college and published her first book with eXtasy Books back in 2009. Christie likes to write complicated characters with painful pasts that refuse to be ignored until the characters are forced to face them head on. Angst? Yes. Happily ever after? Always. It’s the struggle to get there that counts.
Christie’s day job is in the high-tech industry with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. She currently lives in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area and enjoyed eight years in the Bay Area of California but grew up in Minnesota. She shares a home with her partner of twelve years, a musician by night and a coder by day, who is currently in three bands, giving her plenty of time to keep writing. She is also a mother of two sons, one currently in college for engineering and the other preparing for nursing college. Her one-eyed, rescue pug is always by her side, snoring the day away.
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