Happy Monday everyone! I’m here today talking about my new release, Moonlighting which just hit the cyber shelves today!
At just 26 years old, Dustin Wood found himself in near financial destitution. His student loans, combined with months of being out of work, force him to take a job dancing as an exotic dancer for an all male revue club downtown.
Colin McMahon is a well to do banker. As the Vice President of Loan Acquisitions department he’s met his fair share of newbies in the banking world. One in particular catches his attention more than others.
After Colin and Dustin meet they form an instant chemistry. As strong as their feelings are, a wrench is thrown into their budding relationship which threatens to destroy everything. When a betrayal is revealed it threatens Colin and Dustin’s relationship. As the tension erupts they are forced to decide between forgiveness, or walking away forever.
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While he was taking a sip of his coffee a business card slid across the table and landed right underneath his nose. Dustin looked up to see his benefactor pulling up a chair across from him. He picked up the card and read the name, Colin McMahon, Vice President of Loan Acquisitions at Horizon Savings and Loan. It was the same bank that he just started work at this morning.
Dustin glanced up at the man sitting before him and nervously smiled. While Mr. McMahon wasn’t his direct boss, being the vice president of anything in that financial institution must mean he worked under him in one way or another.
“Mr. McMahon, pleased to meet you.” Dustin extended his hand out.
“Likewise.” Colin shook it in return.
“That…what happened over there isn’t the norm for me. It’s just that I have been looking for work ever since I graduated college eight months ago and the jobs have been close to nil.”
“I understand. You don’t owe me an explanation. For all I know you left your wad of one hundreds on your nightstand.”
When the man chuckled it put Dustin more at ease. He heard that the higher-ups in the financial world could be stuffy old coots. It was nice to see this guy had a sense of humor. Granted he didn’t exactly fit the mold of an old coot.
His square jaw was lightly sprinkled with the promise of an oncoming five o’clock shadow. His dark hair was cut short and slicked back. And his eyes were a striking shade of green. All in all he was a pretty good-looking man. Actually, he was a great-looking man.
Had this been any other time or place he was just the kind of man that Dustin would hit on. But he had a sneaking suspicion that sort of thing was frowned upon at Horizon Savings and Loan. It was probably referenced in that bible length of a handbook they gave him earlier that morning.
“So, how are you liking it so far?” Colin asked.
Dustin looked down at his sandwich. “Oh, I hadn’t tried it yet.”
“Not the sandwich. The job. I saw you training with Attila this morning.”
“Sorry.” Colin laughed. “She probably introduced herself as Marjorie. But make no mistake. Just like the Roman ruler, Attila the Hun, who struck fear through the late Roman Empire, she is a ruthless dictator when it comes to her tellers.”
Dustin wasn’t sure how to respond. Sure he saw the man’s point. Marjorie did have an abrasive and almost cold-as-ice demeanor to her. He had just assumed she was having a bad day. It was Monday after all.
“Don’t worry. I’m not hazing you, kid. I just have a tendency to call ’em like I see ’em.”
“Oh. Well, she hasn’t instilled fear in me yet. But I’ll be watching for it now.” Dustin grinned.
“Thatta boy. Gotta be on your toes.” Colin raised his coffee in toasting fashion.
Dustin liked this guy. He had a quick wit about him. Not very pompous like some of the others he’d met earlier that morning.
“I guess so. Wouldn’t want Attila to run me down.”
Both men laughed and exchanged casual chitchat for a few minutes while Dustin ate his sandwich. It might have been just a plain old tuna sandwich to most, but for him it tasted damn good. Paying all his bills last Friday meant he had little to splurge on before his first payday.
“Aren’t you going to eat anything?”
“Me?” Colin patted his belly and rubbed it in a circular motion. “Nah. Trying to watch my figure.”
“It’s none of my business, but you don’t look overweight,” he added genuinely.
“Thanks, but I’m at the tail end of a complete body makeover. I’m about two pounds away from my target weight. One more weigh-in tonight after work and I might have a reason to celebrate. It’s been a long road.”
“Oh yeah? Mind me asking how much you’ve lost?” Dustin asked.
“Wow. Seriously? That’s amazing! Good for you, man. Err…I mean, Mr. McMahon.”
“Cut that out. Mr. McMahon was my dad’s name. I’m Colin. Okay?”
Dustin smiled. “Okay. But seriously, that is awesome! I hope you have serious celebration plans in store.”
“Nah. Nothing too extravagant. Just me and a steak I suppose.”
“Well, the steak sounds great. But don’t you have anyone to celebrate with?”
Dustin immediately wanted to kick himself as soon as he asked the invasive question. All this man did was buy his lunch. That hardly constituted Dustin losing his manners and sticking his nose in the other guy’s business.
He immediately apologized. “I’m sorry. That…that was rude of me.”
Colin shook his head. “Don’t worry about it. It’s a fair question. The truth is there really isn’t anyone. I transferred here from the St. Louis branch about six months ago. Left a pretty dysfunctional relationship behind too.”
“I’m sorry, or I guess I’m glad to hear that. I don’t know. What does one say to something like that?”
Colin laughed. “They say…good for you, man.”
Dustin raised his coffee. “Good for you, man!”
“Thanks. The guy was a loser. Pretty sure he was only with me for money. Everything happens for a reason though. Or so they say. Regardless in another six and a half hours I’m going to be celebrating with a nice thick cut of New York Strip.”
“Tonight, huh? Pretty sure you’re going to make it then?” Dustin held his reaction well, but couldn’t help but be intrigued at hearing this handsome man was playing for the same team that he was.
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