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Slow Burn


Simply Sophisticated Publishing

Genre: Contemporary

Series: Impressions - Book 5

Format: E-Book





After an unexpected kiss, a man finds himself with a dilemma…

Gregory Morris has a problem. He isn’t gay but he’s attracted to one of his best friends and has no clue what to do about it. Gregory decides the best way is just to kiss him and let nature takes it course. With that one kiss, Gregory finds himself wanting his friend even more. Now he just has to prove that he is serious.

Braden Charles notices his friend Gregory seems to be avoiding him and he has no clue what he’s done. When Gregory finally says he wants to talk Braden is relieved to find out what is wrong, that is until Gregory kisses him. After the kiss the idea that his friend wants him when he is not gay bothers Braden. He’s not going to be drawn in by a man who is only gay for him—it is myth and will only lead to heartbreak.

Gregory’s next action is something Braden never expected and he has to face the fact that Gregory is serious. Braden has a man who he can see in his life forever but does Gregory think it’s an experiment. Attraction builds in a slow burn that will last forever.



Warning: This excerpt contains adult content. 18 and over only, please.


“Yes.” Gregory couldn’t form any other words at the moment.

“So you went to him when you left work earlier. I was worried when you left.” Braden crossed his arms over his chest. “And was even more so when I got home about an hour ago and didn’t see your SUV. I’m glad he was able to help you with whatever was bothering you.”

“Yeah, talking with Clint helped.” Gregory stepped closer to Braden. “But he can’t help me with what is bothering me. Only you can.”

“Me?” Braden lowered his arms. “Whatever you need. Someone to listen or anything, I am here for you, Gregory.”

“I—” He fought to get the words out.

“Talk to me.” Braden stepped close and put his hand on his shoulder.

As Braden touched him, Gregory shuddered, need coursing through him. Braden’s brow furrowed.


“Screw words.” Gregory stepped closer to Braden and kissed him.

Braden stiffened and Gregory chanted in his head. Come on, come on. Don’t push me away. Kiss me back.

Braden softened and his arms came around Gregory, his touch tentative.

Yes. Now open to me.

Braden opened his lips and Gregory almost yelled with victory. Instead, he stroked his tongue deep inside Braden’s mouth. His knees went weak as he tasted Braden—he tasted even better than Gregory had thought he would. He’d thought about this moment for so long, Gregory wondered if he was imagining it. Braden took over the kiss and Gregory groaned as he accepted that it was oh so very real. Braden pushed deep within his mouth and made a humming sound. Gregory felt like the sound went straight to his cock and squeezed it. He widened his stance and moved closer to Braden. When he felt Braden’s cloth-clad erection against his own, Gregory didn’t freak out as he’d been afraid he would. He wanted so much more with Braden. He pressed closer, rocking against Braden. Braden pulled back, pushing Gregory away.

“What the fuck are you doing?” Braden breathed harshly, staring at him, his eyes wide.

“Kissing you.” Gregory licked his lips. “And you kissed me back. You’re hard.” He pointed to Braden’s tented jeans and grinned. “You’re attracted to me.”

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