Awkward Hearts

by Ian Finn

I’ve always known I’m socially awkward, if not downright socially inept, over-analyzing every little thing and second-guessing myself constantly. I’m under no delusions that I’m “normal.” With my upbringing, I probably wouldn’t even know what “normal” was if it walked up and hit me on my Speedo-clad @ss.

Lately, I’m starting to wonder if I should add “asexual” to my list of eccentric character traits. I’ve had some experiences in the distant past, but they went so badly I lost what little interest in intimacy I’d managed to muster up.
I’m so busy worrying about that, as well as trying to find a job after graduating from school, that my three besties take me on vacation to clear my head. While there, I meet a handsome scientist named Blaze and soon I’m feeling heat I know isn’t just from the sun warming up Lake Erie.

Is it possible that Blaze is rekindling desires in me I thought were long gone, if they ever existed at all? Will I freak out and ruin it like I always do with everything good that comes along in my life? Especially when I find out that Blaze has issues of his own he’s dealing with, or, should I say, not dealing with?

I’m on vacation to psych myself up to come out at work. I have to, since my boss keeps acting like I’m going to marry his daughter so that he can hand off his pharmaceutical research company to us.

I’m quickly distracted from my goal when I meet shy, nerdy and smoking hot Liam Kingsley at the lake. But holy bubble butt, Batboy: how could I not notice Zeus-in-a-Speedo? And how can I resist pursuing him?

I figure this is the perfect opportunity to have a fling, but apparently Liam’s too flaky for that. That boy has issues and leave it to me to be attracted to crazy.

I tell myself to forget about him as I head back home. But time passes and I still haven’t solved my dilemma at work, when who shows up there but Mr. Bubble Butt himself. He’s gotten a job at the same company I’m set to take over, as long as I keep pretending to be straight.

Apparently fate has brought Liam back into my life, and I can’t resist wanting him in my bed. If only he would let go of his insecurities long enough for me to get him there.

Has he already gotten into my head and my heart? And what will that mean for the drama that’s unfolding at work?

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Category: LGBT Romance