Life is good for Eric Brown, a happily single theater major with a great group of friends. But then Will Butler—fellow senior, co-RA, and the cutest guy Eric’s ever seen—walks into his dorm. Will has a sweetheart he sees off campus—a minor disappointment that becomes a major problem when a housing shortage causes Will and Eric to become roommates, and Eric is forced to witness Will’s hotness day in and day out. He persuades his ex-boyfriend to pretend they’re still together in a vain attempt to protect himself, but it doesn’t save Eric from losing his heart.

Will Butler has never believed in himself. Although he’s loved music since childhood, he’s never seriously considered pursuing it. Then he and Eric Brown become roommates, and everything changes. Eric believes in Will and his talent. He’s also gorgeous and playful and fast becoming Will’s best friend. And that’s not good, because Will is hiding some big things, not only from Eric, but from himself.

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This scene takes place right before Christmas break. Will and Eric are good friends by now, waiting in a sports bar for Jerry and a close friend Tyrone to join them for brunch. Jerry’s becoming sick of the fake-boyfriend routine and they all learn something surprising about seemingly straight Will.


Jerry’s expression was priceless as he and Tyrone walked to their booth. He appeared dumbfounded at the sheer number of people in Redskins apparel. When they reached the booth, he took another look around.

“My God. The testosterone alone in this place is just beyond. Good morning, dolls.”

“Good afternoon, you mean,” Eric said. “Took you long enough. Hi, Tyrone. Welcome to Will’s world.”

Tyrone flashed a smile. “Hey, boo. Will, how’s it hangin’?”

Jerry groaned. “Oh, no, don’t try to be macho. You’ll never get there.”

“Hey.” Will raised his coffee cup a fraction. He had on his Falcons T-shirt and was the picture of macho if macho meant delicious biceps and a mouth that featured in Eric’s fantasies.

Tyrone gave a graceful shrug. He was black, gorgeous, a dancer, a fellow theater major, and one of the most mellow people Eric had ever met. He and Will got along great.

Jerry huffed in impatience. “Well, shove over.” He took a seat next to Eric while Tyrone settled next to Will.

Eric gave Jerry, who was frowning, a peck on the cheek. “Hi, dearest.” He knew Jerry was irritable about having to play pretend boyfriend before he’d had his coffee.

The waiter approached with a coffee pot and took Jerry and Tyrone’s orders.

“Ah, coffee at last.” Jerry drank. “Now I can be human. What’s everyone doing for Christmas break? Anything fun?”

Will shook his head. “Gotta go back to Georgia. Not fun.”

“Tell me about it,” Jerry said. “It’s Texas for me. Not exactly the place for this gay boy. But what can you do? Family, am I right?”

Tyrone asked Eric, “You still coming to our place for Christmas dinner?”

“Of course.” At Will’s questioning look, Eric explained, “You know I’m Jewish, right? So it’s always been Chinese and a movie on Christmas. Then I met this guy freshman year, and he got me to come to Richmond for Christmas. What a scene.”

Tyrone beamed. His large African-American family was as warm as Tyrone. Eric loved being fussed over by Ty’s mama and aunties, and the food was to die for.

“That sounds nice.” Will seemed wistful.

“You should come too,” Tyrone said. “There’s always room for more, according to Mama. We could all go out dancing.”

Eric laughed. “You and your dancing. That place in Richmond we went to last year was wild.”

“I don’t know about dancing,” Will said.

“Oh baby, we gotta do something about that. Dancing is life.” Tyrone sighed. “Besides, I need all my friends this year, now that Calvin and I are over.”

“Calvin is a fool,” Eric declared.

The game had started again, and Will focused on the TV.

“I told you it wasn’t going to work,” Jerry said to Tyrone. “You’re both bottoms, and when has that ever worked?”

“Jerry.” Eric glared at him and glanced at Will.

Eyes still on the game, Will said calmly, “I know what a bottom is.”

Do you? Eric sat back in surprise.

“Oh, yes?” Jerry raised his eyebrow. “Has Eric been instructing you in our ways?”

A flush crept up Will’s neck. “Not really.”

“Shut up, Jerry. Dearest.”

Eric and Jerry traded glares.


That Will is full of surprises. But Eric is absolutely positive that Will is straight. He had him pegged from Day One. And then there’s the matter of the mysterious Jessie with whom Will spends weekends.

Scavenger Hunt Post 4 has an excerpt where Will and Eric have a testy exchange. All that suppressed desire is wearing on them!

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