Love on the Hudson by KD Fisher
Release Date: September 30, 2019
Subgenre: Contemporary LGBTQ+ romance (m/m)
Synopsis for Love on the Hudson:
At historian David Webster left his childhood home of Saugerties, New York ten years ago and hasn’t looked back. Intelligent, successful, and proud of his sexuality, David has built a comfortable, if lonely, life in Chicago. But when he learns his father has suffered a debilitating stroke, he decides to leave his prestigious museum job and move home to care for his dad. Until now David has never questioned his devotion to academic and professional success. Suddenly he’s forced to confront and reevaluate his desires, chief among them, his former best friend Nick.
Nick Patras has spent his entire life trying to be the perfect Greek son. From devoting himself to football, to forgoing an athletic scholarship to work at his family’s diner, to denying his sexuality and getting married to his high school sweetheart, Nick got used to putting his family’s dreams ahead of his own. The facade shattered, however, when Nick divorced his wife and left the family business to follow his dream of starting an organic farm. Finally content with the life he’s built for himself, Nick is still haunted by the mistake that ended his friendship with David a decade earlier.
When David and Nick reunite their old feelings are undeniable, but can David trust Nick with his heart a second time around? As David embarks on a new career as an artist, he must decide whether or not Nick fits into this composition.
“I care about you. I never stopped caring about you.”
“Grudgingly I raise my eyes and he’s still perfect. Perfect because I know the sleepy smile he makes first thing in the morning. Perfect because I know how tight his big body scrunches up during scary movies. Perfect because I know his flaws but I don’t care.”
#3“Can you give me another chance?” The naked hope in Nick’s face sends a jolt of warmth right through my heart. “I know I don’t deserve it but I want to at least be your friend again. And if you’d be willing, I want to be with you for real.”
#4“You make me feel like myself. I can be the real me and I can like that person. It’s always been that way with you. Loving you makes me love myself.”
“But you can’t assume that just because we felt something a decade ago, it’s still going to work.”
When I glance over at Nick, I know I’ve said the wrong thing because his handsome face has gone serious, his mouth tight again.
“Hey,” I whisper and cup his cheek, turning his face to look at me. “I’m not saying it can’t work. Just that we have to get to know each other again. Okay? I didn’t even know you got divorced until a few weeks ago. I didn’t know you were figuring out your sexuality. And I definitely didn’t know about this whole farm thing.” My attempt at humor is rewarded with a low chuckle from Nick. “You don’t know about the job I left or my total failure of a three-year relationship.”
Five hours later I find myself behind the wheel of a white rental sedan barreling up I-87 in the direction of Saugerties, a perfectly nice town I’d hoped never to see again. The sky is the same mottled gray as it was back in Chicago, the snow along the highway the same dirt-tinged pewter. The passing cars are spattered with white salt stains. I drive in silence, every radio station bothering me with shrill commercials or horrendous blends of the 80s, 90s, and today.
My mind falls into a chaotic tailspin. I want to call Marc and see how the meeting went. I want to call Jimmy again and see if there is any update on my dad’s condition. The doctors are worried his vision was compromised but needed to run another test. I want to call Anna to hear her soothing voice and ask the one question that absolutely shouldn’t be on my mind right now. Has she seen Nick recently? Again, his gray eyes and those dark lashes flit across my mind and I grip the wheel harder. I need to focus. Plus I won’t even see him. He moved across town when he got married. He doesn’t live in the house across the street anymore.
Before I can talk myself out of it, I slide my body over on the couch so I’m sitting right next to Nick, our thighs touching. I turn toward him just enough that I can look at his face. His pupils are dilated but I can still see the stormy slate of his eyes, the irises ringed with a fine line of dark blue, almost navy. His eyes are so striking against his olive skin and dark hair and my mind wanders to how I could mix colors to capture that complex gray and the almost luminous bronze. Nick’s lips part and he looks confused. Those beautiful, storm gray eyes dart to my mouth and his breath hitches. I lean forward, closing the distance between us, and press my mouth to his.
KD Fisher is a queer New England-based writer of authentic, heartfelt LGBTQ+ narratives. KD grew up all over the United States, bouncing from North Carolina to Hawaiʻi to Illinois, and finally settling in Maine where she spends far too much time at the beach.
When KD isn’t writing, she can usually be found hiking with her overly enthusiastic dog, obsessing over plants, or cooking elaborate meals. She loves classic country, perfectly ripe tomatoes, and falling asleep in the sun.
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