We’re so pleased to have author Elizabeth Noble dropping in today to celebrate her newest release, Edge Jump, from JMS Books. Elizabeth is sharing an exclusive excerpt from the book today, and there’s also a giveaway so be sure to check out those details below.
About the Book
Brett Rocha retired from pro-hockey while still at the top of his game. Co-owner of a chain of restaurants and an inherited ice skating academy, he seems to have it all. Despite his fame, wealth, and good fortune, though, Brett suddenly finds himself painfully alone.
Ex-Olympic figure skating star Rylan Hennessy transitioned to professional ice dancing with Celia, Brett’s sister and Rylan’s lifelong partner on the ice. Then tragedy strikes, and Rylan’s world is turned upside down, too.
With the unexpected death of Celia, Brett and Rylan are drawn together through their mutual grief. Their bond strengthens when Brett introduces Rylan to BDSM, a lifestyle Rylan has never experienced before. While the mystery of Celia’s murder still needs to be solved, a second tragedy threatens to tear them apart.
Will their relationship survive, or will love be enough to see them through this life altering, harrowing change?
Once they were back in their hotel room Brett sank down to sit on the bed. “The tribute was beautiful, but damn this whole night was hard.” He rested his elbows on his knees and head in his hands. Rylan moved about the room, discarding clothes and hanging them in the closet. When Rylan tapped on Brett’s shoulder, he looked up.
“Want me to hang your suit up?”
“Yeah, thanks.” Brett stood and pulled off the jacket then his trousers. “You know for a little while the last few days I almost felt as if I might someday not be mired in grief.”
Rylan shut the closet and sat on the bed beside Brett, putting one arm around his shoulder. Brett let Rylan pull him close and settled against him, taking comfort in the warmth from his body. He bent his head and pressed his face into Rylan’s shoulder as a shudder ripped through him. Rylan jerked in a shaky breath and Brett wrapped both arms around him, holding him tightly when Rylan began trembling.
“I miss her.” Rylan’s voice was tight and wet.
Brett tightened his grip even more and choked out stifled sobs against Rylan’s shoulder. He had no idea how long it was before he was able to regain control. “So do I,” Brett whispered. He sat up and inched away from Rylan, putting only a tiny bit of distance between them and held Rylan by the shoulders moving his thumbs in small circles over Rylan’s smooth skin.
Rylan’s eyes were red and puffy but still he offered Brett a small smile. “I know I said it already, but I’m relieved you’re here, with me.” He looked at his hands and picked at one knuckle for a few seconds. “I needed you.” Rylan’s words were spoken so softly they were barely audible.
Brett envied Rylan, he was fearless when it came to expressing his feelings. He put everything out there. He wanted to say words he knew Rylan wanted to hear, to tell him he needed Rylan as well, that he was bolstered by Rylan’s presence. All those things were true, and maybe more, but Brett couldn’t bring himself to risk saying the words. So, instead he leaned forward and kissed Rylan’s forehead then said, “When you skated I could feel her and what you felt, I swear.” He studied Rylan for another minute. Hurt crossed Rylan’s features, but he covered it up quickly. Brett said what he could say, “I’m relieved to be here with you too. I couldn’t do this alone.”
Brett slid his hands down Rylan’s arms and took his hands. “I don’t know about you, but I’m completely spent.” He paused, licked his lips, and swallowed before continuing. “I hope you won’t think less of me and I did have some plans for tonight—”
“I’m exhausted,” Rylan announced.
“I guess we’re on the same page. As much as I’d like to, I don’t think I could get the motor running even a little bit.” Brett squeezed Rylan’s hands, let go and stood up. “I’m going to clean up and get some sleep.”
Rylan reached out and took Brett’s hand. “You’ll be more comfortable and sleep better in the bed. It doesn’t mean a marriage proposal for me, I promise. I’m tired of feeling guilty because you insist on sleeping on that chair.”
Brett nodded, but didn’t answer. Instead he went to the bathroom for a quick shower. He slipped a pair of sweat pants on and went back to the bedroom. Rylan was settled in bed with the TV playing. He looked up and smiled. “I hope you like the X-Men.”
“Are you kidding me?” Brett slipped under the thick comforter and propped himself against the pillow. “I love them. Which one? It doesn’t matter, they’re all good.”
Rylan scooted closer and Brett lifted his arm so Rylan could snuggle against his side. “Thank you for not sleeping in the chair.”
Brett turned far enough to press a soft kiss to Rylan’s temple. “Just this once.”
“Uh huh,” Rylan mumbled against Brett’s chest.
All the tension and emotion from the day bled off and Brett finally relaxed. As he drifted off to sleep he made a mental note to inquire at the desk about getting his own room. The next fuzzy thought he had was he didn’t really want to be so far from Rylan.
About the Author
Mystery, action, chills, and thrills spiced with romance and desire. ELIZABETH NOBLE started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M fiction. Being able to share her stories is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess, a spunky Welsh Corgi and their sidekick, tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth has received a number of amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.