EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT – BETTER BE TRUE BY ANYTA SUNDAY & ANDY GALLO
Warmth soaked around Nico. Cozier than the blankets usually were. He snuggled into it—
Nico blinked through the haze of sleep, not sure he wasn’t dreaming. The heat blazing against his back and stomach shifted, intensified. Nico caught his breath, heartrate ramping up. He felt each individual finger splayed against his stomach sizzling shivers into him.
Luke was wrapped around him.
Luke had crossed the Rubicon and invaded Rome.
And judging how far into the middle of the mattress Nico had rolled, Rome had welcomed the incursion.
Nico shut his eyes. Just one more moment absorbing how good this feels. One moment imagining this was real.
Hot breath trickled over his nape, and Luke murmured, sleepily rutting his hard length against Nico’s ass cheek.
Nico’s dick jumped and he gritted his teeth against the aching arousal swamping his body. Moment over.
“Luke?” He squeezed the hand on his chest, gently prying Luke’s fingers from him. “I need to get up.”
“Huh?” Nico waited for the sleepy haze to pass. Three, two— “What? Oh, crap!”
Luke snatched his arm back and pulled away. Nico rolled over, barely suppressing a grin.
“Shit! I’m sorry. Did I . . .?” Luke gestured pointedly. Intimately.
“You were a perfect gentleman.” He waggled his eyebrows. “As much of a gentleman as you can be while holding someone.”
“Oh, man. I’m so sorry. I don’t remember how it happened.” He closed his eyes and flexed his fingers.
“Chill. It’s fine. I mean, unless you’re upset you touched me?”
“What? No! I mean, I’m sorry I did that without your permission, but I’m not sorry, I mean, yes, I am, but not because I was . . . Ugh!” He took a deep breath and said, “I’m not weirded out touching you. I just feel like I crossed a line.”
“If I said it felt nice waking up that way, would that make it better or worse?”
Nico laughed. “No way. You can’t answer me with a question.”
“Fine, if you’re not mad, then I feel better.”
“Then feel better.” He tossed the sheet back. “I’m not mad. Well, other than at myself for agreeing to work Sunday at eight.”
“Oh, right. First day on the job. I thought you weren’t going to work weekends?”
“I’m not supposed to, but someone has a sick kid and they asked if I’d fill in.” He stretched for a second before he remembered he was rock-hard and showing. As he turned toward the dresser, he didn’t miss Luke watching.
So much for defusing the situation.
“They must trust you if your first day is a weekend.”
“That, or they’re desperate.” Nico flicked on the bathroom light. “I’ll leave the door unlocked.”
Luke gaped at him, and Nico winked. “For you to use the bathroom,” he clarified. “Since you’re, you know, up.”
Luke glanced down; the thin sheet hid nothing. He shifted, giving a good-humored laugh that didn’t make Nico like him more. Nope, not one bit . . .
He escaped into the bathroom and hit the shower. Water sluiced over his taut skin, and Nico sagged back against the wall.
Not one itty bit.
Synopsis for Better Be True:
Two friends. One bed. A big Italian Wedding.
Nico Amato is in trouble. He’s in love with his roommate. Who’s hung up on his ex. This so isn’t part of his summer plans. Luke’s an all-American jock, a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. The kind of guy who thinks Nico is too much.
That doesn’t stop Nico from pretending to be Luke’s boyfriend, once, twice, thrice . . . A friend does what a friend does to make an ex jealous.
Just . . . How many favors before Luke gives up on his ex?
Lucas DeRosa has a problem.
His roommate pushes every one of his buttons. Every. Damn. One. This so isn’t part of the script. Nico is flamboyant, a tight jeans/purple blazer kind of guy. The kind of guy who thinks Lucas is boring.
That doesn’t stop Luke from pretending to be Nico’s boyfriend again, and again, and again . . . A friend does what a friend does to repay a favor.
Just . . . How many favors before he wins Nico’s heart?
“Better Be True” is a roommates to lovers, fake-boyfriend, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract novel can be read as a standalone. The Harrison Campus series can be read in any order
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About the authors:
Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.
Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.
Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.
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A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.
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