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Dirty Laundry

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Dirty Laundry

Tucker Springs Series, Book 3

The course of true love doesn't always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.

Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam's delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

Though Denver's job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can't get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it's damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.

Trouble is, Adam isn't just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they're going to have to come clean.

The course of true love doesn't always run clean. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun.

Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam's delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

Though Denver's job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can't get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it's damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.

Trouble is, Adam isn't just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they're going to have to come clean.

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  • Chapter 1

    Chapter One

    None of Adam Ellery's fantasies had ever involved a muscle-bound and cowboy-hat-wearing avenging angel, but they would now.

    In hindsight, it had been a dumb idea to come to the laundromat this late on a Friday night. Assuming there would be less traffic than on Saturday morning, Adam had trekked out on a cool Colorado mountain evening to take advantage of what he'd thought would be the least populated time to wash his clothes. What had ended up happening instead was that Adam became the wash-cycle entertainment for a pack of drunk and high frat boys. They'd taken his blue briefs, his club shirt, and his Ten Reasons You Shouldn't Bug an Entomologist tee, and when Adam tried to steal one of them back, they stole his glasses too, right off his face, and added them to their giggling game of Keep Away.

    Blushing and terrified, Adam stood in the center of their jeering semi-circle, his back to a table where the contents of his laundry basket had become part of the bullies' game. He told himself he'd be fine so long as he didn't panic. They were mostly trying to out-macho each other, stepping on Adam to prove they were bigger and badder than the rest. They weren't hurting him, and they might not hurt him at all if he played his part in the game well. If he was lucky, he'd just lose a pair of underwear and a few of his favorite shirts.

    He didn't want to think about being unlucky.

    "You wear this freaky blue shit for underwear, huh?" The frat boys snickered in unison as one of them bumped Adam's shoulder. "What color you wearing right now?"

    Adam shut his eyes and focused on his breathing. He wouldn't give them the satisfaction of pushing him into a panic attack. He wouldn't.

    Another push. "We're talking to you, fag."

    "Please." Adam had been in this position before. It was time for him to beg. "Please give me my glasses back."

    "Show us your underwear first, freak."

    The nervous flutter in the pit of Adam's stomach turned into sick fear. No, he couldn't do this. No. No. His panic congealed and began to rise. "Please," he whispered.

    But his fear only fueled them now. "Strip, faggot." Someone shoved at his shoulder again. Adam realized with a sick heart that he would very soon be stripping, or collapsing in a heap and either ending up in the hospital or lying here alone on the floor. Or worse. What would these jackals do to him if he had an attack?

    Oh God, oh God, oh God oh God —

    "What the fuck is going on?" someone bellowed.

    Adam startled, but so did the frat boys. One of them swore, and all of them staggered back, parting from their circle around Adam's table, and as his panic fell back to somewhat manageable levels, he was able to see the newcomer.

    It was a cowboy.

    Cowboy was cut. Not handsome. Not in the let-me-jack-to-you cowboy porn mag way, at any rate. He wasn't ugly, but he didn't have a marble jaw or anything, and he wasn't magazine-slick, not even close. But muscles? Oh yeah. Normally Adam did not go for muscles, because muscles scared him. Muscles could hurt him. Muscles had hurt him on more than one occasion, leaving him still unable to enter most large public restrooms.

    Right now, though, muscles were either going to save or bury his ass, and Adam should stop staring at them.

    Cowboy looked pissed, but at the frat boys, not Adam. He took his time approaching them, covering the distance between the side door to the laundromat and Adam's table with a slow, steady gait that made his hips roll enticingly in his beaten-up jeans and was punctuated by the clip-clop of his equally worn cowboy boots. The closer he...

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