Sunday, July 01, 2018

Ethan Sutton, Fall for You, by Valerie Ullmer, @valerieullmer, #GayRomance, #NewAdultM/MRomance, #BestFriends&Lovers

I’d like to welcome Ethan Sutton of Fall for You by Valerie Ullmer.

RW:    What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?

ES:     Well, I’m a pretty ordinary guy, although I would have to say I’m introverted and don’t mind being alone. My best friend, Sebastian, is the outgoing one. Everyone loves him.

RW:    Can you tell us about your hero?

ES:     Sebastian has been my best friend since we were born. He’s funny, smart, the life of the party, yet surprisingly observant. He’s stuck by me through everything and balances me out. We talk about everything and although I realized I was gay when I started college, I haven’t told him yet. Not because he wouldn’t understand, but because my feelings for him have grown into something more.

RW:    Where do you live?

ES:     I live in Eugene, Oregon. I started my junior year at the University of Oregon majoring in Computer Science and I’m about to move into a loft with my best friend and secret crush, Sebastian.

RW:    How are you coping with the conflict in your life?

ES:    Well, since Sebastian is straight and I’m pretty sure I’m in love with him, I think I’m screwed.

RW:  Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains? Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel?

ES:    Steamy showers, definitely. Ocean, since I love the smell. Puppies. And I can’t decided between them so I choose both chocolate and caramel…preferably together.

RW:    If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

ES:     I would love to live near the ocean, but in a secluded house surrounded by tall trees and shrubs, so it would feel like we were away from the world.

RW:    City life or country life? E-Book or paperback? Zebras or elephants?

ES:     City life. I love both e-books and paperbacks so I don’t really have a preference, and I would say elephants.

RW:    Hunky heroes or average Joe?

ES:    Since Sebastian isn’t average, I would say hunky hero.

RW:    Party life or quiet dinner for two?

ES:     Quiet dinner for two.

RW:    I love pizza with (fill in the blank).

ES:   Extra garlic. Sebastian loves garlic and anytime I would cook he would ask for it. I have gotten used to it after all these years.

RW:    When I’m alone, I (fill in the blank).

ES:     Love to read.

RW:    Those are all the questions I have for you. Thank you for speaking to me.

ES:     And thank you for allowing me to talk about Sebastian and keeping my secret. ;)

Valerie Ullmer

Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary M/F and M/M erotic romances. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She’s addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.


The Plot

Ethan Sutton came to the stunning revelation that he’d fallen in love with his best friend, Sebastian Young. Although friends since childhood, Ethan vowed to keep his feelings for Sebastian under wraps and live the rest of his life with this one secret between them rather than risk a lifelong connection and never see him again. But when they move into their own apartment at the start of their junior year of college, can Ethan keep his feelings from showing when they live so close together?

Sebastian Young had an epiphany about Ethan at the end of last year and arranged for the shared apartment he’d found over the summer to be closer to Ethan and see if a relationship could develop between them. But as they settle into their lives in a new place with such close quarters, ex-girlfriends, nosy downstairs neighbors, and Sebastian’s own doubts, is their relationship in jeopardy before it even begins?

Can two best friends admit their feelings and fall in love?

An Excerpt:

Although Ethan was a positive person, he wondered when the other shoe would drop.

The last few weeks were perfect for Ethan and Sebastian. The time they weren’t in class or studying in the library, Sebastian spent time with Ethan, in their loft. They cooked dinner together, sometimes attempted homework, but most of the time they spent talking or watching whatever was on TV.

It reminded Ethan of the years they’d spent in junior high and high school, where nothing mattered more than hanging out and talking about everything and nothing.

But somehow, the past month of living together became intimate, at least for Ethan. They acted almost like lovers, only without the physical part of their relationship.

Ethan had woken up more than once in the middle of the night after a vivid dream about Sebastian, only to find himself wrapped up in the other man’s arms as he slept on without being disturbed. Ethan would have to maneuver himself off the bed to relieve himself in the bathroom. But most of the time, Sebastian wouldn’t release his hold, so he had to take deep breaths and wait for his body to calm down before he tried to fall back to sleep.

Most mornings, Ethan would wake cradled against Sebastian’s chest, warm and relaxed. He would savor those quiet moments until Sebastian stirred, and Ethan would make himself get out of bed. He would shower first and then find one way or the other to rouse Sebastian and push him toward the bathroom for his shower.

Ethan speculated, did Sebastian wonder about their nighttime ritual? They would fall asleep on opposite sides of the bed, but Ethan would wake in the middle with Sebastian holding him.

Sebastian never mentioned how they drifted toward each other in their sleep or hesitated before bed, so Ethan found himself eager for the day to end instead of worrying Sebastian would catch him.

After Sebastian showered and dressed, which meant he would pull on sweats before he stumbled toward the kitchen where he sat down and shoveled food into his mouth, Ethan would try not to stare at Sebastian’s exposed chest.

But more often than not, Sebastian was still sleepy until he had his three cups of coffee, giving Ethan time for his gaze to wander over Sebastian’s exposed chest.

But the afternoons after class and the nights were the best. They would spend most of their time together and although neither of them had come out and said it, Ethan understood Sebastian’s feelings for him changed.

Ethan’s friend might not be as straight as he had once considered.

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