Today on First Kiss Friday, we welcome romance author, Valerie Ullmer, and an excerpt from her Male/Male Contemporary Romance, “Unwrapped (A Unexpected Novella). ”
Friends to lovers.
Jack had done what he’d always done to protect himself. He allowed fear to take over and as a result, he pushed Adam away. When Adam finally left, Jack understood that if he loved Adam as much as he claimed, he needed to change before Adam could risk his heart again.
Lovers to forever.
Adam understood why Jack kept his feelings secret, but after being ignored one too many times, he left. But Jack won’t give up and when he proves to Adam how much he wants their relationship to work, can Adam risk his heart to the one man he’s loved all over again?
Will Jack and Adam find their happily-ever-after during the season of miracles?
First Kiss Excerpt
A knock at the door dispelled Adam’s doubts and he smoothed down his jeans and dark blue pullover. He pulled the door open to find a nervous Jack on the other side, shifting from one foot to the other. Adam took the time to peruse the sweater that showed off the muscles in his arms and the width of his shoulders, the gray bringing out the blue of his eyes. His gaze strayed down to his jeans that fit him perfectly, leaving Adam speechless.
His Jack was a very handsome man.
Adam reached for Jack’s forearm and pulled him inside, shutting the door behind him. He reached for the carryout bag and set it aside before he leaned toward Jack and locked the door, loving the heat radiating from the man.
“I missed you.”
Adam’s breath caught at the sincerity of his words and choked out the same.
“Can I kiss you?”
The timid Jack was someone new to Adam, but without hesitation, Adam nodded. He hadn’t liked the physical separation from Jack, but he missed being able to kiss Jack whenever he wanted. Jack cupped the back of his neck with his hand and barely brushed their lips together.
“I missed this, your touch. More, Jack, please.”
Jack’s tongue swept inside and took control while Adam forgot everything but the feel of Jack’s mouth and taste. Adam reached for Jack’s hips and pulled him closer, getting lost in the taste of Jack and the feel of his hard body pressed from chest to hips.
Too soon, way too soon for Adam, Jack broke off the kiss. He pressed his forehead to Adam’s as they both fought to even out their breathing as they stared into each other’s eyes. When Adam felt steady enough after a few minutes, he asked the question that he almost moaned aloud when the broke the kiss.
“Why did you stop?”
Jack met his gaze and gave him a small smile. “I messed up my first chance with you. Now that I have a second, I won’t rush you or make the same mistakes I made before.”
Adam brushed his lips against Jack’s, unable to stay away. “Thank you.”
Jack clutched Adam close and Adam didn’t want to let Jack move from his hold.
“I should be thanking you for giving me another chance. My therapist said that I should take our relationship slow, to show you how much you mean to me. I am willing to do anything for you, even keeping my distance and ignoring my body for the time being.” Jack smiled and snagged another kiss before he stepped back, only to be blocked when Adam’s arms wrapped around his back and pressed him close.
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