Hi Narrelle, and welcome! So "friends-to-lovers" one of my favourite romance tropes, too.
The romance trope of ‘friends- to-lovers’ is an oldie but a goodie, and there’s one reason I really like it. I feel strongly that a good solid friendship is a fabulous basis for a good, solid long-term romantic relationship as well.
I met my other half through mutual interests, and over a period of months we became good friends – and then we became something more. He is still my best friend after 28 years, and we’ve had adventures together as well as difficult times. One of the things that has seen us through the latter is that we have a strong core of mutual interests and mutual respect: we have a solid foundation of friendship as well as a life together built on love.
I suppose that’s why I write the couples that I write – whether straight (like my spies, Martine Dubois and Phillip Marsden) or queer, like Jack and Elliot in Homecoming. Best friends who have adventures together and learn that they can be even more together.
For two very smart men, Elliot Talbott and Jack Burns can be mighty slow: hell, it took them a decade to realise they were perfect for each other.
When they start an investigation business, mayhem naturally follows.
Looking for ghosts, witches and the paranormal, what they find is crooks, real life and a heap of trouble.
It's a good thing they have each other as well.
About Homecoming (Talbott & Burns Mysteries #1)
Jack Burns joined the army in the hope it would get his best friend out of his system. He’s been fighting wars for four years, and it didn’t work.
Jack leaves the army and returns to Melbourne, still secretly in love with Elliot Talbott – brilliant, mad, gorgeous Elliot – just as he’s been since they were fifteen. Elliot made it very clear, back then, that he wasn’t interested in dating anyone, boy or girl. He just wanted mad adventures with his best mate.
Jack’s okay with that. Really, he is. He’ll settle for being Elliot’s best mate and having home grown adventures in Elliot’s latest ridiculous scheme – Talbott and Burns Investigations. Problems Solved – Pests Eliminated – Mysteries Unravelled!
And he’ll get right on with that – just as soon as he’s worked out why Elliot is missing, where he is and whether that last message means that Elliot and Jack have finally run out of time.
Extract from Homecoming
There was no light at all; not a glimmer. All Jack could hear was their breaths, loud and overwhelming after the creak and terrifyingly soft plmpfff of the tunnel filling with dirt.
“Jack,” said Elliot.
“Shut up,” Jack said sharply, “Save your air. Help’s coming.”
Please, God, let help be coming.
Jack felt Elliot’s breath ease from harsh panting to something trembling but relatively steady. So little space separated them, chests pressed so close together Jack fancied he could feel Elliot’s heart thudding. Elliot’s long, lanky form felt fragile under his sturdier physique. Jack had spent years in hot desert climates, spent desperately lonely nights, imagining Elliot’s body beneath him, over him, entwined with him, and now this was how it happened. Jack’s body an inadequate shield for his best friend, his secret love, and Jack wouldn’t mind dying so much if it meant Elliot would live, because it wasn’t supposed to happen like this or end like this.
Homecoming (A Talbott & Burns Mystery) is now available at:
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