Place to Belong Author: Claire Boston Genre:Contemporary Romance
Sean Flanagan has spent a lifetime alone and rejected, constantly hiding who he really is. With a father who deserted him and a mother who despised him, Sean didn’t think things could get much worse … until he was kicked out of home for being gay. Now he’s discovered he has three half-sisters on the other side of the world. This might be his last chance to find people who will love and accept him. But he’s terrified that if they find out who he really is then they’ll reject him like the rest of his family. Sean arrives in Houston and is stunned by the warm welcome he receives from his sisters. He begins to hope that maybe this time things will be different. That’s when he meets Hayden Johnson. To follow his heart means risking everything with his newfound family. Hayden is tired of endless dating. He’s looking for a man to love, someone to spend the rest of his life with. His boss’s new brother ticks all the boxes on the attraction scale, but there’s just one problem – he’s not gay. Will Sean let his fears rule him, or will he let in the chance of love and find a place where he belongs?
By the time they arrived at the Comunidad building Sean felt like a wilted weed. Stepping into the air-conditioned lobby was a huge relief. “Welcome to Comunidad,” Evan said. He wiped his brow. “Does Carly own this whole building?” Evan nodded. “She rents out a couple of floors.” It was one thing knowing his sister was rich, but another seeing the proof. “I’ll take you up to her office.” The elevator bank had a dozen elevators and it wasn’t long before they were whisked tothe top floor. Evan stepped out of the elevator first and led Sean down a corridor. “Hey, Hayden, is Carly ready?” “She’s just arrived back.” The man’s voice was like triple-distilled whiskey — smooth and smoky. “Let me call her.” Sean stepped to the side to see who was talking and froze. He was an African-AmericanAdonis. His hair was curly and cropped short, and his body fit the navy blue suit he was wearing to perfection. Sean snapped his mouth closed as Hayden met his eyes. The man looked him up and down with a smile as he picked up the phone. Sean’s body stirred and his head screamed NO. Feck. There was no way he could be attracted to someone over here. No way he could let his sisters know about his sexuality. Quickly, he glanced away as if fascinated by the artwork on the wall. “Carly, Evan’s here.” There was a pause. “I’ll send them right in.” Hayden hung up and said, “Go right through.” “Hayden, this is Carly’s brother, Sean.” Evan turned to Sean. “Hayden is Carly’s executive manager.” Hayden stood and held out a hand. “Nice to meet you.” “Likewise.” With no real choice, he gripped the man’s hand. It was warm and firm and the spark that shot through Sean was definitely unwanted. He quickly let go and followed Evan into Carly’s office, not daring to look back. He did not need a complication like this.