Forever Better Together by A.D. Ellis
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 238 pages
Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: October 11, 2019
Can best friends find true love? What if your best friend is your adopted brother?
Griffin can’t fathom his life without Quincy, but he also can’t ignore the crazy sexual attraction buzzing between them.
When Quincy offers up a contract to determine if the sexual tension brewing between them is worth jeopardizing their nearly decade-long friendship, Griffin finds himself helpless to say no.
Will they lose everything they’ve found in each other, or will they seize the opportunity to turn their friendship into something even better?
Forever Better Together is a male/male opposites attract, friends-to-lovers story with delicious sexual tension, a sizzling hot striptease, and emotions guaranteed to punch you in the gut.
He paused. “But what do you mean that our friendship doesn’t make sense?”
It was my turn to snort. “Seriously?”
Quincy nodded and waited for me to speak.
I turned toward him and pulled a leg under me. “Look at us. I’m this pasty, scrawny, fem guy; you’re this glowing, muscular, tough guy. I love makeup and dance, I cry over sappy movies, I love to have my nails painted; you love working out, action and adventure movies, and you excel at anything to do with sports. Not to mention I came from a traumatic background filled with neglect, drugs, and a homicide/suicide; you have a solid family and money for anything you may need.” I shrugged. “We have nothing in common. We never should have ended up as friends.”
“Do you regret it?”
“Never!” I laid a hand on his leg. “I’m grateful beyond words every day that I landed in your home and Momma stuck us together. I’m just saying, if circumstances were different, we likely would have never become friends. We’re too different. I never would have fit into your life without Momma making it happen.”
“So, I’m so shallow that I never could have befriended you if Momma hadn’t made me?” Quincy’s tone held hurt.
I ran a hand over my face. “No, stop twisting what I’m saying.”
He held my hand. “Different isn’t bad. Friends don’t have to be exactly the same. I love your makeup; you’ve got mad skills. I love your flashy nails, your dancing, and your tears over sappy movies. And stop saying I have a solid family; they’re your family too. And we’ve got the papers to prove it.”
I heard his words, but my focus was on our hands. I longed for Quincy to feel for me what I felt for him. My brain flashed images of us eating pizza, watching a movie, holding hands, kissing, and falling into bed. Together. Quincy’s arms wrapped around me. Quincy loving me the same way I loved him. As my brother, as my best friend, and as my partner. My lover.
“Grif?” Quincy jostled my hand. “Where’d you go? Did you even hear a word I said?”
I smiled. “Yeah, I heard you. Look, we’re as opposite as they get, but we work. Period. I’m blessed to have you as a brother and friend.”
Quincy pressed his lips together in a slight smile. “Yeah. We are blessed. Brothers and friends. Couldn’t ask for anything more, right?”
A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana as an instructional coach/teacher in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing school-aged children, and wondering how she and her husband of nearly two decades haven't driven each other insane yet. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.
She loves chocolate, wine, pizza, and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don't leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.
A.D. uses she/her pronouns.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? I make plans and try to keep the story on the right path, but a lot of times the characters will tell their story in the way they think is best. And that’s okay because I often feel like they have better ideas than my original plan.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. Opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, moonshine and porn with teenage boys, a fun strip tease, Momma and Pops, Disney quotes, happily ever after…what more could you want?
Have you written any other books that are not published? I have a three-book series in the works and book 1 is finished, but I’m not releasing it until book 2 is done and book 3 is almost done.
Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book. --I went through 3-4 song choices for the strip tease scene before settling on Skin by Rhianna. I listened to that song on repeat as I wrote the scene. Had a friend who dances read the scene to make sure it worked. I think it turned out nice and I love the way the scene runs through my head as the song plays. --My best friend is so much like Griffin. So I asked him a lot of questions about makeup and Disney and hair/makeup tools for Griffin’s Christmas. --I had so much fun with the Disney quotes and setting up the area discussed in the epilogue. --The basement in the story is based on my basement growing up. --As a teacher in the inner-city, I’ve seen so many kids like Griffin. They don’t all get a happy ending, but I was glad to be able to give one to Griffin. --I adore Momma and Pops, such good people --This story poured out fairly easily. The moment I saw that real-life text and played with it in my head for a while, I feel the story basically told itself. --Fitting in the 5 elements for The Common Elements Romance Project was A LOT of fun!
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