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Game On (Fever Falls #5)
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Relationships–who needs ’em? As a personal-assistant-extraordinaire to one of the top PR firms in Los Angeles, I’ve dedicated most of my life to errand-running and people-pleasing. But when it comes to men, as much as I love to please them in the bedroom, I’m way too busy to give more than that. Fortunately, as far as my options go…well, let’s just say I’m used to getting what I want, whenever I want it.
Unless your name happens to be Sawyer Burke.
I haven’t been in Fever Falls long, but the more time I spend here, the more intrigued I’ve become by the guy with the sexy auburn locks and the no-nonsense attitude. He plays the quiet, bookish part well, but he’s got a problem–I have a talent for reading people, and if there’s one thing I’m certain about, it’s that there’s a wild sex-beast hiding under his clever facade. He thinks screwing around is all a big game to me, but games can be fun, right?
I’ve always been a relationship guy. I never understood the urge to bed a different guy every night. But it hasn’t worked out well for me. The one time I let my guard down with a guy, he crushed me. Broke me. That’s not something I’m eager to risk again, so I focus on my friends, my brother, and my bookstore. Really, it’s better for me. I’m not the kind of guy most men want anyway.
Unfortunately, I can’t get Carter James out of my head. I told myself I hate him–and I should. He’s everything I’m not–loud, sassy…and more than a little annoying. But I want him too, and he’s made no secret of wanting me. I refuse to get caught up in one of his games, but I’m also learning there’s more to Carter than meets the eye. He unleashes something inside me I never knew was there–this dominant sex-god that somehow makes me feel more like me than I ever have.
I can’t let myself fall in love with him. Easier said than done. Carter challenges me in ways I didn’t know I needed. What we share becomes a game of sorts, but not the kind I first thought, and the longer we play, the more likely it is that the losers will be our hearts. We should stop. We should know better. But even if there’s the unlikeliest chance that we might win–well, then–GAME ON.
Game On is part of the Fever Falls series but can be read and enjoyed on its own.
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I hated the fact that I got flustered every time I knew I was going to see Carter. I mean, what the fuck was that?
He made me nuts.
He got under my skin.
But I was also attracted to him…had been from the start.
And I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it one bit.
The last time someone had gotten to me that way… Nope. I wasn’t going there. Not tonight. Not ever again.
“Hey, bro. What’s up?” Cam put an arm around me as I stood at the counter in Fever—our favorite gay bar on Fever Street. It annoyed me that Camden could always tell when something was bothering me. Okay, maybe not always, but more so than anyone else. He was a year older than me and more than just my brother. Cam was my best friend, even if we were incredibly different in a lot of ways. For one, he had always been more outgoing than me.
There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him, and there sure as shit wasn’t anything Cam wouldn’t do for me. He took it upon himself to be my protector. When I was a kid, he fought all my battles for me, and though that wasn’t something I’d allow anymore, Cam always tried.
“Hello? Earth to Baby Burke.” Cam waved his hand in front of my face.
“I hate it when you call me that.”
“Um…because that’s not the same thing? We both know what BB stands for.”
Cam laughed, and I couldn’t help but smile. He made me crazy sometimes.
Speaking of crazy… My eyes scanned the room.
“Looking for Carter?” Cam asked, and my jaw immediately tightened. Cam never said shit like that in front of anyone else, but he said it enough to me, and…let’s just say we’d add that to the ever-growing list of things I didn’t like. The last thing I wanted was my stupid, annoying attraction to be obvious to my brother.
“No. Why would I be looking for him? I don’t even like him.” Carter was…too much of everything for me. Too loud, too opinionated, too flirty and sexual and…fuck, why did he have to be too sexy as well? He wasn’t even my type, but that didn’t seem to change how he affected me.
Typically, I liked guys who, like me, didn’t try and draw attention to themselves. Guys who weren’t looking to fuck someone different every weekend, because I sure as shit wasn’t good at the casual-hookup thing. I mean, it wasn’t that I never did it—after all, I hadn’t been in a relationship in what felt like forever—but I just…didn’t fit in. Not really. I guess I never really had. Maybe because I kept myself locked down too tight. If I didn’t take risks, I couldn’t get hurt.
“Okay,” Cam replied to my statement about not liking Carter, but I could tell he wasn’t convinced.
“I don’t understand why you find it so hard to believe I don’t like Carter.”
“Yeah…I’m trying to figure that out too. Call it brother intuition. That twin thing we have without being twins. And honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about the whole thing either. I don’t want you to get hurt.”
That made me roll my eyes because I sure as shit didn’t plan to let Carter James hurt me. I wouldn’t let any guy hurt me again. “Can we talk instead about how you have a crush on a straight guy?” I asked.
Camden dropped his head back and laughed loudly, like it was the most ridiculous thought in the world. And yeah, maybe it was, because Cam didn’t really do crushes, but ever since Jude, Rush’s best friend, moved to Fever Falls, my brother had become a little obsessed.
“It’s all just good fun.”
“You mean you wouldn’t have sex with him?” I asked.
“Oh no. I would definitely fuck him. He’s beautiful. You’ve seen him. But we’re not twelve, and it’s not a crush.”
So basically my brother was Carter…which was a weird thought and one I scratched out of my mind immediately.
It was two days before New Year’s Eve, and we’d all gathered at Fever because…well, because that’s what we did. The Saturgay crew had grown from what it used to be. It had been me, Cam, Beau, Linc, and Rush. Then Ashton Carmichael moved back to Fever Falls, fell in love with Beau, and became part of the group. From there Jace and Dax became part of us too. Jace worked with Beau at the fire station. Dax moved here to be with Jace, and Carter was Dax’s assistant, which practically meant Dax was responsible for the thorn in my side that was Carter James.
Jude was our resident straight, who now tended bar at Fever and hung out with us when we all got together.
Keegan—Jace’s brother—with his boyfriend, Owen, the Prince of Parlaisa, along with their buddies Frederick, Casey, and Steve, were honorary members—the Baby Saturgays, if you wanted to put it that way.