GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 45,894 words
Ben Haggerty is devastated when he returns home from work to discover his lover of eight years has gone off to complete his master's degree at another college -- and left no forwarding address. Not only has Ben chosen Rick over his beloved family, but he's supported his boyfriend both financially and emotionally the entire time. Unable to remain in their shared apartment, Ben moves and spends a miserable holiday season alone. With the New Year, however, he's determined to make a fresh start, so he manages to obtain Rick's address and sends him a card asking if Rick ever plans to return. Somehow, the card winds up in the wrong mailbox.Jason Prescott is a genius, having obtained his first master's degree at twenty-one and now working on his second. When he receives a card in error, he returns both the card and a card of his own to be courteous, expressing his hopes Ben can get in touch with his boyfriend. This begins a correspondence that leads to friendship, and ... the start of something more? Jason introduces Ben to his family and reunites him with his own.But will Jason, who's even smarter than Rick, be satisfied with someone as ordinary as blue-collar Ben feels himself to be? Or will Rick, realizing what he's let slip through his fingers, manage to persuade Ben to take him back?EXCERPT:Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
A rat-bastard of an ex triggers Always, Ben by Tinnean… and the guy absolutely deserves the title. Thankfully, his actions create a sweet and romantic greeting card exchange for two men who have a lot to offer each other. Their story is a light and easy read that transcends the Christmas holiday to a forever they deserve.
After eight years the Rat Bastard, Rick Preston, up and leaves his boyfriend Ben Haggerty with the allusion that it is temporary, he will be in touch. After time passes Ben enlists his friend Fred Lancaster’s help in finding an address for Rick. Somehow (wink, wink) the card is misdirected winding up in the hands of Jason Prescott. Thus, begins a flirty exchange of greeting cards for obscure holidays that Ben exclusively signs “Always, Ben”.
Ben’s insecurities might very well sabotage the budding relationship, thanks to the Rat Bastard once again, but Jason’s patience and determination slowly breaks through them. The easy camaraderie their anonymous exchanges c