Mort wants his de facto family back. . . .
He knows he doesn’t deserve them. Not yet, anyway. Not without making up for leaving them in their time of need.
But it’s not easy to make amends. Mort must show how much he wants the Rochester family back in his life. When his best friend’s younger brother, Felix, has his license suspended, Mort jumps at the chance to play chauffeur and to win back the family he desperately wants to call his own.
Repairing his broken relationships—with all five Rochester siblings—becomes Mort’s personal mission. Especially with Felix. Felix, who used to follow him everywhere. Felix, who idolized him. Felix, whom Mort has not stopped thinking about . . .
Felix is just trying to keep it together. . . .
With a perma-smile as his armor, he’s determined to make his family happy. Determined to be a positive role model to his three younger sisters, while their mum struggles with depression after her kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, no amount of smiling can save his license when he gets pulled over for the umpteenth time, and he still needs to get his sisters to school, soccer, and dance classes.
The solution to his problem emerges in the return of their prodigal neighbor, Mort. Mort, who left their lives without a word. Mort, who was in love with Felix’s older brother.
Mort, who is the last guy Felix wants charging back into their lives. . . .
Mort and Felix. Two guys bound by a rocky past—
—a past they must come to terms with to find true happiness in the here and now.
My thoughts: This is a sweet romance about a bumbling young man who has pretty much always been in love with his older brother’s best friend. But there have been some things in the past that have left him bruised and a little heart-broken. Mort is the man that once captured Felix’s heart. The problem is that he left. Out of the blue, when Felix might have most needed Mort’s friendship, Mort left and he was gone for a year. When Mort comes back… the feelings are all still there but so is the feeling of being abandoned.
Happy For You by Anyta Sunday
- Series: Love & Family
- Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)
- Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 10, 2019
- Length (Print & Ebook): 60,000 words
- Subgenre: Contemporary Gay Romance
- Warnings: Depression (affecting a side character
Want more? Here’s a short excerpt from the book!
Two weeks later, I’m really in The Groove. I transport the Rochesters from A to B and Z and beyond—as Felix likes to say—and transport myself to work. Kresley Intermediate is five minutes from Felix’s job at the retirement home, so it makes sense.
After teaching, Felix and I begin the driving rounds. Most missions run smoothly, but driving Tiffany around proves uncomfortable; only the radio—or Felix—breaks the silence.
Like Felix is doing right now, at the end of my third week chauffeuring. But once he finishes doling out excited praise for Tiffany passing her driver’s theory test, they settle into silence.
I wish I could strike up conversation with her. Wish I could find a way to reconnect.
A hard ball lumps in my throat.
When we arrive at the dance studio, she shoots out the wagon, swinging her dance bag toward the old brick building like she can’t escape fast enough. I stifle a sigh and stare at the sun setting on the orange brick. Neon blue and green light up the adjoining arcade.
“Felix, you heading inside?” He always follows her in.
I swivel and inspect through the gap between the front seats.
Felix’s eyes are closed, head resting against the window, mouth grimaced. Light crowns his unruly dark hair, streaking it with copper. Shadows from moving traffic dance across his face.
He’s clearly exhausted.
Wake up, make breakfast, wrangle the girls to school, work eight hours. Chauffeur the girls to practice, run errands, bring kids home, make dinner, bathe the girls, read them a story. Fall into bed six hours away from his personalized version of Groundhog Day.
That is Felix’s life.
He’s particularly tired today, though, and a little flushed. Maybe he’s coming down with a spring cold. The last thing this guy needs. The universe owes him a break.
Felix eyes me sleepily. “That’s one wild frown.”
I readjust my cap. “Tailored just for you.”
His cheeks dimple. “What’s the matter?”
“Are you in the mood to talk?”
Felix pushes himself upright, leaving a smear of condensation on the glass. “About what?”
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