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By Rory Maxwell
Split Rock Ranch, Book 1
Micah Avery has called Split Rock Ranch home for most of his life—it’s one of the few places he can be totally himself without worry or judgment. The ranch, the horses, and the people are Micah’s future, and he couldn’t be happier. The fact that it’s also home to the ranch manager he’s determined to marry one day is icing on the cake . . . all he needs is for Ryan to notice him.
Ryan Astor came to Split Rock Ranch at a time when he was desperate to start over. It was just supposed to be a stop on the road, but instead he found a home and a family—that family includes Micah, the sweet kid who’s been the ranch mascot since before he was tall enough to see over the stall doors. Ryan’s finally found his place, and he can’t imagine wanting anything to change.
Then little Micah Avery grows up. And Ryan’s suddenly confronted with a whole mess of feelings and desires he never expected. Now he needs to decide if he can give in to what they both want without jeopardizing everything they have.
Something Undeniable is a slow-burn, 37k-word novella with an age gap, mutual pining, and plenty of heat. It’s the first book in the Split Rock Ranch series, but can be read as a stand-alone story.
Micah vs. the water trough
Shocking cold smacked him in the back as he plunged into the trough. Water closed over his head and he threw his arms out, managing to drag himself up enough to suck in a breath. “Fuck,” he gasped, clinging to the metal edge, blinded by the water in his eyes.
A moment later, strong hands wrapped around his biceps and hauled him, sputtering and coughing, back to his feet.
“You okay, kid?” Ryan’s deep voice, caught somewhere between concern and amusement, cut through Micah’s stunned haze. He blinked up at Ryan, trying to clear the water from his clumped lashes.
“Um…” Micah was fine. He was just going to dissolve into a puddle of embarrassment, thank you very much. Ryan’s brow was furrowed in concern. Sexy concern. Crap. “I—fine. I’m fine,” Micah managed to say. He looked down at his soaked clothes and groaned. “Just—wet.” He licked at the water dripping off his upper lip, not that it did much good.
Ryan’s nostrils flared and he looked like he was going to say something scolding. Then Maggie put her booted foot on the still-flapping hose and shut off the water, keeping Rascal away with her free hand. “Micah, how the heck did you manage that?”
Micah shrugged. Or he tried to. Ryan was still gripping his biceps as if he might tumble right back in if given the chance. Maybe that was a safe bet because the heat of Ryan’s hands was soaking into Micah’s skin and making his knees weak. “Don’t know,” he managed to say somewhat evenly. “I think the hose is out to get me.”
“Now that I’d believe.” Maggie shook her head and started hauling it back toward the barn, coiling it neatly as she went.
Ryan finally released him, and Micah immediately missed the warm, steadying touch. A breeze kicked up and he shivered as it sliced right through him. Crap, this was going to suck. Did he have spare clothes up at Maggie’s? It had been a while since he stayed over.
“I probably have something you can wear,” Ryan said, reading Micah’s mind. “Come with me.” He turned to lead the way back to the barn and Micah followed automatically. He had a lot of practice listening when Ryan used that tone.
Walking with his legs encased in heavy, wet denim sucked big time, but it didn’t stop Micah’s eyes from dropping to check out the way Ryan’s jeans hugged his ass as he climbed the stairs. Looking that good in pants should be illegal. At the very least, it should come with a warning label. Caution: Prolonged Eye Contact May Be Bad For Your Mental Health. Not that it would help Micah. He’d never been very good about following rules he didn’t agree with.
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About the Author:
Rory Maxwell discovered romance novels on her mom’s bookshelf when she was probably too young to be reading them—the reward for being a nosy kid with great reading comprehension. The magic of a dial-up internet connection led her to the wonderful world of MM fanfiction a few years later and she fell love with the genre. In 2019 she woke up with a plot bunny, opened a word doc, and started trying to figure out how this writing stuff worked.
Rory grew up outside of Washington, DC, moved away, and then came back for reasons she doesn’t fully understand. An artist and writer, she always has too many exciting ideas and not nearly enough free time. One day, she hopes to escape to the mountains and open an LGBTQIA+ friendly bed and breakfast where she can work from home and write as much as she wants. In the meantime, she splits her time between her day job and writing MM romance with endearing characters, lots of feels, plenty of heat, and a dash of kink.
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