Crawling Into Bed With Benny Peters
And a Good Book: Wet Paint
Important things first, are these sheets silk or cotton?
Cotton. Definitely not silk. I’m completely vegan. Do you know how they make silk? :shudder: I love the feel of cotton on my skin. There’s nothing else quite like it. Except for when Addy touches me. That there is the most indescribable feeling in the world.
What are you wearing?
I usually wear boxers to bed. I’ve thought about sleeping naked, but I’m not sure how well that would work while I’m at summer camp. Liam would probably have some comment to make.
What are we snacking on in bed while we read tonight?
Apple slices and peanut butter. Protein and sweetness together. Way better than chocolate. But if you’re in the mood, there’s a shop nearby that makes a great vegan shake. I’ll run and grab us a couple. Did you want vanilla chocolate chip or raspberry nebula?
If I open this nightstand drawer, what will I find?
Oh. Uh. Well. You see, I have some old textbooks in that drawer. I like going back to see where they got it wrong. Oh, and…um…(mumbles).
Sorry, Benny. What was that?
Benny sighs. “I am not saying for sure, but you might find some lube in there. Just don’t tell Addy, okay? I don’t think he needs to know that.”
Do you roll up in the blankets like a burrito, or kick the covers off during the night?
I usually start with them on and kick them off during the night. I hate being too warm, except in the winter. Then I love it.
Can I put my cold feet on your calves to warm them up?
Dude, no. That’s…just no, okay?
What are we reading?
Wet Paint. Part two of the Transitions series by Will Parkinson. The first book, Pitch, was his debut novel.
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVOiQ8yOsII
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.
High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.
When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.
ADDY SAT in the car, worry creasing his brow. Not even an hour ago, he’d been so happy. Why was he so nervous now? His thoughts drifted back to his conversation with his dad. Would Benny still want him when he found out what had happened? Would he think Addy was too broken? Addy shivered. He tried to tell himself Benny would never be like that, but how could he know for sure?
“What’s up, little man? I can hear you thinking from over here.” Benny chuckled.
“Nothing, Benny. I’m okay.”
“Addy, c’mon. I can tell you’ve got something on your mind. I need to know what it is. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”
Addy took a deep breath. “I’m afraid,” he admitted. “Of what? Camp?” “No... of losing you.”
“I don’t understand. Why would you think you’d lose me?”
“Benny.” Addy sighed. “I need to tell you some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s really not going to be nice.”
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WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.
None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.
He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.