I absolutely love this chapter that Megan Slayer has sent to me for this week’s First Chapter Friday. It is so very different from anything that I write, but it’s so beautiful. The way Megan captures the atmosphere of suburban life as a single gay dad, the moments Bobby shares with his kids, the quiet dignity of the whole piece– I’m head over heels for this chapter, and can’t wait to read the whole book and see how the romance develops.

The book from which the chapter comes is  Together in Cedarwood. This chapter revolves around Bobby Gagnon, a single father of two children who returns to his hometown after coming out of the closet, divorcing his wife, and experiencing some as-yet-mysterious emotional fallout after a couple failed relationships with men. As I mentioned above, I love watching Bobby interact with his kids. I find myself rooting for Bobby as a father, and for his little family, and I love how Megan constructs a compelling romance that still has space for the moments of everyday family life. But, of course, the family is not the whole story here. This is how Megan describes the plot of this book:

Bobby Gagnon came back to town in the hopes of starting over. He’s got his kids and his accounting business, but he wants more. One look at the hot guy sharing the running trail with him is enough to stoke Bobby’s fire. He wants to hook up with the sexy runner, but he doesn’t even know the guy’s name. Will the man even want to be with a single father?

Remy Bard never considered himself a kid person or parent material. He’s happy with his job at the Cedarwood Tribune, but it’s not enough. Something’s always been missing in his life. He keeps seeing the same guy at the park– tall, dark, handsome and hot as hell in those running shorts. Although he’s shy, Remy isn’t about to let this guy get away without at least one night together.

These opposites certainly attract, but will their differences be enough to keep them apart or will they find a way to come together in Cedarwood?

As always, I’ve given you a small excerpt from Megan’s chapter below. If you like it, you can click through to Megan’s website, where she’s graciously shared the entire chapter. If you REALLY like it, you can buy Together in Cedarwood at the Loose Id website, or wherever Ebooks are sold.

Bobby headed off in the direction of the trails. He liked to start at the north end and work his way back around the serpentine track. The sound of the crushed limestone under his shoes lulled him. He could get lost in his thoughts during his runs and preferred things that way. As he rounded through the woods, he noticed a pair of runners coming toward him.

A woman and a man. He didn’t mind sharing the track with others, but liked the solitary qualities. He wasn’t one for talking while he worked out.

The pair hustled up to him, and he made eye contact with the guy. A shiver ran the length of his spine and he could’ve sworn he’d been hit by lightning. He’d never felt so off balance in his life.

The man smiled and nodded but didn’t stop running. The woman seemed to look right through him.

To read the entire chapter, go to Megan’s website.

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