The Geek and the Soldier By Eva Lefoy
Poor Kyle. He’s a college-aged geek who’s been kicked out of his dad’s house for being gay. Living on the streets isn’t exactly luxurious, but Kyle really didn’t make adequate plans. He’s a lot better with numbers than interpersonal relationships – or his fists.
Derek, and ex-army officer, comes to his rescue, fists blazing and all. But he’s really not sure what to do with Kyle. He tries to send him back home to his family, only to find out that’s not a safe place for this new gay adult.
Kyle makes his intentions clear with an offer * wink wink * even though he’s sure Derek won’t fall for it. He’s right. But what blindsides Derek is Kyle’s innocent hero-worship. Derek doesn’t consider himself a hero for surviving the attack in Rocket City, in fact, he’s still not over the ordeal. But in this short novella, I’m hoping I can show that here is hope for both men, despite their age and background differences.
Because everybody deserves a chance at love!
One man’s running for his life. His rescuer’s fleeing from the past. When the two men collide, one will attempt to prove his worth and the other will try to hang onto his heart.
Kicked out of his dad’s house for being gay, Kyle’s running for his life. When he’s rescued by hot ex-Army soldier Derek, he desires nothing more than a safe place to stay, preferably in Derek’s arms. But convincing Derek won’t be easy as he has his own demons to fight.
Haunted by memories of the war in Afghanistan, Derek’s taken aback by Kyle’s playfulness and obvious hero worship. Determined not to act on his attraction he resists, but even he can’t withstand the sheer amount of fun one smart, sassy techie boy can bring.
Can one somber ex-soldier and one soda-fueled young genius find happiness down by the docks?
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Since it was too early for a beer to tame his mood, Derek headed into the bathroom. “I’m gonna take a quick shower.”
“Yeah. Okay.” Whatever Kyle was doing, he was totally into it.
Derek hoped it involved making a sensible plan for the future and stepped under the spray. After he finished, he realized he had forgotten clean clothes and exited the bathroom wrapped in a towel. Kyle was still stooped over the desk. Derek snuck up behind him to get a peek at what he was doing. With all those cables and parts spread over the surface, Kyle would have made a good bomb tech. Hell, he could probably build one from scratch if he had enough time. The guy’s totally smart. “Um… what are you making?”
“I’m working on something.” Kyle turned his head for a split second, went back to his project for a beat, and then spun around in his chair with his jaw hanging open. His awed expression made Derek suck in a breath and hold it. Kyle’s gaze had locked onto him like a heat-seeking missile, pinning him in place.
“Whoa.” Kyle reached out and stroked a finger down the ragged row of scars on Derek’s right side. “Where’d you get those?”
“Afghanistan.” Derek’s mouth went too dry to tell the whole story, but the scene replayed in his mind in agonizingly slow motion anyway. The insurgent missile landing in the barracks. The loud boom of the explosion. The billowing smoke. The screams. He blinked to clear the memories and focused on the floor as his heart raced, but Kyle didn’t seem to notice his discomfort. He merely nodded and kept gazing at his side, riveted.
With his lips parted, Kyle followed the path of marred flesh to the top of the towel, then pushed the terry cloth aside and continued his exploration down Derek’s thigh. As he did, the towel fell away. It landed on the floor with a soft thump.
Derek stood there in his living room with a half erection, stark naked.
Kyle’s attention transferred to the cock in front of him. He eyed it, licking his lips. “Nice.”
Before Derek could stop him, Kyle wrapped a hand around his length and gave it a light squeeze. Damn, his fingers felt wonderful. Strong and cool. Just the right pressure.
Kyle grinned. “This is perfect. I’ve been thinking of a way to repay you.” He gave Derek’s dick a tug and leaned closer, bringing his mouth to the head.
A shaky sigh escaped him. At the sound, Kyle grabbed his hip and urged him closer. Against his better judgment, Derek followed. He certainly didn’t want to give the guy the wrong impression—they weren’t going to be lovers—but one little blowjob couldn’t hurt. Right?
Kyle comes from money but when his alcoholic father founds out he’s gay, he’s kicked out. He’s already been robbed once and now he’s about to be again. In the midst of a beating, he is saved by an angel. Angel? No, former soldier Derek, someone who knows a lot about pain. When Derek ends up taking Kyle back home, Kyle (a computer whiz) decides he’s going to make himself so indispensable Derek will have no choice but to let him stay.
There’s a big gap between these two, one that spans more than age. Kyle is young and comes from money. Derek, older and poorer. Kyle is a computer nerd with insecurities and an abusive family, Derek a physical man with PTSD and a lot of scars.
There’s a lot of sex for the length of the story but it makes sense, since that is what Kyle is determined to use as part of making himself worthy of staying. Derek shows his gentle side here, his compassion. I liked Derek a great deal, particularly how he worked to overcome the horror of his history. Kyle, at 19 still immature at times, was what Derek needed.
I enjoyed the epilogue and felt it fit their story.
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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a die-hard Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.
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