Alex and Gio had a big fight, and Alex ran away. Then a fire at home destroyed the life they had built together, and threatened to take Gio away from him. Alex had always thought love was enough to keep them together. Why did they need wedding rings or legal certificates? But now, with Gio lost in a coma, his mother has banished Alex from his side.
What if Alex’s voice is the only thing that can bring Gio back from the brink? Their memories are all Gio has left, and the urge to just let go is getting stronger.
Still, nothing can keep Alex from Gio’s side. If it’s against the rules, he’ll break them. In stolen moments alone together, Alex fights to bring him back, one memory at a time.
Monday, September 27
There was only this moment. This place. Alex holding Gio’s hand, gently because of the burns on the back of Gio’s arm and hand. The sounds of the breathing machine came in regular soft sighs.
The little green box held in Alex’s other hand–and all it symbolized between them.
All their life together had shrunk down to this moment, this place, this plea. “Please wake up, Gio. Amore mio, svegliati.”
Sunday, September 12. Two weeks earlier
Alex was late getting home, and he was in a foul mood from the long, difficult day at work. One of the properties he’d made a bid on had fallen through, and another client had all but called him a bald-faced liar.
He was looking forward to getting home, taking a long hot shower, then crawling into bed.
Alex was startled to find a whole meal, complete with wine and candles, laid out on their dining room table. Gio must have spent the whole day cooking.
Alex was late. He’d been delayed with his angry client, and to make matters worse, his phone had up and died halfway through the afternoon and he’d been without his car charger.”
“He was already annoyed when he walked in the door.
“Welcome home, amore,” Gio called from the kitchen.
“I had a hell of a day….” He caught a whiff of whatever Gio was cooking.
“Come sit down. I’ve got everything ready.”
The dining room looked like a Martha Stewart production of a telenovella Thanksgiving. “I’m sorry. I’m not really hungry. Things were the shits at work today.”
“Sorry to hear that. Have a seat.” Gio grabbed his elbow and urged him toward his chair. “Food makes everything better.”
Alex was starting to get annoyed. “Look, I’m sorry, but I’m not hungry. I just want to wash up–”
“That’s just the job talking.” Gio took his arm again.
“Knock it off! I’m not in the mood tonight.”
Gio looked hurt, but Alex plowed on, too incensed to stop.
“This isn’t some kind of June and Ward Cleaver relationship.”
“You have to let go of your stupid, unrealistic expectations of me and this relationship.”
Gio frowned. “That’s bullshit, and you know it. Just because you had a bad day at work, there’s no reason to take it out on me.”
He was right. But Alex couldn’t admit it. “Just leave me the fuck alone,” he said, grabbing his phone charger and storming out. He’d find somewhere else to sleep tonight.”
62 thoughts on “Welcome Birthday Guest J. Scott Coatsworth!”
Oh wow! Thank you so much for the short. I love the sound of this book, I’m adding it to my wishlist and TBR. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.
Sounds interesting; I’ll have to keep it in mind. Thank you for the story!
This sounds interesting.
Lovely story, makes me want to read the book.
Sounds great, my TBR list is expanding.
The blurb and the short sound really interesting =D Adding it to my TBR.
Thank you ^^
Adding to my list, sounds interesting.
I did not know about this story, but it sounds really good. An interesting addition to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing!
sounds like a emotional story
On my to read list..
Need to find this & bump it up in my tbr pile!
This is going on my TBR list thanks for stopping by
Have this book, and enjoyed reading the scene!
Have to go buy this book, now.
I’m hooked! I’m putting this in my to purchase pile.
And yet another book to be added to Mt wish list. I really hate your birthday Amber, lol.
I can’t wait to read it.
Lovely story. I am adding to my list.
A definite book for my tbr list!
Got this book on my iPad def going to have to put it up higher on my TBR pile
Another one for the TBR.
Sounds like a good story.
Will have to add this to my wishlist. Thank you for sharing.
Sounds good. I will definitely need to read this.
What a fab short scene it great to see them again.
Sounds like I might need extra tissue for this one. Put on my tbr.
Nice.. sounds very interesting
sounds like a good book
A very touching story.
I love a good , grab a tissue story. They draw you in so much.
Thanks for the peak.
Nice. I have to read this book
Aw – that was so sweet. Gio is going to have a wonderful birthday. Thanks!
close call there w/ mamma 😉
Thanks so much for this. I really have to read this book now. 🙂
Story sounds really interesting…thanks for sharing and will be on TBR…
Cute scene! What a great mother Gio has (now at least, sounds as if perhaps she wasn’t before. Guess I’ll have to read the story to find out).
Off to find Gio and Alex’s story!
Thanks for the sweet coda for Alex and Gio–it’s great to catch up with the guys. What could’ve tanked a romantic evening, a surprise visit from mamma, turned out okay. That’s one savvy mother-in-law.
Will have to add this to my wishlist
Apparently someone won momma over.
This looks angst ridden but it obviously has a happy ending. Sounds good. Thank you.
I’ve been looking for some new books to read & this short has put Alex & Gios’ story on the list. ☺
Mother in laws are pretty neat sometimes I know mine was. This was very interesting.
Always happy to find new writers
This looks really good, into the TBR pile.
Another great book to buy…Thanks xxx
This sounds so good!! Going on my TRB list but right at the top!! Thank you for the chance!!
New book to Add!!!
Sounds very interesting.
This book is definitely been put on my buy list, I need to meet these guys. Thank you for the introduction
Thank you so much another book for the tbr list.
Sounds so good going to have to buy it. Thank you for sharing
This one is already on my wishlist.
Need to read this one. Thank you.
Thanks for the short story, have added the book to my wishlist. 🙂
What a great story! Love it!
Awwwww so cute!!! Thank you J. Scott Coatsworth!
Happy Birthday Month Amber Kell!!
The new scene was so sweet… thank you !
Okay, you’ve convinced me. *off to look this up*
The excerpt made me start tearing up, but the birthday one cheered me right back up. Thanks for sharing!
Well, that was nice of Gio’s momma to not try and butt into Alex’s plans. This sounds like a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!
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