As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.
Trent Farnsworth moves to Falcon Pointe to get as far away from his controlling family and religion as he can. While his conservative upbringing makes it hard for Trent to admit he’s gay, he accidentally outs himself in front of his four new roommates. None of the men living at 959 Brenton Street are what the world would consider normal, but all four accept him for who he is. And when Trent falls for his much older landlord, Dr. Cory Venerin, he’s as surprised as anyone, but discovering Cory feels the same makes Trent realize he’s truly in the right place at the right time.
Until he tells his family he’s gay. His father uses any resource at his disposal to destroy him, including Trent’s love for Cory. As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.
(Trent is having a hard time figuring out who he is.)
“What do you want?”
The question was so unexpected that Trent jerked. And yet he knew the answer. “I want to be me, Cory. Not the guy others expect me to be, but me. I just wish I knew who me was.”
“Then that’s where you start.”
Trent glanced up into Cory’s kind eyes. “What do you mean?”
“Find out who you are. Who is Trent Farnsworth outside of his family? Who are you away from church? Who are you in this house? Who are you on campus? You’re only twenty-one. Go out. Join all the clubs you can at school. Study something stupid because you can. Date and kiss a boy. Date and kiss a girl. Find out which you like better. For all you know, maybe you’ll like both. Alan does. Just remember. Do it for you.”
“How will I know?”
“When you make a decision, why are you making it? Are you saying yes or no because that’s what your parents or church want? Or are you saying it because that’s who you are? There’s nothing wrong with you being a good Mormon, if that’s who you truly want to be. But if you are, instead, someone different? Find him, Trent. You’ll be much happier.”
Sighing, Trent flumped against Cory’s hard chest. “I don’t know where to start.”
“Start at school. Find a club or two to join. You can always drop them if they aren’t your kind of people. Make friends with people from all walks of life. Don’t be afraid to do something because your parents or your church would chastise you. That’s not the reason to turn anything down. It will take a while because you have been controlled by your religion since birth. Just don’t go crazy. Okay?”
“Yeah. No hard drugs. If you want to know what it feels like to get high on marijuana? Ask us. We can set up a safe place for you to try it here. You want to get drunk? We’ll be here to help. You want to know what sex feels like? As I said, both Alan and I are willing to help there, and we’re both disease free. You want to learn what it feels like to have your butt whooped? Ask me, I can give you a warm introduction to the art of an erotic spanking.
“What I don’t want to have happen is for you to want something and be so ashamed of it that you have to go underground to try it. That’s when people get hurt, Trent. I don’t want to see you hurt.”
About Thianna Durston:
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
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