We have Andrew Grey stopping by today with his new release Poppy’s Secret from Dreamspinner Press
I was challenged a bout a year ago to write a gay secret baby story. It was at the DSP conference and most people had had a little bit to drink by the time we got around to this conversation. Poppy Dennison had just been saying in one of the sessions how she loved secret baby books, but that there weren’t any in the genre. (for obvious reasons) Of course my brain started going and I opened my mouth and the basic premise for Poppy’s Secret poured right out. They all stopped, Poppy grinned and I was told on the spot to write the story. So I really hope you all love Poppy’s Secret!
Title: Poppy’s Secret
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: DreamSpun Desires Books/Multi~Author Book Set
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Feb 15, 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
A second chance born of love.
Pat Corrigan and Edgerton “Edge” Winters were ready to start a family—or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn’t bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn’t want a relationship based on obligation. He’d rather raise his daughter on his own.
Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn’t. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he’s back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It’ll take a lot to prove to Pat that he’s a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.
“I saw him yesterday,” Edge told his sister, Terry, when she called while he was waiting for his first coffee of the day. “I was at one of the clubs to have a good time. He was on his way out, and he literally ran into me.”
“Let me guess. He welcomed you back with open arms and said that he forgave you for being the biggest jackass of all time, and that now that you were back, the two of you could pick up right where things left off.” Terry could be the biggest smartass on the planet. “I told you then that you were being a jerk.”
“You were sixteen. Everyone was a jerk then.”
“Maybe,” Terry conceded. “But I was still right, and you know it. That job that started this whole thing was just an excuse because you were scared of all the things Pat wanted, and by the way, he has and you don’t. I still see him every now and then.”
“Does he talk to you?” Edge asked.
“Of course he does. I’m not the douche who left him. That was you. I’m just your sister, and that daughter of his is beautiful and wonderfully smart. I used to see them more than I do now that they moved.” She was taunting him—it was another of her skills.
“How come you know all this and I don’t?”
“Maybe because I still live in Harrisburg and you moved to Boston nine years ago and never looked back until everything went to shit and you decided to come home.”
Edge wanted to growl at her, but he couldn’t because she was right, no matter how much attitude she threw his way. “Can you knock it off for a few seconds at least?”
“Fine, but what fun is that? You still have feelings for the guy you ran out on years ago, probably when he needed you the most. Edge, I gotta tell you that if you did that to me, I’d probably tell you to fuck off too. I mean, it has been nine years, as I said. He has a life that doesn’t include you. What did you expect, that he’d spent the entire time you were gone wishing he had you back? Come on. You’re an interesting guy, but nobody waits around for someone that long.”
“Okay,” Edge sighed. “But it was good seeing him again. He looks good, and—”
“So you’re the one still carrying the torch. That’s priceless and pathetic. You were the guy who left, remember?” A cry rose behind her. “Look, I gotta go. Margie needs to be changed and fed, and I think you need to get over yourself and realize that the past is that past and that it’s probably best if it stays there. I know things fell apart, but you have a good job here, and you’re building a life again. You just need to realize that your life isn’t going to include Pat.”
That was harder than Edge thought it would be. He’d had nine years, and even after all the things he’d done and the places he’d been for his art, none of them had ever measured up to what he’d had with Pat. Edge knew he’d screwed up in a major way, though it had taken him months to realize it, and by then he knew it was way too damn late. “I know, but seeing him brought back all that stuff I thought I’d buried.”
“Nothing is ever buried for long. It always surfaces, and when it does you have to deal with it. Buried emotions are like those coffins that floated up in New Orleans during Katrina.”
“Thanks for that image. Now I’m going to see floating coffins.” He paused and closed his eyes as the images floated through his mind. “I’ll let you go.” His sister would need to get the kids ready for daycare.
Review by Truus
Pat is left alone 9 years ago by his boyfriend Edge. They had big plans for the future, starting a family….Then in a wink Edge left Pat following his artistic dream…… Pat is devastated but making the best decision of his life….. he will raise their unborn child alone.
Edge knows nothing of this all.
Pat finally finds an evening to go out. In a club between three handsome men he understands he is out of this too long and turns on his heels home. At the exit, he stumbles against a big strong body…and familiar blue eyes… Edge…. back in town after nine years.
Edge wants Pat back but that is easier said than done. Via Pat’s mom (who has a good part in this story) Edge tries to re-connect with Pat.
Little Emma calls Pat Poppy, she is the love of his life. When Pat and his daughter trying to find a table at a local restaurant the only free place is to share one with Edge.
After all these years they have both still feelings for each other and they known each others body as yesterday.
Poppy has a big secret which leans heavy on his shoulders.
I just love the stories from the hand of this author. They are always close to the heart, sweet, realistic, briskly and never disappointing!
A delicious read, steady, light, sweet and awesome written just how I expected. The personalities were sweet and trying to be ‘honest’ to each other.
There are feelings of trust, mistrust, mistakes, love, honesty, forgiveness and hope for the future.
Of course, they have their HEA 🙂
Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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About the Author
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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