So I wanted to play with the amnesia trope, but I wanted to give it a twist, do something a little new. So I said to myself, What if there was this bullrider and he hit his head when he fell off the bull and when he wakes up, he’s lost the last five years entirely?
He thinks it’s five years ago. And what if four years ago he broke up with his high-powered business man lover. And what if after that he hooked up with this younger cowboy. And now he has no memory of the breakup or the new lover and the first thing he wants to know when he wakes up is where’s Jerry, the lover he doesn’t remember breaking up with.
So I started writing. Now Thaine, the bullrider, made it clear from the start that he wanted his happy ending with the old lover from five years ago, even if he ever got his memory back. But I couldn’t leave the new lover, Drew, hanging out in the wind – he needed his happy ending, too. Luckily, it turned out that Thaine’s best friend Jesse has been quietly pining for Drew all along and he’s more than happy to console Drew and maybe convince him that he’d been with the wrong guy all along. And voila a twisty take on the good old amnesia trope.
I have to admit that I had a lot of fun playing with this trope and helping everyone get the happy ending they deserved.
Smut fixes everything
Who wouldn’t want a do over?
When Thaine wakes up in the hospital after a bull-riding injury, he immediately asks for his lover, Jerry. He has no idea who this man next to his bed is, despite the fact Drew insists they have been an item for the last five years.
Thaine’s best friend, Jesse, calls Jerry. He thinks it’s a pretty crappy thing to do to the new boyfriend, but tells himself it’s unlikely Jerry will come after so many years. He also doesn’t get why Thaine would pass up the opportunity to be with Drew since he’s young, optimistic, and hardworking. In short, everything Jesse ever wanted in a man.
Jerry still carries a torch for his cowboy, so when Thaine asks to go home with him to recover, Jerry agrees. At first they pick up their intense physical relationship right where they left it before the breakup. Jesse, in turn, consoles the now homeless Drew and offers him quite a bit more than a shoulder to cry on. But in the back of all the men’s minds loom Thaine’s lost five years.
1st Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.
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Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.