Worst Holiday Ever
Author Name: Various (tour organized by R.L. Merrill)
Publisher: Luxe Press
Release Date: Thursday, November 15 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, LGBTQ
Pairings: M/M, M/M/F, M/F
Tropes: meet the family, holiday romance, romantic comedy
Keywords/Categories: Gay, Queer, Bisexual, Straight, CisHet
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! OK—scratch that. It’s time for another obligatory family gathering. And nothing spices up the egg nog like bringing your partner home. Surely your belligerent brother-in law, your gimlet-eyed granny and your drunken uncle will keep it classy. With forced proximity and alcoholic beverages, what could possibly go wrong?
Worst Holiday Ever
Thanksgiving Parade From Hell
Exclusive Excerpt #3
It was amazing how Dalton could run his successful company, but he couldn’t seem to get his family together. He’d tried so hard to teach his brothers the life skills they’d need, but they had preferred he do everything for them, and like an idiot, he had for many years. Now he couldn’t even have a conversation with them without a fight. Somewhere in his mind a phrase from his psychology courses surfaced. Codependency.
He kept his mouth shut to avoid any more drama and followed Terrence into the kitchen. Which smelled like burned ass.
“I thought you thawed out the rolls?” Peter shouted at Stanley.
“I figured they’d be fine in the oven. I didn’t know—”
Orrie moved swiftly between them, stirring the instant mashed potatoes, heating up gravy from a can, and scooping some cranberry sauce out of another can while they argued.
“You guys go sit. Dalton, give me a hand here.”
Terrence cursed under his breath and opened the fridge, grabbing three bottles of beer before slamming it shut. A foul stench wafted out as it closed.
Peter yelled at Stanley all the way out to the table, which had been cleared by some miracle and was set with their grandmother’s china.
“Man, they tried so hard.” Orrie picked up a piece of turkey from the platter and tried it. “Mmm. At least it’s cooked. It’s pretty good.”
Dalton swallowed back his tears and focused on Orrie’s ruby-red lips as he smiled around the piece of turkey.
“I love you.”
Orrie’s grin fell. “Don’t…don’t cry. I love you, too.” He had Dalton in an embrace in two beats and held on long enough for him to get himself together, and for his brothers to start yelling for the food.
“They’re getting restless. Grab me a beer? Please? And meet me at the table. I’ve got this.” Orrie winked at him.
“And open that pungent fridge again? No, thank you. You can have water.”
Orrie laughed all the way out to the dining room.
Dalton’s brothers sat sullenly at the table while Peter continued to bitch at them.
“Here we go.” Orrie set the platter down and backed away as the three other Bishop men dove in. By the time they were done, Orrie and Dalton were able to snag a sliver each of dark meat and some mashed potatoes, forgoing the gravy and cranberry sauce.
“Here’s to the Bishops’ first fried turkey,” Peter said, holding up his beer. They all clinked glasses, and then Peter, Terrence and Stanley picked up their plates and walked over to the couch. “Which game we got next?”
“Redskins and Cowboys.”
“Fuck the Cowboys,” Terrence said. He kicked back the last drop of his second beer and then cracked open the third.
Dalton and Orrie finished their small portions in silence then moved to the kitchen to assess the damage. Orrie turned around and leaned against the counter. “Leave the mess.”
Dalton sighed. “I know I should, but they were trying to be civilized.”
Orrie snorted and they both laughed for a moment, probably a little harder than the situation called for, but that’s stress for you.
“They’re going to be wrapped up in that game for a while. They won’t even notice we’re gone.”
Dalton nodded. “I’ll just go say goodbye.”
Orrie slipped his hand into Dalton’s. “We’ll go say goodbye.”
And that was the best part of this disaster. Dalton didn’t have to do this alone anymore. He had someone on his side now.
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