Thrown into circumstances beyond their imagining, Ray Connelly and Christopher 'Viv' Vivvens must step beyond their own lifestyles to survive the future. What started out with a small white lie and two men becomes more than either of them ever dreamed.
Ray and Viv learn that love isn't always what they expect but in learning to deal with the road ahead, they realise change can be so worthwhile as they become a family in the greatest sense.
When an ex makes and appearance and tries to destroy their happily-ever-after, the guys need to find out if they have what it takes to beat the odds. With the help of family and friends, Ray and Viv fight their past demons to make their future even better than they ever thought possible.
"Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, what are you doing to me? Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, what are you waiting to see? I loved you more through all of your games..."
Viv's head snapped toward the stage as the young male singer's melodic voice filled the room and drowned out the chatter among the other nightclub patrons. Why this song after all they had been through? Why did memories of her have to come back and haunt him now? Even if it was through the lyrics of a stupid song, sung by a total stranger. Viv thought he was finally getting over Grace from the last time she decided to hurt him by screwing with his brother Daniel's life. Even though he had once loved Grace with all he was, Viv never wanted to see her ever again. Except, right here and now this song put her forefront and centre in his mind.
The one place he didn't need her to be.
"Oh my." Daniel turned to Viv and smiled sardonically. "Now there's a blast from a very fucked-up past. This song makes me hate the fucking bitch even more than I already do. Mind you, at least this guy's way sexier than Grace ever was."
Both men ignored Brie's unsympathetic laugh at Daniel's statement. By the venom in his brother's words, Viv knew without a doubt Daniel was still as fucked as he was at the hands of Grace and all of her stupid mind games. Once she had been so sweet then it seemed like she changed overnight and what she did to Daniel destroyed what she and Viv had together. Viv always had the feeling Brie had somehow been involved in what happened to Daniel but he couldn't prove it, hence the reason she was still here in their lives.
Daniel studied him and Viv realised his brother saw all the emotions he couldn't quite hide as he listened to Grace's favourite song. Daniel didn't know Viv suspected his present girlfriend of being a part of the group that drugged Daniel and uploaded the video to the internet for the world to see. Viv blinked away the unwanted tears of anger and humiliation at the memory of Grace and all the pain she had repeatedly inflicted in his and Dan's lives at the end of their relationship. She was the reason he no longer dated seriously. There was no way in hell he was letting anybody get that close to him again.
"Yeah," Daniel mumbled more to himself. "He's much too pretty." "
Daniel, sometimes the shit that comes out of your mouth amuses me and has me thinking, what the fuck are you on?" Viv chuckled as he tried to divert the attention away from his own unwanted show of emotion over the coincidence of a stupid song. Even though he never meant for what he said to hurt, pain flashed in Daniel's eyes anyway.
God give me strength.
Silence fell between them for a moment and as much as he tried, Viv couldn't seem to take his eye off the young man singing. Viv thought the singer was very pretty... for a man. His hair was short, dark, and spiky, and stood up in odd angles all over his head, like he had been frustrated and had only moments before scrubbed his hand across his scalp. He also had a pencil-thin moustache and stubble. Facial hair looked strange on him, yet in a weird way, Viv kind of liked it. His build was lean but not overly thin. Sweat glistened on his face under the stage lights, and by the way he was singing, he obviously enjoyed what he was doing--he looked happy. More than a few people in the crowd, both male and female, were turned toward the stage ogling the singer, which amused Viv because the guy seemed to be oblivious to them all.
"What did I say?" Daniel asked, his attention was also riveted to the stage when Viv looked in his brother's direction.
Viv studied his brother and got the feeling Daniel was reflecting over everything they had talked about, and again Viv had to agree with Daniel's earlier comments. The singer really was very pretty, and if Viv had to be honest, he was better looking than Grace. Daniel had been right about that. He was probably somewhere in between Daniel's twenty years and Viv's own thirty-two years. Viv wondered whether or not the guy was straight. In his opinion, he didn't think anyone so damn pretty could be straight, and he gave off the 'I'm too sexy to be single' vibe. What the fuck? Where the hell did that thought come from? I'm not gay. I'm not attracted to men, no matter how damn cute they are. More than likely some handsome young man is waiting on the sidelines for him to finish, so even if I was attracted, there is nothing I can do about it. So let's close that door and move the hell on.
Daniel sighed and Viv had a feeling his brother was already infatuated with the man on stage and for some strange reason, Viv didn't like how his brother watched the guy. Part of him wanted to remind Daniel he had a girlfriend sitting at the table with them--a fucking pain in the arse girlfriend, but Dan's girlfriend nonetheless--and to keep his eyes where they belonged and off someone he wasn't dating.
"Just forget it. I didn't mean... I don't want to talk about Grace." He said his ex's name with more than a touch of bitter hatred. "I'm sorry I took my frustration out on you." Viv stared at the singer once more and aimed an intense amount of dislike at him. In his own mind, the stranger entertaining the crowd was the reason he and his brother were now at odds. Well, not odds exactly, more that he was the reason Viv was taking his hurt and self-hatred out on his brother over bringing Grace into their lives in the first place.
Even as he funnelled his misguided resentment toward the stage, he knew his reaction didn't make sense. He didn't know this guy from Adam, and after tonight he would probably never have to see him again. Was it fair to blame the entertainer for his own stupidity? Maybe this was a blessing in disguise. Still, he couldn't seem to take his gaze away from the stranger. And crazier still, his imagination told him the guy was looking right back at him. Viv nearly laughed out loud. The way the music was thumping, for a moment he felt like his heart kept pace.
How crazy is that?
Viv had never classed himself as homophobic, though many people still saw him that way. Why? He never really knew. For him the issue was simple--he preferred girls more. Girls were soft in all the right places. Sure, once or twice--okay, maybe a few times in the past--he had thought some guy handsome, but that was as far as those thoughts ever went. Never once did he have the urge to act upon them. This guy was definitely handsome, but realising this didn't make Viv gay, did it? Viv was used to being around gay men and women and it never really bothered him in the least, especially living with Daniel, who didn't seem to care who he loved, as long as he was loved in return. Maybe he felt this way because he was only twenty and not ready to settle down. Most of his brother's relationships were based on lust and had a tendency to burn out really fast. No matter what, Viv loved his brother exactly the way he was, even if at times Daniel's antics frustrated the hell out of him.