City Boy by AE Wasp
Genre: Contemporary gay hockey romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Self published
Follow the money or follow your heart? Either way, you lose.
When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a white knight named Dakota, pro-hockey player Bryce Lowery discovers he is most definitely gay.
Being with Dakota opens up a whole new world. Bryce can’t imagine life without him. But he refuses to be Bryce’s dirty little secret. If he wants to keep Dakota, he’s either going to have to come out publicly or retire and walk away from millions of dollars.
City Boy is a first time gay, fish out of water, May/December love story with a happy ending. It features snarky siblings, a dirty-talking farmer, lots of food, and big choices. (No poultry was harmed in the making of this book.)
Introducing Bryce Lowery
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Please tell me about yourself.
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Profession: Hockey Player – Center
Ethnicity: White American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m tall, even compared to other guys on the team. 6′ 5″ Dakota says I look like the Brawny guy when I have my beard and my hair is long. It’s not completely inaccurate. Sometimes I shave, but I’ve come to like the hair a bit longer. And Dakota likes it, so I keep it. I work out a lot. I have to, it’s part of the job.
Tell us about yourself, please.
There’s not much to tell, I think. I’m the oldest of five. My father left when the twins were babies. I was ten. I was already playing hockey, so I decided that I would be the best hockey player ever and support my family from it. I never wanted them to be poor again. It was all I did. All I’ve ever done. I don’t even have a high school diploma. I got my GED when I started playing professionally at seventeen. Hockey is all I ever did. Until now. Until I met Dakota.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Dakota Ryan. He’s amazing. He saved my life when we met. Well, he says he just changed a tire, but he kept me from going over a cliff in more ways than one. He’s 24. A farmer. A real life farmer. He was adopted from foster care when he was six by this hippie couple and then raised on the farm. I never met his parents. They died when he was sixteen. So about eight years before we met. I can’t believe how strong he is. He survived and thrived. He knows so much more than I do about mostly everything. Except how to have fun and let people take care of him, he just added. He’s reading over my shoulder.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
We live comfortably. I’m not going to lie. I made some good money playing hockey for so long. And Julia – that’s my sister – she’s invested it wisely. But I’m not into a flashy lifestyle. We live in the gorgeous farmhouse on our apple orchard/farm. I do love to surprise people and indulge them. Before me, Dakota hadn’t been anywhere but Colorado. My favorite thing to spend money on is taking him all the places I love. Seeing them aging through his eyes makes them even more special. Sometimes, I’ll take a bunch of people, his sister and his friends, my siblings and the kids and just go somewhere fun.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
Oh man. Money is what almost made me lose Dakota and this wonderful life we’ve built. Having too much of it can give you a distorted view of what’s important. And getting it from such a young age, you don’t learn how to solve problems. Not everything can be fixed by throwing money at it. That was my knee-jerk reaction, and it drove Dakota crazy.
Now I see it as a tool, a type of energy. I just want to know that everyone I love will never want for anything. I like taking care of them. I like spreading the wealth. We run a foundation and support a lot of organizations. Children in foster care and making sure low-income kids have access to sports are two of our main causes. Not a surprise, I know.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?
I’m going to answer these together, because the answer is the same. My dad. I want to see him and I never want to see him again. Considering he’s dead, I won’t ever see him again in this lifetime. I only found out he was dead when I inherited the farm and orchard. (But that’s a whole long story.) I want to ask him how could he do it? How could he have walked away from a wife and kids? From a family who loved and needed him? I’m never be able to understand that. Family is the most important thing – whether it’s your birth family or your chosen family.
Oh, maybe I’d want to meet Dakota’s birth parents, too. At least my dad just left. His parents, well, they weren’t so nice. The state took him away when he was a toddler. I think they’re still alive. Probably best I don’t ever meet them if they want to stay that way.
But yeah. I’d want my father to answer all my questions, but I have a feeling there’s nothing he could ever say to make me understand him.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Only from myself, apparently. You’d think I would have known I was gay before I was 34 years old. Other people knew, or suspected. Like my ex-wife.
Then when I fell in love with Dakota, I guess it was pretty obvious, even though I was trying to keep it hidden. I think my mom knew when I picked her up from the airport. She claims it was because I talked about him the entire ride home. She says she kept count and that I said the name Dakota forty-seven time in the hour ride. I think she’s exaggerating.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I’m not good at anything but playing hockey, and that the only thing I have to offer anyone in the world is my ability to earn money doing it. Without hockey, I don’t even know who I am.
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After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love – writing. A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world than can seem all too mundane.
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