Who knew love could be found at a small-town hot dog shop?
Jack Walters opened his hole-in-the-wall restaurant to serve hot dogs—being a chef is all he’s ever wanted out of life. Love hasn’t worked out for him, so the last thing he expects is to find romance at his shop. But Jack’s been hurt before and he’s leery of the sexy man who keeps visiting his restaurant.
Henry Lord has been all around the world. He’s visited gourmet foodie places and tiny restaurants, but he loves the ambience at Jack’s Hot Dog Shop. He’s also in lust with the sexy owner. Henry’s shy, but he’s determined to get Jack’s attention. There are people who want to use Jack and change him.
Not Henry. It’ll take a herculean effort to prove to Jack that he’s the one for Henry. Good thing Henry believes in love, second chances and finding his home…in Cedarwood.
Reader advisory: This book contains mentions of homophobia, and emotionally abusive exes.
Jack wiped his hands on one of the rags, then tossed the rag onto the cutting board. “I’m taking a break.” He sank onto the chair across from Henry. “Where were we?”
“You were hustling and bustling.” Henry closed his notebook. “Rest.”
“You spend a lot of time here. Are my hot dogs that exciting?” He laughed. “Or are you looking for a job?”
“I like to write here. The atmosphere is conducive to creativity,” Henry said. “But what do you want me to do? I’m game to help out.”
“Want to work the register? Anna writes the amount on the bill and you give them change.” He didn’t tend to use paper order sheets, but if there were three workers and Henry needed to learn the prices, paper would work. “You won’t have to cook. Just handle the money.”
“Why not?” Henry shrugged. “I’m game, like I said.”
He’d just hired a worker…the man he maybe kind of wanted to date. Probably not a good idea. Is it? Jack needed the help. Maybe the time together would show him what kind of man Henry was and how Henry handled stress. Then again, he should probably go out with Henry a few times before he hired him. Oh well. All he’d done was offer a job and could fire Henry if things didn’t work out.
“When should I come in?” Henry asked. “What’s the dress code?”
“Ten-thirty tomorrow. Wear a T-shirt and jeans.” Jack snorted. He’d never had a dress code the entire time he’d owned the shop. “You can say no. It’s not world travel and it’s probably going to be boring.” He had to give Henry an out.
“I don’t know,” Henry said. “Boring isn’t all that bad. I’m here anyway, so why not work for you? Looked like you needed the help.”
“It might not be fun,” Jack said. As much as he wanted to talk Henry out of the job, he wanted Henry to do it.
“Could be fodder for a book.” Henry grinned and held out his hand. “I’ll do it. I can always use the experience. Why not?”
He shook hands with Henry. “True.” He’d pushed and Henry had pushed back. He liked a man who wasn’t a wuss, as Anna put it.
Henry finished his soda. “See you tomorrow.”
“Yeah.” He stood when Henry did and shook hands with him again. “See you.” He’d just hired someone.
Second Chances in Cedarwood
by Megan Slayer
General Release Date: 16th February 2021
Word Count: 35,930
Book Length: SHORT NOVEL
Genres: CONTEMPORARY, EROTIC ROMANCE, GAY, GLBTQI
Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.
When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.
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