Fashion photographer Dale Walker takes a train to his hometown, relocating there after nursing a broken heart for six months in another city. His train makes an unscheduled stop to take on a mysterious passenger.
For a long time, Valentine Steel has hoped to meet a man who will love him. When he sees Dale on the train, he’s overjoyed to find a vacant seat beside him.
Dale’s immediate attraction to Valentine has him on edge. He doesn’t want another broken heart, and yet Valentine is so magnetic that Dale’s frozen heart begins to thaw.
Valentine sets out to charm and capture Dale in his sparkling aura. He can’t let the chance to have Dale’s love slip away.
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Valentine beamed at Dale. He shone his light on the delightful man before him. He wanted to enchant and spin a web of comfort around Dale. “Thank you.” Valentine allowed himself to imagine placing a strawberry between Dale’s lips and following the action with a gentle kiss. His eyes closed for a second as he brought to mind the special feel of skin on skin, his nose against a man’s cheek as their lips merged softly, and then he opened his eyes to gaze at Dale. I made a good choice for this visit. Already, this feels right. Valentine took a deep breath. The next twenty-four hours stretched ahead full of possibilities. When the server came to take their order, his was extravagant.
He played with the water glass, circling it on the tablecloth and leaving indent trails that reminded him of nebula he’d passed on his journey to the ground.
“Tell me all about yourself, Dale. What do you do? Where do you live?” Valentine thought this was a good way to start a conversation. It had worked in the past.
Dale visibly shrank away from the questions.
Panic gripped Valentine. He raced to fix whatever he’d done. “I’d love to know about you—anything, really.” Emotion must have flooded his expression. He felt the frown on his forehead and the burn of loss behind his eyes. He gazed on Dale as if Dale was already his lover.
Dale’s eyes darkened at him.
That means he likes me, doesn’t it? I hope so...
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