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He reached out tentatively when Jason opened his eyes, brushing a lock of hair from his face.

Jason started at Sean’s touch before relaxing again. “I don’t mean you any harm, Sean. I told her that. I just want the chance to spend some time with you while I can.”

“If I thought your intentions towards me were less than pure….” Fuck. Sean froze, the words out of his mouth before he had the chance to stop them. “I’m thinking I need to rephrase that.” After the way he’d just touched Jason, his own intentions were definitely moving off that path.

“I think you should.” Jason suddenly grinned, his eyes lighting up. Hope flashed through them, followed by sadness. “Would you mind?” he whispered, lowering his voice so they wouldn’t be overheard. “If my intentions were less than pure, I mean? I… you’re….” He trailed off, licked his lips, then blushed.

The man at the counter called out that their order was ready, and Sean went to collect it and his thoughts. His mind made up, he slipped his hand back into Jason’s, and as they left the restaurant, he paused just outside the door and brushed his lips against Jason’s. It took one hell of a lot of will power not to deepen it, not to kiss him properly, but Sean forced himself to sample the barest taste. Even that was enough to arouse him, more so than he’d reacted to another man in a very long time. “I’m not sure how pure mine are towards you, either.”

“I can’t give you more than a few days, Sean, and that’s not who I am,” Jason said softly, hoarsely.

“I know that, and I’m not asking for more than that.” With the way his love life had been, he’d prefer the memories of a couple of good days than the disasters of his past. He didn’t know this guy, he reminded himself. Hell, he wasn’t sure he wanted anything more, yet there was something about Jason that he couldn’t let go.

Jason averted his gaze, started to say something, and then stopped. “Okay,” he mumbled, squeezing Sean’s hand so tightly it hurt. He let go quickly once he realised what he’d done then took a step backwards, away from Sean.

What had happened to Jason in the past to make him react like this?


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Slow Dreaming by Anne Barwell

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Time Travel Romance

Should he change the past for love?

As an agent for the Tempus Institute, Jason Adams’ task is to observe the past, not change it. But when he’s sent to 21st-century Wellington, New Zealand, during the last week of aspiring songwriter Sean Henderson’s life, Jason finds he can’t just watch from a distance. He and Sean quickly become friends and then lovers, and when the song that’s haunted Jason for years connects them in a way he never anticipated, he’ll risk changing history for the chance of sharing a future with Sean.??


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