Book Title: Love In The
Adventures in Love Book 4)
Author and Publisher: RJ
Cover Artist: Ron Perry
Release Date: December 20,
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Tropes: Older Guys
Themes: Second chance at
Heat Rating: 4 flames
43 000 words
It is book 4 in the New
Adventures in Love series. It does not end on a
It will be available in Kindle
Neil Watkins isn’t too surprised to receive an invitation to
Rob Asher and Ben Rockingham’s wedding. After all, he’s been best friends with Ben’s son
Kyle for several years. But he is excited to be invited to join them on the honeymoon – a
party for a select group of family and friends on an all-expense paid Mediterranean cruise.
He’s hesitant at first, but Kyle convinces him to go. Well, his own love life sucks at the
moment. Maybe he’ll have better luck in the Med.
When he receives an invitation to their wedding and
honeymoon party, Matthew Palmer balks at the idea of joining Rob and Ben on their
honeymoon cruise. The master jeweler, a friend to both men, thinks the offer is way too
generous, but Rob’s best friend Samantha persuades him to rethink his decision. His last
relationship really knocked him for a loop, and maybe Sam was right and he should think
about himself for a change
When Neil and Matthew meet, unexpected and undeniable
sparks fly. Has their luck finally changed? Can this really be their second chance at love in the
As he approached the
hostess at the doorway to the bistro, she looked up at him and said, “Good morning, sir. Are you dining alone this
plea—“ he paused, catching a
glimpse of Matthew sitting alone at a table near the window. “Excuse me,”
he said. “That gentleman is part of the group I’m traveling with. Let me ask if I can join
He strode to the table, hoping he wasn’t making a fool of himself by
intruding on Matthew’s
morning, Matthew. Would it be okay if I joined you. Um, that is, um, if you’re not expecting
anyone.” Dammit, I sound like
an idiot. Don’t be nervous. He’s just a friend.
Neil” Matthew sounded
genuinely pleased to see him. “No, I’m not expecting
anyone and you can certainly join me if you’d like.”
“Thanks.” As Neil sat down,
the hostess came over and handed him a menu.
“Did you sleep
okay?” Neil asked, trying to start
a conversation and not sound like he was daft.
did” Matthew replied.
“I love the water and
find the sound of it very soothing. I left the balcony door open when I was getting ready for
bed last night and that helped relax me after a very exciting day yesterday.” He paused to sip his coffee. “What about you?”
“I did, too,
actually,” Neil said. “That surprised me a bit since I often
have trouble sleeping in a new place. Even though the seas are quite calm, I could feel a
gentle rocking once I went to bed. I think that, combined with the alcohol we consumed at
dinner, helped put me to sleep quicker than usual.”
Matthew chuckled. “Yeah, I drank more than I normally do
yesterday. I’m gonna
need to behave myself on this trip.”
A waiter approached carrying a carafe and asked Neil
if he wanted coffee.
please,” he replied.
“Are you ready to order?” The waiter asked.
“I’d like the fresh fruit with
yogurt,” Matthew said.
“And some wheat
toast, please. Do you have any peanut butter?”
“Yes sir, we
do. I’ll bring some with
“A man after
my own heart,” Neil said with a
laugh. “I love peanut
butter. I’ll have the
same for breakfast, please.”
I’ll be back shortly with
“It’s so nice to find
a fellow peanut butter lover,” Matthew said.
“I have a
confession,” Neil said, blushing a
little. “I may have
packed some single-serve containers in my checked luggage. But I completely forgot to bring
one with me this morning.”
chuckled. “And I wish I had thought of it.”
“Well, at least
they have some on board. And if they happen to run out before the end of the cruise,
I’ll share my stash with
The waiter returned a few minutes later with their
breakfast, refilled both coffee cups, and departed.
“Do you have
any plans for today?” Neil asked,
as he smeared peanut butter onto one of the toast slices.
thinking of walking around a bit and maybe figure out where things are.” Matthew answered. “I still can’t believe we’re on a cruise ship. I mean, everything is so large.
It’s nothing like I
exactly what you mean. I looked at some photos on the cruise line’s website and watched a
video, but it’s still so
much more than I expected.”
Neil sipped his coffee and continued. “I was planning on exploring a bit,
too. Maybe we could check things out together? Might keep us from getting too
“That’s a great
idea,” Matthew effused.
“I gotta admit, it
seemed a bit overwhelming to try and discover things all on my own.”
remember correctly, before we left on this trip, we cruise virgins agreed to stick
together,” Neil smiled brightly.
“We’ve got this.”
The thought of spending at least part of the day with
Matthew made everything seem a bit brighter.
About the Author
R.J. Peterson is a retired
graphic designer. He is an avid reader, preferably while sipping a vodka martini or bourbon
on the rocks. He’s had a long and varied career, including library page, car wash attendant,
travel agent, and graphic designer in the marijuana industry. He also worked in banking for
twenty-five years. He loves to travel and has been on 50+ cruises. When not on a cruise, he
and his husband live in New England.
He didn’t grow up thinking
he’d be a writer. That was never on his radar. Then a fateful day in January, 2021 changed it
all. He woke with a story stuck in his head and started typing. The more he types, the more
ideas he gets.
His debut novel, Love On The
Horizon, was published in May 2021.
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