The Doctor’s Orders | Heidi Cullinan
Copper Point: Medical #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 20, 2019
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The elevator at St. Ann’s is out of order…but the chemistry between the doctor and CEO is working just fine.
Once upon a time Nicholas Beckert was the boy who stole kisses from Jared Kumpel beneath the bleachers, but now Jared’s a pediatrician and Nick is the hospital CEO who won’t glance his way. Everything changes, however, when they’re stranded alone in a hospital elevator. Ten years of cold shoulders melt away in five hours of close contact, and old passions rekindle into hot flames.
Once out of the elevator, Jared has no intention of letting Nick get away. It’s clear he’s desperate for someone to give him space to let go of the reins, and Jared is happy to oblige. But Jared wants Nick as a lover in a full, open relationship, which is a step further than Nick is willing to go. They’ve traded kisses under the bleachers for liaisons in the boardroom… and it looks like the same arguments that drove them apart in high school might do the same thing now.
Jared’s determined not to let that happen this time around. He won’t order Nick from his shell—he’ll listen to what his friend says he needs to feel safe. Maybe this time he can prescribe his lover a happy ever after.
Jared started to let go of Nick’s arm, then seemed to think better of it, clinging loosely.
Neither one of them wanted to let go of the other. Nick only wished he knew if this were because of the shock, panic, or…
Or what, exactly, he didn’t know.
Well, he had nothing else to do right now but find out.
Definitely he should stop touching the man quite so intimately. He withdrew his hand from Jared’s hair.
Jared clamped it down, trapping it on his own neck. “Please don’t let go.” His breath tickled Nick’s face.
“Are youall right? You were so focused on me. Are you hurt?”
“No.” His voice had a tremor in it, though, and he slid a hand to Nick’s shoulder, holding on. “I… I’m fine.”
Translation: he was a quiet wreck but didn’t want to talk about it. No problem. Nick could work with that, but he wanted some boundaries. “Do you want to lean on me, or…?”
“I felt better when you were petting my hair.”
Was it wrong to feel a rush of lust during an administration crisis? Yes. Except there wasn’t much administration Nick could manage from here. Erin had to handle that part.
The only person he could take care of was the man in his arms.
It’s okay. No one is here but the two of us. It’s okay to let go right now.
“So.” Nick ran his thumb along the thick, tense muscle on the side of Jared’s neck, testing out the touch. He liked how Jared’s breath hitched, how his own blood tingled. They were in a strange cocoon away from the world. “Why am I not surprised you knew about the custodian and the elevator? But it does make me wonder why you let us get on.”
“I was flustered. Besides, Kevin said the company swore it would be fine, that it was just a glitch.”
“I’m going to have Rebecca sue the company within an inch of its life.”
“Funny, Kevin mentioned Rebecca too.” His grip on Nick’s arm tightened. “I know I asked you to do it, but… why are you touching me so much?”
Because my life flashed before my eyes, and when I got a second chance, you were in my arms. He wasn’t ready to say that. Which meant he shouldn’t be doing it.
Except he wanted to keep touching Jared. It was like every time he’d been at a convention and seen the right guy at a bar after too many drinks. Like when in college he couldn’t take it anymore and had gone to those bars even while telling himself he couldn’t, he shouldn’t. This moment was the same except louder, sharper, deeper. Because it was the man who had cracked open the door to this part of himself. The man who had become his friend again after all these years. The man who had just confessed he’d been thinking of Nick all this time.
This moment was more because it was with Jared.
About The Author
Author of over thirty novels, Midwest-native Heidi Cullinan writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after.
Heidi is a two-time RITA® finalist and her books have been recommended by Library Journal, USA Today, RT Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly.
When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading novels and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime.
Find out more at heidicullinan.com