Mother Parker | Rhys Everly
Mayberry Protectors #1
Release Date: August 1st, 2022
Divorced. Beaten down. A failure. Until a ray of sunshine comes into my life…
People call me Officer Grumpypants, but wouldn’t you be if life kept knocking you down?
My life is an endless sh*t list that I can’t even begin to unravel.
It all started when my parents died.
It continued when I was forced to sell my house.
And it all came to an epic conclusion when my wife walked out on me.
What I need is to get my mind in order and my life back on track.
So when my old commander offers me a job in Mayberry Holm, I grab the opportunity by the balls.
I’m ready to put my head down and my hands to work.
What I wasn’t planning though was becoming pet food for crows by this infuriating little man who throws seeds at my face.
Or being hired to help said man with his new store.
Or having to protect him from a bunch of criminals that prey on his softness and sweetness.
Even though he drives me insane, I can’t stop thinking of him. And even though he’s annoyingly cheerful, I can’t help but smile around him.
Or fantasize about him doing… naughty things to me.
What the hell is happening to me? Am I falling for the young, bubbly, pink-haired man? And is it too late to stop it?
Welcome to Mayberry Holm, a small island in the Atlantic full of crime, secrets and happily-ever-afters, and the ex-Navy SEALs that come to deal with them all.
“All right, Mr. Dorothy, calm down,” he said.
Despite my snap, he didn’t look offended.
“Dorothy? Why Dorothy? This isn’t Oz, sweetheart,” I said.
Did I really need to add the sweetheart to my reply?
No. No, I didn’t. And yet I had, for no reason whatsoever.
“I’m not talking about Dorothy from Oz. I’m talking about Dorothy Zbornak. The grumpiest of the Golden Girls.”
Was he even alive when The Golden Girls was on?
And how was that relevant?
And most importantly, why would he call me by one of their names?
“Dorothy?” I grunted. “And if I’m Dorothy, who the hell are you? Blanche?”
Hwan was definitely a Blanche. He looked effortlessly flawless. Never mind the constant smile on his face, which I was pretty sure was flirting, but I could be wrong.
Not to say anything of the fact he was completely irresistible. Or must be. I assumed. I wouldn’t know, of course. I wasn’t gay.
But if the men he dated felt even an inkling of the…frustration I felt around him, then he must be irresistible.
“Bla—Bitch, I’m Rose, and I own it. Now finish that tea, princess,” he said.
Had he really just called me princess?
And had he really just snapped at me?
He raised an eyebrow and a hint of a smirk before he spoke again.
“That ice is going to melt and ruin your drink. So…hurry up, Mr. Dorothy.”
First, he calls me princess, and now he keeps calling me Dorothy? Who the hell did he think he was?
I started shaking the drink, and naturally, since I was trying to prove a point, the whole thing exploded on me.
“For fuck’s sake!” I shouted, and was it my imagination, or did Hwan jump at my outburst?
“It’s okay. That’s fine. It happens to everyone their first time.”
And there he was with his virgin hints again.
Was he trying to get a rise out of me?
Well, if he was, I was just serving it to him on a platter.
About the Author
Rhys Everly-Lawless is a hopeless romantic who loves happily-ever-afters.
Which would explain why he loves writing them.
When he’s not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.
He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romances as Rhys Lawless.
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To celebrate his new release, Rhys is giving away a signed Paperback of Mother Parker (Open Internationally)