Blackbird by Mia Kerick

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Blackbird
By Mia Kerick

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IF I FELL Series, Book 2

Sequel to Hide Your Love Away

Timmy and Cole’s angsty love story continues…

Last year, in Timmy Hale’s junior year at Edgewater University, he set his romantic sights on Colton “Cole” Ledger—a burly and sometimes over-protective dormitory maintenance man. Cole soon had it bad for sleek and snarky Timmy too, and—despite a bumpy road (a frenzied stalker and an uncooperative son)—before year’s end they’d found love. Now, in Timmy’s senior year, the couple has left the dormitory behind. Cole is back to running his own custom construction company, and they’ve turned an antique Victorian home into a love nest. For a while, life is good.

But insta-love comes at a cost, and for Timmy and Cole it’s steep. Cole’s doubts haunt him: he’s almost certain he’s too old for Timmy, and that he’s pushing him into a life he’ll eventually resent, keeping him from spreading his newfound wings and taking flight toward his best future. Acting on his fears, Cole pressures Timmy to accept an internship in Manhattan—far from the home they’ve built together. He means well, but Timmy feels like a baby bird kicked out of the nest too soon.

Tensions rise until fear, resentment, and desire draw Timmy and Cole into explosive conflict. When the dust settles, will Timmy wing away like a young blackbird, or return to nest with Cole in their happy garden home?

For maximum enjoyment, read Blackbird after reading Hide Your Love Away.

Stay tuned for Book 3 in the IF I FELL Series, Come Together, coming in January, 2022.

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“Well, climb in. I need my heating pad,” Timmy says.

I slide into the bed and fit myself to my lover’s slender form. “Are you shivering?”

“Can’t seem to get the chill out of my b-bones,” he admits, his voice breaking.

“Good thing warming you is one of my greatest pleasures.” I wrap my arms around his shoulders. His skin is cool; it reminds me of how it felt to hold the old Timmy. The Timmy who held his feelings back. He was the coldest young man I’d ever come across.

“How will I stay warm in Manhattan?” he asks in a childlike voice.

I find myself gasping, and I quickly slap my hand over my mouth to stifle it. Is Timmy implying that he needs a man in his bed to provide the warmth that will stop his trembling? And would any man do? “I’m sure you’ll manage.”

He makes a huffing sound I don’t know how to translate.

“You’re young,” I say.

“So the fuck what?” he replies.

“The world is your oyster.”

My oyster? Are you for real?” More rhetorical questions. Defensive posturing on Timmy’s part, to be sure.

“Your opportunities are endless, Timmy.”

You’re pushing me away, Cole.”

Timmy has always been too perceptive. I scramble to a sitting position, so my bare back is pressed against the bed’s solid headboard. “I only want you to be sure.”

“Sure of what?” he asks.

“Of this…Of us.”

“And you think leaving you and my home will prove something to me?” Timmy hurls another of those harsh huffs into the darkness. “I think it will only prove something to you.”

He could be right. Not that I’d ever admit it.

“You made this bed, Cole.”

He isn’t speaking literally.

For the first time I can remember, we drift off into two separate dreamworlds.

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Catch-up on the series with
Book 1: Hide Your Love Away

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IF I FELL Series, Book 1

Too young.

Too damaged.

Too close to Cole’s enormous secret for comfort.

Rough and tumble Edgewater University maintenance man Colton Ledger should keep his distance from the sleek and snarky college junior who has caught his attention. After all, Timmy is half his age, not to mention that Cole has a secret life he can’t afford to reveal. So why is he compelled to undermine the young man’s cocky game and lure him into his private life?

As the product of an unwanted late-life pregnancy, Timmy Hale has been emotionally shattered by a loveless upbringing. After years of desperate attempts to garner attention from his apathetic parents fail, young adult Timmy changes course. He hides his feelings of vulnerability behind meaningless sex, endless partying, and a big, bad attitude. Until Cole comes along…

When trouble finds Timmy in the form of a dangerous and relentless stalker, Cole must decide if Timmy is worth the risk of coming clean about the confidence he’s obliged to keep, as Timmy weighs the potential havoc falling in love could wreak on his heart.

Hide Your Love Away is Book One in the IF I FELL Series.

Age Gap, Hurt/Comfort, Keeping Secrets, Opposites Attract Adult Contemporary MM Romance.

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About the Author:

Award-winning gay romance author and mother of four, Mia Kerick, knows that a satisfying romance novel is riddled with challenges. For true love to prevail, the leading men are going to have to put in some effort. But the HEA is oh-so rewarding.

From Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester to Brokeback Mountain’s Ennis and Jack, Mia has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature. Her contemporary gay romance focuses on such steamy tropes as hurt/comfort, forbidden love, and enemies/friends to lovers. She firmly believes that sometimes you have to break his heart to save him. In Kerick’s books, the course of true love truly never does run smooth.

Mia’s books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine. They have won a 2019 IPPY GOLD award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, a 2018 YA GOLD MOONBEAM Children’s Book Award, a YA Readers’ Favorite Award, several Gold Rainbow Awards in YA and adult categories, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, a YA Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award, and more. Mia cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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