Sunday Reading Bite – Dawn to Dusk – Lover’s Journey, Book I

Today’s reading bite is an excerpt from contemporary gay romance Dawn to Dusk, which also just happens to be on sale at Amazon this weekend. So if you like this snippet and want to buy the whole thing, you’re in luck! You can get it for 99 cents by the end of today. Now that the introduction is done, let’s focus on the actual reading!

Dawn to Dusk – Reading Bite

“Edi, you forgot your phone,” Damian, my desk mate, said, out of breath from chasing after me.
“Thanks, man.” I took the cell and shoved it in my back pocked. I wasn’t used to it, although I’d had if for a couple of weeks. Bosch, the model everyone with a cell phone had. There was another one, an Alcatel, that was popular among girls because it looked like a colorful toy. I was happy with my black one, thank you very much!
I would have never considered getting a mobile phone on my own, to be honest. They were pointless to me. There were two other kids in my class that had phones and I wasn’t friends with them. My mom didn’t have one, so why bother?
It had been a birthday present from my dad. Of course, my birthday was after the school year ended, but that mattered little to him. Dad had said something in the lines of “now we can keep in contact,” which was code for “it’s your mom’s fault I don’t call you.” Of course, Mom had no fault in this, he was just too much of a coward to talk to her when she answered the phone. So he just didn’t call me anymore.
I had planned on giving it back, but Mom insisted I keep it. I never knew why she cared so much, why she tried to make sure my father and I had a relationship. He sure as hell didn’t care as much! But I didn’t want to upset her, or add to the guilt she was already feeling over him not being there for me. So I said yes, and now I was taking the dreaded thing everywhere. I kept forgetting to turn it on, or forgetting it in my desk at school. Damian had gotten really good at keeping an eye on it.
I went inside the gym and made my way to the lockers. I had a deal with my PE teacher that had held strong for three years now. As long as I stayed on the high school’s basketball team, I could come practice in the gym when there were no classes or when the classes were held outside. Which meant from late April until mid-June when school ended, I spent a couple of hours here, training. It was mostly to build my strength and practice kata. Everything else required other people to train with me.

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The locker room was deserted, as always. With only one week of school to go, everyone ran from PE. It was too hot and there were no showers to speak of. The teachers turned a blind eye to it ever since a kid had fainted from the heat outside. So if you had PE at any point after 11 a.m., or before 5 p.m., you were pretty much not showing up for it all through June.
The phone chimed, a text message. I thought to ignore it, as the only texts I got were from the provider. Something told me to check it though, and I’d learned to trust my instincts.
Hey, squirt. How are ya? Miss me? Robert
I stared at the few words, frozen in place, not knowing what to do. I felt like throwing the phone away, but thought better of it.
Fine. School. The usual.
I watched as notification the message had been sent flashed on my phone, then stood up to change. My phone beeped again and I almost tripped over my kimono in my rush to change. Gi, I corrected myself. My sensei had never used that in training, but I was supposed to start using it, now that I was competing. Kata only, I didn’t like the fights. I won most times, but they weren’t my thing, so kumite competitions always got a no from me, no matter how many times I was asked.
Going to your grandma’s?
What did he care? I considered ignoring the text, but just couldn’t.
Nope, not anytime soon.
I wasn’t exactly lying. We’d go there at some point for a weekend. But this was my second summer working. I’d started the summer before, at the end of my tenth grade. I was working as a waiter in bar with a huge terrace which was conveniently located near my high school. I was only supposed to work summers, but I did the odd shift on weekends and in all my school breaks.
Good, come to Bucharest. I’ll show you around.
What the hell was wrong with him? Like I’d ever go! My heart slammed against my ribcage and my breath came out in pants.

Want to know more about Dawn to Dusk? Here are the details:


Edi’s life is made up of precious moments.

That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.

No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.

Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?

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