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Picking pockets and stealing
cars, Adam Reyes does what he must to survive. Working Chicago's
O'Hare airport, he feels pretty confident when he spots his
Security expert Rhone Quinn can't believe the wiry kid who
grabs his cell phone almost gets away with it. Logic says
turn the teen over to the cops, but Rhone is a man who trusts
his instincts, and his gut tells him to offer the young man
a job and a chance to begin a new life. Little does Rhone
know that when he makes this choice it will forever change
his life, too.
Over the years that follow, a mentor relationship turns into
a unique, abiding friendship. It eventually leads to true
equality between Rhone and Adam when Adam becomes a full partner
in Quinn Security. Unbeknownst to Rhone, as time passes by,
Adam is also falling deeply in love. With Rhone. Who isn't
gay. And who doesn't know that Adam is.
Then, one day, Rhone discovers the truth. Will Rhone's new
awareness of Adam's feelings bind the men together even more
intimately, or tear them apart for good?
“…Sometimes it feels like the world has turned
its back on you. You feel helpless, hurt and alone. But when
someone shows you that they are willing to support and love
you, it's like Finding Home . Cameron Dane
has written a story about the plight of so many
of our young people, and allowed for a happy ending some may
wholeheartedly wish for but never receive. Adam is sweet-natured
with a gentle spirit. His family's rejection was a blow that
cautioned him against openly showing his love and sharing
his secret desires. Rhone, I believe, cared about Adam from
the moment he looked in his eyes. Watching the strong man
exhibit signs of being in love and at the same time being
in denial had me shaking my head. When Adam and Rhone finally
made love it was like watching the last pieces of a puzzle
being put into place. Their hearts, souls and minds seemed
to come together. Ms. Dane is fast becoming
one of my favorite authors. She has a way of creating characters
with the ability to speak to your heart and whisper desires
you had no clue existed. Adam whispered unconditional love
in my ear constantly throughout this book. Finding Home
will claim your attention until the last word is read.
This is a story you don't want to miss.”
--NeNe from Fallen Angel Reviews
“…With Finding Home, Cameron Dane has
once again penned a well-written and interesting gay contemporary
romance with an unusual set-up for a novella. The first half
is done in short sections, each one covering a portion of
a year in the lives of these two men, giving you snippets
of information and showing how their relationship is changing
and growing. It's the second half, written in the present,
where you see the culmination of their feelings, and the truth
of Adam's love for Rhone is finally revealed. The personal
emotions that Adam and Rhone have for each other have grown
for so long, that straight Rhone doesn't even realize why
he's been miserable since Adam moved out of their apartment…that's
he's been missing the other half of them…I have to applaud
Ms. Dane. She did an excellent job of describing both Adam's
love for Rhone, and Rhone's new found acceptance of his unexpected
sexual feelings for Adam, without the scenes being mushy,
trite, or overdone. But get your fan ready. When these two
old friends/new lovers finally get together, the sex is emotional,
hot, and explosive, taking up the vast majority of the last
--Mystical Nymph from Literary Nymphs Reviews Only
"...Finding Home was an amazingly
interesting story about the growth of love between Rhone and
Adam. Ms. Dane used a different premise than most authors
and took her beautiful plot through years in a novella. There
was quite a bit of hot sex between some of the characters...Rhone
was a kind and loving man who helped teach Adam how to be
an equally great man...The secondary characters filled their
positions wonderfully...There were twists and turns throughout
the plot, some of which were unknown until the end. This was
not confusing to me because it was obvious that the author
knew where she was leading me. This is the first story that
I have read by Ms. Dane and I highly recommend it. As for
me, I'm going to look for her other books to read."
--Marcy Arbitman from Just Erotic Romance Reviews, a five
"...Cameron Dane writes with such
passion. She draws the reader in and makes them love her characters.
I loved Adam from the beginning. It was such an emotional
ride traveling with Adam as he struggles to survive on the
streets and then deal with feelings and emotions that everyone
tells him are wrong. The passion between these two characters
and the longing Adam feels toward Rhone truly makes this a
keeper. I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking
for an emotional, sexy story between two equally sexy men."
-- Sandra from The Romance Studio, a five heart review
“…Adam’s and Rhone’s characters
are very appealing and well developed and the author does
a good job on the supporting cast who add depth to the story…The
sex is great but you have to read the book to find out who
is doing what to whom… Finding Home is delightful
in concept and execution, with excellent pacing and terrific
characters and I think that Cameron Dane’s characterizations
are what made this book such a good read. The story kept my
interest from the beginning as I became invested and wanted
to find out what was going to happen next… This is the first
book I have read by this author and I’m looking forward to
reading other stories.
-- Jessewave from Rites of Romance Reviews
Finding Home Excerpt 1: PG-13 for language
Finding Home Excerpt 2: PG rated
Excerpt #1 Rhone
and Adam doing a bit of work together
Rhone yanked Adam into an alcove and pulled
the younger man into his arms. Adam jerked against him, but
Rhone slid his arm around Adam's waist and held him close.
Leaning back against the brick wall, he tucked Adam against
him in a lover's embrace.
While watching the street out of the corner of his eye, he
dipped down and put his mouth against Adam's ear. "Tell
me you can see him from over my shoulder." He pretended
to nuzzle Adam's neck. Christ, the man really did have the
warmest skin. "If you look to your right, he should be
seated outside that pretentious little bistro."
Chuckling, Adam dipped his forehead and rested it against
Rhone's shoulder, stifling a bigger laugh.
"Well, I'm not wrong," Rhone said, affronted. Still,
Adam shook with suppressed amusement, so Rhone squeezed him
around the waist to get him to stop. "It's an uppity
little place that charges twenty-five bucks for a fancy burger
"Did a date not go well there?" Adam asked softly.
His breath tickled against Rhone's neck, and the hairs on
Rhone's arms under his shirt stood on end. Before Rhone could
concern himself, Adam shifted excitedly against him. "Wait,
wait." Confidence and new life suddenly infused his voice.
"Someone just joined our guy. A young woman. Damn it,
she just kissed his cheek, and we didn't get it. Let me get
my phone." As Adam dug his hand into his front pocket,
his knuckles grazed the front of Rhone's jeans. Rhone's cock
twitched automatically, seeking the touch. Quickly, Adam pulled
his hand from between them. "God, I'm sorry."
"Don't worry about me," Rhone whispered harshly.
"Take the fucking picture so we can get out of here."
"I am, damn it." Adam adjusted slightly again, and
Rhone could feel the flat of the phone resting against his
shoulder. "I'm not gonna blow this chance to prove myself
to you. I'm not an idiot."
"I never said you were." A couple walked by, and
Rhone caressed his hand down Adam's back to his ass, cupping
and kneading the firm cheek. Letting his palm linger and the
tips of his fingers slide between Adam's legs from behind,
Rhone watched as the man and woman gasped and hurried by,
noticing only that one man touched another intimately. They
never even glanced at the phone Adam had poking out over Rhone's
shoulder. Jesus, Adam feels all sleek and full of hard
muscle under my fingers.
Curling his digits against a bizarre desire to reach farther
in, Rhone slid his hand back up to the small of Adam's back.
"How are we doing? Have they done anything else?"
"Whoa." Adam whistled low, brushing more warm breath
against Rhone's neck. "He just ate about half the girl's
face in a kiss I don't think the people sitting next to them
appreciated seeing. Will that do for the wife, or do we need
to trail them and see if they hit a motel?"
A familiar pain settled in Rhone's heart. Christ, he hated
this part of his job. The cheating spouse never disappointed
him. "No, that ought to do it. If she wants more, we'll
follow him around again tomorrow."
"I don't think I'd want to see it," Adam murmured.
He pulled back, showing Rhone solemn, dark eyes. "I feel
bad that I got excited for a minute catching the husband being
unfaithful. We did the job, but now I feel a little sick."
"That's because you have a good heart." Rhone resisted
the strange urge to hug Adam and promise him that plenty of
good people still existed in the world, ones who didn't cheat
on their significant others. People like Rhone. God, where
did that come from? Instead, he reached down and took
Adam's hand, linking their fingers together. They had a job
Adam's gaze widened and darted up to Rhone's, full of panic
"In case the professor or his woman friend saw us duck
in here," Rhone explained. He tugged Adam out into the
sparse flow of foot traffic. "Just like if we were a
man and woman, we need to maintain the image of a couple until
we get back to the car."
Adam straightened and walked by Rhone's side, their fingers
intertwined, swinging just a little bit in what made them
look like a new, eager, young couple. Adam's palm sweat terribly,
but he couldn't make it stop.
Rhone squeezed and gave Adam's hand a little shake. "Don't
worry so much. You did a great job. You maintained your focus
over the course of a long day, and you asked me a lot of good
questions." Rhone's voice remained steady, and he maintained
their leisurely pace to the vehicle. "You've earned the
promotion from gopher to trainee. I know I won't regret it."
"Thanks." Adam felt his face flush.
He had the fleeting, terrifying thought that he wished they'd
parked the car a million miles away. …
Excerpt # 2: Becoming closer friends.
Adam got home as soon as he could. Canin
came out of the hallway to greet him.
"Where is he?" Adam threw his briefcase on the floor
by the door and rushed toward the hallway. "Has he come
"No." Canin stayed close on Adam's heels. "He
locked the damn door and won't let me in. He won't speak to
me, either. I've tried everything, even threats of kicking
in the door, but I can't get him to respond. I thought maybe
you could get through to him."
Thirty-six hours ago, Rhone and Canin had lost their grandmother
in an interstate pile-up involving some twenty cars and three
trucks. Getting the news at work, the blow clearly had devastated
both men. Kasey and Adam had kept all appointments and the
business running while the brothers dealt with making arrangements,
but a half hour ago, Canin had called Adam, frantic about
Rhone's behavior. Adam had left a late meeting right then
and there, asking for no further explanation from Canin and
giving no excuses to the client.
"Listen" -- God, Adam hated to do it, but knew both
men would want him to -- "I know you don't want to, and
it's shit timing, but I left Kasey alone at the TechCor meeting…"
"Yeah, of course." Canin nodded, even as his bloodshot
gaze drifted back to his brother's bedroom door. "You…and
him…it seems like you guys can talk about anything. Maybe
I'm too much a reminder of how we grew up and how much we
needed our grandmother all those years. I don't know, damn
it. He won't talk to me." Dark circles stood out stark
on a washed-out face, the lower half covered with two days'
growth of stubble. Canin's eyes brimmed with sudden wetness,
betraying how much it killed this man to ask for help with
his baby brother. "Find a way to get in there and take
care of him, Adam. Please. I can't lose him too."
"I'm not leaving his side. I promise." Adam looked
to the door himself and almost felt as if he could see through
it to the broken man on the other side. His heart ached in
accompaniment, beating with something well beyond friendship
or a crush. "I'll take good care of him and call you
on your cell with updates. I know it's a lot to put on your
shoulders, while you're trying to deal with this loss too,
but if you can be available for Kasey while she takes the
lead right now… I know Rhone wouldn't want to lose clients
because we're all focused on him."
"No, he wouldn't." Canin's hard face softened with
open love for his brother, and Adam fleetingly wondered why
he didn't feel for Canin that magnetic pull he suffered every
time he got within ten feet of Rhone. "Don't worry about
me; I can take care of myself, and I'll make sure the business
doesn't suffer, either. Just focus on Rhone. I'll talk to
Canin left, and Adam took off his suit jacket, preparing to
do battle. He tried the knob on automatic, but other than
a rattle, it didn't turn. "Rhone?" Adam knocked
softly and then opened his palm against the wood. "Rhone,
it's Adam. I'm worried about you. Can you open the door, please?"
Pressing his ear against the cool surface, Adam strained to
hear something, anything, on the other side. He didn't
even get a rustle of bedding or the padding of feet on hardwood
flooring. Trying again, Adam added, "We don't have to
talk if you don't want to. I just need you to open the door
and show me that you're all right."
God, Adam didn't want to break down the door. And with the
hinges on the other side, taking it off wasn't an option.
Besides, he would never violate Rhone's need for privacy while
he grieved. Adam just had this frantic racing in his heart
that told him he needed to know that Rhone was okay on the
other side of this door. Not to mention that if he didn't
get a response within a few hours, Canin would do
something drastic, out of fear for his brother's safety.
Rhone would hate that.
Adam slid to the floor. Pressing his shoulder against the
outer frame, he laid his head against the door. "Rhone?"
Desperation registered Adam's voice a little bit high and
scratchy. Through his constricted windpipe, he said, "Listen
to me. You don't have to let me in; you don't have to say
a word. Just give me something. Please." He looked down
and saw the glimmer of what was probably a lamp, giving off
a hint of light from the bedroom. "Just slide your fingers
under the door so that I know you can hear me and that you
haven't hurt yourself. That's all I ask."
An agonizing moment passed wherein Adam held his breath the
entire time. Then, the blunt tips of three fingers and a pinky
appeared through the crack at the bottom of the door. A small
sob escaped Adam, and he clutched his hand around those digits,
needing to feel them as well as see them. Rhone didn't pull
away, so Adam kept Rhone's fingers under his, unwilling…no,
unable…to let go.
"Thank you," Adam whispered through the barricade
of the door. "We'll just sit like this for a while. However
long you need." He settled his shoulder and head in a
more comfortable position, holding onto Rhone as he adjusted
for a long night.
* * * * *
Hours later, Adam awoke with a start, groaning as his back
tightened in a spasm from the awkwardness of his position.
Coming alert quickly, Adam breathed a sigh of relief as the
tingle from Rhone's rough fingers still holding onto his shot
up his arm and straight into his heart. Unfortunately, pressure
pushed against his bladder and made its need clear too.
"I have to use the bathroom." Adam slid his hand
off Rhone's fingers. Coldness immediately prickled goose bumps
all along his arms. "I'm not leaving you. I promise I'll
be right back."
Hating to part from Rhone even for a minute, Adam pissed quickly,
pausing only long enough afterward to make another call to
Canin. After giving him an update and getting specifics about
the funeral arrangements, Adam made his way back to Rhone's
bedroom. He didn't see Rhone's fingers sticking out from under
the door and had two seconds of panic that he had lost his
small foothold with the man. Then, Adam noticed the smallest
crack in the door, and his entire body seized with longing
and the need to nurture and comfort.
Oh, God, he's letting me in.
With his fingers shaking, Adam pushed the door open all the
way and stepped inside. ...
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Cameron Dane, Author. Loose Id, Publisher.
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