Love & Rugby : Season of Love series
Grieving the loss of his husband, Anderson Wagner has spent the past four years existing but not living. The recreational rugby club he plays in and occasional outings with his buddies are the sole bright spots. That is until he met Penn Padlowe a year ago. Sixteen years his junior, Penn ignites desires Anderson thought had died with his husband, but he’s been hesitant to take those first steps toward a life different than the one he envisioned.
The first time florist Penn Padlowe saw Anderson, he was hooked. For the past year he’s flirted and watched the intriguing man, hopeful that the pull between them will lead to something more. Penn understands the grieving process, and realizes that a relationship with Anderson could be risky, but Anderson is a risk worth taking.
An unexpected kiss at a Halloween party changes everything. The more time they spend together, the deeper Anderson falls, grappling with guilt, desire, and the feelings Penn arouses. Each moment they share proves to Penn how good the two of them together can be, and he yearns for Anderson to see there’s room in his heart to love Penn too. With the thorns of fears piercing their relationship, can love blossom between them?
App developer, photographer, and nightclub owner Wyatt Holt’s life is never dull. A frequent traveler, he’s found a home base in Philly and though opening up is difficult, friends who accept his attention-jumping self as he is. But he yearns for someone special to share things with. Someone like Rocco, the burly Italian in his rugby club who calls to Wyatt with every sparking interaction, and who seems determined to keep him at arm’s length.
All work and no play defined chef Rocco Accardi’s life in the years since his second restaurant rose from the ashes of the first one’s failure. Thriving professionally with a team he trusts, he can relax enough to resume playing in a rec league rugby league with his longtime friends. Wyatt’s arrival mid-season tempts him to see if he can make room in his life for someone else, and to break his rule against dating someone so many years away from his own age. Though he tries to stubbornly hold out, Wyatt is hard to resist, and Rocco can’t deny the pull he feels toward the vibrant younger man.
As the holiday season unfolds, Rocco and Wyatt find more in each other than they ever imagined. But Rocco wrestles with loosening the reins at work and fears Wyatt’s penchant for jetting off on adventures isn’t compatible with a life so consumed by his business. And longing for companionship, Wyatt struggles with Rocco’s almost nonexistent work-life balance and if there's a place for him in it. Can they find a way to gift each other what they need most or will they end up alone under the mistletoe?
Florist Seth Stevens loves his job, even if being the sole bearer of his family’s legacy weighs too heavy at times. Needing to hire short-term help for the winter, he’s shocked when his ex-boyfriend Devonte volunteers. For the first time in the fifteen years of friendship since their college romance, both men are unattached. Though he shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, Seth longs to resume what they once had.
Devonte Brooks prides himself on being a good son, a hard worker, and a loyal friend. He’s always ready to lend a hand, and when it comes to Seth, Devonte will do anything for the man who still holds a large portion of his heart. Working at Seth’s gives him supplemental income until the landscaping business he inherited from his uncle resumes in the spring, but won’t solve the problem of a new, rival company poaching his clients.
Spending nearly every day together, the pair realize how in sync they are in work, play, and strive to help each other achieve their dreams. But family ties and new opportunities tug Devonte toward a life that will take him far away from Seth, as they did fifteen years ago. With history threatening to repeat itself, will they choose each other, or will all the petals fall off their blooming relationship?