Title: Sweet William
Author: Dianne Hartsock
Genre: Gay Romance, Historical Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?
The quiver in William’s indrawn breath touched his heart, as did the tears and small hiccup. He couldn’t recall ever seeing his friend so distraught before. He placed a kiss on William’s flushed cheek. “Is it really so bad?”
William nodded and hid his face against Fredrick’s shoulder. “Of course I forgive you. I did something much worse. I didn’t go to the docks to meet you at all. I’m such a bad person… I’m sure you hate me….” He broke off in a sob.
Fredrick smoothed his dark curls, studied his pretty profile in the flickering candlelight. Love swelled in his chest, making it difficult to speak. “I could never hate you,” he murmured. “Now, why didn’t you want to meet with me?” He played with the buttons on William’s pants. “I certainly want to be with you.”
“Freddie, I want to be with you, too!” William lowered his voice when Fredrick put a finger against his lips. “But you don’t know me.” His voice dropped further, and Fredrick bent his head to hear him. “I’ve been with men. I can’t count them all. And you deserve so much better than that, better than me. I’m ashamed.”
“Sweetest William, don’t cry,” Fredrick begged, feeling the tears on his chest. He put a finger under William’s trembling chin and tilted his face to meet his gaze. “You’re so beautiful, love. Why shouldn’t you have all the men you desire?”
“Truly? Because I don’t want them anymore. I only want you.”
Pleasure flushed through Fredrick, though he cautioned himself that he might be a fleeting passion with his mercurial lover. “Good,” he said, and rolled William under him. “Because you’re the only man I’ve ever wanted.”
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About the author
DIANNE HARTSOCK is the author of m/m erotic romance, both contemporary and fantasy, the psychological thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer. If she can’t be writing, at least she has the chance to create through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage to bring a smile to someone’s face.
Currently, Dianne lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.