Book Title: Robin (Birds of a Feather 1)
Author: Rain Carrington
Cover Artist: Rain Carrington
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Forbidden love
Themes: Poor little rich boy falls in love with his “brother”
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 70 000 words
Book 2 pre-order will be available on release day.
Will Robin ever find the love he’s been denied his entire life?
Coming from wealth but neglected emotionally, Robin Pavasaris flies to Connecticut, in search
of what he’d missed all his life. The love of a parent.
What he got, however, was a wicked stepmother that would rival those in fairy tales and a father succumbed to guilt, silent as he watches his son hurt by another mother figure. Filip Pavasaris is helpless to act. In fact, Robin fears he’ll have no ally in the huge, cold manor.
That’s until his half-brother, Alex, comes home from graduate school. The first time they see one another, it was like Robin had found every dream he hadn’t known he had. Then, he learns their relation and his heart is sore once again.
It doesn’t matter, however, as Alex takes Robin under his wing, teaching him how to survive in the home. The more time they spend together, the more Robin fears he’s falling for his own brother. On top of that, he can never let anyone at Dove’s Landing know he’s gay. Their religion wouldn’t allow a gay son, and he’d lose the millions his mother coveted from his trust fund.
A confession and a kiss breaks everything apart, and Robin runs for his life, and from his heartbreak.
This is an ongoing series, with temporary resolutions at the end of each, along with a few cliffhangers.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: dubcon/noncon, drug use, and more! Please read the warning inside the book.
Robin Pavasaris was hurrying to the den near his room where Troy waited, ready to give him his lessons for the day and something else. Troy was tall and handsome, in a geeky way, but still, Robin thought he was perfect. Not to mention he loved the guy.
Their affair had started months previous, right around his eighteenth birthday. Troy and he had flirted for the last couple years of Troy’s employment as his tutor, but he told Robin he could do nothing about it, since Robin was underage. Once Robin hit that magic, invisible marker, they’d kissed, made love, and since then, the lessons had been cut short in favor of spending hours in bed instead.
When he got into the room, there he was, his boyfriend. Well, technically he wasn’t allowed to call Troy that. Officially, he was Robin’s tutor, but he could have his secret.
“Hey,” he purred.
“Shh. Close the door,” Troy chided. After Robin did just that, he rushed to the table in the middle of the room, the big glass and chrome desk pushed to the back of the room near the oversized windows and sat close to Troy.
After a fast kiss on Troy’s succulent lips, Robin whispered, “I missed you.”
Troy was light skinned and marked with a thousand freckles, and Robin was in love with every single one of them. “Stop horsing around, Robin. You have three finals coming up and if you fail, your mother will kill me. She has to show your grades to your father.”
“I know, but I concentrate so much better after we…you know.”
Robin was terribly shy, but with Troy, he felt he could let his hair down a little. Not that his actual hair could be let down, as short as it was, never growing over the tops of his ears, like his mother liked it. The sandy blond color came from his father, as Chelsea’s was strict black, but he did inherit her cat-green eyes.
“Not now,” Troy told him, impatient. “Work first, and if we have time…then we’ll fuck.”
“Don’t say it like that,” Robin pleaded, his romantic sensibilities unable to see anything they were doing as less than the purest form of adoration.
“Fine. We can make love. Get that book open. I already have your assignments lined out from the website.”
After a long sigh of disappointment, Robin set his mind to task, wanting to do what he had to, to make Troy happy.
He didn’t care much if his grades suffered. He’d always been a straight-A student, so if his grades flagged some, it wouldn’t hurt him much. He’d been accepted into a top college, several, in fact, all far from home so he’d never have to visit if he didn’t want to.
The pages of the book were a blur as he read fast, taking in at least most of the information. He studied in his room at night, and thought he was likely ready for his finals, but he’d never disappoint Troy.
“Okay, finish up with that, study those last four pages, they’re big on the exam, then let’s get to trig.”
“Ugh. I hate trig. I have to think too much.”
He finally got laughter from Troy. “I used to say the same thing. It’ll all come in handy once you get to college.” He softened more and asked, “Are you excited? To go?”
“Yes. Very. I still hope you can come with me.”
“I live here, Robin. You need to go, start your life.”
Like every time he said things like that, Robin’s heart squeezed painfully, and he felt tears springing to his eyes, that he quickly blinked away. “You’re…you’re part of my life, Troy.”
“Right now, I am. Robin, I said we’ll talk about this stuff later. Okay?”
Time felt like it was ticking louder and louder in his head, his heart beating right along with it, faster and faster, until he felt like he couldn’t breathe. “It’s always later, Troy, and this is it! There is no more later! I’m going away after the summer and we’ll… we might never see each other again!”
Troy took his face into both hands and stopped Robin’s tirade with a kiss. At first, Robin tried to pull back from the kiss, but like always, Troy’s warmth, the most warmth he’d gotten from another human in his life, won over his pain. He let himself be kissed, tilting his head and letting his breathing finally slow.
When the kiss ended, Troy’s saliva drying on Robin’s lips, he was again lulled into a sense of love and need. “Let’s get back to work, and I promise, Robin, we’ll talk soon.”
Q & A With Rain Carrington
Before you started, had you written any fan fiction? If so, what fandom?
I didn’t actually write fanfic, but I did start on a platform, Adult Fan Fiction. It was there I met some amazing people who still read me, and are friends to this day.
What was your first published book?
I published Honky Tonk in October of 2013. It still holds a very, very special place in my heart.
What is your favorite sub-genre to write?
BDSM has been a favorite of mine always, but any sort of that style, even a simple alpha male and a more submissive male couple draws me too. I have written many “versions” of it, from a very structured setting to two men simply kinky in their everyday sex.
Would you ever write a hetero romance? Why or why not?
When I wrote a few short stories way back in the day, there were a couple hetero stories, but I much prefer M/M.
What book are you reading at the moment?
It’s okay to give a fellow author a plug! My daughters and I have a small book club, just the three of us, taking turns picking horror novels. My youngest chose My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, which is what I’m currently reading.
What are you currently working on?
I have two books in progress. I just finished book two of Birds of a Feather, and am starting on the third, as well as the third book in my Bear Lake Chronicles.
When creating your characters, do you have models/actors/real people in mind or are they totally fictional?
Both. I sometimes get a thought about a character in my mind and find a model or actor that comes close to matching him or her, but on the other hand, like my Hunter in Honky Tonk, I saw Joe Manganiello and thought, he needs to be in a book…hahaha!
If you write gay romance or erotica, just how descriptive are you in their sex scenes?
I am very descriptive in almost all of my books, but it depends on the tone of the book. I have one, Winter Burning, and it’s an historical fiction, a telling of the struggles and triumphs of two men of indigenous descent. In it, there are a couple sex scenes but I did it much differently than I do in say, my BDSM books. More alluding to it, more than telling every moment.
Do you believe it’s important for you to know the gender of the author? I’ve seen some heated debate on this one, and it’s actually pretty simple for me. If an author doesn’t want you to know, then it’s their business, and no one else’s. HOWEVER, if they portray themselves to be one gender that they are not, makes friends that way, lies to people and such, then that is horrendous. Be yourself or keep it to yourself, but don’t lie and do not hurt people with those lies. We had a woman pretending to be a gay married male once in the community, well, several times, and this woman hurt a lot of people who are dear to me.
What is it about gay fiction and or m/m romance that pleasures you to write it?
I love men, have been friends with them all my life, and gay men especially, because, like When Harry Met Sally warned, it’s hard to be friends with straight guys haha. Writing them complicated makes me happy, because we women sometimes oversimplify them in our minds, and men are complex and interesting human beings. They have an instinct to protect and defend, and yet when they show you their vulnerable side, it’s so real and beautiful. I love delving into both, their tough sides and softer sides, and when all those amazing characteristics come together in a relationship, whether a loving or strictly sexual one, it creates pages I just can’t wait to write.
Name two male celebs that you’d like to see in a hot make out session?
I’m on a Vampire Diaries/Originals kick right now, so choosing just from those two shows alone, I’d go with Klaus Michaelson, played by Joseph Morgan, and Tyler Lockwood, played by Michael Trevino. They are heated rivals in both the Originals and VD over my favorite character, Caroline, but that hatred makes for some great passion! And, you can add in Jackson Kenner, played by Nathan Parsons and of course, Marcel Gerard, played by Charles Michael Davis, who is just…holy moly hot.
Your favorite gay TV show or movie?
I can’t choose between my two favorites. One is Shelter, which I just love and have seen a hundred times at least and my newer fav, Cousins, which is a Brazilian movie. Both are happy ending movies and just over the top wonderful.
Your favorite gay celeb?
Modern day-Wentworth Miller. Not only am I a HUGE Prison Break fan, I really do love Wentworth. I guess after that, showing my age, would be Will Geer. Most know him best as the grandfather from the 70s show, The Waltons. Few knew he was gay, in fact, in later years he did marry a woman and have kids, but he was publicly gay and in a relationship with Harry Hay, who was a major advocate for gay rights and founded Radical Faeries. Don’t get me started on Marlon Brando and James Dean…haha!
About the Author
I love writing, it’s been my dream for many years, and in October of 2013, when my first book went live on Amazon, that dream came true.
Writing love stories that are centered on flawed but lovable characters is my passion. Finding love between people isn’t easy, nor should it be. Even in a book, there have to be obstacles for the story to feel real.
I am a mother of three amazing people, and three adorable fur babies. I live in Colorado but love many other places besides my home. One state in particular is New Mexico, the state where I was born has always held a place in my heart.
People and places make my stories what they are. Each character I’ve written is a part of me in some way. Each place I write is as well. Adventures come in many ways, and each of my stories has taken me on an adventure that I treasure.
Come with me on my adventures and fall in love with my characters, as I have. I promise, you will love the ride.
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