A Tidewater Short Story. Contemporary, Stand alone, HEA.
Josh found his happily ever after with husband Rick and their malamute Anna, only to lose it again. Rick died in a car crash, leaving Josh with an unsupportive family and nowhere to turn. Months after the incident he still hasn’t found a way to cope, but he’s tired of the black pit of depression. He takes a late-season trip with Anna to their cabin on the edge of Tidewater, hoping to find a way to move on. He doesn’t expect to rescue someone else.
Eli’s work for Fish and Game has brought him up to the mountains once again. He thrives here in the snow and the wild, but even he knows when it’s time to find help. A dead truck battery, no sat-phone, and an incoming storm drive him toward the only cabin around. He collapses at Josh’s door near frostbite. Josh takes him in, but the storm hits hard that night and in the close quarters Eli finds a man more in need than he’s ever seen.
Josh is torn between Rick’s memory and the unexpected, powerful attraction he has for Eli. He’s not ready for anything new, but he desperately wants the comfort and understanding Eli provides. Tidewater’s winter storm just needs to snow the two damaged men in long enough for them to realize they can heal each other.