Title: Can’t Live Without You
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Sept 12 2016
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Justin Hawthorne worked hard to realize his silver-screen dreams, making his way from small-town Pennsylvania to Hollywood and success. But it hasn’t come without sacrifice. When Justin’s father kicked him out for being gay, George Miller’s family offered to take him in, but circumstances prevented it. Now Justin is back in town and has come face to face with George, the man he left without so much as a good-bye… and the man he’s never stopped loving.
Justin’s disappearance hit George hard, but he’s made a life for himself as a home nurse and finds fulfillment in helping others. When he sees Justin again, George realizes the hole in his heart never mended, and he isn’t the only one in need of healing. Justin needs time out of the public eye to find himself again, and George and his mother cannot turn him away. As they stay together in George’s home, old feelings are rekindled. Is a second chance possible when everything George cares about is in Pennsylvania and Justin must return to his career in California? First they’ll have to deal with the reason for Justin’s abrupt departure all those years ago.
“So you made it big and you never looked back,” George said to Justin.
“I worked hard and got lucky. But it’s hard not to look back.” Justin talked softly, and George noticed that a lot of heads were turned their way. “There are people I have missed since the day I left.”
George didn’t dare hope that he was one of them. His heart did a little leap anyway, and he looked down at the table and began eating once again.
“Mr. Hawthorne, would it be okay if I got your autograph?” a teenage girl asked as she came to stand next to the table. She held out a small notebook in shaking hands. George watched as Justin took it from her.
“Of course. What’s your name?”
“Carrie,” she answered softly, and Justin signed the autograph. “I heard you grew up here.”
“Yes. I used to come into this diner with George here when he and I were about your age.” He smiled at her as he handed back the book.
“I just love your movies,” she told him, clutching the notebook like it was a precious object.
“Thank you. Are you still in high school?”
She nodded. “Tenth grade. I’m in the drama club, and we’re trying to raise money for our winter production.” She looked over toward a table and then back at Justin. “We’re selling candy bars.”
“How much are they?” Justin asked.
“Two dollars,” she answered.
“Here.” Justin pulled out his wallet and handed the girl a fifty-dollar bill. “I’ll buy one, and you keep the change to help with the production, okay?” She took the bill and raced back to the table, then brought Justin his candy bar. “Thank you.” He took it gently and shook her hand. Then the girl half floated back to her table, and Justin returned to his lunch as though nothing had happened.
“That was incredibly nice,” George said.
“Justin is always nice,” Ethan said. “He always has been. That was part of what attracted me and why I wanted to help him. If someone didn’t look out for him, he was going to be chewed up and spat out by the sharks.”
George nodded slowly. “Have you thought about where you’re going to stay?”
“We stayed at a hotel last night, but we haven’t given any thought beyond that. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be walking into, so we didn’t make any plans. If I had to, I figured we could go back to Baltimore, stay there, and fly home.”
Obviously Justin hadn’t been expecting any sort of welcome in his hometown. As much as George had wished for years that Justin had stayed with him, he had to admit that, at the time, there had been little here for him. Maybe leaving had been Justin’s only choice. It seemed to have worked out for him, but it most definitely had left footprints on George’s heart.
“Has there been anyone else?” George asked, no longer able to hold off asking what he really wanted to know. He wanted to know if Ethan and Justin were a couple. It was hard for him to tell by the way they acted. They were close; that was obvious. But Justin had introduced Ethan as a friend.
Justin leaned over the table, and a tingle of electricity went up George’s back. He wanted him to lean far enough that George could meet him and find out if the way he kissed had changed or if his lips tasted the way he remembered. George swallowed, parting his lips slightly.
“If you’re asking if Ethan and I are lovers, then no. We never have been. I’ve dated a little. But mostly I’ve worked and worked. Guys don’t want someone who’s on set for three months at a time.”
George met Justin’s piercing gaze.
Your novel Can’t Live Without You has hit the Big Screen Pick a few of your Characters and tell us who you would have play them. Tell us why you would have chosen each celebrity do they have similar features or attributes or some other reason you would want them to betray your characters on the Big Screen.
George – I see George as the quiet small town guy so I think I’d like the Kate and Leopold Hugh Jackman to play him.
Justin is out and about, a Hollywood actor, but that isn’t the kind of man he really is, deep down. I have trouble picturing someone to play him. But I’m going to choose Scott Eastwood. He has a great look and a face that portrays doubt and self assurance when needed.
Ethan – Justin’s assistant and long suffering friend. J I really see him as a guy next door. Someone like Ryan Guzman
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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