This is what the characters of Shane and Ambrose face in my new release, Knowing Me, Knowing You. They have known each other since they were five and seven. They grew up together. Love grew from that. And it seems that everyone around them knows… apart from them.
Their mothers always thought they had a special relationship, but just thought that they were best friends. Now, twenty-two years after that first meeting between them, Shane is attempting to move on. He’s done with wishing for more and pinning unrealistic hopes on Ambrose.
The story begins just seven months after Shane has decided it’s time to move on. Ambrose, knowing he needs Shane in his life, is back – back with a vision of what he wants his future to be. That future is with Shane.
What I love most about this story is that it doesn’t need that thunderclap. Personally, if someone stood up in the middle of a family dinner and proposed to me, I’d smile stiffly, say yes, then tear strips off them later. Those proposals at pop concerts where people get on stage to declare their love in front of 100,000 people? Nope. That is not me. It would never be me. And it’s not Shane either.
Shane is the bookworm. He doesn’t like the spotlight. He never wants to have Ambrose shout out his love. He never wants everyone to be looking at the two of them. He doesn’t want the thunderclap. Shane’s love for Ambrose is quieter, like him. And Ambrose’s love was just always there – an extension of his high regard for Shane.
Please don’t read this story expecting a huge scene at the end where undying love is declared and filmed, destined to be viewed thousands of times on Youtube. No. Because that’s not Shane. And Ambrose knows that.
Ambrose knows Shane. Shane knows Ambrose. Of course they do. They’ve been together, but not together, for twenty-two years.
This is not the crushing on a stranger on the train type of love between Liam and Jay. This is not the giving-up-my-life-because-I-can’t-live-without-you love that Liam thinks he has to have. It’s not even the I-feel-safe-with-you love that Kee has for Tate, or the I-couldn’t-help-it love between Aaron and Vinnie. Nope. This is… Shane’s story.
Released 30 October 2018
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Loving You #4
From Dreamspinner Press
Can friends turned occasional lovers move beyond past mistakes and wrong assumptions to build something that can last?
Quiet bookworm Shane has a big secret—one he’s kept for fifteen years. AFL superstar Ambrose Jakoby grew up next door to Shane. They were close friends, and Shane supported Ambrose through school.
One night, everything changed.
Before Ambrose left Perth as a scared eighteen-year-old to head to Melbourne and take up his new footy career, Ambrose and Shane slept together.
For the next nine years, they continued a secret friends-with-benefits situation whenever Ambrose was in town. Shane never knew exactly where he stood or how to define Ambrose’s sexuality—and Ambrose didn’t know either. Then last Christmas, everything changed again, and a disagreement strained their friendship. Shane vowed to get over his unrequited love.
But Ambrose is back, recovering from an injury and hoping to make amends. He claims he’s ready for a real relationship. But Shane has to decide whether Ambrose means it and whether his Hufflepuff soul can take the chance.