Playing Charlie Cool
by Laurie Boris
Series: Trager Family Secrets, #3 (can be read as a stand-alone)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Gay Fiction
Cover Designer: Paul Blumstein
Release Date: October 1, 2014
With a few humble words, mayoral staffer Joshua Goldberg comes out to the New York press, resigns his post, and leaves his wife. Three months later, he is still skittish about making his relationship with television producer Charlie Trager public.
Charlie understands Joshua’s stress over the divorce and his desire to step back into the political spotlight. But he’s tired of schedule conflicts and frustrated about getting put on the back burner while the pressure ravages the man he loves. Managing some of the most demanding divas in network television has taught Charlie patience. But his cool facade is wearing thin.
Longing to ease Joshua’s anguish and burning for control in a situation that seems headed off the rails, Charlie takes a huge risk that could destroy everything he and Joshua have worked so hard to build.
A twinkle lit Liza’s brown eyes. “You know what I want to see first?”
“A door on my office?” They rounded the corner into the hallway. “Yes, I’d like to see one of those, too.”
“I know. You want to see the new carpeting in the green room. Excellent choice.”
She huffed out a breath and swatted at his arm. “I want to see”—she lowered her voice—“where he kissed you.”
“Ah. Well, you’re gonna have to be more specific. Which ‘he’ and in which place?”
She stopped, and with one hand on her hip gave him an eyebrow that Melanie would have been proud to call her own. “You’re awfully caffeinated today.”
“And you’re so much fun to tease.” He looped his arm through hers. “Right this way.”
He led her around the side of the stage and down the corridor behind it, stopping outside the archive room.
“Here?” Liza peered inside. “The file room? How Jack Lemmon of you.”
“It wasn't in there.” He pointed to the floor. “It was here.”
Her eyes widened. “In the middle of the hall? You kissed the congressman in the middle of the hall?”