Baxter’s never felt so helpless before. He’s watched over the last few months as his partner’s health got worse and worse. Logan doesn’t eat. He doesn’t sleep. And Baxter can’t begin to figure out what to do with the terror he sees in Logan’s eyes.

Finally convincing Logan to go on vacation, Baxter is committed to using the time wisely. He knows Logan loves him; he’s not worried about anything like that. But something is going on and he’s determined to get to the bottom of whatever it is. He’s got to find out what secrets Logan is harboring before it does irreparable damage and Baxter loses the most important thing in his life. But when Logan begs Baxter to go to a hotel without him and Baxter refuses, he gets his wish. It isn’t anything Baxter is prepared to face, though, and when he finds his own life hanging in the balance, love is put to the ultimate test.

Dear Author,
I love him so much and I hate to watch as he slowly drives himself to the point of exhaustion. Being a lawyer is a stressful job, I get that, but in most cases he just forgets to eat. My cooking can easy fix the problem; after all, he is not dating a chief of 2 star restaurant for nothing. This time is different. He barely eats or sleeps, and if he manages to fall under he wakes up screaming. When asked about it, he constantly says “I’m fine, sweetheart”. But I can’t help but worry. He was always loving and supportive. When I hit a rock bottom, he helped me get through it. So now is my turn. The last straw was when he got into a full bloody panic attack right in front of me. Now every time I close my eyes, I still see his face so frightened and vulnerable. After insisting and pleading, he finally agreed to go on long overdue vacation. Maybe a change of scenery will help calm his mind and, if I am very optimistic, finally trust me enough to tell me what caused all of it.

Photo Description:
Two men are on a beach, one carrying the other. Both are barefoot, in shorts and T-shirts, the one face we can see is happy and smiling.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

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  • Sev Luv
    May 7, 2016

    Sev Luv

    This book is incredibly sweet and I just freaking loved how the story went throughout the book. I kinda wish there was an epilogue though. (view spoiler)[I would've really wanted to read about Baxter & Logan's wedding or 100 years from then on cuz the long lifespan thing, that's pr...

  • Janie
    Sep 15, 2015


    A very different take on a shifter story, but I really liked it. I was on the edge of my seat for awhile. Thankfully I got my HEA. ...

  • Sarah
    Aug 31, 2015


    Cute. A little too perfect at times but it's a short story. I was really irritated how they took their non-choice in stride. I'd have been way more angry. I liked it though. ...

  • Annika
    Aug 29, 2015


    I liked the different than usual angle to the shifter story. But the MCs acceptance of their situation came way too fast.That said, the scenes how both MCs put up a strong front for the sake of their partner while actually being terrified where very well done. The same is true for the ...

  • ѦѺ™
    Aug 19, 2015


    this was a well-written tale. short yet complete in itself and i would not have it any other way. it was also fast-paced, sweet and romantic. the intimate scenes were hot enough and one particular detail made a lot of sense. how could other writers have missed this or failed to mention...

  • cmbookdiva
    Aug 17, 2015


    I've read a lot of shifter books and this one felt so much different in a good way. The shifter world felt fresh and new to me and made me want to learn more about the Siletz Pack and how Logan and Baxter handled being back at home planning their wedding and getting to know their wolve...

  • Kevin
    Aug 2, 2015


    I love gay werewolf romances. This isn't a spoiler because the story is tagged "shifters," The tag was the spoiler for me because I knew the "secret" going in.Here, we have slight variations on the genre, including the rule driving the conflict. It was fun to hear the wolf's voice as w...

  • Brooklyn
    Jul 27, 2015


    Shifters! Yay! ...

  • Sara Testarossa
    Jul 23, 2015

    Sara Testarossa

    I think Grace did a great job with this prompt. It's always nice to get to read an established couple dealing with a new struggle and making it through. The first part of the "secret" Logan is keeping is revealed very early, so the drive of the plot is what the protagonists do about it...

  • Penumbra
    Jul 13, 2015


    Secrets was written for the M/M Romance Group's 2015 Love is an Open Road event. The MCs are Baxter and Logan and this is told in alternating third person povs.Baxter and Logan are an established couple but they are going through some difficult times. Logan has kept secrets from Baxter...