Sky’s crush on her best friend has always been unrequited… until they’re stuck in quarantine together and sparks fly.
Rehoboth Pact, 1
Sky’s high school bestie is moving back to the area and staying with her for a few weeks. Easy, right? Not when she’d held a torch for the woman since high school. The moment Mia walks through Sky’s door, those unrequited feelings return full-force. So, when a spreading virus keeps them confined in Sky’s apartment even longer, Sky is screwed.
Mia returns home after a bad breakup, but Sky is the only one who offers a safe place to land. However, the seven years they spent apart has her looking at her best friend through a different lens, attraction sparking with every inside joke, shared dinner, and cuddle on the couch.
That flare of desire fast turns physical. They can’t get enough of each other. Yet, whenever Mia tries for the "where is this going" talk, Sky dodges. Sky lost her sister in high school, and ever since, she’s become ace at keeping dates at a distance. Yet if she doesn’t manage to push past her own fears, she might lose her one shot at happiness with the woman she’s waited a lifetime for.
Release Date: Saturday, March 27 2021
Publisher: Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: BookSmith Design
Genres: Contemporary Romance
LGBTQ+ Identities: Lesbian, Bi
Tropes: Forced Proximity, Unrequited Love, Friends to Lovers
Keywords/Categories: close proximity, best friends, ff romance, lesbian romance, lesbian, romance, bi, bisexual, contemporary, FF
Writing Quarantine Romance During a Quarantine
One of the common things you hear in writing is the old adage: write what you know. While there are great aspects of this—authenticity, a genuine voice, etc, there are also issues with this approach. Fiction authors wouldn’t be able to get very far—especially scifi/fantasy—if they only wrote what they knew. What works far better is to take aspects of your own experience and embellish, distort, and expound upon.
During the quarantine, stuck away from friends and family and furloughed, you’d think the last thing I would want to write was a quarantine romance. Except, the unique situation brought up unprecedented ideas—particularly applying one of my favorite tropes to the quarantine situation: forced proximity. Being stuck in quarantine with my husband actually allowed us to spend more time together, and we took advantage of the opportunity. Of course, that made my romance reading/writing brain get inspired all over again.
What if two best friends who missed their chance in high school got quarantined together? Especially when one them hadn’t been out in high school?
Mia and Sky’s love story unfolded so quickly for me, a tale of yearning, missed chances, and trying to find where you belong. After a bad break up and move home, Mia is struggling with her identity, and even though Sky’s had girlfriends, she keeps them all at a distance. Mia’s the only one who knows her well enough to push past her issues, and Sky’s always been a safe place for Mia to fall. Together, they ignite, but the big ticking clock on this new exploration between them is the quarantine and what happens when the lockdown is over.
I didn’t want to lean heavily into the tragedy of the quarantine—we’re all dealing enough with real life toughness, but I used the situation of being stuck indoors to enhance the romance. What ended up emerging was a beautiful story between the two heroines and their struggles to find love amid their tough circumstances, which is how I came up with the first book in the Rehoboth Pact series…Confined Desires.
Mia twined her arms around Sky and leaned her head against her shoulder. “See, this is why I missed you so damn much.”
Sky froze, unable to move. Part of her melted at this touch, while the other freaked out. The last thing Mia needed was her best friend dumping a lifelong crush on her lap. This close, she could feel the woman’s sleepy heat, and the sweet scent of peaches wafted off her. Sky’s mouth watered—the response instinctual. She forced her hand up to run her fingers through Mia’s silken strands. That was friendly, right?
“Missed you too, babe,” she murmured.
“So, wait, are you working tonight, or no?” Mia asked, pulling away to grab her mug.
“Uh, no,” Sky murmured, mind racing as she tried to come up with an excuse to leave.
Mia tapped the edge of her mug with her fingernail. “Then maybe we could take the day to play catch up?” she asked. When Sky didn’t respond, the words refusing to leave her tongue, Mia’s eyes widened. “I mean, as long as you didn’t have plans or anything. I know I kind of dropped this on you. Fuck, I don’t even know if you’re seeing anyone or who you hang out with anymore.”
“Pitifully single,” Sky responded. “My girlfriend and I split up last year, and I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to get out to the bars or clubs in Philly at all to jump back into the dating scene. Trust me, you haven’t missed much.”
“Bullshit,” Mia said, placing her mug of coffee down. “Get dressed. We’re heading out to Lucky’s, and I’m buying you breakfast.” Her blue eyes twinkled as she doled out the commands, and Sky’s heart thumped harder.
Sky scratched the nape of her neck. “Yes, ma’am.”
She headed to the bedroom, cursing her lack of an excuse. A large part of her was thrilled to be spending all of this time around Mia after so long. Yet the other part of her just wanted to solder metal sheets around her heart.
As if she’d stand a chance with Mia Brownstone living at her house for the next two weeks.
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