Discover the new voice in m/m stories in Dan Skinner's.....Memorizing You
A coming of age tale unfolds against the colorful, stylish, and turbulent backdrop of free love, revolution, and The Beatles.
Memorizing You by Dan Skinner
Contemporary M/M, Coming of Age
Available at Amazon
Two high school boys from different walks of life: Ryan, a handsome athlete, and David, an average joe from a blue collar family, discover their desires, stealing their kisses under the cover of an old oak at night. Their love begins a secret life, hidden from their families, friends, and classmates. As their passion grows, so does the danger of their discovery. Their only hope is to create a separate world where every kiss is a treasure and every moment... memorable.
First love. Secret love. Unforgettable love.
"I'm right with you." I heard him swimming close to my side. "You're doing great. You're swimming, pal!"
My movements became more frantic, wanting to bring the shore to me closer and faster. Soon my toes were touching the bottom again. The slick rocks. I planted my feet and began walking to shallower water. I could hear Ryan behind me.
"You did it!" he yelled. "You swam. You swam the very first time!" He wrapped his arm around my shoulder and patted my stomach like I'd just won a race. "First time, a winner!"
I laughed with my panicked breath, and sat down on the bank. He was next to me.
"Not that bad, was it?" his toothy grin was alive with enthusiasm.
"No," I lied, water streaming down from my wet hair into my eyes. It was much worse, I thought to myself.
We had our sandwiches and Kool-Aid, spread our towels, and lay in the sun. There was no sound of the outside world, save the occasional plane that flew overhead. It was like our own private Eden. It wasn't long after we lay down that I heard his light snoring. It was like a lullaby that called to me as well. I drifted away in the warm cocoon of our secret paradise.
When I opened my eyes, I could tell the sun had shifted. Late afternoon. We were in the shade of the elms. I was facing the lake. Ryan was behind me. I turned my head over to face him. He lay there staring at me. "Hi," I said.
"Hi," he said back.
I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes. "Whatcha doing?"
He smiled and blinked. "Memorizing you," his voice said, dreamily.
I was silent a moment. I wasn't certain of what he said. I saw a butterfly flit past him. "What?"
"The real color of your eyes. They're not just blue. There's some green. Brown. Black." He pushed my hair behind my ear. "How your ear is shaped like a perfect tulip petal."
A fingertip outlined the dip beneath my nose and lip. It tickled. It made me scratch my nose.
"The way you sit close to the table when you eat. How you hold your fork upside down to pick up your food…"
He was telling me things I didn't even know about myself. I'd never even been aware of him watching me that closely. His hand trailed down from my shoulders to the small of my back. "The hair that grows like golden feathers right in the bend of your back." He rubbed the hair back and forth with the tips of two fingers. I felt it. I'd never known it was there.
"Why?" I asked. I didn't understand the curiosity.
"Because it's important."
What reviewers/readers are saying about Memorizing You....
A Bear on Books Reviews.....Five Stars
"...Dan Skinner, God bless him, has created characters that I know, that I lived with, played with, grew up with, loved, lost, cried over and still love..."
Amazon reader- "...Hence the crying myself to sleep, even after reading the epilogue, which, although it was meant to ease the ache, wasn't quite enough to heal my shattered heart.It's a compliment to the author that these characters affected me so."
Mrs. Condit's Reviews- Five Sweet Peas
"...Just make sure you're prepared for the force that comes between our lovers because once it happens, nothing will ever be the same..."
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