BTB: Sloan Parker’s Missed Connections: I Swear to You

What if you realized you were madly in love with your best friend, only you’d already broken his heart?

What if you knew with everything you were that he was the person you were meant to spend your life with, but he refused to see you?

How far would you go, and what would you say to get him to listen to you?

That was the basic idea I had in mind when I started writing my Missed Connections story I SWEAR TO YOU. I wanted to take two “straight” best friends, alter their lives completely with one passionate weekend, and have them come out of that weekend on opposite ends of the spectrum when it came to accepting they were gay.

That’s usually how my stories begin. With a basic premise that I want to delve deeper into, and from there I explore who the men are, what they want, why they have not gotten it yet, and what they are willing to do to get it—and keep it.

In I SWEAR TO YOU the obstacles to Grady and Mateo’s happiness begin with their own regrets, mistakes, and fears, and it’s an intense, emotional journey as they find their way to a future together. I wanted the more reluctant one to realize he made a huge mistake when he let the other go. Because for both men, they had fallen in love with each other long before the sex.

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