For those of you who love short stories, the 1Night Stand series is very popular. You get an exciting setting, two great lead characters, steamy sex and a HFN. But as with all HFNs, readers want to know what happens next! Well in my book BEAR IT ALL, you meet young Travis who has a hankering for big, older, hairy guys. Cue John, the bear of BEAR IT ALL. Readers can get a sneak peek of their HEA in Wendy’ Burke’s THE ONE HE CHOSE, where we learn that Travis and John are living in Ann Arbor and building a house together.
But where are they now?
Well, as you may remember, Travis had just taken the bar and wanted to become a child advocate and John was teaching law at UofM. Travis passed, of course, and now he is a guardian ad litem at Washtenaw County Court office. He loves his job. John continues to teach, and spending his free time in the small vegetable garden he talked Travis into putting in their back yard. Travis prefers to go organic by shopping at Whole Foods, and makes sure John doesn’t get carried away with his garden and annoys their suburban neighbors or break any rules of the development rules.
Their house has become the place to watch the Ohio State vs Michigan game and every year the transplanted Buckeye, Travis goes all out to taunt John, even wearing full scarlet and grey to the Michigan hospitality tents with John’s coworkers. Last year Travis even bought a blow up Brutus and had him holding a decapitated wolverine in their front yard, which the neighborhood committee made him promptly take down due to a complaint from his own household. But it is all in good fun and John has big plans to best Travis in this game this fall.
Aside from an occasional, “Is this your son?” from a stranger, most of their friends and family barely notice their age gap anymore, and some of Travis’ friends refer to them as the old married couple, ‘Jonvis’.
Still, the happy couple does feel a few things are missing in their lives. Since their home state of Michigan bans same sex marriage, they are taking a trip to Chicago this weekend to check out possible wedding venues. They haven’t told anyone their plans, but they are hoping for a late summer wedding, right before John starts his fall semester. And of course, a honeymoon at Castillo Resorts in Turks and Caicos where their romance began!
Once that little piece of paper shows the world what they have known in their hearts from their first night together, they are considering adoption. John insists he is too old for babies and Travis has always wanted to make a difference in a child’s life, give them the chance he never had. So they’re hoping to adopt an older boy, or perhaps siblings the system cannot find homes for.
Whether any children turn out to be Wolverines or Buckeyes is anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure they will be growing up in a home full of laughter and love.
BEAR IT ALL—A 1 Night Stand Story
Travis hired 1 Night Stand hoping for a hot encounter with a sexy older, hairy man, someone to make him feel safe and cherished, and John looks custom made to order.
After losing his partner three years ago, John needs to learn how to open his heart and live again. He thinks a one night stand in the Caribbean might be the answer, but when he sees the young, thin and much smaller Travis, he thinks the agency sent the wrong man.
Can desire overcome misunderstanding when these two bear it all? Or will both men walk away from exactly what they need and desire?