Title: Sweet William
Author: Dianne Hartsock
Genre: Gay Romance, Historical Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?
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THE TWO FRIENDS slowed their pace as the wide expanse of Massachusetts Bay came into view. Tall ships at half-mast dotted the bay. William took a deep breath of crisp air sharp with the tang of salt and tar. His heart swelled with pride at the impression his own merchant ship, The East Star, made at the dock. Trim and fit, the ship sat beautifully in the water, cannons displayed as they were cleaned and readied for another voyage.
“She’s a beauty,” Tiggy agreed as the foremost sail unfurled: a white gleam against blue sky. Deck hands swarmed to secure it and check for damage incurred during the last sail. At a shout, William’s gaze swept the deck of the ship, and he found the cabin boy waving from the gangplank. Several sailors joined him, and they made their way across the bustling dock in his direction.
Theodore chuckled. “Looks like you’ll have plenty of protection, dear friend. Handsome ones at that. See you tonight?”
“Of course.” William shook Tiggy’s hand in lieu of a kiss. After his friend left, William tried not to show his interest as the sailors came up to him, but uniforms were so damned attractive.
He bit his lip on a smile and bowed slightly when the cabin boy—a pretty young man he’d saved from the streets in Newport—bobbed his head. “Sir, Captain Knox would like to see you at your convenience.”
“Thank you, Francis. Lead the way.”
He enjoyed the blush that colored the youth’s cheeks before Francis turned on his heels and escorted him to the ship. He gave a rueful smile as he followed. It would be a delight to kiss the sweet boy below deck—he was fifteen, after all, dark haired and lovely— but his vision instantly switched to Freddie, their bodies entwined in some dark corner.
About the author
DIANNE HARTSOCK is the author of m/m erotic romance, both contemporary and fantasy, the psychological thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer. If she can’t be writing, at least she has the chance to create through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage to bring a smile to someone’s face.
Currently, Dianne lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.