Above and Beyond
Author: Andrew Grey
Title: Above and Beyond
Published On: April 10 2020
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M
When Salvatore Adruccio finished his time in the military, he moved on to a life of good friends, cold drinks, and hot men. His job as a bouncer at Broncos is fun and drama-free, at least until sexy but secretive server Elliot Hastings catches his eye.
On the run and in possession of evidence that could expose his stepfather for the dangerous and powerful criminal he is, Elliot doesn’t want to draw anyone else into his troubles. But when a thug catches up to him and Salvatore fends him off, he decides Elliot needs his help, even if he won’t admit it. Attraction quickly heats into passion, but Elliot is wary of commitment when he might have to drop everything and run at any moment. The only way they can be together in all the ways they want is to take out the threat posed by Elliot’s stepfather and his underworld ties.
And Salvatore intends to do just that.
“Leave? Of course. If you have to go, I can let Bull know. That’s not an issue. From the look of things, you’re about done, and I can help you out. I mean, if there’s a family emergency or something.” Salvatore paused to listen to what he’d just said. The guy out front had said that he had come to take Elliott home, and Elliott’s first question was if the guy was packing. What the hell kind of family was this kid from? Elliott couldn’t have been more than twenty-two or twenty-three at the very most, and while he was cute, the guy was also running scared and jumpy. That was for damned certain.
“Not that kind of leave,” Elliott said. “I need to give my notice to Bull and figure out how to get out of here without the guy out front seeing me.” He was nervous as hell, shifting his weight from foot to foot, biting his lower lip so hard that it was already red and a little swollen. Salvatore wanted to soothe the abused skin with his finger, but didn’t.
“Okay. I’ll find Bull, but you need to stay here and don’t go anywhere. Promise me.” Salvatore made Elliott promise and then hurried to the back. “Bull, I need your help.”
“What is it?” Bull asked, looking up from his seat at the desk in the office, where he was preparing the receipts for the night.
“Okay….” Salvatore wasn’t sure where to start. “There’s guy out front who said he’s here to pick up the server Elliott. Said he was going to take him home. I told Elliott, and he went pale, looked like he was going to faint, and then asked me if he was packing. That isn’t like any family I know of. Now Elliott is trying to figure out how to give his notice so he can sneak out the back and disappear. This stinks like week-old garbage.”
“Sounds like something right up your alley,” Harry, Bull’s partner in the business, said with a half smile, like this was a normal occurrence.
“Yup. Come on. Let’s go have a chat with this guy and see what’s up.” Bull pushed back the chair and left the office, with Salvatore following right behind. “Elliott,” he said as soon as he saw him hovering by the bar.
“I need to go.”
Bull shook his head. “You need to stay right here. Who is this man and what does he want with you?”
Elliott blinked like a deer caught in headlights, taking a step back. “It’s best if you just let me go and I can get out of here and disappear again. You don’t need to get involved in this.”
“What?” Bull asked.
“My family. No one deserves to get on their bad side. Just get me out with no one seeing and I’ll be out of your hair.”