Better Be True by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday
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Better Be True by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday
Series: Harrison Campus #3
Publisher: Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday (Self Published)
Release Date: August 3, 2020
Subgenre: M/M Romance
Two friends. One bed. A big Italian Wedding.
Nico Amato is in trouble.
He’s in love with his roommate. Who’s hung up on his ex. This so isn’t part of his summer plans.
Luke’s an all-American jock, a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. The kind of guy who thinks Nico is too much. That doesn’t stop Nico from pretending to be Luke’s boyfriend, once, twice, thrice . . . A friend does what a friend does to make an ex jealous.
Just . . . How many favors before Luke gives up on his ex?
Lucas DeRosa has a problem.
His roommate pushes every one of his buttons.
Every. Damn. One.
This so isn’t part of the script.
Nico is flamboyant, a tight jeans/purple blazer kind of guy. The kind of guy who thinks Lucas is boring.
That doesn’t stop Luke from pretending to be Nico’s boyfriend again, and again, and again . . . A friend does what a friend does to repay a favor.
Just . . . How many favors before he wins Nico’s heart?
“Better Be True” is a roommates to lovers, fake-boyfriend, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract novel can be read as a standalone. The Harrison Campus series can be read in any order.
The shower cut off, and he stuffed his phone in his pocket. Luke wanted dinner ready when Nico came out. Not that he did any real cooking. Nonna had made the sauce, and even Luke could boil pasta. He tossed in the penne and set the timer—per the instructions Nico left. Which meant it really wasn’t like he cooked.
The phone vibrated in his pocket, but Luke refused to check. Nico always knew when Kent sent a message. It wasn’t hard to figure out when Luke scowled at his phone.
He wouldn’t let his ex ruin another night. Especially not tonight. Nico might get the wrong idea.
“How’s dinner coming?” Nico ran his hands across his wet hair.
Luke couldn’t deny how super hot it was. “The macaroni is cooking and the madanad should be warm enough.”
“Excellent.” Nico used the wooden spoon to stir the sauce. “When I was a kid, my family used all these slang words for regular stuff. Madanad, mutzadel for mozzarella, riguta for ricotta cheese. I thought they were real.”
“Right. So, what’s gabagool?”
Nico shrugged, looking sheepish. “Capicola.”
“Seriously? How do you get gabagool from that?”
“No idea.” He tapped the spoon on the edge of the pot and set it down. “When I was about sixteen, we went to the Jersey Shore for a week during the summer. I tried to be helpful and went shopping at the Acme, the local grocery store. I stared at the deli counter for like five minutes until the guy asks me if I’m looking for something specific.
“I say, ‘yes, I’d like a half a pound of brahjzoot sliced thin.’”
Luke snorted. “What the hell is that?”
“You heard the guy, eh?” Nico winked and set the strainer in the sink. “Brahjzoot is what my family calls prosciutto.”
“Exactly. I never knew the correct name was prosciutto. Sixteen and I was still calling things by these weird-ass names people in my community used instead of the real thing. The funny thing is, if you go to any deli in New York and ask for brahjzoot or gabagool, you’ll get prosciutto or capicola.”
“That’s . . .” Bizarre, and oddly adorable.
“Fucked-up?” Nico nodded. “You can say it.”
Luke could say it. But could he say the adorable bit?
“I feel like my family trained me to speak a weird language no one understands so I couldn’t leave the neighborhood.”
Luke snorted, relieved Nico had moved on so he didn’t have to speak.
He loved Nico’s stories. Found it fascinating how easily Nico slid between two worlds. More so than his parents and grandparents, it seemed.
About the authors:
Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.
Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.
Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.
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A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.
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