Just when they think they will be in the friend zone forever, everything changes.
As a successful chef and co-owner of Best Bites Catering, Travis Reed is happy. He gets to do all the things he loves – live in one of the most beautiful Florida beach towns, cook the food he loves, and hang out with Benny McKenna, his best friend and co-owner of Best Bites. If there is one thing lacking in his life, it is a lover. It couldn’t be Benny, though. Not when Benny made their friend-only status very clear shortly after they both came out.
Benny made the decision to keep his relationship with Travis purely in the friend zone back when both men were in college. Now, ten years since he made that decision, he is beginning to waver. Something about the focus Travis gives to his craft makes him jealous, illuminating how lonely he is. A love life punctuated by a series of one-night-stands isn’t especially satisfying. And with Travis acting strangely ever since they moved in together, Benny is unsettled.
When a friend asks Benny and Travis to participate in a non-profit dating event for GLBT people in the Tampa Bay, they agree to help out. What they aren’t prepared for is answering a series of increasingly intimate questions, all aimed at making couples fall in love. The idea of falling in love wasn’t even on Travis and Benny’s radar, but now they are rethinking their assumptions. Could answering the right question lead to a kiss?
This story was written for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Don’t Read in the Closet 2015” event, “Love is an Open Road”. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a story. “Ask, Answer, Look, Kiss” can be read online here. To read the other free stories that are part of the “Love is an Open Road” event, visit the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads, or check their website for downloads of all their stories.