Lie With Me Read online Max Walker (Stonewall Investigations Miami #2)

Categories Genre: Gay, GLBT, M-M Romance, Romance Tags Authors: Series: Stonewall Investigations Miami Series by Max Walker

Total pages in book: 110
Estimated words: 103402 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 517(@200wpm)___ 414(@250wpm)___ 345(@300wpm)

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Lie With Me (Stonewall Investigations Miami #2)

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Ok, so imagine this.
I’m halfway across the world in a bar in London celebrating my last year of vet school when I spot the sexiest silver fox I’ve ever seen. We flirt, we kiss, and I have one of the best nights of my life. I’m sure I’ll never see him again, which is why I don’t give him my real name, even though I’m down to give him my address, phone number, and throw in my social security number just to be sure.
Weeks later, I walk into Stonewall Investigations in Miami looking for help and who do I find?
A certain silver-haired fox with a cocksure grin and an accent that makes my knees melt. So… about that help...

I went back to London so I could bury my father and put our rocky past to rest. I wasn’t expecting to get handed a letter by a woman I’d never seen before, addressed to me in my father’s handwriting.
Opening it on the spot would be the emotionally mature thing to do. Drinking the evening away at a pub would be the emotionally therapeutic thing to do.
I chose the latter. That’s where I met one of the most interesting and attractive guys I’d ever chatted with, one I wanted to get to know from his head to his toes. One I was sure I would never see again.
Cut to three weeks later, when the object of my intense desire walks into my office looking for help with a murder that had been haunting him for years.
This was going to be an interesting case.
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1 Beckham Noble

The city was charcoal gray. Rain clattered down the window as I looked out at the passing buildings. The regal Croydon Clocktower whizzed by in a raindrop-streaked blur. The Ashcroft Theatre looked different than the last time I’d seen it, with an entirely new modern facade, all white edges and square boxes.

It all felt like home, and yet nothing could seem stranger to me.

Of course, things had changed. I hadn’t been back in London since I’d moved to the States. After my father and I threw fists at each other. After he kicked me out of the house and I never looked back.

I moved to America… damn, seventeen years ago. I had been twenty-three, a young man just figuring himself out, when I felt like my past in London was too much for me to bear. I packed up my shit and made a life for myself across the world.

Now I had just turned forty and no longer needed to figure myself out or explain myself to anyone. Least of all my father. And even if I wanted to talk to him, that wasn’t a possibility.

The reason I had come back to London was to put our past to rest with him. Once and for all.

It was my mother who’d talked me into it. When I was kicked out, she did everything she could to get me back into the house. She was ready to divorce my father and sleep on the streets with me until we found a place to stay. I didn’t want that, and I knew my relationship with my father was irreparable. So I cut all ties with both of my parents. I made it solely on my own, surviving day by day until I started working at a pub. That was where I met a private eye who would talk to me every day about his job, his cases. They weren’t all riveting cases, but he talked about each one with a contagious excitement.

Years later, I spoke to my mum again. We had a tear-filled reunion, my heart feeling like it had been mended from an age-old wound, scabbed over with time. She told me that she’d divorced my father. Losing everything she loved in life, she had thrown herself into her sewing and dressmaking. Her passion bled into her pieces, and she soon found huge success, changing her life around.

Sometime in the last couple of years, my parents had a rekindling of sorts. They spoke over tea and found some common ground. Over those years, things slowly got better, until my mum was telling me that my father was a changed man. She said there was something different about him. A happiness that changed even the way he smiled. She wanted me to speak to him, to try and build a bridge of the whitewater of trauma we had rushing underneath us, but I felt like there would be no way. I couldn’t speak to him. I couldn’t face him.

And then I got a call about his death. It was my mother, and she had sounded pretty shaken up. She asked me to promise that I’d be at the funeral, at least to provide some strength to her.

I didn’t want her going through that day alone. I imagined her dressed in black, holding herself and surrounded by no one she could reach out for. I couldn’t have that. I booked my flight and made it to London in time for the burial.

The funeral went by in a blur. I didn’t speak, but my mother did. She gave a beautiful eulogy for the man she had known before the alcohol took over. She talked about how, in those last few years, he had seemed to have turned his life around. Positivity had bred in a place where negativity held dominance for his entire life. Too little, too late for me, but as my mother wiped away tears, I could see it was just enough for her. She looked frail in her older age, but her shoulders never slumped, no matter how much pain she was enduring. Even at the burial, she stayed strong, holding my hand in hers, her bones poking at my palm, her body giving small shudders.

It was at the end of the burial, when I thought all was done, when a sense of permanence had fallen on the five of us standing there, it was then that a woman walked over to me and caught me by the elbow. She looked to be my mother’s age, with soft brown eyes moist at the corners from fresh tears.

“You’re his son, right?” she asked.

“’Scuse me?”

“Robert’s son. You’re Beckham?”

I nodded. She opened her black jacket and pulled something out from an inside pocket. “This is for you. He wanted you to have it.”

I narrowed my eyes. The envelope had my name written across the front. It was big and bent at the edges, and I could already tell I wanted nothing to do with it. I had come to this funeral because my mother asked me to. This wasn’t about closure for myself. I’d already got my closure when I was homeless on the grimy London streets. That was when my father died to me, back when I was a sixteen-year-old kid, lost in this world and just looking for a little guidance.