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Rebecca Cohen's Not All Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks Release Blitz

Length: 45,613 words

Cover Design: Brooke Albrecht

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Neither of them wants to fall in love, but getting exactly what they donⴠwant might be the best thing to ever happen to them.

Mark hopes his boredom with his current job will be alleviated by a short stint in Basel, Switzerland. When he meets Steffen, who struck out on his own from an old-money family to establish an IT firm, Mark expects some fun, great sex, and a clean break when his job is done. The arrangement is perfect for Steffen, who has been content with casual after a betrayal确d has a taste for British men after attending university in the UK. But as they explore the cityⳠrich history and traditions, Mark begins to see Steffen as much more than a tour guide with benefits. If he isnⴠcareful, the trip meant to break the lull in his career might end up breaking his heart instead宼/span>


Mark had two and a half months left in Basel, and the idea of several weeks of no strings attached sex was as exhilarating as it was nerve-racking. It was the kind of offer his younger self wouldⶥ jumped at碵t he wasnⴠthat man anymore, and he wasnⴠsure he could be again. ㉠wouldnⴠsay reticence.伢r />
㎯? Then perhaps my English is rusty, as I do not have a better word for it.伢r />
㏫ay, youⶥ a point. But you have to understand that itⳠnot every day that an attractive man states so bluntly that he wants to fuck me.伢r />
㔨en the men in the UK are stupid. Or you are not mixing with the right type of men.伢r />
Steffen wasnⴠcompletely wrong. The truth was he had spent his university days shagging about, enjoying the writhing mass of bodies in the clubs and gay bars. At the time he⤠loved the anonymous and varied encounters, but then he⤠decided he needed to grow up and join the adult world. Suit, tie, steady job, and long-term boyfriend, with cozy Friday nights in and dinners for two, not body shots and glory holes. ㉠gave up clubbing after university. These days I donⴠgo to the type of places where men go to keep things casual.伢r />
Steffen seemed to consider his response before replying. 㓯 it would be the fleeting nature of our encounters that would bother you?伢r />
㐯ssibly. I suppose my needs changed, and I wanted more than the emptiness of another hollow shag.䠉t felt like an important admission, something he⤠never talked about before, but it needed to be said to explain why he wasnⴠdragging Steffen out of the restaurant and back to his lodgings. 㔨e only one-night stand Iⶥ had in the last ten years turned into a yearlong relationship. I hadnⴠplanned it. It just sort of happened.伢r />
Steffen waved a piece of veal in his direction. ㉠cannot give you permanence.伢r />
㉒m not asking for it,䠍ark added quickly, and he meant it.

㗨at I am hearing is you are not against the theory of enjoying a few weeks of fun before you return home. But equally, I am not convinced you are fully in favor either. If you do not wish this, we will finish our dinner, shake hands, and depart as friends. You are not beholden, either way.伢r />
Steffen wasnⴠoffering an anonymous shag. It wasnⴠthanks for the fuck, now fuck off, but instead something in the middle. MarkⳠlove life had been in the doldrums since John left, ostensibly because MarkⳠjob had eaten away any free time and John had decided enough was enough. He didnⴠhave any more free time now, and that wasnⴠgoing to change, which would no doubt annoy any new boyfriend, so why not take Steffen up on his offer? He picked up his wine and took a sip of liquid courage. 㔨row in being my personal tour guide of the city and I⭠in.伢r />
Steffen offered up his wineglass in a toast. ㉠plan to give Basel Tourism Office a run for their money.伢r />
Mark copied and took a sip of his wine. Never had agreeing to sleep with someone felt so formal, borderline making a business deal. But somehow it didnⴠfeel wrong; instead it was as though he was entering something that didnⴠrequire constant renegotiation. He would know where he stood with Steffen. Sex, hopefully very good sex, if he was lucky, and he suspected SteffenⳠexperience might make up for his own rusty skills and help polish them up nicely. ㌥tⳠhope I donⴠfind you lacking牒d hate to leave a terrible review on TripAdvisor.伢r />
㏨, there are plenty of people who can attest to my abilities.䠓teffen waggled his eyebrows. ㉠will give you my personal guarantee that you will not find me wanting穮 any capacity.伢r />
Mark skewered the last piece of meat. 㙯uⲥ certainly not lacking in confidence.伢r />
㈡ve you only just noticed?伯span>

Author Bio

Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.


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