Book 1 – THE FOUNDATION
Throughout high school, Benjamin Alcott had a single goal in mind – to escape a home environment that was anything but loving and supportive. With determination and perseverance, Ben has risen to the top of his class, both academically and athletically. And with careful planning, he has secured scholarships which ensure he has a real chance to see through his goal of becoming a doctor. But beyond that dream, Benjamin also wants a place where he can live freely and openly as the young gay man he is without shame, persecution, or fear.
Cord Robinson also has a dream which he has held close to his heart for years, while he patiently waited for Benjamin to grow up and leave home – for Ben to be his. Cord has already gone through the steps of coming to terms with his sexuality and then coming out to his family and friends. And now that college is over for him and his best friend Branden, who is also Benjamin’s brother, Cord is ready to let Ben know that he is interested in a real future with the beautiful young man.
But as Ben prepares for his graduation, the violence at home reaches a breaking point and he flees. When Cord realizes what has been going on behind the Alcott’s doors, it’s a race against time for him to find Ben and then open his heart to the one other man he wants to build a life and solid foundation with as Benjamin prepares to finally spread his wings and fly.
CONTENT WARNING: Explicit Sex, References to Childhood Physical Abuse (No Sexual Abuse)
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Book 2 – THE FIRE
Time has been very good to Benjamin Harbison and Cord Robinson since Cord found Ben at his neighbor’s house six months ago, bruised and battered from his father’s explosive anger. Since then, Ben has flourished at university, both academically and athletically, securing a place for himself on the track and field team as a starting running and championship hopeful. He has made friends of the lasting kind there too and developed a deeper, abiding relationship with Cord’s family. Cord has taken his place alongside his father at the helm of their commercial construction company, learning the day to day operations of such a vast business and pursuing new contracts which could employ hundreds. And all the while, Ben and Cord have continued to build and strengthen the bonds between them, taking comfort in their love for one another even across the physical distance which separates them most days.
Despite all the happiness in their lives, there are still external challenges facing the two young men which seek to undermine all they’ve achieved and their hopes for the future. Frantic schedules, prejudice, and other’s expectations threaten to weaken them. And members of Ben’s family have their own agenda where he is concerned and look for ways to exert their influence, despite Ben’s determination to live his life on his own terms.
When the fires grow and threaten to consume them, it will be up to Ben and Cord to find a way through together. Now, more than ever, they will need the foundation of love and trust they’ve built to see them through the adversity which others are determined to throw their way.