In 2003, Chris Owen introduced us to cowboys Jake and Tor in Bareback, and in 2005, we got to know Tory Temple‘s fireman Chance and paramedic Tucker in Heat. Jake and Tor returned in Natural Disaster, and Chance and Tucker in Flashover.
Now these boys are teaming up in Never Too Early: The Beginning, the first part of a new trilogy coming November 5, 2014, from Torquere. That’s right — these two couples are becoming a menage foursome. Here’s what they had to say about themselves when I sat them down for an interview.
Please tell us about you: job, hobbies, special talents, and anything else you would want to share.
Chance: I’m a paramedic captain with Oceanside Fire Department. I spend most of my free time either in the ocean or with Tucker, or both, if Tuck is in a good mood and goes surfing with me. Special talents? The answer is yes, I have them, and no, I’m not saying what they are. Tucker might, though.
Where did you grow up?
Jake: Well, I grew up in a short series of wide spots in the road towns in Arkansas and the very edge of Texas, with a brief trip into Alabama when my father was avoiding someone pretty hard. Tor’s from Texas. He lived mostly in the east, but put him down anywhere and he’d be fine. Chance grew up on the west coast, somewhere fancy, and Tucker’s pure Kentucky. Ain’t one of us you could mistake for a Yankee, not really. Maybe Chance if he’s trying to, for some reason.
Chance: I’m a California native. My mother lives in Arizona with her husband and I’m forced to go and visit her a couple of times a year. When Jake says “fancy,” he means I was able go to private school and travel during summer vacation.
Tell us about the first time you met. Was it love at first sight?
Jake: Good lord. Um, this is complicated. Me and Tor didn’t get along at all, not for a couple of years. Because he don’t know his place, mostly. *Grin*
Me and Chance had a cautious introduction, and it wasn’t love at first sight, no. More like a bit of sniffing around without even knowing. And Tucker just kind of is Tucker. It’s the dimples. It’s always the damn dimples.
Chance: Tucker was my medic partner before I promoted to captain. He was straight from the backwoods of Kentucky with an accent to prove it. Lust at first sight was more appropriate than love, but I didn’t tell him that for months. He was pretty persistent about coming after me.
I sort of had the same feeling when I first saw Jake, but I didn’t know until much later that it was significant. We were only friends for a long time. I don’t think either of us realized there was more.
What drew you to each other?
Jake: Pheromones. I looked it up.
Chance: This is a dumb question.
What is your favorite part of him?
Jake: Don’t matter which one you mean, I like his steady way and his sense of humor. And his mouth.
Chance: Am I supposed to say his dick? I’m not going to say that. My favorite part of him is the whole essence.
Do you love a challenge? If so, how do you handle it?
Jake: Clearly I love a challenge. Look at them. I handle ‘em anyway I need to, or can. *Grin*
Chance: If life doesn’t challenge you, you’re living the wrong life. I make it a point to challenge myself daily. Having three other partners is the ultimate challenge, and not always in the good way
Favorite childhood memory?
Chance: I was fortunate enough to be able to backpack through Europe the summer before my senior year of high school. I was on my own for seven weeks. I look back at that as my realization that I liked being able to handle my own problems and be responsible for myself.
Favorite vacation spot?
Chance: Indonesia. Best surfing in the world.
Favorite eye color?
Chance: Varying shades of blue. Or brown, if we’re talking about Tor.
Care to share future plans?
Chance: Promote to battalion chief, eventually. As far as plans with Tucker and Jake and Tor go, it’s impossible to say. I could have everything planned out to the letter, but we all know why that’s a fool’s errand.
Find out how these men fall for each other in Never Too Early: The Beginning, available November 5, 2014!