We’re so pleased to have author Meg Harding join us today on the tour for her new novel The Last Favor. Enjoy the teaser snippet below, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget to enter for the chance to win an e-book from her backlist.
Thanks for having me today The Novel Approach! The Last Favor is about Andy and Flynn—once a couple and now estranged. They’re tossed back together, and they’ve got to learn to cope with the situation and overcome old hurts. And there’s a lot of baggage that wasn’t left in the past.
Flynn’s a unique, hard to deal with personality. He’s socially awkward, isn’t a people person, and he doesn’t see the point in not telling it like it is. He’s very blunt, and he’s not Mr. Sunshine and Roses. Doesn’t sound all that loveable, right? He’s one of my absolute favorite characters. The story isn’t told from his perspective, but I had so much fun writing Flynn’s parts. He’s snarky, and what you see isn’t what you get all the time, but not because he’s trying to hide anything. He’s just not good at the whole feelings thing. He doesn’t know how to be what someone else wants, and with Andy, he doesn’t have to be.
Now Andy… Andy comes off as really laid back, normal type of guy. He comes from a standard upbringing, one sister he’s close to and parents that were always there for him. His life ran along smoothly until Flynn stumbled into it. But Andy worked for the FBI, and now he’s a chef. And he did live with Flynn for a while. So obviously there’s more to him. He likes a fast paced environment. He likes to be in charge. There’s a lot more to him than what is first seen.
I’ve always heard the phrase, “opposites attract.” And they do, but I’ve always stood by the belief that there has to be some pretty strong similarities too. Flynn and Andy come off as complete opposites, but as time goes on and they reconnect, the ways they mesh both through their differences and similarities becomes more obvious.
The excerpt below gives a glimpse into their reunion, and we get an idea of what the two are in for.
Three years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant.
Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no.
Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.
He isn’t expecting much when he opens the door, just a reasonably attractive man by Clint’s standards, which aren’t always credible. He hasn’t given any thought to what color hair the man would have (rich sable), or the color of his eyes (bright blue like the sun off a lake), or how tall he might be (several inches taller than Andy himself).
He hasn’t given any thought to whether he’d know the man.
He closes the door in that familiar face only moments after opening it, his stomach plummeting so far down it feels like it’s at his feet. His breathing is fast, his heart thumping away double time. He braces himself against the door, letting his head hang between his arms. There’s a good chance he’s having a panic attack. Flynn Barnett is standing on his doorstep. He tries to take a slow, long breath in.
“Seriously?” asks a deep, familiar voice in a slow drawl that’s somewhat muffled by the door. “This is a bit petty, no?”
Andy is going to kill Clint. He is going to tear him to pieces. “There’s been a misunderstanding,” he says. “I think you should ask your driver to take you to a hotel for the night.”
“My driver left.”
“Andy?” asks his mom, appearing in the hall behind him. “What’s going on? Let the poor man in.”
Andy shakes his head no. “He can’t stay.”
“You’re being ridiculous and very rude,” she says, eyeing him with concern. Her concern doesn’t stop her from gently prodding him out of the way so she can open the door. “You,” she breathes, standing frozen in the doorway, staring at their guest.
“Hello, Mrs. Wilson. Pleasure to see you again. It has been quite some time.”
She shuts the door in his face.
Andy can’t help it. He starts to laugh, and he can’t make himself stop. His mother doesn’t say one word, waiting for him to calm down on his own time. “You know he’s not going to leave if we don’t let him in,” points out Andy. “Probably climb the side of the house and come in through one of our bedroom windows.”
“I’ll go check and make sure they’re all locked.” And bless her, she starts to move like that’s exactly what she’s going to do.
“No,” says Andy, rubbing at his eyes, which are watering from his laughter. “I’m going to let him in. It was just the shock at first. That’s all. I’m fine. It’s fine. Everything’s fine.” He can be a mature adult about this. Clint wouldn’t have sent Flynn to him if it weren’t important. He knew their history.
He reopens the door and stares into a face from his past. A face he’d never thought to see again. Had kissed and stroked and even at times mended. The face of a man he had loved beyond words. A man who had given him the absolute happiest and the horrifyingly worst moments of his life.
About the Author
Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF, and is completing a masters program for Publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
Find out more about Meg and where to find her on social media at her Website