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Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars
Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Wyatt Parker has a good life—he owns his own construction company, his own house, and he eats home-cooked meals every day. But cooking for one while watching the foodie network is more than lonely. When he learns about an upcoming reality show centered on becoming the personal chef for his favorite rock star, Wyatt leaps at the chance to audition.
Tully Randolph is the drummer for the band Unusual Potatoes. With a chef for a mom, love of good food runs in the family. When he’s asked to host a cooking competition, he’s all in—especially after he meets Wyatt, who is just the kind of big, hairy guy who gets Tully’s juices flowing. With a heart as big as he is, Wyatt wows Tully with his skills in the kitchen… and in the bedroom.
But if their relationship is found out, Wyatt could be drummed out of the competition—and out of Tully’s life. All the ingredients for a happy future are in front of them, and they just need to figure out how to bring everything together.
Tully smiled at everyone generally first, then made sure to make eye contact with all six contestants individually before introducing himself. “I’m Tully Randolph of Unusual Potatoes, and I’m—”
He couldn’t even finish his statement before the door opened again. Kemper ran out and grabbed him from behind, laughing. “And you’re looking for someone to fatten you up!”
It took Kemper’s startling appearance to remind Wyatt to release the breath he’d been holding since Tully’s light blue eyes had sought his face. The eye contact had electrified him, and Wyatt watched the proceedings with growing excitement and determination. If he won this, somehow, some way… he could live here, with Tully, and cook for him every time he was home.
A hot flush crept over Wyatt’s neck and ears until sweat broke out on his brow. Gray hair couldn’t hope to hide that kind of moisture; he always thought he looked like such a goon in photos anyway, and now dozens of cameras were moving around, getting different angles of each of them. Looking good had never been an option, and now looking dignified wasn’t either, despite his success in not squealing at Tully’s appearance.
It took Wyatt a few moments to zone back in on the words spoken around him—more directions about which camera to look at, and the host, Brent Baker, a well-known foodie network personality, explaining the prize for the home audience. The lean-muscled hottie beside Wyatt had to elbow him before he realized he’d been called upon to introduce himself.
“Uh, sorry, I’m Wyatt Parker. Uh, big fan, obviously” was all he managed before triggering laughter from the woman in front of him. Wyatt didn’t have time to decide whether she was making a fat joke at his expense or just thought his discombobulation was comical, because Baker cut back in.
“Well, then you’re in for a treat! Tully, why don’t you tell our contestants about our first minichallenge that decides who gets a significant advantage in this first competition?”
Maybe it was Wyatt’s fevered imagination, but it sure seemed like Tully was eyeing him especially. It was probably a trick of the light, and he was actually making eyes at the guy, Pierre, beside him.
Tully grinned, teeth flashing in the morning sun as he crossed his well-muscled arms. His thin, white T-shirt spread gracefully over his otherwise fairly thin body. “I know you guys know food. You have to know something to have gotten this far. But to get the advantage in this first challenge, you need to know a little something about me.”
Next to him, Kemper, in typical loudmouth fashion, cupped his hands over his lips and shouted, “Briefs!”
Rolling his eyes, Tully shook his head. “You’re a bad guesser.”
There were, of course, rumors and many, many stories about the two, but while Tully was openly gay, Kemper was—other than being attached at the hip to Tully—straight. Until now, the idea of the two together had been alluring. Suddenly it made Wyatt feel irrationally jealous.
When the titters from the other contestants died away, Tully continued. “Unusual Potatoes is the first band that Kemper and I have had that’s made a Top 40 hit. But it was not our first band. What is the name of the first band we formed and what age were we?”
“Fourteen!” Wyatt blurted, overexcited and unwilling to give anyone else a chance to answer, not because he wanted the advantage but because it was a chance to talk to Tully. “You were fourteen, and it was called Far from the Tree because Kemper’s mom thought the apple hadn’t fallen far from the tree when she heard him singing in the garage. He was so loud he reminded her of herself.”
The weight of the others’ stares on him made Wyatt shut his mouth with a click of teeth and step backward as if anyone his size could hide so easily. He waved a meaty hand in front of his face as if to deflect the attention and stared at the ground, ears burning.
“Great job!” Apparently surprising everyone, Tully crossed to Wyatt, brushed past the attractive woman and Pierre to give Wyatt a handshake that he pulled into a quick, one backslap hug. “All right, Wyatt, you have immunity for this first challenge. Takes a little pressure off, right?”
“Huh?” Wyatt’s bones had all but melted at that unexpected embrace, and his head swam with the sudden arousal of being held by his fantasy object, even so briefly. He gazed at Tully in what felt like slack-jawed awe before pulling it together and hoping he hadn’t looked as dopey as he thought he had. “Oh yeah, I mean, this is—I need the help. These guys are pros.”
“That they are. Wyatt Parker is our only hobbyist, but he’s off to a great start thanks to his love of Unusual Potatoes.” Baker laughed as if that was hilarious and grinned a million-watt smile for the cameras.
It was all so surreal Wyatt found himself acting as if in a dream, giving Tully a sidelong smile and daring to clap him on the shoulder before he could once again move out of reach.
The crew directed Tully into the shot with the host, and he dragged Wyatt with him, waggling his brows before turning his attention to the camera. “All the education in the world can’t make up for good taste. You know my mama didn’t go to school for cooking, and she did okay. Think Wyatt’s got some passion for music, and that’s got him through the first challenge already.” He dropped his arm around Wyatt and gave him a squeeze.
Everyone looked at him for comment.
Wyatt felt the stares from the other contestants behind him, could sense their envy and disbelief. They probably thought it was some casting stunt, some way to keep the viewers cheering for the underdog.
That would explain so much. The hugs, that look earlier.
Trying to manage his expectations and revel in the moment, Wyatt grinned and leaned into Tully, careful not to knock him over with his bulk. “Being compared to Mama Grace is gonna be good inspiration going forward. I’ll try to live up to that.”
“Ah, yes, Mama Grace Randolph, famous for her down-home comfort food served with style and a smile,” Baker intoned, giving the camera a sorrowful look. “After Mama Grace’s tragic passing due to a heart attack last year, her son, Tully Randolph, took some personal time off between tours for Unusual Potatoes, giving us the chance to record this extraordinary glimpse into the private life of the foodie community’s favorite musician.”
Wyatt could hardly believe they were discussing this, right here in front of Tully. He could practically hear the maudlin strings that would no doubt accompany it when it aired. Then the host moved on to describing the first challenge, and the crew gestured for Wyatt to return to his mark.
About Clancy & Thursday
Clancy Nacht is a bisexual genderqueer person who lives in Austin with a husband and three feral rescue cats. Clancy has published several ARe bestselling contemporary romantic thriller m/m and m/f stories. Three of her books have been honored with Rainbow Awards; Le Jazz Hot won for #1 Best Bisexual/Transgender Romance & Erotic Romance. In 2013, Black Gold: Double Black was a runner up for a Rainbow Award and in 2015, Gemini won an Honorable Mention for Gay Erotic Romance at the Rainbow Awards. Her books have been nominated for several Goodreads M/M Readers Choice Awards.
Thursday Euclid is a 30-something queer trans man from Houston, Texas, who spends most of his time writing, playing computer games, or watching films and television of questionable quality. Two facts about Thursday: he spent the happiest night of his life in the pit at a Radiohead concert, and hot and sour soup is the easiest way to his heart. He is a rebel with many causes and a Rainbow Award winner.