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  • Writer's pictureMidnightAce

An Outlandish Bid

Series: Distinguished Gentlemen Stand-Alone: Yes Publication Date: April 4, 2019 Genre: Short Stories


LIEUTENANT TAYLOR has spent his life haunted by the tragic loss of his mother. His babysitter, Mama Peaches, stepped in and filled the void. As loving and maternal as Peaches was, he never got over not being able to fix his mother. Subconsciously driven by the fact that he couldn’t save her, he has spent the last twenty years buying and fixing old houses. With more money than he can spend, he moves from Southlake Park to New York City, in search of a topnotch Investment Banker.

OCTAVIA WASHINGTON is a much sought-after Investment Banker. She has cultivated a semi-symbiotic workaholic relationship with Lieutenant. So much so that they are both unsuccessful in their personal love lives. Lieutenant’s nerves are rattled when he gets a call from Peaches about participating in a bachelor auction. He does not want to be sold like fresh meat, but he feels obligated. So, he comes up with a scheme in the name of Ms. Octavia Washington.

Will they be able to pull the wool over Mama Peaches’ eyes? Or will the wool finally be pulled off of their own…


I have to say I loved taking this new adventure with E.J. Brock. Octavia and Lieutenant was on a slow simmer from the very beginning, but it wasn’t until LT was force to deal with his issues that things begin to heat up.

There were so many things that I found great about this story; the maturity of the characters and the supporting hosts were an added bonus! The one thing that resonated…even with all of LT’s flaws and brokenness, he was able to love and care for those close to him, but not accept it for himself.

This may be wishful thinking on my part, but I saw a few cracks that could be the beginning of more with these characters.

Well Done!!!!

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