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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Hayley B. James - Paid Leave

Paid Leave by Hayley B. James
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623804787
ISBN-13: 978-1623804787
Amazon: Paid Leave
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Albuquerque police officer Benji Miller made the choice to hide his sexuality and devote his life to his career. He guards his secret carefully, believing he is protecting his job and happiness. Then, during a routine traffic stop gone awry, he shoots a suspect and his life spins out of control. A department-mandated paid leave rips away the only distraction he had, and he has to deal with the unsympathetic media who criticize the police department's every move.

One day, needing to get out of the house, Benji walks into a café, where he meets Neal McCoy-a gay man living without shame, unafraid to speak his mind or stand up against prejudice. Benji quickly falls for Neal but struggles to combine his new love interest and his career. With the media threatening the careful illusion he's built around himself, Benji can't stand the pressure.

Benji has to decide: sacrifice his happiness in the name of his career and an easy life, or find the courage to give up the lonely existence he knows and take a step into the unknown.

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