Every now and then I get to sit down with some of my favorite people from between the pages of a book. Today is one of those days, and I get the honor of interviewing Jared and Tony from Ann Lister's latest release, Meant for Me!
It only took me a few minutes to sit back on the couch and admire the beach house that Tony and Jared currently lived in. With the ocean breeze moving the curtains and the sound of the surf in the background, I immediately can see the appeal of living here instead of the city.
"I dig the house! Congrats on your purchase. This will make summer in Southern California much more bearable." I smile as I am handed a beer from Jared and watch the subtle touch of their hands when he hands one to Tony as well. "Oh and congrats to the pair of you for finally coming out of that closet. It must have gotten a bit crowded and stuffy in there."
Tony almost chokes on his sip of beer and I laugh before I sort of apologize for being so blunt. Notice I said, sort of?
Tony managed collect himself before he answered and said,
“Thank you. We love the house,” Tony answered quietly. Jared leaned forward toward Leslie and set his elbows onto his knees.
“Tony doesn't like to talk about his closet,” Jared remarked.
Tony scowled at Jared and rolled his eyes. “That's not completely true.”
Jared squeezed Tony's thigh. “It's okay, T. I'm not a fan of your closet either.”
“Oh, and I suppose you think your closet is empty?” Tony scoffed.
Jared was about to respond to Tony's last comment when Leslie cleared her throat to move on with the interview.
"So, first question. How is it living together as a couple as opposed to just living as friends?"
“Besides the obvious benefits?” Jared teased and Tony shoved him firmly on the shoulder.
“It's a nice change,” Tony added.
“Nice? That's your answer?” Jared chided. “Nice is a word you might use to describe the fucking weather!”
"Looking at the pair of you, I am also wondering, what the hell took you so long to see what was in front of you? Or was the idea of a sausage fest just a bit much for the pair of you?"
This time Tony really did choke on his beer and Jared handed him a napkin from the table to wipe off his chin. He thanked Jared and turned his head to the side to Jared to speak quietly.
“Did she just use the term sausagefest?”
“She did,” Jared chuckled. “It's like she can see into our bedroom windows or something.”
Tony offered Jared one of his “knock the crap off” looks and Jared sat back against the couch. “Truth is, Leslie,” Jared began. “We were together a long time before we felt the need to share it with anyone. And, we've never been much for the PDA's. We keep that shit at home. But, Jesus, this guy is a fucking animal behind closed doors! I have the bruises to show for it.” Jared shook his head as if he was in disbelief. “I've got one word for you, Leslie. Insatiable.”
Tony's mouth fell open. “Are you fucking kidding me right now?”
“I would never joke about that, T. That shit is serious business.”
As I watch the interaction between them, there was no mistaking the level of friendship that was evident in their banter. It was so much more than the banter of lovers or even well established couples. I could not help but laugh and wondered just how far I could push these guys. I mean, they already admitting to be insatiable, well, at least Jared admitted that Tony was.
"Insatiable huh? Now you are making me wish I had been looking through the windows. So, Mr. Insatiable... tell me this, how was it going from being straight to an all dick relationship? I have the feeling you are a bossy bottom when it all goes down." Jared has a bit of a smirk on his face, and right then I know, I am not letting him off the hook either.
Tony squirmed in his seat. He was uncomfortable with the direction Leslie continued to push him, but he could also hear Jared's voice inside his head prodding him to be more open about their relationship. Tony finger combed his hair and cleared his throat.
“I loved him as a friend for a very long time, so the transition for me was easy.”
Jared bumped his shoulder into Tony. “Wow, T. That sounded almost painful for you to admit.” Then Jared glanced over at Leslie and his grin grew wider.
“First of all, we're both versatile, although Tony does end up on the receiving end more often than not.”
“Why the fuck do you have to do that?” Tony barked at Jared.
“She implied you're a bossy bottom,” Jared replied. “I had to set her straight.” His eyes darted back to Leslie for a moment. “He's not much of a bossy bottom. He's way more bossy when he's on top.”
“Unbelievable!” Tony grumbled.
“Thank you,” Jared smirked. “And you're welcome.”
"Jared, what was it like going from your high school days, to being straight and then back to on your knees again?"
Tony burst out laughing and slapped both of his thighs.
Suddenly, he seemed interested in this knew line of questioning. And the more Jared fidgeted on the couch, the wider Tony's grin grew. Damn, Jared was a sexy fucker when he was nervous!
“What's the matter, JB?” Tony asked. “Did you lose your ability to speak?”
“I, ah...wow,” Jared said quietly. “Not too many people know about that.”
“Kind of sucks when your personal shit is waved around like an American flag, isn't it?” Tony teased. “Now, go ahead an answer the nice lady. I'm excited to hear your answer...and you better not use the word experiment, either.”
Jared looked at Tony and his face flushed with heat. “There was one guy back in high school that I fooled around with quite a bit, but I honestly thought it was a phase. It wasn't until I started looking at Tony differently that I realized I liked dudes.” Jared's eyes connected with Tony's again. “There was no way I could deny my attraction to this man.”
“Oh, babe. That is so sweet,” Tony teased. “I think that's the second time in the last month you got all romantic on me.”
Jared shrugged one shoulder and smiled. “See, I told you I was capable.”
“Jesussss, you are more than capable,” Tony almost sighed after his statement, until he realized they were still sitting in the middle of an interview. Then his head jerked to Leslie, who had a devilish gleam in her eyes. Tony knew right then, he wouldn't enjoy her next question.
"The second time this month, huh? Are you willing to share the first? Does it involve nakedness and lube?"
“Champagne and strawberries were first,” Tony said.
“The nakedness and lube came next,” Jared added with a wink.
Pointing to the direction of the windows, I laugh and decide to push their buttons at least one more time before getting to the more serious questions.
"Not sure if you know, but you are not going to want sand somewhere you cannot wash off. Or rather IN somewhere you cannot wash off! Trust me, I know from experience."
“Yep, not only did Tony get some rather uncomfortable...beach rash, we both ended up...”
“Damn it, JB! Do you not have a filter on that mouth of yours?” Tony scolded.
One side of Jared's lips lifted again. “Funny, you don't seem to mind my dirty mouth when I'm...”
“For fucks sake!” Tony cut him off. “She doesn't need to know that shit!”
Taking another long drink of my beer, I am wondering if these guys think I am nuts or what. It took me a moment before I realized that I was talking out loud. "You guys are a little more tight lipped than Rooster and Wheland." I can see the exchange of looks between the two of them before Tony takes slow drink from his beer like he is trying to not say anything, or at least trying to think of some sort of reply.
"Don't worry, I won't give you much of a hard time. It's fun to see you squirm a little bit, but I don't want to make you too uncomfortable so that you clam up instead. So, how about you guys tell me what you are going to do when your dating status is public knowledge, like really public? You seem to be very private, so how much would the fans and tabloid shit bother you to be up in your relationship business?
Tony slid back in his seat. “I'm not looking forward to being
that...exposed. It kinda freaks me out.”
Jared looped an arm across the back of Tony's shoulders in a protective gesture.
“If Tony had his way, he'd keep us hidden here at the beach, just the two of us. Indefinitely. You know, for him I'd do it and live happily holed up in this place, but I don't think Alex and the rest of the guys would be too happy with us. Eventually, I think we'd have a small angry bunch of band members kicking in our door.”
Tony leaned in to Jared and nodded in agreement. “He's right about our band kicking in our door. I have no doubt they'd do it, but to me what I have with this man is...deeply personal and there is a huge part of me that doesn't want to share it – or him, with anyone.”
Jared eliminated the distance between them and brushed their lips together. “I love you, T,” he said so quietly he was fairly sure Leslie couldn't hear him. At least he hoped.
Also, since your band members are all about same sex relationships, did you find it easier to just go with the flow on the whole announcing your decision to be together?
“I'm certain I would have eventually ended up with Tony, even without being exposed to all the gay relationships in our band,” Jared said. “However, being around all the guys loving on guys for so many years, we learned a long time ago that the gender of who you love isn't all that important. What does matter is how that person makes
you feel and Tony makes me feel fucking amazing.”
“Jesus, you are so getting laid tonight,” Tony remarked.
“Oh, my God, T! I can't believe you just said that in front of
There was no holding back my laughter at the comment that Tony made or even at the way that Jared replied. It took me a couple minutes to finally compose myself and when I did the pair of them were looking at me with half smiles on their faces and a whole lot of amusement in their eyes. Whether or not they were a quiet pair or wanted to keep their relationship private, they were a hell of a lot of fun when they got going. Wiping a tear from the corner of my eye, I take a deep breath and try to continue.
"Well! With that comment I think it's time for me to wrap this up with the two of you! You know, so you can get to the whole 'getting laid' portion of the evening. Hell, I might even get some tonight if my hubby is willing. Shit, who am I kidding, he is always willing. SO... let's get a couple more questions banged out, and then we can get to the banging!"
My eyebrow goes up as I think of a way to wrap this all up, and finally a smile spreads across my face when I let the next words flow.
"Since the two of you are into the whole privacy thing, what are you planning to do when you go back out on tour? Those bunks are kind of small, and I don't see you guys forgoing the whole nookie thing for days at a time when you are on the road!"
“Holy shit!” Jared chimed. “If you only knew about all the fucking that goes on inside those bus bunks!”
“Yeah, the other guys love an audience – on and off the stage,” Tony stated. If they know someone is anywhere near their bunk, it becomes all about performance. The curtain flys open and the live porn show begins.”
“That's when the bus turns into a traveling sex club,” Jared laughed.
“Jared and I have mastered the art of discretion,” Tony offered.
“We won't have any trouble being...together while on tour or anywhere else"
"And.... here is the final one. What would you change about each other?" I hold up my hand to stop either of them from speaking, and make sure they wait a moment before answering. "I don't want to hear 'I would not change anything' cause that is just boring as hell. Throw me a bone here, and just be totally honest. It can be a good thing or a bad thing, like even telling me you wish Jared would keep the bathroom door closed when he drops kids off in the pool or that Tony chews with his mouth open or never pulls the covers back and cums on the comforter. Ya know? Good stuff... let it rip boys, this is your chance to be honest, and I am dying to know!"
“Cock reduction,” Jared blurted. “I'd have Tony get a couple inches taken off the end so he wouldn't rip me open every damn time.”
“That's the image you're going to leave her with?” Tony shook his head in disbelief. “How about you throw some honesty at her, like she asked.”
“You go first,” Jared teased.
Tony thought for a moment and then said, “I'd have his mouth sewn shut.”
“Oh, yeah?” Jared questioned. “How's that work when you're begging me for a blowjob?” Tony lunged at Jared and covered up his mouth with his hand.
“And, he wonders why I'd want his mouth sewn shut.”
"Sooooo, you are going with the answers of a smaller dick and wishing he would'nt yap his trap? Well it will make for interesting reading and have people wondering if you have lost your minds, that's for sure. How about this, anything you want to add or say before I leave? Or is there anything you want the readers to know?"
I look down at my cell phone which has been recording the whole time, and send off a quick text. Afterwards I hold it up and wink. "Working on that plan for getting laid. Now, back to my question, anything you want to say?"
“I was joking about the cock reduction,” Jared offered Leslie.
“No shit,” Tony laughed.
Jared scratched at his head and arranged the thoughts inside his head. “I guess if I were to offer a message, it would be not to waste time worrying about the ideals of others or their opinions on your life.”
“Be your true self,” Tony blurted.
“Yeah, definitely live the life you were meant to live, with who you were meant to love.”
“I used to think Jared and I wasted a lot of time ignoring what was right in front of us all along,” Tony said.
“It just took us longer to admit what was going on, that's all,” Jared added. “I don't regret a single second it took us to finally allow ourselves to fall. It made the rewards of being together all the sweeter.”
“The ultimate happy ending,” Tony smiled.
Jared caught Tony's eye and nodded. “With you, babe, there's always a happy ending."
I actually find myself groaning at their pun, and then shake my head with a smile on my face. They were quite the pair, and now they obviously wanted to be alone as I watched them link hands and the expressions on their faces changed into something... well, hotter to be honest. It was at that moment I realized it was time for me to leave. As hot as it would be to witness what was about to go down, I did not think they would appreciate it, so I drained my beer bottle and stood quickly.
" Well, gentlemen, I will thank you for your time, say that I hope to see you both again soon, and take my leave. It looks like you are wanting to get to that happy ending. Thank you again for the interview and the small peek into your lives."
After hugging them both goodbye and being shown the door, I make my way outside. The moon was already beginning to shine, and just as I walked to my car, I laughed again when I heard a moan come from inside. Yep, Jared was getting his happy ending from Tony... again.
Amazon: Meant For Me