Smexy Books is so excited to host Santino Hassell today! Check out the final part of Marcus, Gavin and Simeon’s interview where you can find out why our favorite sassy quarterback is sooo determined to stay single.
INTRO: With book 2 in The Barons series coming out, the boys from the Barons themselves have agreed to sit down and answer some questions about each other.
If you haven’t met them yet—there’s Gavin Brawley, the tight-end with the short temper who got his happily ever after in Illegal Contact, Simeon Boudreaux, the quarterback who gets his story in Down by Contact, and Marcus Hendricks—the star running back and their level-headed best friend who has a serious weakness for romantic comedies.
He’s also the angel on their shoulders who keeps them honest, so who better than to ask questions? In a series of interviews, Marcus will quiz Simeon and Gavin on how well they know each other before quizzing Simeon on the type of guy he’s looking for. Enjoy!
Marcus: So, part three of our interview consists of me and Gavin interviewing Simeon about why he’s determined to be single forever despite being the second best catch of our squad.
Gavin: Wait, who’s the first best catch?
Marcus: Uh… me? What, you thought it was you?
Marcus: LOL bro, I love you but… you’re lucky Noah had patience for your cranky ass.
Simeon: What’s with this new fixation on setting me up?
Marcus: It’s not a fixation. We just think you could do better than the string of hook-ups you yourself admitted is getting boring. Also, I’ve peeped your hangdog expression every time you’re the fifth wheel.
Simeon: Maybe I’m just bored of couples!
Marcus: Uh-huh. Anyways, let’s get to it. Simeon, describe your ideal boyfriend.
Simeon: Fine as hell, with a big ass, and—
Marcus: I meant a personality.
Gavin: Big ass is an important part of a personality.
Marcus: You’re no help. For real.
Simeon: *smirking* okay, okay, okay. My ideal boyfriend… would be funny, because I don’t have patience for people with no sense of humor. I can handle Gavin being a friend even though he’s grumpy and hates mostly everything in his life, but I need someone who can laugh at my wit.
Gavin: Yeah, your “wit”. Right. Moving on. Ideal job?
Simeon: I don’t really care? Anyone who would understand my schedule without getting uptight. Although, I probably wouldn’t date someone who has a job where they would get scrutinized over my behavior. Like a teacher or something.
Marcus: That’s too bad, I was gonna set you up with this hot politician I know.
Simeon: For real?
Marcus: No. Would you date someone closeted?
Simeon: Uhh…. If they had intent to STAY closeted forever? Prob not. There’s no way someone could low key be with me especially now that I’m out as gay. Paparazzi stalk my every move trying to find out if I have a man. We’d have to basically sneak around forever.
Gavin: Yeah, they still try to claim me and you are together just because we came out at the same time.
Simeon: *dramatic shudder*
Marcus: Would you ever date… another athlete?
Simeon: Hell yes. For one—they’d totally get my workout schedule, the way I have to eat, and the whole lifestyle. Two… better chance at max flexibility.
Marcus: Wow, you really think with your little head.
Gavin: Here’s a good one—do you need a guy with an accepting family?
Simeon: Well, I mean, mostly anyone with half a brain would accept me because I am fucking charming, but if they have homophobic parents we all know my mama would welcome him into the fold.
Marcus: Yeah, if she welcomed Gavin, she’d welcome anyone.
Gavin: *smacks Marcus on the back of the head* Two more questions. This one is dumb. Do you want a strict top, bottom, or someone vers?
Simeon: Vers. I don’t have time for people with sexual hangups unless they show a willingness to help me guide them to the light.
Marcus: The light… leading to your ass?
Simeon: Or theirs.
Gavin: I like how you’re pretending like you’re not a big ole bottom, but okay.
Simeon: I. Am. A. Vers. Bottom.
Gavin: *unimpressed face*
Marcus: Last question! How will you know when you find the guy you want to be with? After all your dating and one night stands, how come none of those guys gave you that special feeling?
Gavin: Marcus, you need to lay off the rom coms.
Marcus: Never. Jasmine loves me for it.
Simeon: *snickering* Anyway, to answer your question, I don’t know why I’ve never felt… whatever feeling you’re talking about, but I’m usually too busy to worry about it. Most people just try to get on me so they can slide onto my Instagram story or something, so I don’t trust anyone. I figure when I find a guy I want to hang out with for more than a couple of weeks, I’ll know it. Somehow.
Gavin: Worked for me.
Marcus: Same, to be honest.
Simeon: Okay, you nosy queens done? I’m over this obsession with my personal life.
Marcus: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Go back on Grindr.
Simeon: *grins and pulls out his phone*
Edited to add: The winner is Jaime. An email has been sent.
Giveaway! I have one print copy of Down by Contact to give away today. US Only. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday.