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How does the president’s son fall for the closeted son of a senator? 

The truth is, he didn’t want to. 

The only home Asher Brooks has ever known is the white house--yes, that white house. As the son of two presidents, the expectations weigh on him. The only person who never made him feel like he needed to be someone different, someone better, was his best friend--a friend who abandoned him the moment Asher revealed who he truly was. 

But this is Washington, and there’s no avoiding Kenny Montgomery. 

So, that question about falling for the wrong person… maybe it’s not so black and white. Maybe when Kenny kisses him, he’s allowed to kiss him back. 

Main Tropes

  • Sweet M/M Romance
  • Political Rivals
  • Hate to Love


How does the president’s son fall for the closeted son of a senator? 

The truth is, he didn’t want to. 

The only home Asher Brooks has ever known is the white house--yes, that white house. As the son of two presidents, the expectations weigh on him. The only person who never made him feel like he needed to be someone different, someone better, was his best friend--a friend who abandoned him the moment Asher revealed who he truly was. 

But this is Washington, and there’s no avoiding Kenny Montgomery. 

So, that question about falling for the wrong person… maybe it’s not so black and white. Maybe when Kenny kisses him, he’s allowed to kiss him back. 

Prepare to lose your heart to the President’s son and his ex best friend in this enemies to lovers sweet romance featuring poolside shenanigans and the ultimate grand gesture. 

Dating Washington is a standalone, clean MM novel in the complete Dating Him Series perfect for fans of Red White and Royal Blue, and What if it’s Us. (HEA guaranteed)


“Life sucks and then you die.”

Wasn’t that what people said? Boohoo, right? Kenneth James Montgomery didn’t get to mope. He didn’t get to wallow or claim no one understood him. Who cared about the problems of a spoiled rich kid at a fancy boarding school, right?

Kenny lifted his eyes to the seats surrounding the ice surface of the Defiance Academy arena. Their hockey team, the Knights, had every advantage. Top facilities. Knowledgeable trainers. Actual fans.

Not to mention the constant train of National Hockey League scouts looking for their next draft star.

Was that Kenny? It could have been…if a single picture hadn’t ruined his chances.

Kenny was bisexual. Only two short months ago he’d been caught on camera kissing Nicky St. Germaine beside the pool in his backyard. It should have been a private moment. A private moment with the boyfriend of Beckett Anderson, country music golden boy—not to mention, the son of an NFL legend, too. At least no one in the media learned the entire truth. For two years, Kenny dated Nicky without anyone knowing, terrified that the people in his life might learn his secret.

The son of Ohio’s conservative, anti-gay, full-on hateful senator liked boys every bit as much as he liked girls. He kissed them and fantasized about them, and he wasn’t going to apologize for it.

At least, he didn’t want to. Maybe one day, he’d grow the courage to tell his parents to take their asshole ideas and shove them where it hurt.

Today was not that day. No, today was the first game of Defiance Academy’s hockey season, Kenny’s last season before leaving for college. He already had his scholarship to play for Boston College—if he didn’t screw it up. His “family advisor,” Kyle, told him he had a shot of going in the late first round of the draft. Really, Kyle was his agent, but amateur players weren’t legally allowed to have agents, so they called them “family advisors” instead. He trusted Kyle as much as he trusted anyone—only slightly.

Kenny pumped his legs, trailing the St. Mary’s winger after getting caught behind the play. He could have cursed himself but knew Kyle would do it enough for the both of them. You get too much in your head, he’d say. He wouldn’t be wrong.

Scanning the jersey number up ahead, he skated faster. There was no way he’d let Eric “douchebag” Morrison put their team up one to nothing.

Killian “Killer” James, the Defiance goalie, squared himself to Morrison, waiting for the shot. It didn’t come. Morrison skated behind the net, anticipating his centerman streaking down the center of the ice right through two Defiance defenders. The puck slid toward the center, but he couldn’t stop his momentum and slammed into Killian, pummeling him into the ice.

Kenny reached the collision first, pulling the center up and shoving him into the goal post. Morrison, taking issue with that, swung at Kenny, but with Kenny’s height, he barely stood a chance.

Kenny deflected the blow off his shoulder before driving his fist into the side of Morrison’s helmet. Both skaters yanked their helmets off, freeing their faces from the protection of the metal cages.

“Come at me, bro,” Morrison yelled.

Kenny raised an eyebrow. This dude had seen way too many hockey movies with cheesy fight lines.

Every skater on the ice crowded around them as the refs hung back, waiting to see if they needed to step in. Glancing down at his already bruised knuckles, Kenny remembered what Kyle had once taught him. Don’t fight someone bigger, someone smaller, or someone with a chip on his shoulder. Too many hockey players had dulled their skills fighting senseless battles on the ice. Breaking hands and fingers so many times they lost the ability to puck-handle at a high level. For as much of an asshole as pretty much the entire world thought Kenny was, he did care about one thing: his future in hockey. It was all that got him out of bed some mornings.

He shook his head. “You’re not worth it.” He turned to skate toward the bench.

“I knew you were too much of a fairy to fight,” Morrison yelled after him.

Kenny froze, his back still to the rest of the guys on the ice. Ever since the photo came out, he’d prepared for the remarks he knew would come once hockey season started. It wasn’t exactly a welcoming or diverse sport. There were no openly gay professional hockey players, and in the high school ranks, it tended to be mostly open to wealthy white kids who didn’t accept people different from them.

But there was a difference between preparing for the words and actually hearing them.

“Say it again.” He turned so abruptly his skate created a rut in the ice. “Go ahead. I dare you.”

Morrison approached, dropping his voice and lifting his chin. “Fairy.”

He barely got the word out before Kenny lunged, tackling him to the ice. Morrison’s head hit the cold surface with a crack, but he didn’t stop struggling until two refs pulled Kenny off him. Kenny yanked his arms out of their grip and wiped blood from his lip. His breath came rapidly as he stared at the boy who still lay on his back.

It was only then Kenny noticed the rest of the scene. A line brawl broke out with Killer hauling guys down to the ice, a dangerous look in his eyes.

The refs blew their whistles, and all ten boys on the ice stopped as if they hadn’t noticed the chaos they’d created.

A ref skated toward Kenny. “I’m throwing you out.”

“Perfect,” Kenny spat. First game of the season and already a game misconduct penalty. But he didn’t care. Before this year, he’d have said hockey was the most important thing in his life. Now, everything confused him. He walked down the hall toward the locker room, slamming the door open. A trainer followed him.

As Kenny sat on the bench in front of his locker, he hung his head. The trainer dabbed a damp towel across his busted lip. “You don’t need stitches.”

Kenny only grunted and bent to untie the laces of his skates. The trainer left, giving him the blissful solitude he wanted.

Running a hand through his sweaty, brown hair, Kenny wished he could turn back the clock to before he’d realized, as a fifteen-year-old boy, just how different he was.

Footsteps sounded in the hall before the door swung open, and Kyle walked in with a scowl on his face. “What was that?”

Kenny only shook his head, still too keyed up to answer. He’d known Kyle for years and could handle anything the ex-NHLer threw at him. He was supposed to advise him on all things related to the business of hockey. It was why Kenny accepted Boston College’s offer over others. Kyle said it was a good path to the NHL after the draft.

“Answer me, boy.” Kyle stopped in front of him, glaring down at the top of Kenny’s head.

“I got carried away.”

“Carried away? You think NHL scouts watching want to see you pummel some kid, risking injury to those skilled hands of yours?”

“Just leave me alone, Kyle. I’m not in the mood.”

Kyle blew out a breath. “You know I care about you as if you were my own, right?”

The sad thing was, he did. Kyle was more of a father than Kenny’s own dad. He’d certainly been to more of his games over the years, and he represented the path Kenny wanted to take—hockey. His father only wanted him to consider a career in politics.

Kyle sighed. “All right, nothing I say will help you with whatever is going on in that head of yours, I get that. Go take a shower. I’m heading out. Dinner tomorrow before I fly back to New York?”


He squeezed Kenny’s shoulder before leaving him to the quiet locker room once more.

After removing his pads and sweat-soaked clothes, Kenny walked into the bathroom and stepped into the shower. A blast of cold water hit him before it warmed, but Kenny barely felt it. He’d been called a lot of things in his life. Ken doll was a favorite because of his resemblance to the little plastic man with all-American good looks. Short brown hair. Golden eyes. Tanned skin.

He could probably have any girl in the school.

Some people called him Mr. Montgomery, mocking the importance of his father.

Fairy… that was a new, but not unexpected name.

Placing both hands on the wall of the shower, he let the water stream down his spine and examined the bruised knuckles of his left hand…his shooting hand. Coach was going to kill him.

Commotion came from the locker room. The game must have ended. Kenny turned off the water, ready to face the music. He wrapped a towel around his waist and joined his raucous teammates. Smiles lit their faces, and some kind of country music blared from the speakers.

“Ugh,” Will, the team’s best defender, complained. “Whose turn was it to choose the music today?”

Killer pulled his shoulder pads over his head and threw them at Will. “Don’t be an asshole. Beckett Anderson is awesome.”

Kenny knew he’d recognized the voice. He wanted to dislike Becks, but the man had talent. “What’s the verdict?” He guessed the team won by the joyous atmosphere but needed to hear it.

Will snapped him with a towel. “Well, after you got thrown out, Killer was angry. And we all know what anger does to him. He didn’t let a single puck through. St. Mary’s was all over us. I’ve never seen a sequence quite like that from him.”

A man of few words, Killian only grunted and turned to his locker.

Will continued. “Then yours truly fired a slapper from the left dot, and that was all she wrote.” He took a bow, not realizing Coach Ryan stood behind him.

“Take a seat, boy.”

Will scrambled to sit.

“You should all thank Killer for saving this game.” His hard eyes found Kenny. “And you…” He shook his head. “I want you back out on the ice right now.”


“Your teammates were out there for a full sixty minutes. You will be too.”

Kenny didn’t bring up the fact that he’d already showered or that it was only the first game back and his legs were already killing him. No one argued with Coach Ryan. “Yes, Coach.” He sighed as he pulled on dry workout clothes and laced up his skates.

Will clapped him on the back before going to take his well-deserved shower. The rest of their teammates offered little in the way of comfort for their top centerman. Before this summer, they’d been like a family, but since the picture of “the kiss” came out, Kenny hadn’t known how to act around them.

But Kenny had wasted too much time worrying about what everyone else thought of him. He stepped onto the ice. The Zamboni had yet to clean the rutted surface.

“Suicides,” Coach said, following him. “Start at the blue line.”

Kenny sucked in a breath, inhaling the cold air he’d come to associate with home. The stands finished clearing out, leaving Kenny alone with his coach. In the silence, he could almost forget about the game that happened only minutes ago.

It was his senior year but the first year Kenny lived in the dorms rather than his parents’ large house in Twin Rivers. He’d been one of the few commuters. Since that changed, he’d found himself wandering campus late at night, sometimes ending up inside the arena that brought him peace. When everything else in his life was torn to shreds, this, hockey, was his constant, the only thing he could count on.

As he started his suicides, he focused on the wind rushing in and out of his lungs and the burning in his legs. He pushed himself as much as he could, hoping it was good enough.

When he got the chance to glance at the bench, Coach was gone. He’d left Kenny to do as many suicides as he saw fit. Not for the first time, Kenny marveled in his coach’s trust of his players.

Kenny didn’t trust anyone.

He skated until his legs gave out beneath him at center ice. The Defiance Academy logo sat underneath him, a knight meant to protect its charges. That was what the school was for. Politicians, diplomats, and other important people sent their children to this school to keep them out of the public eye, to keep them protected.

Kenny lay back, enjoying the feel of the cold ice on the back of his head. He closed his eyes, soaking in the peace he never found anywhere else. He’d never been more sure of anything. Hockey was in his blood. It owned him, heart and soul. He couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

But what if the game betrayed him? What if it pushed him out simply because of something he hadn’t chosen for himself?

Sometimes, the fear of being who he was overcame the relief at finally not having to hide anymore.

“Mr. Montgomery,” someone called from the Zamboni tunnel.

Kenny lifted his head, finding Frank, the elderly man who led the arena’s maintenance team. “Hey, Frank. I’m in your way, aren’t I?”

“I can give you a few more minutes, kid. Don’t worry about it.”

“No.” Kenny got to his feet. “It’s okay. Ice is all yours, man.” He nodded a goodbye to Frank before stepping from the ice and walking toward the locker room once more. One of the trainers waited for him, protein bar in hand.

Kenny took it. “Thanks.”

“You good now, son?”

Pulling off his skates, Kenny nodded, giving the only answer people wanted to hear. They didn’t want a sob story or anything resembling the truth.

But what was the truth?

No, Kenny was not okay.

He didn’t bother showering or changing his clothes before stepping into his tennis shoes and hiking his hockey bag onto his shoulder. With a wave at the trainer, he walked out.

A ding sounded from his bag, and he pulled his cell free of the side pocket.

Kyle: You’re going to be okay, kid.

He didn’t respond because another text came in.

Nicky: Saw a clip of the fight on YouTube. You good?

He wanted to hate Nicky. He and his superstar boyfriend were the reason Kenny was outed in the media after all. But for so long, Nicky had been the only person who knew Kenny’s secret, and there was something bonding in that no matter how their relationship ended.

Besides, Nicky was the only person who might understand.

Walking into his dorm, Kenny peered into Will’s open room. Seeing his roommate already passed out, Kenny crossed the sitting room to drop his bag in his room before entering the bathroom.

After taking a quick shower and pulling on a pair of sweats, Kenny flopped onto his bed and pulled up the video Nicky mentioned. You couldn’t hear what Morrison said, but the word wasn’t hard to make out on his lips.

Kenny regretted the anger he saw flash across his face as Morrison’s head snapped back. It didn’t take much searching to find out Morrison went through concussion protocol and would miss St. Mary’s next game.

Kenny opened Nicky’s message again.

Kenny: I didn’t mean to hurt him.

Nicky: I know. It gets better. I promise.

Kenny didn’t respond, because he wasn’t so sure he believed Nicky’s words.

He scrolled through the contacts in his phone, stopping at his dad’s number. Would he answer? He’d spoken to his parents once in the last two months. Neither mentioned the picture, but they’d informed him he’d be living in the dorms this year.

He didn’t understand why he couldn’t live in their Twin Rivers house. It wasn’t like they were ever there, spending all their time in Washington DC instead.

Mustering up the courage, he pressed his thumb over his dad’s name. It rang once before going to voicemail.

“Hey, Dad,” he said. “I was just… If you and Mom are going to be in town anytime soon, I’d like to see you. Please… I… Yeah, just call me. Your son. This is Kenny. Um… Bye.”

Throwing his phone onto the bedside table, he sat back against his headboard and closed his eyes.

His dad didn’t return the call.

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