Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Assassin's Retirement Ch 38, Part 1 #blogstory

Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement!

This blog story is written weekly (completely pantsed, so sometimes even I'm surprised at the left hand turns) in 1000 word sprints. If you are new to the story, scroll to the bottom to the Table of Content.

Chapter 38 

Zane watched Raine and Alonzo sleep. It should have been weird having two men in his bed, but like he told Raine, this felt right, as if he had been waiting for these men to walk into his life. Of course there would be adjustments. He was not used to living with people and used to keeping things a certain way, because admittedly, he was still a paranoid bastard.

His stomach grumbled rather loudly. After the late breakfast, there hadn’t been time to eat again, but there had been food cooking. Hopefully it was still good. Easing out of bed, Zane slipped on sweats and went out the bedroom door. Systematically, he checked the back door and the other rooms, counting heads as he made his way to the front of the house. It was just before dawn and everyone was in bed, including the Chupacabra. Well, everyone but Skyld who was eating in the dark kitchen and staring out the widow that overlooked the side yard.

Zane did not say anything about the musky scent of sex that clung to Skyld. Switching on the lights, Zane puttered around the kitchen looking for leftovers. Skyld was eating cold lasagna. Zane dished up a robust portion for himself, covered it with a paper towel, and popped it into the microwave. As it heated, Zane took in Skyld’s mussed hair and the love bites on his torso. He was relieved by the sight. For the longest time, Skyld was the only other person Zane cared for, other than his mom. His mentor—brother had been alone for years and Zane understood why. He too had been reluctant to cultivate relationships. It was dangerous allowing someone to get close. People could betray you or be used against you.

That did not mean there weren’t people Zane was fond of. In his old life as the Gentleman, stuck under his uncle’s thumb, he had helped more than one innocent caught in Paul’s web. Sammy, Pauls’ last girlfriend was one of them. She had been looking for something, though Zane hadn’t known at the time she looked for her brother who was one of partners of Paul’s son, Trent. That whole situation had almost gotten out of hand when Sammy tried to rescue her brother. Zane had taken great pleasure in killing or orchestrating the death of everyone involved in Paul’s dealings.

He wondered how Sammy and her brother Brock were doing. Paul’s son Trent was nothing like his father and had carved out a life with his two lovers, AJ and Brock, in Florida. Zane thought about checking up on Sammy at least. Trent was his cousin… well, perhaps ‘had been’ was more appropriate since Zane was thankfully no blood relation of Paul’s. There was an intense relief in discovering he was adopted. He loved his mom and always would, but the rest of that family Zane was ecstatic to leave behind. Trent wasn’t bad, but they did not know each other. Trent was one of many who thought Zane had died at the tender age of ten.

“What are you thinking about?” Skyld asked. “The microwave had been done for a couple of minutes and you haven’t moved.”

The microwave beeped as if backing up Skyld. Zane grabbed his plate and almost dropped it when his skin burned from the heated ceramic.

“Idiot,” Skyld scolded, grabbing Zane’s hands and pulling him over to the sink.

“I’ll be alright,” Zane reassured and Skyld grunted, ignoring him and thrusting his hands under cold water.

“What has you distracted?” Skyld asked again.

“Nothing much,” Zane said, trying to deflect. He was not interested in rehashing his conflicting thoughts on the Harte family.

“Sure.” Skyld’s sarcasm was thick. “It’s not like every part of your life hasn’t been turned upside down.”

“First Raine and now you are concerned that there have been too many changes in such a short amount of time,” Zane groused. He was not going to buckle under the strain because he didn’t feel any pressure. He had always been able to adjust, to adapt quickly. He wouldn’t have been able to survive this long if he hadn’t. Perhaps that was his Other superpower. “All I was thinking about was how glad I am that I’m really not related to the Paul Harte,” he finished, hoping that would ease Skyld’s mind, then added in a teasing tone, “When I was a kid, I wanted you for an uncle.”

Skyld turned off the water and scowled. Zane grinned when Skyld said with incredulity, “Uncle?”

“Well, to a nine-year-old you were old. Come to think of it, you really are ancient.”

Skyld grabbed a potholder off the counter and threw it in Zane’s face. “Go eat, brat.”

Zane laughed and considered taunting Skyld some more when Skyld grabbed him by the arm and pulled him into a one arm hug.

“You still okay with me being your brother?” he asked.

“That was the best thing that came out of yesterday… Well, on of the bests things.” Gaining Alonzo and the guys was a boon that Zane was never letting go.

“You are never getting rid of me,” Zane replied, trying to hold is breath. “What I’m not okay with is being squished against you when you reek of spunk. Please tell me you at least washed off. You’re not leaving flakes of sperm on me, are you?”

Skyld choked and pushed Zane away before rushing from the kitchen. His brother’s skin was flushed red all the way down his back. Zane brushed at his chest. He was completely serious about the grossness of leftover jizz, but he still laughed knowing Skyld would find some way to get back at Zane for embarrassing him.

While he waited for the Skyld to return, Zane wolfed down the lasagna and warmed another piece. His stomach still felt hallow and he laid out food to make a real breakfast. He hurriedly cleaned up, dressed properly, and retrieved the mantles and spreading them out on the dining table. He also grabbed a burner phone in case he needed to make calls to the scion families, not that he had any contact information. His eye twitched at the thought of giving out his contact information to people he didn’t know and hadn’t had a chance to vet.

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2 -
Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part two
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Four
Chapter Thirty, Part One
Chapter Thirty, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-One
Chapter Thirty-One, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Two
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part Three
Chapter Thirty-Four, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Four Part Two
Chapter Thirty Five
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Three
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Four
Chapter Thirty-Seven
Chapter Thirty-Eight, Part One

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

What's on the Reading Radar? #TBR #WishList

I've been having a hard time sinking into any story and been sampling like a Boss this last week. I'm about ready to hit up the library's virtual stacks to see what they have available. I've also been reading a lot of blurbs. There are some upcoming books that look awesome, but most release dates aren't right now. Ha! Ha! But, the BOM club I'm in had a bunch of manga and Yaoi that I'm considering and I picked up a couple of audiobooks that I'm working on. 

Title: In Wulf's Clothing
Series: (Banished Book 1)
Author: BA Tortuga
Length: 225 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Werewolf Shifter / Gay / Second Chances / 

Notes: I've been seeing a lot of people requesting shifter romances without mpreg. I'm about 1/3 through on the audiobook and rooting for the guys. 

Blurb:

When werewolf Trey is banished from Lobo Canyon, scarred and bleeding, he vows never to come back. His best friend with benefits, Cory Benally, never expects to see him again, for sure, so it comes as quite a shock when Trey shows up for the pack alpha’s wedding. The alpha is Trey’s brother, and sheriff Cory’s boss, and when they’re thrown together Cory isn’t sure what the heck to do.

Now a famous clothing designer who goes by Wulf, Trey doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. He’s there to do the dresses and suits for his brother’s wedding, and Cory can go take a flying leap. Except he and Cory still have the same sizzling chemistry. And the love. When danger lurks around the corner for Trey, Cory has to protect him, and prove this time he’s willing to fight for Trey’s love, no matter what.

Title: The Earl and the Executive
Series: Imperial Space Regency, 1
Author: Kai Butler
Length: 

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Space Regency!! / Gay /

Notes: I about broke a nail hitting the pre-order button for this book. It releases April 6th. I have never read this author but Space Regency y'all. Just give me more!

Blurb: An impoverished earl...

Tiral Oican has inherited his brother’s title, estate, and the tremendous debt his brother took out before his unexpected death. There is only one option to save the estate and all the people who are now depending on him: marry a rich heir who is willing to pay off the debt in exchange for Tiral’s title.

Now, scholarly Tiral must transform himself into a seductive fortune hunter. The only way he can see through the mess is by hiring a tutor in love. It’s too bad that Zev is so good at his job that Tiral is falling for him.

And a rich entrepreneur...

To protect his heart, Zev Laft has spent years fooling the ton into believing he’s no more than an entertaining flirtation. He just didn’t expect the ruse to work so well that the newest penniless earl to arrive on Lus for the season would assume him a demimonde and try to hire him to be his instructor in courtship.

Now one of richest men in the empire finds himself struggling to keep up the façade, when his own heart is being taken by a man he has no intention of marrying.

The Earl and the Executive is a slow burn stand alone 90,000 word MM Regency Romance Novel set in space with a HEA.



Title: King's Killer
Series: (The Kings of Men MC Book 1)
Author: Ki Brightly & MD Gregory
Length: 255 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Motorcycle Clubs / Questionable Morals / Gay /

Notes: I have been circling this series for a little while. I read a slew of meh/blek het MC club books last year that put me off this niche genre for a while. I listened to the audiobook sample and caved. 

Blurb: Walking the Line Between Good and Evil

Physician’s assistant by day, doctor to the Kings of Men MC by night. Grant Arthur’s life is tough to balance, but he does what he can to help his brother, Aaron “King” Arthur, the president of the motorcycle club. Trapped as an outsider to the club by his brother for safety, Grant prefers the quiet life, until the Kings visit him in the middle of the night with an injured member. With them is Kai Woodrow, rugged and dangerous, who Grant can’t tear his gaze from.

A Killer Who Gave Away His Heart
Reaper kills for a living. He’s the man King calls when he needs to send a gruesome message. Unfortunately, Reaper’s also human, and has all the needs of a man. He’s been in love with Grant since they shared a foster home as teens, but he knows how protective King is. Reaper could never betray his president and friend, even if Grant’s the only one who sees him as Kai. He settles with quietly stalking Grant, until one night they bring him an injured club member.

One Wild Night
When Grant is nearly hurt, Kai can’t resist living in the moment, even if it’s bound to get him killed by King—or someone worse. The world doesn’t stop turning because he finally kissed Grant, but with any illegal motorcycle club, trouble comes along for the ride. When Grant is kidnapped, Kai would move heaven and hell to find him, and destroy the people who took him.




Title: Love Pistols
Series: Vol. 1
Author: Tarako Kotobuki
Length: 224 pages

Genre: Romance / Fake Relationships / Paranormal / Manga / Gay /

Notes: The BOM trope this month is fake relationships/marriages.

Blurb: Norio is your average high school student until he drives his scooter into a garden wall and wakes up with the ability to see zoomans. And his eyes aren’t the only thing affected—his pheromones are working overtime, and all the hot beast breeds at school are looking to mate…with HIM!

Title: Mr. Flower Bride
Series: 
Author: Lily Hoshino
Length: 180 pages

Genre: Romance / Arrange Marriage / Contemporary / Yaoi / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Shinji Souda's not exactly happy about his family's age-old marriage customs, namely the fact that he has to marry a boy! Will a sudden confession from his bride-to-be, a beautiful boy in his class named Aoi, make Shinji change his mind? This sweet love story follows the couple through their marriage ceremony, wedding night, life as newlyweds, and even childbirth! The title story in this compilation is the prequel to Mr. Flower Groom, also being published by Yen Press.

Title: My Wife is an Alpha
Series: Vol. 1
Author: Fuyu Natsushita
Length: 180 pages

Genre: Romance / Marriage of Convenience / Omegaverse (where anyone can get anyone pregnant) /

Notes: 

Blurb: "It's a miracle we've found love in a political marriage, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna let you put it in!"

Two alpha husbands, in a world where anyone can get pregnant. Marriages between those of the same type are common in order to prevent bloodlines getting too mixed up, but even among alphas, there's still someone who is top dog. And where there's a top, there's a bottom...

The venerable Tachigami family is at risk of bankruptcy and falling apart, but are saved by marriage talks with the newly-risen Isaka family. The Tachigamis want support, and the Isakas want the power in a name...

For better or worse, Takaomi and Kazumasa are to be wed. And how lucky they are, because love blossoms between the two of them. Just as you would think everything is going great, though, it's back to the unforgettable problem... They both like to be on top! Cheer on as two alphas who love each other fight for bedroom supremacy in this cute and comical Omegaverse Project BL.


Title: City of Crows Boxset
Series: Books 1-5
Author: Clara Coulson
Length: 1444 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Bisexual MC

Notes: This is more like a note to myself to catch up on this series. This is a fun series where we learn along with Cal about this new world. Cal is Bi but this is not a romance, though he does have relationships with both men and women the intimacy is off page. I've read the first three and I really like the storyline, I just got side tracked waiting for new releases. 

Blurb: There are gods and monsters and horrors galore prowling the streets of Aurora, Michigan, and Cal Kinsey is determined to stop them—or at least flip them the bird while he dies trying.

Two years ago, Calvin Kinsey was an up-and-coming cop at the Aurora Police Department. Then his partner was brutally murdered by a vampire who skipped away scot-free, and Cal was thrown headfirst into the supernatural world he never knew existed in the shadows.

Now, Cal is a newly minted detective at the Department of Supernatural Investigations. By day, the agents of DSI are mocked as “Kooks” by local law enforcement. By night, they’re known as “Crows” and reviled by the supernatural underworld.

Thrust into the middle of ancient rivalries, complex conspiracies, and budding wars, Cal has to hit the ground running in his new detective role in order to protect his beloved city from the things that go bump in the night.

Because if DSI falls to the dark side of the supernatural, the human world falls with them.

This box set contains the first five books in the action-packed City of Crows urban fantasy series: Soul Breaker, Shade Chaser, Wraith Hunter, Doom Sayer, and Day Killer.


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Friday, April 3, 2020

New Release: Caledonia Destiny (The Valespian Pact, 3) #LGBTIAQ #mmromance #alienromance #spaceopera



Can a Warlord and a Prince find love when the galaxy is on the brink of war?

Chief Warlord Sohm'lan has a job he loves protecting the family who claims him as one of their own. He has known the loss of a mate and believed he would walk alone for the rest of his life… that is until Prince Mestor demanded more from him than duty. Unable to fathom why Mestor would want a widowed older warrior, Sohm'lan maintains his distance believing Mestor will eventually choose an amor closer in age and experience, even though the thought causes him more pain than it should.

Prince Mestor is tired of pretending and his patience is eroding. He needs Sohm'lan to see past their respective ranks and duties to who Mestor is underneath it all. Worried Sohm'lan will be lost to him if he pushes too hard, Mestor and Sohm'lan are caught in a dance of denied desires and tangled obligations.

Warlord Sohm'lan and Prince Mestor struggle to find a way to their heart's desire against the backdrop of galactic conspiracies, the dangerous mission escorting the Fal'Amoric royals, and discoveries within the Vondorian family that threaten to tear apart everything they hold dear. The two of them stand together to fight the coming battle whatever the consequences.



*Constant is 250,000 words and is the third book in the series that must be read in order.


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sale! Sale! Sale! #amazon #smashwords

The majority of my books are 60% off on Smashwords until April 20th. 

Use the code AGB60 at checkout for 60% off during Smashword's site-wide promotion!
(Offer good through April 20, 2020 )

You can also find Alpha Trine and Striker still on sale at Amazon for $0.99














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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Assassin's Retirement Chapter 37

As promised, here is the next chapter in Assassin's Retirement. Enjoy!


Chapter Thirty-Seven



Raine did not need his enhanced hearing to know what was going on in the main room. He wasn’t tempted to join them this time, wanting instead to cuddle with Alonzo and Zane. He was a grouchy son of a bitch, but something about non-sexual full body contact was better than sex and soothed his prickliness. Cord teased Raine, but never in front of anyone, about how he turned into a puddle of goo after a good cuddle. Cord knew Raine well enough to understand that Raine would pull away if playfully ridiculed in front of an audience, even if Cord’s ribbing was good natured. Raine had spent more than one human lifetime with people who relentlessly pointed out all the ways he was lacking or was found wanting. The most innocent of teasing put Raine in a bad mood. Instead of irrationally losing his temper he walked away, sometimes for good. He knew it was piss-poor coping skills, but they were what he had, and they had protected him for a long time. Then Cord came into his life and taught him how to trust, to unwind... mostly.

He breathed out, exhaling the bad memories that tried to creep into his thoughts. Instead he concentrated on the now. He spooned Alonzo with Zane on the other side, a warm down comforter covering all three of them. He had the perfect view out of the bedroom windows. The barn sat in the distance with fresh snow covering the ground. Thick heavy flakes steadily fell.

When the door had opened earlier, Raine had feigned sleep. Let some wayward fuck underestimate his alertness. He would disembowel any intruder before they knew what was happening. The Chupacabra was still in the house and Raine could not completely relax with that rat-bastard close by. He was under no illusions that Zane slept either. He was beginning to think that no one could approach Zane and catch him unaware. For a human, he was much more deadly than he seemed. And when it came to Alonzo’s welfare, Raine had seen how Zane reacted, hyperaware of Alonzo at all times. He knew how awesome it was to be on the receiving end of such single-minded focus. Cord was like that with all the members of Crimson Comet.

A little while later, Zane rose and went to the bathroom. Alonzo stirred, his dark brows pinching as he shifted restlessly. Raine dared to move closer, pressing against Alonzo’s feverish skin hoping that even if Alonzo was only slightly aware, then he would sense he wasn’t alone. Midnight had said touch was important to the Maricoxi people. When he ran his fingers down Alonzo’s arm, Alonzo rolled on top of Raine, his arms wrapping around Raine’s hips using Raine’s chest as a pillow. When Alonzo finally settled, Raine was the one in the center of the bed. Releasing a deep groan of relaxation, Alonzo’s sleep deepened and somehow his body grew heavier. Alonzo’s soft exhalations caressed the column of Raine’s neck, and he found the sensation oddly soothing.

When Zane finally exited the bathroom, he slipped into bed next to Raine. “Are you all right with this?” Zane asked.

All right with what? Alonzo using him for a body pillow? Zane cuddling against him? Or was he asking about the dream that wasn’t a dream? Had Zane known Raine had internally freaked out and considered killing Alonzo and taking Zane off that blood soaked alter? Zane had bled so much, more than should have been possible and not only lived but participated in one of the strangest orgies that Raine had ever been a part of, and that was saying something. Raine had been alive for a very long time and had seen some bizarre and terrifying things as well as participated in rituals almost as hair-raising as the one on top of the step-pyramid. Memories of those experiences was what had stayed his hand.

“With me moving closer?” Zane clarified when Raine didn’t immediately answer. He nodded, trying not to gulp when Zane pressed hot skin against him.

“Were you expecting to be…” How did he ask if Zane wanted to be sacrificed? To have his blood used as a party cocktail? Raine didn’t think either question would go over well. So he kept the thoughts to himself and searched for a way to end the question without being offensive. This was why he left the talking to others. When did he not piss people off?

Zane made a negative noise in his throat. “What happened at the temple? No. Nothing about today was… It’s not something that I saw coming.” Zane stared back at him as if he was choosing his words carefully. “I will never expect you or anyone else to share my bed. I won’t take what isn’t freely given. I have been—”

He finally looked at Zane, really looked at him. Zane had the corner of his mouth between his teeth, worrying it as he thought. He wasn’t a handsome man. Neither was he repulsive, but somewhere in between unless someone looked more carefully, Raine thought. Zane’s lips were oddly mesmerizing and his eyes… Sometime when Zane gazed at him, Raine felt as if he were going to be swallowed whole. He still wasn’t sure if he should be afraid of that look.

“Rolling with the changes,” Zane finally finished. “I cannot explain why today’s events, discovering there are more than humans living in the world doesn’t bother me. Yesterday morning, I knew nothing about Others and I took for granted that I was human.” Zane turned his gaze on Raine, those brown eyes held warmth and a mischief that made Raine’s gut tighten. “But with every revelation, it was as if some part of me already knew. Like there is a room of safes in my mind, and as each one is unlocked, I get this sense of rightness, like I had known but had forgotten. Nothing about today feels weird. It’s hard to explain why that is. There hasn’t been time for me to question anything. For example, while in the shower I was hit by memories of some of the stranger things I had seen over the years, when I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I think, subconsciously, I have always known.”

“I think I understand.” Raine wanted to touch the redness of Zane’s abused lip and soothe it, but one arm was wrapped around Alonzo and the other trapped awkwardly between him and Zane. “I have been alive for a very long time. Sometimes events that happened in the far past can be buried under new experiences, but when something jogs my memory, what I have forgotten surfaces. It’s like having one of those ‘ah-ha!’ moments.”

Zane’s expression brightened with interest. “Exactly! I was once in Europe with Skyld and we were… working. Staking out a building that had gargoyles on the edge of the roof. I fell asleep and when I woke, the gargoyles were not where I remembered them being. They were stone statues so I told myself that I must have been mistaken about their position. I was young and it bugged me. When I said something to Skyld, he just shrugged his shoulders.” Zane’s eyes narrowed and Raine wondered if Zane was going to say anything to his brother later.

“There is a lot for you to learn.” Raine found himself trying to soothe Zane. “There are very few Others who know everything that is out there.” Usually there were the stuffy keepers of history and librarians who guarded antiquities. He smiled, thinking about the band. “We know more than most since we all come from vastly different backgrounds. Your brother, Skyld, he’ll know more about other beings because of what he is. Of course, that I.O.N. organization knows…”

Raine paused, coming to a sudden conclusion and not liking it one bit. As if he read Raine’s mind, Zane said, “I suddenly have access to a lot of information and it doesn’t seem random, does it?”

“No, it doesn’t,” Raine agreed reluctantly.

“For right now, I’m not going to worry about the whys. My top priority is hunting down this scion and protecting Cord. Then we need to get the mantles back to their families and I want to talk to the dragons.” A flash of anger crossed Zane’s expression. “I want to know why they don’t help the grendels.”

Raine’s gut twisted in apprehension and he felt he needed to warn Zane. “I’m half-Formorian, Zane. My people are assholes. I’m an angel compared to most of them. Formorians are cruel and many of those who survived to present day are quite mean. Despite that, even they shy away from meeting a dragon face-to-face. Dragons are… they don’t think like humans. Their emotions are… I’m not sure they have emotions or perhaps they don’t care about the same things other races do—at least I don’t think so. Everything I know about dragons was passed down by storytellers, and even back then, those stories were old, happening long before the time the Formorians fought with the Tuatha de Dannan. They clashed with the frost giants of the far north and sometimes the sea dragons.”

“It sounds like they fought everyone,” Zane said when Raine paused for too long. He was trying to recall some of those stories for his youth, a time in his life that he worked hard to forget. It seemed he’d done a good job because all he could pull up now were impressions.

“They did, even amongst themselves. I don’t recall the exact stories, only the impressions remain. My people considered dragons barely more intelligent than beasts that cared for nothing outside their clans.”

Zane’s eyes narrowed and Raine would bet his favorite electric guitar that Zane was going to find a way to at least make one dragon care.

“Even though I don’t hold any regard for the Valkyries at the moment, I find it highly doubtful Cord’s mother would choose a beast for a lover. Valkyries glean the best fighters and heroes from the battlefield. Why would her choice of lover be any different? Cord’s…” Zane faltered as if unsure he should continue.

Raine smiled. “I agree. Cords’ taste in men is a part of him being a half-Valkyrie, but I think it is also driven by his dragon half.”

“Dragon’s really do hoard things?” Zane asked.

Raine shrugged awkwardly and Alonzo snuffled with the disturbance. “I don’t know for sure, but I heard some of them do.”

“Well, it is something to think about after I kill the hunter. Until then, I need you guys to stay close. How long are you free from other obligations?”

“We have several shows between Christmas and the end of the year with a huge New Years Eve concert in San Diego,” Raine replied. Could they be free of the hunter by then? Raine and his guys had tried tracking down the scion. They all came up with nothing. It was as if the hunter was smoke or something, his trail suddenly gone, no trace to follow.

If anything, Zane’s expression darkened further. “I don’t like the thought of you guys away from me. It doesn’t feel right but I am not going to keep you from doing what you love.”

This was a conversation the whole band needed to have with Zane. They had not made plans past the end of the year, knowing that Cord would become a grendel soon afterwards. They were planning for the worst and hoping for the best. If all else failed, they would take Cord to the far north to a place they had bought last year that was away from people. There they would watch over and protect Cord even if it wasn’t what Cord wanted. Cord worried he would be a burden to them and each one of them had patiently explained that they would continue to love and care for Cord, no matter what Cord turned into.

“Get some rest, Raine. I’m not going to let anything happen to him,” Zane promised.

Oddly, Raine believed him.
Table of Contents

Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2 -
Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part two
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Four
Chapter Thirty, Part One
Chapter Thirty, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-One
Chapter Thirty-One, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Two
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part Three
Chapter Thirty-Four, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Four Part Two
Chapter Thirty Five
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Three
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Four

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

What's on the Reading Radar? #TBR #WishList

This week just zipped by, but it was probably slow for others. I got to work on other projects, though I don't feel that I got anywhere fast. If you haven't heard yet, my blog story, Assassin's Retirement, is starting back up this coming week. So I did accomplish something. :D

Reading-wise...

Title: Mack's Perfectly Ghastly Homecoming
Series: (Mack's Marvelous Manifestations Book 2)
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 215 pages


Genre: Romance / Ghost Paranormal / Gay

Notes: I stayed up late to finish reading this last night. This is different than Jon's series in many ways. Not only do we get to see a different aspect of PAD with mediums, the cases are much different. I really enjoyed how Brandon's struggles were of a different nature than his brother's. Loved Elli and her guys. I hoep that we get to see more of them in the future. 

Blurb: Mack’s over the moon to not only have Brandon but to finally be done with all their training. With the official FBI stamp of approval, they are ready to start ghost busting.

The very last place he wants to be sent to is his hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana, however. But a child is being terrorized, and when he discovers it’s his favorite cousin, all reluctance is forgotten.

His cousin’s ghost problem is not their only case, though. The nearby university also has a malevolent ghost that is seriously escalating. Students are being scratched, pushed down the stairs, and generally terrified. Even with Brandon’s unwavering support, this might be a bit much for just two people to handle. And when the ghost proves it can break all the windows in a three-story building? Mack knows they definitely won’t be able to do it alone.

It’s shaping up to be a perfectly ghastly homecoming.


Tags: Bad ghosts, homophobia, Brandon’s dying to shoot something, cockblocking ghost, lots of first times in this one, car sex, Mack is secretly a BAMF, which turns Brandon on so HARD, pun totally intended, FBI paranormal division likes to break things, Brandon’s super happy about it, no dedicated top/bottom, M/F/M secondary characters, bisexual PoC BAMFs, relationship growth, self-growth, Mack’s a work in progress and he knows it, flying is fun.


Title: Not Quite Beast
Series: Not Quite, 2
Author: Kaye Draper
Length: 99 pages

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Paranormal Post Apocalyptic / Poly / 

Notes: Next up on the reading list! *happy wiggles*

Blurb: At twenty-eight years old, Sam thought they were old enough to stop making terrible decisions. But taking a merc job for a human millionaire can’t be described as anything else. Neither can drinking so much fairy moonshine that you forget there are good reasons not to let yourself think with your…parts.

Hunting people is a whole different world than hunting supernatural beasts, and Sam and their guild might not come out on the winning side of this one. When the goons Sam is hired to track down fight back with magic, it rapidly becomes apparent that Theo isn’t telling the whole story about why people want him dead. Sam loses Fin and Emerson, and it takes drastic measures to get them back, including working with a bunch of assholes Sam knows better than to trust.

And why the hell do Sam’s most inconvenient shifter impulses choose now to kick in? Sometimes a half-human, half-monster, half-male, half-female fiend hunter just can’t catch a break….


Title: Refugees
Series: 
Author: Kim Fielding
Length: 68 pages

Genre: Romance / Historical Sci-Fi / Gay 

Notes: The category for this is Sci-Fi but it is also historical since it's post WWII. I enjoy Kim Fielding's stories. There is a uniqueness about them that I don't see often, so I never know what to expect when I crack open one of her books. 

Blurb: When World War II ended and army medic Walter Clark returned to Chicago, he discovered that although home remained the same, he had changed. Unable to fit comfortably into his old life, he spent a year gradually making his way west. Now he’s gone as far as he can—the shore of the Pacific—but old memories make ocean views intolerable. He turns inland and finds himself in the hidden hamlet of Kiteeshaa, Oregon, where the locals are surprisingly friendly and the café serves food exactly like his grandmother used to make.

Martin Wright runs the Kitee Motor Court Inn and offers Walter a place to stay for a few nights. Later, Martin offers him a great deal more. But while Martin is a delight, he also harbors secrets; and there’s something not quite right about Kiteeshaa. No matter how far the two men have traveled, they can’t run away from their pasts.


Title: The Alpha's Warlock
Series: (Mismatched Mates Book 1)
Author: Eliot Grayson
Length: 172 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Shifters / Warlocks / Action & Adventure / Enemies to Lovers / Gay

Notes: I have not read this author before but the books sounds fun. 

Blurb: Cursed, mated, and in for the fight of their lives…

Warlock Nate Hawthorne just wants a cup of coffee. Is that too much to ask? Apparently. Because instead of precious caffeine, all he gets is cursed by a pack of werewolves who want to use him for his magic. Now the only way to fix the damage is a mate bond to a grumpy and oh-so-sexy alpha in the rival pack, who happens to hate him. This is so not how he wanted to start his day.

Ian Armitage never intended to take Nate as his mate. The Hawthorne family can’t be trusted. Ian knows that better than anyone. The fact that he’s lusted after the way-too-gorgeous man for years? Totally irrelevant. Ian’s just doing what is necessary to protect his pack. This whole mating arrangement has nothing to do with love and never will. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

Nate and Ian will have to work together if they have any hope of staving off the pack’s enemies and averting disaster. That’s assuming they can stop arguing (and keep their hands off each other) long enough to save the day…

The Alpha’s Warlock is an explicit M/M paranormal romance featuring a snarky warlock, a brooding alpha werewolf, knotting, enchanted socks (long story), and a guaranteed happily ever after.


Title: Bright as a Star: Lucifer
Series: (Children of the Elder Gods Book 1)
Author: Ramona Mainstrom
Length: 114 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Poly

Notes: So I came across Loki's book in the bisexual category and was intrigued enough to look up the series. I'm going to give it a try.

Blurb: Once the embodiment of intellect and enlightenment, Lucifer was Humankind’s guardian against the Darkness. Now, he is the scapegoat for all of Humanity’s sins and reviled by the world he’s sworn to protect. Lucifer is drowning in the onslaught of Man’s negative energy until he meets Taya. Her simple faith reminds him of his birthright as Mankind’s liberator.

Their joined power makes for good sex, but also draws the attention of ancient enemies how have hunted them for millennia. Can they stand against these dark forces and who is the mysterious shadow protecting Taya? Join Lucifer and Taya in their awakening.

Children of the Elder Gods is a Why Choose Reverse Harem series with cliffhangers.

In this series:

#1 Lucifer: Bright as a Star
#2 Anubis: Light as a Feather
#3 Loki: White as a Frost
#4 Taya: Fight as a Goddess


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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coming Soon! Returning to Assassin's Retirement #TheGentleman #AssassinsRetirement

About a year ago, I took a break from Assassin's Retirement. I didn't mean to take a year, but it seems that I sorely needed a change. This month I've been working toward getting back on this particular horse and trying to find a stride again. I was stuck and no matter what I did, I wasn't getting around it.

"What was wrong?" you ask?

I was trying for a relationship balance between all the characters. I've read over and over again that people like poly relationships with equal love between all parties involved. So I was trying to force Zane to have the same type of relationship with Crimson Comet that Cord has, and it did not fit the story, and it did not fit Zane. He simply does not/will not love them all in the same way. He's not Cord. My plan for Zane and Raine to have some sexy times in Chapter 37 did not come to fruition. Zane was resistant. Raine was resistant. So I had some things to work out, I'm just going to let the characters be who they want to be and not try to stuff them into a formula.

Even figuring that out, it was hard to start up again. Some of it had to do with the intense desire to give Assassin's Retirement a good editing scrub. It has areas that need expanding, but I reminded myself that this is the first draft. I'm writing the installment before it's posted and its all without an outline to follow. The story has already taken a couple of sharp turns, so it would be foolish of me to start adding chapters to the beginning without confirming the story is going where I think it is going. After finishing Chapter 37... I'm thinking I might be wrong about that too.

So get ready for this 'making-it-up-as-I-write' story that will start up again. I've attached the table of contents below if you haven't read Assassin's Retirement yet or you want to refresh you memory. Just remember it needs EDITS lots and lots of edits and Chapters 1-36 will not get that kind of love until the story is over.

Assassin's Retirement Table of Contents

Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2 -
Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part two
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Four
Chapter Thirty, Part One
Chapter Thirty, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-One
Chapter Thirty-One, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Two
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Three, Part Three
Chapter Thirty-Four, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Four Part Two
Chapter Thirty Five
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part One
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Three
Chapter Thirty-Six, Part Four

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Smashwords' Authors Give Back Sale #booksale

Are you looking for something new or different to read?

I'm participating in a month-long sale at Smashwords. Until April 20th you will find all my books (except for new releases) 60% off! Check out my books and the rest of the sale. I'm trying to be good myself but it's really hard. LOL



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Saturday, March 21, 2020

What's on the Reading Radar #TBR #WishList

Whew! It's been a busy week. If you haven't peeked as the blog all this week, then I least check out yesterday's post for Constant's release day. :D

I haven't read a lot this week since, well... it was release week and Constant was reviewed over, and over, and over, and I am so glad I kicked the kid out of the house to go play with the other books. But I'm not the only one with releases this week and I picked up new books from my favorite authors. :D


Title: The Rebel's Mate
Series: Blue Solace, 7
Author: C.W. Gray
Length: 230 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay

Notes: I read this in pieces throughout the week. I'm excited to read that there will be a couple of side series from this. The series was such fun to read. 

Blurb: Welcome back to Charybdis Station and the crew of the Blue Solace: (Seventh Book in the series)

Finn Sterling is still adjusting to becoming the lieutenant of the blue fleet of Charybdis Station. As an orphan on Cardinal Hold, he never imagined he would have a position of authority as an adult and the trust his friends put in him makes failure impossible. When he is given the monumental task to find a large number of missing Vextonians, he'll take all the help he can get. When Finn's journey brings him to his mate, he discovers that finding the missing is only one part of the quest ahead of him.

Aiden Crow has spent the last year consumed with grief and his search for vengeance. When he meets Finn, he knows instantly that the man is his mate, but what could he possibly offer the beautiful, smiling Cardinal? As the search for the missing draw the two men together, Crow realizes that the greatest risk he faces is losing his heart.

Crow and Finn must work together to gather information so they can find the innocent before they are lost forever.

Author's Note: 55,000 words. This is a sci-fi/fantasy, m/m love story with no angst and no cheating, just a HEA. There is lots of action, a little sex, mpreg, and a few potty mouths involved in the story. 18+ readers only, please. It is also the seventh book in a series that is best read in order. Read "The Mercenary's Mate," "The General's Mate," "The Soldier's Mate," "The Lieutenant's Mate," "The Engineer's Mate," and "The Captain's Mate" first!



Title: Fates, Fins, and Fangs
Series: Gods and Demons, 1
Author: Kaye Draper
Length: 110 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Poly / RH / 

Notes: Released 3/17! I was so exited. This is one of my favorite worlds!

Blurb: Troya has given up her mythology geek ways to focus on pursuing her nursing degree. She’s made weird, but fierce friends in the growing city of Ontonagon, in the four years since she arrived as an orphaned, wounded teenager. She’s managing to make something of herself, despite the loss of her real family. But it seems like the universe has other plans for her.

Weird visions, hallucinations that make her closest friends seem like monsters…probably just an over the top reaction to all the stress in her life. (Either that, or it’s a brain tumor.) When a creepy run-in with a monster during her clinical rotations at the hospital threatens to make her fail out of school, Troya thinks it can’t possibly get any worse.

But she’s wrong. So wrong.

The world Troya has known all her life is ripped away in one weird night, and even two hot roommates-turned-lovers might not be enough to salvage things. Not when her entire existence is overshadowed by the memory of a dark prince bathed in blood—and the pain that drove her to forget everything.

*The Gods and Demons series is a spin off from the Gesa’s Menagerie series. While it can be read on it’s own, reading the Menagerie series first will provide more depth to the world and characters.


Title: Mack's Perfectly Ghastly Homecoming
Series: Mack's Marvelous Manifestations, 2
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 215 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal of the Ghost Kind / Gay /

Notes: *happy wiggles* I didn't realize this one was out until this week. 

Blurb: Mack’s over the moon to not only have Brandon but to finally be done with all their training. With the official FBI stamp of approval, they are ready to start ghost busting.

The very last place he wants to be sent to is his hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana, however. But a child is being terrorized, and when he discovers it’s his favorite cousin, all reluctance is forgotten.

His cousin’s ghost problem is not their only case, though. The nearby university also has a malevolent ghost that is seriously escalating. Students are being scratched, pushed down the stairs, and generally terrified. Even with Brandon’s unwavering support, this might be a bit much for just two people to handle. And when the ghost proves it can break all the windows in a three-story building? Mack knows they definitely won’t be able to do it alone.

It’s shaping up to be a perfectly ghastly homecoming.

Title: More than Life
Series: 
Author: Mary Calmes
Length: 330 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay / 

Notes: A self-pub from Mary. It's been a while since I read a contemporary and I do love cowboys. :D

Blurb: Hart Jarrett was only supposed to be passing through Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He wasn’t supposed to get involved, no emotional entanglements to tie him down. Setting down roots was never part of the plan, not until he opened himself up to love. Too bad the man he bet on bailed and left Hart holding the ranch. There were two choices after that: run away, or stay and build something real from nothing.

Nearly six years later, Hart has created a home and a life he never expected, with the help of his best friend and foreman, Morgan Brace. The ranch is thriving thanks to its loyal men and strong ties to the community. But there’s a snake in the garden, and it takes many forms. There’s a dead man on Hart’s property, a man he knows, and the questions are piling up. As if that weren’t enough, his ex has reappeared out of the blue, with plans to reclaim what he willingly gave.


And, to make matters worse, it appears Morgan is finally taking his dating life seriously.

Everything Hart has built is unraveling.

The life Hart wants doesn’t work without Morgan in it. Imagining a future without Morgan, him turning elsewhere for love and coming in second to someone else in Morgan’s heart—as well as his bed—is almost unbearable. So maybe, just maybe, the answer lies in Hart confessing that he loves Morgan more than life itself.
If Hart gambles and loses, will he even still want the life he’s worked so hard to build?

Title: Rebellion
Series: Rebellion, 1
Author: Hannah Walker
Length: 

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay

Notes: I've been looking at this one. I read somewhere that it was connected to one of her series and I thought about reading it first but when I looked up I didn't know where to start. Hmmm...

Blurb: Ferido Einadi has worked at the heart of the Barin Alliance. As a Founding Senator, he’s supposed to be in a position to create the change the Alliance needs to improve life for all its citizens. Instead, he finds himself at odds with those in command, those who are desperate to control the Alliance and shape it to their own desires.Caught working against the corruption, he goes on the run after an assassination attempt, protected by a team of Avanti who are as disgusted as he is by the degeneration of the Alliance. Together, they do the only thing they can— reach out to the resistance and make their way to allies who will help them.

Aristian from Landran, has been a chieftain for most of his adult life. He’s tired and looking for a new challenge. When King Kastain asks him to step up and become a new galactic ambassador for his people, Aristian leaps at the chance to take on the new role.
When a new race becomes the target for the corrupt Alliance, they reach out to the resistance for help. Aristian and Ferido are only too happy to step up and try to bring about change to the universe. Aided by friends, they traverse the cosmos, determined to give what aid they can.


What should have been a simple mission soon becomes fraught with danger, and they find themselves dealing with those who would destroy everything.


Having dedicated their lives to helping people, can Aristian and Ferido take time to focus on their own needs and desires while worlds are at risk around them? Are their ages and species too different to build a future on? And will any of them survive to have it really matter?

Title: Blood Faith
Series: Kara Sharpe
Author: Carmine Court, 1
Length: 128 pages

Genre: Dark Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Gay

Notes: This is another book that I have been considering. Dark Romance can mean a lot of things. I've read dark romances where the only thing dark about it was the violence and blood. This give a better idea with the captor/captive, but even those, it is all about how is presented. It is on sale for $0.99. 

Blurb: ADRIAN

When I stopped to get pizza on my way home, the last thing I expected was to cross paths with a vampire. Now I’m trapped in his home like a bird caught in a beautiful cage.

He’s got a dark magnetism I can’t ignore. I thought I was free of that world forever, but being with him is dragging me right back in.
I know I shouldn’t want him. I need to be stronger than this, but every time he’s near all I can think about is touching him again…

XAVIER


My world is no place for a creature of the daylight like him. Every time I sink my teeth into his vulnerable neck, I drink away a little more of that light.


Our physical connection is intense, but allowing anything else to develop would be the ruin of us both. So why can’t I get him out of my head? He’s my prisoner. How is it that I feel like I’m the one being held captive to his innocence?


I need to stop this before anyone else ends up dead.


BLOOD FAITH is a stand-alone HEA novella of 30,000 words, the first in the forthcoming Carmine Court series. It contains explicit m/m dark romance scenes including vampire content, kidnapping, captivity, and handcuffs.

Title: Bangkok Adventure
Series: The Infintium Government, 3
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 105 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Once a rehab guard, Kobalt is happy to spend his days now serving as supercargo on the merchant ship the Lucky Number. His days of keeping criminals in line and taking ridiculous, alcohol-fueled vacations to the coliseums of Bangkok are well and happily behind him.

That doesn't mean his life doesn't occasionally still come with excitement, however. The seven day pass he was looking forward to enjoying with plenty of peace and quiet is now threatened by signs of a possible smuggler, and where there's smugglers, there's people willing to do whatever it takes to get their contraband to where it belongs—including kill.

His world is thrown further into upheaval when the hunt for a smuggler brings him face to face with a man he never thought he'd see again: a former prisoner that Kobalt once thought about in ways no guard should.

Title: The Knight and the Necromancer
Series: The Capital, 1
Author: AH Lee
Length: 

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Enemies to Lovers / Fantasy / Gay /

Notes: 

Blurb: It’s a classic fairytale: Knight meets necromancer. They argue. They fight. They…make out?

Prince Roland comes home from the war to bury his father and see his sister on the throne. He sneaks out to his favorite tavern for nostalgia’s sake. It’s the place where he kissed a man for the first time, the place where he used to carouse with the lover he buried on a battlefield.

Roland expects to enjoy some anonymity and perhaps flirt with a few strangers for old time’s sake. He does not expect to find a fascinating scholar from out of town—a lonely young man with beautiful eyes and an obvious longing to be touched, buried beneath a prickly demeanor. The man clearly has his secrets, but so does Roland, and their unexpected chemistry makes him feel alive for the first time in months.

Roland exerts all his knightly charm and is rewarded by the promise of a second date. He figures he’ll need something to look forward to tomorrow, since he must spend the day in council with his family’s sworn enemy—a necromancer whom his sister has rashly invited to consult about the war.

Sairis is a necromancer with a price on his head. He knows that he will have to bargain for his life tomorrow. He’s never been this far from his tower. He’s good with magic, not people. He’s frightened, although he doesn’t want to admit it.

Sairis knows he’s doing something foolish by visiting a tavern the evening before his meeting with the royals—a tavern that caters to men of certain tastes. But Sairis wants things. Things a hunted outlaw can never have.

He tells himself that he’ll just watch—see what ordinary people enjoy every day. Sairis is confident in his ability to intimidate anyone who comes too close.

He’s shocked when a dazzling mountain of a man is not intimidated in the slightest. Sairis knows a knight when he sees one. He has killed plenty of knights. But this knight is funny and kind. Sairis finds his defenses melting in spite of his best efforts. Maybe he could go on a second date with this person.

Of course, he’ll have to get through tomorrow first…when he must bargain with the hated royals who have persecuted him all his life.

The Knight and the Necromancer is a trilogy with satisfying HEA at the end of book 3. Steamy scenes, adults only.

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