Hi Jennifer, and thanks for welcoming me back. I was here a few months ago for my debut novel, Captive Heart, and your readers were so welcoming I’ve returned to tell them about the second book in the series, Dangerous Beauty. Just like last time, I’ll also be giving away a copy of the book to one of the commenters. All they need to do is leave a comment and an email address.
One thing I am doing with my Pride of Uttor series is blending genres. I don’t mean just blending romance and fantasy—something all of the books in the series do—but also orientation. Most of the books will be M/F, but a few of them will be M/M. Dangerous Beauty is one of the M/M books. Several people warned me against doing that, mixing orientations, but if all goes well I will be writing a very long series and not everyone in the series is straight. Just like the people all around me, the families in my Uttor saga have diverse sexual histories and interests. I find all their stories fascinating and want to tell them.
When doing a series with both M/F and M/M books, I feel it’s only fair to make each book completely standalone. That way a reader who loves the series, but doesn’t want to read about a particular sexual pairing, can skip the book and still be able to reenter the series with the next book. The events of one book aren’t necessary to understand or enjoy how the story unfolds in any other book. All information the reader needs to know is in the book itself.
So a reader of Dangerous Beauty doesn’t have to have read Captive Heart. A few characters from the first book make return appearances but it’s not necessary to have met them before: they make perfect sense as new characters, too. Because the Uttor series follows the romantic lives of a large brood of brothers and sisters, and members of another family in their new country, there’s overlap between their stories. Along the way, readers will get to know all the family members and their quirks, loves, triumphs and failures.
Once the Kordeun family ruled Sebboy…now they are imperial captives of the Uttoran Emperor. Devout and studious, Endre Kordeun loves his family and will do anything to free them, even if that means pretending he’s gay so he can pass messages to his father’s shady allies. With his golden good looks and a beautiful male courtesan posing as his lover, Endre finds Uttor’s decadent society more than willing to believe his ruse.
But when a passionate kiss from a dark, gorgeous man unlocks feelings Endre had been hiding even from himself, lies start to unravel. Arshad, prince of Tabar, is Endre’s match in every way…including a shared love for science and celestial mechanics. Going forward with his charade will be dangerous, and not only because he might be discovered. In that event, even his own father would kill him. How much is Endre willing to risk for love?
Arshad pressed his right palm to Endre’s face and from there ran his fingers into the youth’s hair, unafraid now of exercising possession. For the first time, his quarry looked him in the eyes with clear consent. All he knew for certain was that he was about to lose his heart.
“Why me?” he asked softly. He knew all the answers, but it was important for Endre to articulate the right ones.
“I told you. I find you attractive. The other night, I could hardly take my eyes off your cock and I haven’t stopped thinking about it, in ways that feel wrong but…I want to explore them, and—” He was floundering prettily, but Arshad thought he would soon stumble back into reason. “And you’re interesting. I stayed late at one of Bamalfi’s parties just to listen to you discourse on optics. My captain, Jedrus, had to drag me away. And I respect you and I believe—or at least I hope—you respect and understand me, because you lent me that book, and then there’s what happened with Yanni when you tried to help me. You haven’t run to the emperor or anything and…and I think I can trust you.”
There. He’d found his way to it.
“Be sure, princeling. You will need to trust me a great deal.”
“I cannot trust you with everything. But I believe I can trust you with this.”
Arshad bent to press his lips to Endre’s, savoring the sharp intake of breath just before they kissed, the way the youth closed his eyes and simply waited. He moved his lips freely, laying leisurely claim, issuing reassurance along with desire. He spent time on tender discovery, tracing the shape of Endre’s mouth, finding his taste sweet. His breath was redolent of the fennel seed he had probably chewed on the way to his door. Charming, yet completely masculine, the deep cavern of his mouth inhabited by an inexperienced tongue that ardently sparred with his. When Endre relaxed, his mouth open and actively seeking exploration, Arshad pulled back. His cock was hard, eager to begin its conquest. But he knew better than to obey his single-minded companion.
“You have dreamed of me?” he said, “Well, I have dreamed of you. I have dreamed of what you might look like without these.” He plucked at the fabric of Endre’s tunic, lifting the fine linen away from his chest. When he let it fall back, he glimpsed the telltale points of hardened nipples. “Strip. Show me.”
Endre obeyed without hesitation. Indeed, he wore a slight smile. Nothing in his young life gave him reason to think his looks would meet with anything other than approval. He removed his boots first, then his garments. As each shed item of clothing fell to the floor, the body being revealed inspired Arshad to vivid and graphic fantasies. He held himself still, watching the unveiling with an excitement that rose quite literally with each span of exposed skin.
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I’m giving away a copy of the ebook to one commenter on this thread. To enter, simply leave a comment and your email address. The email is a must. Without that, I have no way to contact you if you win. I will draw the winner on Saturday morning, February 23rd.
Thanks, Jennifer, for allowing me to stop by and speak to your readers! I’ll leave some links for anyone who wishes to contact me. I’m pretty easy to find. My blog: http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com/
My Amazon.com author page.
My Goodreads author page.
I'm on Facebook
And my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I'd like to thank Tali for joining us again. It's always a pleasure to have you join us. Please leave a comment with your email address' to enter her generous giveaway.
~Author Jennifer Labelle~