What better way to start out the week than with some Seductive Studs? I’m celebrating the acceptance of Matthias, my contribution to the Order of the Black Knights m/m romantic suspense series from DreamSpinner Press, so this week I thought I’d share the scene when Dylan Connelly first talks to Matthias, which happened back they were both at the University of Washington and Dylan was crushing hard on the sexy senior.
Dylan found out Matthias took a martial arts class off campus three mornings a week and actually got up early enough to almost cross paths with his quarry. At least once a week, Dylan crossed the street in front of the dojo to a nonexistent appointment, nodding or even lifting a hand in half-greeting as Matthias emerged from his workout, attractively flushed and sweaty in designer workout gear.
Then there came the day Dylan mistimed his street crossing and realized he was going to come face to face with Matthias on the sidewalk.
Say something intelligent like “good morning” and keep walking. Don’t stumble. Don’t stutter and for Christ’s sake, don’t blush.
Of course he had no say over what his body decided to do and his face instantly heated when Matthias spotted him and smiled. A slow, easy, bedroom sexy smile. White teeth bright against creamy coffee toned skin.
“What brings you out so early, Connelly?” Matthias asked after the usual friendly exchange of nods. He stopped walking and shouldered his gym bag, forcing Dylan to stop walking and face him.
He knows my name.
“Coffee. Coffee with a friend. At Mocha Joe’s.” Funny, his first word to Matthias was coffee. Who would’ve guessed? At least it came out without as stutter or nervous laugh.
Matthias shifted his wrist to check the time on a black and gold watch that probably cost more than most students’ cars.
“I could use a jolt. Mind of I join you?”
“Of course not. I mean, sure.” Dylan managed a casual smile and then remembered his friend didn’t exist. Well, shit. Guess he was going to get stood up today.
They fell in side by side. Matthias stood a shade taller than Dylan, his body lean and compact. Although similar in size, Dylan guessed Matthias outweighed him by thirty or forty pounds. Dylan was a swimmer and practiced yoga, whereas Matthias lifted weights in addition to his martial arts training. The slick material of his workout clothes accentuated the taut lines of his muscular chest and ass. Dylan’s brain ceased to function. Small talk had never been his forte.
Matthias ~ coming Nov/Dec 2016 ~ unofficial blurb
Matthias agreed to become a killer in order to rise from poverty and desperation, but in the process, he signed away his soul. To overcome the curse and the break the cycle, Matthias must forgive his enemy—the one man who can save him from an eternity of violence and hatred. The one man Matthias fears most of all.
From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall has spent his life clawing his way out of poverty, using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru extraordinaire, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s got Matthias’ number and is determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud, but a murderer.
Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut telling him the man is a threat, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy the power his enemy holds over him once and for all.
For information on the series, check out the website OBKBooks.com
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