Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Vegas is filled with human cast-offs, yet officer Parker McLean sees something special in hustler Slade Wolfgang. Unfortunately, so does Slade’s pimp who wants to sell him overseas in the sex trade.
Hustler Slade Wolfgang has little choice over his fate. At the age of twenty, he’s had to survive any way he can since being thrown out of his home for being gay. As soon as he hit Vegas, Slade was lured into the hopeless world of prostitution where he’s become a virtual prisoner to his pimp, the ruthless Julio Estevez. His evil keeper has even threatened to sell Slade overseas as a sex slave.
It’s another typical night on the Strip when Parker comes across Slade. His heart breaks every time he sees someone so young being exploited. Something in Slade’s eyes tells Parker the young man might be in real trouble though – especially after the recent spate of sex worker killings from a rival prostitution ring.
The two men’s lives become intertwined when Slade is almost beaten to death. The danger grows, but so does the relationship between Parker and Slade. Parker helps Slade to heal from the horrific attack and their bond deepens. But the human traffickers are still out there – and they’re still looking for Slade.
Publisher Advisory: Scenes of violence and a brief scene of sexual abuse. Although part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone.
Categories: Gay, Men In Uniform, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller
Lonnie had finally snuck out of bed at around noon, knowing that Parker would get up somewhere between one and two. Spaghetti probably wasn’t the best breakfast in the world, but it beat Cheerios. He’d chopped the mushrooms and was pretty sure he hadn’t butchered them too badly. He’d also grated the cheese and had added some extra spices to the sauce simmering on the stove—it had tasted sorta bland when he’d sampled it. The water was ready to boil whenever Parker was ready to eat. Valeena had warned him about that. She’d told him not to cook the noodles too soon or they’d be sticky like glue and turn into a big messy blob.
I hope she’s okay.
Sometimes his stomach would ache if he thought about her too much. It was easier if he focused on the things that made him feel good. Parker had pretty much become everything to him. He shifted back and forth on his feet, disquiet seeping in. He wasn’t stupid despite his lack of education. Getting upset at Parker about seeking outside help was not that surprising when he thought about it. It had nothing to do with Parker directly, but had everything to do with Lonnie’s desire to keep the rest of the world away from them. Parker was his and he didn’t want anyone to interfere with that. Buried inside him was the sneaking suspicion that Parker would come to his senses at some point and realize that he didn’t want someone like Lonnie in his life, in his home.
Tears burned behind his eyes and he blinked them away. It wouldn’t alleviate his insecurities if Parker were to catch him crying. There was no point in reminding Parker what a mess he was. He’d handle it on his own.
“Damn. Something smells incredible in here.”
Parker came up behind him and wrapped his arms around Lonnie’s frame. He nuzzled his neck.
“Mmm. Now I know what it is. It’s Eau de Lonnie.”
Lonnie snorted laughter. “I made some spaghetti. I know you just woke up, but I thought you might be hungry?”
Parker turned Lonnie in his arms then took his mouth in a slow, deep kiss. He retreated, murmuring in Lonnie’s ear.
“Always hungry for you.”
Lonnie let out a sigh before he could stop it. It was a contented sound, but a little too much like a girl. Parker nibbled at his throat then moved lower until he’d clamped his lips over the valley of skin between Lonnie’s clavicle bones. Like Parker, Lonnie didn’t have on a shirt, the sleep pants being the only thing he wore. There was a suctioning pull on his flesh, the sensation sharp but pleasurable at the same time.
If Parker was going to mark him, Lonnie wanted to leave one on Parker too. Parker finished sucking on his skin then soothed the spot with his tongue. After angling his head, Lonnie placed his mouth on the side of Parker’s neck to do the same thing. Parker yanked away.
What felt like a fist wrapped around Lonnie’s stomach. “I… You don’t want…?”
Tears filled his eyes and one slipped out before he could stop it. He twisted his body to get away from Parker. Parker’s hold tightened, but Lonnie wouldn’t give into him. At last, Parker let go and Lonnie ran into their…into Parker’s bedroom.
As soon as he hit the threshold, he stopped. It wasn’t right the way he was acting. His heart hammered away, his throat tight as he tried to slow his breathing.
That was… Why did I do that?
Yeah. His feelings had gotten hurt because it hadn’t seemed as if Parker wanted Lonnie to mark him, that maybe the idea of being branded by a whore was repugnant to him. He pressed the heel of his palm against his eyes. He was fucked up. Really fucked up.
M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Sin City Uniforms Series and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club. A follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story in Rockin’ the Alternative will also be available in 2015 through Totally Bound Publishing.
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