Author: Alexis Duran
Series: Order of the Black Knights #2
This is a multi-author series and all books can be read as standalones.
Release Date: November 2nd 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed 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, 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 determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.
Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.
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Matthias indulges in a little flashback about his one and only physical encounter with Dylan, back in college:
Matthias leaned back and allowed long-repressed pleasure to spread through his body as he thought about putting the Dylan demon to bed at last.
Nineteen-year-old Dylan had been putty in Matthias’s hands. So willing and yet different from Matthias’s other conquests. Matthias remembered bright green eyes that met his gaze, that seemed to see right into Matthias, past the multiple layers of masks he wore for the world. That in itself was disturbing but intriguing. Dylan had been the odd combination of a submissive body and fiery, probing mind. Matthias had thought deflecting Dylan’s reporter’s instincts would be simple.
Perhaps he could blame his panic back then on being twenty-two and not fully in control of his emotions. He’d failed with Dylan, but that knowledge didn’t stop a small smile from creeping onto his lips at the memory of the hesitant phone call.
Dylan had finally called Matthias and asked him out for coffee, stumbling over the words in a charming manner. Matthias had cut through the bullshit and invited Dylan to the plush men’s club he sometimes prowled when feeling restless. He’d been wanting a break from all the schmoozing he did daily with the rich kids, sons and daughters of well-placed parents who’d someday have the kind of influence Matthias didn’t have, being born dirt-poor and disreputable. Dylan presented the perfect distraction.
Dylan had nothing to offer other than his body, so Matthias could relax and let his guard down a little. Or so he’d thought.
Things had started off well. Matthias picked Dylan up in Archie’s Porsche, and Dylan had been suitably sparkly-eyed and breathless.
“Damn, you’re cute,” Matthias said after Dylan had slid into the low seat and buckled himself in.
“Thanks,” Dylan said, cheeks heating in that adorable way. Matthias wondered if they might skip the club and go right to his apartment, but he reminded himself he wanted to savor the anticipation. Dylan’s nervous excitement was an aphrodisiac to Matthias, not that he needed it.
“Nice car,” Dylan commented, his blush deepening. Of course it was a nice car. A rich LSU alum had “loaned” it to Arch back when Arch was still a hot property with prospects.
Dylan ran his fingers across the expensive leather, and Matthias couldn’t help but imagine those fingers stroking the sensitive skin of his cock. He almost sideswiped a city bus. Dylan clutched the edge of his seat, and Matthias laughed. It felt good to think of nothing other than sex.
“Eyes on the road, Krall,” Dylan said.
“Then stop doing that thing with your fingers.” Matthias grinned while dodging the steady stream of traffic on Lakeview. Taillights streamed around them, and he let himself enjoy maneuvering the sleek machine.
Dylan laced his hands demurely in his lap, which didn’t help Matthias’s concentration. His gaze was drawn over and over again to his passenger. Dylan wore snug-fitting jeans, a green dress shirt that matched his eyes, and a scuffed brown leather jacket, bomber style. There was nothing about him that would normally set Matthias’s radar to pinging. Yes, he was hot, but Matthias had no shortage of sexy young men to choose from. And yet the minute Matthias had walked into that packed auditorium, he’d zeroed in on the shy blond like he was the only man in the room.
Matthias looked forward to delving into Dylan and finding out just how suggestible he was to the new hypnotic techniques Matthias was studying.
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About the Author
Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, finance, film production and for several performing arts organizations. Her favorite job so far has been inventorying the collection of a haunted Victorian Mansion. She is the author of the Masters and Mages and Edge of Night m/m fantasy series as well as several stand-alone romances. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference and First Runner Up from Love Romances Cafe. She lives with one dog and four and a half cats. She is always working on the next novel and has several new ideas brewing at all times.
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