SWORD AND SHIELD
by Saloni Quinby
Heat Level: Erotic
Publisher: Changeling Press
Cover art: Bryan Keller
Purchase Links: Changeling Press
Rule coped with his abduction by the vampire pirate Tarun by cutting off his emotions. After centuries of self-control through punishment, he found a man who finally reached his heart only to break up with him after an afternoon of passion.
A secret organization of obsessed swordsmen engage in duels to the death. When Joel's brother is murdered and Joel swears to avenge him, it's up to Rule to save him from a vampire who uses the duels as an easy blood supply, but once he sees Joel again, will Rule be able to resist him?
The following excerpt from SWORD AND SHIELD is for readers 18 and over.
"If he kills you, it will double the reason for me to challenge him," Joel said passionately.
Rule pressed him to the door again and stared deeply into his eyes. "Then I'd better win."
Joel opened his mouth to say something, but Rule covered it in a kiss.
Wrapping his arms around Rule's neck, Joel kissed him back. Hard.
What if Gram killed him tomorrow? Joel didn't think he could stand losing someone else he loved, especially not Rule. Why did he still feel so much for the man?
Instead of kissing Joel harder, Rule's lips and tongue moved tenderly against his.
"Let's go to the bedroom," Rule whispered against his lips. "If I'm going to fight tomorrow, give me something to remember."
Joel took his hand and they walked to the bedroom. Standing near the bed, they kissed again. Rule slid Joel's jacket off his shoulders and it fell to the floor, then he shrugged off his own.
They slowly unbuttoned each other's shirts while kissing. No one had ever kissed Joel with so much tenderness as he now felt with Rule.
Rule wove his fingers through Joel's hair and stared into his eyes. Joel sensed he wanted to speak, but he couldn't seem to find the words.
They removed their shirts and embraced, caressing each other's shoulders and backs. Rule's hands slid lower and cupped Joel's ass. He kneaded it, then he unfastened his belt and unzipped his trousers. He stroked Joel through his silk boxers and Joel moaned, closing his eyes and resting his head against Rule's shoulder.
"I like being with you, Rule," Joel breathed. "I've missed you."
"I've missed you too."
This surprised Joel. He hadn't expected Rule to admit it.
Rule took his face in his hands and kissed him again. When the kiss broke, they finished undressing and tumbled into bed.
Lying on top of the covers, their legs entwined, they kissed and caressed each other.
Gazing into Joel's eyes, Rule pressed him onto his back and sat between his spread legs.