We are thrilled to bring you an Exclusive Excerpt from Cervena the new release from Louise Lyons.
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ July 22nd July
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.
“I’m glad you’re back.” Marek spoke in a whisper. He slipped past me and headed off to his studio. I closed the door and leaned against the wall for a moment. My stomach twisted into an uncomfortable knot and my heart pounded hard enough to make me breathless. I hated this. I could intimidate the most determined opponent if need be, but I loathed confrontation. It was like an act I put on to accomplish what I had to.
I took several deep breaths and moved to the next door. I knew what I would find before I opened it. He had to be in there. Closing my eyes, I pushed open the door. When I forced myself to look, I was confronted by a shivering Sasha, naked and pressing himself into the corner of the room. He looked scared but determined, fists raised defensively in front of him. The other man in the room was another middle-aged overweight man paying for his fun. His shrinking cock hung from his unfastened trousers and his lip bled, presumably from Sasha hitting him. I dealt with him the same way I’d dealt with the first one. This one made only a halfhearted protest and quickly left, tucking himself away as he went.
Sasha didn’t speak. He closed his eyes and cringed, lowering his hands to cover himself. He didn’t look at me until I’d taken off my overcoat and draped it around him. Then he grabbed it gratefully, shoved his arms into the sleeves, and wrapped it tightly around his body.
“Did he hurt you?” My voice was barely above a whisper.
“What about before today?”
Sasha shook his head. “No.”
“No one’s touched you?”
“Tried a few times.” He grimaced and seemed to shrink inside the coat, which was much too big for him.
“All of this is over. I want you to go up to your studio, take a shower, get dressed, and wait until I come up. I’m going to talk to the others in my office and see if I can get hold of my esteemed partner.” I spat the last couple of words and Sasha’s eyes widened. He stared at me for a moment, then quickly left the room.
Meet Louise Lyons
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself. Email: email@example.com
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