Author: Kris T. Bethke
Page/Word Count: 42K Words
Categories: Gay Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Release Date: April 14, 2018
Publisher: JMS Publishing
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
“Better?” Wes asked eventually. “Feel more centered and focused now?”
I nodded. Then I sat back a little so I could see his face. I wrapped my arms around his neck, and tucked my fingers down the collar of his dress shirt, not wanting to lose too much contact with his skin. “Yes, thank you.”
“First things first,” Wes said, his voice all business and his face serious. “Are we bonded?”
I sucked in a breath, surprised he’d made that leap. But he had to know that we weren’t. If we’d made a bond, even an unintentional one, he would feel the pull as much as I did. “Of course not.”
He just nodded his head, like that was the answer he expected. “But you feel better when you’re touching me. When you can pull on my magic to augment your own?”
I released a sigh, and couldn’t quite stop myself from snuggling just a tiny bit closer. I shrugged one shoulder. “Yes. Like I said, your magic fits with mine. So it’s easy and natural to use you as a source. I’m sorry about that.”
He glared at me like I had said something stupid. “Don’t be ridiculous. There’s nothing to apologize for. It’s not like you did it on purpose. Right?”
That last bit was said with just a tiny bit of accusation. I tried not to be offended. “No, I didn’t do it on purpose.”
Wes just squinted at me. “So then, we have to figure out what’s going on with you, what’s pulling on your power. Until then, you just need to stick close to me so I can keep you stable.”
I gave an indignant huff. “That’s hardly practical. We’ve both got jobs to do. You seriously can’t expect us to stay in each other’s pockets because I have a little sense of fatigue. You’re getting a little extreme there, buddy.” I tried to pull away from him but he held me fast, and gave me a look that I couldn’t quite interpret.
“You’ve got someone else that can keep your magic and your energy up?”
“Well, no,” I answered honestly. I’d never met anyone whose magic fit so well with mine. “But that doesn’t mean you can just drop everything and keep me stable. That thought is just-” I cast about for a suitable word and finally settled on, “preposterous.”
Wes just gave a snort, sounding amused. “I can do whatever I want. And I don’t want you lying in bed barely able to function. That serves no one. So you’ll just have to be ‘in my pocket’ until we can figure it out and fix you. There has to be some magical means at work here. And I am an Investigations Agent. I’ll investigate.”
His tone was playful, cajoling, and I wanted to smile, but this was too serious. We barely knew each other and, my crush notwithstanding, he couldn’t just drop everything to take care of me. He wasn’t making any sense.
4.5✨s – This is the story of Julian and Wes, both magical beings and agents working for the Department of Extranormal and Magical Affairs (DEMA). Julian is “Beholden” – limiting his magic to scrying, while Wes’s magic spans multiple disciplines. Julian has the ability, through scrying, to locate things, people, etc. Julian is brought in to consult Wes and his partner solve a case. Through the course of the investigation, Julian and Max’s relationship grows from colleagues to lovers to … more.
This is a new author for me. I love a good paranormal book. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was well written, the plot well developed and the characters kept my interest. There was enough uniqueness to this story that I blew through the book in no time at all – wanting more!! Enjoy!!
About Kris T. Bethke:
Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a way too fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated.
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