Genre: - Superhero/Gay Romance
Date of Publication: October 2, 2017
Number of pages: 312
Word Count: 106,903
Cover Artist: Veronika Dolnikova
Tagline: Heroes arenât meant to act like their villainsâor fall in love with them.
The elements touch everyone on EarthâFire, Water, even Lightâbut every so often someone becomes more attuned to their elemental leaning and develops true power. When an evil Elemental known as Thanatos arrived in Olympus City, it saw the rise of its first heroâZeus. But the death toll caused by defeating Thanatos changed Zeus, who by day is young detective Danny Grant.
Itâs been six months since Thanatos terrorized the city at the start of Lovesick Gods. Danny should be used to his duty behind the mask, but the recent past haunts him. His girlfriend left him, he snaps at the barest provocation, his life feels emptyâhe needs an outlet, any outlet to pull him out of his depression.
Enter notorious thief Malcolm Cho, the Ice Elemental Prometheus. There was a time when Danny welcomed a fight with Cho, filled with colorful banter and casual flirtations that were a relief compared to Thanatos. Even as a criminal, Cho had recognized the threat Thanatos posed and promised to help Danny stop him, but the day Danny needed Cho, he never showed. Cho was the reason so many people died that dayâincluding Dannyâs mother.
Danny decides to teach the man a lesson and fan the fire of their attraction into something more. At worst, heâll get some no-strings-attached sex out of the deal and finally blow off steam; at best, heâll get Cho to fall in love with him and then break his heart to spite him. Danny doesnât expect to fall for Cho in the process, and he certainly canât predict the much darker threat on the horizon.
The long game, Danny thought as he accepted the hand Cho held out to help him from the sofa. Cho couldnât have any fun with a blubbering mess, so of course heâd want to cheer Danny up. It didnât mean anything. It just felt nice that Cho didnât pry the way the others did. Heâd never look down on Danny. He was a liar, a criminal, a scoundrelâhe was the reason Danny had been forced into that position with Thanatos to begin withâbut while the rest of his life felt like an open wound, somehow Cho was a balm.
Danny made a show of changing out of Choâs clothes and into his Zeus costume right there in the living room. Leaving the sleep pants and T-shirt folded on the sofa, he started to put on his boots at the door.
âInteresting choice of work clothes.â Cho crossed his arms with an amused eyebrow raise.
âIâll change when I get to the precinct. And next time Iâll call. Or text. Promise. Thanks for breakfast.â Danny made to walk toward Cho off the rug, then gave an abortive gesture like oops, stuck now with my boots on.
Cho rolled his eyes, but he still moved closer to accept the kiss Danny pulled him into. And let linger. And linger... Maybe a little longer than necessary.
âHave a nice day at work, dear,â Cho said, sickly sweet in his familiar drawl.
Danny found himself smilingâand meaning it.
Cho was a bad man. He was. Heâ¦he was. But he made things lighter. And easier. And even though Danny knew that soon heâd have to end this or risk getting in too deep, for now he could enjoy the lie for just a little longer.
About the Author:
Amanda Meuwissen has been writing and posting online for many years, including maintaining the website and blog for the software company Outsell. She is an avid writer and consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games, and is the author of the paranormal romance trilogy The Incubus Saga and young adult novel Life as a Teenage Vampire. Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their two cats.