Teaser Tuesday – 19/1/21 – Family and Reflection

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Family and Reflection, book 3 of The Sleepless City series I wrote with Elizabeth Noble.

He licked his lips and swallowed hard. Did Declan have any idea just how hot he was? Despite his banter about wanting threesomes, this was one guy Lucas wanted all for himself. Damn those vampires and their soulmate bond.

The pheromone thing wasn’t helping either. Lucas felt himself harden, and he bit off a low growl, hoping his eyes hadn’t flashed yellow.


It took a moment for Lucas to realize Declan was still waiting for him to answer. “Oh yeah, sorry.” He didn’t think saying he’d been distracted by Declan’s hotness was the way to go. “You know.” Lucas waved his hands to illustrate his point. “Small talk and all that. I’m not a fan of it, and I think we know each other well enough not to bother with it, right?”

“Right.” Declan cleared his throat. “So I should just get straight to the point?”

“Hmm, yeah. Something like that.” Lucas grabbed a throw pillow and shoved it over his groin. A guy had to have some secrets, and at least this way he could listen to Declan without having to worry about how much attention his cock was paying to the conversation. Declan had a deep voice, with a hint of a European accent. It gave him a mysterious air, and Lucas loved a good mystery. It was one of the reasons he’d become a medical examiner.

“Jonas talked to the chief about investigating the burglaries the council think I’m responsible for.”

“Yeah, I knew that.” When they’d first started spending time together, it had taken Lucas a while to get used to Declan calling Forge “Jonas.” None of the others did, not even Simon, who, out of all of them, had known him the longest. Apart from Declan, of course. But then he and Forge had been lovers for how long? Or friends with benefits, or however their friendship slash relationship used to work before Blair came along? Lucas had asked Simon about it once, but he’d just said it was complicated. Not helpful, but then Simon could be vague as hell when he set his mind to it.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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