Title — The Gathering
Author — +Jacey Holbrand
Publisher – Evernight Publishing
Series – The Glorious Guild of Lady Windsurfer, 1
Genre – Alternative (MM)/Gay, Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Erotic Romance, Steampunk
Heat Level – 3
Word Count – 35, 510
ISBN – 978-1-77233-049-6
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The year is 2112, and the world has changed…
Jake Landry is interested in having some fun. He’s in Las Vegas, newly single and just off his most recent tour of duty. In Vegas he has met up with his old friend Nicola Goodheart, a scientist and inventor who studies portals, other worlds, and strange beings. Jake has also met and become enamored with Alexander, a gorgeous man with violet eyes. Jake goes with Nic on a portal finding mission, and they all end up in Alexander’s alien world.
Recruiter Alexander Bloodworth is interested in Jake for himself and in Nicola for placement in a pleasure house on his home planet of Aurath. When he hears word one of his people’s enemies are after Nicola and Jake, he goes to save them both, even at the peril of losing his job.
Will they risk their hopes and dreams—Alexander and Jake for a chance at love and Nicola for her career—or will they falter and lose everything anyway?
Be Warned: m/m sex
This is a very fun, sexy, dystopian adventure. I couldn’t get enough! I really loved the characters and the story. The book is set in the twenty second century, in 2112. Earth has been through a huge war, and countries are now keeping to themselves. It is more like a blend of future and old west. Fossil fuel is extremely hard to come by, so people use steam power and horse carriages. The land has changed a lot. With the melting polar caps and the ravages of war, places like Florida, Houston, New Orleans are gone. Las Vegas is now a wetter area, and it is one of the few places with power because of the Colorado River. The casinos are still there, and people still flock to gamble.
Nicola Goodheart is a scientist and explorer. She is always studying something, and now she has heard that there might be a portal to another planet. She is hoping to study it and write a scientific paper on her findings. She is wondering if there is a link between the portals and women going missing. She was raised with survivalist training, and her adventurous spirit cannot be quelled.
Captain Jake Landry isn’t doing so hot. He has just gotten out of the military, and his boyfriend dumped him while he was stationed apart from him. He had made plans to spend time in Las Vegas with Shawn, but since the rat had taken his reservation even after dumping him, he needs some R & R. Turning the tables, he used Shawn’s money to get another room. His day is brightened when he hears from his best friend Nicola that she is also in Las Vegas, and they plan to meet.
Alexander Bloodworth is an alien from Aurath. His job is to recruit women from other planets to come to his and work in the brothels. They do this because the bloodlines cannot be messed with by an out of wedlock child. As humans are very similar to his people, they work well because they cannot get pregnant from the aliens. They are treated very well, and they usually know what is going on because they are recruited from the assistance houses they have set up on Earth. Alex also likes his job because it keeps him away from his father, the Governor, who keeps trying to marry him off. Alex prefers men, and on his planet, it is illegal to be with a man.
Jake has settled at the bar, and after spotting his ex, he is ready to let loose. He meets the sexy Alex, and plans to see him soon, after he has met with Nicola. Nicola has found someone to take her to the portal, and Jake tags along to protect her, even though she does not need it. Trouble comes their way when the bad aliens decide they want the two for their own. When Alex intervenes, they get a huge wake up call when they escape to space. Alex and Jake are very attracted to each other, but Nicola wants nothing to do with working on a new planet. Trouble follows them across the galaxy, and the three of them have an amazing adventure. This book is super hot, and Jake and Alex burn up the pages. Nicola’s feisty attitude adds to the adventure, and the ride is a blast. I could not put this book down and I have read it multiple times already. It is a fun story line set in a very interesting future. I can’t wait to see what might come next in this series.
Just because he disliked a situation didn’t mean his temper could be unleashed on a whim. Other people really didn’t need to know his business.
Still, it’d be nice to release some pent-up energy. He mentally shook his head. No. I really shouldn’t create a scene. Plus, if he went over there to say or do something, he’d be a hypocrite. He’d had a few rebound flings himself and had moved on. All his mental blustering was just a knee-jerk reaction.
“You would be correct,” a smooth, deep voice stated near him.
Startled out of his thoughts about giving the men across the way some black eyes, Jake turned to the man sitting beside him. He stared into a pair of beautiful deep violet eyes. “So mesmerizing.”
The handsome man dressed in a tailor made black suit, black dress shirt and white silk tie matching his hat chuckled.
Jake blinked. “I mean excuse me? Right about what?”
“Whatever it was you were thinking about and made a decision on.” The man looked at Jake’s drink. “Let me pay for the next round.” The man hailed the bartender. “Two more of what he was having.” He pulled out a hundred dollar coin from the pouch hidden within his jacket and placed it on the bar. “It is—how you say in your language? On my dime, sugar?”
Good looking and suave. Jake couldn’t place the stranger’s slight accent, but thought it added to his charm. Who was this man who pulled out C chinks, who had the intriguing eyes, and almost tanned skin as if he’d literally been lightly kissed by the sun? Judging from how the stranger towered over him while sitting on the stool, he estimated the man to be six five to seven feet tall. Built, too, if the width of his shoulders happens to be any indication.
The man turned back to him. He put his fingers to the brim of his hat covering a head of long platinum blond hair for a brief moment. The band around the head covering was the same dark color as his unique eyes. “My name is Alexander.”
“Jake. Thanks for the drink.” He stuck out his hand. “Your accent is interesting. Where are you from?”
Alexander shook his hand. A gush of sexual hunger washed through Jake. The sensation surprised him. The feeling hadn’t been this strong when he’d met Shawn. What kind of robust pheromones radiated from Alexander to make the instant attraction hit so hard?
“I’m from all over. I must say it is nice to sit and talk with someone.” Alexander released his hand and propped his forearm on the edge of the bar. “Especially after the couple of days I have had. So your decision, think you will be able to stick to it?”
“Decision?” Jake cocked his head, thinking back to what might have been on his mind. His gaze traveled across the bar area to where his ex and the bear sat. Oh, right. Shawn. “Yeah, I’ll stick with it.” Especially if you keep me company, Gorgeous.
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