Title: Bound by Blood
Author: Lisa Oliver
Series: Spin off from the Cloverleah Series but is considered a standalone
Publisher: LisaO Books
Release date: September 28, 2018
Cover artist: Lisa Oliver
Genre: m/m paranormal romance
Tropes: true mate, age difference, species difference
Categories/keywords: gay males, true mates trope, paranormal, vampire, shifter
Length: 58,749 words
Warnings: some violence including a scene of a man looking as though he was trying to hang himself, but as he's a vampire, he would never die of it.
Maximillian "Max" Lipovsky has been Regent of the Atlanta coven for the past six months. His days are full of meetings and paperwork as he does his best to straighten out the mess left during the disastrous reign of Vadim's brother Ermine. With Vadim now happily living in Cloverleah with his mate Josh, it's up to Max to keep his friend's coven happy and safe. Easier said than done. When it is pointed out to him it'd been more than six months since he'd fed from a willing donor, Max decides a night out is exactly what's needed.
Lyle Roberts is tired of being scared, tiny, and alone. But mostly he's tired. When a tall, strong man with flashing red eyes stops him getting beaten up in an alley, he thought he might have found a momentary reprieve from his rotten life. Finding out the man was a vampire, something he'd only seen in movies, Lyle decides to take a chance and asks the man to remove his curse. Only, it turns out Lyle isn't cursed after all — unless you consider having a workaholic mate as a curse.
Lyle's arrival at the coven seems to have brought out the worst in people. As soon as one threat's dealt with, another one rears its ugly head. With the Alpha of the Atlanta pack pushing for a meeting, and vampires turning rogue within the coven itself, Max has his hands full. The only problem is, with his hands full, he doesn't have anything to hold his beloved with. Will Max and Lyle ever find their HEA or will the mating curse strike its cruelest blow of all?
Bound by Blood is a complete standalone spin off story from the Cloverleah pack. Regular Lisa Oliver readers will remember Max from Watching Out for Fangs (The Cloverleah series #7) but it's not necessary to have read that book, to understand this one. Intimate situations and some violence means this book is suitable for adults only.
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Amy. I am really excited about sharing this excerpt from Bound by Blood, a Cloverleah Pack spin off stand alone story. The story features Max, a centuries old vampire and his beloved, Lyle, who is an adorable cat shifter. I do hope you enjoy it.
Lyle woke with a start. “I’m still here,” he said taking in the wide bed, the plush curtains and the small fire keeping the room warm and toasty. Feeling a heavy warmth beside him, he rolled, and his eyes bugged out further. “You’re still here. This wasn’t a dream? You actually saved me?”
“Good morning, precious.” Max opened his eyes and gave a gentle smile. “Did you sleep well?”
“I feel better. Amazing, actually.” Lyle heard his stomach groan. “And hungry? Is that okay? I can do some chores around…”
“Mrs. Cooper has breakfast ready for us. I was just waiting for you to wake up, to ask if you wanted it in here, or downstairs in the dining room?”
Lyle peered under the blanket. He was still wearing Max’s robe, although it had ridden up during the night, leaving his skinny legs on display. “I’m not really dressed to see other people.”
“Mrs. Cooper has taken care of that too.” Max waved his arm towards the other wall, exposing a beautifully sculpted chest. “There’s a pile of clothes on the dresser waiting for you. The only thing she wasn’t sure about was shoes, but I can order you some when I know what size you take.”
Risking another peek under the covers, Lyle swallowed hard. “You’re naked under here.”
“And you’re wearing my robe.” Max chuckled. “I’m not trying to make you feel uncomfortable, or have you do anything you don’t want to do. I just don’t like anything clinging to my body when I’m in bed. Unless it’s you, of course.”
“Is that part of being your beloved? Doing sex stuff?” Lyle wasn’t averse to the idea. In fact, his morning wood was carrying a whole new level of urgency and he wondered if it was because he was in bed with a man or if it was because that man was Max. He had this fervent desire to rub himself all over Max’s body and he didn’t have a clue why. His body was moving in Max’s direction before he knew what was happening, and he caught himself just in time, his face flushed with embarrassment.
“It’s your animal half, precious, and the way you feel is all perfectly normal,” Max said gently, reaching over and pulling Lyle closer. “The shifter in you recognizes me as your mate. He probably wants me to smell like you. Do I smell good to you?”
About the author:
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
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