Today I am so pleased to welcome Tanya Chris to Joyfully Jay. Tanya has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, High Lonesome (which I reviewed here and loved). She has also brought along a great giveaway! Please join me in giving Tanya a big welcome!
Joe’s smile had the shy interest of a man unsure he was talking to a man who’d be interested back. He stretched out his hand and Pyotr took it, feeling it warm compared to his own and callused in all the right places.
“We alone here?” he asked as he let Joe’s hand drop slowly enough to give him the answer his smile had been seeking. Before he got down to enjoying this two-man resort he’d unexpectedly dropped into, he needed to make sure there was no chance he could still accomplish the mission he’d come for.
“Got one other guest.” Joe glanced at a door near the stove.
OK, the other guest was through that door, which made Joe uncomfortable for some reason.
“We should probably get you settled upstairs,” Joe said in an obvious attempt to divert his attention from whatever lay behind the door.
“No hurry. Let’s talk about that shot you’re going to get me while I finish this coffee.” He handed his empty dishes to Joe with a raised eyebrow and Joe got obediently to his feet and cleared them.
“Vodka?” he asked from the bar.
Joe brought him a glass that definitely held more than a single shot and Pyotr raised it to him before knocking back half of it in a single swallow.
“You’re not joining me?”
“Don’t really drink these days.”
He shrugged. He didn’t usually drink mid-mission, but he was currently celebrating his survival and the good luck of landing somewhere warm with a willing man. A couple fingers of vodka wouldn’t affect him even if he did suddenly need to switch back into secret agent mode.
“You’re Russian?” Joe asked.
“Used to be. Been here a while now.”
“Your accent comes and goes. I like it, though. Sexy.”
He would’ve liked to follow up on the invitation immediately, to grab Joe by that pile of hair on top of his head and pull that smirking face into his groin. His dick could’ve gotten frostbite out there. It needed some hydrotherapy.
But there was still the question of the other guest, so he leaned back and took a smaller sip of what remained of his vodka and made polite conversation instead.
“How long you figure we’re stuck here?”
“Should stop snowing tomorrow, but if the forecasts are accurate about how big a dump we’re getting, it might be a couple of days before the slopes will be stable enough that I’d recommend walking on them.”
“Avalanches, cornice falls. The pass funnels everything right down the slope. It’s like a bowling alley after a storm.”
“So I should plan to spend a few days here.”
“Got someplace else you need to be?”
“No, not particularly.”
It was nice to be snowed in now that he was safe inside and not out there with it. Like a forced vacation. Even if whoever was behind door number two was his contact, his business wouldn’t take more than a few moments to transact. Then they’d just have to pretend they didn’t both have ulterior motives for being there in the first place and enjoy the enforced retreat.
“I don’t suppose you have a hot tub.”
Joe snorted. “Don’t even have hot water.”
Joe doesn’t live on top of a mountain because he loves people. A late summer snowstorm is the perfect chance to send his customers down to lower altitude and enjoy a few days of solo strolls and fireside naps.
Tanner’s not staying at a high-altitude hut to admire the scenery. He’s got a date to keep with the sort of person you don’t want to disappoint, a date that’ll result in him earning some much-needed cash in exchange for what’s left of his self-respect. But that’s OK. He gave up on self-respect when he picked up the needle anyway.
Pyotr didn’t drop into a blizzard to rescue Tanner or to drag Joe back down to the real world. His mission is a lot colder than that. People are only pawns, and spies are only heroes to those who don’t know them.
Hermit, addict, spy. Three men, one snowstorm, zero reason to trust. And someone’s coming …
Content warning: this book contains on-page heroin use and detox. A brief argument follows the reveal of a character’s HIV status.
Tanya writes in a variety of romantic and erotic genres, being an avid follower of many of these genres herself. Some of her favorites are M/M romance, MFM threesomes, and female dominated BDSM.
Tanya lives in New England with her boyfriend and her cat and has participated in many of the activities about which she writes, but not all of them. It’s left to the reader to decide which are which.
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