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King Merek and the Mechanic (MM)

Royal Mates, Love's Diamond 1

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Heat Rating: SCORCHING
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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Sci-Fi Romance, M/M, fisting, HEA]

Merek Sorenson is a king with a problem. His world is in unrest, and the Legari warriors are hunting him and his brothers for extermination.

Vance Morrow is a mechanic who spends his Saturdays with his buddies playing baseball. Meeting Merek has raised hope within his heart. He feels an incredible pull to the loving man who has brought kindness, happiness, and downright need back into his life.

Merek has waited for his aheri, his destined mate, his entire life. The love Merek has for Vance is soul deep. He knows he must reveal who he is and the danger that follows him. He prays Vance will want to bond with him and will be open to the fact that the men of Merek’s world can become pregnant. He aches to hold Vance in his arms forever, bring him home to rule beside him on Sanzel, and create children with him that they can nurture and love.

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This is the first book in this amazing series! When Merek and Vance meet, their instant connection is so wonderful. They take care of each other, love each other and protect each other with such pass...

- Red

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5 HEARTS: "I found this book to be as delicious as the others were. The more I read about the characters, the more intrigued I was with them. Merek was a highly understandable and likable character. He just wanted the safety of his kingdom. Vance was a smart and a well put together kind of guy. The characters were great and likable. The plot was once again solid. And I would definitely recommend this book to those that love fantasy and erotic romance. Major sci-fi romance lovers will devour this book." -- Eric, MM Good Book Reviews

4.5 NYMPHS: "Merek and his brothers need to find their aheris before they can return home and help their people.  Finding them was the easy part, now they have to find a way to keep them. Author Lyssa Samuels has brought the readers a new series that fans of this genre are sure to enjoy.   King Merek and the Mechanic is the first book in the Royal Mates,Love’s Diamond series.  This is the story that explains everything the readers need to know about Merek, his family, and the world they come from.  I liked that the author gives the reader all this information up front, rather than building the world as she goes.  This does not mean she will not expound on it as each new story comes out.  I also like that the author lets the readers know up front how many books will be in the series, rather than dragging it out. Merek and his brothers look like earthlings, yet that is where the similarities end.  As a member of the royal family, Merek has the ability to call up magic.  Bonding with his aheri will enhance that, giving him the ability to better care for his people.  Vance is a mechanic who lives in the same town he grew up in, hanging out with friends he has had since he was a young boy.  There is an instant connection between these two, partly because of the mating pull that exists.  I like the way the author lets these two move easily from friends to lovers.  I also like that Vance is so easily accepting of what Merek tells him. There are some twists and turns in King Merek and the Mechanic, especially once they make their way to Sanzel.   There are also a variety of secondary characters; some of these will get stories of their own, while others just help move the story along. I enjoyed this first story and am anxiously waiting to see how the rest of this series will play out. I will also be keeping my eyes open for other stories from Ms. Samuels as this book has put her on my must buy list." -- Critter Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews

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STORY EXCERPT

 

“You have the most gorgeous eyes I’ve ever seen, Merek,” he told him, reaching out and touching his cheek gently. “They’re a soft brown, but there are unique bits of amber in them. They’re beautiful.”

Merek blushed at the sincere compliment and leaned into the warmth of Vance’s hand, loving the careful way his aheri touched him. He was glad that Vance was not afraid to show him such tenderness with other people around. In his time on this world, he had seen much cruelty to individuals who did not follow the traditional mating of a man and a woman. His own world was not opposed to matings between males. It was a natural order of things.

Since the birth of females was so rare, their race had evolved into one that accepted and encouraged all matings. No one type of mating was held as more important or was more respected than another. Male and female matings were just as cherished as males mating with males. The importance of the matings was the celebration of the bonding of aheris. To be so blessed as to find your aheri was cherished and revered above all else.

“My brothers and I all have the same color eyes,” Merek told him as he reached up and covered Vance’s hand with his own to press it more firmly against his cheek. “It is a trait that is unique to my family. Both of my parents had the same color eyes. All of the children born in our family inherit that trait. My children will most likely have my eyes.”

Vance pulled his hand away from Merek’s warmth, his eyebrows furrowing in concern. “Are you planning on having children, Merek?”

“I would like children, yes,” Merek admitted. “Do you not want children, Vance?”

“Well, being a gay man, it never occurred to me that children might be a possibility,” Vance answered honestly. “Do you plan on marrying a woman in order to have the children you want?”

“No.”

“No?”

“No, Vance. I will not marry a woman to have my children,” Merek answered honestly. He wondered how much he should share with Vance without causing him to turn and bolt from the small restaurant. “There are other ways to achieve such a wonderful gift.”

Vance looked at him silently, cautioning himself that he should not give his heart to this man even though everything in him demanded that he do so. He would not risk falling in love with a man who intended to find a woman to have the future he wanted. He had seen that happen before. He had been on the receiving end of heartbreak, and he wasn’t going to go there again. He repeatedly cautioned himself to keep his distance from Merek, but there was just something about the man that made him want to take a chance and trust that he could have a loving and permanent relationship with him.

He sat back and was relieved when the waitress brought their meal. He really didn’t know what he would have said. Instead he focused on the large pepperoni pizza.

“Is there anything else I can get you, gentlemen?” she asked, winking at the two of them. “Do you want a beer, Vance?”

Vance gave her one of his brightest smiles. She was a sweet woman who reminded him of his mother. “No thanks, Lois. Just water for me today.”

“And you, gorgeous?”

“I will have water as well, thank you,” Merek answered politely.

“He’s a keeper, Vance,” Lois told him, winking at him before she walked away.

“A keeper?” Merek asked as he accepted the plate Vance handed him and allowed his aheri to place one of the oddly shaped pieces of what was called pizza upon it.

“A keeper is someone you should not allow to slip away. I would say that you are a keeper, Merek,” Vance said quietly as he watched Merek’s face transform into pure joy as he bit into the piece of pizza. “Good?”

Merek nodded as he took another bite and hummed his approval. “This is absolutely wonderful,” he said finally. “Thank you for giving me this delicacy, Vance.”

Vance laughed softly. This man was such a joy. He saw things with such innocence, and he appreciated everything. It was precious. Biting into his own slice, he groaned his approval.

Merek froze with his slice of pizza just in front of his mouth. The sound that Vance had emitted brought his thoughts around to how he would make the man utter the same sounds of pleasure as he made love to him. In the space of one second, his cock was rock hard, his mouth was salivating, and his heart was racing. He needed to claim his mate.

Vance laughed as he saw Merek staring at him with his mouth open. “Sorry,” he said with no remorse in his tone. “This is the best pizza around. It’s almost as good as sex.”

Merek slowly placed the slice of pizza back onto his plate. “You should not tease me about that, aheri,” he warned him.

“That’s the second time you’ve called me that, Merek,” Vance said, slowly lowering his own slice of pizza to his dish. “What does it mean?”

“It is a term of endearment,” Merek explained. “It is used only when a person has found someone that is special to them.”

“I’m special to you?”

“Yes, aheri. You are very special to me.”

Vance looked at Merek silently. He wanted to take a chance. He had to take a chance. He might be looking at future disappointment, but he had to try. What if Merek was the man he was meant to have a life with? He couldn’t deny how he felt. He might be risking heartache, but he might be gaining love.

Vance smiled and reached out to take Merek’s hand in his. “I’m glad. You’re very special to me, too. That’s why I’m only having water instead of beer to drink.”

“What do you mean?”

“I don’t want anything to interfere with the taste of you when I kiss you again.”

“You are planning on kissing me again, aheri?”

“Oh, yeah. Unless you don’t want me to.”

Merek smiled at the sudden worry that filled his mate. How could he not know just how much he wanted his mate to kiss him? He chastised himself. Of course Vance would not know. How could he?

“I would like it very much if you kissed me,” he said quietly, tugging on his hand to bring him closer. “That would be very agreeable.”

“Good, because I plan on kissing you for the rest of the afternoon and well into the evening, Merek,” he told him with determination. “Finish your pizza. You’re going to need your strength for what I have planned for you.”

 

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“I never thought I would find someone who captivates me so thoroughly,” he whispered, kissing Merek’s lips lightly. “I understand what you mean about being drawn to you from the first moment I met you. I didn’t understand it, Merek. I even tried to talk myself out of my obsession with you, but each time I tried to pull away from you, I literally ached to be with you.”

“It is the same for me,” Merek admitted. “I feel the loss when you are not with me.” He leaned forward and kissed Vance’s lips gently. “There is only one way we can ensure that neither one of us will suffer, my aheri. Please agree to bond with me. I promise to be faithful to you and cherish you with every beat of my heart and to my last breath.”

“Sweet hell, Merek. How can you expect me to think clearly when you say things like that to me?”

“I do not want you to think,” Merek answered without hesitation. “I want you to search your heart. I want you to be honest with what you feel for me—if you feel something for me.”

Merek’s voice softened as he searched Vance’s beautiful blue eyes. This kind and loving man was beyond anything he could have ever hoped for as his mate. He just wished Vance could accept him and love him even just a little bit.

“Merek,” Vance called to him gently, his deep voice husky with emotion.

“Yes, Vance?”

“Stop talking.”

Merek nodded and remained silent.

“I do care for you. Very much,” Vance said seriously. “In fact, if I were to be honest with myself and with you, I would have to say that I already love you even though I don’t understand how it could have happened so quickly.”

Merek smiled, his entire face lighting up with happiness at Vance’s words. It warmed Vance’s heart to see the joy in Merek’s eyes—joy that he knew he was responsible for putting there.

“Now, I think we have some bonding to do. I want to feel you inside of me. And I want to bury myself deep inside of you,” Vance told him.

Merek released a growl and moved with a speed that he knew had to have shocked Vance as he covered him completely and settled himself snugly between his aheri’s legs. Merek couldn’t help but smile as laughter spilled from his mate’s mouth as Vance wrapped his arms around his back and held him tightly against his chest.

He claimed his aheri’s mouth with such passion, he feared he might be too overwhelming and too dominant. Vance’s responding growl and tightening of his legs around him let Merek know that Vance was equally filled with the need to see their bonding through to completion. Vance’s lips were soft yet firm beneath his and he licked at the seam, sighing with appreciation as Vance’s mouth opened and his questing tongue met his.

The flavor of his man burst across his taste buds, pushing his need up another notch. Pressing his tongue against Vance’s, he relinquished his control to the man who would soon be his.

Vance grabbed Merek’s hair at the back of his head, holding it still as he gave in to the need to take this man as his own. Hearing Merek’s soft groan gave him all the permission he needed to take what he wanted—what he needed. Locking one arm around Merek’s back, he flipped them both and smiled down at him as he reached out with his free hand to grab for the handle on the bedside table. Tugging it open, he snatched up the bottle of lube and threw it onto the bed.

“Our test results came back today, and we’re both free of any diseases. We’re never going to use condoms again, Merek,” he told him seriously. “I promise to be faithful to you and commit myself to you and to our bonding.”

Merek nodded, smiling broadly at him. “I promise the same, Vance.”

Wrapping his arms around Vance’s waist, he turned him slowly until he was lying comfortably below him once again. Reaching out, he took gentle hold of his aheri’s engorged shaft and cupped his sac, relieved that there was no swelling or bruising. As Vance moaned with need and lifted his hips to push closer into his touch, Merek was relieved that his mate felt nothing but pleasure.

“I love the smoothness of your shaft,” Merek whispered as he squeezed the thickness of it and pushed down before pulling up, his fingers pressing the spongy head until a drop of pre-cum oozed from the slit. Leaning forward, he extended his tongue and licked at the slit before covering the broad head with his open mouth and sucking it relentlessly, pulling more fluid into his mouth and swallowing the delicacy greedily.

“Merek,” Vance moaned, gripping Merek’s hair in his hand and holding him tightly. “Your mouth is amazing on my cock.”

Merek smiled around the girth of his mate’s shaft. Pressing forward, he swallowed slowly, humming lightly. He heard the intake of breath of his mate and felt the tightening of his fingers in the hair at the back of his neck. Vance’s powerful hold served to ramp up his own need.

“You need to stop, sweetheart,” Vance told him desperately. “I’m going to come, and I need to come deep inside of you.”

Merek pulled off Vance’s cock with a pop, kissing the tip tenderly. “Yes, aheri. You must come inside of me to bond us.”

“Come here,” Vance said softly, his voice husky with emotion. “You need to make love to me.”

Merek climbed up Vance’s body, settling himself comfortably on top of him so that they were in alignment from their chests to their groins. He rubbed himself against his aheri, his breath catching in his throat as the feel of his mate beneath him made him close his eyes in pure bliss.

“I’m going to claim you as mine, Vance Morrow,” he told him as he kissed his neck and whispered the pledge into his ear.

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