[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M]
The son of the Alarian king and an unknown human woman, Gabriel is forced to live more than half of his life buried in a monastery, under the iron fist and lascivious hands of its superintendent, Lothar. However, things can always get worse. On his 19th birthday Gabriel finds out that he is to be mated to his worst enemy. In despair, he decides to take his own life, but a chance encounter changes the course of his life, uniting him with Lucien, a demon prince.
What follows is a tale of impossible love, a journey from despair to rapture, threatened and cursed by secrets of the past and by pain buried but not forgotten. Not only does Lucien have to fight death to save his young lover, but he has to rebel against his parents as well. In a world of prejudice and hatred, can one impossible love survive?
"Enraptured started out like a beautiful experiment, something I wrote simply for the pleasure of writing. But as the words continued to flow, it became so much more than that and I found that my thoughts for it could no longer be contained in one book. Somewhere along the way, the characters had taken over and it had turned into a saga." ~ Scarlet ~ A Siren Erotic Romance
5 STARS: "First let me warn you. Do not start this book before you go to bed! I learned this the hard way as I was constantly saying one more page, just after this chapter, until I had to force myself to put it down. Needless to say I ended up with very little sleep. I have never read anything by this author, but if this is anything like her other stories I can't wait to read more...The author has done such an excellent job building these characters that you can almost feel Gabriel's pain as he is once again beaten or Lucien's grief over the injuries his brother received long ago. The world in which the story takes place is just as interesting as the characters. After a plague has ravaged the planet, each race suffered a different consequence, whether it was fleeing the planet or losing all their females. As a result alliances are needed to survive; however, not everything is what it seems. While there is a happy for now ending there are many unanswered questions that are sure to be taken care of in the next book. Now we just have to patiently wait and hope we will see what happens soon." -- Lydia, Rainbow Reviews
5 FLAMES: "I have read a number of erotica and romance books that are about or contain M/M relationships, but this one takes the cake. I'm not kidding, this is the best one that I've ever read. Scarlet Hyacinth introduces us to the world of Kaldor where there are many different races of beings. Gabriel is an Alarian (elf-like) bastard son of the King of Alaria, who has been mistreated and abused most of his life. His journey is full of hardship and pain until he stumbles into Lucien of Xeetah, a land of a demon/angel-like race wings and all. They have an instant bond that surpasses everything else is their lives and creates a whole new set of problems. While Lucien and Gabriel are working out their problems, Gabriel's brothers, Kalin and Orin have also discovered their mates amongst the Xeetan delegates. These simultaneous love stories really worked for me. Each personality was unique and played well with their partner. The differences between the races offer some fun and interesting conflicts but the underlying and visible love between them all was great to watch and had me eager for more. The fantastical aspects were interesting, mysterious and worked well throughout the story. Even the mind-boggling male pregnancy that is possible between Xeethan mates. Ready and waiting to read the next installment of this great series!" -- DemonLover's Books & More
4.5 HEARTS: "Enraptured is a story that will completely captivate you from beginning to end. I was blown away by the sheer beauty of a world populated with unique people and interesting traditions. Ms. Hyacinth created a beginning to a series that will leave you racing to this author’s website to see when the next book will be out. I am highly anticipating the next adventure for Lucien, Gabriel and their friends on Kaldor. I just hope it isn’t too long of a wait to get my fix. If you enjoy a different fantasy story that will completely suck you in, then grab Enraptured and settle in for one pulse pounding ride. I do recommend making sure you have a bucket of ice or your significant other nearby to ease the heat after reading this." -- Dawn, Love Romances & More
4.5 DELIGHTFUL DIVAS: "The plot line is one I have never read before, and I enjoyed the new flavor because it made the book more interesting. The interactions between the whole cast kept the book flowing...a must addition to any M/M reading Library." -- Deb, Dark Diva Reviews
4 GOLD CROWNS: "Gabriel’s life is nowhere near the idyllic life of prince. His life has been a living hell since he was sent to live at the monastery thanks to Lothar. In Enraptured everything Gabriel expects to happen changes the moment he falls into the arms of Lucien, a demon prince. Lucien wants Gabriel but is in Alaria for the purpose of keeping the peace between the two races. Instead of following his desire he cruelly pushes Gabriel away only to realize that was the biggest mistake he ever made. With the help of his brother and friend as well as Gabriel’s brothers, he finally takes steps to claim his mate. Love, pain, betrayal and misunderstandings lead Lucien and Gabriel on a journey to find each other and the love they both crave. Lucien gently blunders his way through the myriad of misunderstandings he and Gabriel encounter. Even though he’s been cruelly abused, Gabriel still clings to hope. With the help and love of not only Lucien but his brothers, Gabriel is able to move forward even though darkness still hovers on the edges. Enraptured was a roller coaster ride of ups, downs, twists, and turns. Scarlet Hyacinth has brought us a unique and interesting new world and fascinating characters." -- Jaymes, The Readers Roundtable
"Enraptured is compelling, unique, and a totally enchanting tale. The characters in Enraptured are fascinating; particularly Gabriel and Lucien who manage to get right under your skin. The passion between all the couples is electric and consuming...I can’t wait to see what happens next in this very intriguing saga. Without question, Gabriel will wrap himself around your heart. Enraptured, the first story in the Kaldor Saga, is wonderfully inventive, smoking hot, and above all memorable." -- Lisa, Joyfully Reviewed
Gabriel lay on his bed, absently flipping through one of the many library books dealing with the geography of Kaldor. He didn’t read any of the explanations, but looked at the beautiful pictures. It was somewhat comforting, even if he would never get to see those beautiful snowy mountains, or those fiery volcanoes, or turbulent seas. He could close his eyes and imagine them in his mind, and it would have to be enough. Time was running out.
Sighing, he concentrated on his reading once more. His eyes fell on the historical description of the plague that had long ago ravaged their world. He shuddered at the number of deaths recorded. So many people died, of so many different races, that in the end, many decided leaving altogether. Thousands of Alarians, elves, mermen and demons abandoned Kaldor and gone in search of a new home. Many countries were so ravaged that they even decided to change their names after the plague vanished, as a symbol of starting anew. However, by the time this happened, their people already established themselves on Earth, estranged and lost to Kaldor forever.
Earth. The world his mother lived in. Gabriel wished he had a book on the geography of Earth, but then again, he wished so many things, most of them connected with a certain demon prince. No! He wouldn’t think about Lucien. Angry at himself and at Lucien, he concentrated on the book. He needed to put the platinum blond from his mind.
Knocks sounded at the door, interrupting the silence of the room. Who could it be? The servants had already been here today and Gabriel couldn’t really imagine who else might want to visit him. Gabriel got up, the book forgotten on the bed. He made his way to the door and opened it without a thought.
Ice-blue eyes stared back at him, with perfect eyes on a perfect face. Oh Light above, Lucien! Gabriel froze, not knowing what to do or say.
“Hello, Prince Gabriel. I wanted to apologize for the other day. I was extremely cruel and rude, and…” Lucien paused as if looking for words. Gabriel just stood there in shock, unable to speak. Lucien wanted to apologize?
Lucien continued, “I was worried when you didn’t come down today. I wanted to speak to you, apologize. But when you weren’t there, I…”
He paused again, obviously waiting for some sort of response. Say something, say something! Gabriel, say something! Gabriel willed his body to move and his mouth to open, barely managing to stutter out, “That’s… um… ok. I’m fine. It wasn’t necessary. I had no business being there in the first place, following you around like that.”
Gabriel’s eyes widened as he realized what he’d just said. Lucien looked away from Gabriel, seeming vaguely embarrassed. “Right, about that. I sort of knew you were doing it, following me around that is. It was driving me crazy, which is why I did what I did, the blowjob and all. And again, I apologize because—”
Gabriel didn’t even bother to listen to Lucien’s final words, slamming the door in his face. Lucien knew he was being stalked! Gabriel was such a nuisance that Lucien resorted to pushing him away in such a humiliating manner. He’d been so stupid! Who else knew? Cade, for certain, the red-headed demon and probably the other Xeetah knew as well.
Gabriel collapsed on the floor, feeling like the worst idiot on Kaldor. Of course they’d known. They were trained soldiers, the elite of a nation of warriors. How they must have laughed! And Lucien, he felt irritated because of Gabriel’s unwanted insistence. “It was driving me crazy…” Lucien said.
Tears sprung from Gabriel’s eyes as the embarrassment hit him even harder than before. In that moment, he hated Lucien for humiliating him so cruelly. He hated his redheaded friend for touching Lucien when Gabriel could not. And more than everything, he hated himself for still loving Lucien in spite of all the resentment and the pain in his heart.
* * * *
Lucien watched in horror as Gabriel slammed the door in his face. The sound of hushed sobs sounded from the room until they dissolved into sniffling and then silence. Lucien cursed. He’d never meant to hurt Gabriel, but he never knew what to say. When he looked into those big midnight black eyes, all coherent thought flew out of his head.
“Nice going, little bro. You’re a real genius at romance.”
Cade clapped sarcastically, making Lucien feel even worse about his failure. “Cade, come on! How was I supposed to know he would react like that? I was only trying to be honest.”
Cade practically snapped at him, his anger making his eyes briefly flash red. “How were you supposed to know? How did you think he would to react when you told him that thing from the stables was planned because his presence annoyed you?”
He actually said that? Shit, shit, shit. “I didn’t actually think,” Lucien finally admitted. “When I look at him, it’s like my brain stops working. I can’t explain it.”
Cade finally sighed tiredly. When he spoke again, it was with brotherly affection and understanding. “Little bro, you’re hopeless. You’ve got it bad.” Lucien nodded miserably. “And to think you were actually planning to let this one go.”
For the second time that day, Lucien bowed his head in defeat. “I think this time I have to. Listen to him in there. I totally fucked up.”
Cade grabbed him roughly. “No, you don’t. No brother of mine backs down from a fight. You’re going back to him and fixing everything if it’s the last thing you do!”
Gabriel licked his lips as he watched his lover discarding his last article of clothing, a pair of tight black leather breeches. The vest and boots that went with them were abandoned on the ground. In mere seconds, Lucien sauntered towards him, his long black wings spread. Wow, just wow. Lying on the grass, Gabriel struggled to control his thundering heart. So beautiful, his demon was just so beautiful! All that bronze, naked skin, that flowing platinum blond hair, the magnificently hard organ between those rock-hard thighs and those beautiful black wings completing the too-perfect package…
Following the direction of his gaze, Lucien asked “Do they bother you?”
Drinking in the vision before him, Gabriel barely managed an absent “Mmm?”
Lucien repeated more strongly. “Do they bother you?”
Gabriel blinked, snapping out of his trance. “Does what bother me?”
“My wings. You’re staring at them.”
Gabriel’s face flamed. It was stupid to feel embarrassed at being caught staring, especially since in mere moments they would probably share more than just kisses. But he wasn’t entirely logical in his emotions. “Umm, no. I mean, sorry for staring. They’re just so pretty! Could I maybe touch them?”
Lucien’s surprised expression made him feel sorry for asking. Maybe there was a demon thing he didn’t know about wings. Maybe they were private, or Lucien just didn’t want them to be touched. He actually wanted to apologize when his demon arched his wings towards the front, covering most of his body in the process. Gabriel regretted that immensely. A body like Lucien’s should never be covered up. Then again, that would make everyone drool over Lucien, and Gabriel didn’t like the thought of Lucien being with someone else. “Please do. Touch them.” His demon prince said and Gabriel barely contained his glee as he got up and took a few steps towards Lucien’s position. He extended his hand, gently petting the demon wings. They felt soft to the touch, yet strong and leathery, powerful, yet protective. It was actually kind of strange that he didn’t do this until now, but his hands were mostly occupied with something else.
Taking a few more steps, Gabriel made his way to his lover’s back. His attention was thwarted by Lucien’s perfect backside. His demon had an absolutely delicious rump. Gabriel wanted to touch it. Wings? Ass? Wings? Ass? Well, he’d take them in order. He was suddenly attracted by a particular spot on Lucien’s back. The base of the wings just seemed to melt inside Lucien’s body in a wonderfully artistic way. With a finger, Gabriel traced Lucien’s spine, where the wings met his body.
The demon prince’s breath caught. Gabriel repeated the movement and a growl sounded from Lucien. Well, that was interesting. Following a sudden urge, Gabriel passed his tongue over his lover’s spine.
In a flash, Gabriel suddenly found himself back on the ground, Lucien’s naked body on top of him. “That wasn’t very wise, baby.” Lucien whispered in his ear. “That spot is very sensitive. You licking it feels better than sucking me off.” Lucien’s blue eyes were completely red now, and his wings turned scarlet as if by magic. “I need you, I need you now.”
Gabriel nodded at Lucien, giving his agreement. He needed Lucien, too, needed to feel him deep inside. His demon smiled at him and turned him over, urging him on all fours. Then a low purr sounded in his ear, “Open yourself to me, Gabriel.”
Wait, what? Light above, he didn’t mean…?
“Come on, Gabriel! You know what I want! Show me that pretty hole of yours!”
Gabriel whimpered at his lover’s husky tone of voice. He could come again just from that. Hypnotized by the seductive voice, Gabriel could only obey. Trembling, he used his own hands to spread his ass cheeks, maintaining his balance only because Lucien’s wing supported him. A feeling of nervousness flashed through Gabriel. Was this really wise? That huge cock would surely rip him apart. Lucien was even more “gifted” in that field than Lothar. Oh, Light above, Lothar… A familiar fear gripped him, as a flashback from Kirgen passed through his mind’s eye. His hands dropped useless at his sides. He couldn’t do this.
“Shhh… Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid. I promise I won’t hurt you!” Lucien’s voice soothed him, comforting, gentle, understanding. The fear slowly subsided, and his nightmares retreated in a dark corner of his mind as Lucien caressed his hair, placing gentle kisses across his spine. He didn’t have anything to fear. This was Lucien. Lucien wasn’t like the superintendent. He was safe.
Obviously feeling Gabriel’s gradual relaxation, Lucien focused again on his ass. “Tell me if I do something that feels bad, ok?” Gabriel couldn’t speak. He just nodded, hoping his lover could see him. Obviously, Lucien could, because before he knew it, Gabriel felt something wet pass across his opening.
What was Lucien doing? It was… a tongue. Lucien, licking him, eating his ass. Gabriel dissolved into incoherence as he felt Lucien’s tongue thrust in and out of his rump. Gabriel thought he heard himself saying something, or moaning something, but he couldn’t think. It was so good. It was too much.
Gabriel shouted as he came for a second time that evening. He saw stars before his eyes, collapsing against Lucien’s wing. Gabriel prayed his weak body could withstand the sensual assault. He didn’t want to black out or start bleeding. Just for one night, a little strength, please, just for one night!
Thankfully, his body listened to him. Panting in exhaustion, Gabriel turned into the leathery embrace of his demon and smiled. Lucien’s cock was still hard, thick and red and oh so magnificent. Gabriel swallowed nervously. “Lucien? I’m ready. Take me now! Make love to me!”