5 HEARTS: "Each book in Royal Mates, Love’s Diamond collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good fantasy romance with two gorgeous men involved. There is just something truly special about these books and this one even more. It had captured me from the moment I started reading and kept me spell bound. Normally when one is reading a novel they would get up and do something for a bit before finishing but this story just would not let me leave. It was like I just had to know the ending. I had to see the happiness that these two men deserved. Duncan was a prince from Sanzel and has come to Earth to find his aheri. He is afraid though because his powers are so strong and he has no control over them. He had even hurt one of his brothers, although he healed him to an extent he feared that he would always hurt those that he loved. He sees his Michael at the diamond field and notices that he is injured. He manages to heal him a bit but also notices the pain in his man’s eyes. He feels what he is feeling and if he goes forth, they will just get stronger. He worries that his size will make him unable to be loved. That his man would never want a man like him. Michael had been born into a family that had not loved him and even more when he came down with the mumps. He had gone to live with a foster mother that was a true mother to him. She had told him one day that he would meet a great man, a gentle giant, and one that would need his love. He had not believed her, that is till the diamond field. He looked up into the stands and there he was. By sight, they start the bonding, by touch it deepens and once sex is completed, they will be forever husbands. He had told Duncan about the mumps and how he would never have a child but what they had not known was Duncan’s powers would heal them both. But like most relationships it only truly works when there is complete communication and not to take things out of context. These two have that difficulties but their love will show them the way. They just have to learn to trust in their love for each other and to stop being so damn stubborn. There is nothing better to me than a story where one of the men can have a baby. I actually get a kick out of that. Too bad that doesn’t happen in our world, talk about a pay back. I love most anything put in front of me to read, but this one is probably up in my ranking. I love how they have so much love for each other that you can see it in a look, the way they touch and the air around them just makes it feel like they are the only two in the world. You can usually tell when an author puts their heart into their work and this was one of them. I would definitely recommend reading this. It will give you gorgeous men, tender gestures, a bit of angst and pain, passion and heat, a bit of danger, some very hot sex and happily ever after. It gave me that and so much more. I guarantee that this book will be one of your favorites. It is just the way it is told that makes it even more special in my eyes. They meet, but are both full of fear. However, they take the chance at happiness. I loved it and look forward to reading the next story." -- Lisa, MM Good Book Reviews
Michael laughed softly, enjoying the confusion on Duncan’s face. Leaning forward, he rested his chin on Duncan’s hand. He heard the soft sigh that left the man and smiled. Easing back, he noticed that the veil that contained shards of white that had been sparking around Duncan had lessened. It was barely a blink now.
“You’re calmer,” Michael said softly.
“You help me,” Duncan admitted, thankful as well as surprised that his head did not hurt as it usually did whenever he used his magic.
“Yes. I thank you. I often have trouble controlling my magic. It bursts from me when I am emotional. It also comes forward when it is needed. I do not need to call upon it.”
“You didn’t seem to have any problems with your magic when you healed my hand,” Michael pointed out.
“I believe that is due to your touch,” Duncan said softly. “I often have pain in my head when my magic is pulled from me.”
Michael reached up and slid his fingers through Duncan’s curly hair, smiling when the man leaned into his touch, closed his eyes, and sighed softly. When he opened them again, the amber was swirling within them, but they looked so much calmer. There was a quiet gentleness to him that drew Michael.
“Do you have pain now?”
“No. I thank you for helping me, Michael,” Duncan said gently, rubbing his cheek against Michael’s palm, loving his gentle touch. To be so touched was something Duncan had never experienced or wanted before meeting Michael.
“I have to go,” Michael said softly, panic suddenly filling him. He couldn’t allow this man to get close to him. It would hurt too much when he left—they always left.
Duncan nodded and stood slowly, stepping back from Michael’s transportation vehicle. “I wish you a happy life, Michael,” he said quietly, bowing formally. “I am thankful that I have been able to help you—even if it was only for a little while.”
He turned and began walking away from his destined mate, his heart heavy. Hearing the door of Michael’s car opening, he turned back to face his mate and was surprised to see his man stepping out of his vehicle.
“Duncan,” Michael called out softly.
“I do not know what you want, Michael,” Duncan said honestly, looking at his aheri and feeling the pain of longing deep within his chest. “I am aware and have accepted that I am not what you desire.”
Michael flushed with embarrassment. He had said those words himself just moments before. Hearing Duncan repeat them made him realize how cold and mean they were.
“I’m sorry, Duncan,” he apologized sincerely.
Duncan held up his hands to stop him from continuing. “I am not what you want. I am too big. I have no control over my magic. I am lacking in so many ways. I do not place blame at your feet. You cannot help how you feel.”
“I honestly don’t know what I feel anymore,” Michael said quietly.
“I will tell you what I feel, aheri,” Duncan said softly. “I ache to be with you. I want us to have a life together. I believe in the higher powers who have destined our bonding. And I believe that we may have a chance of creating something magical by being together.”
“I don’t know about that,” Michael said, sighing softly. “But I do know that I like it when you touch me. I feel calm. I haven’t felt calm in a really long time, Duncan.”
Duncan stepped toward Michael and reached out to touch his cheek gently. “I am pleased that I can help you,” he whispered.
“And I’m grateful for your help.”
Michael hesitated. He looked at Duncan and couldn’t help but feel sadness as he looked at the incredibly handsome man.
“I understand,” Duncan said quietly.
“What do you understand, Duncan?” Michael asked, guilt filling him.
“I understand that I must go. I must leave you to your life.”
“Well, I just wanted to thank you again,” Michael said softly.
“You are most welcome. I would do all that I could to help you.”
“I haven’t ever had anyone give me something without expecting something in return.”
“I do not believe that is true, Michael,” Duncan said gently, his heart hurting because of the obvious sadness in his mate’s voice. “Your childhood friends care about you greatly. They do not expect anything in return.”
“That’s true,” Michael agreed. “They’re great guys.”
“I do not understand why you believe that no one cares about you.”
Duncan’s voice was gentle as he spoke. He took a step toward Michael and reached out to take his left hand in his. He drew it toward his mouth and kissed Michael’s inner wrist lightly. He did not know if he would ever have the privilege of touching his man again. He wanted to kiss the mark that proved that Michael was his.
“Duncan,” Michael whispered.
“You must listen to me, aheri. You are a worthy man—a kind man. You deserve to be treated well and with respect. You deserve to be protected and loved. You must not settle for anything less. You deserve happiness and love.” Duncan took a calming breath, concentrating on controlling the magic that he could feel building within him.
Michael leaned forward and hugged Duncan quickly, ignoring the comfortable way that he fit within the bear’s arms. Duncan was so tall, Michael’s head tucked perfectly beneath his chin. He felt warm within Duncan’s embrace. He felt cared for and cherished. The way Duncan held him made him know that this man would be tender.
It broke his heart to have to step out of those strong arms, but he did what he had to do. He kissed the underside of Duncan’s chin before he could talk himself out of the bold move with the shy man then stepped out of his arms and turned to walk back to his car. Pulling open the driver side door, he quickly got behind the wheel and pulled the door closed. He buckled his seat belt, started the engine, and drove away without a backward glance.
“Michael,” he whispered, moaning softly as his mate increased the pressure of his tongue and licked him repeatedly.
He could not finish his thought. Michael gripped Duncan’s shaft and started pulling down on it, dragging it through his legs and drawing it between his cheeks. When Michael alternated between licking his hole and sucking on the tip of his cock, Duncan thought he was going to lose what little sense he had left.
When he felt Michael rubbing the thick fluid against his rectum as he continued to suck on the tip of his shaft, Duncan didn’t know which way to move. He wanted to push firmly into Michael’s mouth, yet he yearned for the pressure inside of him.
Michael pulled off Duncan’s cock and kissed the tip lightly. “I’m going to penetrate you with my finger, Duncan. Try not to tense up. If you can use your magic to help you relax your muscles, go for it,” Michael told him, hoping Duncan really could draw on his magic to help him through this.
He circled the lube around Duncan’s hole, loving the way it winked at him as his lover flexed and tried to open wide for him. He saw the soft glow of white that surrounded the both of them and smiled at the magic that was helping them. He was pretty sure that Duncan wasn’t even aware of the magic that he was calling forth.
It was obvious to Michael that Duncan had an untapped source of power that Duncan had been unaware that he even possessed. Well, he had Michael in his corner now. Michael was determined to help his man realize his full potential. He had a feeling that the strength of Duncan’s magic was going to play a big part in the future of Sanzel.
Pressing one finger deep inside of his man, he continued sucking on the spongy head of Duncan’s cock, determined to keep Duncan’s attention on the pleasure he was giving him. He angled the bottle of lube to pour a good amount onto Duncan’s hole, setting the bottle down carefully before pressing the slick inside of Duncan with two fingers.
“Michael,” Duncan whispered.
“I feel so much.”
“That’s good, Duncan.”
“Yes, Michael. It is good.”
Picking up the bottle of lube once again, he poured more of the thick fluid onto Duncan’s crack just above his hole to dribble it down between his cheeks. He rubbed the slick along Duncan’s crack, teasing his hole and the sensitive skin around it. Slipping three fingers inside of his man, he was mesmerized by the sight. It was the sexiest, most beautifully erotic thing that he had ever seen.
Pressing four fingers deep, he knew that if he didn’t get inside of his man within the next few seconds, he was going to blow his load on the sheets below him. As he rubbed against the small gland inside of Duncan, he laughed softly as the big man called out his name as the pleasure it caused raced through him.
“Found it,” Michael whispered to himself, determined to find it over and over again once he was inside of his lover.
Pulling his fingers out carefully, he leaned forward and kissed each of Duncan’s muscular cheeks. He placed his hands on Duncan’s hips and gently turned him so that he lay on his back and was looking up at him.
“I need to make love to you while I’m looking into your eyes, honey,” he whispered gently. “I want to see you when you take me inside of you for the first time.”
Duncan’s heart melted at the love and tenderness that his aheri was showing him. He knew that Michael was a good man. He knew that he was a kind man. He even knew that he was a caring man. But to see that he was a gentle lover who truly wanted to see him as he joined with him touched Duncan’s heart so deeply, he never thought he would ever be able to forget the look of tenderness that was on his mate’s face.
He watched in silence as Michael poured a line of lube along his own thick shaft and stroked it to spread the slick fluid. Duncan reached down and gripped the back of his thighs to spread himself wide and offer himself to his mate. When Michael rested his left hand beside Duncan’s shoulder and leaned forward to kiss his lips lightly, he sighed at the contact. The head of Michael’s shaft pressed against his hole and slipped inside with little resistance.
“Keep your magic around us, honey,” Michael told him, feeling the way the magic was cradling both of them. “You’re doing so good, baby. Take me inside of you. Take me deep.”
Duncan was surprised when he saw the white blanket of magic that surrounded the both of them. He felt the pressure of Michael’s shaft as he pushed inside of him, but he also felt the warmth of his magic as it eased Michael’s passage deep inside of him. To be able to control his magic in such a way was a complete surprise to him. He knew that it was because of Michael. Michael was directing and guiding his magic. His aheri was the key to his strength and control. Of that, he had no doubt in his mind.
When Michael was flush against him, Duncan sighed with pleasure. He was now one with his man. To have this wonderful thing happen with Michael was a true gift. Duncan would never forget this special moment. To be so completely possessed by this man was the best feeling he had ever experienced.
“Michael,” he whispered.
Michael had to concentrate to remain in control. Duncan’s channel gripped him so tightly. It was warm and wet, reminding him of the softest velvet.