Nov 23, 2017
We know you've been dying to see some more work from Kiro’ezora’rugo's library of lust and pantheon of passion. And that's why we at Vertex Publishing are happy to share this excerpt of Escape From Love, one of many fine novels available in our romance collection. Enjoy this with the lights turned low...
Talisen pressed closer to Rekh as the speeder bike raced through the forest, tightening his grip. They had been fleeing for hours,to a secure hide-out Rekh knew. Supposedly, Talisen would be safe there. He only hoped they would get there soon, as the sun was setting and light was getting low.
Just a few moments later, Rekh circled the speeder for a landing. Cutting the engines, Rekh briefly clasped his hand on Talisen’s arms in a semi-embrace before stepping free from the bike. Once down, he extended his hand to help Talisen off.
“This way. There’s a cabin. You must be exhausted.” Without letting go of Talisen’s hand, Rekh led him to a small building with a light on inside. Talisen was so exhausted, both mentally and physically, he could barely nod his head.
Inside, Rekh ushered Talisen to a bedroom. All Talisen cared about was that it had a bed. As he flopped down, his weariness overcoming him, he heard Rekh say, “Sleep. You’re safe now. I won’t let anyone harm you.” A gentle hand stroked back his hair, a whisper of a kiss on his forehead. Talisen was unconscious before the door was closed.
In the morning, or what Talisen supposed was the morning, he awoke, sore but refreshed. It took a bit to recall fully the previous evening’s events – the attack, the chaos, Rekh spiriting him away. He realized he didn’t know where he was. Taking a moment to run a hand through his sleep-flattened hair and to straighten his banyan, Talisen ventured out to find his rescuer.
The cabin was small. He had apparently slept in the only bed. In addition to the room he had slept in, he passed the fresher, went through a small common area, and ended up in a cooking area, where a plate of food sat still steaming. No sign of his host. Talisen heard a faint splashing come from outside.
Heading outside, Talisen saw that the cabin was situated near a
small lake, with a waterfall crashing down. The secluded glen they
were in was surrounded by tall trees and the sounds of Lannik
wildlife filled the air.
While Talisen was taking in the natural beauty of the area, Rekh surfaced from the water, arcing upward through the surface and throwing his head back. His horns sent a spray of water through the air that turned to rainbows in the sunlight. Rekh ran his hands along his face, wiping the water away. Talisen could only stare as the water ran down Rekh’s perfect body, highlighting the chiseled musculature of his arms, pectorals, and abs. As Rekh stood up, the water ended low enough on his hipbones for Talisen to know that the only thing covering him was the lake. Talisen stared for moment and then hurried back into the cabin. It would not do to be caught gawking.
Hurriedly arranging himself at the counter, Talisen took a bite. He nearly choked when Rekh strolled in, wearing a thin towel so sheer the light shone through. It didn’t help that the towel was hitched lower on Rekh’s hips than the water had been. A drop slowly ran from Rekh’s abs along the defined line that led at a downward angle from Rekh’s hips. Idly, Talisen wondered what it would be like to follow the path of water with his tongue on that smooth skin.
Only when he registered Rekh clearing his throat did Talisen look up.
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