Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pre Order and Excerpt - Perfect Strangers by Edward Kendrick

Coming May 10th.

Opposites attract—but is that attraction enough to bring two strangers together?
Raphael Koenig is an assassin working for a covert outfit. He also uses alcohol to fend off terrifying nightmares. After completing one too many kills and dealing with one too many nightmares, he’s close to burning out. So, he takes a break—a two-week vacation in New Orleans.
Alden Durant lives and works in New Orleans. One afternoon he happens to see a sad, lonely looking man—Raphael. When they run into each other again, Alden offers to show him the city and they strike up a tentative friendship that leads to a casual sexual relationship that they are certain will end when Raphael’s vacation is over.
Raphael is called back early for another job, and both men believe they will never meet again. Then, fate steps in when Raphael is sent to New Orleans to take out a hired killer. He and Alden reconnect, but will they be able to handle the revelations that ensue? Or will those revelations drive them apart this time—permanently?

Small Excerpt (sweet)

Raphael frowned. “Scared, dopey because of the drugs, scared. Oh, I said that already.” He gazed at Alden. “I’m not used to being afraid. I don’t like it.”
“I’m not surprised. You’re all macho and daring and ready to take on anything thrown at you. So”—Alden smiled a bit—“we’re going to have to figure out how you can deal with this.” He very gently touched the back of Raphael’s hand.
“This is the second time today you’ve said we.” Raphael looked hard at him. “Are you sure you want to be... to take on... ?” He shook his head.
“To help you recover, for starters? Very sure.” “I’m a lousy patient. I hate feeling helpless.”

 Alden chuckled. “What man doesn’t? I guess it’s in our genes. But I think I can handle it. That is, if you want me to.”
When Raphael didn’t reply and closed his eyes, Alden was certain he was going to say no. And that will be that. He’ll stay here until they release him then he’ll probably go back to his real home, not the house he’s using here.
“Please help me,” Raphael said, opening his eyes. “I... I’ve never asked that of anyone before. Please... stay with me and... ”
“Get you through this until you can deal on your own?”
“And maybe... beyond that?”
Alden knew he was smiling like an idiot, but he didn’t care. “Yes. If we don’t kill each

other first.”
Raphael grinned. “I’ll try not to let that happen.” 

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