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Gideon went on general release on 5 October and marks the start of The Order of the Black Knights series from Dreamspinner Press. Readers can expect to see a new full length story every month, each featuring a different Knight as he grapples his demons, past and present.
Gideon is a story of lust at first sight. Neither man has any reason to trust or even like the other, but both Gideon and his enemy, Michael, are overwhelmed by the powerful attraction that flares from the moment they first meet. Michael has inveigled himself into a job that brings him into close contact with Gideon for the sole purpose of finding out more about the activities of a man he knows to be a ruthless killer. The fact that his nemesis is also gorgeous and sexy as hell won’t deflect him from his mission – or so he thinks.
Gideon is no fool – he wouldn’t last two minutes as a hired assassin if he couldn’t spot a fraud when he sees one. He ought to dispatch Michael without a second thought as soon as he starts to suspect his deception. But a heady bolt of pure lust can make even the most hardened killer do the strangest things…
Here are the details from the back cover:
Gideon Maybury enjoys a life of wealth and privilege, not to mention the advantages his position offers him in his career as a merchant banker and in his less public life as a high-class, skilled, and very well-paid assassin for Her Majesty’s government. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he becomes the Duke of Westmoreland.
Michael Mathison has hated Gideon since they were at university together. He’s convinced Gideon had a hand in the death of Michael’s college lover, Christopher, and that he had something to do with the death of his own brother. So he gets a job as Gideon’s driver, enabling him to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the elder Maybury sibling. At first his suspicions seem to be confirmed, but clues come to light that suggest all is not as it appears at Maybury Hall.
As the mystery deepens, so does the attraction between the two implacable enemies. Each has reasons not to trust the other, but neither is averse to a bit of kinky play. Gideon and Michael end up owing each other their lives, and it results in consequences neither could have imagined.
And a bit more about The Order of the Black Knights series:
Every century has seen its knights, but they are not always seen. Some of them do what must be done—getting their hands dirty when no one else is willing. Assassins and antiheroes who work from the shadows, they are called the Black Knights. From the time of the society’s creation in the 1100s, these men are cursed to repeat their lives of bloodshed. But for each knight, there is one who can bring out the man that waits inside and break the cycle. The question is whether or not the knight will kill his true love before he figures it out.
A bit more about Ashe Barker:
Ashe whiles away her time in the wilds of West Yorkshire, in the north of England, writing smutty books and drinking Earl Grey tea. At the last count she had over thirty titles on general release, many featuring BDSM, always hot, with complex characters and compelling plots. Ashe writes MM and Mf, contemporary and historical, with the occasional threesome thrown in.
When not writing Ashe enjoys messing around with digital photography, reading erotic stories, pole dancing (though not especially well), walking her dogs, and listening to Bon Jovi. Loud.
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Here’s an excerpt from the book:
By sheer force of will, Michael managed not to move too much as Gideon went back to work. He trailed kisses around the flaring head and then licked the length of Michael’s shaft in one long stroke. First he drew his tongue down the upper surface, then back up the more sensitive underside. Michael’s eyes crossed as Gideon sucked each of his balls into his mouth in turn. His nuts had drawn up, tightened and ready. Michael wanted to come in Gideon’s mouth. He lusted to fill Gideon’s throat with ribbons of hot, viscous semen, but it was too fucking intense to stop. He wanted everything. He wanted more. He just plain wanted.
Gideon cupped Michael’s balls and massaged them with a gentleness Michael would not have imagined from him. His touch was delicate, reverent, and caressing.
“Shit. That feels so good. So fucking hot….”
Gideon glanced at him but said nothing. He grasped the base of Michael’s cock and took the flared head into his mouth again. His lips enveloped the sensitive ridge around the edge. He rubbed the flat of his tongue over the smooth upper surface, and at the same time explored between Michael’s legs with his other hand. He reached his ass and pressed his fingertip against the tight opening.
Michael groaned and reached for the lubricant on the bedside table. He tossed it toward Gideon. “You’ll need that.”
Gideon raised his eyes to regard Michael, but didn’t release his cock to reply. Ignoring the lube, he pressed a little harder, and his finger breached the receptive hole. Michael shivered in anticipation, and his body relaxed to admit the questing digit.
At last Gideon withdrew his hand and grabbed the tube of lubricating gel. He knelt up and left Michael quivering with unmet need as Gideon took his time to expel a squirt of the lube and spread it over his hands. He tilted his chin at the bedside table again.
“Condoms are in the drawer. You do it. My hands are covered in gunk.”
Michael was happy to do his bit to help and quickly sheathed Gideon’s solid cock. That done, he started to move onto all fours, but Gideon shook his head.
“Stay as you are, but bring your knees up toward your chest.”
Ah, right. Michael had tried it that way in the past, but not often. He liked the variety, though.
“Shall I lube your cock first?”
“Soon. First though….” Gideon bent to take Michael’s erection into his mouth again, and jabbed his head forward to take the entire head and much of the shaft. He used his slick fingers to angle the direction, and Michael’s cock soon speared deep into the back of his throat. Gideon’s lips, tongue, and teeth worked, and he hollowed his cheeks to create the suction Michael needed and craved.
Michael couldn’t contain his strangled cry. His nuts contracted hard and fast, and forced his semen up and out to spray Gideon’s tonsils. He was dimly aware that Gideon was swallowing and that he was working hard to clear his airway and maintain the stimulation. Michael unraveled. He was past caring, lost in the mindless twist of pleasure as Gideon sucked and caressed his eager dick.