Well it's just five days until the release of my very first contemporary Bollywood Desires and I have to admit to being nervous - probably more so than when a new book in my Shifters Haven series comes out. I'm not sure why exactly, maybe because most people who read the subsequent books in my series have already enjoyed the previous books, but this is new territory for me.
I have another full length contemporary contracted and several more in the works, but as this is the first it will be interesting to see how it's received. I hope everyone likes it as much as I do.
How can Brent give in to his desire for the sexy Bollywood actor when a relationship between them could cost Raj his life?
When bodyguard Brent Hawthorne moves to India to start a new business, he thinks his biggest problems are going to be the language barrier and coping with the intense heat in Mumbai. But when he starts working for one of Bollywood’s top actors, Rajkumar Khan, Brent has to rethink that estimation.
Raj is not only handsome and sexy but also secretly gay, and sparks fly the instant the pair meets. But Raj is being blackmailed and the unknown sender of the letters is not only threatening his life but also to reveal his secret.
As Brent battles to find the identity of Raj’s blackmailer, he finds himself growing closer to the sexy Bollywood star. He struggles at first to resist Raj’s advances, fearing any sort of relationship between them could cost the star his life, but Raj is a hard man to resist. Can Brent keep his hands and heart to himself long enough to find the culprit, or will he give in to his Bollywood desires?
Brent followed Rahul through a large set of patio doors that led to the garden at the back of the house. His eyes flickered around, taking in the unusual plants and flowers that bordered the neatly manicured lawn. An eight foot hedge surrounded the space. To the left of the house was a decked area that housed a large pool. There didn’t appear to be an exit out onto the street from anywhere in the garden.
Rahul made himself comfortable in a large wicker chaise covered in a white, cotton cushion pad. Like everything else in the house, it looked expensive…overly so. He motioned for Brent to take a seat in the matching chair opposite. Brent nodded, sat and waited for the man to speak.
“My client is a very famous man in our country, Mr Hawthorne. He is one of the top actors in Bollywood and it is paramount that his private life remains private. I take it everything we discuss today is confidential?”
Surely that was a given in his profession. Brent was tempted to roll his eyes but he fought the impulse, instead he gave a sharp nod of his head to appease the man.
“Very good. Mr Hawthorne, my client is gay.”
Brent frowned. He wasn’t shocked by Rahul’s statement, he knew there would be as many gay men here in India as there would anywhere else in the world, but the disdainful way Rahul said it had Brent firmly on the defensive in two seconds flat. And this man was supposed to be Rajkumar’s agent? Talk about ‘with friends like these’…
Crossing his arms over his chest, Brent threw the man a level stare. Christ he’d just met the guy and already he disliked him. Of course it could have had something to do with the way Rahul had curled his upper lip when he’d made the announcement—disgust evident on his chubby, pockmarked face.
“And that’s an issue how exactly?”
“Mr Hawthorne, this is Mumbai, not L.A. Homosexuality might be the norm in other parts of the world but we have a very low tolerance of it here. Rajkumar’s career would be in tatters should his preference become common knowledge.”
“Is there any danger of that?” Brent wanted to know if Rajkumar’s sexuality had anything to do with the threats he’d been receiving.
Rahul sighed. “It is not only my client’s safety that has been threatened. His…habits are also in danger of exposure.”
Brent tensed his jaw. Was Rahul insinuating being gay was a habit? He fought to keep his mouth shut. It wouldn’t do to piss off potential clients because he didn’t like what they had to say. All-Star Security was in its infancy and if Brent wanted the business to grow, he needed a good reputation among the bigwigs in the industry. And Rahul and his client Rajkumar were about as big as they came. Brent had Googled the actor before he left the office and it seemed he was a very big star in Bollywood.
He was sexy as all hell too.
“How exactly has your client been receiving these threats?”
“Letters,” a low, husky voice sounded at the door. Brent turned to the intruder and his breath caught in his chest. Holy fuck. The man was hot. The pictures he’d pulled up on the internet in no way did Rajkumar Khan justice. He was far more attractive in real life—about as tall as Brent with a lean body, jet black hair and the face of a god.
Raj had light skin, the colour of cappuccino, and his complexion was flawless. Brent could do nothing but stare and try not to be embarrassed by how much his dick approved of Mr Khan’s appearance too. The deity was leaning casually against the doorframe. His hands were pushed into his trouser pockets and his eyes sparkled with mischief. Brent pulled ineffectually at his collar. Had the temperature just risen twenty degrees? And where was that goddamn glass of water he’d been promised?
As he stared, Raj’s mouth curved up into a teasing smirk. He removed his hands from his pockets and glided across the room with a poise and elegance Brent had never witnessed in a man. He stopped in front of Brent and held out his hand.
“I’m Rajkumar, my friends call me Raj.”
Brent stood up. He swallowed hard and took hold of the proffered hand, hoping the rapidly growing erection in his trousers wouldn’t be too evident. “Brent Hawthorne.”
Raj’s hand lingered for a moment, before he pulled it away, his fingers stroking lightly across Brent’s knuckles. The simple touch had Brent practically panting. He tried to ignore what the touch did to his dick, and he should definitely not be thinking about the man’s hands on his dick…
“Rahul, you can wait for me in my study. I’d like to speak to Mr Hawthorne alone.”
Hope you enjoyed! For those interested Bollywood Desires is available for pre-order now on Total-e-Bound's website and releases on Monday 19th March.
Here's the link for the ebook: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1580
This is the link for the print copy which will be released April 30th:http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1630
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