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Title: Dark Warrior
Author: Lily Harlem
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: unknown
While some passions live on the surface, others—wilder, darker passions—have to be kept buried deep.
Dr. Leo Rotherham is following his calling by working in rural Kenya for the charity Medics On Hand. While he expected a primitive way of life and limited medical supplies, what he doesn’t bargain on is falling for handsome village warrior, Malik.
Malik is well respected, knowledgeable and loyal to his tribe. He’s also beautiful, brave, modern and, much to Leo’s dismay, married. Isn’t he?
No, it turns out Malik is as free as the animals that roam the African plains at night.
Soon the tension is building between the two men and Leo isn’t sure if he’s coming or going. Whenever he’s around Malik he can’t help but notice the reflected look of lust in his eyes and feel the longing sizzling between them.
Malik stands too close, not close enough. Forbidden attraction simmers between them and the need grows to dizzying heights. But dare they admit to each other what it is they want? And are they brave enough to act on their desires and be honest about their lust? One thing is for sure, a passion this big, this powerful can’t be contained and it’s all going to explode in the most spectacular of ways.
Thank you for inviting me today and for hosting my new MM novel, Dark Warrior which is just out at Totally Bound and available from all good ebook retailers.
Dark Warrior is set in Kenya and stars Doctor Leo Rotherham and Malik who is a tribal warrior. Malik has just returned to his people after living and training to be a medic in Nairobi.
Music always plays an important part in the early stages of a novel for me. I tend to have the characters and the story line playing out like a movie in my head for a few weeks before I even start writing and often the mood of the story can be influenced by what I’m listening to at the time—though I have to have silence when I’m actually writing!
In Dark Warrior there are lots of hurdles for my characters to overcome, not only are they living somewhere that doesn’t tolerate homosexuality in the same way much of the West does, they’re also a mixed race couple. Here are a few songs that were on my iPhone as I was dreaming up Malik and Leo’s story.
Rudimental’s version of Waiting All Night, really shows the frustration of waiting for someone to tell you what they need, what they want.
Thirty Seconds to Mars version of Stay really tugs my heartstrings. I adore JL’s gritty voice and this is definitely how Leo feels a few times in Dark Warrior.
And last but not least Hozier. I don’t think music videos get more powerful than this and I can honestly say it makes me cry.
Thank you for reading this post and listening to the music. I hope you’ll check out Dark Warrior, it’s a novel that’s very special to me.
Leo and Malik lay in the sunshine, Leo holding Malik tightly until both of their cocks softened. Eventually, getting hot and thirsty, they eased apart and Malik disposed of the condom.
Leo sank back into the water. He let the cool wrap around his body and enjoyed the deep, sated feeling that was stroking all of his nerves.
He watched as Malik joined him, dipping beneath and soaking his cropped hair. He then stood and smoothed the water backward, from his brow to his crown. Leo couldn’t stop watching him. He was beautiful. He could grace any catwalk or billboard and chase every good-looking Hollywood actor out of town in shame. He was an Adonis, every single one of Leo’s dreams come true.
“You should be in the shade,” Malik said to Leo. “Your shoulders are going pink.”
Leo glanced at his pale skin. “Shit, yes, you’re right.” He moved from the water. His legs a little jelly-like and tired and his heart beat slow and relaxed.
It was the heat of the day, the sun was striking down and he couldn’t think of anything he’d rather do than rest in the shade with Malik. He was sure they’d have energy again later for more fun.
They walked up the bank to the canopy. Malik rushed to be first and stamped beside the reed bed.
“What are you doing?” Leo asked.
“Checking for snakes. I did earlier, but doesn’t hurt to again, before we lie down.”
Leo suppressed a shudder. “Yes, I’ve had enough run-ins with snakes for one day.”
Malik shrugged. “They do not want our company either.”
“The water is safe to drink,” Malik said. “I have filled up some bottles, here.” He passed one to Leo.
Leo took it gratefully and swigged.
Malik did the same and lay down. He was still gloriously naked and his soft cock curved sabre-like over his dark thigh.
Leo loved the short black curls of his pubes. They were tight and stiff, unlike his own softer long ones. They really couldn’t be more different in their coloring.
“What are you smiling about?” Malik asked, resting his hands behind his head. His eyes were languid, his lids heavy.
Leo sat, still sipping from his water bottle. “I was just thinking how opposites attract. We’re opposite.” He pressed his forearm, pale and flirting with sunburn against Malik’s abdomen to show their contrasting skin tones.
“Yeah, I guess we are.” He held out one arm. “Lie with me. I want to hold you.”
Leo happily cuddled into Malik. Despite the heat, their small cave was a nice temperature. He rested his hand on Malik’s chest and felt his heart beating beneath the surface. As Malik breathed, Leo’s head shifted slightly.
It was a lullaby rhythm and Leo soon found himself sinking into a pleasant sleep. He couldn’t remember when he’d last been so utterly relaxed and comfortable with another human being. Perhaps it was because Malik made him feel not just adored but also protected. He trusted Malik. He trusted him with his life. He’d proven that by coming here with him.
He hoped Malik trusted him the same way.
* * * *
When Leo awoke, he was alone on the reed bed. He stretched, yawned and turned to face the entrance of the canopy. The shadows were creeping across the canyon floor, the hippo-shaped rock creating an obese circle of shade over the reed mat they’d fucked so wildly on earlier.
Leo squeezed his buttocks together. A pleasant ache in his arsehole told him it hadn’t been a dream. It had all been real.
He sat and spotted Malik fussing over the fire by the canopy. In the distance, the one protecting the entrance to their temporary home was also lit, long flames dancing into the air.
“Hey,” he called, standing and moving to one of the small stools. His cock was at half-mast, as it often was when he woke. Actually, it was a bit more than that, having settled his gaze on a bare-arsed Malik bending over the spit and apparently turning the cooking fish.
“Ah, you are awake,” Malik said, straightening and flicking his penknife shut.
Malik’s cock wasn’t entirely soft either. Leo reckoned that was how it was going to be while they were around each other here.
“You had a good sleep.” Malik walked toward Leo.
“Yes. I was tired.” He smiled. “Tired and happy.”
Malik nodded, as though Leo had given the right answer. “I am cooking the fish but they will be some time yet. They are only just starting to heat.”
“That’s okay. I’m hungry but I can wait.” Leo reached into his bag for his aftersun lotion. He tugged the blue bottle out and checked his shoulders. He tutted. He really should have been more careful. His English skin was no match for the Kenyan heat. He hoped he wouldn’t peel—not very attractive.
“Here, let me,” Malik said, taking the bottle and moving behind him.
“Thanks.” Leo wasn’t about to argue. He was blissed out whenever Malik touched him, whether it was to perform a task or bringing him to a breath-taking orgasm. “I should have been more careful.”
Malik dragged the other stool so he sat directly behind Leo. “We got carried away. It won’t happen again.”
“What won’t? Getting carried away or forgetting the sun protection?”
A squelching noise burst from the bottle. “Ah, the sun protection. We still have time to get carried away. I just feel responsible for your delicate skin.”
“It’s not that delicate.” Leo didn’t like that he had such sensitive skin. He wasn’t a wimpy bloke—he had good muscles and broad shoulders. He also didn’t complain about pain or tiredness. He was a get-on-with-it kind of a man. He was tough.
“You have no control over the type of skin you have, Leo.” Malik smoothed cool cream over Leo’s shoulders. “I think if the whole world understood that, it would be an easier place to live in.”
About the Author:
Lily Harlem is an award-winning, best-selling author and lives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity. She has over seventy titles published (thirty novels) and more on the way. In 2014 she hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Sellers lists a total of six times and Breathe You In was named as a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read.
Lily’s stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life’s too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/LilyHarlemAuthor
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