Book Title: Touch in the
Author: S. J.
Release Date: November 7,
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Tropes: Vampire, BDSM, Single Dad, Billionaire
Themes: Self-worth, self-acceptance, overcoming prejudice
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 85 673 words/344
It is Book 1 in the ‘Blood and
Bonds’ Series. Books 2 & 3 due for release in 2024
This book does not end on a
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Jesse Truelove never felt a
part of his own family. But can a vampire really give him a new one?
With a criminal record, no steady job and a penchant for
kink, Jesse Truelove has spent most of his life feeling like an outsider. He tells himself it
doesn’t bother him, that he never needed human connections anyway.
Now the Undying Baron, Emory Von Magnusson, a
vampire—or, to use the modern term, ‘haemophile’—has reclaimed his ancestral home
north of Jesse’s hometown, and the human population isn’t sure how to react. Jesse knows a
thing or two about what it’s like to be misjudged, so he keeps an open mind. But when a
bungled break-in at Emory’s home brings them face-to-face, Jesse finds it’s much more than
his mind that’s stimulated.
However, building a relationship with an undead blood-
drinker was never going to be straightforward, especially when that undead blood-drinker
reveals he wants a family.
“This is about last night.”
“Yeah,” Jesse rasped. “It is…” Magnusson didn’t move or
speak, but Jesse thought he saw warmth gathering in his eyes. “So we don’t talk about it. Is
“I’m more than happy to talk about it.”
“It was. Something you enjoyed, I think.”
Jesse’s skin rippled. “Where did it come from, huh? You
don’t even know me.”
“I know you’re not regretting it, Jesse. Why are you
pretending you are?”
Jesse frowned. “You think you know what I’m
A small smile turned up the corners of the full lips.
“Humans don’t realize how little of what they feel is secret. It broadcasts, like a beacon. It’s
one of the things that makes you so fascinating.”
“Whereas you feel nothing?” he said, putting the glass on
the table with more force than was necessary.
“That isn’t true.”
Jesse made a noise of frustration. “So, what? What was last
“Has no one ever cared about just what you need
“You jerk off all your employees if they have a bad
“No,” he said, smile warming, “just you.” Jesse went very
still. His heart was slugging in his chest. Magnusson bent close and inhaled. The air brushed
over Jesse’s temple. He shivered. “I’ve upset you.”
“You haven’t upset me. I’m not a kid.”
Magnusson gazed down at him. “I’m sorry. I thought I knew
what you wanted.”
You did. More than any other guy I’ve ever known…but
you’re not human. Just my luck.
Jesse kept his mouth firmly closed over the words, not
wanting to admit them, even to himself. Instead, he said, “I just don’t get…why?”
“You won’t believe the answer to that question until you’re
able to answer it yourself,” he said. “But I can see what I did has made this difficult.”
“You’re my boss…”
He blinked once, slowly.
So he does blink.
“I currently employ you. That is correct. But after last
night…and considering the way you looked at me when we first met…” He paused. Jesse
held his breath. “Forgive me. You are a fascinating human. And my instincts told me there
was more to your interest than professional curiosity.”
Jesse looked away.
“I’m sorry,” Magnusson continued after a moment. “It has
been a very long time since I understood the nuances of human emotion. I sometimes forget
“No kidding…Sir,” he added after an awkward
“I think you really had best start calling me Emory.”
Jesse’s skin heated. “Okay…Emory.”
About the Author
S.J. Coles is a Romance writer originally from Shropshire, UK.
She has been writing stories for as long as she has been able to read them. Her biggest
passion is exploring narratives through character relationships.
She finds writing
LGBT/paranormal romance provides many unique and fulfilling opportunities to explore
many (often neglected or under-represented) aspects of human experience, expectation,
emotion and sexuality.
Among her biggest influences
are LGBT Romance authors K J Charles and Josh Lanyon and Vampire Chronicles author Anne