By: Jordan L. Hawk | Other books by Jordan L. Hawk
Published By: Jordan L. Hawk
Published: Sep 06, 2012
ISBN # 9781476454696
Published By: Jordan L. Hawk
Published: Sep 06, 2012
ISBN # 9781476454696
Word Count: 94,378
Price: $4.99 $3.74 (after rebate)
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.mobi), HTML, Epub
Hainted by Jordan L. Hawk - Romance>Paranormal/HorrorThe Good Guy: Haint-working runs in Dan Miller’s blood. Not everyone can help the restless dead cross over, especially when the haunting threatens the Living. But the death of his parents six years ago forced Dan to give it up in exchange for raising his brother and sister, all the while struggling to keep their rural NC farm afloat.
So when the flamboyantly goth Leif Helsvin shows up on Dan’s doorstep looking for help with an evil necromancer named Rúnar, Dan’s first instinct is to turn him down. With two teenagers to look after, he’s already got all the trouble he can handle. Besides, the sexy Leif is too much of a temptation, and Dan is firmly in the closet.
The Bad Boy: Pierced, tattooed Leif never has sex with the same guy twice. It keeps things simple, especially since his oath to stop Rúnar has him constantly drifting from one town to the next.
But this time, it looks like Leif is going to need help, in the form of the very down-to-earth Dan. Since Nice Guys are off the menu, Leif just has to keep his hands to himself for as long as it will take to stop Rúnar’s latest scheme. But as Leif finds himself drawn deeper into Dan’s life, he quickly realizes he’s not just in danger of breaking the rules, but breaking his heart as well.
Reader Rating: 4.6 (17 Ratings)
Excerpt:“Leif!” The wand fell unheeded from his hand, and Dan stumbled through the swirl of disturbed leaves, reaching for the other man. No, no, goddesses of the Underworld, please let him be all right.
Leif struggled to his knees. “I’m fine,” he gasped. “It knocked the wind out of me, and I’ll have a pretty good bruise on my back tomorrow, but I’m fine.”
Relief shivered through Dan. Leif made it to his feet, leaning against the tree for support. “Thanks. I owe you one.”
Dan took a small sip of breath, meaning to say…he didn’t even know, exactly. The moonlight cut across Leif’s features, revealing every plane of his high cheekbones, the delicate sweep of his brow. His long, pale hair tumbled about his face, tousled and utterly mad, like some fey spirit from the very dawn of time.
Safe. Safe, and relatively unhurt, and yet Dan’s hands wouldn’t stop shaking. Heat and cold boiled in his chest, until he wasn’t even sure where fear ended and relief began. Gods, Leif could have died if he’d hit the tree wrong, and Dan needed to say how glad he was Leif was okay, but he couldn’t get the words out past the storm of emotion. He took a step forward, and another, until he could practically feel the heat of Leif’s body. Leif’s eyes widened slightly, pupils dilating. The tip of his tongue licked his lower lip.
The unconscious gesture snapped the hair-fine thread of Dan’s control. He pressed Leif back against the tree, needing to taste those lips just once, to feel Leif’s heartbeat, to know they were both warm and alive.
Leif’s mouth froze under his. He started to pull away, to apologize, to rebuild whatever his impulsive action might have torn down.
Leif’s hands closed on his shoulders, and he returned the kiss with desperation, like this was something he needed just as bad. His lips were firm and supple, and tasted like the moonshine they had drunk and something else, something unique and indisputably masculine. The silver hoop in his lower lip was warm from his heat.
Gods, it was good, just what Dan needed. He leaned in tighter, felt Leif’s body against his, hard and sinewy through the layers of their clothing. Leif’s hands threaded through Dan’s hair, tugging and gripping, and he drew away just far enough to nip at Dan’s lip with his teeth, before diving back into the kiss again.
Gods. This isn’t happening. But it was; he could feel not just his own heart pounding, but the shaking of Leif’s body against his; not just the tight urgency of his own erection, but the hard length of Leif’s cock pressed against his hip.
Leif rubbed him through the denim. He gasped and broke the kiss. “D-Don’t.”
Leif stilled. His blue eyes had gone dark with desire, and his breathing was ragged. “I want to make you feel good.”
Dan fought for control against a body with absolutely no interest in it. “And I want you to. But it’s been a long time.”
Shame coursed through him, scalding hot. But Leif cocked his head, and his expression shifted from raw hunger to something more controlled. “How long?”
Dan swallowed. “Since I came back from college. Six years.”
Leif’s eyes widened, and Dan wryly reflected he’d managed to surprise his friend. “Ah.” Leif leaned his head against Dan’s, foreheads touching and breath mingling without their lips actually making contact. “Let’s not make you wait any longer.”
Reader Reviews (7)
Submitted By: VSparkles on May 19, 2014I enjoyed everything about this book; the characters, the setting, the writing and the intoduction of haint workers. Like most of Jordan's books, we get to interact with seemingly real people in quite unreal situations. I would love to read more about Dan and Leif and I will continue to look forward to new releases by Ms. Hawk.
Submitted By: craft13 on Jan 24, 2014A very good story. I'd never heard of hainting before and the way the town just accepted Dan's abilities was interesting. Dan was an excellent character and you could really feel his dilemma between the family and his calling. Great story and highly recommended.
Submitted By: roula on Jan 2, 2014the author is one of my favourites. if you like paranormal stories with ghosts, very good blue collar guys falling in love with their extreme opposite like this couple, both fighting their personal deamons along with their common bad guy, you ll like it. there are some hot scenes, (not in every 2 pages) and sometimes you might get a little confused with the names, places, specifics.
Submitted By: valjomi527 on Aug 28, 2013This was an interesting read. While I didn't loved it I certainly did not hate it.
Submitted By: denni on Jan 30, 2013A new author, making waves! So I started here, with Ms. Hawk's first book. It's not perfect, but so much talent! A very nice writing style that pulls readers into the story for almost non-stop action. I loved the non-traditional characters; which the author wove together with family, angst, redemption, romance, myth, and did I mention lots of action? Readers with a low Occult tolerance may have some squicky moments. A very talented up-and-coming author, I'll defiantly be reading her again soon!
Submitted By: ramonab on Jan 21, 2013Hold onto your seat, this book is thrill ride! I loved the action and setting. Jordan L Hawk infused this book with the deep mystique of both the Appalachians and broader mythologies, blended them together seamlessly. I would love to return to this world of haint-workers.
Submitted By: janice on Jan 10, 2013Action and suspense through out the story. Well worth reading!