In spite of his cynicism, and his promise not to embark on any more life-threatening pursuits for answers, when one of the guests turns up dead, Josh can't help but put his talents to use to solve the murder.
The Advent of Reason is a (more or less) stand-alone novella-length character special in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
Mallory's having nightmares, except they feature a kindly bearded man in a red velvet suit. That's right, Mallory is dreaming about Santa Claus, and it's giving her the willies.
Everyone loves Santa! What can it possibly mean that the cheerful big guy makes her fangs chatter?
Click to find out whether Mallory's strange new Santa-phobia takes all the happy out of her holiday.
Also in this series: Checking Him Out For the Holidays - a festive novella for Hanukkah/Christmas.
First published as part of the Love's Landscapes Anthology
(DRiTC 2014, MMRomanceGroup.com), based on the prompt:
When I met the love of my new life (his words not mine…ass), I was simply waiting in the checkout line. I might have been caught up in a conversation with my best friend/wife of X amount of years about something, I can’t remember at the moment. So anyway, we were distracted and didn’t notice that the line had moved. So after maybe 30 seconds, or a minute at the most (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that long), Mr. Impatient, with an accent like that character on The Originals (not that I watch that show at my age), got our attention in the rudest way in my opinion, or in my wife’s heart-of-a-ho opinion, the kindest way possible for our insensitive asses. I’m pretty sure his accent, mixed with his damn charm, got him out of more trouble than it should. We had a rough start, but we had quiet moments when we weren’t all over each other or fighting, in and out of bed. Anyway, I would love a story about our first year.
P.S. I want a story with interesting secondary characters interacting with the main characters. I want it to be known that the marriage is a *lavender marriage—no one is being fooled here. I want humor mixed in with hot-damn, slightly overwhelming sex. Alpha males with a bad case of the giggles at inappropriate moments. No BDSM please. One other request is that I wish the main characters to be in the age range of late twenties to early thirties.
*A lavender marriage is a “beard” marriage of convenience.
Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense.
It has no real bearing on anything else that happens in the series; it is what it is: an Easter Egg.
It is entirely self-indulgent, for which I make no apologies.
~ Deb ~