Shadowmancer | Devin Harnois
Paladin Charm #1
October Night Publishing
Publication Date: May 5, 2019
Length: 54,000 words
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Marius Everhart is something even mages fear — a shadowmancer. His power marks him as cursed, a creature belonging to the Queen of Shadows. Marius escaped her realm with his memories corrupted and his sanity in tatters, managing to live a fragile, lonely existence at the edges of society.
Some might call Ayodele Sauveterre delusional. He prefers the term “optimistic”. With his homeland in danger from invasion, Ayodele will do anything to protect it, even recruit a shadowmancer.
Marius’s incredible power and gentle nature make him a perfect addition to Paladin Charm, a new mage guild dedicated to helping rather than exploiting the non-magical populace. The fact that handsome Marius also warms Ayodele’s bed is a wonderful bonus.
With support from Ayodele and his new friends in the guild, Marius begins to heal. He’s also quickly falling for the alluring mage, but Ayodele struggles with what’s forming between them. Past experience left Ayodele flippant but guarded, and Marius’s open honesty unnerves him.
As they grow closer, Paladin Charm prepares for a battle with impossible odds. And in the darkness, the Queen of Shadows waits to reclaim Marius and drag him back into a nightmare.
Ayodele followed Marius up to his room. They hadn’t said anything, and Marius wondered if he should, or what he should say. Marius stepped inside the room—mine, this is really all mine—and Ayodele closed the door.
“I’m not one to play coy when there’s something I want, and I know honesty is important to you, so I’m going to be honest.” Ayodele stepped close and slid a hand up Marius’s chest. “I want to have sex with you.”
That answered one question at least. Marius looked into Ayodele’s beautiful dark eyes, surrounded by gold and blue, then his gaze moved down to the man’s full lips.
Ayodele’s hand reached his shoulder and kept going up until his fingers brushed Marius’s neck. “So are you agreeable, or have I been misreading you?”
Marius lunged, his body almost moving on its own. He pulled Ayodele into his arms and seized the other man’s lips. They were even warmer and softer than Marius had imagined and tasted of the chocolate cream cake they’d had for dessert. For a moment there was nothing but the hot rush of sensation.
Then Marius remembered other lips, other kisses. A girl in the schoolyard, quick and awkward. A boy as they splashed in the stream. A woman beneath a starlit sky. She’d been murdered and he’d vowed his revenge, asking the Queen of Shadows to give him—
No, that wasn’t real. Was it?
He pulled back, forcing his mind into the present. “I don’t want to hurt you.”
Confusion crossed Ayodele’s face, then he blinked it away. “Worried you’ll break my heart?”
Marius put more distance between them, almost running into a chair. “I’m worried my mind will slip.”
“I have caused people to lose their minds in bed, but only in a good way.”
“You really aren’t afraid of me, are you?” Ayodele had proven it the past three nights, comforting Marius every time he woke from a nightmare, braving the wild shadows again and again.
“No.” Pale purple light covered Ayodele’s body as he took a slow step toward Marius.
“There. I used a protection spell.” His utter confidence sent Marius’s heart racing.
“If my mind wanders, I might get lost in my memories.” Marius said it more to himself so he’d remember this was a bad idea.
“Then I’ll have to make sure you stay focused on me.”
About The Author
Devin Harnois writes YA and Romance of the fantastical sort. Most of his books involve magic, monsters, and hope. Somehow they keep getting more queer.
When he isn’t writing he spends too much time on Twitter and plays a lot of Dragon Age.
In second grade he wrote his first story, a romance about two mice falling in love. He still has the original draft.