#ReleaseDay — Tarnished Souls (A 4-Book Compilation) by Dev Bentham + Giveaway
Release Date: December 16th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Tarnished Souls is a series of contemporary romance novels centered around Jewish holidays:
Life can be hard.
Hard enough to leave two men tarnished and hopeless.
They might be too damaged to see the truth in each other, but just maybe finding their bershert, their true love, will finally make them shine.
BOOKS IN THE TARNISHED SOULS COMPILATION
Learning from Issac
It’s hard to break out of a rut.
For years, Nathan submerged himself into his job at St. Genevieve’s. He enjoys teaching, hates faculty meetings, loves his science and has committed himself to the cycle of college life.
Along the way, he's become resigned to being a gay man in a straight culture, a Jew among Catholics, and single in a world of couples. Then the brilliant Isaac Wolf appears in his classroom. Isaac’s a few years older than his fellow students, gorgeous, self-composed and Jewish.
Isaac has his own secrets, which Nathan finds out at the racy new club downtown where the boys who dance out front can be bought in the back room. Nathan thinks he’s about to get a lap dance, but behind the beaded curtain the man on his knees turns out to be Isaac. Nathan's mind isn't the only thing Isaac blows.
Afterward, Nathan can't stop thinking about that night. The question is whether Nathan can let himself fall in love with a student, much less someone with Isaac’s checkered past.
Is it too late for a student to teach his professor the true nature of love and respect?
Publisher's Note: This book contains graphic imagery of men having sex together. And enjoying it. However, the story is primarily a romance. Don’t be disappointed if you read pages and pages and pages without encountering acts, organs or orgasms.
(from Learning from Isaac)
“I can’t believe you talked me into this.” I peered at the refurbished brick warehouse. A heavy techno beat pounded out each time the door opened.
Kenny glanced in the mirror and slicked up the sides of his hair. “Oh, come on, you need to loosen up. You cannot still be pining for Bill. It’s been years. Honey, I’m all in favor of open relationships, but only if both parties know about it. That boy had the sexual hygiene habits of a muskrat. It’s time you got back in the game, and I have just the ticket to help you do that.” He held up a business card.
I tried to read it by the light of the streetlamp. “What’s that?”
“This is your ticket for a deluxe, Le Garçon lap dance.” He flicked it with his finger. “My gift to you.”
I stared at him. “You’re spending money so some guy can dance in my lap? That’s crazy.”
He made an exaggeratedly stern face. “Shit, Nathan, it’s just a dance. And you might like it. How long has it been since you’ve been that close to another person? It’s not right. I’d blow you myself if it wasn’t for George.”
“What does a lap dance entail?” I hated how naïve I sounded. But the stripper circuit wasn’t exactly on my regular social calendar.
“A great looking guy gets in your personal space and gyrates.” Kenny leaned close and whispered, “Come on, what can it hurt?”
I shook my head and tried to look exasperated but Kenny was right, I’d been pretending to be asexual for a long time. A man dancing close? My pulse sped up at the thought. I opened the car door and stepped out.
Fields of Gold
Life is full of compromises.
That's what Avi Rosen tells himself.
He's a yeshiva boy turned historian, working on his dissertation and stretching his meager stipend by moonlighting as a closeted politician's houseboy.
Their relationship used to feel like a real affair.
Lately it seems more like a job.
It isn't until he meets someone decent that he realizes how corrupt his life has become.
Pete is a tall blond farmer who charms Avi with his dazzling smile and his straightforward life.
But even if he can believe this refreshingly honest man doesn't have his own political agenda,
will Avi find the strength to emerge from the dark life he's chosen and find a future in the sun?
Life's a gamble--and lately David Schwartz's partner has been losing so much that David must close their restaurant, the hippest little place in Portland.
He sells everything and moves back home, but at thirty-five, he's not eager to sleep alone in his childhood bedroom or to be supported by his father for the second time in his adult life.
David's had enough. He needs to start over, maybe with someone like the elusive man he's been seeing in his dreams. An old friend offers him a job catering a movie set in Puerto Vallarta. It's been years since David's alcoholism spun out of control along the highways of Mexico.
Determined to experience Mexico sober, he stuffs his few remaining possessions in a backpack and takes the next flight down.
As Mexico prepares for Christmas, David lights Hanukkah candles, celebrating the return of the sun and wishing for true love. On the first night of Hanukkah, David meets a tall, dark stranger who rocks his world in a secluded moonlit cove.
Is this the mystery man of his dreams--the answer to David's prayers?
And what must David sacrifice to make his dreams come true?
Bread, Salt and Wine
Some wounds never heal. George Zajac grew up in a religious family with a father who beat “the swish” out of him. At thirty-eight he's a troubled man. Escaping his miserable life as a banker in New York, he moves across the country to start again in Los Angeles as the catering chef for a prestigious French Restaurant.
Kenny Marks, a writer who’s currently waiting tables, is everything George cannot be—flamboyant, proud and sexually confident. Enthralled by Kenny, and against his own better judgment, George agrees to a date.
Sparks fly. The sex is amazing. But even after the two get close, George is crippled by humiliating sexual hang-ups. Still haunted by his childhood, he lingers in the closet and can’t commit to a relationship with Kenny.
Love is the great healer, but is it enough?
George’s emotional scars could drive Kenny away, and with him, George’s last chance at happiness.
The books in the Tarnished Souls series can be found on Goodreads
(from Fields of Gold)
Jack stood in the bathroom, straightening his tie in the mirror. “I don’t know how late I’ll be tonight.”
“Okay.” I lay naked on the bed, watching him get ready.
“I left some cash on the table. We’re almost out of coffee. Maybe you could get groceries.” He gave the tie one last tug, picked up his briefcase, ruffled my hair and left.
I stared at the ceiling. My ankle and ass both throbbed. I glanced at my wrists where red bracelets of bruises were beginning to purple. What would they have looked like if the cuffs hadn’t been lined with fur? I rolled one sore shoulder and the other before levering myself up to sit on the edge of the bed. This new kink of Jack’s wouldn’t have been my first choice. The only really sexy thing about the whole evening had been seeing Pete’s mouth around my cock. And that had been imaginary. Although Pete had been pretty clear it didn’t have to be. I shook my head. That thought wasn’t something I could indulge right now.
The crutches would be on the living room floor where I’d dropped them before Jack had half carried, half marched me to the bedroom. Pink flesh bulged around the bandage on my ankle. I unwrapped it, trying not to wince as pain bolted through me every time I moved. The swollen outside of my ankle was deep red and dark blue. At least it matched my wrists.
I stood on my good leg and hopped to the kitchen. Ten twenties lay on the kitchen table, still crisp from an ATM. He must have stopped at a cash machine on his way down. There was about half a cup of coffee left in the pot. I poured that, grabbed the ice bag from the freezer, propped my foot on a chair, and tried not to think too hard about my life.
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About the Author
I write contemporary gay romance. My characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know they’re looking for true love, but when they meet their bershert, their true love, their lives are transformed. My stories are set in the real world where gay men have gay friends, families who do or don’t accept them, personal histories they’re not necessarily proud of and a myriad of experiences that have made them who they are.
I live in Northern Wisconsin with my Boston Terrier and Chicago spouse. I’ve published short stories, poetry, newspaper articles and academic papers and have worked in nearly every profession from restaurants to retail to open-water diving and now write m/m romance out of my fascination with love, courage and gender.