Thank you for inviting me today, LM and for hosting my MM novel, Dark Warrior which is out now at Totally Bound and available from all good ebook retailers.
Dark Warrior is set in Kenya and stars Doctor Leo Rotherham and Malik who is a tribal warrior. Malik has just returned to his people after living and training to be a medic in Nairobi.
I really loved writing Dark Warrior, it was one of those novels that just flowed from my fingertips. The characters were vivid in my mind and the story line had twists and turns—not just in Leo and Malik’s relationship, but in their environment—that had me excited and itching to get it all down (I’m talking midnight bandits, deadly wildlife and mysterious happenings).
The sexual tension was enormous fun too. Neither Leo nor Malik can admit to their growing feelings or their attraction to each other. Homosexuality is not accepted in a small Kenyan village the way it is in Leo’s home city of London. So I got to have lots of tense moments where electricity charged between my two men but nothing happened. Lingering appreciative looks and the building up of frustration because they couldn’t do anything about their needs had me tapping away day and night, actually feeling sorry for what I was putting them through.
But then of course—this is a happy ever after erotic romance after all— they do finally get their moment and boy, do sparks fly. Enough to start a wildfire in the Kenyan plains! Below is an excerpt taken from when they finally get to be alone.
I hope you’ll check out Dark Warrior and journey to Africa with Leo and Malik.
Totally Bound – with bonus sexy scene
Back Cover Information
While some passions live on the surface, others—wilder, darker passions—have to be kept buried deep.
Dr. Leo Rotherham is following his calling by working in rural Kenya for the charity Medics On Hand. While he expected a primitive way of life and limited medical supplies, what he doesn't bargain on is falling for handsome village warrior, Malik.
Malik is well respected, knowledgeable and loyal to his tribe. He's also beautiful, brave, modern and, much to Leo's dismay, married. Isn't he?
No, it turns out Malik is as free as the animals that roam the African plains at night.
Soon the tension is building between the two men and Leo isn't sure if he's coming or going. Whenever he's around Malik he can't help but notice the reflected look of lust in his eyes and feel the longing sizzling between them.
Malik stands too close, not close enough. Forbidden attraction simmers between them and the need grows to dizzying heights. But dare they admit to each other what it is they want? And are they brave enough to act on their desires and be honest about their lust? One thing is for sure, a passion this big, this powerful can't be contained and it's all going to explode in the most spectacular of ways.
Leo stepped beneath the canopy. He could stand, just. Malik stooped slightly.
“Yes. A cave.” Malik nodded. “It is not very big but I have created a bed. I hope it is comfortable for us.”
Leo slid his arm around Malik’s waist and pulled their hips together. “It looks perfect for many things, though I’m not sure how much sleeping we’ll do.”
“We will need some sleep to renew our strength,” Malik said with a grin then twisted and took Leo’s bag. “Though first we need to eat.”
A pang of hunger rumbled through Leo’s stomach.
Malik stepped away and placed Leo’s bag down. “I have this for us.” He tugged at a rock in the wall and revealed a small cavity. From it, he withdrew a package. “Sit.” He indicated to a couple of stools, fashioned out of block-shaped rocks and topped with a soft mossy substance.
“Is this what you were doing? All that time you were away?” Leo asked, sitting and noting that there was also a triangular pile of kindling waiting to be lit by the canopy. It had a wooden trellis structure above it, like a spit.
“I would sleep on dirt if I was alone, but you, Leo, are not as accustomed to life on the land. I want you to be comfortable.” He sat, placed the package on his lap and began to unwrap it.
Leo could see that it was made of leaves. “I’m very grateful. It’s beautiful,” he said, studying the canyon again.
The view from their shelter was stunning, something he’d remember always—the clear blue sky, the sand colored cliffs surrounding them and the sparkling river. And Malik sitting next to him… Beautiful, sexy Malik and a whole night stretched out before them. It was a fantasy come true. The anticipation alone was an erotic memory and something he was happy to savor rather than rush to the main event, now that they were here.
“Food.” Malik passed Leo a plate created from a glossy green leaf.
“Fish?” Leo studied the golden flakes of flesh. “Thank you.”
“It is smoked. It is good. Try it.”
Leo already was. A burst of flavor spread on his tongue—woody yet delicate. He chewed through the softness and was eager for more.
Malik laughed. “You were hungry.”
“Yes, starving,” Leo said with a grin and scooped up another mouthful.
They ate in silence. Leo sipped on the last of the water from his bottle and watched a small bird, with a long Y-shaped tail, flitting about in the reeds. When he’d finished, he set the leaf-plate to one side. “Thank you, Malik. That was wonderful.”
Malik nodded once and glanced at the empty plate. “I am glad.”
Leo stood, pulled off his top then folded it over the upper edge of the canopy, hoping that would discourage any slithering creatures from making it their home. As he turned to sit, he noticed the lingering gaze Malik gave his body.
He sucked in his stomach a little, knowing it highlighted his abs, and enjoyed a rush of blood to his cock. Finally. They were alone. Alone, fed and with all the privacy they could ever hope for.
“I’m going for a swim.” Malik stood then stepped out of his sandals.
“Good idea. I’ll join you in a minute.” Leo pressed his hand to his stomach. He was pleased when Malik’s gaze followed. “I’ll just let my lunch go down.”
Malik raised his eyebrows as though this was a new idea. “Okay.”
Leo sat, happy to watch as Malik walked the twenty or so feet down to the water’s edge. Once there, Malik dropped his black shorts revealing his taut, dark buttocks. He stepped out of them and strode into the water.
The sound the river brushing and splashing against his hard thighs rumbled toward Leo. A few rippling waves shimmied to the bank and broke on the sandy surface.
As Malik sank deeper, Leo’s cock grew harder. He shifted on the stool. His balls were tight and a tug in his arsehole told him that he would soon be at full mast. But that was okay, he was allowed to be. That was why they were here.
Malik dived forward, giving Leo just a hint of his shiny, wet buttocks as he did so. For several long seconds he was beneath the surface then he burst upward, shook his head to rid it of drips and grinned at Leo.
“It is good,” he called.
“It looks it.” Leo stood. His cock was bulging the material of his shorts. He decided he’d had enough of the constraints of clothes, undid his button and zipper and added his shorts and boxers to the top of the canopy.
The air filtered around his protruding erection, cooling his heated shaft and tickling against his balls. He stooped and unlaced his boots, then took them and his socks off.
“Leo,” Malik shouted.
Leo looked up. Malik was wading from the water. With each step he took, the surface lowered down his abdomen.
Leo licked his lips and his cock strained. The excitement of seeing Malik’s dick for the first time was almost too much to cope with. He reached out and grasped one of the branches that supported the canopy. “Yes?”
Malik said nothing. Instead, he kept walking and staring at Leo’s naked body.
Leo was captivated by the dropping water line. Coming into view was a tight strip of dark hair, running from Malik’s navel. Also, now, from the water emerged the tip of his cock. Shiny and domed, it rose upward as the water slipped down his black shaft.
He kept walking and Leo thought he might orgasm just from the glorious sight of Malik emerging god-like from the African river. Had there ever been a man as beautiful and perfect? Leo doubted it. His mouth was dry, his heart thudding, and blood raged.
Malik stepped completely from the river. He stood, feet apart, hands on his hips and his erection pointing toward Leo.
“Leo,” Malik called again, his deep voice a rumbling echo.
“What?” Leo managed, his throat tight. He wanted to grip his dick, give it some of the stimulation it needed, but equally, he wanted to wait. He needed Malik to grip it, touch him, bring him to climax.
“Come here,” Malik said, his voice firm. “Come here and suck my cock.”
About Lily Harlem
Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning, multi-published author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Xcite, Ellora’s Cave and Sweetmeats Press. Her Hot Ice series regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse, draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot, In Expert Hands and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.
Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior.
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae - check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon - The Novice, The Player and The Vixen - and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel 'every woman should read'.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!
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