Wednesday, June 24, 2015

24-Karat Conspiracy by EM Lynley - Exclusive Excerpt

24-Karat Conspiracy
Series: Precious Gems
Book: Four
Series is recommended to be read in order


Love is the only gold

Former Ranger turned FBI agent Reed Acton faces his biggest challenge yet: a Christmas visit from partner Trent Copeland’s parents. He’s less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he’s assigned to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad, things start to look up.

This time, Trent’s part of the mission, which takes them to exotic Istanbul. The crowded streets and labyrinthine markets fascinate Trent, but soon murder is on their trail. The investigation continues as Reed goes undercover at a US Army base, with Trent masquerading as his spouse. Surprisingly, fastidious and ever-fashionable Trent fits into base life right away and soon takes one of the suspects’ wives under his wing when domestic abuse rears its head.

Their faux marriage leads Reed to appreciate Trent in ways he never expected, strengthening their bond—until Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past: his relationship with his estranged family.

Pages or Words: 240 pages, 72k words

Categories: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

Trent had just finished dinner with his parents and was walking back to the apartment when his cell phone rang.

“It’s Reed,” he told them and stopped to answer. He hated walking and talking, especially on the phone with Reed. “Hi, babe. How’s it going?”

“I finally got back to my hotel room and I’m waiting for room service. How’re you and your parents?”

“We just finished dinner. You’ve had a long day.”

“Really long day.”

“Let me walk Mom and Dad to their hotel and then call you when I get home.”

Trent felt guilty for rushing them the last three blocks and leaving with just a quick hug and kiss before racing around the corner to his apartment. Reed had barely been gone eighteen hours, but Trent already missed him. He pushed speed dial as soon as he got out of the elevator on the top floor of the building.

“Hey,” Reed said. His voice was all thick and gravelly, kind of like right after sex. Trent’s chest hurt a little to hear it and know he wasn’t the one who made Reed sound that way.

“Hey. You sound so sexy right now.”

“Really?” Reed made a noise that sounded like he was sucking on something.

“Uh, yeah. Well, you did. What are you doing?” Trent paused. “Or is that who are you doing?”
This time there were swallowing sounds.


“Sorry, I’m just stuffing down a burger. I haven’t eaten since lunch, which was about a hundred hours ago.”

“Oh. Sorry.” Heat bloomed at the nape of his neck and he ran his hand up along the back of his head. “I like those sounds, when you make them on me.”

Reed laughed. “I will soon. Promise.”

“You up for some phone sex?”

“I guess your parents aren’t around?”

“Sure they are. They want me to put you on speakerphone.”

Reed made a strangled sound, then started coughing. “Jesus, Trent, I almost choked to death here.”

“Is that a no?”

EM Lynley writes sizzling gay romance with a hint of mystery. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

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