Title: Mages & Mechanisms (Jak & Leander #1)
Author: Devin Harnois
Publisher: October Night Publishing
Release Date: May 20th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 52,000 words
Leander Weatherford doesn’t want a mage, but he needs one. Enchanted mechanical animals are all the rage among the upper classes, and selling them will save his struggling family business. Enter Jak, whose enchanting ability is second only to his talent for flirting. It’s dangerous to keep such a tempting man close, but Leander can’t resist—in more ways than one.
Jak needs money to continue his aimless life of running. A partnership with Leander provides both income and a lovely diversion. Their masterful creations catch the attention of an eccentric baroness who offers them an enormous sum for an ambitious project—a full-scale mechanical dragon.
Swept into a life rubbing elbows with nobility, Leander is pleased but overwhelmed. Spending both workdays and evenings with Jak, he finds himself drawing closer to the charming mage. But Jak is hiding a dangerous secret, and the truth could tear them apart.
Yes, Leander couldn’t forget the man was a mage and therefore dangerous. He picked up the lamp and then pushed through the door into the shop. Leander set the lamp on the worktable where it cast a soft yellow glow.
Jak turned to lean against the wall, practically lounging. The man was certainly a shameless cad.
Well, time to dispel any amorous notions the man had. “Forgive me for prying, but you are going to be around my family, so I must know. Why do you have so little money? Why don’t you own a suit? A mage who’s graduated and with such talents as yours should have no trouble earning plenty of money.” He felt like an ungrateful wretch for questioning the man after he’d shown such generosity, but Leander had to know.
Jak stepped away from the wall, slipping his hands into his pockets. “You’re worried I’m what? Some kind of criminal?”
Leander dropped his gaze to the floor. “I’m concerned you may have gambling troubles. Or perhaps some addiction.” He made himself look up. “There’s help for those issues. I would be happy to assist you in finding a good clinic—”
Jak laughed, then waved a hand. “Sorry. I mean, thanks for being concerned. I don’t have any addiction, to gambling or anything else. I might be a little overfond of celebrating, a little too generous with my money, as you’ve seen.”
“So you spent all your previous earnings on what? Fine dinners for others?”
Jak took a step closer, face turning serious. “I understand why you’re worried. I’m not going to hurt you or your family. When I left my last job, I left most of what I had behind. I decided to travel light, and that included money. I wanted a fresh start, and I knew I wouldn’t have trouble finding a good job here.”
Leander swallowed. The explanation was so vague. Why had he wanted a fresh start? Had he done something terrible at his last job? “If I write to your previous employer, what will they say about you?”
The usual playfulness returned to Jak’s face and he laughed. “That I don’t take anything seriously and I mouthed off to the boss one too many times.”
That sounded much more truthful. “So you have issues respecting authority?”
Jak didn’t just laugh this time. He stepped back and doubled over, holding his stomach as he rocked with mirth. “Yeah. Oh yeah, just a little.”
“That’s concerning.” Especially that the man found it so amusing.
Wiping a tear from his eye, Jak composed himself. “Won’t be a problem with us. We’re partners. Besides, I like you.” Jak stepped close again.
Leander retreated a step, heart beating fast. “Are you trying to distract me with your… charms?” He couldn’t decide if that word was worse than “flirtation.”
“Is it working?” Those dark brown eyes fixed on Leander, and Jak took another step toward him.
“Sir, you are being very inappropriate.” Leander bumped against the counter. Part of him wanted this, wanted it so badly it burned inside him.
“And you’re being adorable, as usual.” Jak was only inches away now, heat radiating off his body.
“We shouldn’t,” Leander breathed. It was wrong for men to desire one another, worse still to act on it. Leander wasn’t nearly high enough in status for such a thing to be acceptable.
“Oh, I think we should.” Jak closed the distance between them and pressed their lips together.
Leander couldn’t move, frozen in shock. Almost on their own, his lips moved, returning the kiss. One of Jak’s hands slipped around his waist, pressing them together. Liquid heat spread through Leander as his desire rose, chasing away all sense. A little gasp escaped him.
Jak’s tongue pushed into his mouth and Leander was helpless to resist. Oh, it had been so long. Jak tasted like wine and sweet cream, and kissing him was even better than the exquisite meal had been.
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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.