Hello! I’m Kris T. Bethke, and today I’m stopping by to bring you an exclusive excerpt from my newest release. Part of the Dreamspun Beyond collection, Somebody to Die For is the latest book in the Requiem Inc. series. Out today!
Avery didn’t look up. Jameson waited for a moment, hoping he’d acknowledge his presence. But after a few beats, he realized Avery was lost in thought and probably didn’t even know Jameson was standing there like an eager puppy.
He set the dessert down gently. Avery’s whole body gave a tiny jerk as the interruption intruded on his musings. He looked up, and Jameson gave a small smile.
“Please. Allow me to make amends. I was thoughtless and….” He tried to think of what else to say and finally settled on “I’m sorry.”
The scowl on Avery’s face softened just a bit. It didn’t disappear completely, but at least it was progress.
“You’ve said that several times already. You can stop now. I believe you.”
Not forgiveness. Jameson supposed he didn’t deserve to be forgiven. Not yet. He nodded and shuffled his feet. He caught Avery’s gaze and held it. “Can I sit?”
Silence stretched between them for a long moment. Then Avery sighed and nodded once. “Fine.”
Jameson wanted to happy dance in triumph, but instead he blew out a relieved breath and tried to keep his emotions in check. He pulled out a vacant chair, keeping one seat between them, and sat. “Thanks.”
Avery didn’t say anything. He just went back to eating his salad. Jameson wasn’t sure what to say next. Another apology was on the tip of his tongue, but Avery had told him to stop, and he didn’t want to irritate him further by saying he was sorry yet again.
Jameson flipped open his binder to the previously blank page where he’d been making notes. Keeping his voice pitched low he said, “My filter is bad sometimes. My mouth says things before my brain can get in on the act.”
Avery shot him a hard stare. “You obviously don’t have the gene. If you did, you’d never make anyone feel that way, let alone a ghostwalker.”
Jameson flinched. The jab hit home, and even though it hurt, Avery was absolutely right.
“I know.” Jameson wiped his palm on his jeans.
Suddenly Avery’s shoulders sagged. He closed his eyes, rubbed a hand over his face, and blew out a breath. Then he sat up straight, leaned toward Jameson just a little, and placed his hands on the table.
“Now I’m the one who needs to apologize.”
Jameson waved it away. “No. You’re right. And I deserved it.”
Avery shook his head. “No. I was being rude because I was upset. You apologized, and I accepted it. I shouldn’t keep poking at it.”
Cocking his head to the side, Jameson studied Avery. He hadn’t thought of Avery’s words as acceptance, but clearly Avery had. Filing that bit of information away for later, Jameson nodded.
“Really, I should grovel. Because what I said was—”
Avery held up a hand, and Jameson snapped his mouth shut. For a moment they just stared at each other.
“Let’s just…. We got off on the wrong foot, I think.”
Thinking fast, Jameson held out a hand. Avery eyeballed it, and Jameson grinned.
“Mr. Wagner, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My name is Jameson Parker. If you have a few minutes, can I speak with you about some of the things you said in your lecture? I found it fascinating, but I would like a little clarification on some points.”
Avery eyed him for a long moment. Jameson just kept smiling, holding out his hand. He wanted to start over, and he silently hoped Avery would get it and play along. Finally Avery huffed out a breath and rolled his eyes. But Jameson knew he saw the hint of a smile on Avery’s face when he reached out and shook Jameson’s hand.
“Yes, I have a few minutes now. What can I help you with?”
Title: Somebody to Die For (Requiem Inc. #3)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #27
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 4th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 218 pages
Reviewed by: Belen, Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
A Requiem Inc. Story
Dying is easy. New love is terrifying.
Avery Wagner quit ghostwalking when he lost his beloved anchor to cancer. Now teaching others who have the ability, he’s beginning to live again—but he’s not looking for another lover, not now, maybe not ever.
But then he meets Jameson… younger, talented, dedicated, almost perfect, even though his mouth sometimes opens ahead of his brain. And Jameson wants Avery desperately, though he’ll settle for friendship if he can’t have more.
When an emergency demands they work together in the field, Avery discovers just how perfect Jameson is. But he had a perfect love once before, and he’s scared to even consider that he might have a chance at another. Can he trust Jameson with his newly healing heart?
Requiem Inc. Series
Kris T. Bethke’s Bio
Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a way too fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated.