QSFer Meghan Maslow has a new MM fantasy book out in the shared Magic Emporium series: Must Love Demons.
You’d think being magically tethered to the hottest warden in all Verona wouldn’t be a hardship.
You’d be wrong.
Incubus Nico Azertiran has his dream job as a cherub-in-training. It’s the perfect position for a lust demon who’s more interested in happily-ever-afters than one-night stands. Or it would be, if he didn’t keep screwing it up. When a new cherub gadget misfires, Nico is left trussed to Verona’s most eligible warden, the incredibly grumpy, Sir Flame.
Flambeau Illume has a job to do. Someone’s murdering Verona’s rich and famous, and Sir Flame’s hot on the killer’s trail . . . until he has the misfortune to get magically lassoed to the most infuriating incubus he’s ever had the displeasure to meet. Except, maybe Nico isn’t so terribly awful. But how can he solve his case and keep Nico safe at the same time? Especially when the sweet demon seems to have a bullseye on his back.
Together they need to solve the crime, stay alive, and—if their luck changes—maybe even fall in love. Easy, right?
Must Love Demons is part of the Magic Emporium series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes, a lariat of love, a demon tail with a mind of its own, and a guaranteed HEA.
How does, Nico, a lust demon more interested in happily-ever-afters than one-night stands, find himself magically tethered to Verona’s grumpiest warden, Sir Flame? The Lariat of Love, of course. And believe me, you don’t want to be lassoed by this new cherub invention!
“So, what’s it do?” Nico asked.
“It’s a doozy. R&D outdid themselves this time. Assuming it works. This is the prototype.” Bart smirked.
“Wait.” Nico’s stomach sunk. “Prototype? Like untested?”
“Looks like it’s your lucky day. You get to try it out.”
Lucky? “And if it doesn’t work? It’s on me, right?” Nico groaned.
“Details, kid. Think positive. Besides, R&D are good. It’ll work. Probably.”
“You still haven’t told me what it does.”
“Anyone tell you, you’re pushy?” Bart glared before grinning. “It attaches itself to a love-struck target, and when they pass by a compatible match, it ties them together. It dissolves once they’re in love. A huge step forward for cherub-kind, if you ask me.”
“It ties them together? Like bondage?” Nico’s heart thudded.
“No, perv. Only an incubus would jump to such crass conclusions. It lassoes them. Lariat of Love. Get it now?”
He squinted at Bart. “No.”
“You don’t need to. You just need to hit your next target.”
“You realize I’m a terrible shot, right? I’ve never hit a single creature. Not one.”
“You hit Quabriel.”
“By accident. And he wasn’t on the list. I never thought I’d be let off desk duty after that one.”
“You are a miserable shot.” Bart nodded. “But Tab wants you to learn. And you’re too big to practice at the cherub archery range. So, here we are. Think of it as on-the-job training.”
“What happens if I miss?”
“Don’t think that way, newbie.” Bart shrugged like Nico’s job wasn’t on the line. “Make sure your arrow strikes true, and we won’t have any problems.”
Mischief, Magic, and Murder . . . That’s a Maslow!
If you’re looking for comedy, fantasy, or dead bodies in your romances (sometimes all three at once!), I’m your gal. I’m also a. . . gasp!. . . extroverted writer. It seems counterintuitive that as someone who is energized by people, I spend most of my time alone. Yet, that’s the case. And I don’t mind.
If I get writer’s block or start to go a little stir crazy, I head out to a coffee shop, a restaurant, a friend’s place–anywhere to fill up my need for human contact. It also helps that I spend a lot of time with the voices in my head. Some of them are really quite opinionated.
I love writing gay romance because I’m a sap for a happy ending, and I believe everyone–regardless of orientation–should be able to find books that have them. And if that romance comes with a dash of mischief, magic, or murder, all the better.
I believe that life is for living, kindness is contagious, and a good book makes the world a better place.