Family Jewels; by MJ O’Shea—Release Day Blast and Giveaway
Title: Family Jewels
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: 27th April, 2015
Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.
Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.
When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.
It was still beautiful outside by the time they’d wandered through the market and back to Luke’s building, ice creams in hand. The evening was getting chilly, though, and Corbin had goose bumps up and down his arms. It wasn’t time to go inside yet. Corbin had already wasted a lot of this perfect day sleeping. He wasn’t ready to give it up. He huddled closer to Luke, who threw his free arm over Corbin’s shoulders.
“Yeah. I guess it’s not quite short-sleeve weather yet.”
Luke chuckled. “England newbie. Give it another month and even the nights will be warm.”
He squeezed Corbin closer and rubbed his chilled arm. Corbin had to admit it was nice. He’d been admitting a lot of things were nice lately. He tried to imagine his mother’s voice, when she found out he was actually dating someone. Someone with a regular job. Someone who handled money and probably would not have the most favorable opinion of Corbin’s line of work. That little scene in his head took away a bit of the romance of his whirlwind… whatever they were doing, with Luke and life so he pushed it away.
The lights of the market, and the music coming from the Chinese food stall belting out Mariah and Britney brought him back to Luke and how happy he was walking along being a normal guy. It had been hours since he’d thought of his next shiny conquest, which in itself was highly unusual. It was like he’d replaced his first and most familiar drug with another, one that was far more addictive and dangerous. Corbin didn’t want to think of the possible consequences. He told himself not to go crazy trying to figure out what could happen in the future. It wouldn’t do any good.
“You want to finish these on those benches? Then we can go upstairs?” he asked, gesturing toward his ice cream.
The sun had mostly sunk below the buildings, and the earlier warmth was long gone. He was freezing his nutsack off, but he didn’t want to let go of the night. He liked being out in public with Luke, not one of the shadows or a spider scuttling around the corner. He liked the fleeting feeling of being a real person. Someone who lived in the sunlight.
“Sure. You going to be too cold?” Luke asked.
“I’ll be fine.
“Here. I’m fine. Wear my jacket.”
Corbin accepted Luke’s jacket with a smile and a nod. Then he bumped shoulders with him and cuddled closer to watch the water and the people, and listen to the off-key pop music from the corner stall. It was really, really good. Better than he thought he could have and nothing he thought he’d ever want. Corbin took a big bite out of his raspberry cheesecake ice cream.
“You’re a biter. I don’t know if this little thing we have can continue.” Luke teased.
“Please. You love it when I bite,” Corbin said. He elbowed Luke lightly.
“That was corny.”
“And your joke wasn’t?”
“Guilty.” Luke sat there silently for a few moments. “Okay, this is probably going to be a whole new level of corny, but I’m going to say it anyway.”
“What?” Corbin’s pulse sped up a bit, happy and trippy and ready to bump its way right out of his neck.
“I’ve been having a great time getting to know you.”
Luke sounded fumbling and sweet. It was such a one-eighty from the dark, rough, suave guy from the first night at the club, the confident well-off man he’d come to know. Corbin liked all the sides of him. The one who was weathered and savvy and used to society, and now this one, who didn’t have much experience or skill with dating. He wanted to know more about all of them.
“Me too. I can’t believe how fast the month has flown by.”
“That’s kind of what I was thinking. So….” Luke blushed under his golden skin.
Corbin thought he was unbelievably adorable. He couldn’t help curling his free hand around Luke’s thigh. “What were you thinking?”
“If we made this a little more… official maybe? I don’t really do dating. You know that. Not before, anyway. But I seem to be breaking all my rules for you.”
Corbin wanted to smile and run and laugh and scream all at the same time. Instead he gave Luke’s thigh a squeeze. “Yeah. I’ve been doing my share of rule-breaking too.”
“Is that a yes?”
“I think so. Does that mean you’re my….” Corbin wasn’t sure he could say the word.
“Boyfriend?” Luke snorted. “God, I feel like a tenth grader.”
“Hey, I kinda like that word. Never said it before, at least not about myself, but I think I like it.”
“Yeah. Me too. And same. Well, not for years anyway. I tried that back in school, but it was pretty much a disaster.”
“That’s not very optimistic.” Corbin chuckled. He didn’t really mean it. He had a good feeling about him and Luke. Sure, it was probably going to end with him disappearing into the night sometime in the near future, but he really fucking liked the way he felt when he was with him. He liked the glances they got from people, fond and happy, like they were looking at new love.
“I didn’t mean you,” Luke said with his soft laugh. “You’re not a disaster at all.”
I’m Mj O’Shea 🙂 I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then.
When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano, dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I like sparkly girly girl things, own at least twenty different colored headbands, and I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they comes up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping.
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