Monday, August 9, 2010
The Manituw by Lisbeth Jenkins
The Manituw by Lisbeth Jenkins
contemporary gay romance
now available at Amber Allure: The Manituw
Hi! I'm Lisbeth Jenkins, and I'm pleased and honored to announce my first ebook for Amber Allure, The Manituw.
The characters in my gay romances are strong, independent men who find love in the midst of difficult circumstances. I hope you enjoy their stories.
When researcher Robert Silsbury reaches Bonnenuit, Newfoundland and finds his charter boat captain in jail, the British oceanographer has no idea that he's come face to face with the man who will steal his heart. His first instinct is to hire someone else for the job.
July Cyr, the illegitimate son of First Nations and white parents, barely makes a living from Americans who charter his ancient tugboat, the Manituw, for sightseeing tours of icebergs and whales off the coast of Newfoundland. He hopes that the handsome young scientist who hired him will prove to be the first piece of good luck he's had in a long time.
Passion flares immediately, but love is built on trust, and both men have secrets. Together they must deal with a dangerous rescue at sea, a violent gang, and the scars of their own tragic pasts while they struggle to build a relationship that will span both sides of the Atlantic.
The sea was quiet, rolling in smooth swells that blurred in the heavy mist until vague horizon became bluing sky. The sun, barely up, was already burning off the fog; its rays brushed July’s face with gentle warmth. July smiled. At times like these, he couldn’t imagine living another life. He finished his cigarette in appreciative silence and then climbed to the wheelhouse and began taking readings, pleased to see they hadn’t drifted too far during the night. He started the engines and eased the Manituw back on course.
A few minutes later, Silsbury came up on deck, his jacket pulled around his body.
“Put a damned PFD on!”
Silsbury shot him an apologetic smile and disappeared below, to reappear a few moments later wearing a vest.
“Damned fool,” July muttered, but his heart wasn’t in it. Silsbury knew his way around a boat, though it seemed like he was used to ships that had a few more of the mod cons. He just had bad habits. Maybe he was used to diving off the deck and swimming every morning or something stupid like that, and had never sailed on an ice-cold sea.
Silsbury slipped into the wheelhouse behind him. “I brought a thermos.”
“Marry me,” July said, turning to reach for it. Silsbury smiled and damn, he was pretty when he did that. July found himself flushing, at a loss for words. “Er…”
“Just a saying. I understand.” Silsbury gave a theatrical sigh. “And I had my hopes up, too.”
July looked at him out of the corner of his eye. Was that a come-on? But Silsbury just seemed amused, so he relaxed. “Sorry about that,” July said. “I’m not used to having someone bring me coffee in the morning.”
“Pity,” Silsbury said, and this time the look in his eyes made July’s heart pound a bit harder and caused a slow curl of arousal to grow in his belly.
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