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All Shook Up by J.M. Snyder
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The year is 1883. Eduard van De Lier is a Dutchman overseeing a spice plantation on the island of Java, in the South Pacific. His obsessive attraction to dark-skinned men is just one of his many secrets. His wife Marien knows of his indiscretions, but as she’s content with their Colonial lifestyle, she stays silent.

Until a former lover of Eduard’s shows up in their parlor with thoughts of blackmail.

Reza was a crewman on the ship that brought the van De Liers to Java. During the passage, Eduard spent many a night in the younger man’s arms. Two years have passed, and the last person Eduard expects to find in his drawing room is Reza, a letter in hand that could destroy the life he and Marien lead.

Seeing him again ignites Eduard’s lust for his first dark lover. He hopes to retrieve the letter, either through seduction or subterfuge, and the longer Reza eludes him, the more his desire grows. But they’re on shaky ground, and before things can heat up between them, their world explodes — literally — when the unstable island of Krakatoa erupts.

Note: The book contains sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature. PG Excerpt below…

Eduard entered the drawing room, carefully closing the doors behind him.

“Good day to you, sir.” He gave the man a slight bow, which earned him a nod from the stranger. “I do apologize for the delay. I was attending to household drudgery. I’ll not bore you with the details.”

When the man spoke, his deep voice rumbled through the room. “Dealing with a servant, perhaps?” Eduard’s eyes widened, and the man chuckled.The sound was like thunder, sending shivers of delight down Eduard’s spine. “They all speak so highly of you. Word on the street is you’re more than generous with your … affections.”

The suggestive way he said the word made Eduard grin. At least he wouldn’t have to dance around the issue with this one. Motioning to a sidebar near the fireplace, Eduard asked, “May I get you a drink, mister…” He gave an affected laugh and dared to wink at his guest. “Mercy,
where are my manners? We’ve not been properly introduced. I am Eduard van De Lier, Hollander.”

The stranger’s slight smile didn’t fade as he watched Eduard give him another bow, this one a bit sharper than the last. But he didn’t take the bait, and didn’t bother to introduce himself. After a long moment, Eduard prompted, “And you are?”

Though the smile stayed in place, some of the light in the stranger’s dark eyes died, hardening his gaze. “Do you not know me?”

“Surely a man such as yourself is hard to forget,” Eduard countered.

It wasn’t an answer, but it bought him some time. He studied the man as he tried to think. Did he know him? Should he?

“Perhaps this will refresh your memory.” The stranger reached into a side pocket on his pants…

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