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GREY'S AWAKENING
Liquid Silver
Male/Male
June 2009

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Greyson Cole needs to get out of Raleigh. Everywhere he turns, he sees people falling in love, getting married, and starting families. It’s enough to make a grown man want to rip out his own hair. And for a cynic like Grey, one more employee getting engaged signals the need for a long overdue vacation. Grey owns a cabin in the mountains that he has never even used, and he figures that’s just the ticket out of this nightmare of happily paired up couples.

Grey doesn’t expect to be greeted by a belligerent, half-naked man the minute he opens his cabin door.

Sirus Wilder has known Grey’s twin sister for years, and she has given him permission to stay in the cabin while his residence across the lake is under repair. Sirus has never met Greyson Cole before, but he is thankful when the man lets him share the cabin for a few days. There is plenty enough room for them each to keep to themselves. Sirus has had his heart broken and isn’t interested in a hook-up, let alone something more.

Even so, Grey is, hands-down, one of the sexiest men Sirus has ever seen. Too bad he’s an arrogant ass and his eyes are so damn cold. Every once in a while, though, Sirus thinks he sees a hint of fiery passion in the controlled man sleeping one room away.


For Grey, one look at the roughly handsome Sirus puts Grey’s celibacy pact in serious jeopardy. One problem: Grey doesn’t believe in love, has even less patience for relationships, and he refuses to get mixed up in another messy romantic partnership that can only end badly.

Two weeks. Two hard men. Both running like hell from love.

Look out. Something’s gotta give.

   

 

“Well crafted with a balanced timing of incidents and emotional angst, both characters were a delight to inhabit and were truly complementary to each other…I was rooting for these two from the beginning…I was allowed to be both a voyeur and admirer of one of the best couples I've read since KA Mitchell's "No Souvenirs".”
-- Alex, Rainbow Book Reviews

 

“…This is my first book by Cameron Dane and I really liked it…This was an erotic romance no questions about it, the sex is hot and aplenty, but is not meaningless sex and beyond that there is an interesting take on a common story (two people hot for each other sharing a cabin in the middle of nowhere) and a couple of charming and lovable characters who experience ups and downs, and a lot of character growth…I like erotic romance but it has to have an interesting story, otherwise it just feels like porn. So this book was perfect because it was really hot, but really interesting as well. I was rooting for them the whole time…I’m definitely checking out Cameron’s backlist and I recommend this book to any fan of erotic m/m romances out there, and to people who want to try something different.”
-- Brie, from the Romance Around The Corner blog

 

“…Grey's Awakening was a well described and complete plot that was completely orgasmic…I enjoyed the sex and the hard work that the two men put into building a relationship and I'm happy to recommend…Grey's Awakening.”
-- Marcy, Just Erotic Romance Reviews, issue #162

 

“…Grey’s Awakening is like a thunderstorm – powerful, glorious, and seemingly alive with raw emotion. Cameron Dane has written an enthralling story that no words can do justice to (though I will try) with two heroes that will wrap themselves around your heart and not let go…Their love story was as touching as is it was spellbindingly erotic…I cannot say more about Grey’s Awakening without overtly gushing, I will leave with saying that I Joyfully Recommend this incredible book!”
-- Shayna from Joyfully Reviewed, a *Joyfully Recommended* read

 

“…Grey’s Awakening is a touching story about letting go and learning to love. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the relationship that Grey and Sirus cultivated in this novel. The chemistry and dynamic of having two dominant men learn to love each other is powerful and created an intensity that seemed to hum right off the pages…Aside from the intense emotional journey of these two men, Cameron Dane gives us some of the steamiest sex in erotic fiction. The masturbation scene, in particular, was leave-my-panties-wet hot, and the best I’ve read to date. I always love discovering new authors to add to my must read list and Ms. Dane certainly makes the cut!”
-- Heather from Fallen Angel Reviews, a 5 Angel *Recommended Read*

 

“…Cameron Dane has a very vivid and enjoyable writing style. Dane writes in a way that is descriptive without taking away imagination. This is a story that has both plot and sexuality…I have to applaud Dane for taking a storyline that has been done and making it a world apart from the rest. The characters are highly sexual and damaged just enough to keep it all believable…I found myself getting lost in the romance and lives of the characters. I wanted nothing more than to get myself a cup of hot chocolate and curl up with this book. I am happy to say this is not a story that leaves you looking for more because you are left more than sated when you reach the end.”
-- Tabatha from The Romance Studio

 

“…I always enjoy Ms. Dane’s stories, and this one isn’t any exception. Grey’s Awakening is fast-paced, well plotted and has likeable characters with strong personalities who have definite ideas of what they want out of life…Neither of these two intriguing men want to fall in love…Grey and Sirus are so vastly different…at first I wasn’t certain their feelings would ever move past raw lust and desire, but the author did it and did it realistically.”
--Mystical Nymph from Literary Nymphs Reviews Only

 

“…This novel is well-written and intensely sexual, and it pulls its reader along for a passionate and emotional ride. Ms. Dane has instilled her characters with enough aggression and physical dominance to strike sparks off each other at each encounter… Their relationship is like a dance; they move closer to each other and then back again… For all that the main characters growl and snap at each other frequently, Grey’s Awakening contains a number of scenes that are intensely emotional. These people don’t love tepidly – their love is possessive and aggressive and even brutal at times, because that is what it takes for Sirus to crack the hard shell that Grey has encased himself in. This novel has all the hallmarks of Ms. Dane’s work: it is intense and affecting and very high in entertainment value. And did I mention hot? Keep a fan close by, and maybe an ice bucket or two.”
--Bobby, from BookWenches Reviews

 

“…Cameron Dane has an amazingly well done story with Grey’s Awakening. I loved the emotional pull and intensity of this story. I felt really invested in Grey and Sirus…When you want a story that will grip you and not let you go pick up Grey’s Awakening you will not be disappointed…”
--Tina, a 5 lips review from Two Lips Reviews

 

 

Grey's Awakening Excerpt: Rated R for hints of sexual situations

 

Rain blasted in a thundering sheet against the front of the cabin, stamping a relentless beat into the windows and wood. The power had gone out long ago. A blazing fire roared in the fireplace, but Sirus could not settle down. He knew why too.

Greyson Cole.

The man sat on the couch with his laptop in hand, an external battery allowing him to go right on working without a pause. The fire and a half-dozen kerosene lanterns cast the entire living room in a soft glow, cast Grey in a soft glow, and Sirus couldn’t keep his cock down to save his life. He stood by the window, forced himself to watch the rainstorm putting on a show outside, and tried to ignore the silhouette of Grey he could see out of the corner of his eye.

Fuck, though, the guy was so damn sexy, and Sirus hadn’t been with a man in over two years. He’d done a lot of yanking on his dick during that time, and he had a handful of toys for when he craved feeling something inside him, but… Playing with himself satisfied the physical need for release, but it didn’t stop the craving for companionship ... or for something more. Sirus had learned how to cope with the wanting, and he even understood it had its place. He also knew he had a tendency to pick men who would not stand up and be with him out in the open. After his last break-up, he swore he would never again pursue someone who wouldn’t be out and equal with him. Sirus had a damn good feeling that included Greyson Cole.

Sirus was an adult, and he knew how to control his physical needs and desires. As attractive as Grey was, Sirus could easily share a cabin with him and not be overly tempted. That was, until Grey had to go let that slip of vulnerability show through earlier today and mess with Sirus’s head. How could Sirus have complete disdain for someone so clearly alone that he almost attacked in his need to prove he had people who cared about him? And beyond that, to stop himself and compliment Sirus’s art, when he so clearly wanted to get the hell off Sirus’s side of the lake, burrowed its way under Sirus’s skin and wouldn’t let him go.

His attention strayed Grey’s way again. He latched his gaze onto the solid frame of the man, watching Grey as he focused so intensely on whatever project he had open on his laptop. Grey had his feet kicked up on the coffee table, his legs stretched out, covered in dark denim, his feet bare. The man looked sexy when he worked. Sirus rubbed one of his own bare feet against the other, his toes curling at the curious intimacy of them both, together, without shoes and socks. It made Sirus think he had every right to walk over to Grey, extricate the laptop from his hands, and sink into a deep, distracting kiss. He would settle in on Grey’s lap, straddle him, lean in close, and rub his ass against Grey’s dick. Sirus would tease the hard ridge of flesh until they tore each other’s jeans down and, with a cry, Sirus impaled himself on Grey’s cock. He bit down a moan, almost able to feel the claiming right where he stood.

Stop it, goddamnit!

Snapping out of his fantasy, Sirus’s heart slammed with fear as he looked for awareness in Grey. Grey went on, unaware, typing away on his keyboard, and Sirus slipped again, immediately imagining the damage those fingers could do in his ass.

Fuck. Sirus’s channel clenched, begging for attention, for a complete filling. His gaze drifted Grey’s way again, and he took a step forward, even as he knew this guy was so, so wrong for him. A picture of Paul flashed before Sirus’s eyes right then and stopped him dead in his tracks. Sandy blond hair and blue eyes seemed to look right into Sirus’s soul, suffocating him, forcing him to relive the last time he had taken a chance on someone that deep down he knew wasn’t right for him. Still, as Sirus stood there and experienced the brutal break-up again, his body ached for a man, and he took another step closer to Grey.

No! That scream of denial woke Sirus up, resonating in his head. He turned, rushing to the door. I have to get out of this place.

Now.

Sirus threw open the door and a blast of wind and rain soaked his front before he took one step outside. He forged into the frigid display of nature, letting the cold wash over him and cool his insides. Sirus made it halfway down the steps, almost to freedom, when a ruthless grip locked on his arm and jerked him into the step railing.

Sirus looked up into the rage of Grey’s face.

“What in the hell do you think you’re doing?” Grey looked like he shouted, but it barely registered as such above the noise of the pounding rain. “It’s goddamned pouring.”

Looking up into the darkened night, Sirus welcomed the torrent of rain beating down on his face. For the first time in what seemed like forever, he felt alive, and he forced himself to believe it was because of the harsh elements and not this man’s bruising hold.

“Come on!” Grey shook Sirus again and tried to tug him up the stairs. “Get inside!”

Sirus pulled back, digging his feet into the wood. “No, it’s just rain. It won’t hurt me.” He could not, could not, go back in that cabin with Grey.

“You’ll get sick as a dog.” Rain plastered Grey’s hair to his head in a skullcap and poured down his face. “Of course it can hurt you.” His lips pulled with hard lines, and all Sirus could think about was kissing Grey breathless and shoving his tongue into the warmth of his mouth.

Stifling a groan, Sirus pushed past Grey and down the steps. He called over his shoulder, not daring to look back, “If I get sick, I’ll deal with it.” His feet squished in the mud the dirt path had become. The cold no barrier, a painful erection raged in his jeans. “You go inside. I want to be out here.”

Grey shouted a curse and slammed into Sirus from behind, locking his arms around Sirus’s arms and chest. “You’re not running around in the rain and the dark! Fucking stop, damn it!” Grey’s muscles contorted wildly against Sirus’s back and arms as he struggled to take Sirus to the ground, surprising Sirus with his strength. Sirus had the extra height and the bulk, though, and he ripped Grey off his body, whirling on him, his emotions playing too close to the surface to fully conceal.

Sirus laid his eyes on the hard set of Grey’s face, and on the way his body heaved with labored breathing. His soaked shirt clung to his chest, exposing hard pecs and tight nipples, pointing with cold. Sirus looked up and their gazes clashed, the heat so intense Sirus jerked with it. A rough noise escaped Grey right then, and that’s when Sirus glanced down. A thick bulge thrust hard against Grey’s pants, giving him away.

Grey stared right back at Sirus’s cock, and figured him out too.

“I don’t want this,” Sirus uttered, his voice stripped bare.

“Me either.” Grey sounded as if he were in agony.

Swearing, they flew at each other in a furious kiss. …

 

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Cameron Dane, Author. Liquid Silver Books, Publisher.

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