I knew I wanted Cameron Belle‘s story in this collection minutes after I began reading it. It’s a futuristic m/m gladiator type story. The story is compelling from the first page and like any good short, it keeps you wanting more.
“You look like a Fredrick.”
“I can get you declared unfit for the tournament. If you want to wait until next season, please, stay where you are.”
He cocks his head to the side, looking for all the world like a curious dog. “I think I like you, Fredrick. I think I like you very much.” He hops up onto the table and drops his jaw, lifting his tongue to the roof of his mouth.
I tug my glove taut and check under his tongue for hidden blades. With two fingers, I explore the slippery heat of his cheeks, then all along his gumline. As I withdraw, he bites gently and wraps his lips around my knuckles. My heart rate jumps and the tendons of his neck show the exact moment his collar responds. After swallowing a groan, he sucks.
I yank my hand away and continue my exam, logging his vitals and ignoring his smirk. Absolutely ignoring the way he follows me with his eyes and licks his lips every time I touch him. I just focus on crossing items off a mental checklist. For the most part, this exam is just a bureaucratic paper trail, proof he hasn’t snuck contraband onto the megarena floor and that no one’s graced him with any synthetic boosts.
On my command, he inhales, exhales, then in a husky voice, he says, “I believe you like me too, Fredrick.”
I pull an autosyringe from the rack and without preamble, I jab it straight in his thigh. Silently, I count to five as it pulls, turning the cylinder from clear to dark, swirling red. When it’s full, I pop the sample in the right slot and set the scanner to work. “My name’s not Fredrick,” I tell him. “It’s Brendan.”
Next up is Caged by J.K. Coi