The Night Gardener
#MMromance new release from Evernight Publishing
Architect, Dane Lovell takes an off-season vacation in an old New England mansion, hoping to ease his broken heart, and spark his imagination. Impressed by the pretty gardens, heâs surprised by the sinister atmosphere of the river than winds through the estate. Dane settles down to his vacation and tries to immerse himself in his drawings. One night, the sound of the back door smashing open in the wind and rain shocks Dane from his work.
Spooky, gorgeous, and enigmatic Zachary Yarrow has brought logs for the fire.
Heâs the estate gardener and brings with him not just passion and a love affair for Dane, but a strange, spine-tingling mystery.
Who is Zachary, and what will happen when Dane finds out?
From the author
Inspired by some wild countryside, and a rushing river that stormed under a bridge so loudly, I couldnât hear what a friend said to me, for me this story is as much about nature as love. Iâve always believed there are more things in the elegant stream of life than we know about, and this story is about a young man who loves life so much he finds a way to live it. There are some heartstring tugs in this story, and some hot love scenes, because this is a love story. Itâs a journey for both characters, Dane and Zachary to deep, lasting love.
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The gardener slotted his logs into the spaces between other logs already in the nook bricked into the side of the fireplace. âZachary Yarrow.â
Dane folded his arms over his body, wishing heâd thought to close the door as chilling air swept along the hall and into the room. âDane Lovell.â
Zachary stood, having completed his task. âYouâre here off season. I guess you know. I always do the gardens off-seasonâhave done for the lastâwell, for years. When Iâm here, I usually stay in this cottage. I guess I need to find somewhere else this time.â
Cold, Dane accepted the information with a nod. âI need to close the door, Mr. Yarrow.â He returned to the back door and closed it up.
Zachary Yarrow had followed. âYou can call me Zachary.â
Dane hung around near the back door. The gardener showed no signs of leaving and Dane didnât know how to be rude enough just to ask him to go.
âItâs way too dark to garden. Youâre wet through.â Daneâs gaze ranged over the sodden sweater Zachary wore, and along the rain-darkened jeans covering Zacharyâs muscled thighs.
The guy has to be cold. âCan I offer you a cup of coffee?â
Zachary grinned happily. âA cup of coffee, yeah, that will be great, thanks.â
Dane led the way back into the kitchen. âSit by one of the radiators and try to dry out a little.â He put water to boil and heaped instant into mugs. âI can lend you a dry sweaterâ¦â
Zachary leaned close to the radiator. âItâs okay. Iâll drape my sweater on here. Itâll be dry in no time.â He pulled the soggy item over his head and arranged it on the hot metal flutes.
Dane experienced a shock of attraction as he took in the smooth, muscled chest on display when Zachary turned to him.
âLook, itâs already steaming.â
Dane tore his gaze from Zacharyâs body and glanced at the sweater. The kettle boiled and he whipped around to make the coffee, thankful for the diversion.
âDo you take sugar or cream?â
Zacharyâs voice came from immediately behind him. âBlack, thank you, no sugar.â
Dane closed his eyes to dissipate the surprise Zacharyâs silent approach gave him. He edged around to face Zachary, who stood so close Daneâs composure flew clean away as his whole body reacted to the proximity of this complete hunk.
Holy hell, he is completely gorgeous. Dane stepped sideways and picked up a mug. He handed it to Zachary. âCoffee, er, sorry, its instant. Iâve given myself a vacation from grounds and filters.â He smiled apologetically.
Zachary studied him for a few seconds.
Dane had the distinct feeling Zachary knew exactly what he was thinking.
COPYRIGHT E.D.PARR 2017 EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING
WARNING this book contains gay male anal sex, partner masturbation, and oral sex
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