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Ice Water in Hell

Ice Water in HellResplendence Publishing
ISBN eBook: N/A
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Series: Book two in The City Series.
Book Length: Novel
Release Date: March 9, 2010

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When his ex-lover moves to The City, Basileios “Baz” Kostopoulos is torn. He wants and still loves Nick, but hurt over the past holds him back until a nightmare from long ago prompts him to reconcile with his longtime love.

For centuries, Baz tried to forget the day he and his lover, Galen, were murdered. He thought he’d done a good job of moving on by meeting and falling in love with Nick, but when his murderer shows himself, Baz is swept back to the morning of his death. The memories of his long-buried love threaten to destroy the peace he’s finally found in Nick’s arms.

When Baz realizes his murderer is out to seek revenge by claiming not only Galen but Nick as well, Baz is forced to come face to face with a past he never wants to relive.

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Nick Ramsey stood in his office overlooking the finished club, Ice Water. Everything in the place, from the white furniture to the huge crystal icicles hanging from the ceiling, said class. He was glad he’d agreed to go into business with his friend and ex-boss, Dominic.

The longer Nick waited for his old love, Baz, to come around, the antsier he became. The months spent designing, building and furnishing the club had kept thoughts of Baz at bay, but now memories of his ex-lover seemed to follow him everywhere he went.

“Looks good, doesn’t it?” Dominic remarked, stepping into Nick’s second-story office.

Hands in his pockets, Nick turned to lean against the thick acrylic glass wall. “We did a damn good job for a couple of ex-soldiers.”

Dominic pointed toward the balcony connected to his office. “I still think you should’ve put one of those in. You’ll be sorry.”

Nick shook his head. The balcony was designed for fucking, not enjoying the view, unless, of course, you’re on the first floor. Nick could only imagine what kind of show the customers were in for between Dominic and Lucifer.

“No need. There’s only one man I care to fuck, and Baz’s still playing hard to get.” Nick ran a hand through his short blond hair.

“Impossible to get is more like it. That damn Spartan is one stubborn sonofabitch,” Dominic said with a chuckle.

Stubborn or not, Nick still loved him. It had been over two hundred years since Baz had left Nick in Heaven to help right the wrong he felt was done to Lucifer. Nick rubbed his chest. The abandonment hurt as if it had happened yesterday. Sure, he’d cussed and said things to Baz that he shouldn’t have. What was he supposed to do? Send his lover off to Hell with a pat on the back?

He knew owning and working at Ice Water wouldn’t be easy, but the longer he went without sex, the more daunting the task became.

“Damn, I’m horny,” he admitted.

Dominic glanced at Nick. “So, fuck someone before your dick dries up and falls off.”

“Easy for you to say. You have exclusive access to Lu’s ass morning, noon and night. I only get the occasional sneer from Baz.”

Dominic smiled unapologetically. “And it’s a good ass, too.”

Nick rolled his eyes and turned to look down at the club. A few months earlier, Nick would have no trouble picking up some guy and screwing his brains out, so what was different? Baz hadn’t wanted him then and, it was obvious, he didn’t want him now.

“Baz is coming, right?” Nick asked.

“He’s supposed to come with Lu, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.”

Nick shook his head and walked toward his desk. “I don’t know why I even care. He treats me like a friend, not a lover.”

Dominic chuckled. “I wouldn’t say that. According to Lu, Baz enjoys a friendly fuck.”

Nick narrowed his eyes at his friend. “The longer you’re here, the more evil you become.”

Dominic laughed harder and headed toward the door. “Yeah. Damn, I’m having fun.”

“Get outta here.”

Dominic waved before walking out the door and across the landing to his own office. With the walls made entirely of acrylic glass, it wasn’t hard for Nick to see his friend was still laughing. Nick gave him the finger, which made Dominic laugh even harder.

“Fucker,” Nick grumbled.

* * * *

“Why aren’t you ready?” Lu asked as soon as Baz opened the door to his loft.

“Well, hello to you, too.” Baz stepped back, allowing Lu and his ego into the room. He walked back to the couch and resumed his seat.

Lu tapped his expensive black shoe on the shiny wood floor. “It’s opening night. You have to go.”

Baz didn’t bother looking up from the television. “No, I don’t.”

Lu let out an overly dramatic sigh and fell onto the couch beside Baz. “Seriously, why don’t you and Nick just make up already? The guy’s absolutely crazy about you.”

“Yeah, he’s so crazy about me he just fucking cast me aside when he didn’t agree with me.” Baz didn’t know why he still let it hurt him so much.

Years earlier, when he’d been an archivist in Heaven, he’d confided to the man he loved his desires to help Lucifer regain his rightful place in Heaven. Instead of being supportive, Nick had gone ballistic. He’d told Baz he would never forgive him if he went through with his plan to relocate to Hell.

Actually, Nick’s precise words had been something like, “If you go to Hell, you can just stay there for all I care. Because if your tainted-ass ever shows up in Heaven again, I’ll kill you.”

Well, color Baz surprised when he’d walked into Lu’s building and saw Nick standing there, looking all gorgeous and smug. Nick’s betrayal still left a scar on Baz’s heart too deep to heal.

“Why does everyone expect me to forgive him?” Baz asked. “I went into battle and he refused to wait for my return.”

“He’s here because he loves you,” Lu said, ruffling Baz’s hair.

Baz laid his head on the back of the couch and closed his eyes. “Love doesn’t mean shit if respect isn’t given. Besides, he’s never apologized. Telling me he still loves me does nothing for me.”

The back of Lu’s hand brushed across Baz’s cheek. “If he hurt you that badly, forget him. But don’t crawl into a hole and shut yourself off. Come on, come play with me,” Lu pouted.

“I used to love to play with you, remember?” Baz asked, opening his eyes to stare at his friend.

Lu ran a hand down Baz’s chest to his cock. He gave the hardening appendage a nice squeeze before releasing it.

“I remember. It was fun, but things are different now. That doesn’t mean you have to give up sex. Find another fuck buddy. Shouldn’t be hard with your looks. You could use a little work in the personality department, but I’d suggest keeping your mouth shut and flashing that huge piece of meat your packing. That should get you in the door in no time.”

The thought of pounding his cock deep into a willing tight ass had Baz rock hard in no time. Maybe Lu was right. Maybe he should enjoy all the flavors The City had to offer.

“You know, Nick’ll think you’re pining for him if you continue to shut yourself off like you have been,” Lu remarked, adding more fuel to the fire in Baz’s belly.

Baz narrowed his eyes at his best friend. Lu sat casually, checking out his most recent manicure. If Baz didn’t know better, he’d think Lu didn’t have a care in the world. But he did know better. Lu was up to something.

“What kind of game are you playing?”

Lu had the gall to look completely shocked by the question. “Me? I’m not playing anything. I just want to get out of here and shake my groove thing with my man.”

What would Nick do if Baz showed up looking all hot and sexy? Baz grinned. Even better, what would Nick do if Baz showed up and didn’t give him the time of day? Perfect. Baz stood and held out his arms. He didn’t often allow Lu to use parlor tricks on him, but this was a special occasion.

“Make me sexy,” Baz instructed.

After a subtle wave of his hand, Lu grinned. “Excellent.”

Baz looked down at his nude body. “Funny. Now whip me up something sexy to actually wear.”

Lu shrugged. “You’ll catch more bees with your honey stick showing.”

“Leave my honey stick out of it,” Baz said around a chuckle.

Lu waved again and Baz was decked out in black leather pants and a fitted leather blazer. “What, no shirt? I thought this place had a strict dress code.”

“They do. You can’t get in unless you’re wearing a jacket.” Lu gestured to Baz. “You have a jacket.”

Baz glanced down at his bare chest. Even with the jacket, he could still see his shiny nipple rings. “Are you sure I’ll pass muster?”

Lu stood and leaned toward Baz, eyes zeroing in on the piercings. “I’d forgotten how sexy you look without a shirt.”

“You’ve forgotten a lot of things since Dominic showed up.” Baz tried not to sound bitter. He was glad Lu had finally found someone to love, but it sure cut down on his fuck buddy time.

Lu smiled and gave Baz a chaste kiss on the lips. “I could never forget my best friend. That’s why my mission this evening is to find you a cute little plaything.”