Got another Discovery Post. You’ve met Jaret. How about getting to know our cowboy, Aaron?
Thunder rolled down the mountain like an oncoming tide, as if warning those below it of what was coming. Aaron Drakyl turned toward the sound even as he patted his horse Krage’s neck. The animal had a distinct dislike of thunderstorms. Aaron couldn’t quite blame him. The thunder was loud and the electrical charge from the lightning was impossible to get used to. At the same time, it was one of the few times he could come outside without being completely covered. Diagnosed thirteen years before with a disease that made him allergic to the sun, he never let it stop him. Didn’t mean he didn’t hate having to go outside completely covered so that there was no chance a touch of sun could char his skin. But today, with a huge thunderstorm above him, his face was free of cover. It was wonderful to feel the wind coast across his cheeks and to remove his hat to allow the rain to plaster his short blond hair to his skull. Thunderstorms made life difficult for some in the Montana landscape. For him, it was as close to nirvana as he could get.
A stomp from the beast below him made him grin. “All right, Krage, let’s go home.” As if he knew English, Krage turned and quickly broke into a canter heading straight toward the homestead. Most of the land they were currently on was dusty and covered in sagebrush. At over fifty thousand acres, the ranch had a mixture of landscapes. Besides the one they were on, they also had forested land, range land for the cattle, and several acres of grass for their horses.
The beauty of the area changed for him daily as he and his cousins took turns each day scouting a different section. There was a reason for their vigilance. Just today, he had found one of their cows dead. Predators, most likely coyotes or wolves, had taken her down. It was a rule of the land that they would lose some of their beasts to powerful animals. And expected. To be honest, he didn’t begrudge the animals a decent meal. He just wished they could find their meal without taking one of his.
Aaron barely managed not to wince as Krage loped over the uneven ground. His entire body ached beyond belief and it was just getting worse. At thirty-two years old, some days he felt ancient. Ever since being diagnosed at nineteen, the sun had been just a part of his problems. Not only was he allergic to it, but it seemed as though every day he awoke with some new ache or pain. His uncle had less aches and pains than Aaron did, and he was eighty-six years old.
Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.
Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.
Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.