Welcome to another My Sexy Saturday. My life’s gotten so busy lately, I’ve barely kept up with the bloghops I normally hit. (Usually if I can pre-schedule them,I’m good, but with this one, I can’t do that as there’s a new ‘theme’ every week.) But I’m baaaack! This week, we’re celebrating all those sexy vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump-n-grind in the night. I’m giving you a snippet from Leland’s Final Gift, which amusingly enough is a Christmas story…but it does have a ghost. Leland died 3 years ago but comes back to spend two days with Thane every year on the anniversary of his death.
“You’re an idiot, Kinder.”
He trembled as his lover’s voice wafted over him. “I knew you’d come.”
“Only because you expect me to. It’s been three years, my love. Why haven’t you moved on?”
“Why haven’t I—?” Thane whipped around and glared into the darkness. “Maybe because the love of my life died.”
“Okay, you’ve got me there,” Leland said in wry amusement. “But this was always your favorite time of year. You were always like a little child.” His chuckle filled Thane’s ears, making his eyes prick with tears. “No matter how I tried, you always found a way to unwrap your presents before Christmas day. And now….” His voice saddened. “You don’t even have a tree.”
Stumbling over to his sofa, Thane collapsed onto it. This was not what he expected. The last couple of years Leland had kept him company through the two days he suffered the worst, talking like they usually did. He’d never scolded him before. “I can’t celebrate the day you died,” he whispered in a husky voice.
“I’m not asking you to. But I am asking you to live.”
Kinder Thane lost his life partner three years ago and ever since, has folded into himself. He doesn’t speak to friends and only sees his family once a year. Every year on the anniversary of Leland’s death, he spends his time with the ghost of his dead boyfriend.
When Jessie Riley moves in across the hall, it sends his entire existence into a flurry. Suddenly there’s life out there, happiness, the joy of the holidays, and it’s so shocking he almost doesn’t know what to do with it. It gets to be too much but before he can pull back inside and go back to the way he was, Leland has a final gift for him, one that changes everything.