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by Mychael Black, Jourdan Lane, Willa Okati
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
Description: Tattoos. Piercings. Implants. If body modification is your thing, then Spiked is right up your alley. From the everyday guy to the cyberworld of a huge futuristic corporation, Spiked explores all the ways men change their bodies, and love each other's bodies, too. In "Tattoo You" by Willa Okati, Jacob Lee goes to get a tattoo to please his lover Donathan. Will it mean a new beginning for both of them? "Possession", by Jourdan Lane features Lucian and Saaban, from the Soul Mates series. What they do might just surprise the whole coven. Laney Cairo's "Marginalia" pits cutter Bailey and his new love Quint against the government and the big corporations. Will they be able to save Quint? Finally, in "Beneath the Mask", by Mychael Black, Lance thinks he's interviewing powerful vampire Triarius, but Triarius has other plans. Will Lance survive the night? Explore a world of skin and ink, of metal and mayhem, where art is not hidden away in museums, but displayed in the gritty underworld of Spiked!
eBook Publisher: Torquere Press/Top Shelf, 2008 http://www.torquerepress.com
eBookwise Release Date: January 2008
99 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [360 KB]
Reading time: 237-332 min.
"Hummingbird Studio West. This is Bristol. Can I help you?"
"Morning." Whew. They're open. Good. "This is the tattoo parlor, right?" Jacob Lee adjusted the Bluetooth receiver in his ear--he still hadn't gotten used to talking into what felt like thin air and actually having someone miles away hear him. Made driving easier, of course, but some bits of modern technology just plain unnerved him.
"One and the same," the guy named Bristol agreed amiably. He didn't repeat his question, which Jacob Lee appreciated.
Stalling for time, still nervous as heck about actually making this call, Jacob Lee chipped at a smudge of construction dirt on the steering wheel of his truck and turned left on Maple. "Look, I bet you get this all the time, but I do need the help. I don't have any personal experience with any kind of body modification whatevers. All the same, I've been thinking about getting a tattoo and wondered if anyone there dealt with the newbies."
The man on the other end of the line, his voice raspy as if he had a two pack a day habit, wheezed a rough laugh. He didn't sound mean or mocking, though. "Yeah, sure, kid. We all do that. Gotta say not too many ask, and it's ungodly good to hear someone who'll come right out and admit they need some help. You know?"
"The horror stories I've witnessed, kid. God knows I wish I had a bouncer some nights to just beat back the drunk roughnecks who think they'd look great all inked up." The man exhaled, telling Jacob Lee he'd been right about the smoking habit. "So, okay. You want to come in and meet with someone? Depends on when you come in as to who you'd get to talk to, but we can work with you."
Jacob Lee took the right-hand-turn that would carry him off the highway and point him home. Home to his Donathan. "What about you?" he asked, already inclined to favor Bristol. "Would you have some time?"
"What, you mean my charm and good nature won you over already?"