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On a camping trip in Louisiana, Wesley finds himself sucked down a hidden portal and thrown into another realm where he meets Remus, a warrior vampire. With the help of Remus, Wesley embarks on an adventure to find his way home, back to a world not filled with vampires and dragons and magic folk. Along his journey, the handsome vampire finds his way into Wesley’s heart. But will his love for Remus overcome his fears of the creatures that reign in this world?
Remus has never wanted a man before, but finds himself drawn to Wesley despite his denying efforts. He’s happy with his life as the Commander of the vampires, and has had no interest in finding a mate. But after Wesley is kidnapped, Remus discovers his feelings for the man are stronger than he thought. Is he strong enough, though, to honor Wesley’s wish to return home, and let go of the man he loves?
Wes woke to a light, bouncy, swaying motion. It was soothing, and all he wanted to do was cuddle up against the soft cotton that covered the hard chest where his cheek rested. Somehow he knew that the strong arms around him would keep him safe and that he could rest for a little while longer.
“Are you going to wake up enough for me to put you down?” a gentle voice asked.
Wes tried burrowing deeper in his arms. “No. Why would I want to do that?”
The man’s laugh rumbled in his chest like a deep lullaby. So relaxing. Wes breathed in deep, taking in his scent—Remus’ scent—and he smelt wonderful.
Wait. Man? Remus?
Wes gasped and jerked his body right out of Remus’ arms, landing flat on his ass.
“Well, that just wasn’t smart. If you asked, I would have set you down.” Remus reached down for him.
Wes scooted back. “Don’t touch me!”
“I’m not going to hurt you, Wesley. If I wanted to hurt you, don’t you think I would have done it already?”
“I don’t know, you’re a vampire, I don’t know what I’m supposed to think.”
“So, you do know that I’m a vampire?”
“That’s what you told me. Were you lying?”
“No, I wasn’t lying, I am a vampire. I’m just surprised you’re taking it so well now, considering how you reacted earlier.”
“Yeah, well, one can only handle so much craziness in one night, and I’d say the fire-breathing dragons and the ‘we’re on a different planet’ took up a lot of that.” Wes pointed up. “Not to mention the two moons. So right now, I’m up to believing just about anything. Besides, with some of the things I’ve seen you do…”
With furrowed eyebrows, Remus crouched down in front of him. “Wesley, I’m glad you believe me about being a vampire, now I need you to believe me when I say we’re not on a different planet. We’re on Pavarus, and always have been.”
“No. I don’t care where you’re from, but I’m from Earth.” Wes frowned at him. “Stop looking at me like that.”
The man shook his head. “I refuse to believe Zane and his thinking you’re crazy. But I am beginning to think you’ve bumped your head or something, and maybe you’re confused. Let’s just get you to Gamden and they’ll be able to help you.”
“What? No.” Wes didn’t feel comfortable being with a vampire, and would admit he was afraid—at least of the others—but for some reason the thought of leaving Remus and being left with strangers was worse. “I don’t want to go to Gamden.”
Remus sighed and stood back up. “You have to. I know of nowhere else to take you.”
Wes looked around, as if the trees would give him an answer. “I could go with you.”
“Why not?” Wes stood up, trying pointlessly to dust his pants off.
Remus reached out and brushed his thumb across Wes’ cheek. “Because, there is no room for a human in my world.”
“Please. I don’t want to be left at Gamden.” Wes knew his voice cracked but he couldn’t help it. Vampire or not, Remus was all he knew, and he wasn’t ashamed to beg. “Please.”
Moments passed as Remus just stared at him. Wes’ hope began to blossom, that whatever internal battle Remus had going on inside him…