Xavi has changed - oh, how he has changed! But how much has he learned - about life, about himself, about what - and who - he needs?
from Manifold Press - release date February 1st 2013
Third in the Fool Trilogy - Father Esteve hires Xavi to trace the true owners of the gold found in the crypt of San Pedro-by-the-Wall, but it's an old and tangled web. Someone has an agenda and a rising tide of anti-vampire reaction sweeps Barcelona. It's focused on Xavi and Andreas, which causes additional problems with the vampires of Renaissance. Then Xavi meets a handsome young man who isn't all he seems, and that's when things become even more complicated...
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Short Excerpt -
Andreas knew the house was empty the moment he opened the front door and acknowledged his disappointment with a wry smile. Usually when Xavi went out, the note propped against the coffee percolator would read variations on the 'gone to the gym/pool/clinic' theme. This one was different and not in his usual scrawl. Care had been taken with it:
I felt like a night on the town. Care to join me? I'll be somewhere on Las Ramblas if you think you can track me down before I get bored.
Andreas frowned. A bored Xavier Escudero tended to find trouble. If he was prowling through the nightlife of Barcelona, the trouble would be swiftly found. His frown deepened. After the event of the council meeting, Andreas would have preferred a quiet night home to think things through and assess all the ramifications, preferably with his lover close to his side. But Xavi clearly expected – wanted – him to follow, and the challenge in the carefully scribed lines was unmistakable. Therefore, knowing how the Escudero mind worked, that challenge would probably be sexual. Xavi wanted him to think he was out hunting for a pick-up. But there was far more to it than that.
Irritation and amusement struggled for dominance, and the latter won by a hairsbreadth. If he had to guess, Xavi was out cruising to discover how far Andreas would let him run before he tightened the leash.