To battle an ancient evil, the greatest weapon each hero will have is each other.
Hundreds of years ago, facing defeat, the witch Morgana sent monsters into the future to vanquish a humanity King Arthur wouldn’t be able to save. The King might have won the battle, but now, centuries later, a few chosen men will have to fight the war.
Merlin always hated being named after some mythological wizard. His dad had been obsessed with the magic man of King Arthur’s Court before his untimely death – a loss that had sent Mel reeling in a downward spiral. He is ill-prepared, to say the least, for the outrageous claims of a proper English knight bent on overcoming evil.
Born a commoner, Lancelot was never supposed to be a knight in his own time, never mind now in a modern world he is so woefully untrained to protect. Thrown into a battle centuries in the making, this flawed hero, and a young man too-used to battling monsters of the present day, will have to come together in a last desperate fight to save humanity.
Can Mel and Lance defeat the greatest enemy the world has ever known? Or in the midst of fighting evil, will they discover the real threat has always been a shattered heart?
And what if the one fight they cannot ever hope to win is with themselves?
What the fuck am I doing?
Mel leaned his back on the door as it clicked shut with finality. Okay, so if he’d just let a serial rapist or murderer into his apartment, he’d be really annoyed. The being dead part would take care of that though, he supposed, and he tried not to roll his eyes. The fact that the guy was insanely hot hadn’t escaped his notice either, although with Mel’s track record that probably meant he was best buds with Ted Bundy.
Liar. Although the shitty record with men was right but not, he thought, the question over Lance’s integrity. There had been something inherently right about the man which drew Mel in like a moth to a flame. Unresolved hero issues. As in he was still dreaming some crusader—caped or otherwise—was going to rescue him. All it probably went to prove was that he was a bad judge of character. Mel rubbed his eyes with resignation. It had been a crappy day on top of a crappy week. The funeral where he had been one of only three people there, and the pathetic small bag which was what all the home had given him belonging to his gran. And then tonight it had nearly been his own.
The small window Lance wandered over to gave a clear view of the street and his SUV, so he would know Mel had been watching him. Lance turned and studied him, equally silent. Mel flushed a little at his calm, unhurried gaze. His eyes traveled from his cheap sneakers up his too-skinny, too-short legs.
Mel wanted to fidget. He really should move, say something—say anything—but the gray eyes that had studied him so closely had now arrived at his face. Pinned him still. He’d always wondered where the stupid saying about deer and headlights came from. Now he knew, because he felt like he was about to get run over by a truck.
In the alley he’d felt the same, although maybe that had been simply relief at being saved. Because obviously “not dying” was a big thing. Whatever hero complex Lance had going on, it seemed to be working for him anyway. He supposed offering a cup of tea was the least he could do, and for a second he regretted Lance turning down the blow job.
“Don’t like tea?” Lance had put the cup untouched on the kitchen counter. Mel wanted to kick himself at the random question and followed Lance’s gaze. Mel looked critically around the small space and not for the first time acknowledged it was crap. He didn’t see any cockroaches though. There’d been three when he woke up this afternoon. So, there was that. Mel studied Lance for a brief moment as he stood at the window near the kitchenette. Although kitchenette was a very optimistic word for the white piece of laminated something he’d found outside by the dumpsters that he currently had balanced on a few pallets. It had nearly killed him to get up the four flights of stairs, but the sink worked okay, so he couldn’t complain. The electricity did too whenever he had cash for the meter. The plumbing was often questionable, but not a health hazard.
Lance was looking around the small space as well. Maybe that was why he wasn’t drinking the tea. Maybe he was frightened he’d catch something.
“So why are you here?” Mel asked after another ten seconds’ scrutiny.
Lance stared at him. “We need to talk.”
If it had been remotely funny, Mel would have laughed. Five minutes in his apartment and he was breaking up with him already? “Tell me why you go around fighting monsters in alleyways?”
Lance tilted his lips upward in a small smile. “I don’t just fight them in alleyways.”
Mel sighed and rubbed his forehead. He could feel the headache starting behind his eyes. “I mean—”
“I know what you mean.”
“Can we just get this over with? I’m sure no explanation could be worse than me thinking I’m actually certifiable.”
“It’s a long story.”
“One you don’t want to tell or one you’re about to invent?”
Lance scowled. “I do not tell untruths.”
Mel lifted his brows like sure. “Thief?” And what was with the weird speech? Untruths?
Mel clicked his fingers. Of course. “You’re a Brit, huh?” Made sense. He spoke like that royal. Although he preferred the younger one, and it was a damn shame he’d gotten married. Every fantasy he had ever needed to keep him warm generally involved a prince.
“I was born in England,” Lance acknowledged. “Lived there for a while.”
“You must have lived there quite a while because you don’t have much of an American accent.”
“You don’t have much of a New York one,” Lance countered.
Mel shrugged, unwilling to give anything away. “I’ve traveled.” To avoid the cops, children’s services, landlords, pimps. You name it, Mom had run from it. “You were explaining,” he prodded.
“Look, this is going to sound really strange—”
“Stranger than being attacked by eight-foot zombies straight out of The Walking Dead?” Mel waved a hand when all he got was a blank look at that reference.
Lance took a deep breath. “Have you heard of Merlin?”
“As in the wizard.”
Mel groaned. “Really? This shit, again? What part of me telling you my father was a history teacher didn’t you get? I have no idea why he gave me such a stupid-ass name.” And he’s been dead for a really long time.
“What if I told you it was all real?”
Mel pushed away from the door, irritation winning over his curiosity and tired of whatever BS he was about to get fed. “I changed my mind, and I think you need to go.”
Lance’s eyebrows rose. “I—”
“Get out,” Mel interrupted. “I don’t know what you are doing, and frankly I don’t give a fuck. I don’t care why or what you were doing in that alley, because I won’t see you again, so—”
Lance’s cell phone rang. He fished it out of his coat quickly and answered it. A look of dread passed over his features, which silenced Mel.
“Understood. Call the others.” Lance pushed the phone back in his pocket and focused on him. “You have five minutes to pack anything you can’t live without.”
Alarm clutched Mel like talons. “What?”
He took a step closer. “I haven’t time to explain. That thing that attacked you in the alley? There’s more of them on their way.”
“B-but—” He looked wildly around his apartment. Impossible. “Five minutes?”
“I mean it. Any longer and you won’t be alive to worry about what you’ve left behind.”
Oh my gosh! I truly don’t know what to say about this start to a new series from Victoria Sue. So much!
First, I loved this era in history. So, when I read the title and series name, I didn’t even read the blurb, I just said “give it to me now please”, and then waited patiently. I was the model of patience, I promise. 😉 This is such a mystical time in history, and the reader gets to glimpse pieces of it in this book. The author did a lot of research on little things here and there to include, and it was much appreciated.
This book had a similar feel to the Enhanced Series by Victoria Sue, in that there were specific things each person had or could do that was unique to them during this time in their lives. I loved that one of the characters didn’t even know until he had been alive for hundreds of years.
Second, it surprised me, which doesn’t happen often anymore as I am reading. It was set in current era, rather than back in historical times, which I wasn’t expecting. Even though, the author ensured that explanations were made for little things like cameras possibly seeing the knights, cell phones, etc.
It also contained a lot of humorous little bits. I loved Mel for his humor, and the knights as well. Made for some fantastic little hits in what could have been very heavy scenes.
I don’t want to give any more away, because honestly I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did. I can’t wait for Book 2. I mean, I will be the same model of patience I was for this one, of course.
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Victoria Sue fell in love with love stories as a child when she would hide away with her mom’s library books and dream of the dashing hero coming to rescue her from math homework. She never mastered math but never stopped loving her heroes and decided to give them the happy ever afters they fight so hard for.
She loves reading and writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—and creating a family for them to adore. Thrilled to hear from her readers, she can be found most days lurking on Facebook where she doesn’t need factor 1000 sun-cream to hide her freckles.
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