When Brian Harrison first met Jackie Vasquez at a Hawaiian wedding, Jackie was sixteen and troubled. Six years later they meet again; Brian’s career at Scotland Yard is budding with promise, while Jackie’s student days at the University of Nebraska are rolling toward a strong finish. Magnetic mutual attraction pulls them insistently toward one another, but the ocean separating their lives makes for a simmering romance.
When the waiting ends and they get together for a weekend in Denver, Dom Brian and sub Jackie both know they’ve tapped into something scalding hot, and much deeper than sharing an artful session. Shibari, lust, and love are all on the agenda -- but for Brian, so is his police career, and a strange series of crimes seems poised to threaten their romance -- and maybe their lives.
Praise for A Shot of J&B (Vasquez Inc., 1)
"This is a beautiful love story between two men... Jackie knows he's a sub at heart, but doesn't have much experience, (has no knowledge of Shibari) and so hasn't defined his needs for himself yet. He really wants to explore this with Brian, as well as getting to know Brian better, who he's been crushing on since their first meeting. I absolutely LOVE how Lou fleshed out the story here!
-- 5 Stars from Kitty Munday, Amazon Review
"This story is well-written and multilayered. The passionate love story is seamlessly fused with the mystery and suspense portion. 'A Shot of J&B' could be read alone; but, beside missing fantastic stories with great characters, to truly understand the complexities of Brian and Jackie's relationship, I recommend reading the 'Vasquez and James' series first. If you like a bit of light D/s action along with a passionate romance, self-growth, suspense, and mystery, this may be a story you will enjoy. Thanks, Lou, for giving Brian and Jackie their well-earned happy ending."
-- Lena Gray, Rainbow Book Reviews
"Book one in the series and off to a good start! I really liked the characters and the intrigue in the plot. The light d/s aspects bring additional spice to the heat, making up a very enjoyable read! Onto book 2 right away I go!"
-- 4 Stars from Anka, BookBub Review
"I just finished this book, and now I'm going to binge-read the entire series (the next four volumes). That's how interesting this series is. In this first volume, we get introduced to the characters, and then we get a taste of what we'll find in upcoming books. Fortunately, all the books are out now and I didn't have to wait for the author to publish the next book. I'd go crazy if I had to wait for the next book because this book doesn't give you the whole story. However, since all the books are out, you can jump right into the second book and continue the story. Love the story so far."
-- 5 Stars from Mary Magdalene, Amazon Review
"This story is full of intrigue. Our heroes, Brian and Jackie, fill these pages with enjoyment. The mystery didn’t stop just because this particular book ended, no, it simply whet your appetite for more. The characters were extremely well written and the story very well told. The conclusion, though it left me frustrated because I wanted more, which to me is an excellent sign of a good book, it heightened my desire for the next in this series."
-- 5 Stars from Tappy, Amazon Review
"Steamy romance! Brian first met Jackie at a wedding but Jackie was only sixteen and too young for him. Six years later. Brian is a detective at Scotland Yard when he meets up with Jackie who is finishing up college. There is an instant attraction. Brian wants to see where it goes and also if Jackie will fit in his life style. I enjoyed this book."
-- 5 Stars from Cynthia, Amazon Review
"This was an interesting book that grabbed my attention from start to finish. The characters are well developed and engaging and have chemistry from beginning to the end. Storyline flowed smoothly."
-- 5 Stars from Elvira, Amazon Review
"Good story.. mysterious and fast paced.. good characters.. enjoyable plot.. I liked it and the ending left me wanting more which thankfully there are more in this series so I'm excited to see what is next."
-- 4 Stars from starwarslover, Amazon Review
"Both of these young men are multilayered and complicated people. They’re cautious when it comes opening up to other people and that makes for a very interesting dynamic between them. They have common kinky desires and begin their exploration, falling in love along the way... a quick, hot, emotionally charged story that will draw the reader into the world of Vasquez Inc."
-- Rated as Recommended by Elizabeth, BookBub Review
"This is a truly intriguing start to this series... really about establishing the relationship between Jackie and Brian... Jackie is ready to move on to an adult relationship. He’s done so much work to heal himself from the trauma that he endured and he’s accepted things about himself. Recommended and can’t wait for more!"
-- 4 Hearts from Sadonna, Love Bytes Reviews
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A Shot of J&B (Vasquez Inc. 1)
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Copyright ©2019 Lou Sylvre
Port Clifton’s shops yielded gifts for Brian’s hosts: a huge bouquet of red and white lilies accented with ferns, salal, and baby’s breath; a six-pack of Full Sail Amber Ale; a bottle of 2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc -- a fine cabernet from France, the merchant said -- and Batdorf and Bronson’s Sulawesi Toraja coffee, which the label promised to be earthy and sweet with hints of pineapple and black pepper. He hadn’t planned on so much, but he hadn’t been able to decide if Sonny would love the rich colors of the flowers more, or his favorite ale, or if Luki would get more pleasure out of the fine French wine or a special coffee. He knew it could be seen as an embarrassment of riches, so to speak, but he hoped his friends would understand.
As he approached the door, he faced the more immediate problem of how to knock while juggling it all, but he needn’t have worried. Sonny must have seen him stumbling from his car, and he swung the door wide just as Brian arrived.
“Come in,” Sonny said, and calmly unburdened him, laying the presents carefully aside so he could wrap his long arms around Brian in an enthusiastic hug, which he obviously considered a proper greeting. He let go and backed away a step. “Good to see you!”
The wonderful thing about Sonny, Brian thought, was that he never would have said such a thing if he didn’t really mean it. Brian’s own smile grew, and he nodded. “You too,” he said. “I brought you flowers and beer.”
“Thank you!” Sonny laughed. “Such wisdom in one so young.”
“And coffee and wine for Luki,” Brian added, having no idea what else to say or why he was stating the obvious.
Luki strode up just then, apron clad, and chestnut curls -- sprinkled now with silver, Brian noticed -- in disarray. “Perfect,” he said. “What Sonny said -- wisdom!”
Luki’s face seemed so familiar yet transformed somehow. He didn’t grin, but he smiled a little, and joy fairly danced in the pale eyes that most often used to seem so cold. Brian knew Luki had survived a nearly fatal bout with lung cancer -- in remission less than a year -- and he thought maybe that had given him some gift of contentment. But after Luki thanked him and gave him a quick hug, Brian saw his gaze settle on Sonny, and he recognized that the true source of Luki’s joy was his husband, and the love that had deepened through the years they’d spent together.
Distracted by the familiar wave of envy he always felt in the presence of this couple, wishing he could somehow express it, Brian missed much of what Sonny said as he followed them to the kitchen. He tried to marshal his attention back to the present, and caught Sonny saying he didn’t think he’d ever seen lilies so red. Brian nodded, and murmured agreement, but then he caught movement out of the corner of his eye.
He turned toward the motion, and there stood Jackie Vasquez. All grown up -- and apparently fresh from a shower. December sun poured through a window at his left, and it lit the red in his hair, making it smolder despite being darkened with damp. Brian hadn’t noticed before that Jackie’s gray eyes were like a warmer version of Luki’s blue, very pale, and similar in size and shape. Perhaps it was a trait traceable to Luki’s father -- Jackie’s grandfather. But there the similarity stopped. While Luki’s pale eyes shone in contrast to his brown skin, Jackie’s somehow harmonized with his pale, dark-haired, dark-freckled coloring. The effect, though, seemed to Brian no less singular.
After a few seconds, Brian realized that while he had been standing there silently analyzing the evidence of a common gene pool between the two remarkable-looking men, Jackie had actually been speaking to him.
“Jackie,” Brian said, then thought to add, “Um, it’s good to see you again.”
“You seem surprised.” Jackie absentmindedly scratched at the center of his chest, which was bare and still damp, and where fine russet hairs formed a diamond between healthy, smooth pecs that clearly belonged to a man. Nothing boyish remained in Jackie’s physique, though he still had what might be called a boyish smile, or youthful, at least.
“Yes,” Brian nodded. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to be rude. I had no idea you would be here.”
Luki spoke up. “We didn’t expect him to be here, Brian, or I would probably have mentioned it on the phone. He was supposed to fly out yesterday.”
“I got bumped,” Jackie explained, and shook his head, apparently unhappy with the airline. “So the uncles agreed to put up with me for another day, and Sonny said he’d drive me to the airport tonight.”
Brian felt a little tongue-tied, which wasn’t a familiar feeling at all. He nodded.
Jackie squinted and cocked his head to the side. “I mean it, though, Brian. I’m glad to have a chance to talk to you. I… I don’t remember things clearly from… but I know you did a lot, and I’ve always wanted to thank you in person.”
That shook Brian’s tongue loose, and he said, “Jackie, there is nothing at all for you to thank me for. I’m glad I was there and was some help. I’m grateful you came through okay.”
Brian saw color rise in the pale skin between the freckles of Jackie’s cheeks. Jackie bit his bottom lip -- very reminiscent of his Uncle Luki -- and then looked away. He glanced back, said, “Well, I’d better put clothes on… I mean, a shirt… You know.”
Brian heard Sonny giggling. A delightful and always unexpected sound.
“Hurry up, Jackie,” Luki said. “Food’s on the table.”