Karenna Colcroft back to share the final excerpt of the day from Love Like Vampires. The novel officially releases on Wednesday, but you can pre-order it now from Dreamspinner Press in either ebook or paperback.
“We have time to figure it out.” Shane clapped Thaniel on the shoulder. “Bryan’s right. You did awesome.”
“Thanks.” The compliment warmed Thaniel, and Shane’s touch added more heat. Now that rehearsal had ended, they could go home and follow through on what they’d talked about earlier.
He hesitated as another idea popped into his head. Bryan already knew he and Shane had something going on. He didn’t see any reason not to tell Jace, and maybe having Thaniel be open about it would make Shane happy.
“By the way.” He cleared his throat and the other three all looked at him. His chest tightened, but he ignored it. “Um, I wanted you guys to be aware Shane’s off-limits, in case you had any interest.”
“What are you talking about?” Jace glanced back and forth between Thaniel and Shane.
Shane’s face relaxed into a smile that, to Thaniel, lit up the whole barn. “He’s talking about him and me.”
“Oh.” Jace blinked rapidly a few times, then grinned. “Congrats, I guess. I mean, it’s about time. We all knew you were into him.”
“Who was into who?” Thaniel shook his head. He should know better than to try to make sense of half the stuff Jace said. “Never mind. I just thought you guys should know.”
“Cool.” Jace did a little dance behind his keyboard. “Happy for you.”
Thaniel cracked up laughing. “Okay. Do your little happy dance, then. Thanks.”
“We should get going.” Shane checked his watch.
“Yeah. Leave the instruments here and we’ll rehearse again tomorrow.” Thaniel paused. “If it’s cool with your folks, Jace.”
“Yeah, it won’t be a problem. I’ll tell them what happened with Todd so they know why we need to have extra rehearsals.” Jace spoke so fast Thaniel could barely understand him. “Hey, do you have any weed? I mean, we’re all stressed. It would be a good thing.”
“I don’t have any with me.” Smoking would have been good. It didn’t shut off Thaniel’s brain as completely as music did, but it helped.
“Crap.” Jace’s smile didn’t fade a bit. “Oh, well. Bring some tomorrow?”
“We’ll see.” Thaniel glanced at Shane, who appeared very busy with his guitar. The guy hated that Thaniel smoked. Thaniel just hoped it wouldn’t become an issue between them. He didn’t want their relationship to be based on him quitting one of the few vices he had.
“Okay,” Jace said. “Going back to the house. See you guys tomorrow. Same time? I have to tell my parents.”
“Yeah, same time,” Shane said.
“Okay.” Jace switched off his keyboard. “See you.”
Before the kid asked any more questions, Thaniel walked out of the barn. Shane and Bryan were right behind him.
Without a word, he handed Shane the keys to the van and got into the back seat. Shane hesitated. Thaniel closed his eyes and relaxed. He didn’t feel like talking to anyone until they got home.
He dozed off and on until the van came to a stop and one of the front doors opened. The cool night air brushing his face was a welcome break from the heat and humidity of the past few days, and when Thaniel opened his eyes he noticed raindrops on the windshield.
“Wake up, sleeping beauty.” Shane snorted and turned in his seat. Bryan had already left the van. “We’re home. Nice nap?”
“You could say that.” Thaniel smiled. “I just needed a break.”
“Yeah, I hear you.” Shane opened his door. “Are you coming inside or going to spend the night out here?”
“Rain on the car roof.” Thaniel hummed a random melody. “Could be a new song.”
“Yeah, because we need more of those.” Shane paused. “Actually, we do, but right now? I thought you and I were going to spend some time together.”
“Yeah.” Thaniel’s pleasure in the sound of the rain ebbed away. Shane’s comment sounded way needier than Thaniel wanted to deal with.
Then again, he had promised Shane they would have some time alone. They were in a relationship. It felt and sounded weirder than anything that had happened in Thaniel’s life so far, but he kind of liked it. Shane had always been important to him. Now he was important in a different way.
He beckoned to Shane. “Come here.”
With a tentative smile, Shane leaned around the back of his seat. “Yes?”
“Kiss me.” Thaniel unfastened his seat belt and moved forward to the edge of his seat. “Show me you want me.”
Immediately Shane’s hands were on Thaniel, pulling him forward into a searing kiss that made Thaniel hard as hell within seconds. Shane’s soft lips on his sent his hunger spiraling. Music stopped him from thinking, and sometimes so did weed.
Sex was better than either, especially with someone he cared about as much as Shane.