Most of us spend our lives trying to live up to the expectations of other people. First our parents, then friends, and eventually our lovers. Sometimes we try so hard to please them that we have no idea what would please us. Sometimes, we lose sight of who we really are.
If we try to become who we want to be, we're often met with resistance. For example, those in the LGBT community may be shunned by the very people whose love they want most. They are ridiculed in jokes, in their religious practices, and worse. Some are physically attacked. Many people fear these reactions and resign themselves to burying their true selves—with good reason.
I believe that being truly happy requires being who you truly are. This is the moral of most of the stories I write and certainly the theme of House of the Rising Son. Neither heroe is living the life he wants. Cheyenne, the half incubus/half human son of the ruler wants to play music and be respected for his talent. Alexander wants to keep the peace and considers acquiescing to his father's demand that he marry someone he doesn’t like—much less love—in order to build their business.
Both men are leading shadow lives, wounded and hiding from their true selves—until they meet each other. Each one gains strength from their relationship, and find in each other the support and encouragement they'd never imagined. Together they are strong enough to put everything on the line to live the lives they desire. Love heals their wounds.
Living After Midnight, Book 1
Cheyenne is a half-human incubus whose star is on the rise in the Unakite City rock scene. His father, the leader of the supernatural races, would prefer he keep a “low profile”, but screw that. Cheyenne has as much music in his veins as royal incubi blood.
Alexander's future is all set—finish law school, join the family firm, and marry someone who'd be good for business. Not that he has a say in any of it. He's barely met the woman his father expects him to marry.
As Cheyenne's musical career takes off, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel, exacerbated by an ex-lover who can't let go, a crotchety barkeeper with a dirty mind and a pure heart, a drag queen who moonlights as a nanny, and Alexander—who's not sure if he's falling for the incubus or the rocker.
Cheyenne denies who he is, while Alexander hides what he wants. Together, they learn that getting what they truly want means being who they truly are.
Warning: Contains hot were-tiger sex, a Thanksgiving celebration that makes the Inquisition look like a tea party, and an incubus who'll rock your world.
Author Bio:Trevann Rogers writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her stories incorporate an unquenchable addition to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.
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