Tarnished Souls by Dev Bentham: Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Exclusive Excerpt from Learning from Isaac

by Dev Bentham


“Isaac, what are you doing here?” I asked once the door was closed.

He let go of my hand and stood close. “I work here. You paid for a block dance so you have half an hour. Do you want to talk or get what you paid for?”

I touched his cheek. “Your bruise is gone.”

Tears formed in his eyes. “It’s your call, Professor. We’re not at school now. What do you want?”

I looked at him, our eyes almost at the same height. My alcohol-addled brain slogged from thought to thought. One shocked part of my brain screamed that I should bolt and forget I’d ever been here. But the man I dreamed about every night was there in front of me, mine to take. Touching him would shift where we stood with each other and we’d never get our delicate balance back. On the other hand, simply knowing what Isaac did for a living changed everything, and whatever else we did wouldn’t make me forget. As if reading my mind, he whispered, “Whatever happens here stays here.”

He gestured toward the chair. I sat, my eyes never leaving his. He stood in front of me, his hips moving in sultry circles as he unbuttoned his shirt and let it fall from his shoulders. My mouth went dry at the sight of his bare chest. The color of his skin, the definition of his muscles—he was magnificent. I watched, mesmerized, as he danced. He slowed, licked his lips, took a deep breath and hooked his fingers in the waistline of his jeans, He ripped them off, leaving him naked except for a dark blue thong.

I stared, open mouthed, unable to tear my gaze away. He caught the rhythm of the music again, moved forward and edged my knees together. His thighs were warm as he straddled mine.

I looked up into his eyes. “Can I kiss you?”

He paused, a smile twitching the corners of his mouth. “I’ve imagined you kissing me. But never like this.”

I reached up to touch his chest. “Me, too. I still want to.”


About Tarnished Souls

tarnished-1800Tarnished Souls is a series of contemporary romance novels centered around Jewish holidays:

Life can be hard. Hard enough to leave two men tarnished and hopeless.They might be too damaged to see the truth in each other, but just maybe finding their bershert, their true love, will finally make them shine.

Available at: Amazon


13572601Learning from Issac

It’s hard to break out of a rut. For years, Nathan submerged himself into his job at St. Genevieve’s. He enjoys teaching, hates faculty meetings, loves his science and has committed himself to the cycle of college life. Along the way, he’s become resigned to being a gay man in a straight culture, a Jew among Catholics, and single in a world of couples. Then the brilliant Isaac Wolf appears in his classroom. Isaac’s a few years older than his fellow students, gorgeous, self-composed and Jewish.

Isaac has his own secrets, which Nathan finds out at the racy new club downtown where the boys who dance out front can be bought in the back room. Nathan thinks he’s about to get a lap dance, but behind the beaded curtain the man on his knees turns out to be Isaac. Nathan’s mind isn’t the only thing Isaac blows. Afterward, Nathan can’t stop thinking about that night. The question is whether Nathan can let himself fall in love with a student, much less someone with Isaac’s checkered past. Is it too late for a student to teach his professor the true nature of love and respect?

Available at: Amazon


15985570Fields of Gold

Life is full of compromises. That’s what Avi Rosen tells himself. He’s a yeshiva boy turned historian, working on his dissertation and stretching his meager stipend by moonlighting as a closeted politician’s houseboy. Their relationship used to feel like a real affair. Lately it seems more like a job.

It isn’t until he meets someone decent that he realizes how corrupt his life has become. Pete is a tall blond farmer who charms Avi with his dazzling smile and his straightforward life. But even if he can believe this refreshingly honest man doesn’t have his own political agenda, will Avi find the strength to emerge from the dark life he’s chosen and find a future in the sun?

Available at: Amazon


Sacred Hearts

16169537Life’s a gamble–and lately David Schwartz’s partner has been losing so much that David must close their restaurant, the hippest little place in Portland. He sells everything and moves back home, but at thirty-five, he’s not eager to sleep alone in his childhood bedroom or to be supported by his father for the second time in his adult life.

David’s had enough. He needs to start over, maybe with someone like the elusive man he’s been seeing in his dreams. An old friend offers him a job catering a movie set in Puerto Vallarta. It’s been years since David’s alcoholism spun out of control along the highways of Mexico. Determined to experience Mexico sober, he stuffs his few remaining possessions in a backpack and takes the next flight down.

As Mexico prepares for Christmas, David lights Hanukkah candles, celebrating the return of the sun and wishing for true love. On the first night of Hanukkah, David meets a tall, dark stranger who rocks his world in a secluded moonlit cove. Is this the mystery man of his dreams–the answer to David’s prayers? And what must David sacrifice to make his dreams come true?

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Bread, Salt and Wine

18005863Some wounds never heal. George Zajac grew up in a religious family with a father who beat “the swish” out of him. At thirty-eight he’s a troubled man. Escaping his miserable life as a banker in New York, he moves across the country to start again in Los Angeles as the catering chef for a prestigious French Restaurant. Kenny Marks, a writer who’s currently waiting tables, is everything George cannot be—flamboyant, proud and sexually confident. Enthralled by Kenny, and against his own better judgment, George agrees to a date. Sparks fly. The sex is amazing. But even after the two get close, George is crippled by humiliating sexual hang-ups. Still haunted by his childhood, he lingers in the closet and can’t commit to a relationship with Kenny.

Love is the great healer, but is it enough? George’s emotional scars could drive Kenny away, and with him, George’s last chance at happiness.

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About Dev Bentham

I write contemporary gay romance. My characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know they’re looking for true love, but when they meet their bershert, their true love, their lives are transformed. My stories are set in the real world where gay men have gay friends, families who do or don’t accept them, personal histories they’re not necessarily proud of and a myriad of experiences that have made them who they are.

I live in Northern Wisconsin with my Boston Terrier and Chicago spouse. I’ve published short stories, poetry, newspaper articles and academic papers and have worked in nearly every profession from restaurants to retail to open-water diving and now write m/m romance out of my fascination with love, courage and gender.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads



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One thought on “Tarnished Souls by Dev Bentham: Excerpt & Giveaway!

  1. Jess A Jaye

    Which book on my TBR haven’t I got round to reading yet? I’ve got over 200 unread books on my kindle so way too many to mention 🙂

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