Prince Drake and the Rock Star
Royal Mates, Love's Diamond ~ Book 5
Prince Drake and the Rock Star
Jimmy Burrows lives the life of a rock star. He’s tired of
his life of emptiness. He dreams of having one special man to share his life with who values him as Jimmy—a guy who likes pizza, science fiction, and likes to
Prince Drake Sorenson knows that Jimmy is his aheri. When he looks into Jimmy’s violet eyes, he sees the man who is destined to fill their future with love and children. Jimmy’s caring heart and kindness are exactly what Drake needs to calm his soul.
Jimmy can’t trust that Drake’s anger and jealousy won’t hurt him. Drake’s stories about a world called Sanzel where there is magic, purple skies, and pregnant men is proof enough that the man is certifiable. When Drake helps heal Jimmy’s friend and her little girl, Jimmy has to reevaluate his judgment of the big man. Maybe Drake’s story of magic, love, and babies is something that’s a possibility for him after all.
Note: It is suggested that the previous titles in the Royal Mates, Love’s Diamond series be read first for continuity.
Drake covered Jimmy’s hand with his own and pressed it firmly against his body. “You will not spend time with other men, Jimmy,” he said softly, the anger simmering in his voice. “You belong to me. You are meant to be mine. Do you not accept this?”
Jimmy pulled his hand free and stepped back, reaching behind him and turning the doorknob to open the door to his dressing room. “No. I do not accept this,” he said firmly. “I’ve already told you, Drake. I don’t belong to anyone.”
He stepped back into the dressing room and turned to close the door but found himself staring into the broad chest of Drake Sorenson as he followed him inside the small room and closed the door behind him. Jimmy backed up as fear filled him. Raising his hands and fisting them, he braced himself for an attack. He was never going to be hurt again by any man.
“Get out,” he said softly, ready to defend himself.
Drake saw the fear in Jimmy’s beautiful eyes and felt deep sorrow for being the cause of it. He sighed heavily and did his best to control his temper. His parents had always told him that he was too quick to anger. He had done his best to control himself over the years, but being with his aheri and knowing that other men vied for his destined mate’s attention brought out the old behaviors that he had worked so hard to control.
“I am truly sorry,” he said again, realizing that he said that a lot to his mate. “Please, forgive me.”
Drake sighed sadly, closing his eyes and centering himself. He could feel his anger lessening and called upon his magic to help settle his emotions. When he opened his eyes to look at Jimmy, he could see by the expression on his man’s face that Jimmy had noticed the way Drake’s eyes had changed to amber as his magic swirled within him.
“What’s up with your eyes?” Jimmy asked, taking a step back and lowering his hands as he looked at him. “Are you sick?”
“No,” Drake said, smiling softly at the concern in Jimmy’s voice. “You are such a kind man, Jimmy Burrows.”
He stepped forward to close the distance between them then reached out and framed his aheri’s face within his large hands and drew him closer. He was glad that Jimmy did not pull away. Leaning forward, he rested his forehead against Jimmy’s and breathed in the scent of his mate.
Jimmy froze in shock. This man thought him kind? He had people tell him many things over the years, but no one had ever thought to tell him that he was kind. No one had ever thought that being kind was very important.
“You are the kindest man I have ever met,” Drake whispered. “You help to soothe my anger.”
Jimmy found himself leaning in to the bigger man’s touch. “Why are you angry, Drake?” Jimmy whispered.
“I cannot stand to think about you with other men,” Drake admitted. “You are mine, Jimmy Burrows. We are meant to share our lives. We will have a family together.”
Jimmy eased away from Drake, looking up at the man and seeing that Drake was completely serious in his statement. “Back up, buddy,” he said when Drake took a step toward him. “I don’t know where you come off saying that, but you’re wrong.”
“No. I am not wrong,” Drake told him gently, reaching up to frame Jimmy’s face with his hands once again. “You are the man I am meant to have a future with. We will have a very happy life together, Jimmy.”
“You need to leave,” Jimmy said finally, stepping out of Drake’s hold and feeling the loss the moment Drake’s hands left his face.
“I do not want to leave,” Drake protested.
“Well, buddy, you have to,” Jimmy insisted. “I’m tired. I’m sweaty. And I want to go home.”
“I will go with you,” Drake said gently. “I will see to your safety.”
“I’ll be fine. I have bodyguards,” Jimmy told him, not wanting to admit that he liked that Drake was concerned about him. This guy was getting too close. He couldn’t risk allowing him into his life or into his heart.
Drake reached out to take Jimmy back into his embrace, cringing internally when he saw the way Jimmy stepped away from him. He did not want any other man to be responsible for his mate’s safety. It was his duty to see to the comfort and safety of his aheri.
“I will leave you,” Drake said finally, bowing formally. “Please take care. I do not wish you to be harmed.”
Leaning forward, he rested his face against Jimmy’s neck and kissed it lightly. He breathed in the scent of his man and sighed. Calling upon his magic, he surrounded his aheri with a shield of protection. If Drake could not be with him, he was going to leave his magic with him.
Reaching down, he took Jimmy’s left hand in his and pulled it slowly up toward his mouth. He placed a gentle kiss on the inside of his wrist where Drake’s name appeared in royal script. He was looking forward to the time when Jimmy would be able to see the mating mark and know that Drake belonged to him. That would only happen once they had bonded, and they would only bond once they had made love. Drake ached for that moment.
“Be careful, aheri,” Drake whispered as he pulled away and released his hold on him. “I do not like that I am leaving you, but I will respect your wishes.” He eased forward and kissed Jimmy’s lips lightly. “Mayhap, someday, you will give me the opportunity to prove to you that I will cherish you.”
“Nice words, Drake,” Jimmy said, doing his damnedest not to push back into the big man’s arms. “Empty words. Your temper shows me exactly what our time together would be like, and I’m not willing to be your punching bag.”
Drake was horrified by Jimmy’s words. He felt every hope within him die. He had caused the one man who was meant to be his destined mate to fear him. He did not know how to make his aheri see that he would only love and cherish him. Turning away from the man he ached to hold forever, he walked away. He was not worthy of this man.
Jimmy watched as Drake turned, pulled open the door to the dressing room, and walked out. He walked over to the door, closed it, locked it securely, and turned to rest his back against it.
He looked at the empty dressing room and felt the familiar tightening in his chest. He was alone. Again.
Copyright © 2013 ~ Lyssa Samuels
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