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Shades of Lust by E.M. Lindsey

Title: Shades of Lust
Series: Carnal Tower #1
Author: E.M. Lindsey
Genre: LGBT (MM) Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2022


“The path to paradise begins in hell.”
― Dante Alighieri

On a small path leading to nowhere sits a looming cathedral, once-abandoned, now hosting the most dangerous of pleasures.

And Stone Brice is the most dangerous of all: Lust. A former acrobat, Stone’s life was changed dramatically after an accident, and now he runs The Carnal Tower, a place where people can go to have their deepest and sometimes darkest fantasies realized.

Stone is a man who is rarely taken by surprise, so when he meets the artist, August Ashley, he doesn’t expect to trip and fall at his feet—literally. But there’s something about the quiet stranger in the park that Stone wants to take apart, and that feeling only gets worse the more Stone gets to know him.

Stone is well aware he can’t mix business and pleasure, but when August comes to him with a proposal for a trade—seven paintings for seven nights with Lust—he can’t say no. Not when it means he’ll be able to have August exactly the way he wants him—even if it’s just for a week.

Stone has every plan to strip August down to his very soul, but the longer the week goes on, the more Stone comes to realize that August might very well be his undoing.

Shades of Lust is the first book in a new series. It features a bi-awakening, high heat, low angst, and the human embodiment of a seven deadly sin whose sole purpose is to make sure his client never forgets their week at The Carnal Tower. Each book in the series can stand on their own, and all contain no cheating, and a happily ever after.




Stone’s eyes went wide, but he got August by the hips and shoved him down. Hard. He was still so fucking hot, so fucking tight, and now that they were alone, Stone was nearing the edge.
“Kiss me,” he demanded.
August got two fistfuls of his hair, then locked their mouths together and groaned as their tongues slid together, and it was only a few more thrusts before Stone filled the condom. The sparks of aftershock lit him up like fireworks for long seconds as he started to come down, and he was still struggling to catch his breath as August eased away and helped him get the condom off before he could make a real mess of things.
Stone wasn’t quite sure what to say, then August touched his cheek and their gazes connected.
“Thank you,” his little virgin said.
Stone felt something lodged in his throat, and he carefully climbed to his feet, tucking them both away into their clothes before pulling August as close as he could manage to get him. “You are the fucking love of my life. Do you know that?”
“Yes,” August said. “Do you know you’re mine?”
And as he’d promised not long before, Stone answered him with one of the many kisses he knew would never stop.


Releasing May 31



E.M. Lindsey is a non-binary writer who lives in the southeast United States, close to the water where their heart lies.


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