Two to Tango by Nicola Cameron

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Rory MacLellan, AKA the Highlander, is the most successful interstellar art thief in the Known Worlds. Unfortunately for him, he also has a conscience. So when he runs into a suicidal museum worker during his latest job, he has no choice but to stun the man and rescue him from certain death.

Dr. Dmitri Grigoryev was an up-and-coming exoarchaeologist until a disastrous dig left his career in tatters. Hungry, broke, and desperate, the last thing he expected was a dashing thief to come along and ruin his suicide by saving his life.

With interstellar police on their tail, Rory and Dmitri reluctantly join forces for a major heist. But will their simmering attraction get in the way, or pull them even closer?

Be Warned: m/m sex



Dmitri turned over, glancing down the line of their bodies. Rory’s erection was very obvious in his kilt, almost comically so. The other man must have been contorting himself to keep it off his ass. Of course, now that he was face up, his own erection started filling out nicely.

Rory started massaging his shoulders and arms, going nowhere near his nipples or other erogenous zones. Finally, he couldn’t stand it anymore. “Um, you’re hard.”

“I know,” Rory said evenly. “Don’t worry about it.”

“Kind of difficult to do that when it’s right over my stomach. Besides, so am I.”

Rory gave a half shrug. “Totally normal. Lots of guys get an erection during a massage. Don’t worry, it’s not like I’m going to make a move on you or anything.”

He didn’t understand why that admission annoyed him, but it did. “Of course not,” he muttered. “Why would you?”

Rory stopped at that, frowning. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

 “I don’t know.” He turned his head, staring at the bulkhead. “Never mind.”

“Hey.” Long fingers cupped his chin, urging it back. “I’m not making a move on you because I don’t believe in hitting on someone when they don’t have a way out of the situation. I mean, yes, I think you’re incredibly hot, which should be obvious by the fact that my cock can now cut diamond.” Rory glanced down at his crotch and grinned. “But that’s my problem, not yours.”

That’s what you think. Dmitri could feel Rory’s body heat moving through him, lighting up nerve endings. He’d been sure that his life would be one long, slow slog through museum workshops, getting older and more bitter with each passing year until he was shunted off to some sterile senior station to die.

Instead, he had been kidnapped during a heist by the Known Worlds’ sexiest antiquities thief, rescued from CAPOD by said thief, been given the chance to restore a shattered Saolao ceremonial bowl, and now had the same sexy thief kneeling over him with a rock-hard erection after giving him the best massage of his life. Except he’s backing off like I’m a nervous virgin.

It was time to take matters into his own hands, quite literally. He cupped his palms over Rory’s exposed knees, feeling the other man twitch from the unexpected contact. “What if I said yes?”

Rory frowned. “I’m sorry?”

“What.” Dmitri slowly ran his fingertips under the tartan, up Rory’s thighs. “If I.” He pressed the heels of his hands against the soft prickle of hair and the lean muscle underneath, continuing his upward slide. “Said yes?” His fingers reached the top of each thigh, dancing over the crease where leg met groin. The skin was smooth there, but he could just feel the beginnings of crisp pubic hair brushing his thumbs, and the heat from what had to be an aching cock.

He wouldn’t let himself touch it. Not until he was sure they both wanted this. “Or do I have to spell it out for you?”

“Nooo, I think I’m catching on.” Eyes gleaming, Rory leaned over and kissed him. “Is this all right?” he whispered, each word the softest puff of breath against Dmitri’s lips.


“Good. Because if you don’t put your hand around my cock in the next thirty seconds, my head is going to explode.”

Dmitri couldn’t help chuckling. “Well, we can’t have that, can we?”

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Written by Kenna Nauenburg on 29th Jun 2015

This was quite simply an amazing book. I was so pleasantly surprised about it. I was expecting a short story (I'm not sure why), but what I got was a full on sexy, mysterious, semi-angsty (but not too much), exploration of a relationship between two men who had extremely rough starts in life...and how they come together to heal each other. I loved how it took its time and let things build rather than insta love, have hot sex, face and conquer person demons, and happily ever after. This book was a journey, and I loved every single second of it. Nicola Cameron is awesome!

I've read over these close encounters at least 5 times.
Written by epilonious on 15th Feb 2015

Nicola Cameron writes addictive prose: I have countless books on my kindle from Authors I like but I keep going "Oh, let me read one of those Nicky Cammy Smutty books again..." whenever I turn the blasted thing on. Two To Tango was the most recent re-read. On the surface, Two To Tango is two sweet boys trying to feel each other out across various space capers while dealing with the law, crazy relatives, and more than a few daddy issues. The thing that elevates it to a new transcendental plane is the sheer finesse Nicola has for revealing details of the characters at just the right time and artfully constructing situations and circumstances that keep Rory and Dmitri from what they want. I know what they want and how they eventually get it, and I still re-read the thing about once every other month just because the story is that damned good. It's become a favorite meal. Bravo Nicola. Also, I can't think of anyone else who makes me want to discover cranky plant-based sentience or sassy AI's more.

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Written by Prime on 18th Dec 2014

I am completely in love with this book. For one thing, it reminded me of some of my various sci-fi fandoms. Warning: obscure references ahead for those not into sci-fi. Another thing, the title doesn’t scream “sci-fi/futuristic” but it actually comes from a scene between the MCs while at a party. I really loved the MCs, Rory MacLellan and Dr Dmitri Grigoryev. This is a world where humans have gone out to the stars to settle other planets due to Earth being completely screwed up, though people still live there. Interestingly, different cultural groups populate different planets or planetary systems. Rory is a Scot and his criminal name is The Highlander. I’m just going to put this out there: Rory is to MM/sci-fi what Jamie Fraser is to historical fantasy. Rory even wears his clan kilt (*big smiles*). Dmitri is totally adorable, but he is also very smart and there is more to him than meets the eye. Although I did have some concerns on his mental stability, whether he was truly suicidal or just desperate. Dmitri has a kind heart and passionate about archaeology. He reminds me of the younger versions of Indiana Jones, as seen with Sean Patrick Flannery and River Phoenix. Although Dmitri is also very much sensible, something that Rory needs in a companion. I really love the world that Nicola Cameron has created. The interstellar government is all controlling and really tough when it comes to order. The Russians are gritty groups, very resourceful and fairly much are what we see in movies that involve Russian, gangsters and otherwise. The Scots are more like the Scottish Clans of history complete with lairds (i.e. before Battle of Culloden in 1746, etc.). The society featured on Earth in Scotland is also reminiscent of 1700-1800s society. Then action between all these groups is tense and fun. Dmitri also really comes out of his shell and kicks butt at the end. I enjoyed this glimpse into the personal life/history of Rory and Dmitri. This book, as sci-fi fan and as a scientist, fairly much made me giddy and not just because for the points I’ve already mentioned. There were a number of little Easter eggs for those that watch sci-fi, too. There was an amusing reference to Star Trek (Original Series), it’s direct but not a far stretch to make considering Rory is a Scot. Anyone who likes Guardians of the Galaxy (Groot) or Doctor Who (can’t remember the alien but all I can remember is “I give you breath from my lungs”) may encounter a familiar sounding description of an alien. Probably all coincidence, but Phaalan was a fun character for comedy relief and his brogue. Another may be reading too much into things, but I made the connection easy enough at the end when there was a line to the effect of “let’s be bad guys”, I thought Firefly. A point that crosses both science and science fiction is the planetary hub called Sagan (i.e. Carl Sagan). Finally, the scientist in me was transported back to undergrad chemistry when I read the name van der Waal (i.e. van der Waal’s forces and equation). An honourable mention for an incredibly important and supportive character – Molly or Molly Girl, the AI on Rory’s ship. She’s sassy and funny and sensible, some things that Rory is not. She is just as enjoyable to read as the living characters.

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Written by Bella Star on 20th Aug 2014

This was a great read. What really made the story for me was Rory and Dmitri. There characters were so vivid. I really could see them getting together and the sex was fantastic. The action was well written and the plot really good. I enjoyed reading Two to Tango. If you like Romance or Science Fiction I think you’ll like this story.

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Written by undefined on 20th Aug 2014

This was a great read. What really made the story for me was Rory and Dmitri. There characters were so vivid. I really could see them getting together and the sex was fantastic. The action was well written and the plot really good. I enjoyed reading Two to Tango. If you like Romance or Science Fiction I think you’ll like this story.

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Written by Satyr69 on 7th Jul 2014

Total transparency here, I know the author and consider her a dear friend, but I'll try to remain unbiased. I LOVED this book! I've not been much into science fiction, but this is a great read! She's really worked the history of this futuristic setting into something very believable. The two main characters are quite charming to read about and I was totally swept away by their romance. The twists and turns of their time together was exciting as it unfolded. This is a series I would love if it was continued. I'd be into further adventures of the Highlander like an art thief on a Monet!

What. If. I. Said. Yes.
Written by Lisa on 2nd Jul 2014

There's a reason Nicola Cameron has used this particular tagline in promoting Two To Tango. And the reason is: HOLYHELLHOTNESS! Yeah, okay, so that's not actually a word. But it should convey meaning, nonetheless. When Dr. Dmitri Grigoryev, career & pride in tatters, collides (quite literally) with Rory MacLellan (the interstellar art theif infamously known as The Highlander) he has no idea the change in tack his life is about to take. This sexy Russian and hot Scot spark off each other almost instantly. And their snarky banter and smouldering-hot chemistry make this fantasy heist story a rollicking good read. Nicola Cameron wonderfully melds a sci-fi universe (complete with a smart-assed ship AI and cleverly named planets) worthy of any nerd's respect with some of the sexiest, erotic man-sex out there! At the risk of sounding greedy: sequel?