Your Money or Your Life by Marie Medina

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Tales of the Highwaymen, 2

When Jacob fell moving a portrait in the museum where he worked, he was worried about damaging it. He never imagined he would fall into it and wake up in another dimension. Though his day does start to improve when a sexy masked man rides to his rescue…

Gerard thought his friends Adam and Eloise would be the enchanted portrait’s only victims, but when he finds a gorgeous but bewildered young man wandering in the woods, he realizes how wrong he was. Now he has to enlist the help of a man he can’t stand to put a stop to the magic, even though he’d much rather be spending that time in the arms of the sexy man now sharing his home.

Be Warned: m/m sex



Gerard couldn’t understand the world his new friends had come from. So many things sounded wonderful, but at times the cruelty of their world shocked him. “I’m sorry. You were afraid of being shunned or persecuted?”


Jacob nodded. “I never told anyone I was gay until I met a guy I wanted to date, usually. If I knew he was gay and knew he liked me, I’d let my guard down. I wasn’t ashamed, but I didn’t want to be judged. My town was very small, and no one who came out stayed long because the reaction in town was so bad. I moved when I went to college, and I was starting to feel confident about coming out.” He shrugged and looked around the room. “And now I’m here.”


“You’ve no need to fear anything here, I can assure you.” Gerard smiled. “And anyone who wanted to harm you in any way would have to get through me first.”


“So, you’re going to be my permanent champion? My dashing outlaw?”


Gerard guffawed. “Outlaw? I’m not quite that.”


“Aren’t you a highwayman? I asked about your mask, and Adam and Eloise said you were.”


“But not really an outlaw.” Gerard considered his statement. “All right, I do steal from people, but it’s not what you’re thinking.” He searched his brain for the name that Adam had mentioned several times. “I’m like Robin Hood.”


Jacob smiled. “Are you, now?”


Nodding, he said, “Yes. There’s a large gap between the very rich and the very poor here. There’s the king and the nobles, and then we have everyone else. There is very little social climbing, as Adam called it. I try to help where I can. We never take jewels or personal items, just money. And only from those who will not miss it. A few actually cooperate because they know the truth.”


“How many are in your gang?”


“Actually, without Adam, it’s just me for now. My men tend to retire when they get married. They need more stability in their lives and their incomes.” Holding up his hand, he gestured around. “The family that lived here abandoned it, claimed it was haunted. Hardly anyone will even come near it, so I live here comfortably enough. No one objects. I do odd jobs here and there, but most of the families I’ve helped see that I am well taken care of.” He grinned. “Got lots of other men’s wives cooking for me.”


“Sounds like an almost charmed existence, in its way.” Jacob laughed. “So, you’re looking for new recruits?”


“Are you volunteering?”


After a long pause, Jacob nodded. “Sure. What else am I going to do? It’ll at least be a way to repay you, earn my keep.”


Gerard raised one eyebrow. “All right, though I had several inventive ideas for how you could earn your keep.”


Jacob looked down for a moment, and then he slowly glanced back up. “Maybe you can enlighten me.”


Gerard tried his best to rein himself in and hoped Jacob would not notice his half-mast erection. “One night when you’re stronger.”


Jacob smiled as his eyes lowered again briefly. “But you have to keep me awake tonight, remember?”


The look in Jacob’s eyes had Gerard hard and ready in an instant. “I wouldn’t be a gentleman if I took advantage of my guest in such a way.”


Jacob moved closer, running his hand up Gerard’s thigh but stopping before actually touching his groin. “True, I’m probably not up to … certain activities … but it seems you’re ready for anything.”


“It’s been a while.”


“For me, too.” Jacob cupped him, but he wasn’t too aggressive. He ran the palm of his hand over Gerard’s shaft, locking eyes with him.


“We just met today. I don’t want you to regret this.” Gerard didn’t want to regret it either, didn’t want to care for a man and not be able to keep him again. But Jacob’s touch was like heaven.


Jacob examined Gerard’s leather pants, and then he began to unlace them. “These pants have been driving me mad ever since I first saw you. Even when I was confused as hell, they were distracting me.” He freed Gerard’s cock and stroked it. “I’m tired of hiding and being timid, denying my desires. I do not want a gentleman—I want the fantasy that rode up and saved me today.”


Gerard laughed low in his throat, arching up a bit as Jacob worked his cock. He wanted those lips wrapped around him, wanted to fuck that tempting mouth. “I don’t think I’ve ever been called a fantasy before.”


Jacob stroked harder, still looking into Gerard’s eyes. “Trust me. Compared to every other man I’ve been with, you’re exotic and exciting, a very wet dream come true.”


Gerard cupped Jacob’s face and ran his thumb over his lips. “Suck me off. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I pulled you up onto my horse.”


Jacob smiled and licked the head of Gerard’s cock. “I felt your cock against my ass. I think that’s what kept me from going crazy, grounded me to reality.”


Gerard started to reply, but then he groaned as Jacob’s mouth engulfed him. Their banter had him aching, and Jacob’s mouth was hot and sweet. Gerard couldn’t believe this amazing man had called himself timid. He knew how to suck cock, bringing Gerard right to the edge but then easing off in a sweetly tortuous way.


Jacob’s tongue teased up and down the vein on the underside of Gerard’s cock. He ran his fingers through Jacob’s chestnut brown hair, loving the way the man moaned as he sucked. Jacob seemed to be enjoying himself very much. After Alexander’s betrayal, Gerard had believed he would never be able to inspire this kind of desire, but Jacob was proving him wrong.

Other Tales of the Highwaymen:

Stand and Deliver

Your Money or Your Life

All Mine 



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The Romance Reviews
Written by TRR on 18th Mar 2013

Being a gentleman of the highway can certainly make life interesting in the land of Melara, and so can a godmother when she casts her spells on the unwary. Gerard is a highwayman with a heart of gold. Like Robin Hood, he takes from the rich, albeit they are willing, and gives to those less fortunate. Having been crossed in love, he finds himself given a second chance at happiness when the enchanted portrait of the king's nephew transports another unsuspecting victim named Jacob into the alternate dimension of Melara. For both Gerard and Jacob, the attraction is instantaneous and their nights fulfilling. However, when Theodore, the king's nephew, shows an interest in Gerard, Jacob suddenly feels jealousy rear its ugly head. But Theodore's portrait isn't the only enchanted painting in Melara, so Jacob may find it's not so hard to win the heart of a highwayman who was once crossed in love. Building upon the Tales of the Highwaymen series that began with Stand and Deliver, Marie Medina seamlessly switches from a heterosexual couple finding love into the realm of a budding relationship between gay man of the road, Gerard, and Jacob; a quiet twenty-something who is pulled into a strange world that's a mix of the past and an alternate reality universe. This is a light, entertaining read that offers more insight into the characters of Gerard and Theodore, and ends with an intriguing paranormal twist that is sure to keep fans of this series curious to know what will happen in Ms. Medina's next intertwined offering. At 37 pages, this Romance on the Go offering is sure to entertain during a relaxing bit of downtime at home or while taking a break from your workday.

Rainbow Book Reviews
Written by Serena on 27th Feb 2013

If you like tales with a supernatural / paranormal twist, if you enjoy reading about dashing gentlemen on horseback, and if you're looking for a light, entertaining read, you will probably like this book.

Marie spins a hot tale!
Written by Hennessee Andrews on 17th Jan 2013

I loved this book and was surprised at how much story was written in this quick read. Sigh, two hot men coming from different centuries, finding one another by a magical portal. Serendipity, my friends. Looking forward the next in this series.