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I’m continuing with another snippet from my 2016 DSP novel, Cervena. After auditioning as a dancer, Joel offers Sasha the job and takes him to his office to do the necessary paperwork. Joel is in for a surprise.
. I closed the door of my office behind us and indicated a chair for him to sit on. “I assume you have a passport?”
“You don’t have a passport?” I frowned, picturing him sneaking across borders or stowing away in container lorries. I had a vivid imagination.
“Of course I have one.” He rose from the chair and shoved a hand into the back pocket of his jeans. “It’s, um, Sasha’s not my real name. I’m sorry. I… it’s what I… it’s what my….”
He sank back onto the seat, dropped his head into his hands, and wept quietly. His shoulders shook and his gasps and snuffles filled the office.
When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.
Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.
Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.
Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.