The House of Silence Volume 2: Ricochet
by J.A. Jaken
Novel (88,000 words)
Genre(s): Gothic, Suspense, BDSM, M/M
2nd Edition - includes moderate edits and restructuring
The sanctuary of The House of Silence is shattered when an influential client presents Master Charon with an ultimatum: hand over Vincent, or he'll destroy the House. When Charon refuses, he is plunged into a nightmare of reprisals, forcing him and the boys who work for him to fight for their lives, their sanity, and their right to exist. Why are some powerful men willing to destroy the House of Silence to get hold of one male prostitute? What secret threatens the governments of two countries?
Charon, Phoebe - the head of security - and all the young men of the House of Silence will have to work together. They must tap into long-hidden resources and long-denied histories for their safety and survival. To thwart the forces aligning against them, they'll need to unlock the secrets buried deep in the House's past. How much is one man's life worth to them?
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"The author takes you on a fantastically written journey to an alternate reality of old-worldly grandeur, in which an opulent brothel with secret passageways is home to beautiful young men and their charismatic, but mysterious master, Charon Marque. [...] You, too, will get sucked into the seductive world inside the House and the lives of its occupants."
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"I recommend this to anyone that likes Lords, rich business men, Cabals, dark fantasy, M/M erotica, sensual steamy sex, BDSM (not the soft and flowery kind), D/s, mystery, and intrigue- it’s all here, and more."
-MM Good Book Reviews
"Wow, this is so well-written that I am amazed by it and will be reading the other books in this series. The setting, the tone, the mood... everything just pulled me in."
"What a heart gripping emotional roller coaster well written and plot driven book. Each character in this book grabs at you and never let go. I have finished books 1 and 2 a couple days now and gosh what an impression it left. Each character was written with their own specific persona that added to the development of the plot. I cried, laughed, and struggled along with these characters which makes the impact even greater."
"I guarantee you will fall in love with Reiji, Danny, Tam, Vincent, Brand, Lord Ander, and the heart of this family Charon. Must Must Must BUY!"
"Quite a good erotic romance/suspense story, well written and edited, great character development."
"A strong showing for a first book in a new series. Very talented author. Highly recommended!"
"This book has great sex scenes, a good plot, and keeps you interested all the way through."
"Wow! Can we say that The House of Silence books were the surprise of the year for me?"
"I think what makes this book and the series of books work is that Jaken takes the time to develop interesting, 3-D characters. The characters are complicated and like real people they have strengths and weaknesses."
"I loved Charon and his boys. Each was well developed, wonderfully flawed, and ultimately likeable. Add an uptight cop, a mysterious patron, and a lonely lord, sprinkle in a few despicable bad guys, and you've got a sexy, intriguing story."
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Vincent fought the urge to flinch when Montgomery’s attention turned back toward him. He watched the other man’s movements warily as Montgomery crouched down in front of him.
“How does it feel to know you belong to us, little whore?” Montgomery asked him, so softly the officers around them would not be able to hear. He smiled thinly when Vincent refused to answer. “You will, of course, be taken into custody for the crimes you’ve perpetuated against our fine country.” He shook his head, tsk-ing faintly. “Assisting your friends from the House of Silence in acts of domestic terrorism. I was shocked when I found out that Charon was responsible for organizing such a heinous crime. Shocked and appalled.”
From the continued godawful grin on his face, Vincent found that description of his emotional state highly suspect. His chest felt tight at the realization of just what outlandish charges were being used to mobilize the entire police force against them. Doubtless the “evidence” of such terrorist activities had been uncovered during the raid on the House of Silence after Montgomery had found out about their escape.
“Of course Charon will have to pay for his misguided attempt to overthrow the monarchy. He’s an arrogant son of a bitch, don’t you think?” Montgomery’s tone was casual. “I think it’ll do him some good to be knocked down a peg or two. And your involvement is making the whole thing worse for him. Because now the whole thing has an international flavor to it, which brings additional penalties. You will, of course, have to be handed over to the authorities of your own country to face proper judgment for your crimes.”
Of course. Vincent felt reluctant admiration for the way in which the coup against them had been organized. He wished suddenly that Charon had just handed him over at the start of it all instead of getting himself and the House of Silence involved this deeply. He didn’t want to think about what would happen to the boys at the House if the trumped-up charges against Charon stuck.
Montgomery reached out to touch Vincent’s hair and leaned in close to him, lowering his voice still further. “I can see why Delafonte wants to get his hands on you,” he breathed in Vincent’s ear. “I’m really hoping I get a chance to try you out before I have to hand you over to him.”