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More from NICOLAS. This week, Jamie asks the hard questions…
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Jamie sighed and raised his head, and Nico’s chest tightened with the hunger betrayed in his intent gaze. Jamie touched his face, his lips, and gave him a tentative smile. “I want to know everything about you,” he said, a quaver in his voice. “Please don’t be mad by this next question. You don’t have to answer, either. But you say you stopped Piter from committing murder. Thank God for that. But what is this power he seems to have over you? You say he can find you anywhere in the world and that no one who is your friend is safe from him. How is this possible? I don’t understand it, Nico.”
Dismay swept through Nico and the black despair he’d been fighting for months pressed its suffocating weight on his heart. He had to tell Jamie the truth, and lose him. But madre di Dio, he’d been lonely so long.
Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.
As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?
When the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with to punish him, Jamie’s life is put in danger. And Jamie isn’t sure whether he can help Nico defeat his nemesis or if he’s merely a pawn in the Krampus’s game.