Please give a warm welcome to Holden “Fox” Krause from the Infected series by Andrea Speed today as we sit down and see what makes him tick.
Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?
Oh, I wouldn't even try and guess. Have you seen her brain? Little scares me, but that does.
Let's see, what can I tell you about myself? My dad's an evangelist, and he fathered me and probably my sister with our mother, a junkie in one of his outreach programs, while married to another woman. When our mother died of an overdose, he let my sister get dumped into the foster care system, but as I was an infant, arranged to adopt me to show what Christian charity he had, while never acknowledging he was my biological father. And when he found out I was gay, he threw me out of the house, and I became a hooker to survive. I'm still really bitter about it, can you tell? At least, if he does believe a smidgen of that religious bullshit he shovels – and I say he probably doesn't – and it exists, at least he'll burn in hell for being the worst kind of hypocrite. Have I mentioned I hate the fucker?
On the street I got the nickname Fox, not 'cause I'm so foxy – although, of course I am – but because I could think my way out of almost everything. Crazy – and smart – as a fox. It's a name to wear with pride.
Perhaps I should point out that I'm no longer an escort. Well, technically. I'm trying to give this detective thing a try. Roan somehow blackmailed me into it. It's super boring, but on the plus side, I don't have to pop Viagra like candy.
Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?
Scott? Have you seen him? Boy's fucking hot. I mean, hockey players usually have busted ass faces, but their bodies … holy shit. All that skating makes a body hard and sculpted like marble. He could make a shit ton of money as an escort. And, you know, his face isn't bad. Especially for a hockey player. He's like a god of beauty compared to most players. Like me, he doesn't mind keeping things open and casual. I really don't do realationships, and I still have no idea how I ended up in one.
Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?
Oh. He's no fun. Probably 'cause he's still in the closet about his bisexuality. But I once fucked a client in the bathroom of a shitty biker bar. A straight biker bar. He had a thing about it.
Q: Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?
I know for a fact boxer-briefs are the sexiest underwear. Well, on most. There's some guys who can't be helped. No matter how pretty the wrapping, the package is just pathetic. Sometimes, there just ain't enough glitter and stickers in the world to make that a gift worth unwrapping. That's not true of Scott, though. He's good in that department too, the bastard. Some guys get all the good genes.
Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what's one sure fire trick they can do to seduce you?
Gin. Lots of gin. Maybe some pot if I'm in the mood for it.
Q: What is the one place on your partner's body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?
There's a spot just below his belly button, almost half way down the treasure trail. All I have to do is breathe on that spot or tickle it, and he's laughing and ready to go.
Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Infected: Lesser Evils?
Well, she just had to document a couple of stupid ass corrupt cops beating the shit out of me, huh? I take solace in knowing Roan fucked them up but good. I'm pretty sure they're still in therapy over that.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
Although I can't really say it in mixed company – Johnny Law and all that – I really do like being called a hooker vigilante. I really wish I could use that on resumes and business cards, but since both things are technically illegal, that's one of those things I need to keep under wraps.
Thank you, Fox, for joining us on 'Meet the Character' day here at Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog. You can find all of Andrea Speed’s books at Dreamspinner Press and Amazon .
Sequel to Infected: Lesser Evils
Paranormal M/M, Shifter, Mystery/Suspense
In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. Now Roan is locked in a coma as the struggle between his human and werecat sides reaches a new extreme. All Dylan can do is sit, wait, and think.
Meanwhile, Roan’s assistant, Holden, wants to shed his old street life and his relationship with Scott, but he can’t seem to do either. Holden doesn’t want a relationship with Scott but finds himself drawn to him all the same, even if he can never fully reveal his past.
With Roan out of commission, Holden looks into the murder of an old friend. At the same time, Fiona takes on a case about underground death matches between infecteds —one with connections to the Church of the Divine Transformation.
Finally Roan wakes only to discover that his shifts have new consequences. His lion’s strength is growing, and he can’t hide from it any longer….