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The Dundee Law

by Erin O'Quinn

M/M erotica wrapped in mystery

A solitary Irish detective and a reclusive Scottish academician…hardly a match made in heaven. Blond and dark, yin and yang, perhaps even angel and devil. 

In fact, sometimes Thomas Fitzgerald wonders whether the mysterious Burns is a figment of his lonely nights, a creature evolved from an idealized portrait of the poet Robert Burns.

Real or not, the university teacher-curator teams up with him to solve a murder involving a Celtic burial site in Dundee and a voice from Scotland’s bloody past.

Join two unusual sleuths at the ancient mound called “The Dundee Law” as two men merge their talents, and more. Much more.

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Publisher: New Dawn Press
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Alpha Character, Antihero, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Healing Power of Sex, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever, Second Chances
Word Count: 25166
Setting: Dundee, Scotland
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters

From Chapter 5, "Missionary and Angel"


Nothing he did in bed from now on would be the same again, after Burns.

“Now, Thomas Fitzgerald. Put your cock in me.”

He lowered Burns’ ass and spread his thighs as far apart as they’d go, with the man’s back on the bed surface and his legs still riding his neck and shoulders. Slipping the tie from around his lover’s neck, Thomas quickly bound his wrists, hands in front, with the grim satisfaction of a favor returned. Leaning over Burns’ taut body, he guided his own cock with one hand, finding the widened hole, and slipped inside.

He was almost scorched by the tight heat.

“Ah, fucking saints in bloody hell…” He had never felt so scalded, so gripped by a tight rectum. 

“Kiss me, Thomas. Do it slow. In and out, cock and tongue, tongue and cock. Love me, love me…”


Thomas could have climaxed to the sound alone, Burns’ thick, lilting burr and his words of unvarnished passion. He tried very hard to synch his tongue-thrusts with those of his prick, making them both slow and sensuous, almost a waltz in tempo with his partner’s throaty voice.

“You are mine, mine, deep and strong. Och, my Thomas, my love…”

“Bobbie, Bobbie Burns. I need you. Only you…”

His words and Burns’ rectal muscles fisting his prick happened together. He felt the tunnel seize his cock, and he bellowed his joy. And then his tongue probed the depths of Burns’ throat while he pushed and moaned and cried.

When at last he slowed and stopped, he was sure Burns was in pain. His head was back, his eyes closed, the tears streaming down his cheeks.

“Oh, God in heaven, I’ve hurt you.” He smoothed the dark hair back from Burns’ forehead, hardly able to speak but still wedged up the man’s asshole, a haven he would not easily forsake.

“Nae, nae.” Burns’ voice seemed to be squeezed from his chest, and his breathing was labored. “My Thomas.”

He could find no words to reply and kept stroking his hair, feeling the occasional tremors of the tunnel walls on his newly sensitive cock and the sticky warmth of his lover’ cum on his  stomach. After a long time, Burns spoke again, very low.

“Why do you sometimes call me Bobbie Burns, lad?”

He slipped out, still straddling Burns, unwound the tie from his bedmate’s hands and tossed it on the floor. “You know. I told you already. Because you are my poet.”

“But all I told you was how much…how much I loved it.”

“You found my harp. And that’s enough.”

Burns wrapped his legs around his hips, and Thomas felt himself sliding into a fathomless place of joy. He found his lover’s ear and murmured, “Paradise.”

Burns stirred a little in his arms. “Och, aye, my angel.”

When he awoke, it was only to nestle closer into his sleeping partner and allow himself to forget that any other place and time and man had ever existed

Reviews:Passionate Reviews on Amazon wrote:

Too Good To Miss - Another Piece of the Burns-Fitzgerald Puzzle

I am a relative newcomer to M/M romance and to Erin O'Quinn as an author, but I have quickly become a fan - to the point that I'd like to take a week off from everything else and do nothing but catch up on the books I've missed. Fortunately, I got in on the "ground floor" with her newest series, the Fitzgerald-Burns Mystery novellas, and as soon as I read the first one, I found myself wanting the next. Now that I've read book #2, I am even more anxious for #3. What's the attraction? This series is like a gourmet meal served in tapas portions: each novella is the reader's equivalent of a palate teaser, delivered and savored in small amounts, and always leaving you eager for the next course. In this case, the 'next course' is also the next layer in the evolving story of these two captivatingly complex, stunningly sexy, über-masculine, deeply passionate characters.

We first meet Thomas Fitzgerald, police detective, and Robert "Robbie" Burns (descendent of the poet, and a respected Scottish historian) in Burns Too Deep, as strangers brought together along a highway in Scotland. It's obvious from the beginning that they each have deeply held secrets, but they also share an immediate, powerful attraction - a burning ember that erupts into a firestorm of undeniable need, desperation, and lust. They develop a reluctant trust - strangers bonded by an attraction that is as fierce as it is difficult to understand. We learn a few secrets - things that could bring them together or drive them apart - but are left wondering what, if anything, will come of their brief but complicated relationship.

In The Dundee Law, they are initially brought back together by a driving need for each other, but are then drawn into a murder mystery that will take both of them to solve: Burns as a scholar and Fitzgerald as a detective. The theme of power exchange - sexually and as a crime-solving team - is prominent and truly engaging, with a mix of humor, tenderness and enough steam to power a small city. As you might expect, the story is not without conflict, both internal and external. Differences emerge that could bring them together or drive them apart. Their relationship is new, tentative, full of secrets. In this phase of their romantic journey they are testing each other, learning to trust, taking risks - trying to let go and allow themselves the pleasure they so urgently need and deserve. Navigating a partnership - be it intimate, work-related or both - won't be a walk in the park for either man.

You can't help but feel the struggle within and between the two, and hope they recognize that they are not only made for each other, but are made for the mission they find themselves involved in. It is an emotional, suspenseful, deeply touching story with just enough tension at the end to leave you anticipating the next course in this well-paced, gourmet literary meal. If you love characters that are beautifully complex, sensual, powerful and a little bit dark - this is the series for you.

"Bo" on Amazon wrote:

Spectacular & Haunting

What can be so spectacular about a novella which brings back two of the most exciting characters to spill out of the wicked mind of Erin O'Quinn? Well, the bedroom scenes, for one, but more than that it's the way she manages to get Thomas Fitzgerald and "Bobbie"" Burns to epitomize her unique style: All of her male couples in all of her books are distinct personalities of, and in keeping with, their completely unique personalities and the times in which they live.

How can it be so haunting? Well she turns a lucky investigative break for Irish-born Scottish policeman Thomas into what appears to be a quickly-solved puzzle by the man whom he cannot stay away from or keep from comparing to Robert Burns--even if he knows virtually nothing about that poet and national hero. But that puzzle is complicated by history, tradition, and violence which...well, no spoilers here!

I read this book on the plane coming back from a Caribbean vacation, and it took me only an hour or so. But that was yesterday. Today I am still haunted by the beauty of Ms. O'Quinn's words, the love songs Thomas and Burns wrap each other in (without speaking a word), and the feeling, hopefully, that these two will not go quietly into that starry night.

These men deserve all the love they can get, and I doubt if you will spare them any once you've smiled, and perhaps cried, your way though. Bravo!

"Nataliya 456" on Amazon wrote:

The road and the miles to Dundee

I have read many of Eric O’Quinn’s books. This one, and the first in the series, Burns too Deep, are in a class by themselves. There is music in the words, and well there should be as the spirit of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, is an almost palpable presence.

O’Quinn’s characters are dour policeman, Thomas Fitzgerald, an Irishman on Scottish soil, and Burns, an enigmatic antiquarian, historian and thief. They are opposites in nearly every respect, but when they first meet in Burns Too Hot, an instant attraction springs up between the two (as well as other things!). The Dundee Law picks up when they reunite after having been separated for a month. Burns and Thomas discover to their surprise that the intensity of feeling between them is stronger than ever. There is passionate sex, exquisite in its tastefulness and detail, which serves to further expose the characters of these two men.

There is a mystery, too. A decomposing body found on Dundee Law (a hill of mainly volcanic soil that looms over the city) is found wrapped in shreds of a Dundee kilt. As a policeman, Thomas must find the murderer and solve the crime. As a man, he must find a way to keep his lover from ever leaving again. Burns is more than willing and eager to stay. But will he be able to? I hope we can look forward to more of their adventures on the road the the miles to Dundee (a traditional Irish Scottish song).

About the Author

Erin O'Quinn was born almost literally on the side of a mountain in Nevada and was hauled kicking and screaming into the nearest town, fifty miles away, to attend first grade. To this day, she claims to be kindergarten-deprived.

O'Quinn earned a few degrees from the University of So. California, but her real education began on the back docks of the Las Vegas (NV) Review-Journal newspaper; on the good-old-boy car lots in Abilene, TX where she sold new Chryslers and used cars; and in a big-box store in Austin, TX where she alternately hauled pallets and ran a garden center.

You'll find a lot of action-adventure, and a character-centered, plot-centered group of seven series and a few stand-alones

Of 46 published works for adults, 33 (I think) are in the gay lit (M/M) genre. From the Noble Dimensions series (small town/contemporary) to Old World Ireland, Jacobite-era  and modern Scotland; and back to the retro world of Ireland in the Roaring 20s, she says, "My men, and my settings, are no-frills, no hearts and flowers. But I think a certain nobility and even spiritual element often creep in among the honest sexual feelings."

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Settle back, enjoy what Erin O'Quinn calls "literotica with a flare for the unusual...thoughtful and with passions too big for their britches."