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Just out of boot camp, newly minted Seaman Alex Bender expects to encounter adventure on his military cruise to the Middle East. He just didn't expect it to come in the form of one Seaman Kurt Jackson. The chemistry between them is so strong that when Jackson makes his interest known, even the shy and slightly younger Bender can't deny how well they click. Shipboard romance isn't always smooth sailing, but when the two are granted shore leave in Kuwait City, they make the decision to spend it together... unaware that they may already be a committed couple in love.

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Seeking first-time riding lessons in the rolling hills of Connecticut, Gerald Saunders is pleased to discover Sutcliffe Cove. The current proprietor, Brett Sutcliffe, welcomes the beginner, and Gerald quickly finds a home away from home at the farm as he spends more and more time volunteering there.

Over the course of a few months, Gerald and Brett build a strong friendship, but it's not until Gerald is off on vacation that the two men realize their friendship could be so much more... sexually satisfying, emotionally intimate, or even warmly loving. But Gerald is so laid back, Brett just isn't sure what to do next. Move forward and deepen their relationship? Or back off and just be friends with benefits?

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The Best Revenge

Bottled Up Stories

A Bottled Up Story

Tyler O'Connor, a successful antiques dealer, meets aspiring artist Mark Burke when Mark's mother decides to sell some of her antiques collection. Tyler is enchanted by the quiet, reserved artist and works up the courage to ask Mark to dinner. Despite the date's success and their mutual attraction, Mark's happiness takes a blow when his mother learns that he is gay and throws him out of the house. Unsure of where to go, Mark shows up on Tyler's doorstep and finds shelter.

Tyler's encouragement and support help kick-start Mark's career, especially when Mark finds that Tyler inspires him in the bedroom as well as the studio. But they're daunted when bad memories of the past, struggles in the present, and fear for the future strain Mark and Tyler's budding relationship. As the old saying goes, the best revenge is living well—and in this case—loving well, and with that in mind, Mark and Tyler go in search of happily ever after.

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A Note in the Margin

A Note in the Margin and Twelve Days

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

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Picture Perfect

Lost Boys and Love Letters Series | Book Two

Lost Boys and Love Letters: Book Two

Perhaps it's a twist of fate when event photographer Cameron Walker runs into veterinarian Jeremy Montgomery at a wedding. Cameron has harbored a crush on the handsome man since high school, and he can't believe his luck. Jeremy asks him to dance, and Cameron's over the moon.

Having admired Cameron from afar, Jeremy is just as thrilled to discover Cameron feels the same. After a few dates, Cameron and Jeremy (and their new dog) are ready to embark on a loving journey they both have dreamed of—a new life together.

Cameron's best friend, Detective Patrick Hawkins, is very happy for the new couple. But he's equally worried when mysterious gifts with disturbing letters keep appearing, targeting Cameron. When the stalking escalates to a senseless and stunning act of violence, Patrick is there for the two men, both physically and emotionally. Working together, Cameron, Jeremy, and Patrick set out to find the stalker and put a stop to his actions, but will they be able to stop him before it's too late?

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Openly gay eighteen-year-old Jaylin Ryan is surprised when his secret crush, star jock Max Sydney, admits he's interested in him. Knowing Max's father will react badly, Jaylin and Max find ways to be together and make plans for the future, but it all goes wrong when they're attacked for their relationship, leaving Max badly injured and Jaylin emotionally devastated. Taking advantage of his son's vulnerability, Max's father convinces him the best thing he can do for Jaylin is to leave him. Seven years later, the possible early release of one of the attackers brings Max and Jaylin back to their hometown, where they discover that their feelings for each other are still alive. They have a chance at a future, but first the past must be laid to rest.

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After four years together, Scott and Nathan were on the brink of separation when Scott was wounded in a bank robbery. Recovering from a life-threatening injury, Scott is certain Nathan still plans to leave, but nearly losing Scott has taught Nathan an important lesson and he uses a special anniversary surprise to prove to Scott how much their relationship still means to him.

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True North

Lost Boys and Love Letters Series | Book One

Lost Boys and Love Letters: Book One

Small-town engineer Jackson Strange has been clumsy his whole life, so it doesn’t surprise him when an accident at work sends him to the local clinic—but his attraction to Julian Piet, the charming doctor charged with stitching him up, catches him completely off guard.

Julian has just returned home after finishing his residency a few provinces over. Now he has to make his tiny Alberta town fit again. When his path crosses Jack’s, he gets an idea of how to do that. Unfortunately, Jack's reluctance to be open about his sexuality and Julian's shattered confidence make taking that first step difficult. It takes a push from Julian's meddlesome sister to send them stumbling into romance.

Happily wrapped up in their fledgling relationship, Jack and Julian think they may have found their way. Then Julian’s job, Jack’s family connections, and dangerous illness threaten to send them spinning apart. The only way to get to happy-ever-after is to believe and trust that together, they can find true north.

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It's not so easy being young, gay, and in love for the first time at the average high school. Senior Toren Grey cares more about his family and his grades than what brand of clothes he wears. He agrees with the majority consensus that he's a nerd. So he's quite surprised when resident bad boy Wesley Carroll speaks to him in the hall, stirring feelings that Toren has to hide.

Disconcerted by Wes's free and easy ways, Toren can't deny the attraction between them. As he relaxes and gets to know Wes better, he finds there's more to the sexy rebel than his public image. Before long the young men are exploring new territory and falling in love, but life just isn't that simple. After they graduate, obstacles block their relationship at every turn: Wes working versus Toren in college, the virulent disapproval of parents, and everyday trials faced by any struggling young couple. Wes and Toren have to believe in each other... and never doubt that their love can conquer all.

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Jason brought Pete to the ocean to recover from a mugging, but while the physical marks have faded, the emotional wounds aren't as quick to heal. Escaping to their own private world where the biggest challenge is catching the perfect wave, they both know they can't hide from the rest of the world forever. Sometimes it is just time to go home.

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Lucas Kiefer has lived through hell. Assaulted and nearly murdered by a man obsessed with him, he now lives with horrible scars inside and out. Abandoned by his boyfriend while trying to recover, Lucas withdraws into himself. Building a new life, he focuses only on running his bookstore. But his nightmare returns when ten years later, his attacker is released from jail on a technicality.

Sheriff Nicholas Demetris has known and loved Lucas for five years. He doesn't care about physical scars; he's attracted to the silently strong man inside. He knows Lucas feels more for him than he'll admit. Despite being well aware of Nicholas's feelings, Lucas won't allow anyone close, regardless of the feelings in his heart, especially now when he's once again the focus of unwanted and deadly intentions. Lucas can't stand the idea of anyone being hurt for him, but Nicholas is determined to protect him and earn Lucas's love no matter what.

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It wasn't the first time Heydn Case had to transfer to a new school, but Acton-Pierce Academy was the prep school of choice for people with a lot more money than he had. As always, the good-natured Texan was hoping to find a friend; his assigned roommate was hoping to be left alone and said so rather bluntly.

Heydn had never met anyone quite like Blue Barclay, the campus's resident eccentric loner, but the two young men soon find they have more in common than they might have imagined. Friendship quickly takes on a new dimension of physical intimacy accompanied by bewildering new feelings. However, Blue and Heydn are given little time to explore and understand what is growing between them before they're pulled apart.

Heydn is chosen for the track team and befriended by a popular senior. Fearing, rightly, that their relationship would cost him the place he's won at Acton, Heydn turns his back on Blue. He feels he's made the right choice for his future, but when Blue finds a new friend, Heydn realizes he's made a terrible mistake. Is it too late for him to try to win Blue's heart again?

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Ethan Trent and Cale Brooks came from similar troubled pasts, but their current lives couldn't be more different: Ethan runs a multi-million dollar technology firm; Cale sleeps with men for money. Neither of them believe in happy-ever-after - until fate throws them together, and Ethan starts thinking about a future that Cale can't let himself imagine.

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Kyler Nelson and Jordan Hanson had both been saved from life on the streets by a very special man, Mason Orrick. Working side by side in Mason's company, desire built between the two young men, exploding in one shared night that ended in disaster, but years have passed and tragedy can make you reevaluate what is important. When their mentor is murdered, Kyler and Jordan discover their attraction is as strong as ever - but before they can think of a future together, they need to face the truth about their pasts.

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The 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham was a classic both Chris and Gaetano couldn't bear to let die.  She belonged on the open road, blowing the doors off everything she passed, making everybody stop and stare.  Pooling their resources to pay for her restoration, it wasn't long before their passion for returning her to pristine condition spilled over into passion for each other – until a stupid mistake threatens to leach all the magic from their dreams.

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Joel had worked with Bruce/Brian/Bryce for months and never given the other man a second thought - heck, he couldn't even keep his name straight!  When a scheming co-worker tries to steal credit for one of Joel's ideas, a surprising offer of help opens his eyes to a way to keep more than just their customer satisfied.

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All it takes is one fateful phone call to change David's life: His ex-boyfriend is HIV-positive. Thinking back, it's all too easy to conclude he may have been exposed. With the support of his best friend Jason, David goes for testing, and the two weeks waiting for his results are a painful exercise in what ifs and what nows with only Jason – steady, calm, comforting Jason – to serve as a lifeline. There's no way to know what will happen. But David comes to realize that living is precious, and choosing the right person to love can help you make the best of the life you have.

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Summer Fever

Lazy Days of Summer

I was looking forward to a relaxing, enjoyable vacation at my parents’ old house on the lake. No responsibility, no stress, and no entanglements, other than the odd one-night bang with a gorgeous guy (who preferably dresses left). When a cop pulled over to check on me, I was blindsided. Officer Russell Seavers was an absolute hunk – and I had to have him. Just once (or maybe twice), but no way was I in the market for anything serious. Just a quick slick grapple by the lake, a hop or two in the sack, and I’d be good. But one look at that body that just didn’t quit, oh God, that ass, and those dark, dark eyes, and I was afraid my summer fling might turn into something else, something I didn’t expect.

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