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California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”

Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.

The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.

Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.

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The Eager Boy

Iron Eagle Gym

An Iron Eagle Gym Novel

Eight months ago Robin Secoya left his lover and master, Stack Lobond, because he didn’t believe Stack really cared about him. He was sure that for Stack, any warm body would do, and Robin wasn’t willing to be just a warm body anymore.

A chance meeting at the Iron Eagle Gym brings them back together, and old feelings aren’t far from the surface. They decide they can’t pass up a second chance at romance. But this time, it isn’t just Stack’s demanding career as a big-cat vet putting strain on their relationship. Robin also has a new job that takes up a lot of his time.

Will their kinky love affair crash and burn a second time, or can they find the balance that will allow the passion between them to flourish?

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Return to Laguna and go balls to the wall yet again with these fan-favorite stories of love—including a brand-new novella.

 

High Balls

Single father and PhD student Theodore Walters is determined to provide a great life for his seven-year-old son, Andy, despite anything his religious in-laws and dissertation adviser can throw at him. His carefully planned life goes off the rails when he meets totally not appropriate bartender "Snake" Erasmo—a pierced and tattooed biker. Snake might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real, if their secrets don't drag them apart first.

 

Snow Balls

Flamboyant JJ LaRousse may look like a quarterback, but he knows nothing about football. After encountering tough cop Ryan Star—known for liking manly men—JJ drops his voice an octave and colors his pink hair to try to be his perfect man. Ryan is in the closet at work, but JJ is turning out to be hard to leave. When an outside threat brings all façades crashing down, will Ryan be able to accept JJ—and himself?

 

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Life's a Beach

Coconut Cove | Book One

Coconut Cove: Book One

Life’s a beach… and then you meet the guy of your dreams.

Flynn Wright’s role on the upcoming teen drama Coconut Cove means a fresh start in the land of crystal water, palm trees, and gorgeous people. The move to the beautiful beaches of Key West, Florida—and away from LA and his conniving ex—is just what Flynn needs.

Meeting sexy bartender Seth is the cherry on top of Flynn’s colorful frozen drink, and he can’t wait to take a taste. But Seth isn’t impressed by Flynn’s Hollywood good looks, nor is he interested in the complications of dating an actor, no matter how hot.

Can Flynn dodge his scheming ex and the eager paparazzi while showing Seth that he is more than a pretty package?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Wilde City Press, August 2014.

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A Full Plate

Dreamspun Desires | #56
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Opposites come together for a spicy surprise.

Bradford “Tully” Tolliver has everything—money, a great car, a beautiful condo, and a promising career as one of Portland’s hottest young lawyers. Sure, he puts in long hours and has no social life to speak of, but who needs romance when corporations pay top dollar for his expertise? He hesitates when a colleague asks if her cousin can live with him, but the arrangement will last less than a year, and then the cousin—Sage Filling—will return to his tiny hometown.

But Sage is handsome and intriguing, and his cooking makes Tully swoon. Sage has obligations back home, though, and Tully has offers he might not refuse from a persistent—and very wealthy—ex. Since Tully and Sage each have a full plate, can they make room for a side of love?

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Crocus

Bonfires | Book Two

Bonfires: Book Two

Saying “I love you” doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.

High school principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he'd hit the jackpot when Deputy Sheriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow.

But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in danger, their tentative beginning comes crashing down around their ears.

Larx thought he was okay with the dangers of Aaron’s job, and Aaron thought he was okay with Larx's daughter—who is not okay—but when their worst fears are almost realized, it puts their hearts and their lives to the test. Larx and Aaron have never wanted anything as badly as they want a life together. Will they be able to make it work when the world is working hard to keep them apart?

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Fuoco e acqua

Carlisle Cops (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Carlisle Cops, Libro 1

L’agente Red Markham ha imparato a conoscere le difficoltà della vita da adolescente, quando un incidente d’auto lo ha lasciato sfregiato e orfano di entrambi i genitori. Anche per le strade che pattuglia nella cittadina di Carlisle affronta episodi orribili, come il recente aumento di morti per overdose. Un pomeriggio Red viene mandato in una struttura sportiva per un incidente in piscina e, arrivato sul posto, scopre che il ragazzo coinvolto è stato salvato dal bagnino, Terry Baumgartner. Per Red non è una sorpresa che lo splendido Terry non voglia avere niente a che fare con lui e con il suo brutto muso.

Un commento casuale sulla sua superficialità fa però aprire gli occhi a Terry. Forse non è una persona di buon cuore come ha sempre pensato. La sua amica Julie gli suggerisce allora di aiutare i meno fortunati consegnando pasti agli anziani. Durante il suo giro Terry incontra Margie, una signora molto diretta che dice sempre quello che le passa per la testa e che è anche la zia dell’agente Red Markham. 

I mondi di Red e Terry si scontrano. Red cerca di proteggere Terry da un ex che non accetta un no come risposta, intanto indaga per arrivare alla fonte della droga che sta mietendo vittime in città. Inaspettatamente i due uomini scoprono che per loro potrebbe esistere una possibilità, ma dovranno imparare a vedere oltre la superficie per coglierla.

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David Somers, chef d’orchestre réputé, n’a jamais voulu de la société d’investissement qu’il a héritée de son grand-père autoritaire. Il ne rêve que de composer. Et pourtant, malgré tous ses efforts, David ne parvient pas à coucher sur le papier la musique qui le hante.

Lorsqu’un violoniste invité à l’Orchestre Symphonique de Chicago tombe malade, David rencontre Alex Bishop, son remplaçant. David reste de marbre devant la célébrité et les tatouages du violoniste, mais son talent et sa profondeur le subjuguent.

David a juré de ne plus jamais s’attacher à personne, de peur de faire fuir ceux qu’il aime, ou de les perdre comme il a perdu sa femme et ses parents. Alex est sympathique, sociable, détendu – tout le contraire de David – et il parvient rapidement à ouvrir une brèche dans la muraille qui isole le cœur du chef d’orchestre. Celui-ci commence à rêver d’Alex – des rêves plein de musique. Composer semble redevenir possible.

Mais David, méprisé pendant des années par son grand-père, manque de confiance en lui et a du mal à s’abandonner. Lorsque des failles apparaissent dans son univers rigoureusement ordonné, sa relation naissante avec Alex est la première à en pâtir. Et pourtant, il ne cesse d’entendre la resplendissante mélodie d’Alex. Il voudrait aimer Alex, mais il doit d’abord trouver la force de s’accepter.

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Get Out: Book Three

A Harmony Ink Press Title

It’s hard to live in Micah Johnson’s shadow, but Emma Goldsworthy is determined to make it out from under there. Emma’s studying hockey and trying to find her way at the Australian Institute of Sport, but it’s hard to keep her spirits up when her ex—who dumped Emma so she could remain in the closet—returns from an exchange program with a new American girlfriend in tow. Emma doesn’t want her ex back, but she can’t seem to convince everyone else that they’re over. Plus, there’s another girl Emma can’t stop thinking about, even though she only saw her once… while in costume. There was chemistry, but Emma doesn’t know her name, or even what she looks like. 

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A Collection of Cowboy Love

Cowboys, blue-collar men, and hot redneck boys. One thing they all have in common is Wranglers, and they’re all falling in love in this eight-story collection. From Navy SEALs to rodeo riders to a food truck chef, all these men want is to find someone to share their lives with.

There are new lovers meeting for the first time, best friends who find out they have someone who loves them already when they think they’ll never find happiness, and old lovers who’ve been apart for years but come back together at the best possible time. From the ski mountains of Colorado to deep in the heart of Texas, love finds a way through old hurts and through years of being apart.

There’s nothing like a man in Wranglers and cowboy boots, and these stories prove it in every line!

 

Stories include:

Hey, Jealousy

Czech Me Out: An Austin Story

Worth the Work

Purgatory

Menagerie

Where There’s a Will

Cut Bait

Unwrapped  

 

First Edition of Hey, Jealousy published by Torquere Press, May 2011.

First Edition of Czech Me Out: An Austin Story published by Torquere Press, July 2014.

First Edition of Worth the Work published as Birthstones: Worth the Work by Torquere Press, September 2008.

First Edition of Purgatory published by Torquere Press, July 2005.

First Edition of Menagerie published by Torquere Press, May 2007.

First Edition of Where There's a Will published by Torquere Press, October 2010.

First Edition of Cut Bait published by Torquere Press, December 2007.

First Edition of Unwrapped published by Torquere Press, December 2010.

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A Club Whisper Novel

Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….

Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.

Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.

But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.

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Bad Attitude

Bad in Baltimore | Book Three

Bad in Baltimore: Book Three

Saving lives never used to be this complicated.

Gavin Montgomery does what’s expected of him by his wealthy and powerful family—look good in a tuxedo and don’t make waves. When a friend takes a leap off a bridge, Gavin tries to save him, only to fall in with him. At least at the bottom of the river he won’t feel like such a disappointment to his family. But he’s pulled from the water by a man with an iron grip, a sexy mouth, and a chip on his shoulder the size of the national deficit.

Jamie Donnigan likes his life the way it is—though he could have done without losing his father and giving up smoking. But at least he’s managed to avoid his own ball and chain as he’s watched all his friends pair off. When Montgomery fame turns a simple rescue into a media circus, Jamie decides if he’s being punished for his good deed, he might as well treat himself to a hot and sweaty good time. It’s not like the elegant and charming Gavin is going to lure Jamie away from his bachelor lifestyle. Nobody’s that charming. Not even a Montgomery….

 

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First Edition published by Samhain Publishers Inc., April 2013.

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Les jours bleus

Histoires de mangrove

Histoires de mangrove 

Tomber amoureux d’un collègue est rarement une bonne idée, surtout pour un homme qui obtient une dernière chance de sauver sa carrière. Mais dès l’instant où Dwyer Knolls rencontre le beau Takeo Hiroyuki, socialement inadapté, il semble destiné à ne prendre que de mauvaises décisions.

La vie de Takeo est une série d’échecs pour tenter de plaire à son père, un Japonais très conservateur. Malheureusement, prendre sa succession dans les affaires s’avère aussi difficile pour Takeo que de devenir hétéro. En fait, il n’excelle que dans un domaine : remarquer Dwyer Knolls.

Quand Dwyer et Takeo se rendent à Mangrove, en Floride, pour un voyage d’affaires en vue d’acheter un domaine, leur amitié hésitante s’enflamme et prend une tout autre dimension. Leur soudaine connexion sera-t-elle suffisamment solide pour jouer leur futur, ou devraient-ils mettre cela sur le compte d’un étourdissement inspiré par la brise bleue de l’océan ?

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Redeeming the Stepbrother

Tales from St. Giles

A Tale from St. Giles

Family can be a blessing and a curse, but for artist Florian, it’s a nightmare he longs to escape.

As chief designer for Bartholomew Porcelain Studio, Florian specializes in painting birds. He also watches them in the wild to distract himself from his short-tempered mother, at least temporarily. Florian’s heart is too soft to leave his stepsister, Ella, to suffer alone. Still, he can’t help dreaming about one day finding happiness and love.

When Count Dieter von Hollenbach arrives in town to visit a friend and present an award, he isn’t looking for romance. Then again, he doesn’t expect someone as perfect as Florian to come into his life. To make sure Florian is all he seems and that their connection is genuine, Dieter keeps his title to himself.

But he isn’t the only one with a secret.

At a masquerade ball to celebrate the award, some of the masks fall away, but those that remain in place could destroy the love beginning to grow between them.

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Un mariage inconvénient

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #16

Kerry Pickering a un problème. En tant qu’agent publicitaire pour le bad boy d’Hollywood Jericho Knox, son devoir est de le maintenir au top de l’actualité. Jusqu’à maintenant, les fêtes de Jericho et ses frasques publiques lui avaient rendu la tâche facile. Cependant, Jericho possède un secret et lorsque ce secret est révélé de la manière la plus désastreuse et spectaculaire qui soit, il revient à Kerry de réparer les choses à sa manière.

L’équipe décide que la meilleure ligne de conduite à adopter est de s’arranger afin que le public tombe amoureux… de la relation secrète de Jericho. Celle qui n’existe pas encore. Pour l’instant.

Elle cherche une personne de confiance pour jouer ce rôle. Quelqu’un parmi les proches. Et cette personne est Kerry. Mais que se passera-t-il lorsque Kerry découvrira que, pour lui, les sentiments ne sont plus seulement imaginaires ? Jericho peut-il l’aimer en retour ou se contente-t-il de jouer la comédie ?

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Love You So Hard

The Love You So Stories

A Love You So Story

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.

Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

 

Third Edition

First Edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

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Sweet Nothings

Dreamspun Desires | #55
Amuse Bouche | Book One

Amuse Bouche: Book One

Will a bitter bite from the past spoil a sweet romance?

Tristan Love, the youngest of seven brothers, is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own.

Returning to his childhood home means his meddlesome brother Simon will butt into his business, but before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile….

That is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.

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Un semplice dessert

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Boone Walton ce l’ha messa tutta per mettere un po’ di distanza tra lui e il suo passato. Ha investito nella sua nuova vita, nella sua galleria d’arte a New Orleans e nella sua amicizia con Scott Wren. Tutto sembra sistemato e Boone non potrebbe essere più felice della ritrovata normalità.

Lo chef Scott Wren vuole qualcosa di più della semplice normalità con Boone. Vuole far fare un passo avanti al loro rapporto, ma l’amico è spaventato, e non a causa dei fantasmi che infestano l’appartamento di Scott o della sua famiglia. No, il passato di Boone sta per fargli visita, e l’unica cosa che potrebbe mettersi tra lui, Scott e la strana ricetta di una mousse al cioccolato trovata in un curioso ricettario è il fiume di sofferenza che Boone ha dovuto attraversare per arrivare a New Orleans. C’è però un segreto dietro agli ingredienti, un segreto che potrebbe far emergere la verità e l’amore che sono sempre mancati nella vita di Boone. 

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