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The suspicious death of Dante Bartholomew’s wife changed him, especially in the eyes of the residents of St. Giles. They no longer see a successful businessman… only a monster they believe was involved. Dante’s horrific reputation eclipses the truth to the point that he sees no choice but to isolate himself and his heart.

The plan backfires when he meets counselor Beau Clarity and the children he works with. Beau and the kids see beyond the beastly reputation to the beautiful soul inside Dante, and Dante’s cold heart begins to thaw as they slip past his defenses. The warmth and hope Beau brings to Dante’s life help him see his entire existence—his trials and sorrows—in a brighter light.

But Dante’s secrets could rip happiness from their grasp… especially since someone isn’t above hurting those Dante has grown to love in order to bring him down.

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Hope can be found in unexpected places.

Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.

Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.

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L'étalon sauvage

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #8
Les amants de Lexington

Les amants de Lexington

Les chevaux étaient sa passion… jusqu’à ce qu’il pose les yeux sur son patron.

Il y a un an et demi, une tragédie s’est abattue sur Bywater Farm, lorsque l’amant de Clay Hunter a perdu la vie à la suite d’une chute de cheval et que son meilleur étalon, King of Hearts, en a été traumatisé. Clay et King avaient mis leur vie entre parenthèses, essayant davantage de survivre que de vivre, jusqu’à ce qu’une bouffée d’air frais les réveille tous deux : Luke Davis, un nouveau palefrenier dans l’écurie des étalons.

Lorsque Luke est envoyé aux urgences après être tombé de King, Clay regarde les fondations fragiles de leur relation naissante s’effondrer. Clay peut-il vraiment aimer à nouveau un jockey ? Ou bien sa peur de perdre à nouveau l’homme qu’il aime va-t-elle les séparer pour de bon ? 

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Per i pomeriggi di pioggia

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Robbie MacIntyre gestisce un piccolo ufficio postale nel vecchio edificio di quella che era una stazione ferroviaria nella periferia della sonnolenta Barton Hartshorn, a nordovest di Londra. Rimane sbalordito quando la proprietaria, Maggie, una sua cara amica, gli lascia in eredità non solo l’ufficio postale, ma anche l’intera stazione.

Il resto dell’eredità va a uno scrittore americano, Jason Young. Quando l’uomo si trasferisce nel paesino, Robbie rimane frastornato dall’attrazione che prova per la persona che avrebbe più diritti di lui sulla stazione.

A quel punto compare una scatola, che contiene varie prime edizioni rare e un ricettario. Tutto inizierà ad avere un senso solo quando gli ingredienti segreti di una particolare ricetta saranno finalmente svelati, portando alla luce un amore che si è interrotto settant’anni prima.

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The heir apparent to a vast international company, Henry Walker has focused his entire life on pleasing his cold and distant father, a futile effort that’s left him no time for life, love, or making his own decisions. He has just one friend—one dirty little secret—Archie Banks. Raised on the Walker estate alongside Henry, Archie is now Henry’s driver, bodyguard… and occasional lover. Archie is loyal, but he’s about to graduate from college and has plans for his life that don’t include living every moment at the beck and call of Henry’s father. Not even for Henry.

With no warning, a shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and chaos, thrusting Henry and Archie into a dramatic struggle that threatens them individually and as a couple. Can they find a way to heal the hurt of the past, save the company that is Henry’s birthright, and find a future together? 

 

Second Edition 

First Edition Published by Loose Id, February 2013.

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Acclaimed musician Hollis Lee is a little bit rock, a little bit country, and a lot in need of some TLC to mend the years of hardcore partying that threatens to ruin his career. Hollis’s manager, Charlie, has the perfect solution in mind.

Personal trainer Jeremy is even-keeled and nothing if not professional—which means doing his job, getting Hollis back to his fighting weight, and ignoring his fierce attraction to the rock star.

Turns out Hollis has a harder time resisting Jeremy than giving up sausage biscuits and cheeseburgers, but succumbing to temptation could end both of their careers. While Hollis is on tour, no one questions Jeremy’s presence, and that means plenty of time to sneak away for some steamy fun on the tour bus. But when an accident separates them, how will they sustain the relationship that’s starting to mean so much?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by TOP SHELF An imprint of Torquere Press/June 2007.

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High Balls

Balls to the Wall

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.

Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

If you ask Roy Watkins who she is, she’ll look you in the eye and say “an artist.” If you asked her whether she identifies as straight or gay, male or female, proud-of-it trailer trash or hick town refugee, she’ll tell you to mind your own damn business. As this unique coming of age story unfolds, Roy finds her greatest challenge in defining herself before the world does it for her—and she’s in no hurry to force herself into a slot.

Growing up Roy in a West Virginia trailer park in the early nineties is one thing, but when she gives up her childhood love for a scholarship to snooty Winchester Academy in the hunt country of Virginia, the state line isn’t the only boundary she’ll have to cross to find out what she’s really made of.

In the company of Reenie (Roy’s New Age trucker mom), her immigrant sweetheart Oscar, and the privileged Winchester girls determined to befriend her whether she likes it or not, Roy encounters one intersection after another where she must face the complex nature of her identity, and how it will shape her future.

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Il paradiso può diventare un inferno.

Per molti, rimanere bloccati a Ibiza, nella villa dell’armatore Miguel García Arquero, non sarebbe poi una tragedia. Ma Hudson Barber non la pensa così. Per lui, ritrovarsi senza passaporto, in un paese straniero tanto lontano da casa, è un incubo, reso peggiore dal fatto che ne è responsabile il suo inaffidabile gemello.

Non volendo denunciare Dalvon per furto d’identità, Hudson è costretto ad aspettare, e ne approfitta per occuparsi di alcune attività di Miguel che, a causa dell’inesperienza del fratello, sono sull’orlo del fallimento. Quegli affari in perdita sono però un dono dal cielo, perché se riuscisse a riportarle in attivo, Hudson potrebbe sfruttare quell’esperienza per finire il suo master in gestione d’impresa.

Quando Miguel torna a Ibiza, invece di trovare un toy boy scopre che Hudson ha trasformato la sua fredda villa in una casa calda e accogliente. Per Miguel non ci sono dubbi: deve convincere Hudson ad abbassare le sue difese per accogliere l’amore.

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Mark  O’Brien ist endlich ehrlich zu sich selbst. Seine Beziehung mit Rachel ist vorbei und er zieht aus dem Haus aus, in dem sie sechs Jahre lang gemeinsam gelebt haben. Sie verstehen sich gut, aber er kann keine Beziehung retten, wenn der Mensch, mit dem er zusammen ist, das falsche Geschlecht hat.

Jamie Robertson, einer der Umzugshelfer, ist groß, umglaublich attraktiv und Mark vom ersten Blick an hin und weg. Als ein Pappkarton reißt und so einen Inhalt sehr persönlicher Natur, von dem Mark nie wollte, dass ihn irgendjemand zu Gesicht bekommt, preisgibt, ist er peinlich berührt. Es ist jedoch der Auslöser einer wunderbaren Freundschaft mit gewissen Vorzügen.

Jamie führt Mark in die Freuden des Schwulensex ein. Die beiden Männer kommen sich immer näher und aus „nichts Ernstem“ wird etwas ziemlich Ernstes für sie beide. Kommunikation ist jedoch nicht gerade ihre Stärke. Wird einer der beiden jemals den Mut finden, zu seinen Gefühlen zu stehen?

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Volleyball (Deutsch)

Seitenwechsel

Ein Titel der Seitenwechsel Serie

Eine doppelte Dosis Alphamann kann doch nicht schaden, oder?

David Underwood ist gerade erst einer Beziehung zu einem gewalttätigen Alphamann entkommen, da fällt sein Blick auf zwei heiße Mitglieder der australischen Beachvolleyball-Mannschaft, die am Strand von Laguna Beach Volleyball spielen. Und prompt muss er sich deren Beleidigungen anhören. Trotzdem erliegt er dem Charme von Gareth Marshall, der sich Davids wegen vor seinem Team outet. Nur einer macht ihnen das Leben zur Hölle: Edge, der nicht minder heiße Volleyballpartner von Gareth.

Gareth hat jahrelange Erfahrung darin, seine Sexualität vor seinen Mitmenschen und insbesondere vor Edge, zu dem er sich schon immer hingezogen fühlte, zu verheimlichen. David ist der erste Mann, der jemals mit Edge mithalten konnte und Gareth’ Leidenschaft weckte. Umso mehr leidet Gareth unter dem ablehnenden Verhalten seines alten Freundes. Doch Edge hat auch seine Geheimnisse, und Davids Ex ist ebenfalls nicht allzu glücklich, auf seinen Prügelknaben verzichten zu müssen. Alles scheint sich gegen David verschworen zu haben. Werden sie ihr Glück finden, er und sein Alphamann? Oder gar … er und seine Alphamänner?

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The Bunny and the Billionaire

Dreamspun Desires | #43

Spending their fortunes and losing their hearts.

Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot—as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia—their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo's world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.

As they make allowances for each other's foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance and they're not ready to say goodbye.

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Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?

Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.

Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.

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A Mary's Boys Novella

Steven Conley loves the excitement of owning his own Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Denver, Colorado, and his chosen family of coworkers makes life even better. Steven never regretted leaving the corporate grind behind until his father’s harsh deathbed words leaves him doubting himself.

Ryan Fuller abandoned a lucrative career to start his own party-planning business, but he keeps afloat by coordinating funerals for the local mortuary. When Ryan bumps into Steven—his best friend’s uncle and the man Ryan has secretly crushed on forever—the attraction explodes into a night of passionate abandon for both men.

Steven is blown away by the care and deep connection he feels for the hot young mortician—until Ryan admits who he really is. Reeling from the recent upheaval in his life, Steven must decide whether to give Ryan a chance. To find love, they must risk it all....

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The Mary's Boys Collection

Welcome to the famous Mile High Hamburger Mary’s, where the food is mouthwatering, the drinks are strong, and the drag queens are daring. It’s a place where love blooms in this collection of stories featuring four couples who find each other through the legendary establishment in Denver, Colorado.

 

Nachos & Hash

Cody Russel has finally managed to get the hell out of Kansas and land a dream job at Mary’s. But he wonders if he’s good enough for medical marijuana researcher Darwin Michaels.

 

Vodka & Handcuffs

Can a one-night stand lead to a lasting relationship for Mary’s bartender Vahin Arora and sexy police officer Marlon Barton? Find out if they can face the challenges of Marlon’s job and hold on to each other.

 

Mascara & Bandages

Cozy up to Mary’s newest drag queen, Ariel Merman. A brutal gay bashing lands Zach Cooper in the ER, where he meets Dr. Teegan Chau. Will they take a chance on romance?

 

Deeds & Confetti

Finally, will the magic work for restaurant owner Steven Conley as he decides if Mary’s is really his soul’s passion, while questioning whether to give his heart to the young and beautiful Ryan Fuller?

Love, laughter, tears, fun, friends, and family—it’s all waiting at Hamburger Mary’s.

 

See excerpt for individual blurbs.

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Fliegende Cupcakes

Rock Bay (Deutsch) | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie – Rock Bay

Tallis Carrington war der König von Rock Bay und hat mit eiserner Faust und seiner Truppe von Handlangern regiert, bis ein Skandal seinen guten Familiennamen ruinierte. Zehn Jahre später ist Tallis pleite, obdachlos und muss den Schandweg aller Schandwege antreten. Er braucht Geld – und das schnell. Rock Bay ist die einzige Heimat, die er kennt. Aber die Menschen in der Stadt haben ihn, den verwöhnten Jock, der er einmal war, nicht vergessen.

Der einzige Mensch in der Stadt, der über seine Vergangenheit hinwegsieht, ist Lex, der Besitzer eines neuen Cafés. Er bietet Tally einen Job an, obwohl er ihn allein wegen seines Rufs zu hassen scheint. Als Tally herausfindet, dass sein neuer Chef der Junge ist, den er in der Schule gequält hat, versteht er endlich sein merkwürdiges Verhalten. Jetzt muss Tally alles dafür tun, um zu beweisen, dass er nie wirklich der Idiot war, den er vorgab zu sein. Und wenn er schon Lex’ Herz für sich gewinnen kann, sollte das mit den restlichen Leuten in der Stadt ein Kinderspiel werden ...

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Smarrito lungo la strada

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Tre mesi dopo aver perso i genitori in un incidente d’auto, il meteorologo di Denver Daniel Whitaker fa ritorno a Laramie, Wyoming. È già abbastanza dura dover gestire un lutto e una relazione di quasi quindici anni ormai al capolinea, e quando trova la sua casa d’infanzia piena di cianfrusaglie, Daniel si trova ancora più in difficoltà. Per sistemare il disordine, chiede l’aiuto di Landon, l’attraente vicino dei suoi genitori. Landon Kushner è una miniera di contraddizioni. Costruisce sculture eoliche servendosi di rottami metallici e ama stare all’aria aperta, ma guida anche una Vespa verde menta e ha un’affinità per il lavoro a maglia e la chiaroveggenza. È stato amico dei genitori di Daniel per anni, ed è più che disposto a dare una mano.

Il loro piano è semplice: sistemare la casa affinché Daniel possa metterla in vendita e tornare alla sua vita a Denver. Ma quando Landon entra in possesso di uno strano ricettario, Daniel inizia a rendersi conto che l’universo, e Nonna B, potrebbero avere altri piani.

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Best-selling thriller author Reese Kelsey knows his career isn’t conducive to romance. He doesn’t work the normal nine-to-five, and sometimes his characters take hold and demand all his attention, causing him to neglect important appointments… and lovers. Rather than go through another heartbreak, Reese contents himself with his small circle of friends—fellow gay New York City artists—and his dedicated publicist, Chad.

Until he sees Owen Mercado lugging his cello toward the subway and impulsively offers him a ride.

Owen has worked long and hard for a career in the symphony, and success comes with a demanding schedule—something Reese understands. Their desires and lifestyles are surprisingly compatible, and Reese and Owen certainly set the bedroom on fire. They’re both carrying baggage, but they fit, and it’s hard not to hope for a future that once seemed impossible. 

But when Reese’s work inevitably pulls him into its dark world and refuses to let go, Owen draws a hard line, and Reese discovers he can't rely on good intentions alone. He will have to control the obsession that drove his other lovers away or risk losing Owen as well.

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