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Le professeur Dane Bernard est un aimable géant, apprécié de tous au lycée de Summitville. Il a une épouse magnifique, deux enfants et de bons rapports avec le personnel et les étudiants. Pourtant Dane a un secret qu’il espère garder caché pour le reste de sa vie : il est gay.

Quand il perd sa femme, Dane affronte enfin son désir pour les hommes. Et un nouveau professeur, Seth Wolcott, attire immédiatement son regard. Seth, de son côté, se reconstruit, léchant ses blessures après une rupture. La dernière chose qu’il veut c’est s’engager dans une nouvelle relation… mais quand il aperçoit Dane lors de son premier jour à l’école de Summitville, son attirance est immédiate et électrique.

Alors que les deux hommes entament une danse de découverte et une nouvelle idylle, ils sont poussés à venir en aide à un étudiant homosexuel harcelé : Truman Reid. Celui-ci est ouvertement gay et fier de l’être, ce que tout le monde dans le lycée de sa petite ville n’approuve pas. Tandis que les deux hommes tentent d’aider Truman à ignorer les harceleurs et à s’aimer sans réserve, ils tirent tous des leçons bouleversantes sur le coming out, l’acceptation, les peines de cœur et la chance de tomber amoureux.

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De la nourriture pour l'esprit

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine, numéro hors série

Emmett Gant avait l’intention de dire à son père quelque chose de vraiment important un dimanche matin… Mais son père est décédé avant qu’il ait pu le lui dire. À présent, près de trois ans plus tard, il ne semble pas savoir avec qui il devrait être… la fille aux joues comme des pommes et son impressionnante famille ou Keegan, son voisin narquois, qui ne voit jamais sa famille, mais qui le rend vraiment heureux juste en venant discuter avec lui.

Emmett a vraiment besoin de clarté.

Heureusement pour lui, la mère de son meilleur ami a un livre de cuisine qui promet de lui donner de la bonne nourriture et de la perspicacité. Emmett est intrigué. Le livre le suit chez lui et Keegan et lui décident de faire la recette « Pour plus de clarté » et ce qui s’ensuit est à la fois très clair et un peu surprenant, surtout pour la petite amie d’Emmett. Ce dernier va devoir réfléchir à son passé et à la chose vraiment importante qu’il n’a pas pu dire à son père s’il veut obtenir la recette de l’amour juste.

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Eine lockere Sache

Will & Patrick (Deutsch) | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Will & Patrick

Patrick Mason fährt nach Bristol, um dort den Sommer mit seinem Bruder Ben zu verbringen. Er ist zwei Wochen lang sein Katzensitter, während Ben im Urlaub ist. Aber Ben vergaß zu erwähnen, dass Patrick nicht alleine in der Wohnung sein würde. Will Adams – Bens Kumpel und seit langer Zeit Patricks Schwarm – okkupiert Bens Gästezimmer, bis er nach einer Trennung in sein neues Haus ziehen kann.

Wider besseren Wissens überzeugt Patrick Will davon, dass ein wenig Spaß ohne Verpflichtungen genau das ist, was sie brauchen. Patrick will sich nicht mit jemanden einlassen, der noch seiner letzten Beziehung hinterhertrauert, und Will ist nicht daran interessiert, eine ernsthafte Beziehung mit einem Studenten anzufangen. Aber Patrick war nie gut darin, Sex und Gefühle zu trennen, und dieses Mal bildet keine Ausnahme. Als ihre zwei gemeinsamen Wochen zu Ende gehen, müssen sie entscheiden, ob es zwischen ihnen etwas gibt, was es wert ist, vertieft zu werden, oder ob es wirklich nur eine lockere Sache ist.

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Sutphin Boulevard (Italiano)

Serie I cinque distretti

Un libro della Serie I cinque distretti

Michael Rodriguez e Nunzio Medici sono amici da due decenni. Sono sempre stati sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda: da quando hanno deciso di fuggire dalle loro famiglie disfunzionali del quartiere della classe operaia di South Jamaica, nel Queens, fino a insegnare in una delle scuole più accessibili alla comunità LGBTQ di Brooklyn. O così credono, finché una notte soffocante passata a ballare li porta a un incontro inaspettato che cambierà per sempre la loro amicizia.

Ora, i tocchi distratti e gli sguardi prolungati trasudano tensione sessuale, e Michael non riesce a dimenticare cosa si prova ad avere addosso le mani del suo migliore amico. Quando i problemi sul lavoro e a casa si accumulano, Michael cerca una costante via di fuga nella naturale intimità e nella sorprendente affinità che lui e Nunzio condividono a letto. Quella soluzione così semplice, però, non è destinata a durare.

Quando il suo mondo comincia a sgretolarsi in un mare di tragedie e complicazioni, Michael sa di dover fare una scelta: rassegnarsi a percorrere la strada verso l’autodistruzione o accettare l’amore dell’uomo che è stato al suo fianco per vent’anni.

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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences, they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

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Delve into some of Rick R. Reed’s classic feel-good romances with this bundle. In Chaser, self-proclaimed chubby chaser Caden DeSarro finds in the perfect man in stocky, bearded Kevin Dodge, and a one-night stand leads into the relationship they’ve both dreamed off. But when Caden returns from a business trip to find Kevin with a new body makeover, is this really the same man he fell in love with? In Hungry for Love, Nate Tippie’s curious sister Hannah and kooky best friend Marilyn set up an online profile on a gay dating site, with Nate as the model. When Brandon Wilde falls in love with the man he’s been chatting with, Nate and Brandon just might have a chance at the love they’ve been searching for—if they can find their way out of the mess Hannah and Marilyn have made!

When the state of Washington finally makes gay marriage legal, Duncan Taylor proposes to his boyfriend, and doesn’t get the answer he’d been hoping for, in Legally Wed. Giving up on love, Duncan determines to marry gay-man-loving Marilyn instead, but wedding planner Peter Dalrymple may be just the solution Duncan has been yearning for. And in Dinner at Fiorello’s, Henry Appleby’s family has his life all planned out for him, but he takes a chance at living a bit of his dream with a summer job at Fiorello’s. Vito Carelli, a chef at Fiorello’s, has a tragic past, but when these two cooks collide in the kitchen, they might just find what they need to break free.

 

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Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now Luca’s home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.

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Breaking Bonds

Walker Boys
Dreamspun Desires | #35

The Walker Boys

From the frying pan into the fire.

After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.

At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

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Frank at Heart

Foothills Pride Stories

A Foothills Pride Story

Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband.

Then handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry, come into his life. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.

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Blue Notes (Italiano)

Blue Notes (Italiano)

Un libro della serie Blue Notes

Forse è colpa del jet lag. Jason Greene pensava di avere tutto dalla vita: il lavoro dei suoi sogni in un rinomato studio legale di Filadelfia, una fidanzata bellissima, e tanti soldi da non sapere neppure come spenderli. Quando scopre la futura sposa a letto con un altro, è costretto a riconsiderare la sua vita e tutte le scelte fatte fino ad allora. Senza quasi riflettere, deciso a fuggire da tutto e da tutti, prende un aereo per Parigi, con la speranza di trovare lì un po’ di pace. 

Ma il periodo di riposo di Jason si tramuta in un viaggio del cuore quando incontra Jules, un violinista jazz in difficoltà e con un grosso peso sulle spalle. Nella città dell’amore, non ci vuole molto prima che i due si trovino a dividere il letto. Eppure, come entrambi capiranno presto, nessuno può sfuggire al proprio passato. Prima o poi, dovranno guardare in faccia la realtà.

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Elpida

Elpida | Book Three

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Elpida: Book Three

Michael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts. With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy’s rescue. He couldn’t be more wrong. 

Christy has been free from a life of slavery for more than a year and has made remarkable progress due in no small part to the love he found with Michael. But the recent prosecution of a past abuser has shattered the life he so painstakingly built out of nothing but a mountain of horror. He now faces the daunting task of building a new life—yet again.

Twelve-year-old Thimi has been missing since Christy left Greece and, unbeknownst to everyone, has hidden out in a vacant mansion in Glyfada. Learning of Christy’s survival is the only thing that brings him out of hiding. People, open spaces, even the most common of sounds frighten him beyond reason. A mere ghost of a boy, Thimi arrives in the US with no knowledge of the outside world—the only constant in his life a purple marble.

Lost, shattered, and afraid, only hope gives them the strength and courage they need to begin anew.

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Violence is hard to escape because of the scars it leaves—on the body, the mind, and the heart.

Small, skinny, and timid, Matt is the school’s punching bag. He suffers in silence and holds no hope anyone will come to his aid. The last thing on his mind is finding someone special. He’s sure it’s impossible, so why bother trying?

Shane is no stranger to pain. At his old school, he broke a football player’s arms for tormenting his friend, and with his size and multiple tattoos, he looks every bit the thug everyone—Matt included—assumes he is.

Building trust isn’t easy, but a sweet yet passionate romance slowly unfolds. Their road isn’t without bumps, but Matt and Shane navigate them together, finding happiness and security in each other—until another act of violence and its aftermath threatens to tear their lives—and their love—apart once and for all. But like the symbols etched into Shane’s skin, some things are made to last.

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Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.

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Secured and Free

Entwined Dreams | Book Two

Entwined Dreams: Book Two

An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues. 

Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet he can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level. 

But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?

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2nd Edition

After winning Olympic gold four years ago, Justin retired from swimming, and he’s been floundering ever since. The Fourth of July finds him contemplating doing something stupid, so Justin calls up his former coach, Chris Jarvis. To his surprise, Coach answers.

When Justin retired, Chris cut all ties with the swimmer he’d fallen in love with. He never wanted Justin to love him just because it was easy. But he’s been waiting for Justin to reach out, and he’ll gladly take Justin back into his life.

When he finds out Justin is drowning in a pool of self-doubt and the belief that his happy years are behind him, Chris realizes he made a mistake letting go so suddenly, and that Justin needs structure and a firm, dominant hand to keep him on the right track. It’s time to remedy that error—as long as he can convince Justin that it’s really love.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2013.

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Blaue Tage

Mangrove Stories (Deutsch)

Ein Titel der Mangrove Stories Serie

Sich in einen Kollegen zu vergucken, ist selten eine gute Idee, speziell für einen Mann, der eine letzte Chance bekommt, seine Karriere zu retten. Doch von dem Moment an, in dem Dwyer Knolls dem gutaussehenden, aber unbeholfenen Takeo Hiroyuki begegnet, scheint er nur noch die falschen Entscheidungen zu treffen.

Takeos Leben besteht aus einer Reihe vergeblicher Versuche, seinen konservativen japanischen Vater zufrieden zu stellen. Unglücklicherweise ist die erfolgreiche Ausübung seines Jobs genauso schwierig für ihn wie der Wechsel von homo- zu heterosexuell. Aber ein Augenmerk auf Dwyer Knolls zu haben – darin ist er wirklich gut.

Auf einer Geschäftsreise nach Mangrove, Florida, wird aus Takeos` und Dwyers zögerlicher Freundschaft plötzlich mehr – viel mehr. Ist ihre Liebe stark genug, um ihre Karrieren dafür zu riskieren, oder haben sie die plötzliche, intensive Leidenschaft nur der lauen Brise des blauen Ozeans zu verdanken?

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Segreti di provincia

Holly Creek (Italiano) | Libro 2

Serie Holly Creek, Libro 2

Jefferson Lee Davis, il nuovo responsabile alle pubbliche relazioni di Holly Creek, si sta preparando per il prossimo grande evento in città, la Fiera delle Rose. Il lavoro fila liscio, ma il cammino del vero amore si presenta irto di difficoltà. Il suo bel fidanzato, lo sceriffo Zane Yarbrough, riceve delle misteriose telefonate di cui non vuole discutere. E mentre Jefferson Lee viene colto dalla gelosia, un misterioso e affascinante straniero si intrufola nella piccola comunità. In cerca di risposte, Jefferson Lee coinvolge la sua migliore amica Clover Crofton, che lo aiuta a ideare un piano per svelare i segreti dello sceriffo. Ma i due amici finiscono nei guai, mettendo alla prova la relazione tra Jefferson e Zane, che dovranno affrontare i loro problemi di fiducia. E forse anche Clover si troverà a imparare una cosetta o due.

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Newly turned thirty, Cameron North is preparing himself to spend his life alone. When he inherits his great-aunt's teashop on the remote island of Farlough, he returns for the first time in more than a dozen years to a place where memories—and demons—flit close to the surface of his mind. There he meets Gwyneth, a sassy barista who becomes his instant best friend—until Cam discovers she’s the wife of his first love, Matthias. She has only the best of intentions when she arranges a reunion between the two men, and it forces them to finally discuss why Cam left the island so long ago.

With his heart broken anew, Cam retreats to his great-aunt’s house—where he learns he is not alone. Someone—or something—has pledged an oath to look out for Cam, and as he investigates the presence, he uncovers wounds that both he and his mysterious guardian sought to escape by coming to Farlough. Now Cam must figure out how to heal them—and himself.

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