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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.


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.


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. 


High school best friends Toby Billings and Jim Maverick went their separate ways after graduation. Five years later, they meet by chance. Toby needs a ride, and Jim offers to give him one.

During a journey across several states, with stops at roadside diners, state parks, and cheap motels, small talk turns to serious discussions of lives that didn’t turn out the way either of them dreamed. Their choices are catching up to them, and neither is on an innocent summer vacation. Renewing their friendship will mean painful admissions and secrets coming to light. Yet they discover they have more in common now than they ever guessed, and going their separate ways at the trip’s end won’t be easy.

After aimlessly wandering the country, all roads lead back home. But first they must decide what home means.


Das Licht der Liebe


Ein Titel der Herzenssachen Serie

Trevor ist ein umwerfend attraktiver Mann und der erfolgreiche Besitzer einer Kette von Autowerkstätten. Er ist gewöhnt, im Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit zu stehen, bewundert zu werden und zu bekommen, was er will. Vor allem sind das leidenschaftliche Affären ohne Bindung mit Männern, die er in Clubs kennenlernt. Das erwartet er auch, als er James begegnet. Entsprechend groß ist sein Erstaunen, als dieser sich von Trevors unwiderstehlichem Charme völlig unbeeindruckt zeigt. Trevor muss seine Gewohnheiten über Bord werfen und mit James auf einer anderen Ebene in Kontakt treten. Das beginnt damit, dass er anbietet, James nach Hause zu bringen, statt ihn mit seinem zugedröhnten Begleiter fahren zu lassen.

Nachdem James als Kind sein Augenlicht verloren hat, sind seine Möglichkeiten der sozialen Interaktion stark eingeschränkt. Er verbringt den Großteil seiner Zeit mit der Arbeit an einer Blindenschule. Trevors Welt ist ihm fremd. Er hat sich seine Unabhängigkeit schwer erkämpft und auch er weiß, was er will. In diesem Fall bedeutet das, dass er seine Komfortzone verlassen und Trevors Herz erobern muss.

Trevor ist bereit, es zur Abwechslung mit wahrer Liebe und Hingabe zu versuchen. Doch bevor er der Mann werden kann, den James braucht, muss er sich erst den Schatten seiner Vergangenheit stellen.


Certaines choses s’effondrent sous la pression. D’autres sont tempérées par elle. Pour ces trois anciens soldats, une tragédie pourrait devenir le catalyseur qui renforce leur lien, les rendant plus forts que jamais. 

Il y a vingt ans, Richard Horn et Timothy Davenport servaient chez les SEALs et sont devenus amants. Aujourd’hui, ils gèrent leur propre organisation paramilitaire, la Strike Force Omega. Ils travaillent dans l’ombre pour protéger leur pays et ses habitants. Lorsque Tim tombe amoureux d’Eric Newton, un tireur d’élite et stratégiste hors pair, Richard accepte de croire que le cœur de Tim est assez grand pour y accueillir deux hommes. Il respecte, admire et désire assez Eric pour lui faire une place dans leur vie – et leur lit –, mais il n’a jamais partagé la complicité qu’Eric entretient avec Tim. 

Le monde de Richard s’écroule en ne voyant pas revenir Eric d’une mission, capturé par des terroristes. Quelques mois plus tard, il sombre davantage lorsque Tim est gravement blessé à la suite d'une mission qui a mal tourné. Ses partenaires s’en sortent, mais Eric doit faire face à ses démons en surmontant le traumatisme physique et psychologique provoqué par des mois de torture. Sans le soutien de Tim, il se laisse submerger par son stress post-traumatique. Richard doit rapidement trouver une solution pour renforcer le lien entre Eric et lui ou bien Tim se réveillera en plein chaos.


Senza difese

Andare a segno

Un libro della serie Andare a segno

Il futuro di Lane Courtnall appare luminoso: a soli vent’anni è stato scelto dai Sea Storm di Jacksonville, una squadra di un campionato minore affiliato alla NHL, la lega nazionale di hockey su ghiaccio. Essere gay e praticare uno sport dove si scambiano certi insulti lo mette un po’ a disagio. Inoltre, dopo che ha fatto dei commenti senza riflettere, ha finito per alienarsi le simpatie dei compagni di squadra. Durante una partita contro i rivali per eccellenza, decide di dimostrare a tutti il suo valore e getta i guanti a terra per sfidare Jared Shore, enforcer dei Savannah Renegades. È uno strano modo per cominciare una relazione. 

Jared ha trascorso la maggior parte della carriera nelle leghe minori, è bisessuale e non gli importa che gli altri lo sappiano o meno, ma è determinato a evitare una storia seria dopo che l’ultima lo ha lasciato a pezzi. Gli basta una notte con il novellino Lane Courtnall per avere dei ripensamenti. Lane gli rammenta il motivo per cui ama il suo sport e gli fa capire che vale la pena rischiare per amore. Jared spera invece di mostrare a Lane come sentirsi a suo agio nella propria pelle, sul ghiaccio e fuori. Ma si trovano in momenti diversi delle loro carriere, ed entrambi dovranno decidere a cosa tengono di più.


Going Off Grid

States of Love | North Dakota
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Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.

Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?

What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?


States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.


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Der Inselarzt

Die Insel

Ein Titel der Die Insel Serie

Seit fünf Jahren ist Dr. Jeff Martin nun schon als Landarzt auf der Isle of Wight, doch die Tatsache, dass er schwul ist, behält er lieber für sich. Nur heimlich fährt er seinen Partner Tris besuchen. Als er jedoch herausfindet, dass der ihn betrogen hat, beendet er die Beziehung. Wenig später trifft Jeff auf Cameron Gillard, der auf der Insel aufgewachsen ist. Cameron ist bodenständig und lebhaft und noch besser: Er gibt ihm das Gefühl, die wichtigste Person in seinem Leben zu sein. Unter Camerons Zuwendung blüht Jeff richtig auf und er beschließt, sich vor seinen Kollegen und Freunden zu outen.

Gerade als alles gut läuft, taucht aus dem Nichts Tris wieder auf. Jeff hat kein Interesse mehr an ihm, doch davon muss er wohl gleich zwei Männer überzeugen: Tris, der nicht glauben kann, dass es Jeff mit der Trennung ernst ist – und Cameron, der seine Eifersucht kaum verbergen kann. 

Für Jeff ist klar: Der einzige Mann, den er in seinem Leben will, ist Cameron. Jetzt muss er es ihm nur noch beweisen … 


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Jamie Stevens est criblé de dettes, mais en se rendant à la bibliothèque ce jour-là, il ne s’attendait absolument pas à tomber sur un bon samaritain lui proposant comme par magie de régler tous ses problèmes d’argent.

Au début, bien sûr, Jamie est méfiant, qui ne le serait pas ? Mais très vite, il réalise que Guy, son bienfaiteur, est simplement un homme riche et foncièrement bon, qui s’est fait la promesse d’aider son prochain. Il s’avère également que Guy est gay, mais cela n’a pas d’importance, et de toute façon, Jamie n’est pas intéressé. Du moins… c’est ce qu’il croit.

De son côté, Guy est simplement heureux de pouvoir venir en aide au jeune Jamie, d’autant plus que le courant passe tout de suite très bien entre eux. Mais à mesure qu’ils passent du temps ensemble, le regard de Guy sur le jeune homme commence à changer, et petit à petit, ce qui était censé n’être qu’une bonne action prend des airs de romance… 


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A single moment—or a single mistake—can change everything.

When Captain James Lee Hooker and his lover, Sergeant Easy Jacobs, were in the Army, they made a mistake that got a young soldier hurt. Three years later, they’re civilians again, living far apart, haunted by what they lost. Now that young soldier needs their help.

With his grandmother’s one-eyed Chihuahua riding shotgun, James Lee climbs into Easy’s pickup for a trip across the American Southwest. They set out to rescue a friend, but their journey transforms them with the power of forgiveness. 


Bloqué avec le désir

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #15

Quand leur avion s’écrasa, leur désir s’envola.

Le PDG Maine Braxton et son assistant inestimable, Colby, ne réalisent pas qu’ils partagent un profond secret : ils sont amoureux – de l’autre. Ce secret aurait pu ne jamais éclater au grand jour, sans un terrifiant crash aérien dans la chaîne des Cascades qui change tout. 

Dans une lutte pour la survie, les deux hommes affrontent des ours, des tempêtes, et une crue potentiellement mortelle pour se sortir vivants des régions sauvages. La proximité de la mort leur fait réaliser l’importance de l'amour par rapport aux convenances. Des confessions émergent. Des passions s'enflamment. Ils échappent à la nature sauvage, renaissants et ouvertement amoureux.

Quand ils reviennent à la civilisation, cependant, des forces complotent déjà pour éteindre leur romance de courte durée et gâcher tout ce qu’ils se sont tous les deux donné tant de mal à accomplir.


Kevin Bivanti sogna da sempre di aprire una boutique di meravigliosi abiti nuziali, il posto in cui ogni promessa sposa possa sentirsi adorata. A trentotto anni, lascia una carriera di successo nel mondo della pubblicità per acquistare una vecchia brownstone in un quartiere prestigioso di Boston e realizzare il suo sogno. Quando uno dei suoi finanziatori è costretto a ritirarsi, il fato interviene presentandogli Casper James, un pasticciere che spera di aprire un’attività in proprio e che si rende disponibile a correre il rischio. Le loro ambizioni si fondono in una combinazione di boutique per abiti da sposa e pasticceria per torte nuziali. 

I lavori di ristrutturazione della brownstone, la relazione con l’ex marito, i drammi familiari con le madri e l’ansia per i cambiamenti sconvolgenti della sua vita spingono Kevin sull’orlo di un crollo nervoso. In mezzo allo stress e alla preoccupazione, Casper diventa qualcosa di più di un socio in affari e la loro reciproca attrazione rende più intense le emozioni, mettendo però a repentaglio l’attività.

Proprio quando i loro sogni sono sul punto di trasformarsi in realtà, Kevin e Casper devono trovare il coraggio di affrontare lo stress che deriva dal loro rapporto, l’incertezza di una nuova avventura imprenditoriale e il ripresentarsi dei demoni personali di Kevin.


Nachos und Kirschen

Mary's Boys (Deutsch)

Ein Titel der Mary`s Boys Serie

Darwin Michaels lebt seine Träume in Denver, der Mile High City. Obwohl die Stadt den perfekten Job, fabelhaftes Essen und eine Vielzahl an Dating-Möglichkeiten bietet, verliert Darwin langsam die Hoffnung, dass er den richtigen Mann finden wird. Den, der sein Interesse für mehr als einen One-Night-Stand wecken kann – bis er Cody Russell sieht.

Cody hat gerade sein Lebensziel erreicht: Nichts wie raus aus Kansas! Auf einen Streich ergattert er einen Job bei Hamburger Mary’s, findet eine neue Familie und bekommt die Chance, mit anderen Schwulen zusammen zu sein! Das Einzige, das fehlt, ist jemand Besonderes. Aber als Darwin sein Interesse zeigt, ist Cody sich sicher, dass es zu schön ist, um wahr zu sein. Was kann Darwin schließlich schon in dem Schulabbrecher sehen, der ihm Nachos serviert?

Während Darwin sich verliebt, kämpft Cody damit, seinen eigenen Wert zu erkennen. Als seine Vergangenheit das zerbrechliche Leben bedroht, das er sich gerade aufbaut, verliert Cody sich in einem Moment dunkler Verzweiflung. Aber Darwin ist entschlossen, Cody zu zeigen, dass Liebe, Familie und ein Zuhause auf ihn warten ... wird Cody akzeptieren, was ihm angeboten wird?


Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past.

A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand.

Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind. With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas… and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.


Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don’t fall in love with your best friend.

NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.

When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.

It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.


Heart of Glass

Lawyers In Love

Lawyers In Love

Fear of being like his unfaithful father has put high walls around senior litigator Asher Caldwell’s heart. Can former district attorney Zach Richardson knock them down to reveal the passionate man beneath the commitment-phobic workaholic, or will Zach’s own jealousy destroy what they’re trying to build?

A new life and a new love—that’s what Zach’s hoping for when he leaves the DA’s office and lets his friends give him a makeover. But the jury’s still out on whether the experiment was a success. His new look gets the attention of his boss and secret crush, Asher Caldwell, and leads to a seduction. Unfortunately, to Zach’s horror he learns that Asher assumed he was a paid escort. Asher is equally mortified to discover he had sex with an employee. Even so, the encounter meant a lot to both men, and they want to give dating a shot. Their romance born out of mistaken identity might work if Zack can trust Asher to be satisfied with the love of only one man… and if Asher can trust himself.


Lawyers in Love

Lawyers In Love

Lawyers In Love: The Collection

When it comes to love, the trials aren’t only in the courtroom.

The legal profession is a challenging—and often stressful—one, and all work and no play leads to frustration for the men who dedicate their lives to justice. Luckily they find time to let off steam as things heat up in both the courtroom and behind the scenes. A secret holiday admirer might lead to a friend turned lover. A romantic confession might help a closeted man escape his father’s control and find happiness on his own terms. A former district attorney wants to help his workaholic boss relax, but his boss thinks he’s a paid escort! Along the way, these hardworking men might make partner… or better yet, find a partner to love and their own happily ever after when the gavel falls.

Includes Santa's Naughty Helper, Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows, and Heart of Glass.


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