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Cosa accadrebbe se il tuo primo amore scomparisse e fosse dichiarato morto, ma tornasse vent’anni più tardi?

Questo il dilemma che Cole Weston è costretto ad affrontare. Ormai felicemente sposato con Tommy D’Amico, si ritrova catapultato in un presente surreale quando il suo primo amore, Rory Schneidmiller, ricompare inaspettatamente.

Dov’è stato Rory fino a quel momento? Ha viaggiato nel tempo? Cosa gli è successo vent’anni prima, quando una strana massa è comparsa nel cielo notturno e lo ha condotto nello spazio? Rory non ricorda niente di quel periodo. Per lui è come se fossero trascorsi solo pochi giorni.

Rory ama ancora Cole con la tipica passione del primo amore. E Cole non ha mai dimenticato Rory, ma Tommy è sempre stato la sua roccia, sempre al suo fianco da quando Rory è scomparso.

Cole è costretto a scegliere tra un idealizzato e passionale primo amore e il conforto di un lungo matrimonio. Come farà a decidere? Chi mai si trova ad affrontare un dilemma del genere? La risposta potrebbe nascondersi tra le stelle…

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Cole et Rory ont la plus parfaite des vies. Ils sont jeunes, amoureux, vivent dans un appartement qu’ils adorent et sont aussi heureux qu’on puisse rêver de l’être. Jusqu’au jour ou Rory disparaît sans laisser de traces.

Pour Cole, le monde s’effondre. Tout déraille et il plonge dans une spirale de souffrances et de destruction qu’il ne parvient pas à enrayer, jusqu’à ce que Tommy d’Amico, un bel italien, rentre dans sa vie avec fracas. Tommy peut être la clef de la guérison, si Cole est prêt à guérir. Mais l’est-il ?

Pour Tommy, Cole est un défi. Il veut réparer son cœur brisé et lui apporter le bonheur auquel ils ont droit tous les deux, il le sait.

Mais peut-on se remettre d’une disparition aussi mystérieuse ? Et Cole le veut-il vraiment ?

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Shoulder Season

World of Love | Iceland

Two young men from two different countries find a common language as they recover from broken hearts and broken bones. Can they rebuild their lives together?

Ben’s boyfriend has not only dumped him, he’s also cancelled their mutual travel plans. Since Ben has the time off and the money saved up, he decides to travel anyway, and based on a last-minute, very inexpensive red-eye airline fare, ends up in Reykjavik, Iceland.

He’s ill-prepared for the weather and knows nothing about the country, so he considers flying home the next day. Except his new neighbor, Solvin, a local Icelander who is currently on leave from work due to a car accident, shows up with a cane and shoulder sling and literally falls into Ben’s apartment. It’s the beginning of an adventure that might show Ben how good life can be… and that coming home sometimes means traveling halfway around the world.

 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Bad Behavior

Bad in Baltimore | Book Five

Bad in Baltimore: Book Five

In a life time of yes, no is the sexiest word he’s ever heard.

After one too many misunderstandings with the law, wealthy and spoiled David Beauchamp finds himself chained to the city by the GPS and alcohol sensor strapped to his ankle. Awaiting trial, cut off from usual forms of entertainment, he goes looking for a good time—and winds up with his hands full, in more ways than one. The situation only gets more complicated when he’s summoned for a random drug test and comes face-to-face with the dominant man who took him for one hell of a ride the night before.  

Probation Officer Tai Fonoti is used to handling other people’s problems, but he’s horrified when one of the extra clients his boss dumps on him is the sweet piece of ass he screwed the night before. It makes getting a urine sample a pretty loaded situation. Tai’s unique brand of discipline has Beach craving more. But while Tai relishes laying down the law in the bedroom, the letter of the law stands between them and kinkily ever after….

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishers Inc., December 2014.

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Mariés surprise

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #20

Ce qui se passe à Las Vegas ne reste pas toujours à Las Vegas.

Cody Hayes est en train de vivre un lendemain de soirée épique. La gueule de bois qui suit l’enterrement de vie de garçon n’a rien de nouveau, pas plus que l’homme nu dans son lit.

Son mariage apparent, c’est une autre histoire.

Planifier soigneusement chaque détail de sa vie a conduit Julian Canales à un poste de sénateur, en tant qu’homme ouvertement gay. Une soirée alcoolisée à jouer à Action ou Vérité ne lui ressemble pas… et encore moins épouser un homme qu’il vient juste de rencontrer. Il pourrait demander une annulation, mais les médias ont vent de son mariage précipité. Si la carrière politique de Julian veut survivre, il doit rester marié à un homme qui est son parfait opposé.

Maintenant, il doit convaincre Cody que tout ce qu’il leur reste à faire, c’est survivre à un rival politique conservateur, à un ex au cœur brisé, à leurs passés douloureux… et à une attirance qu’aucun des deux hommes ne peut combattre. 

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The Missing Ingredient

Dreamspun Desires | #63

It can take losing everything to realize what you had all along.

Up-and-coming London chef Marcus Vine is poised on the edge of success, but the only men courting him are investors. That leaves Marcus with some free time—which is fortunate, because his godchildren need him.  

A year ago, a horrible accident killed Marcus’s best friend, Raine, leaving her children without a mother and her husband, Tom, without a partner. Consumed by grief, Tom has been going it alone, refusing help, but when Marcus sees him out with the children, it’s obvious that Tom and his two daughters need someone. His persistent caring finally wears Tom down, allowing him to accept the comfort Marcus offers. Soon Marcus is up to his elbows in homework, home-cooked meals, and after-school activities. Over time he helps them rebuild their world, until soon their lives are approaching normal.

Then the unexpected happens: Tom confesses he has romantic feelings for Marcus, and nothing can ever be the same.

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Meet Me in Shanghai

World of Love | China - Shanghai

What are the odds of meeting your perfect match in a city of twenty-four million people—halfway around the world?

Software engineer Jeff has never set foot outside North America when his company sends him to Shanghai. It’s daunting to say the least, and Jeff is soon lost. He’s rescued by Chinese American banker Greg—a man who immediately sparks Jeff’s desire. But in a city so large and chaotic, what are the chances that they’ll bump into each other again?

When they do, a vigorous friendship forms despite Greg’s devotion to his high-powered—and high-stress—career. Both men want more, but Greg never takes things further, and Jeff’s time in China is running out. Soon he has only one night left. Will it be a last night together as friends… or the beginning of something that can last despite the distance between them?

 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.  

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Kevin Bivanti träumt davon, eine eigene Boutique zu eröffnen und Brautkleider zu verkaufen – ganz besondere Kleider, in denen sich jede Braut wunderschön fühlt. Er ist schon achtunddreißig Jahre alt, als er endlich seinen Job in der Werbeindustrie aufgibt und ein altes Backsteinhaus im modischen Einkaufsbezirk von Boston erwirbt, um diesen Traum zu verwirklichen. Doch dann steigt einer seiner Geschäftspartner aus und das Schicksal nimmt seinen Lauf. Kevin trifft Casper James, der auch einen Traum hat: Er möchte eines Tages seine eigene Bäckerei eröffnen. Casper ist bereit, das Risiko einzugehen und mit Kevin zusammen das alte Haus zu kaufen, um gemeinsam eine Boutique für Brautkleider und eine Bäckerei für Hochzeitstorten zu eröffnen.

Dazu sind allerdings umfangreiche Renovierungen nötig. Eine Affäre mit seinem ehemaligen Ehemann, Familiendrama mit seinen Müttern und der Stress, sich ein vollkommen neues Leben aufzubauen, treiben Kevin an den Rand des Zusammenbruchs. Mitten in all dem Chaos und der Unsicherheit wird aus Casper mehr als nur ein Geschäftspartner. Doch die Beziehung, die sich zwischen den beiden Männern entwickelt, birgt ihre eigenen Risiken.

Als der große Tag endlich näher rückt und die Eröffnung kurz bevorsteht, müssen Kevin und Casper den Mut finden, sich ihrer neuen Beziehung zu stellen und unerwartete Hindernisse aus dem Weg zu räumen, die ihre Geschäftsidee gefährden. Und sie müssen die Wiederauferstehung von Kevins persönlichen Dämonen bekämpfen.

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Les contes de Pennymaker, numéro hors série

Wendell Darling, surnommé Wen, mène une vie cousue de responsabilités toutes plus lourdes les unes que les autres. Abandonné par son père, un comptable insensible, et par sa mère, une artiste à l’esprit fragile, il est contraint de subvenir aux besoins de son frère et de sa sœur. Il n’a d’autre choix que de brimer sa créativité en s’échinant soixante-dix heures par semaine dans une agence de communication au sein de laquelle son supérieur, un homme incompétent, s’attribue sans aucun scrupule, tous les mérites de son travail.  

Le jour où l’agence manque de perdre l’un de ses plus gros clients, Wen a enfin l’occasion de sortir de l’ombre et de prouver sa valeur, mais pour cela, il faut d’abord qu’il retrouve le mystérieux artiste qui a réalisé la gigantesque et incroyable fresque en graffiti dans le métro.

Dissimulé derrière un pilier à deux heures du matin, Wen se retrouve nez à nez avec l’étrange peintre et leader du groupe les Lost Boys, Peter Panachek. Peter est le parfait opposé de Wen. Il arbore une chevelure rouge écarlate, une physionomie androgyne, quasi elfique, et vit sa vie au jour le jour sans se soucier des conséquences. La personnalité grave et sérieuse de Wen le fait rire, mais ne dit-on pas que les opposés s’attirent ? Les deux jeunes hommes oscillent continuellement entre caresses et disputes, mais il devient très vite évident que l’attitude désinvolte de Peter n’est qu’une armure qui dissimule un nombre incalculable de peurs et de secrets trop bien gardés. 

Puis, survient Vadon Hooker, un dealer de drogue qui menace de mettre en danger tout ce qui est cher à Wen. Aidé de l’énigmatique Monsieur Pennymaker, Peter va devoir choisir entre faire face à ses responsabilités, ou bien s’enfoncer toujours plus loin au cœur du Pays Imaginaire… 

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Un libro della serie Più che…

Jay Reynolds ha preso una cotta per Peter Morgan, il suo capo progetto, ma è improbabile che nasca una storia d’amore in ufficio, dato che l’uomo è etero. Anzi, Jay teme che Peter sia omofobo, perciò la sua infatuazione è presto rimpiazzata dal disprezzo. Una notte, però, Jay è costretto a rivedere tutte le sue supposizioni. Quello che succede riaccende la sua attrazione per Peter e, incredibile ma vero, anche il suo capo è interessato a lui.

Per Jay quella relazione senza impegno diventa insostenibile quando si rende conto che sta iniziando a innamorarsi dell’uomo. Un passato tormentato impedisce tuttavia a Peter di legarsi a qualcuno. Jay dovrà decidere se potrà accontentarsi di un’amicizia o dovrà spronare Peter a cogliere tutto ciò che lui ha da offrirgli.

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Broken Rules

Mended Hearts

A Mended Hearts Novel

Sanyam Desai is a Dom, a master of his craft. He knows exactly how to make a person beg, and he does it for a living, but he has no idea how to be in love.

Sterling Reynard is in desperate need of manners and someone who cares enough to take him in hand, but he knows he’ll never be loved.

When Sterling’s world crumbles around him, he turns to the one person who’s never asked for anything from him but his trust. But their relationship is built on quicksand, and one careless word will bring the whole thing down.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Surviving senior year is hard enough. Saving a friend might be impossible.

When longtime friends Raine and Amelia meet new student Mel, a shameless flirt and open lesbian, it casts their feelings for each other in a different light. Soon the affection between the three girls grows into an attraction they’re eager to explore.

But even as new love blooms, a secret Amelia’s been hiding for years demands their attention. Amelia has an eating disorder, and even if she’s in denial, the disease is threatening her health—and her life. She’ll need the support of her friends to recover as the relationship faces its first test… one they must pass before it’s too late for Amelia.

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Der kürzliche Tod seiner Frau hat den Polizisten Evan Cerelli aus der Bahn geworfen und wenn er seine vier Kinder anblickt, sieht er nur, wie er ihnen nicht gerecht wird. Seine liebevolle Frau hatte sich um sie gekümmert und sie erzogen, und jetzt fühlt der alleinerziehende Vater sich erdrückt von dem Schmerz des Verlustes und der schweren Verantwortung, seine Kinder großzuziehen.

Auf das Drängen seiner Partnerin hin feiert Evan den Ruhestand eines Kollegen und trifft den ehemaligen, in Ungnade gefallenen Polizisten, Matt Haight, der inzwischen als Sicherheitsberater arbeitet. Es stellt sich heraus, dass die Freundschaft, die aus Einsamkeit und dem Trost der Flasche entsteht, genau das ist, was beide brauchen.

Das vergangene Jahr war ein langsamer Tod für Matt Haight. Von seiner geliebten Polizeitruppe geächtet, sieht er sich mittlerem Lebensalter und konstanter Einsamkeit gegenüber und außer einem schwarzen Loch kann er in seiner Zukunft nichts erkennen. Als er in Evan eine andere verlorene Seele findet, setzen sich ein paar Teile, die er verloren geglaubt hatte, wieder zusammen. Ihre Freundschaft verwandelt sich in etwas Tiefergehendes, aber Liebe ist das letzte, was die beiden Männer erwartet haben und beide haben Schwierigkeiten damit, ihre neuen und überwältigenden Gefühle füreinander mit sich in Einklang zu bringen.

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Three Months to Forever

World of Love | China - Hong Kong

Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipates how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated, intriguing man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….

But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and the difficult dynamics with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three months into forever.

 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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When He Was Bad

Coconut Cove | Book Three

Coconut Cove: Book Three

Lights, camera… wardrobe?

Coconut Cove is television’s newest hot sensation. The glitzy teen drama set in the beach lover’s paradise of Key West is the talk of every gossip rag eager for dirt and hookup news on the hot young actors—like Levi Phillips, who plays the show’s resident bad boy.

Levi’s attraction to costume designer Whit heads into high romance when Whit orders Levi out of his clothes—in an attempt to save Levi from heat exhaustion, of course.

Sassy Whit knows just how to dress, and undress, Levi, and soon the sexy duo are steaming it up offscreen, which is no surprise to their friends and castmates.

But love in the public eye is complicated, and rumors pose challenges that can threaten careers and love….

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A Fool and His Manny

The Mannies | Book Four
Dreamspun Desires | #62

The Mannies

Seeing the truth and falling in love.

Dustin Robbins-Grayson was a surly adolescent when Quinlan Gregory started the nanny gig. After a rocky start, he grew into Quinlan's friend and confidant—and a damned sexy man.

At twenty-one, Dusty sees how Quinlan sacrificed his own life and desires to care for Dusty’s family. He’s ready to claim Quinlan—he's never met a kinder, more capable, more lovable man. Or a lonelier one. Quinlan has spent his life as the stranger on the edge of the photograph, but Dusty wants Quinlan to be the center of his world. First he has to convince Quinlan he’s an adult, their love is real, and Quinlan can be more than a friend and caregiver. Can he show Quin that he deserves to be both a man and a lover, and that in Dusty’s eyes, he’s never been “just the manny?”

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Dix ans auparavant, le Shérif adjoint Aaron George a perdu sa femme et a déménagé à Colton, pensant qu’il serait mieux pour ses enfants de grandir dans une petite ville. Il a appris à connaître sa communauté, y compris monsieur Larkin, le sympathique et dynamique professeur de sciences. Lorsqu’on l’oblige à prendre un poste de direction, Larx arrête d’entraîner l’équipe de course à pied et commence à courir en solitaire. Aaron, qui pensait que la vie commençait et se terminait avec ses enfants, est distrait par une poitrine brillante et un principal courant sur une route dangereuse.

Larx a vécu, lui aussi, pour ses enfants… et ses étudiants du lycée de Colton. Il n’est pas prêt à être charmé par Aaron, cependant, lorsqu’ils commencent à courir ensemble, il apprécie la solidité du représentant de la loi, son humour et sa compréhension parfaite de ses priorités : les enfants d’abord, le travail ensuite et enfin, arrivant tristement en dernier, ses propres intérêts.

Il suffit d’un baiser pour que les deux hommes, approchant de la cinquantaine, commencent à se comporter comme des adolescents amoureux, même avec toutes leurs responsabilités. Puis un acte violent met en danger leur relation naissante. Leurs responsabilités sont maintenant essentielles pour empêcher leur ville d’exploser. Lorsque les choses deviennent critiques, ils réalisent que leur famille nouvellement forgée pourrait être ce qui empêche leur monde d’échapper à tout contrôle.

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The Edge

The Underground Club

An Underground Club Tale

Submissive Joshua has struggled with his addiction to pain for years—something Dom Nash knew when he took Joshua on. Nash also knew their path wouldn’t be an easy one, but through commitment and determination, he peels back Joshua’s layers one by one, revealing a horrific history of abuse and neglect that spans Joshua’s entire life. Nash wants nothing more than to gain Joshua’s trust and help him find the happiness that’s eluded him so long.

Providing structure and discipline is only part of what Joshua will need on his way to recovery. He’ll need the help of Dr. Hobson and their close friends at the Underground BDSM Club to help hold Joshua together as he faces the trauma of his past. It’ll push him to the edge, but Nash will be there to keep him from falling into the abyss of despair, and if Joshua can come out on the other side, he’ll be a step closer to wholeness, healing, and happiness.

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