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Michael, Reinvented

Delta Restorations | Book Two

Sequel to David, Renewed

Delta Restorations: Novel Two 

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

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Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend—now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only “woman” Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It’s a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.

Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a “date” with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016.

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The Sun Still Rises

World of Love | Spain

Erik’s father lived for Pamplona’s yearly festival and the running of the bulls. Now he’s gone, and Erik flies to Pamplona on a whim to see the festival his father loved—without booking a room first. He’s looking at sleeping on the ground until friendly David from the tourism office offers to share his home. 

When Erik realizes he trusts David, that he might even be willing to face his anxiety to get to know David better, he begins to understand what this trip could mean. Pamplona is even more beautiful when seen through David’s eyes, and Erik might have traveled around the world just to find himself. But can he hold on to his newfound confidence—and to David—when it’s time to go home?

 

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

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Gabe Navarro, Künstler aus Toronto, verbringt die meiste Zeit mit Tätowieren und seinem Masterstudium. Er ist sich seiner Überzeugung und künstlerischen Integrität völlig sicher und naiv genug, zu glauben, dass er niemals einen Kompromiss eingehen muss – bis der Irakveteran Jake MacLean in seinem Tattoostudio aufkreuzt.

Wütend und mit dem Schuldbewusstsein des Überlebenden ist Jake in einem Teufelskreis gefangen, der ihn zwingt, für Sünden zu büßen, die er sich selbst niemals wird vergeben können. Verzweifelt versucht er, sein Leben wieder in den Griff zu bekommen, und zieht zunächst zu seiner Schwester nach Toronto. Niemals hätte er erwartet, dort Gabes Charme zu verfallen.

Obwohl Jakes beharrliches Schweigen über seine Zeit im Irak Gabe frustriert, glaubt er lieber Jakes Beteuerungen, es ginge ihm gut, als der Wahrheit ins Gesicht zu sehen. Doch schnell wird klar, dass Jake seine Panikattacken nicht kontrollieren kann, und dass sich sein Zustand verschlimmert. Jake steuert geradewegs auf den Abgrund zu – und läuft Gefahr, Gabe mit sich zu ziehen, wenn dieser es nicht schafft, ihm im Kampf gegen seine Dämonen beizustehen.

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La guerre des moteurs, numéro hors série

Quand le garage de Reggie prend part à une émission de télé-réalité célèbre, les affaires marchent mieux que jamais. Et remettre les finances du garage du bon côté du zéro vaut bien la peine de s’enfoncer dans les machinations de la chaîne.

Face aux faibles audiences de l’émission, Wes, producteur, est désigné pour proposer un nouveau spin-off à Reggie. Le mécanicien sexy le fait déjà transpirer en temps normal, mais cette fois, Wes ne peut pas tout dire. Avec les producteurs sur son dos, il est censé présenter une émission que Reggie n’acceptera jamais, même si son refus signait la fin de sa participation à La Guerre des Moteurs.

Et la chaîne compte bien sur le refus de Reggie. Mais ils ne s’attendaient pas à ce que leur messager tombe sous le charme de l’homme qu’ils tentent de renvoyer.

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Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.

Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your name is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.

A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men's deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they've searched for all their lives?

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Two for Trust

Dreamspun Desires | #34

A fairy-tale vacation—if he can get the ending right.

American nurse Finch Mason steps beyond the comfort of his orderly life and takes a dream trip to England, complete with a National Trust Pass so he can visit numerous historical sites. At the first one on his list, he’s warmly welcomed—and told he bought a pass good for two.

Finch doesn’t hesitate to offer the pass to Benedict, a handsome Brit also there on an outing. They spend a magical week touring the countryside, and while it’s too soon to get attached, Finch wishes their time together would never end.

Then Finch finds himself stuck abroad with no money, and he has no one to turn to but Benedict. Benedict is happy to help, but he also owes Finch some answers—such as who he really is and why he was at the estate where they first met.

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It could be the catch of a lifetime.

William Westmoreland escapes his unfulfilling Rhode Island existence by traveling to Florida twice a year and chartering Mike Jansen’s fishing boat to take him out on the Gulf. The crystal-blue water and tropical scenery isn’t the only view William enjoys, but he’s never made his move. A vacation romance just isn’t on his horizon.

Mike started his Apalachicola charter fishing service as a way to care for his daughter and mother, putting their safety and security ahead of the needs of his own heart. Denying his attraction becomes harder with each of William’s visits.

William and Mike’s latest fishing excursion starts with a beautiful day, but a hurricane’s erratic course changes everything, stranding William. As the wind and rain rage outside, the passion the two men have been trying to resist for years crashes over them. In the storm’s wake, it leaves both men yearning to prolong what they have found. But real life pulls William back to his obligations. Can they find a way to reduce the distance between them and discover a place where their souls can meet? The journey will require rough sailing, but the bright future at the end might be worth the choppy seas.

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Hearts in Ireland

World of Love | Ireland

When the future is shrouded and it’s hard to find direction, maybe it’s time to let the heart lead the way….

Ronan Walker stands at a crossroads, unsure how to pursue his education… unsure if he even wants to. Now that his mother is gone, all he has left are the wonderful stories of her youth in Ireland, and he’s drawn to the land of his ancestors. There, he seeks out his mother’s family and meets Fergal Walsh, who works at Ronan’s aunt’s bookstore. A love of literature facilitates a fast friendship between the two men, and even though Ronan cannot deny the potential—and his desire—for more, he cannot see a future for the two of them when he leaves Ireland. Fergal must persuade Ronan to give school in Dublin a chance—and convince Ronan that his heart has already found its home.

 

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

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Runaway Rock Star

States of Love | Ohio

Just hours before Brandon Harris is supposed to head home to Cincinnati for a Labor Day family picnic, his boss at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame forces him into giving a private tour to bratty British pop-rock star Lucas Black. Before he knows it, he finds himself swept up in a whirlwind road trip through Ohio with Lucas riding shotgun. 

Lucas grabs hold of this wild opportunity to run away—even for a few precious days—from the gilded cage that is his carefully managed life. He's just looking for a little fun and freedom as a normal person. From roller coasters to a college football game, Brandon begins to see the real Lucas Black buried under the famous persona. But by the time he and Lucas discover their mutual attraction, they only have one night left before both of them have to go back to their real lives. The fun is over...unless Lucas can run away for real this time and keep their adventure going.

 

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

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David Fisher hat sein ganzes Leben lang nach den Regeln gespielt. Er wurde in eine Mennoniten-Familie hineingeboren, deshalb hat er stets seinem Vater gehorcht, die Familienfarm übernommen, geheiratet und wurde Vater zweier Kinder. Jetzt sind seine beiden Kinder im College, seine Frau ist verstorben und er führt die Farm allein und ohne Freude, dabei zählt er die Tage seines nur halb gelebten Lebens.

Christie Landon, Grafikdesigner, Manhattaner und schwuler Partyboy aus Leidenschaft, braucht eine Veränderung. Jetzt ist er dreißig und findet, dass es an der Zeit ist, erwachsen zu werden und an seine Zukunft zu denken. Als sein bester Freund eine Überdosis nimmt, beschließt Christie, die Stadt für eine Weile zu verlassen. Er macht sich auf den Weg zu einem kleinen Haus in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, um sich zu erholen und nachzudenken.

Aber das Leben auf dem Land ist langweilig, abgesehen von dem attraktiven Silberfuchs, der nebenan wohnt. Um seine kreative Seite beim Kochen auszuleben, beschließt Christie, an seinen verwitweten Nachbarn heranzutreten, um sich die Mahlzeiten und die Kosten für die Einkäufe zu teilen. David ist einverstanden und schnell stellen die ungleichen Männer fest, dass sie gern Zeit miteinander verbringen.

Christie fordert David heraus, über die Grenzen seiner Welt hinauszudenken und weckt Gefühle, die lange vergessen schienen. Wenn David sich von der Vergangenheit befreien kann, erhält er vielleicht eine zweite Chance auf sein Glück.

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Le chant de la pluie

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

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

Robbie MacIntyre gère un bureau de poste à Barton Hartshorn, petit village endormi du nord-ouest de Londres. À la mort de sa propriétaire et amie, Maggie Simmons, il apprend avec stupeur qu’il hérite non seulement de son commerce, mais aussi du bâtiment qui l’abrite, l’ancienne gare du village. 

Un neveu de Maggie se présente au village, Jason Young, jeune auteur américain. Robbie s’inquiète de son attirance pour un homme qui risque de contester ses droits sur sa maison. Mais alors, il reçoit une boîte pleine de secrets émanant du passé.

Avec l’aide de Jason, Robbie tentera de découvrir la recette du bonheur.

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Le prétendant volé

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #3

Son  futur était fixé jusqu’à ce qu’un voleur subtilise son cœur.

Tout le monde à Clyde’s Corner, dans le Montana, sait que le dandy local Chris Ramsey va épouser Trix Stubben, la jeune veuve et héritière du plus riche ranch de la région. Mais une femme n’est pas très enthousiasmée par cette idée. Mabe Crassen veut mettre la main sur ce ranch, alors elle charge son fils aîné de courtiser Trix, et son plus jeune fils, Jeremy, de distraire Chris et de l’écarter du droit chemin.

Jeremy Crassen pense que le plan de sa mère est dingue. Mais il veut désespérément aller à l’université, ce que Mabe acceptera – s’il séduit Chris. Comment le timide Jeremy, puceau et secrètement gay arrivera-t-il à séduire Chris, qui semble déterminé à faire ce qui est juste en épousant Trix ? Jeremy ne peut pas rivaliser avec *une* riche veuve. Ou peut-être que si ?

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Tigri in fuga

Tigri e Diavoli

Seguito di Tigerland – Il ritorno

Il giovane Micah Johnson è il primo giocatore di football australiano dichiaratamente gay già all’inizio della carriera. Per Declan Tyler, ex giocatore professionista, fargli da mentore è un compito difficile: il ragazzo, infatti, compie una scelta sbagliata dopo l’altra, cacciandosi continuamente nei guai. Niente, comunque, che Dec non sia in grado di affrontare, visto che lui stesso ci è passato, e lo ha superato, più spesso di quanto gli piaccia ammettere. Inoltre, essere da anni il compagno di Simon Murray lo ha abituato alle tribolazioni e agli ostacoli.

Come sempre, Simon pensa che tutto stia andando per il verso giusto finché Coby, il suo assistente, non gli confessa un segreto che coinvolge la sua vecchia nemesi. I problemi di Simon e Dec si intrecciano e, per risolverli, i due devono intraprendere un lungo viaggio durante il quale affronteranno questioni, riceveranno delle scuse, e andranno a recuperare un ragazzo in fuga per riportarlo sano e salvo ai genitori preoccupati.

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Push romance to the limit with two beloved tales of passion between men—newly edited and expanded to pump up the heat. When it comes to love, don’t go halfway. Go balls to the wall.

 

Volley Balls

Get a double dose of hot, sun-kissed alpha male when David indulges in his favorite fantasy with two members of the Australian volleyball team. Delicious Gareth proves his interest by coming out for David, but his teammate Edge has secrets he must deal with before jumping into the game.

 

Fire Balls

The heat is cranking up as tiny, feisty, and flamboyant artist Rodney helps a friend woo straight-laced firefighter Hunter—a man Rod would rather have for himself. Too bad Hunter can’t stand pierced and pink-haired guys like Rod. So why can’t Hunter resist him?

 

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Beach Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.

Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

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How do you start a new life when your old one won’t let go?

Freed from a marriage he entered because he feared coming out to his judgmental family, Gabe Reynolds feels his life is just starting—at forty-three. But what was supposed to be exciting and wonderful has been nothing but disappointing. The man he’s loved since they were teens broke his heart—again. Gabe has no clue how to meet men who are looking for more than one night, much less date them. Add to that his job as a mental health counselor, helping to keep his mentally ill ex-wife stable, and caring for children that belong to another man, and he has little time to look for Mr. Right.

Just as Gabe is giving up, Brandt Sawyer, with his hard body and gorgeous eyes, crashes into Gabe’s life. Brandt pushes all Gabe’s buttons—though he could do without the younger man’s know-it-all attitude. Gabe never thought he could be so torn between wanting to punch a man and wanting to kiss him. Yet, as he gets to know Brandt, Gabe sees past the military-programmed ex-soldier and catches a glimpse of what could be his happily ever after.

But with a troubled ex and young children involved, Gabe can’t just walk away from his past. Guilt is tearing him in every direction—maybe even away from the man he’s falling in love with.

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Enjoy a selection of the greatest hits of gay romance published by Dreamspinner Press combined into one exclusive volume: by Anna Martin: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, a story of a boy who he wanted to marry his best friend at age six, and the journey that finally gets them there; by Sean Michael: The New Boy, a romance between a shy photographer new to the scene and an experienced model and Dom; by Grace R. Duncan: Beautiful boy, about a Dom with a hurtful past and the sub who shows him love again; by Kim Fielding: Rattlesnake, where a drifter on a quest finds hope and a home; and by Michael Murphy: The President’s Husband, in which the first openly gay president and first husband of the United States must deal with the pressures of their demanding new jobs.

 

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