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How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued art deco building on WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the sweet, artistic man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

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A Teacher and a Poet

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States of Love | Kansas

Shawnee County, Kansas, might not be the most accepting place for a gay couple, but boyfriends Antony James and Curtis Ramírez have made it their home. Both of them work at Pauline Central Primary School, and while Antony is content teaching, Curt would rather pursue his passion: poetry. He plans to resign, but he doesn’t get the chance.

Working together has its risks, and when a student witnesses Antony and Curt sneaking a kiss in the workroom, they’re reprimanded. The school board’s punishment is mild, but some members of the community aren’t willing to let the indiscretion go. That small mistake could cost Antony and Curt their home—or it could remind them that home is in the heart, and as long as they stay strong in their love, they’ll always have a place to belong.

 

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

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Sophie

A Survivor Story

A Survivor Story

It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.

Spencer Thomas’s world turns upside down when his beloved Nell dies and leaves custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” comes when Sophie needs him most, but his boyfriend, Aaron, can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.

When Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision: man up or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.

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Con tutto il cuore

Hope Cove (Italiano) | Libro 2

Serie Hope Cove, Libro 2

L’agente Declan Grant risponde a una chiamata dal molo di Hope Cove. Qui trova Lucas Hale in fin di vita, dopo che è stato picchiato e scaricato dagli uomini del peschereccio su cui lavorava. Questo crimine violento sconvolge la tranquilla comunità dove tutti conoscono tutti e raramente gli abitanti chiudono a chiave la porta di casa. Nonostante Declan viva da poco a Hope Cove, vuole proteggere la città e Lucas, e si offre subito di occuparsi di lui dopo che viene dimesso dall’ospedale.

Lucas vuole solo dimenticare l’accaduto e proseguire per la sua strada, ma più conosce Declan, più gli è difficile allontanarsi da lui e dalla sua integrità. Le indagini sull’attacco continuano e Declan si trova presto ad affrontare un dilemma morale, una scelta che potrebbe sconvolgere la sua vita tranquilla e obbligarlo a scegliere tra Lucas e la legge.

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Mitten im Irgendwo

Mitten im Irgendwo | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Mitten im Irgendwo

Daniel Mulligan ist tätowiert, hart im Nehmen und besitzt eine scharfe Zunge. Seine Unsicherheit versteckt er hinter Sarkasmus. Daniel hat nie irgendwo dazugehört – nicht zu Hause in Philadelphia, bei seinem Vater und seinen Brüdern, die alle Automechaniker sind, nicht an der Uni, wo seine Klassenkameraden von den Ivy League Eliteuniversitäten auf ihn herabgesehen haben. Jetzt ist Daniel erleichtert, eine Stelle an einem kleinen College in Holiday, Nord-Michigan, bekommen zu haben. Er ist jedoch durch und durch ein Stadtmensch und es ist klar, dass diese kleine Stadt nur ein weiterer Ort ist, an dem er nicht dazugehören wird.

Rex Vale klammert sich an seine tägliche Arbeit, um so die Einsamkeit in Schach zu halten: er verpasst seinem muskulösen Körper den letzten Schliff, perfektioniert seine Rezepte und fertigt maßgeschreinerte Möbel an. Rex lebt schon seit mehreren Jahren in Holiday, doch seine Schüchternheit und eindrucksvolle Körpergröße haben ihn daran gehindert, mit den Menschen näher in Kontakt zu treten.

Als sich die beiden Männer begegnen, ist die Chemie zwischen ihnen explosiv. Rex fürchtet jedoch, Daniel könnte nur ein weiterer Mensch sein, der ihn verlassen wird und Daniel hat gelernt, dass jemandem zu vertrauen, eine fatale Schwäche bedeuten kann. Gerade als sie beginnen, die trennenden Mauern, die sie um sich errichtet haben, einzureißen, muss Daniel nach Hause, nach Philadelphia. Dort entdeckt er ein Geheimnis, das alles, was er geglaubt hat, verändert.

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Volviendo a casa

Rock Bay (Español) | Volumen 1

Primer libro de la serie Rock Bay

Tallis Carrington era quien mandaba en Rock Bay junto con su grupo de amigos atletas y puños de hierro, hasta que un escándalo destruyó el nombre de su familia. Diez años después, él está en bancarrota, sin hogar, y desfilando por el peor paseo de la vergüenza existente. Necesita dinero y lo necesita ya, y Rock Bay es el único hogar que conoce. Pero la gente de allí no lo ha olvidado, al menos no al chico mimado que solía ser.

La única persona en el pueblo dispuesta a pasar por alto su pasado es Lex, el dueño de la nueva cafetería, quien le ofrece un trabajo a pesar de que parece despreciar a Tally en base a su reputación. Cuando Tally descubre que su magnífico jefe es el chico a quien torturó en el instituto, la actitud cambiante de este finalmente adquiere sentido. Ahora él tiene que hacer todo lo posible para demostrar que nunca fue el idiota que aparentaba ser. Después de todo, si puede ganar el corazón de Lex, el resto del pueblo debería ser pan comido, con café.

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"A poignant, thought-provoking love story…. Do yourself a huge favor and BUY THIS!" Lorelei James, NY Times Bestselling author of the Rough Riders series

Lickety Split: Love won’t wait.

Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.

Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.

Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.

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Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….

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Cleansing Flame

Rekindled Flame | Book Two

Sequel to Rekindled Flame

Rekindled Flame: Book Two

Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.

It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.

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Love in the Time of Hurricanes

States of Love | New Jersey

The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.

When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.

 

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

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Eighteen-year-old Oliver’s troubles don’t end when he’s released from prison. He has nowhere to go, and he can’t even think about moving past his crimes while trying to survive homelessness.

Helping an elderly woman after a fall guides Oliver into at least a temporary home. In exchange for odd jobs and some assistance, he’s welcomed into a life with the old twin spinsters, and it seems too good to be true. The neighbor, Simon, certainly thinks it is. He doesn’t trust Oliver or his motives. Oliver is used to that kind of judgment, but it isn’t helping him overcome his guilt. Maybe Simon is right and Oliver doesn’t deserve happiness—or any of the other feelings stirring in a heart Oliver thought he’d closed off for good.

Oliver has two options: let the pain of his past swallow him and destroy all hope for the future, or move on to the new possibilities in front of him. Choosing to live won’t be easy, and Oliver might not be able to do it alone.

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Für einen regnerischen Nachmittag

Geschichten eines seltsamen Kochbuchs

Eine Geschichte aus dem Kuriosen Kochbuch 

Robbie MacIntyre arbeitet in einer kleinen Poststelle im alten Stationshaus am Rande des verschlafenen Dorfes Barton Hartshorn, nordwestlich von London. Er ist überrascht, als die Besitzerin, Maggie, eine enge Freundin, ihm nicht nur die Post, sondern auch das Stationshaus hinterlässt.

Der Rest ihres Besitzes geht an einen amerikanischen Schriftsteller, Jason Young, und als er in das Dorf zieht, ist Robbie von seiner Zuneigung zu dem Mann, der ein größeres Recht auf das Stationshaus hat als er, verwirrt. 

Dann gibt es noch eine Kiste, die mehrere seltene Erstausgaben und ein Kochbuch enthält. Erst als die Geheimnisse der Zutaten zu einem bestimmten Rezept endlich gelöst werden, fängt alles an, Sinn zu machen, und eine Liebe, die vor siebzig Jahren im Keim erstickt wurde, wird endlich offenbart.

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Le baron du bétail et son cavalier

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #10

Cela est peut-être une supercherie pour son patron, mais c'est très réel pour lui.

Jonah Hollis a depuis longtemps le béguin pour son patron, Lincoln Courtwright, directeur de ranch et millionnaire de son état, mais il sait que ce n’est pas réciproque. Malgré tout, ses espoirs sont ravivés lorsque Linc et sa magnifique petite amie, Melissa Cutler, rompent quelques semaines avant le plus grand événement de Dallas : le Bal des Barons du Bétail. En effet : son patron lui demande de l’y accompagner à sa place !

Est-ce une tactique pour rendre Melissa jalouse ? Jonah, simple assistant administratif, peut-il avoir sa place dans le monde de Linc ? Ses colocataires et sa meilleure amie, Caylee, font des pieds et des mains pour le convaincre d’accepter. Rapidement, Jonah se met à espérer que Linc puisse ressentir la même chose pour lui… jusqu’à ce que la famille et tout un tas de malentendus s’en mêlent et menacent de briser ses rêves de bonheur.

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2nd Edition

Elliot is an up-and-coming architect who just opened his own firm—which is a lot more work and pressure than he expected. His partner, Graham, is a respected composer and conductor. They share their love and lives in a beautiful house designed by Elliot, and whenever things get too hard to handle, they retreat to their cabin getaway where Elliot becomes Dom to Graham’s needy little sub.

When things at Elliot’s firm begin to crumble, Graham needs to be the tough one, the one to suggest the cabin and the games they play there, knowing Elliot’s role as Dom will give him strength and that their games will recharge his lover. Together, they keep working to find that precarious balance in their lives—until an accident threatens to change everything. Elliot and Graham’s love faces its greatest challenge yet, and only the resilience they draw from each other can see them through hardship and keep the music in their lives.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.

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Talking in Code

Talking in Code

Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.

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Brace yourself for the best of Jamie Fessenden’s emotional and thrilling stories.

Three years ago, Kevin walked into Tom’s office with bruises around his throat from trying to hang himself, in Billy’s Bones. Now, he’s back in Tom’s life and possibly interested in more, but Kevin’s forgotten past can’t stay buried if they want to be together. In Screwups, the attraction between Jake and his new roommate, Danny, is undeniable. But if Jake wants to be with Danny, first he must fix someone else’s mess.

When aspiring mystery writer Jesse finds himself involved in a murder, and with the investigating detective, he can’t help but be fascinated, in Murder on the Mountain. But if Kyle and Jesse want a future together, they’ll have to team up to find the killer. In Violated, Victor was Derek’s manager and best friend. Can officer Russ protect Derek from him now that he’s turned abusive?

 

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Secrets of You

Sunshine and Happiness | Book Four

Sunshine and Happiness: Book Four

It’s never easy to find redemption.

Carrying scars and regrets, River Darcourt avoids too much intimate contact. Among his friends, he is known as a quiet loner. Forget about love. It’s not something he will consider… until sweet, young, and tempting Morgan Hayes becomes his housemate. River closed his heart long ago, but the attraction is impossible to deny.

Morgan Hayes needs a change. He is moving out of his critical father’s home and in with his friends, including his secret/not-so-secret crush, River. Having feelings for River is a terrible idea. But what is a guy to do when the annoyingly sexy mechanic is just across the hall?

While Morgan has overcome ugliness and is ready for love, he’s just not sure River ever will be. They have both experienced pain in their lives. So Morgan dares River to take a chance, and love will either break their fractured hearts in more pieces or, just possibly, make them whole again.

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The Sparky

Perchance to Dream

Aaron’s been living in what his friend Howie calls a sexual desert. But an oasis appears on the horizon when Paul, a divorced electrician with a five-year-old daughter named Sam, moves in next door. He’s a country boy from northern Australia, and although he’s never been with a guy before, he has an impression that anything goes in the city. They find that the ordinary things in life—books, footie in the park, looking after Sam—lead them into an unlikely relationship.

But as their relationship slowly deepens, with Aaron spending time on Paul’s family’s cattle station, it becomes clear that Paul might have a harder time leaving the country behind. To him, happiness means a conventional life—including a mother for Sam. Being with his old friends convinces him he’s on the wrong path with Aaron, and he starts a relationship with a girl from his hometown. If he cannot find the courage to go after what he truly needs, he and Aaron will become nothing more than awkward neighbours.

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