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Pipelines in Paradise

States of Love | Hawaii
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One is trying to heal a broken heart, the other, a broken family.

After separating from his partner of nine years, Palmer Simpson flees to the island of Oahu to pursue a carefree life of surfing. There, he meets Riku Usami, a more skilled surfer—but one with a bad attitude and a boatload of family drama. A contest between the two men leads to friendship and the possibility of something more meaningful. When a tsunami threatens the island, a friend is stranded out on the waters of the deadly Banzai Pipeline. Palmer and Riku must face the dangers of the barrel waves and the looming forces of nature in order to get their friend to safety. If they survive, they’ll have to contemplate what their future together will look like after the storm blows through.

 

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

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The Worst Best Man

Dreamspun Desires | #27
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It was her special day... but his worst nightmare.

A rekindled romance wasn’t part of the plan.

Despite his American background, August O’Leary is the most sought-after wedding planner in London. Naturally, Libby and Edward come to him for a wedding the city will never forget. But Edward is an international businessman, so the details are left to Libby and her best friend—who happens to be the love of August’s life and the one who broke his heart eight years ago: Christopher Burke.

How’s August supposed to pull off the event of the year with Christopher distracting him and old feelings crashing the party uninvited?

Christopher has let money and status dictate his life, but no more. His failure to stand up to others’ expectations cost him his future with August—one he hoped would include marriage. Now he has to face August’s hurt and anger and prove he’s still the best man to make August happy.

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Des fraises en dessert

Coda (Français)
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Coda, numéro hors série

Lorsque Jonathan Kechter accepte de rencontrer Cole Fenton, il ne s’attend à rien d’autre qu’à un dîner et une nuit sans lendemain… mais il ne s’attendait pas non plus à Cole. Cole est arrogant, extravagant et pas du tout le genre de Jon. Toutefois, lorsque Cole lui propose une relation sexuelle sans aucun engagement lorsqu’ils sont tous les deux en ville, Jon accepte immédiatement.

Cet arrangement est peut-être sans aucun engagement, mais Jonathan apprend vite qu’entre sa peur de toute intimité et sa vie de nomade, avec Cole Fenton, rien n’est facile. Jonathan se demande si leur relation n’est pas vouée à l’échec dès le départ. Mais plus Cole le repousse, plus Jonathan est déterminé à la sauver.

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Nel bel mezzo del nulla

In mezzo al nulla | Libro 1
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Serie In mezzo al nulla, Libro 1 

Daniel Mulligan è un duro, irriverente e tatuato, che nasconde la sua insicurezza dietro il sarcasmo. Non ha mai trovato il suo posto: non a casa a Philadelphia con il padre e i fratelli, che fanno tutti i meccanici, e non a scuola, dove i compagni di corso lo hanno sempre guardato dall’alto della loro istruzione prestigiosa. Daniel è sollevato quando trova un lavoro come professore in un piccolo college a Holiday, nel nord del Michigan, ma nel profondo è un ragazzo di città, ed è chiaro che neanche in questa cittadina riuscirà a trovare il suo posto. 

Rex Vale si affida alla routine per tenere a bada la solitudine: cura il suo corpo muscoloso, perfeziona le sue ricette e realizza mobili su commissione. Vive a Holiday da anni, ma la sua timidezza e la sua stazza imponente gli hanno impedito di creare dei legami con gli abitanti. 

Quando i due uomini si incontrano, la loro chimica è esplosiva, ma Rex teme che Daniel sia solo un’altra delle tante persone che l’hanno abbandonato, mentre Daniel ha imparato che avvicinarsi a qualcuno può essere una debolezza fatale. Proprio quando cominciano ad abbattere i muri che li separano, Daniel deve tornare a Philadelphia, dove scopre un segreto che cambierà il modo in cui ha sempre considerato la sua vita.

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Wie Wellen am Strand

Die Insel | Buch 3
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Buch 3 in der Serie - Die Insel 

Wig Tobias und Nibs Tyler sind schon sehr lange zusammen, aber dieses Jahr wird ihre Liebe auf die Probe gestellt. Ihr Restaurant, das Blue Lagoon auf der Isle of Wight, wird verwüstet und es könnte ein Zufall sein, dass die Nachbarn ihnen das Restaurant abkaufen wollen ‒ vielleicht aber auch nicht. Dass die Polizei nicht daran interessiert zu sein scheint, die Vorfälle zu untersuchen, macht es nur noch schlimmer, bis ein Freund des Paares, ein Polizist von außerhalb, seine Kollegen drängt, etwas zu unternehmen. 

Ihre Freunde Paul und Olaf, Liam und Sam und der gesamte Owens-Clan kommen zusammen, um Wig und Nibs in diesen Zeiten der Not zu unterstützen. Aber Paul und Olaf könnten auch einen Stups von Wig und Nibs nötig haben, um ihre Beziehung am Leben zu erhalten. In der Zwischenzeit wird eine enge Freundin schwer krank. Und als wäre das noch nicht genug, verheimlicht Nibs seine eigenen gesundheitlichen Probleme vor Wig. Als ein Sturm auf die Isle of Wight trifft, könnten das Blue Lagoon und seine Besitzer vor dem Aus stehen ‒ es sei denn, sie und ihre Freunde schaffen es, die Fäden der Schicksalsschläge nacheinander zu entwirren.

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Micah Ellis is an affluent businessman, comfortable in his life and work, as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. Which is exactly what one Devon Mallory does, with his bright blue eyes and dirty skin and the forceful personality that’s everything Micah desperately needs but is too afraid to ask for.

Micah and Devon enter into a Dom/sub relationship and navigate the world of BDSM and Micah’s crippling insecurities as they gradually fall in love. But Micah’s past is coming back to haunt him, and they must face it together—and that means learning acceptance and discovering that they both deserve love their way and on their own merits.

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Wes Green keeps everyone at arm’s length, either by pushing buttons or simply pushing them away. When that doesn’t work, Wes runs, as far and as fast as he can. This time, bolting from his boyfriend also costs him his professional organizing job. His last resort is to retreat to his brother’s basement and try to pick up the pieces. The only bright spot in his new life is his niece, Kelsey.

One day, while in Kelsey’s school drop-off line, he meets Sam Montgomery, the father of Maya, Kelsey’s best friend. When Wes finds out Sam is gay and interested in some no-strings-attached fun, Wes thinks he’s hit the jackpot. With boundaries firmly in place, keeping Sam at a distance should be easy.

What starts out simple quickly gets complicated when fun turns to feelings between Wes and Sam. But the baggage both men carry threatens to stop things before they start. Can Wes stay put long enough to find real love, or will old habits be too hard to break?

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Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

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Tate O’Connor has worked hard to realize his dream of dancing on Broadway, and it’s about to pay off with a premier in his first show. He doesn’t expect the distraction of sharing the stage with his celebrity crush: Broadway superstar Mike Chang. Drama ensues both onstage and off as Tate and Mike work closely and realize there could be something between them. However, there are those who don’t think an up-and-coming dancer is good enough for someone with Mike’s talent and fame, and rumors and misunderstandings might lead to broken hearts if Tate and Mike can’t work through their confusion and insecurity.

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Nachos & Hash

Mary's Boys
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A Mary's Boys Novella

Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.

Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?

As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered?

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2nd Edition

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Jamie’s pretty much an average gay teenager. He’s in the closet, has an unrequited secret crush on a fellow high school athlete, and an awful home life. It’s a good thing he has his friend Billy to distract him and to show him that being out has its benefits. Billy is everything Jamie isn’t: openly gay, wealthy enough to follow fashion trends, and with a social calendar full of dates with older men.

Then Jamie’s life spins into a downward spiral. Billy starts acting weird and hiding things from him. His stepfather’s abusive behavior escalates until Jamie dreads going home. His English teacher assigns him to tutor the object of his affection, gorgeous track star Dylan. Jamie’s not even sure he can talk to Dylan, let alone tutor him, and it’s impossible to talk to Billy about it. Billy’s too wrapped up in a dangerous game called bug chasing: trying to catch HIV. Billy’s risky behavior nearly shatters their friendship and forces Jamie to look at the world in a whole new way. Can Jamie keep Billy safe, stay on top of homework and a new boyfriend, and convince his mom to give his stepdad the heave-ho?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.

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A  Mitch Jenkins viene a mancare la terra sotto i piedi quando la relazione di due anni con il suo compagno arriva a una brusca fine. Sono passati due mesi e lui sta ancora soffrendo. Nel tentativo di risollevargli il morale, un collega lo conduce in un club ʻsegretoʼ. Mitch non è minimamente interessato a quei giovani gay che si pavoneggiano, finché non nota in fondo alla sala un ragazzo con il naso infilato in un libro, incurante dell’ambiente circostante. Adesso sì che Mitch è interessato. 

Nikko Kurokawa vuole estinguere il proprio debito e andarsene dal Black Lounge. Guadagnarsi la libertà non è un compito semplice, specialmente quando inizia ad attirare l’attenzione. La vita diventa un po’ più facile da sopportare quando conosce Mitch. Lui non è come gli altri uomini che frequentano il club. Mitch lo intriga e riesce a catturare il suo cuore, dandogli il coraggio di affrontare qualsiasi cosa. A breve Nikko sarà fuori di lì, e lui e Mitch potranno capire se esiste un futuro per loro. 

Nessuno dei due ha tenuto conto di chi non vuole che Nikko se ne vada…

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Writing crime novels catapulted Memphis native Silas Cooper to fame and fortune, but when his words backfire and he becomes trapped in what could be one of his books, he needs a hero of his own.

Silas’s publicist insists he hire a personal assistant, and Silas chooses Scott Kramer. But before Scott starts, he already has a round of steamy phone sex to hold over Silas’s head, and his interest in his boss isn’t decreasing.

Benjamin Logan joined the Army to see the world, and while deployed he read every one of Silas’s books. With his military career over, Ben is back in Memphis working for the police department—and attempting a deeply closeted relationship with fellow cop Morgan Brown.

Over coffee, Silas and Ben become friends who support each other as relationships fall apart, and the attraction between them slowly emerges. When a dangerous stalker threatens Silas, it’s up to Ben to stop him.

If Ben fails, Silas might not live to tell this story… and Ben might not be able to live with himself.

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Agent Jonah Pratt heads the Secret Service team guarding the President’s husband. When a routine day turns into a dangerous assassination attempt, the stranger who dives into the melee and takes down the assassin complicates the situation, sparking Jonah’s anger.

Just back from multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Benji hides the fact that he brought the war home with him and that it continues to haunt him. His actions in stopping the would-be assassin are more instinct than strategy. And his first conversation with a furious Jonah doesn’t end well.

Losing a member of his team turns Jonah’s world upside down. And if Benji seems to know exactly what Jonah is experiencing, it’s because he went through the same thing in combat. Jonah’s work consumes him, leaving little room in his life for anything else, and Benji focuses on his studies, working to keep his nightmares at bay. But when they get together, Jonah and Benji recognize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for love and happiness—one worth fighting for.

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Lovesick

Perchance to Dream
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Friday, 23 January

The cat funeral.

Yeah, that happened today. I went and participated in—aided and abetted?—a cat funeral.

London life is tough on idealists. In an ideal world, after years of flirtation, Leo would be cosily settled down with Jack, his long-time crush. In an ideal world, Jack wouldn’t now be engaged to a woman. And in an ideal world, Leo would move on.

When handsome new neighbour Alex moves in opposite Leo, an opportunity to do so presents itself. But Alex is working class, poorer than Leo, and probably straight. While Jack’s engagement unravels, and Leo’s friendship with Alex deepens, will Leo manage to find happiness with the right man? Or will he succumb to his enemies: self-doubt, family expectations, and pride? 

Told in diary form, this is both the story of a love triangle in London and the chronicle of a man’s struggles to confront his self-image and overcome his insecurity.

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In Your Court

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World of Love | Vietnam
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With a shot at happiness in sight, it’s no time to drop the ball.

A back condition ruined Ray’s basketball ambitions, but he wants one last opportunity to play before hanging up his sneakers. While volunteering as a coach at a special needs school in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, he meets Singaporean Xin, who works matching wealthy corporations with compatible charities. Xin helps the American navigate the local customs in order to see the smile Xin fell for at first sight, but Ray makes sure no one sees how hard it is for him to keep upright, let alone keep enjoying Vietnam and playing the sport he loves.

When Ray’s back pain becomes too great to hide, Xin accommodates him in Ho Chi Minh and in Singapore—and in bed. Ray wants to imagine a future for them but fears he’s damaged goods, and Xin’s obligations in Asia aren’t easily forgotten. Ray won’t be another charity of Xin’s, especially when Xin also needs someone by his side. Their romance will be cut as short as Ray’s basketball dreams unless he can close the Pacific-sized distance between them.

 

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

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Beauty is only skin deep, but some marks—and what they represent—are impossible to escape.

Eric resents his comfortable college life and the restrictions his family’s expectations put on him. Dwayne, his best friend Angel’s cousin, is a pierced and tattooed ex-con trying to rebuild his life. Eric sees only the tattoos and the way Dwayne’s upbringing have dictated his future. It takes a surprising revelation from Angel to force Eric to see past Dwayne’s defenses to the generous heart beneath and to realize it’s time for him to break free of his own instilled beliefs. The men can’t keep apart, and they gradually learn that everything they thought they knew about each other might be wrong. 

Opposites attract as two men from very different backgrounds move from enemies to lovers in a story of understanding, compassion, and redemption.

First Edition published by Pink Petal Books, 2011.

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The Mighty Have Fallen

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Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition.

Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate.

But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.

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