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Le mariage blanc du magnat grec

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #14

Un mariage devient moins commode quand l’amour est impliqué.

Cela commence simplement : Ondrej Kovac doit épouser Archie Katsaros pour pouvoir rester aux États-Unis, loin de sa famille médisante qui vit en Europe de l’est. En échange, Archie doit épouser Ondrej pour recevoir de l’argent pour renflouer sa société défaillante. C’est une imposture qu’aucun des deux hommes n’est convaincu de pouvoir rendre crédible.

Mais alors qu’Archie introduit Ondrej dans la société new-yorkaise et que celui-ci prouve ses talents au bureau, ils commencent à découvrir une connexion entre eux. Pourront-ils surmonter la fondation instable sur laquelle leur relation a été construite, faire face à des agents inquisiteurs de l’immigration, des journalistes mondains déterminés à révéler leur supercherie et un administrateur virulent résolu à vendre la société d’Archie sous son nez ? Seulement s’ils peuvent se prouver que leur amour vaut la peine de se battre.


Danny Avers fa l’insegnante in una piccola città del Colorado. In un’epoca che precede l’avvento della banda larga, dei social media, degli smartphone e dello streaming compulsivo, Danny prova semplicemente a far dimenticare a tutti gli anni della sua folle adolescenza e a tirare avanti nell’unico modo che conosce: un giorno alla volta. L’ultima persona che si aspetta di vedere tornare in città è Harlan Quinn, il suo vecchio migliore amico ed ex cattivo ragazzo. E quando scopre che Quinn è il nuovo sceriffo e il suo nuovo vicino di casa, la sorpresa è ancora maggiore.

Quinn sa che c’è molto di più nella sua vecchia città di quello che appare. C’è molto di più anche in Danny, oltre a vecchi ricordi e a una vita tranquilla. Ma come in passato, provocare il caos è la specialità di Quinn, ed è quello che si propone di fare, in tutti i modi, spingendo Danny ad ammettere che c’è ben altro nella vita e che anche lì potrebbe esserci qualcosa di nuovo per loro. Sempre che la mentalità della vecchia città non uccida entrambi.


Smoldering Flame

Rekindled Flame | Book Three

Rekindled Flame: Book Three

Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.

Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.

After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?


Just for Nice

States of Love | Pennsylvania

Nick Caratelli flees the city in an attempt to escape a broken relationship and a career he never wanted. He plans to set up a bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country—despite the fact he has no experience in renovating the old building. Luckily his handsome neighbor Sam approaches him with a curious proposal: he’ll help with the restoration in exchange for Nick babysitting his niece.

As they work to have the bed-and-breakfast open for business by summer’s end, their lives become interwoven without them even trying. Before he knows it, Nick is recovering from his loss and taking his place in the unconventional family that seems determined to form. But for Nick and Sam to be together in all the ways they desire, they’ll have to realize all the arguments against romance exist only in their heads….


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


Bobby Green

Johnnies | Book Five

Johnnies: Book Five

Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables.

As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.

Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless becomes the most important thing in the world.

But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?


Liebe ist Trumpf

Londoner Jungs

Ein Titel der Londoner Jungs Serie

Als frisch gebackener Single Ende zwanzig und gelangweilt von seinem ruhigem Leben in einem Londoner Vorort, entdeckt Daniel Cross bald den Reiz der sozialen Medien. Begeistert über die Möglichkeit, seine alten Sportkumpel aus der Schulzeit ausfindig zu machen, begibt er sich auf die Suche, um herauszufinden, zu was für einem Mann jeder der Jungen geworden ist.

Dans erster Fehler besteht darin, sich bei Facebook mit dem falschen Carson zu befreunden und so mit einem völlig Fremden zu chatten. Nick Carson ist jedoch nicht beleidigt und bietet an, Dan auf der Suche nach den anderen zu begleiten. Das ist für beide der erste Schritt in Richtung Freundschaft und mehr.

Das Wiedersehen mit der „Gang of Four“ bedeutet für Dan ein Wechselbad der Gefühle, doch Nick ist ihm eine ständige Stütze. Keiner von ihnen ist jedoch auf die Preisgabe persönlicher Geheimnisse vorbereitet, die sie lange verborgen geglaubt haben.


A Harmony Ink Press Title

After the death of his older brother in Iraq, Emmett Callaghan’s mother cracked under the stress and abandoned the family—saddling sixteen-year-old Emmett with the care of a father suffering from worsening dementia. Poor in a town where the lines between the privileged and the struggling are sharp and unmovable, Emmett has nowhere to turn, and he cannot let the authorities know his mother is no longer in the picture.

Then a light shines into his bleak life with the arrival of Noah Davis. Mixed race, liberal, worldly, and openly gay, Noah is like no one else in conservative Whitmore—and like no one Emmett’s ever met. Emmett is helpless to keep Noah and the happiness and support he offers out of Emmett’s dark and hidden world. But when secrets start to surface, will the obstacles the two young men face be more than love and good intentions can overcome?


Senza più scuse

Marshals (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Marshals, Libro 1

Il vicesceriffo federale Miro Jones è noto per la sua capacità di conservare la calma e il sangue freddo anche quando si trova sotto tiro. Queste qualità sono fondamentali per lavorare con il suo fenomenale partner, Ian Doyle, il tipo d’uomo in grado di scatenare un litigio in una stanza vuota. Nei tre anni trascorsi a lavorare e rischiare la vita insieme, il loro rapporto è cresciuto: dall’essere due sconosciuti sono diventati colleghi, e infine compagni di squadra affiatati e migliori amici. Miro nutre una fiducia cieca nell’uomo che gli copre le spalle, e forse qualcosa di più.

Tutti si aspettano che Ian, come sceriffo e soldato, prenda il comando, tuttavia la forza e l’autocontrollo che lo hanno portato al successo sul campo non funzionano negli altri ambiti della sua vita. Ian ha sempre trovato scuse per rifiutare qualsiasi legame, ma non avere né una casa né qualcuno da cui tornare lo sta lentamente divorando dentro. Col tempo, si è costretto ad ammettere che senza il suo partner non vale la pena andare da nessuna parte. Adesso tocca a Miro convincerlo che farsi catturare dai lacci del cuore non significa essere prigionieri.


Stille Nächte

Mangrove Stories (Deutsch)

Ein Titel der Mangrove Stories Serie

Kelly Seaton hat ein wunderbares Leben. Er hat seine eigene Firma für Landschaftsgärtnerei, ein hübsches kleines Haus und seinen besten Freund, Cosimo Renaldi, sowie Coz‘ verrückte Familie, die Kelly als einen der ihren adoptiert haben. Sicher, nachts ist es ein wenig einsam, aber es ist ein guter Deal und Kelly kann es sich nicht erlauben, alles zu ruinieren, indem er zugibt, dass er mehr von Coz will – immer mehr gewollt hat.

Dann kommt Kellys Vergangenheit in die Stadt und bringt schlechte Erinnerungen und verletzte Gefühle mit sich, die anfangen an Kelly zu nagen und Coz versteht einfach nicht, warum Kelly ihn nicht die Stärke und Stütze sein lässt, die Kelly immer für ihn gewesen ist. Sie haben schon den Krieg durchgestanden, Coz‘ schreckliche Verletzung und haben sich neue Karrieren in Mangrove, Florida, aufgebaut. Warum sollten sie ihre Vergangenheit nicht gemeinsam bewältigen und ihre Zukunft voller stiller Nächte beginnen?


Swann's Revenge

Dreamspun Desires | #51
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Can a swan make peace with his ugly duckling past? 

Chubby geek Jimmy Zebulon’s heart broke the day his high school crush, Danny Parker, looked on as his teammates tormented Jimmy. Fifteen years later, Jimmy is long gone, and from his ashes has risen Graham Swann, a movie-star-handsome law firm owner. Graham thinks Jimmy and his past are long forgotten—until attorney Dan Parker shows up for his first day of work. 

Getting injured playing college ball was the best thing that ever happened to Dan. It turned his future in a better direction and allowed him to emerge from the closet that trapped him.

Graham wants to believe his childhood dream can come true, but he can’t bring himself to tell Dan who he really is—and their pasts might ruin any chance for a happily ever after….


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The Wild and Precious Collection

Wild and Precious | Anthology

A Wild and Precious Anthology

If you knew you had one wild and precious life, would you jump in and live it fully?

This band of lively characters isn’t afraid to take a chance on themselves or their dreams. Creativity runs through their veins—they’re writers, poets, singers, guitarists, and even beautiful drag queens. Some are young and just beginning to find themselves. Others have lived through tragedies. Each one discovers that living a wild and precious life means opening up to love and taking a risk to find their happy ending.


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Il vigile del fuoco Jason “Jase” Weller e il paramedico Scott Bronson hanno una vita perfetta. Fanno il lavoro che amano insieme, vivono insieme e nel tempo libero non riescono ancora ad averne abbastanza l’uno dell’altro. La loro relazione dura da sei incredibili anni. Poi, alla vigilia di Natale, si presenta l’ex fidanzata di Jase, Elsa, accompagnata da una bambina di sei anni. Prima di sparire di nuovo, l’irrequieta tossicodipendente sostiene che Kerry sia la figlia di Jase e che è giunto il momento che lui se ne occupi.

Scioccato di scoprire dei problemi di droga di Elsa e di avere una figlia di cui non aveva mai saputo l’esistenza, Jase non si tira indietro e assume il ruolo di padre, con Scott che gli offre il suo completo appoggio. Diventare genitori comporta non poche sfide e i due uomini affrontano gli improvvisi cambiamenti nelle loro vite per migliorare quella di Kerry.

Non sarà facile e le nuove circostanze metteranno loro e la loro relazione alla prova come mai prima d’ora. Avranno bisogno di tutto l’amore che provano l’uno per l’altro e dell’affetto per la bambina perché la loro relazione non si sgretoli.


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Scott y Marco son los mejores amigos y se encuentran en una azotea en Nochebuena, cada uno de ellos escapando temporalmente de situaciones familiares muy difíciles. No tienen regalos para compartir,  pero Marco promete que algún día rescatará a Scott y lo llevará a Alaska. Los años pasan y de vez en cuando se encuentran de nuevo (la primera vez de forma planeada, la siguiente por pura casualidad), siempre en Nochebuena, y cada vez descubren que la vida tan sólo se complica más y más. Atesoran cada momento que pasan juntos pero ¿podrán realmente huir a Alaska algún día?


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The life of Tony-winning musician Reese Matheson resembles a natural disaster, and caregiver Jude De La Torre is caught in the eye of the storm. But can the love of two opposites survive caring for an ornery octogenarian with wayward balls and a meddling family insistent upon tradition?

Fresh off the successful London run of his musical, the last thing Reese expects when he comes home is a house surrounded by paparazzi and his girlfriend throwing his stuff into the pool. All he wants to do is spend time with his beloved grandfather and musical mentor who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Reese knows he doesn’t have much time left before the elder Matheson forgets who he is. In classic “Hurricane Reese” form, he moves into the cottage by the sea and displaces Jude, the intriguing caregiver he hired two years before. When Grandpa proves too much for Reese to handle on his own, Jude comes to his rescue, taming Grandpa… and the Hurricane as well. Soon all Reese can think about is how to get Jude out of his scrubs and into his bed—permanently. Will Hurricane Reese destroy everything in his path, or will this odd couple learn to harmonize together?


Hagen Wylie a tout prévu. Il va retourner vivre dans sa ville natale, être ami avec tout le monde, faire de nouvelles rencontres et reconstruire sa vie après les horreurs qu'il a vécu pendant la guerre. Ni problème ni agitation, voilà le programme. Tout se passe bien jusqu'à ce qu'il découvre que son premier amour est lui aussi rentré à la maison. Hagen a beau dire que ce n'est rien, une rencontre inattendue avec les deux adorables fils de Mitch Thayer va le mettre face à face avec le seul homme qu'il n'a jamais réussi à oublier.

Mitch est revenu pour trois raisons : élever ses fils là où il a grandi, installer et développer son entreprise de déménagement, et reconquérir Hagen. Les années écoulées lui ont clairement fait comprendre que le jeune homme qu'il avait aimé au lycée est le seul qui compte pour lui. Le problème ? Il a quitté la ville et ils ne se sont plus parlé depuis.

Pour que Hagen lui fasse à nouveau confiance, Mitch va devoir lui prouver qu'il a mûri et qu'il ne va pas l'abandonner. Ils pourraient avoir une nouvelle chance de s'aimer.... mais Hagen persiste à ne pas vouloir recommencer une histoire avec Mitch. Mais là encore, on ne peut jamais savoir.


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Zwischen dem Landstreicher Jimmy und dem Barmann Shane fliegen die Funken. Aber wird Jimmy um Shanes Willen dem Ruf der Straße widerstehen können?

Jimmy Dorsett ist schon seit seiner Jugend auf der Straße unterwegs, ohne Heim und ohne Hoffnung. Er besitzt nicht viel: eine Reisetasche, ungezählte Geschichten aus einem unsteten Leben und eine alte Rostschüssel von Auto. In einer kalten Nacht nimmt er in der Wüste einen Anhalter mit, der ihm etwas Unverhofftes hinterlässt – nämlich den Brief eines sterbenden Mannes an den Sohn, den er seit Jahren nicht mehr gesehen hat.

Jimmy will den Brief bei seinem Adressaten abliefern und landet in Rattlesnake, einer kleinen Stadt in den Hügeln der kalifornischen Sierra. Im Zentrum der Stadt befindet sich das Rattlesnake Inn, wo der frühere Cowboy Shane Little als Barmann arbeitet. Zwischen den beiden Männern fliegen die Funken, und als Jimmys Auto den Geist aufgibt, besorgt ihm Shane im Rattlesnake Inn einen Job als Handwerker.

In der Gemeinschaft der kleinen Stadt und in Shanes Armen findet Jimmy eine ungewohnte Ruhe. Aber das kann nicht von Dauer sein. Die Straße ruft und Shane – ein starker, stolzer Mann mit einer leidvollen Vergangenheit und einer komplizierten Gegenwart – hat mehr verdient als einen verlogenen Landstreicher, der es nirgends lange aushält.


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Home Is Where You Are

States of Love | Vermont

For a chance at a future filled with love, he’ll have to face a painful past.

Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.

A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….


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


Can they survive the off-season and keep from striking out?

Baseball player Brett must get rehabilitation for his shoulder if he wants another season in the Major Leagues. He and his partner, Benj, take off to the boonies to stay with physical therapist Ralph, a tough-talking, routine-setting guy, and Jean, Ralph’s Cajun lover, who cooks as well as he loves.

Brett and Ralph butt heads from the beginning. Ralph wants Brett to be more in touch with his feelings; Brett wants Ralph to give him his therapy and leave him alone. Benj and Jean get along far better, with Jean showing Benj around the kitchen and reassuring him when things with Brett get strained.

Before Ralph can even begin to work on Brett’s shoulder, though, Brett faces an even more difficult physical challenge, one that does more than threaten his career. He and Benj have to work through some tough issues, making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives together. Their gradual friendship with Ralph and Jean helps them through the bad times, but even that might not be enough to pull them through.

Second Edition

First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2009.