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Romancing the Ugly Duckling

Romancing The...
Dreamspun Desires | #36

Romancing The...

Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.

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Revelations

Talking in Code

Prequel to Talking in Code

Spanning the six years before the events of Talking in Code, this collection of short stories recounts highlights of how Richard, Tim, and Eric fell in love—and into bed. These seven tales reveal the early adventures of the two former Navy SEALs, an expert sniper, and their paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega. Between dangerous missions and their aftermath, the three men find time to explore the limits of their relationship and what it might become, whether it’s blistering physical passion or something with the potential to run much deeper—something that will see them through their most difficult battles.

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Ride Along

States of Love | Maryland

Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting. 

It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.

 

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

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Der Unbeugsame

Krieg der Werkstätten

Ein Titel der Krieg der Werkstätten Serie

Jeder  in Jim Irvings Werkstatt will nichts mehr, als bei Krieg der Werkstätten, einer neuen Reality-Show über Mechaniker, mitzumachen. Jeder, außer des talentierten Mechanikers Chandler Scott, der einzige Angestellte, der sich weigert, den Vertrag zu unterschreiben. Die anderen versuchen, ihn zu überreden, denn ohne Chandler — und den Streitigkeiten mit seinem Chef — wird niemand an der Show teilnehmen.

Chandlers einziger Verbündeter ist Jims Sohn, Mark, der gezwungen ist, in der Werkstatt seines Vaters zu arbeiten, bis er sein Studentendarlehen zurückgezahlt hat oder einen besseren Job findet — und der seit einer Weile Chandlers heimlicher Liebhaber ist.

Dann artet eine kleine Fummelei in der Werkstatt aus und gibt dem Sender Munition, um Chandler zu erpressen, mit der Drohung, dass sie Mark bei seinem Vater outen. Jetzt wird Chandler in die Enge getrieben und Mark muss sich entscheiden, wie weit er bereit ist zu gehen, um den Mann zu beschützen, mit dem er sich das Bett teilt … und der ihm möglicherweise auch das Herz gestohlen hat.

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Le rancher solitaire

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #4

Il est prêt à tout dévoiler pour sauver le ranch.

Aubrey Klein a de gros ennuis : il a besoin d’argent au plus vite pour sauver le ranch familial. La solution ? Travailler comme strip-teaseur le week-end dans un club de Dallas. Chaque samedi soir, le temps de deux spectacles, il est le Rancher Solitaire. Il est la star.

Un jour, il fait une découverte inattendue : à l’issue d’un spectacle, Garrett Lamston, un vieil ami d’enfance, l’aborde alors qu’il est toujours masqué, pour lui proposer de s’amuser… Aubrey n’avait jamais soupçonné que ce garçon était gay. Confrontés à des mères envahissantes qui veulent à tout prix leur trouver des épouses, les deux amis se rapprochent et deviennent de plus en plus intimes.

Aubrey sait bien qu’entre le ranch et le club, sa vie n’est qu’un château de cartes. Il espère seulement tenir le coup suffisamment longtemps pour mettre l’exploitation familiale hors de danger, bâtir la vie à laquelle il aspire et trouver l’amour.

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Off Stage: Set Three

Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship has been foundering for a long time. With the end in sight and despairing that he might never find a Dom who suits him, Kilmer heads to a local bar to drown his sorrows—and meets country singer Tanner.

Tanner feels oddly protective of the broken man and eventually convinces Kilmer to hire him to help remodel the small, sad house Kilmer once shared with Jacko. As Tanner and Kilmer get to know each other, Kilmer regains his lost independence and Tanner’s dominant streak rises to the surface. But will it be a help or a hindrance to the trust they’re trying to build?

The answer might lie in the music Kilmer gave up not long after he met Jacko. Music always granted him solace, clarity, and an outlet for his emotions, and with Tanner’s encouragement, he picks up where he left off. Playing together eases them into honest communication, and though a happily ever after will still take patience and work, taking a chance on each other sounds sweeter with every note.

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Growing His Dream

Planting Dreams | Book Two

Sequel to Planting His Dream

Planting Dreams: Book Two

Love can grow in even the harshest conditions.

Life has been a struggle for Lachlan Buttar ever since his mother passed away and left him unprepared to take care of himself. He’s gone from homeless to staying with a local minister, but it soon becomes clear he will be better off, and safer, on his own. Fortunately Foster and Javi agree to take Lachlan in and offer him a real home on their dairy farm.

It’s there that Lachlan meets another of the workers, local farmer Abe Armitage. Though the attraction between them is instant, Abe refuses to act on it until Lachlan returns his interest. By then, strong feelings have taken root, and a passionate romance quickly blossoms. But both men carry baggage that could crush any chance of happiness together, particularly since Lachlan witnessed a crime, and there are those who will do anything to make sure he cannot reveal what he’s seen.

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Sunset at Pencarrow

World of Love | New Zealand

Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.

Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.

 

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

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Le professeur Dane Bernard est un aimable géant, apprécié de tous au lycée de Summitville. Il a une épouse magnifique, deux enfants et de bons rapports avec le personnel et les étudiants. Pourtant Dane a un secret qu’il espère garder caché pour le reste de sa vie : il est gay.

Quand il perd sa femme, Dane affronte enfin son désir pour les hommes. Et un nouveau professeur, Seth Wolcott, attire immédiatement son regard. Seth, de son côté, se reconstruit, léchant ses blessures après une rupture. La dernière chose qu’il veut c’est s’engager dans une nouvelle relation… mais quand il aperçoit Dane lors de son premier jour à l’école de Summitville, son attirance est immédiate et électrique.

Alors que les deux hommes entament une danse de découverte et une nouvelle idylle, ils sont poussés à venir en aide à un étudiant homosexuel harcelé : Truman Reid. Celui-ci est ouvertement gay et fier de l’être, ce que tout le monde dans le lycée de sa petite ville n’approuve pas. Tandis que les deux hommes tentent d’aider Truman à ignorer les harceleurs et à s’aimer sans réserve, ils tirent tous des leçons bouleversantes sur le coming out, l’acceptation, les peines de cœur et la chance de tomber amoureux.

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De la nourriture pour l'esprit

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

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

Emmett Gant avait l’intention de dire à son père quelque chose de vraiment important un dimanche matin… Mais son père est décédé avant qu’il ait pu le lui dire. À présent, près de trois ans plus tard, il ne semble pas savoir avec qui il devrait être… la fille aux joues comme des pommes et son impressionnante famille ou Keegan, son voisin narquois, qui ne voit jamais sa famille, mais qui le rend vraiment heureux juste en venant discuter avec lui.

Emmett a vraiment besoin de clarté.

Heureusement pour lui, la mère de son meilleur ami a un livre de cuisine qui promet de lui donner de la bonne nourriture et de la perspicacité. Emmett est intrigué. Le livre le suit chez lui et Keegan et lui décident de faire la recette « Pour plus de clarté » et ce qui s’ensuit est à la fois très clair et un peu surprenant, surtout pour la petite amie d’Emmett. Ce dernier va devoir réfléchir à son passé et à la chose vraiment importante qu’il n’a pas pu dire à son père s’il veut obtenir la recette de l’amour juste.

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Eine lockere Sache

Will & Patrick (Deutsch) | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Will & Patrick

Patrick Mason fährt nach Bristol, um dort den Sommer mit seinem Bruder Ben zu verbringen. Er ist zwei Wochen lang sein Katzensitter, während Ben im Urlaub ist. Aber Ben vergaß zu erwähnen, dass Patrick nicht alleine in der Wohnung sein würde. Will Adams – Bens Kumpel und seit langer Zeit Patricks Schwarm – okkupiert Bens Gästezimmer, bis er nach einer Trennung in sein neues Haus ziehen kann.

Wider besseren Wissens überzeugt Patrick Will davon, dass ein wenig Spaß ohne Verpflichtungen genau das ist, was sie brauchen. Patrick will sich nicht mit jemanden einlassen, der noch seiner letzten Beziehung hinterhertrauert, und Will ist nicht daran interessiert, eine ernsthafte Beziehung mit einem Studenten anzufangen. Aber Patrick war nie gut darin, Sex und Gefühle zu trennen, und dieses Mal bildet keine Ausnahme. Als ihre zwei gemeinsamen Wochen zu Ende gehen, müssen sie entscheiden, ob es zwischen ihnen etwas gibt, was es wert ist, vertieft zu werden, oder ob es wirklich nur eine lockere Sache ist.

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Sutphin Boulevard (Italiano)

Serie I cinque distretti

Un libro della Serie I cinque distretti

Michael Rodriguez e Nunzio Medici sono amici da due decenni. Sono sempre stati sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda: da quando hanno deciso di fuggire dalle loro famiglie disfunzionali del quartiere della classe operaia di South Jamaica, nel Queens, fino a insegnare in una delle scuole più accessibili alla comunità LGBTQ di Brooklyn. O così credono, finché una notte soffocante passata a ballare li porta a un incontro inaspettato che cambierà per sempre la loro amicizia.

Ora, i tocchi distratti e gli sguardi prolungati trasudano tensione sessuale, e Michael non riesce a dimenticare cosa si prova ad avere addosso le mani del suo migliore amico. Quando i problemi sul lavoro e a casa si accumulano, Michael cerca una costante via di fuga nella naturale intimità e nella sorprendente affinità che lui e Nunzio condividono a letto. Quella soluzione così semplice, però, non è destinata a durare.

Quando il suo mondo comincia a sgretolarsi in un mare di tragedie e complicazioni, Michael sa di dover fare una scelta: rassegnarsi a percorrere la strada verso l’autodistruzione o accettare l’amore dell’uomo che è stato al suo fianco per vent’anni.

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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences, they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

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Delve into some of Rick R. Reed’s classic feel-good romances with this bundle. In Chaser, self-proclaimed chubby chaser Caden DeSarro finds in the perfect man in stocky, bearded Kevin Dodge, and a one-night stand leads into the relationship they’ve both dreamed off. But when Caden returns from a business trip to find Kevin with a new body makeover, is this really the same man he fell in love with? In Hungry for Love, Nate Tippie’s curious sister Hannah and kooky best friend Marilyn set up an online profile on a gay dating site, with Nate as the model. When Brandon Wilde falls in love with the man he’s been chatting with, Nate and Brandon just might have a chance at the love they’ve been searching for—if they can find their way out of the mess Hannah and Marilyn have made!

When the state of Washington finally makes gay marriage legal, Duncan Taylor proposes to his boyfriend, and doesn’t get the answer he’d been hoping for, in Legally Wed. Giving up on love, Duncan determines to marry gay-man-loving Marilyn instead, but wedding planner Peter Dalrymple may be just the solution Duncan has been yearning for. And in Dinner at Fiorello’s, Henry Appleby’s family has his life all planned out for him, but he takes a chance at living a bit of his dream with a summer job at Fiorello’s. Vito Carelli, a chef at Fiorello’s, has a tragic past, but when these two cooks collide in the kitchen, they might just find what they need to break free.

 

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Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now Luca’s home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.

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Breaking Bonds

Walker Boys
Dreamspun Desires | #35

The Walker Boys

From the frying pan into the fire.

After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.

At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

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Frank at Heart

Foothills Pride Stories

A Foothills Pride Story

Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband.

Then handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry, come into his life. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.

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Blue Notes (Italiano)

Blue Notes (Italiano)

Un libro della serie Blue Notes

Forse è colpa del jet lag. Jason Greene pensava di avere tutto dalla vita: il lavoro dei suoi sogni in un rinomato studio legale di Filadelfia, una fidanzata bellissima, e tanti soldi da non sapere neppure come spenderli. Quando scopre la futura sposa a letto con un altro, è costretto a riconsiderare la sua vita e tutte le scelte fatte fino ad allora. Senza quasi riflettere, deciso a fuggire da tutto e da tutti, prende un aereo per Parigi, con la speranza di trovare lì un po’ di pace. 

Ma il periodo di riposo di Jason si tramuta in un viaggio del cuore quando incontra Jules, un violinista jazz in difficoltà e con un grosso peso sulle spalle. Nella città dell’amore, non ci vuole molto prima che i due si trovino a dividere il letto. Eppure, come entrambi capiranno presto, nessuno può sfuggire al proprio passato. Prima o poi, dovranno guardare in faccia la realtà.

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