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Auteur de romans à succès, Bay Whitman vit la vie d’une célébrité – du moins, en apparence. En public, il est sûr de lui. Les femmes boivent la moindre de ses paroles, les hommes envient son assurance et sa démarche arrogante. Cependant, en réalité, Bay est un solitaire. Il est timide, introverti, et sa vie se résume à s’asseoir dans une pièce sombre pour écrire ses célèbres romans sur Jack Robbins. Il n’a qu’un seul vice : les jeux. Gagner un escort à une partie de poker changera sa vie d’une façon qu’il n’aurait jamais imaginé.

Matthew « King » Slater est l’une des stars du porno les plus en vogue. Il passe ses journées devant une caméra et ses nuits comme escort de luxe pour les personnes riches et célèbres. Au fond de lui, il meurt d’envie de trouver l’amour et un lien véritable, mais son passé rend difficile de différencier les besoins de son corps de ceux de son cœur. Pour le moment, il lui est plus facile de voir le sexe comme son travail. Pourtant, lorsqu’il doit tourner à Las Vegas et qu’il est embauché pour un travail d’escort dans un célèbre hôtel casino, son séduisant client rend plus difficile pour lui de distinguer le travail du plaisir.

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Jupiter

States of Love | Nebraska
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For fourteen-year-old Jacob Thomas, a Christian and the smartest kid in class, Bobby Versailles is completely out of reach. Jacob wishes a girl named Allie loved him because he still doesn’t get that he’s gay, but he always keeps his eyes peeled at school, hoping to catch a glimpse of Bobby.

It’s Bobby Versailles’s senior year. Captain of his high school football team, he’s bound to win Homecoming King and hopefully a state championship, but he’s been miserable for years. His fear of somebody finding out he’s gay has brought isolation and loneliness. He has hidden that he’s gay by going on dates with girls now and then, and also by working out and excelling at football—which has also helped teachers look past his learning difficulties. When he first eyes Jacob, it’s possibly love at first sight. Bobby becomes a little obsessed. Jacob has got to be gay, and when Bobby makes a move, both of their worlds turn upside down!

It’s 1982, and while the Nebraska Cornhuskers are barreling toward a possible NCAA National Football Championship, everyone in a small town two hours away hopes Bobby can lead them to a state championship. Can two teens with vastly different lives find love amidst the fervor of Nebraska football?

 

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

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No matter what he tells himself, wealthy NYC architect Liam has never been able to forget his first love, Ben. But as he approaches midlife and realizes something is missing, can he forgive himself for the worst mistake he ever made—the one that left a hole no amount of career success can fill? Or will fear keep him from the full life he really wants?

Liam and Ben were childhood sweethearts, then college boyfriends. But when Liam cheated on Ben, Ben forced himself to cut ties and move on. He’s still living in the small town where they grew up, teaching, but it’s not the life he imagined for himself as a younger man. Still, when Liam returns, he can’t risk his heart again. He certainly can’t allow himself to love Liam again after fighting so hard to get over him.

Neither man wants to let go of the past and face their apprehension at starting over. They don’t want to fall in love a second time—but sometimes love happens whether it’s wanted or not.

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Aaron Weiss weiß, wie man entflieht. Vor Jahren war er vor einer unglücklichen Liebe geflohen und impulsiv der Armee beigetreten. Nun ist er aus gesundheitlichen Gründen gezwungen, seinen Abschied zu nehmen und sein Leben zu Hause neu zu ordnen, erweist sich als echte Herausforderung.

Jesse Ross weiß, wie man sich versteckt. Er ist sich bewusst, dass er ein Sonderling und Außenseiter in seiner Familie ist. Außerdem weiß er, dass seine geheime Liebe seit Kindertagen, Aaron, nur seinen gut aussehenden älteren Bruder will. Und doch kann Jesse seine intensiven Gefühle für Aaron nie gänzlich aufgeben. Über die Jahre war Jesse ihm ein treuer Brieffreund. Trotzdem ist er bis ins Mark erschüttert, als er Aaron auf seiner Türschwelle vorfindet.

Als lange begrabene Geheimnisse aus der Vergangenheit in den Mittelpunkt rücken, fühlen sich die beiden unwiderstehlich zueinander hingezogen. Aber es ist ihre Zukunft, die sie dazu zwingen könnte, alles zu riskieren.

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Austin, Texas, tome 2

La musique. Topher Manning ne pense qu’à ça, mais il doit aussi travailler pour vivre et la mécanique ne correspond pas exactement à ses ambitions de rock star. S’il ne trouve pas très vite le moyen de débloquer les chansons qu’il a dans la tête, son groupe sombrera dans l’obscurité. 

Arrive alors le festival annuel de musique qui se passe dans sa ville, Austin, au Texas. Une panne de voiture fait entrer dans le garage où il travaille un critique musical new-yorkais, Stanton Porter, qui l’invite à assister avec lui au concert de Bruce Springsteen le soir même. 

Un baiser inattendu et un téléphone aux vibrations fantômes sont les prémices d’une incroyable histoire d’amour susceptible de transcender tout ce que les deux hommes pensaient connaître de la réalité. 

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

John Lennon fought for world peace, but sixteen-year-old hippie hopeful Kale Oswald's only made it as far as tie-dying his T-shirts with organic grape juice. Now he’s ready to cement his new hippie identity by joining a local human rights organization, but he doesn’t fit in as well as he’d hoped.

After landing herself in the hospital by washing down a Ziploc bag of pills with a bottle of Gatorade, Julian Mendez came clean to her mother: she is a girl who has been seen as a boy since birth. Puberty blockers have stopped the maturing of her body. They’re also supposed to give her time to be sure she wants to make a more permanent decision, but she’s already Julia in her heart. What she’s not sure she’s ready to face is the post-transition name-calling and bathroom wars awaiting her at school. 

When Kale and Julian come face-to-face at the human rights organization, attraction, teenage awkwardness, and reluctant empathy collide. They are forced to examine who they are and how they want to present themselves to the world. But until Kale can come to terms with his confusion about his own sexuality and Julian can be honest with Kale about her gender, they cannot move forward in friendship, or anything more.

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Speed Dating the Boss

Cowboys and Angels | Book One
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Cowboys and Angels: Book One

Will a mix of privilege and blue collar be a recipe for love… or disaster?

Dan’s pretty satisfied with his job at the working-class bar Cowboys and Angels. He enjoys his simple life, his apartment, and his cat, but he could do without the fights that break out in the bar, his boss’s meddling daughter, Ariel… oh, and a brutal, unrequited crush on his straight alpha boss, Gideon.

When Dan’s friend prepares to tie the knot, everyone insists that Dan needs a date for the wedding. Before he can protest, Ariel arranges a gay speed-dating event at the bar with Gideon as a participant. The unforeseen revelation that Gideon is bisexual raises Dan’s hopes, especially when Gideon announces that he wants to accompany Dan to the wedding. Could Gideon really be interested in Dan? 

When Dan needs someone most, Gideon offers his unconditional support, and with genuine commitment, he shows Dan the kind of man he really is. Teaming up to save the wedding from a hungover groom and intolerant parents, can Gideon convince Dan they’re the best match since beer and pizza?

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La situazione economica di Jamie è un vero disastro, anche se non è colpa sua, e l’ultima persona che si aspetta d’incontrare per caso in biblioteca è un buon samaritano. Malgrado la sua iniziale diffidenza circa le vere motivazioni di Guy, Jamie capisce in fretta che il suo salvatore è un uomo buono e generoso che, dopo aver avuto fortuna nella vita, non desidera altro che aiutare qualcuno in difficoltà. Il fatto che l’uomo sia gay non è un problema visto che Jamie non è interessato… o almeno così pensa.

Guy è felice di poter aiutare Jamie e i due sembrano andare d’accordo, fino a quando la curiosità del ragazzo non trasforma la loro relazione e Guy si ritrova a guardarlo con occhi diversi. Quella che era iniziata come un’offerta d’aiuto diventa qualcosa di completamente inaspettato…

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Mystic Man

States of Love | Connecticut
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When a series of personal crises prompt risk-averse research librarian Aaron Templeton to apply for a job on the other side of the country, nobody is more surprised than he is. He nearly runs home before the final interview except for one little problem: he has no home anymore. He put his condo on the market before he left California and it’s already sold. Only an encounter with free-spirited Connecticut native Cody Brown at the Mystic Seaport Museum staves off Aaron’s incipient panic attack.

Cody loves nothing better than introducing newcomers to the great features of his beloved home state, and when the newbie in question is a rumpled professorial type with the saddest blue eyes on the planet? Score! The attraction between the two men deepens as they explore Cody’s favorite spots, but when difficulties arise and Aaron’s insecurities threaten to overwhelm him, will Cody’s love be enough to keep him in Mystic?

 

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

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Qui es-tu, Chyna ?

Perspectives | Tome 4
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Perspectives, tome 4

À l’approche de son quarante-cinquième anniversaire, Lil Lampert éprouve une terrible anxiété de vieillir. Pour l’aider à retrouver goût à la vie, son partenaire, Grier Dilorio, lui propose un voyage en amoureux en Italie. Cette absence tombe plutôt mal, car leur fils, Luca vient d’entrer à l’école secondaire. Il est confié à ses oncles d’adoption, Clark Stevens, des Chicago Bears, et Jody Williams. 

Grandir entre deux couples gays a donné à Luca une perspective de la vie assez unique, sans pour autant lui permettre de répondre aux questions qu’il se pose concernant son orientation sexuelle. Après plusieurs années d’un béguin secret pour son meilleur ami, Chip Davidson, voilà que Luca s’intéresse à sa jumelle, la rousse Chyna. Alors qu’il se croyait gay, peut-être est-il bisexuel finalement. 

Chyna est né intersexué, c’est-à-dire avec un rare syndrome génétique d’ambiguïté de genre. Biologiquement, c’est un garçon, mais sa mère, troublée par une crise de dépression post-partum, l’a déclaré à la naissance en tant que fille et l’élève depuis lors dans le mensonge. La puberté arrivant, Chyna a de plus en plus de mal à dissimuler son secret, d’autant plus que sa forte attirance pour Luca lui déclenche d’étranges réactions.

Luca saura-t-il, malgré sa jeunesse, accepter une vérité troublante et aider Chyna à découvrir sa véritable identité, ou bien va-t-il renoncer au premier écueil et réduire à néant le rêve de bonheur d’un adolescent à la dérive ?

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The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever

Dreamspun Desires | #60
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How can heartbreak turn into happily ever after?

Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along.

Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.

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Sometimes the music of love skips a beat….

Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.

Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.

When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….

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Come salvi un uomo che sta annegando, quando l’uomo in questione sei tu?

A Jake Moore il mondo va sempre più stretto. Ogni centesimo che guadagna come saldatore se ne va per le cure del padre moribondo, un uomo violento e autoritario che è tutta la famiglia che gli rimane. Come ha promesso alla madre defunta, Jake soffoca il suo desiderio verso gli uomini, ma questo lo lascia consumato dall’oscurità.

Dallas Yates deve usare tutta la sua immaginazione per vedere le potenzialità del malconcio edificio art déco alla periferia di West Hollywood che sta trattando, ma quello che gli fa mettere la firma sul contratto è il sorriso timido del bell’artigiano che lavora dall’altro lato della strada. La loro amicizia diventa più profonda man mano che Dallas rimuove a uno a uno gli strati induriti che stanno soffocando l’anima di Jake. È facile amare l’uomo dolce e dal temperamento artistico che si nasconde dietro quella facciata rovinata, ma Dallas sa che per prima cosa bisogna che Jake impari ad amare se stesso.

Quando il mondo gli crolla intorno, Jake cerca aiuto in Dallas, l’uomo a cui ha imparato ad appoggiarsi. È solo una questione di tempo prima che si lasci andare alla deriva in una vita che non ha mai voluto, e anche se desidera qualcosa di più, il passato lo perseguita, facendogli dubitare di valere davvero l’amore che Dallas desidera così disperatamente dargli.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Tired of being the butt of jokes about his biracial heritage and his mother’s alcoholism, fifteen-year-old Brodie isolates himself from most of the other kids in his school. Often at odds with his father following his parents’ divorce, Brodie’s entire support network consists of his girlfriend, Fawn, and best friend, Abel. Things begin to look up for him after he is transferred to the classroom of a charismatic, handsome young English teacher, Mr. Dakota.

Unfortunate circumstances temporarily take Fawn and Abel out of Brodie's life. With few others to turn to, Brodie forms a bond with the kind and intelligent Mr. Dakota—a man who has experienced his own share of pain and rejection. But feelings of friendship gradually evolve into unrequited emotions and desires Brodie doesn’t understand and isn’t sure how to handle. Acting on his feelings will lead to catastrophic consequences for both him and Mr. Dakota… if Brodie cannot learn to move on with his life before it’s too late.

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Bad Influence

Bad in Baltimore | Book Four
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Bad in Baltimore: Book Four

Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?

Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.

No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Inc., April 2014.

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La mano sul cuore

Storie dalla contea di Lancaster
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Un libro della serie Storie dalla contea di Lancaster

Eddie Graber sogna di fondare un rifugio per animali bisognosi, ma quel sogno è messo a rischio quando il suo partner lo pianta in asso. Ora Eddie rischia di perdere la fattoria che ha appena comprato nella contea di Lancaster e di veder sfumare le sue speranze prima ancora di aver avviato il progetto. Ha bisogno di aiuto, ha bisogno di soldi ma, più di ogni altra cosa, ha bisogno di ritrovare la fede in quel fine superiore che lo aveva motivato fin dall’inizio. 

Malgrado la propria disabilità fisica, Samuel Miller si è spezzato la schiena per integrarsi nella comunità amish in cui vive. Quando suo padre scopre che è gay, lo frusta e lo caccia via. Con nient’altro che una manciata di banconote in tasca, Samuel risponde a un annuncio e si ritrova in una fattoria gestita da un forestiero. L’uomo tratta gli animali in modo bizzarro, non ha la minima idea di come si mandi avanti una fattoria ma possiede un cuore grande e gentile.

Samuel non è l’unica anima sperduta che il destino ha condotto alla Meadow Lake Farm. Ci sono anche le mucche Fred e Ginger – che vivevano rinchiuse in un garage – un gruppetto di pecore e un maialino di nome Benny, che potrebbe dare una lezioncina agli umani sul segreto della vita, dell’amore e della felicità. E potrebbe essere proprio lui a mostrare a Eddie e a Samuel la via per il lieto fine.

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On dit que les opposés s’attirent, mais est ce qu’il est intelligent de céder à cette attraction ?

Le bibliothécaire Tristan Cooper n’arrive pas à rester à l'écart de Phillip, motard rebelle et sexy – l’homme est splendide –, mais Phillip le trouve forcément studieux et ennuyeux, comme tous les petits amis de Tristan. Pourtant, il rêve d’explorer son côté sauvage, cette part de lui même qu’il ne s’autorise à vivre que dans ses fantasmes, et peut être que Phillip le débauché est exactement la personne qu’il lui faut pour se sentir libre.

Phillip, coiffeur, et sexuellement expérimenté, croit aux fins heureuses plutôt qu’aux fins heureuses jusqu’à la fin de ses jours. L’expérience lui a appris à ne pas espérer plus, jusqu’à ce qu’il rencontre le doux et vulnérable Tristan, qui semble sincèrement s’intéresser à son cœur. Mais Phillip ne se fait pas suffisamment confiance pour être l’homme que Tristan voudrait plus d’une nuit.

Avec l’aide d’un couple de grands pères cupidons, Tristan et Phillip pourraient trouver le courage de sortir de leur zone de confort pour découvrir ce qui leur a manqué toute leur vie.

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Le ranch d’une vie

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #18
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Un coup de poing, une tempête de neige, un baiser volé dans l’écurie… et une seconde chance en amour.

Ford Nixel possède deux cabinets d’avocats, deux appartements élégants et connaît les bonnes personnes. Bref, il a tout ce qu’il lui faut.

Se voir remettre par son oncle Ty les parts que possède ce dernier dans le Leaning N, le ranch qui appartient à la famille depuis des générations était donc la dernière chose dont il avait besoin. Ford n’est pas retourné au ranch depuis plus de dix ans, le jour où il y avait laissé Stoney, son compagnon, et était retourné seul à l’université.

Quand Ford arrive au Leaning N, il retrouve Stoney, désormais père célibataire, exactement là où il l’a laissé. Après un coup de poing, une tempête de neige et un baiser volé dans l’écurie, Ford découvre que la passion qui les avait unis ne s’est pas éteinte.

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