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Le seul chemin vers le bonheur c’est la liberté : la liberté de vivre – et d’aimer – comme le cœur le désir. Revendiquer cette liberté nécessitera tout le courage que possède un jeune homme… mais il n’aura pas à l’affronter seul.

Dans la petite ville conservatrice de Sierra Pines en Californie, le Révérend Gabriel est la loi. Son fils, Willy, suit ses directives… jusqu’à ce qu’il rencontre un homme à Sacramento, et puis le croise à nouveau dans sa ville natale – juste sous le nez de son père.

Reggie est le nouveau shérif nommé à Sierra Pines. Son dévouement pour son travail signifie qu’il ne fait pas étalage de sa sexualité, mais quand il voit Will de nouveau, il ne peut échapper au sentiment qu’ils sont destinés à être ensemble. Il gardera le secret de Will jusqu’à ce que celui-ci soit prêt à laisser le monde voir qui il est réellement. Mais si aller à l’encontre de l’Église et des habitants de la ville n’est pas suffisant, les risques du métier que Reggie aime tellement pourraient signifier la fin de leur romance avant même qu’elle prenne son essor…

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Suite de Big Love

Truman Reid est le terminale le plus fier et le plus ouvertement gay du lycée de Summitville. Il a hâte de pouvoir s’éloigner de sa cruelle et intransigeante petite ville natale sur Ohio River, où il a supporté plus que sa part d’intimidation. Il est impatient d’aller de l’avant vers des lumières brillantes et une grande ville. Peut-être sera-t-il la première star gender-fluid à remporter un Oscar. Pourtant, le premier jour de reprise des cours tout change, lorsque ses yeux se posent sur le plus bel adonis qu’il ait vu de toute sa vie.

Grand, les cheveux noirs et les yeux bleus les plus étonnants qui soient, Mike Stewart est nouveau en ville. Il est calme, viril et a l’air sexy d’une âme en peine. C’est presque un coup de foudre pour Truman. Il pense que cet amour pourrait s’approfondir quand il découvre que Mike fait partie de l’équipe technique de la pièce de théâtre Harvey, celle que les terminales joueront sous la direction de Truman. Mais Mike est-il seulement gay ? Et comment les choses vont-elles se passer, alors que la mère de Truman tombe amoureuse du père de Mike ?

De plus, toujours hors-norme, Truman fait un choix audacieux et controversé pour la pièce, qui révolte toute la ville.

Découvrez comment tout se déroule sur une mise en scène d’amour, de rire, de larmes, et qui prend la défense d’un soi essentiel…

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Non importa quanto provi a convincersi: Liam, architetto di successo a New York, non ha mai dimenticato Ben, il suo primo amore. All’avvicinarsi dei quarant’anni, Liam sente che nella sua vita manca qualcosa. Riuscirà a rimediare al suo più grande errore, quello che gli ha lasciato un vuoto che nessun successo lavorativo potrà mai riempire? O la paura di sbagliare di nuovo gli impedirà di avere la vita che sogna?

Liam e Ben sono stati amici da ragazzi e poi fidanzati all’università. Quando però Liam lo ha tradito, Ben si è imposto di tagliare i ponti con lui e di andare avanti con la propria vita. Abita ancora nella cittadina in cui sono cresciuti e dove fa l’insegnante, ma quella non è l’esistenza che sognava da ragazzo. Eppure, quando Liam riappare a North Falls, Ben non se la sente di rimettere il cuore in gioco. Non può permettersi di farsi conquistare ancora da lui dopo tutta la fatica fatta per dimenticarlo.

Nessuno dei due sembra voler mettere una pietra sul passato e affrontare l’ansia di un nuovo inizio. Non vogliono innamorarsi di nuovo, ma a volte l’amore bussa, anche quando non lo si è invitato.

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Fair Isn't Life

States of Love | Minnesota

Luke Lafontaine survived the past year by not thinking about the father he lost, the dairy farm he couldn’t save from bankruptcy, or his way of life that vanished with the rap of an auctioneer’s hammer. Cleaning up city folks’ trash at the Minnesota State Fair is just another dead-end job. But at the Fair, surrounded by a celebration of farm life,  ambitions he’d given up on and buried deep start to revive. And seeing Mason Bell in the parade—gorgeous, gay, out-of-his-league Mason—stirs other buried dreams.

Mason left his hometown for college in Minneapolis without looking back. Student life is fun, classes are great, gay guys are easy to find, but it’s all a bit superficial. He’s at the State Fair parade route with his band when he realizes a scruffy maintenance worker is Luke, his secret high school crush. Luke should be safely home working on his dad’s farm, not picking up litter. Mason wishes he hadn’t fallen out of touch. He’s an optimist, though, and it’s never too late for second chances. Now he just has to convince Luke.

 

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

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A Sequel to Big Love

Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.

Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike’s dad?

Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.

See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self….

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

What would you do if you found out your whole life was a lie?

That’s what happens to Zavier Beckham. One moment, he’s a happy teen with a loving family and a nerdy best friend named Cole. The next, there’s an FBI agent telling Zavier he was kidnapped as a baby and sold to an adoption agency—that the parents he’s always known aren’t his parents.

Not even his name is his own.

Now Zavier may be forced to deal with a move from his home in Memphis to Chicago, where he would be living with strangers, including a new brother who already resents him. And there is also Brendan, an older boy who stirs confusing feelings in Zavier. There’s more to Brendan than meets the eye, but will he help Zavier adjust to his new situation or add more stress to all the upheaval in Zavier’s life?

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Conquérir l'héritier

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #23

Est-il amoureux d’un vieil hôtel… ou de son nouveau propriétaire ?

Le snowboardeur professionnel Cullen Patrick a du succès et est plutôt célèbre. Donc, lorsqu’il hérite d’un vieil hôtel dans le Colorado d’un parent inconnu, il devrait vraiment laisser tomber.

Matt Nathanson gère le Treeline Estate depuis sa sortie de l’université. Il adorait l’ancien propriétaire et héritera de l’endroit si personne ne le réclame d’ici la semaine prochaine. Bien sûr, Cullen se montre et Matt pense qu’il est temps de passer à autre chose. Il ne veut pas aimer cet homme, peu importe à quel point il est attachant ou à quel point il est affamé.

Cullen a de grandes idées pour le Treeline, mais il ne veut pas les lancer sans Matt et il n’est pas sûr d’être prêt à abandonner le snowboard. Matt peut-il le convaincre que s’enraciner en vaut la peine… et peut-être conquérir son héritier en même temps ?

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Colby McBride è un cowboy operaio che sbarca il lunario facendo il piastrellista in Colorado. Solitario per scelta, gli piace il lavoro manuale e trova la pace campeggiando in montagna. Gordon James è il proprietario di ben due ristoranti di successo in centro a Boulder. È un uomo sofisticato dedito solo al lavoro e agli affari ed è abituato a ottenere sempre ciò che desidera.

I due sono buoni amici, ma presto Colby si rende conto di essere innamorato di Gordon e decide che è arrivato il momento di mostrargli quanto può essere incandescente la sua compagnia. Stanno ancora esplorando la loro relazione quando, in seguito al suicidio della sorella, Gordon deve assumere il ruolo di tutore legale della nipotina di cinque anni.

Colby, che viene da una famiglia numerosa, vuole dare una mano a Gordon con la bambina, anche per dimostrargli il proprio valore. Nessuno dei due è tuttavia pronto a gestire un cambiamento così improvviso nelle loro vite piene di impegni e nemmeno ad affrontare le complicazioni portate nella loro relazione dall’avere a che fare con la piccola Olivia.  

Si dice che gli opposti si attraggano, ma possono due uomini così diversi lavorare insieme per unire le loro esistenze e formare una famiglia stabile, seppur inusuale?

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Fortsetzung zu Die Liebe und der Mut zum Leben

Truman Reid ist Schüler der Abschlussklasse an der Summitville Highschool. Und er ist ‚out & proud‘ aus Überzeugung, offen, eigenwillig und kompromisslos. Dafür wurde er an seiner Schule jahrelang gehänselt und schikaniert. Kein Wunder also, dass er es kaum abwarten kann, seine kleine Heimatstadt am Ohio River endgültig hinter sich zu lassen. Er freut sich schon auf die strahlenden Lichter der Großstadt. Vielleicht kann er ja der erste Star werden, der gender-fluid ist und einen Oscar gewinnt. Doch dann sieht er am ersten Schultag in die Augen des wunderbarsten jungen Mannes, den er jemals gesehen hat.

Mike Stewart – groß, dunkelhaarig und mit den schönsten blauen Augen der Welt – ist neu in der Stadt. Er ist still, männlich und hat die sexy Ausstrahlung einer verlorenen Seele. Für Truman ist es wie Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Eine Liebe, die nur noch tiefer werden kann, als die beiden bei der Schulaufführung von Harvey zusammenarbeiten – Mike hinter der Bühne und Truman als Regisseur. Aber ist Mike überhaupt schwul? Und wie sollen sie damit umgehen, dass sich Trumans Mom ausgerechnet in Mikes Dad verliebt?

Und als wären das nicht schon genug Probleme, entschließt sich der unkonventionelle Truman auch noch, mit seiner kontroversen und mutigen Inszenierung von Harvey einen Skandal auszulösen, der die ganze Stadt in Aufregung versetzt.

Ein Stück, das auf der Bühne des Lebens spielt – auf der Bühne von Liebe, Lachen, Weinen und dem Mut, zu sich selbst zu stehen. Wie wird es enden?

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Hawaii Five Uh-Oh

Plummet to Soar

A Plummet to Soar Story

Sarcastic cop Theo Hsu returns home to Hawai‘i after realizing he wants more from his life, and also, less. He hopes to reconnect with his past and make amends with his mother, who remarried a cool, distant man, leaving Theo unsure where he stands.

It doesn’t take him long to figure out where he wants to stand, though: right next to his childhood best friend, tattooed detective Koa Palapiti. Theo would like to upgrade their relationship, but Koa is putting out some seriously mixed signals. It’s a mystery Theo can’t let go, but just as they start to connect, kidnapping, murder, and a deadly game with international stakes get in the way. Koa wants to keep Theo out of it, and if it comes to a choice between him and Koa’s partner, Freddie Ortiz, Theo doesn’t like his chances.

But even if Koa wants to push him out of the investigation, and his life, Theo still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’ll take all his special gifts, ingenuity, risk-taking, family ties—and even some kinky undercover work—to save the day… and the man he never should’ve let get away.

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Colby McBride is a blue-collar cowboy trying to make ends meet laying tile in Colorado. A loner by choice, Colby works hard with his hands and finds his peace camping in the mountains outside Boulder. Gordon James is a white-collar restaurateur who owns not one, but two successful establishments in downtown Boulder. He’s a sophisticated urbanite who is devoted to his work and is accustomed to getting what he wants.

The men are friends, but sparks fly when Colby falls in love and decides to show Gordon how much fun a good old boy can be. They’re just beginning to explore their relationship when Gordon’s sister’s suicide leaves him with custody of his five-year-old niece. 

Colby comes from a huge family and is eager to help with the girl and to prove his worth to Gordon. But neither of them is ready for the tremendous changes to their already busy lives, or for how this new relationship with Olivia challenges them, complicating the way they interact with each other. 

They say opposites attract, but can these two very different men work together to join their disparate lives and form a strong, if highly unlikely, family? 

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Personal Best 2

Personal Best | Book Two

Personal Best: Book Two

Swimmer Mike Gauliet is moving up in the elite ranks of the American swim team, despite his repetitive stress injuries. He's hiding his pain from coach Jessy Turner, not wanting to give in to it or let his coach and lover down, and by the time he gets treatment, it’s almost too late.

Jessy helps Mike heal, both in an out of the bedroom, and their need for each other grows as quickly as Mike’s career. They’re scorching hot and ready to go to the top competitions when another injury forces Mike to the sidelines. Jessy thinks this one is no accident, and Mike has to work hard to recover the lost ground.

Mike needs a break from the nonstop stress of training, so they move to the coast so Mike can recuperate once again. But their struggles don’t end with getting him back in competition form, and they can’t truly call it a victory unless they can find the balance between their romantic relationship and Mike grabbing the success he’s earned.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Torquere Press, January 2007.

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The Kinsey Scale

Campus Connections

A Campus Connections Story

Life is good for Eric Brown. He’s a senior theater major, an RA for a freshman dorm, and has a great circle of friends. Single since sophomore year, Eric isn’t looking for love. But then Will Butler—fellow senior, co-RA, and the cutest guy Eric’s ever seen—walks into his dorm. Will has a girlfriend he sees off campus—a minor disappointment that becomes a major problem when a housing shortage causes Will and Eric to become roommates, and Eric is forced to witness Will’s hotness day in and day out. For protection, Eric asks Jerry, his ex-boyfriend, to pretend they’re still together. Jerry warns him it’s a stupid idea, but he reluctantly agrees. 

Too bad it won’t save Eric from losing his heart. 

Will Butler has never believed in himself. His dysfunctional family saw to that. Although Will has loved music since childhood, he’s never seriously considered pursuing it, and the person he’s dating doesn’t encourage him. Then he and Eric Brown become roommates, and everything changes. Eric believes in Will and his talent. He’s also gorgeous and playful and fast becoming Will’s best friend. And that’s not good, because Will is hiding some big things, not only from Eric, but from himself.

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Bad Habit

Bad in Baltimore | Book Six

Bad in Baltimore: Book Six

Life is always looking for ways to screw you over. Scott McDermott survived the foster care system and knows better than to let anyone close, but Liam Walsh is his one vulnerability. 

Twice Scott let down his guard, and twice Liam vanished from Scott’s life. 

So when Scott comes face-to-face with Liam for the first time in six years, he punches Liam in the nose. Only after Scott’s friend—and Baltimore County police officer—Jamie reads him the riot act does Scott discover that in the intervening years Liam has been to war and lost his leg. 

Liam hasn’t had the easiest life either. He took care of his drug-addicted mom when she was unable to take care of herself. He’s fallen in love with Scott twice, but when Liam saw Scott going down the same path as his mother, he left. The lesson that he can’t save everyone has been a painful one for Liam to learn. Maybe what he and Scott had can’t ever be fixed. 

Scott and Liam have never fallen out of love—which becomes obvious when they start working together—but what will make this time any different from all the others? Will the third time really be a charm?

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Fire and Agate

Carlisle Deputies

A Carlisle Deputies Novel

When Chris Anducci is moved off jail duty and into the sheriff’s office, he doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human trafficking ring. Knowing the new sheriff doesn’t abide screwups, Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case.

Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When an opportunity presented itself, he took it, resulting in his rescue. Now the safe houses he’s placed in are being threatened and he needs protection if he is to have any sort of chance at a life.

Chris opens his home to Pavle, but he doesn’t expect Pavle and his story to get under his skin… and stay there. Soon they discover they have more in common than either of them thought. Slowly Pavle comes out of his shell and Chris finds someone who touches his heart. But as the men looking for Pavle close in, they will stop at nothing to get him out of the way. But even if Chris can keep him safe, he might not be able to protect his heart if Pavle moves back home.

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La lunga strada tortuosa

Un insolito triangolo

Seguito di L’arte di respirare 

La famiglia non è sempre definita dal sangue, ma da coloro che ci rendono completi e contribuiscono a costruire la nostra identità.

In questa storia ormai giunta alla fine, Bear e Otter saranno messi alla prova come mai prima.

Una ragazzina che non ha un altro posto dove andare bussa alla loro porta.

Una telefonata improvvisa comunica novità inaspettate.

Un fratello torna finalmente a casa dopo aver imparato a camminare da solo.

E, mentre questi tre elementi convergono, le vite di tutti subiranno una svolta dalla quale sarà impossibile tornare indietro.

Cominciando con Un insolito triangolo e proseguendo con La nostra identità e L’arte di respirare, TJ Klune ci parla di famiglia e affetto fraterno, di amore e sacrificio. In questo capitolo finale, gli eventi del passato servono a lastricare la lunga e tortuosa strada che porta a un futuro che nessuno avrebbe mai potuto immaginare.

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Les mecs, numéro hors série

Aaron Weiss est passé maître dans l’art de fuir. Dix ans plus tôt, il a fui une déception amoureuse en rentrant dans l’armée sur un coup de tête. Et aujourd’hui, le voilà forcé à regagner la vie de civil pour raisons médicales. Ironiquement, rentrer à la maison est sans doute le plus grand challenge auquel il ait jamais fait face.

Jesse Ross, quant à lui, maîtrise l’art de se cacher. Il sait pertinemment qu’il n’est pas comme tout le monde. Il peine à trouver sa place, même au sein de sa propre famille. Il sait également que son grand amour de toujours, Aaron, n’a d’yeux que pour son grand frère, plus séduisant et plus sociable que lui. Pourtant, les sentiments de Jesse à l’égard d’Aaron survivent à l’épreuve du temps. Ils correspondent pendant des années, mais leur vie respective s’emballe, et les lettres cessent. Et puis un beau jour, Aaron apparaît sur le seuil de sa porte. 

Des secrets trop longtemps gardés et des blessures qu’ils croyaient guéries ressurgissent, tandis que ces deux-là réalisent qu’ils sont irrémédiablement attirés l’un par l’autre. Seront-ils prêts à tout risquer pour construire un futur ensemble ?

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Seeking Solace

Dreamspun Desires | #69
The Walker Boys

The Walker Boys

All hands on deck for a shipboard romance—with a secret.

Like his cousins, Devin Walker aspires to be a chef, but he wants to indulge his wanderlust while feeding his customers, and working a cruise ship seems like the solution. Since he can’t find an opening in the kitchen, he’s happy to start out in a position behind the bar.

While onboard Poseidon’s Pearl, Devin is assigned to shepherd a visiting executive. Paul Bailey is quiet and unassuming, and a car accident that cost him his leg also shattered his confidence. He doesn’t think he’s attractive to other men anymore, and Devin is eager to show him just how wrong he is. Paul has a surprising secret that might sink their passionate affair before it even leaves port.  

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