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Grand, ténébreux et sans visa

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #31
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Traverser la frontière de l'amour.

Décisions hâtives sur idées malencontreuses rapprochent le Portugais Mateus Fontes et l'homme d'affaires Crawford Hargrave au poste de frontière canadien.

Mateus se retrouve dans une impasse. Avec un permis de tourisme qui expire sous peu, son entrée au Canada lui est refusée et on rejette sa demande pour repasser la frontière des États-Unis. En inventant de toute pièce leurs prétendues fiançailles, Crawford pense avoir réglé le problème, et cela fonctionne, jusqu’à ce qu’ils apprennent qu’ils doivent réellement se marier avant de pouvoir rentrer aux États-Unis. Mais Crawford s’est déjà fait avoir une fois par le mariage et il est déterminé à ne pas reproduire la même erreur.

Aucun d’entre eux ne s’attend à ce que de réels sentiments naissent de ce mariage blanc, et c’est pourtant ce qui est sur le point d’arriver. Ils devront apprendre à être honnêtes l’un envers l’autre s’ils espèrent que cela fonctionne entre eux, chose particulièrement difficile lorsque leur mariage entier est basé sur des mensonges.

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Locked Down

Texas Heroes
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A Texas Heroes Novel

A charming, confident FBI analyst gets more than the fling he bargained for when his lover lands smack in the middle of his investigation.

Gabe Lopez travels to Everness, Texas, to investigate and profile a dangerous group of white supremacists living on the outskirts of the small town.  As far as he’s concerned, the assignment can’t end soon enough. When he stops to help Matt York with a flat tire, he anticipates a sexy distraction—nothing more. But Matt has a knack for getting himself into trouble, and soon Gabe is torn between protecting Matt and doing his job.

Matt left a successful life and business back in San Francisco to fulfill a promise to his aunt: find his runaway cousin and bring him home. But Tommy is on a dangerous path, and someone is trying to scare Matt off—or worse.

When the situation escalates, Matt turns to Gabe, who doesn’t like mixing business and pleasure. But in Everness, the secrets are buried deep, and like it or not, Matt is at risk of being buried right alongside them.

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The Winter Quarters

Dreamspun Desires | #92
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Snow, steam, and a second chance.

Reluctant socialite Kai has thirty-five days before his family starts shooting the next season of their reality TV show, revealing a life he’d rather keep private—and one that feels increasingly scripted. Desperately needing a break, Kai escapes to his childhood best friend Hiro Asada’s inn in rural Japan. He finds peace in the thousand-year-old hot springs, but his yearning for Hiro resurfaces at the worst time: Hiro is about to inherit the inn, and his parents expect him to marry within the year.

Hiro’s traditional family loves him for who he is, but they can’t imagine two men running the inn. Meanwhile, Kai has a TV contract his lawyer insists can’t be broken. Hiro and Kai need to think outside the box—and solve their problems before Christmas Day, when Kai’s show shoots its annual holiday special.   

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Summer of Hush

Summer of Hush
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A Summer of Hush Book

Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?

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When the pickiest eater in America is tapped to judge a cooking competition along with his chef ex-boyfriend, will it be a recipe for a second chance… or disaster?

Luke Walker’s humor about foods he can’t stand made him an internet celebrity and his blog, The Pickiest Eater in America, a huge hit. He plans to bring that same lighthearted comedy to the show—but he won’t be the only host.

Meyer Thibodeaux might be a famous chef, but he’s solemn, uptight, and closeted. He’s also  Luke's ex. As different as they are, the sparks between Luke and Meyer never really went out, and as they work together, each begins to see the other in a new light, and the passion between them reignites, hot as ever. But secrets, gossip, and rumors on the set could sour their reunion.

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Power Players

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States of Love | District of Columbia
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Jeffrey knows the underbelly of Washington, DC, well. Once homeless, he’s now the director of a massive coalition of shelters. The last person he’s interested in meeting is wealth consultant Derek T. Hinsdale III, another slick-talking, privileged jerk. Jeffrey has had enough of those.

But Derek’s latest project could impact Jeffrey’s organization—with a multimillion-dollar gift awarded at a special dinner and ceremony. Jeffrey and Derek seem so different, but in their convictions, they find common ground, and the heat they call up in each other can’t be ignored. Can they salvage a disastrous evening and a painful reminder of Jeffrey’s past?

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

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Drawing the Prince

Stars from Peril
Dreamspun Desires | #91
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A Stars from Peril Novel

Painting themselves a life together will be a royal ordeal.

Small-town boy Cal Walters doesn’t know whether he owes his phenomenal success as an artist to talent or to his connections to famous people. Doubt leaves him secluded—until a lost bet lands him on yet another blind date. But this one is different.

To Teofilo Vabriga-Kastav, playboy prince of the tiny nation of Porvunia and passionate art lover, Cal’s paintings are as intriguing as Cal himself. When Teo invites Cal to his country for an art competition, a whirlwind romance sweeps them up. But it can’t last—loyalties and obligations bind them to lives that are worlds apart.

Cal and Teo might’ve found their perfect complements in each other, but to hold on to their happiness, they’ll have to get creative.

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L'amico del dottore

Copper Point Medical (Italiano) | Libro 2
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Seguito di Il segreto del dottore Copper Point Medical: Libro Due

Il  peggior partito dell’ospedale e il freddo direttore del personale si odiano… e allora perché fingono di stare insieme?

Il dottor Owen Gagnon e il direttore delle Risorse Umane, Erin Andreas, sono noti per i loro scontri accesi in corsia. Non è quindi difficile immaginare la sorpresa della città quando Erin offre un’ingente somma di denaro per vincere un appuntamento con Owen all’asta degli scapoli dell’ospedale… e il dottore dal canto suo alza la posta in gioco insistendo che Erin si trasferisca da lui.

Copper Point non avrà idea di cosa stia succedendo, ma nemmeno Erin e Owen ne sono tanto sicuri. Il gesto di Erin voleva essere un modo per esprimere interesse nei confronti del dottore, ma Owen sospetta un secondo fine: crede che Erin voglia approfittare di lui per sfuggire al padre dispotico.

Quando il direttore del personale si ritrova immischiato in una spiacevole indagine interna, Owen si mette in testa di aiutarlo e di essere l’eroe che l’altro non ha mai avuto. Erin, dal canto suo, preferisce spendere le proprie energie cercando di salvare il dottore dalle tenebre di un passato che l’uomo non vuole raccontare.

La loro relazione sarà anche finta, ma i sentimenti che provano sono reali. Tuttavia, quel legame non potrà durare se non riusciranno a mettere a tacere i demoni che li perseguitano. Per farlo non gli basterà lavorare insieme: dovranno avere fiducia l’uno nell’altro per guarire il proprio cuore.

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Un esprit libéré

Secrets (Français) | Tome 2
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Secrets, tome 2

Rob Daniels est déterminé à prouver que son frère Alex se trompe sur toute la ligne. Alex pense avoir trouvé l’amour à travers la pratique du BDSM ; Rob est certain que ce n’est pas possible. Il se rend à plusieurs reprises dans un club de Londres pour lui donner tort. En assistant à la soirée d’inauguration du Secrets, Rob a droit à une mauvaise surprise qui le fait fuir en jurant de ne plus jamais revenir… Mais il ne peut pas s’empêcher d’y remettre les pieds et tombe sur un homme imposant : le Dom Vic Prentiss. Leur première rencontre est un désastre.

Mais plus Vic passe de temps avec Rob, plus il est convaincu de deux choses : primo, ce jeune homme est rongé de l’intérieur et deuzio, il est à la recherche de quelque chose. Son instinct le pousse à lui venir en aide, mais une clé est nécessaire pour libérer les secrets dissimulés dans l’esprit de Rob. Il suffit de la trouver. Alors seulement pourra-t-il découvrir le véritable Rob, l’homme qui est effrayé à l’idée de lâcher prise…

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I've Got This

Joy Universe
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A Joy Universe Novel

Derek Bryer loves his life. His job as an assistant director at Joy Universe, the second-largest theme park complex on the planet, makes him indirectly responsible for bringing joy (pun intended) to millions of people. So what if none of his relationships are that close? Everyone he meets loves him.

Except Trav Jones. For some reason, the visiting Broadway performer would rather Derek just go away. He appreciates Derek’s work ethic, though, and after Trav steps up when Derek desperately needs someone to fill in for his sick staff, Derek seizes the chance to convince Trav he’s not such a bad guy.

Falling in love while distracted by a murder at the park, food poisoning, and colleagues placing bets on their relationship won’t be easy, but between the two of them and with the magic of Joy Universe, they’ve got this.

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Schlechte Gesellschaft

Baltimore Bad Boys (Deutsch) | Buch 1
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Buch 1 in der Serie Baltimore Bad Boys

Rache ist süß. Aber es gibt einige Dinge, die sind noch süßer.

„Ich brauche einen Freund. Freund wie in Geliebter.“

Diese Worte von seinem so nicht-schwulen, ehemaligen besten Freund zu hören, löst in Nate nicht gerade ein Gefühl von Verständnis und Hilfsbereitschaft aus. Kellan Brooks‘ Vater hat in seinem Streben nach Geld und Macht nicht nur Nates Familie zerstört, Kellan hat ihm in der Oberschule auch das Herz gebrochen. Nate hatte gedacht, seinem Freund vertrauen zu können, als er ihm gestand, schwul zu sein. Das stellte sich als falsch heraus und Nate war zum Gespött der Schule geworden. Kellan musste also schon sehr verzweifelt sein, wenn er jetzt ausgerechnet Nate um Hilfe bat.

Kellan hat genug davon, sich von seinem Vater das Leben vorschreiben zu lassen. Er will ihm endlich heimzahlen, dass er seinetwegen auf dem Trockenen sitzt. Und wie kann man diesen scheinheiligen Idioten mehr auf die Palme bringen, als sich als schwul zu outen? Besonders mit dem Sohn des Mannes, den sein Vater mit seiner Machtgier zerstört hat. Kellan kann allerdings auch verstehen, dass Nate mit ihm nichts mehr zu tun haben will. Er muss also einen Weg finden, um Nate zum Mitspielen zu bringen. Noch schwerer fällt es ihm allerdings, sich selbst davon zu überzeugen, dass die Anziehung zwischen ihnen beiden nur gespielt ist …

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Robin sait bien qu’il ne peut pas donner son nouveau cœur à n’importe qui…

D’une greffe cardiaque à une rupture brutale, Robin a vécu bien des coups durs récemment, mais il sait désormais que la vie est courte et qu’il doit mordre dedans à pleines dents en profitant de chaque bouchée. Un poste au sein des Euro Pride Tours est pile le genre d’aventure qu’il recherche : il a la chance de voir le monde et de vivre un peu, mais l’amour ne l’intéresse pas. Il ne pense pas que son cœur puisse en prendre encore. 

Johan a peut-être déçu sa famille en voulant voler de ses propres ailes, mais quand il rencontre Robin, il n’a pas l’intention de le laisser tomber. Chaque homme est exactement ce dont l’autre a besoin pour se sentir entier à nouveau et, bien que Johan ne soit pas celui qu’imaginait Robin au départ, il est exactement ce que le médecin lui a prescrit pour faire battre son cœur. Comme leur voyage se poursuit en Allemagne, les deux hommes se rapprochent, mais l’arrivée de l’ancien partenaire de Robin pourrait bien prendre une mauvaise tournure.

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The Evolution of Love

World of Love | Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
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When a charming but misguided account manager gets stuck on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands with his hunky zoologist ex, he might rediscover his true passion—in and out of the bedroom.

After art school, Mike Davis gave up on his dream in favor of a stable job. But when he gets an opportunity to teach wealthy travelers how to paint stunning sunsets, it seems like the perfect break. Until he finds out he’ll be sharing a suite with his ex, charismatic Benton Aldridge—a British scientist cuter than the baby animals he studies. Mike makes it clear he has no intention of getting back together with Benton, but sharing a suite makes it almost impossible keep his distance.

As they climb over volcanic peaks and swim with manatees through sparkling jade-colored water, can they also heal past wounds and take the next step in the evolution of love?

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

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Hellion

415 Ink | Book Three
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415 Ink: Book Three

From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well. 

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Romancing the Rough Diamond

Romancing The...
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Romancing The...

Trust is the most precious jewel of all. 

When Mayfair jewelers Starsmith Stones wins the commission for a gay royal wedding, CEO Joel Sterling is recommended to the brilliant young designer Matt Barth—only to discover Matt’s the man with whom he shared an anonymous and passionate kiss on the celebration night. 

Disenchanted with the commercial jewelry industry, Matt nowadays prefers muddy archaeological digs to designing. Openly resentful of Starsmith’s hostile takeover of his family’s firm, he is horrified at the realization he’ll be working with the man who engineered that deal—but the opportunity to create something fabulous and unique for the royal couple is too tempting to refuse.

Working as a team reignites the spark between Joel and Matt. But when betrayal from within Starsmith threatens both the project and Joel’s confidence, will they have built enough trust to keep their newfound love as precious as the royal jewels?

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The First Step

Coastal Carolina
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A Coastal Carolina Novel

The first step is the hardest. After a scandal, New York political reporter Reed Barfield is lying low at the North Carolina coast, writing a story about the seafood industry. But it’s the harbor pilots on the Cape Fear River who capture his interest—men who jump across ten feet of open ocean to grab a rope ladder and guide huge container ships into port. Men like sexy but prickly Justin Vance. 

After surviving an abusive childhood and a tour in the Navy, Justin isn’t fazed by his dangerous job—it’s certainly easier to face than Reed’s annoying questions. Justin isn’t out at work, and he doesn’t need Reed digging into his personal life or his past. 

But Reed’s no stranger to using his considerable charm to get what he wants, and as he wears Justin down, they realize they have a lot in common—and that they like spending time together. Moving beyond that, though, will mean Justin confessing his sexuality and learning to trust Reed with his secrets—if Reed even decides to stay. Both men want a future together, but can they find the courage to take the first step?

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Jasper Warren is a happy-go-lucky young man in spite of the tragedy that’s marred his life. He’s on a road to nowhere with his roommate, Lacy, whom he adores, and a dead-end retail job in Chicago.

And then everything changes in a single night. Though Jasper doesn’t know it, his road is going somewhere after all. This time when tragedy strikes, it brings with it Lacy’s older, wealthy, sexy uncle Rob. Despite the heart-wrenching circumstances, an immediate connection forms between the two men.

But the secrets between them test their attraction. Will their revelations destroy the bloom of new love... or encourage it to grow?

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Se hai ricevuto un cuore nuovo di zecca non puoi donarlo a chiunque…

Negli ultimi anni Robin ne ha passate tante, dal trapianto di cuore a una crudele separazione. Ma queste esperienze gli hanno insegnato che la vita è breve, e ora è pronto a cogliere l’attimo e ricominciare da capo. Il lavoro alla Euro Pride Tours è proprio il tipo di avventura che cercava: finalmente può conoscere il mondo e godersi un po’ la vita. L’amore, però, è sparito dal suo schermo radar: Robin non crede che il suo cuore potrebbe sopportare di soffrire di nuovo.

Johan ha deciso di costruirsi un futuro con le proprie mani, tradendo le aspettative della sua famiglia. Quando incontra Robin, però, non ha intenzione di deludere anche lui. Ciascuno dei due è ciò di cui l’altro ha bisogno per tornare a sentirsi completo. Forse Johan è diverso da come Robin lo immaginava, ma riesce a far battere il suo cuore in prestito più forte di qualsiasi medicina. Il viaggio attraverso la Germania ha inizio, e tappa dopo tappa il rapporto tra i due si fa più intenso. Ma quando l’ex fidanzato di Robin si unisce alla comitiva, il loro amore appena sbocciato potrebbe arrivare a una drammatica conclusione.

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