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Leaning N
Dreamspun Desires | #85

Leaning N

Can two divorced dads get a second chance at a redneck wedding?

When Reid Porter agrees to be his best friend’s man of honor, he never considers that his ex, Mateo, will be there too. Which is ridiculous, because Jennifer is marrying Mat’s brother. Reid would never let Jen down, though, so he finds himself at the Leaning N Ranch with his two daughters and a whole lot of baggage about seeing Mat again.

Mat loves his baby brother and would do anything for him, including face the love of his life, whom he’s sure has moved on. When he and Reid come face-to-face after more than two years apart, they realize they’ve never let go. Now they have to do what they never could before—balance work, home, and children, while finding a way to come back around to each other’s love.

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Willkommen im The Cage! Begleite eine Gruppe von Freunden durch die Höhen und Tiefen ihrer ausgelassenen Sex- und Liebesabenteuer in der BDSM-Szene.

Lazar Thornton liegt das Dom-sein im Blut. Er ist Eigentümer und Betreiber des The Cage, eines florierenden Erotik-Shops, in dem auch seine engsten Freunde häufig anzutreffen sind: Bran, Max, Otto und die stets extravagante, heißblütige Miss Dré. Doch selbst die besten Freunde haben unterschiedliche Vorlieben – im Leben wie im Spiel.  

Mit seiner gut gelaunten, lockeren Art ist Lazar sowohl als Dom als auch als Lehrer sehr gefragt, aber vor der Liebe ist er bisher immer davongelaufen. Bis Ben Owen, ein ziemlicher Neuling in der Szene, blauäugig und lernbegierig daherkommt und Lazar diesem Sub alles beibringen möchte, was er weiß. Doch trotz der Offenheit, die für eine funktionierende Dom/Sub-Beziehung erforderlich ist, spricht keiner von beiden über Gefühle. Ben leidet unter der Ungewissheit, ob seine Liebe erwidert wird, da er sich seines Platzes in Lazars Leben nicht so sicher ist, wie er es gerne wäre. Lazar wird lernen müssen, das Herz seines Subs so gut zu lesen wie seine Gedanken, wenn er Ben wirklich in seinem Leben behalten möchte. 

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Kevin Devereaux’s life can't get worse. He’s on probation. He’s stuck with an unemployed ex-convict dad. And he lives in a run-down trailer on the crappy east side of town. To keep his probation officer happy, Kevin joins a theater program for teenagers and falls hard for Peter Finn, the lead actor in the show—and the son of the town's leading family. Despite their differences, Peter returns Kevin’s feelings, and for the first time, Kevin learns what it means to be in love. 

But Peter’s family won’t accept a gay son—let alone a boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks—and in their conservative town, they must keep the romance secret. Still, they have the play, and they have each other, so they’ll get by— 

Until a brutal attack shatters Kevin’s life and puts Peter in danger of going to jail for murder.

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Un insolito triangolo

Un insolito triangolo

Quando la madre li abbandona per rifarsi una vita chissà dove con il suo ultimo uomo, Bear McKenna non ha ancora diciotto anni e il suo fratellino Tyson, detto Kid, ne ha appena sei. Passano tre anni, durante i quali Bear si dedica completamente al fratello. Se la cavano, ma il prezzo che Bear deve pagare è una vita quasi solitaria che ormai non lo disturba più di tanto. Finché Otter non torna a casa.

Otter è il fratello maggiore del suo migliore amico e da sempre i due si incontrano e scontrano in modi imprevedibili. Questa volta, però, non riescono a sfuggire alla profondità del sentimento che li lega. Nonostante il benessere di Kid sia la sua priorità, Bear non può fare a meno di chiedersi se potrà mai esserci anche per lui, al mondo, qualcosa di più. O qualcuno.

Seconda edizione
Prima edizione pubblicata da Dreamspinner Press, giugno 2012.

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À chacun sa romance

À chacun son histoire

À chacun son histoire, numéro hors série

Zeke Gulden est un cadre impitoyable de Wall Street. Son attitude à la fois dure et sensée lui a bien servi dans le monde cruel des affaires, mais moins dans sa vie personnelle. Lorsqu’il découvre que son ex-petit ami l’a trompé avec un collègue, Zeke ne peut laisser passer cela ; pas avant d’avoir trouvé un moyen de se venger. Cependant, son géniteur a d’autres idées. La nouvelle recrue du magasin de bagels est assez colorée, mais le père de Zeke est persuadé qu’il est l’homme parfait pour son fils.

Benny Ruggieri, New-Yorkais extrêmement fier, rêve de devenir un grand créateur de costumes de théâtre. En attendant, il cumule deux emplois à temps partiel dans l’industrie alimentaire. Benny ne nourrit aucun espoir lorsque son patron le met en contact avec son fils couronné de succès. Il se dit qu’au moins, il peut s’amuser un peu en faisant se tortiller l’homme d’affaires coincé. Au lieu de cela, les deux hommes deviennent d’improbables amis soumis à une attirance inexplicable qu’ils ne peuvent pas ignorer. Benny est peut-être celui qui aidera Zeke à mettre de côté sa quête de vengeance, si celui-ci est prêt à lâcher prise et à pardonner ce qu’il ne peut pas oublier… et à céder à une romance inattendue.

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A Club Whisper Novel

Silver fox Curtis is everything baker Andrew could want in a sub, and their chemistry is off the charts. But as a wealthy and successful gallery owner, Curtis intimidates Andrew and challenges his dominant nature. Can Andrew get used to a sub with a much higher social status? 

British noble Curtis Morris has all but given up on finding his perfect Dom when he walks into a bakery and meets Andrew Granger—smoldering hot, new to Miami, into the lifestyle, and with kinks that align perfectly with Curtis’s own. 

Andrew grew up poor and doesn’t know if he can handle a sub with so much more money, even if he’s insanely attracted to Curtis. To make matters worse, Curtis’s preferred club, Whisper, is far beyond Andrew’s financial means. Still, Andrew doesn’t want to lose Curtis to his own hang-ups, not when Curtis is far from the elitist snob Andrew expected. But Andrew keeps messing up, and with Curtis’s rich ex visiting with the hopes of winning him back, he and Curtis will need all the help they can get to make their romance of opposites work out.

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A sedici anni, Matt Bowers è vittima del crudele tradimento di qualcuno di cui avrebbe dovuto potersi fidare. Ridotto all’ombra di se stesso, deve combattere contro un disturbo ossessivo-compulsivo e la sindrome da stress post traumatico. Vive in un terrore costante, in esilio dal mondo. Dopo aver acquistato un remoto lotto di terra, pensa di aver trovato il luogo perfetto in cui nascondersi e ritrovare un po’ di pace. Per dieci anni, resta aggrappato a questo senso di tranquillità, finché uno sconosciuto non decide di mettersi a correre proprio davanti alla sua casa. 

Quell’intruso sgradito fa la sua comparsa ogni giorno, sconvolgendo la sua vita organizzata nei più minimi dettagli. Matt si rivolge allo sceriffo della città, ma questi si rifiuta di aiutarlo: dopotutto, il corridore non sta facendo niente di male. Col tempo, dopo aver goffamente rotto il ghiaccio con lui, Matt comincia ad accettare la sua presenza.

Ma un giorno l’uomo non passa. La sua assenza manda di nuovo nel caos il mondo di Matt, che sarà costretto a prendere la decisione più difficile della sua vita. 

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Ashlee has loved Disney since she was a kid and can’t wait to be a part of the Disney College Program. Even better, she aced her audition and on top of being cast as a fur character, she’s also going to be trained as a princess! The only downside is that she’s exchanged emails with her assigned roommate, Dana, and Dana’s… kind of weird.

Dana is looking forward to the Disney College Program. The opportunity to live away from home and work for a Fortune 500 company is a great one, and she’s pretty excited about it. The only downside is that she’s exchanged emails with her assigned roommate, Ashlee, and Ashlee... didn’t have the best reaction to the fact that Dana is trans.

With Ashlee oblivious and slightly ignorant and Dana prone to judging others before they judge her, both girls start off on the wrong foot. Over time their miscommunication and distrust turn into friendship, but when they start noticing things about each other that they like and admire, it turns into something more.

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A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION

Black & white interior illustrations with a color paperback cover.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and his closest friends are a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket and a two-legged dog named Wheels. 

Enter Vince Taylor.

Vince is everything Paul isn’t: hot, sexy, and confident. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.

But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it'd-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he's forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince's family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he's perfect the way he is.

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Fake Dating the Prince

Dreamspun Desires | #84

A royal deception. An accidental romance.

When fast-living flight attendant Brayden Wood agrees to accompany a first-class passenger to a swanky charity ball, he discovers his date—“Call me Flip”—is actually His Royal Highness Prince Antoine-Philipe. And he wants Brayden to pretend to be his boyfriend.

Being Europe’s only prince of Indian descent—and its only openly gay one—has led Flip to select “appropriate” men first and worry about attraction later. Still, flirty, irreverent Brayden captivates him right away, and Flip needs a date to survive the ball without being match-made.

Before Flip can pursue Brayden in earnest, the paparazzi forces his hand, and the charade is extended for the remainder of Brayden’s vacation.

Posh, gorgeous, thoughtful Prince Flip is way out of Brayden’s league. If Brayden survives three weeks of platonically sharing a bed with him during the romantic holiday season, going home afterward might break his heart….

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Der sechsundvierzigjährige Eddie Hightower hat ein Problem. Er ist einsam. Das einzige, was ihn daran hindert, dieser Realität ins Auge zu sehen, ist die Tatsache, dass er nicht allein ist. Er hat ein ganzes Haus voller Haustiere und ein Tierheim voller Streuner und ausgesetzter Tiere, für die er ein neues Zuhause sucht. Obwohl er seine Arbeit von ganzem Herzen liebt und sie ihm viel Freude bereitet, fehlt seinem armen, alten Herzen ein entscheidendes Etwas. Und Eddie weiß auch genau, was es ist. Liebe.

Aber halt! Einsatz des Orchesters. Plötzlich und unverhofft passiert es. In der kleinen Stadt Spangle in der Wüste Kaliforniens taucht ein fremder junger Mann mit stechenden grauen Augen auf. Es sind die hellsten und wunderschönsten Augen, die Eddie jemals gesehen hat. Der arme Eddie Hightower wird in ihre silbrigen Tiefen gezogen und verschwindet mit einem Gurgeln. Der Name des Fremden ist Gray Grissom. Gray, wie seine Augen grau sind. Ohne zu zögern öffnet Eddie dem verlorenen jungen Mann seine Tür – und sein Herz. Schließlich ist das Eddies Job. Er gibt Streunern ein Zuhause. Aber diesen speziellen Streuner will Eddie ganz für sich allein behalten.

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Pris dans le blizzard

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #29

Neige, vapeur et secrets.

Lorsque Jude Devereaux, qui fuit un amant violent, trouve refuge dans un chalet isolé de l’Alaska, incapable de rejoindre la ville avant que le blizzard s’abatte sur la région, Hutch, déjà suspicieux de nature, se montre méfiant. Cependant, Jude n’est pas seulement superbe, il est aussi amusant, intelligent et entreprend de flirter avec lui. Ils vivent des moments agréables pendant les trois jours où ils restent coincés à cause de la neige, mais lorsque les nuages s’éclaircissent, Hutch découvre qu’il est un peu trop attaché à Jude.

Pourtant, Jude est-il vraiment celui qu’il prétend être ? Venu en Alaska pour échapper à un monde d’espionnage et de violence, Hutch ferait tout pour ne pas avoir à y retourner. Mais une menace pèse sur Jude et le laisser s’en tirer seul est inconcevable pour Hutch. Il refuse que quelque chose de terrible lui arrive… même s’il doit pour cela dévoiler des secrets qu’il pensait enfouis pour toujours.

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The Doctor's Date

Copper Point Medical | Book Two

Sequel to The Doctor's Secret

Copper Point Medical: Book Two

The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?

Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him. 

Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.

With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.

This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.

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Martin Graham built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to a degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition. To realize his dream, he just needs to broker one last deal… and finally secure an assistant.

Brock Littleton is desperate for money—desperate enough take the job no one else wants: assistant to demanding, fussy, intensely private Mr. Graham.

Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways he never expected, making him realize a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship with Brock that Martin is just starting to believe could be real.

Previously published in Boundless Love Anthology by Andrew Grey, 2018.

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Ammo and Enchiladas

Border Crossing

A Border Crossing Novel

After a night at the movies in Albuquerque, NM, Brantley’s best friend, Matt, is shot right in front him during a robbery. Stunned and devastated, Brant tries to help Matt’s husband, Travis, deal with the funeral details even as he struggles with his own grief and Travis’s blame. When Travis’s best friend arrives, Brant is both annoyed and grateful, because he is so darn tired and can use the help.

Lex Espana is ashamed to admit he hasn’t seen his childhood best friend since Travis’s wedding. He’s even more amazed that he barely remembers Brant from that wedding, because he’s sure interested now. While it’s weird to fall for someone at a funeral, his feelings for Brant are real and make him long for a life he didn’t realize he was missing.

Neither Lex nor Brant knows how to be part of an us, though, and they both have a lot to work through before they can settle in. To become a real couple, Brant and Lex will have to dig deep to get past the roadblocks in their relationship.

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Ian McVeigh è un seduttore felicemente single da anni, disinibito e apertamente gay, che non riesce a spiegarsi l’inaspettato desiderio e il sentimento di protezione che prova quando incontra David: rugbista, disoccupato e nuovo delizioso amante del suo capo. David Kelly è un mantenuto, e decisamente al di fuori della sua portata. È impossibile che un ragazzo così esigente e affascinante presti un briciolo di attenzione a un uomo come lui, con pochi mezzi per corteggiarlo.

Eppure, un giorno, David non solo lo guarda, ma lo tocca, lo stuzzica, e fa di tutto meno che invitare Ian a rubarlo al suo protettore. Ma David non può permettere a niente e a nessuno di abbattere i muri protettivi che ha costruito attorno a sé con tanta attenzione. Ian non sa molto del suo passato, e quello che non sa potrebbe nuocere a entrambi.

Ian sostiene che i trascorsi di David non abbiano importanza, ma quando lo vede con un ricco uomo maturo, pensa immediatamente al peggio. Dovranno entrambi imparare a essere onesti, se non vorranno restare da soli per sempre.

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The Player's Protégé

Campus Connections

A Campus Connections Story

When his friends bet cynical Jerry that he can’t turn sweet Arlo into a player, Jerry might win the bet but lose his heart.

College senior Jerry Helstrom survived a gay childhood in Texas by being fierce and fabulous. At school he’s known as a player and has kept his heart so guarded that he’s forgotten he has one. When his friends bet him he can’t teach inexperienced Arlo Barnes to become a stud like him, Jerry takes on the challenge and quickly finds himself drawn to his enticing trainee.

Arlo kicks butt as a Tae Kwon Do black belt, but his sexual game is lacking. He’s been dumped by his only boyfriend and needs help getting himself out there. Enter Jerry Helstrom, player extraordinaire and happy to provide Arlo with some hands-on coaching. Jerry encourages Arlo to ask for what he wants in sex and in life, something Arlo struggles with. The struggle deepens when Arlo discovers that what he truly wants is the seemingly unattainable Jerry Helstrom.

Jerry can teach Arlo to play the field, but can Arlo teach Jerry to play for keeps?

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Les secrets du Docteur Wu

L'hôpital de Copper Point | Tome 1

Hôpital de Copper Point, tome 1

Le nouveau docteur, brillant, renfermé et secret, rencontre un infirmier au grand cœur… et leur couple est de nature à renverser tous les obstacles.

Après un burn-out, le Dr Hong-Wei Wu, Taïwanais naturalisé Américain, s’installe à Copper Point, Wisconsin. La belle carrière qui lui était promise semble avoir sombré avant même de démarrer. Alors qu’il envisage une vie effacée et tranquille, son jeune assistant a sur lui un impact inattendu. 

Quant à Simon Lane, il ne s’attendait pas au charme irrésistible de son nouveau patron. Le chirurgien accepte son aide pour emménager et l’en remercie par de délicieux plats taïwanais. Malheureusement, le règlement de l’hôpital Ste Anne interdit les relations entre le personnel, aussi leur amour est-il condamné… à moins que le couple soit prêt à tout risquer. 

Simon souffre de cacher leur relation et Hong-Wei n’envisage pas de renoncer à lui. Pour vivre ensemble, ils vont devoir affronter l’administration de l’hôpital et la communauté de Copper Point. Ce faisant, quels autres secrets risquent d’être révélés ?

Et que vont découvrir Hong-Wei et Simon sur eux-mêmes ? 

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