Contemporary Romance books

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Nachos e ciliegie

Mary's Boys (Italiano)

Darwin Michaels sta vivendo la vita dei suoi sogni a Denver. Tuttavia, nonostante la grande città gli offra il lavoro perfetto, pasti deliziosi e innumerevoli appuntamenti, lui sta perdendo la speranza di trovare l’uomo che possa tenere vivo il suo interesse per più di una notte. Finché non mette gli occhi su Cody Russell.

Cody ha appena raggiunto l’obiettivo della sua vita: andarsene dal Kansas. In un colpo solo, all’Hamburger Mary trova un lavoro, una nuova famiglia e la possibilità di stare con altre persone gay! Gli manca solo qualcuno di speciale. Quando Darwin gli dimostra il suo interesse, Cody pensa che sia troppo bello per essere vero. In fondo, cosa potrà mai trovare Darwin in un cameriere che ha abbandonato gli studi?

Mentre Darwin s’innamora di lui, Cody cerca di capire il proprio valore, ma quando il passato arriva a minacciare la fragile vita che sta costruendo, precipita in un momento di cupa depressione. Darwin, però, è deciso a mostrargli che l’amore, una famiglia e una casa sono lì ad attenderlo… Accetterà Cody ciò che gli viene offerto?

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Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

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Tattoo artist Max Marshall races into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

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Ian McVeigh, geoutet und ungehemmt, hat seit Jahren eine flüchtige Beziehung nach der anderen. Deshalb kann er die ungewohnten Gefühle nicht einordnen, die der arbeitslose Rugby Spieler David – das neueste und höchst verlockende Spielzeug seines Bosses – bei ihm auslöst: eine Mischung aus Begehren und Beschützerinstinkt. Aber David Kelly ist ein Callboy und ein paar Nummern zu groß für Ian. Der bezaubernde, aber geldgierige David würde sich nie mit einem Mann wie Ian abgeben, der nicht die Mittel hat, ihn zu umwerben.

Dennoch beachtet David Ian eines Tages nicht nur, er berührt ihn, flirtet mit ihm und fordert ihn geradezu auf, ihn seinem Gönner abspenstig zu machen. Aber David kann niemanden zu nahe an sich heranlassen. Ian weiß nicht viel über Davids Vergangenheit und das, was er nicht weiß, kann ihnen beiden schaden.

Ian sagt, dass Davids Vergangenheit keine Rolle spielt, aber als er David mit einem älteren Mann sieht, nimmt er sofort das Schlimmste an. Beide Männer müssen sich der Wahrheit stellen, um einander nicht endgültig zu verlieren.

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Barricades

World of Love | Cyprus

They were raised to hate each other, but love has other plans. 

When introverted bookworm Orestis escapes his homophobic parents and abusive home for a night out with friends, he meets artist Emir, and the passion between them is instant and explosive. But Orestis is a Greek Cypriot and Emir is Turkish, and neither society nor their families will accept their love. If they want a romance that lasts beyond one fiery, forbidden night, they’ll have to face the backlash.

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

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Più che amici

Serie Più che...

Quando Curt Townsend, giovane avvocato di successo di Washington, partecipa al suo primo matrimonio gay, non si aspetta niente di più di una bella serata per festeggiare due uomini fortunati disposti a impegnarsi l’uno con l’altro. Di certo non prevede d’incontrare qualcuno come Jack Farinelli. Jack ha quattordici anni più di lui e gestisce due attività: un gay bar e un negozio di moto. È splendido e sicuro di sé, e Curt è convinto di non aver nulla in comune con lui. 

Jack sta bene così com’è. È attratto dalla prontezza di spirito di Curt e dalla sua disinvoltura, ma soprattutto dalla loro inattesa passione comune per il baseball. Mentre creano un’amicizia basata sull’entusiasmo per lo sport, cominciano un viaggio che piano rivela come le loro differenze potrebbero essere il catalizzatore di una forte attrazione. Entrambi hanno provato sulla propria pelle cosa significa soffrire, ma si rendono conto di aver bisogno di mettere da parte il passato e imparare a guardare avanti con fiducia se vogliono avere un futuro insieme.

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Redesigning Landry Bishop

Dreamspun Desires
Stars from Peril

A Stars from Peril Novel

Love never goes out of style.

Landry Bishop fled his tiny hometown and never looked back. Now his expertise in food, fashion, and décor has earned him all of Hollywood’s glittering perks. But with his husband deceased and his personal assistant retired, Landry has nobody to rely on—and no one to help him indulge his secret cravings.

Casual, plainspoken Jordan Stryker seems a dubious choice of a PA for someone as formal and self-controlled as Landry. Jordan’s questionable fashion sense and limited kitchen skills don’t exactly enhance his résumé. But as Landry soon realizes, Jordan has many attractive qualities too.

With a strong pull toward Jordan, new career opportunities on the horizon, and a persistent tug from family back home, Landry is in a quandary. He can advise others on how to make their lives special, but what should he do about his own?

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Can a wealthy but frustrated CEO and a guilt-ridden stripper find what they need in a consensual, nonsexual whipping boy arrangement?

Billionaire mogul Grant Jessup, fifty-three, buries his sexual tastes and the reasons behind them—the stresses of his business empire and family. In contrast, Jim Sieber understands the regret that makes him seek pain and penance. As an asexual averse to erotic touch, Jim sets strict boundaries. But as the relationship evolves, Grant struggles to respect them, and both men realize for their association to continue and perhaps grow into real feelings, they’ll have to explore new ways to satisfy each other.

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Angebrannt: Die Liebe wartet nicht.

Patch Hastle ist erfolgreicher DJ und Model, der als Jugendlicher aus Texas abgehauen ist. Er hat wenig Grund, zurückzublicken. Dann verunglücken seine Eltern tödlich und Patch muss notgedrungen zurück in seine alte Heimat. Sobald die Farm der Familie verkauft ist, will er sich wieder aus dem Staub machen. Leider wurde ausgerechnet der böse Geist seiner Jugend zum Testamentsvollstrecker berufen – der gut aussehende beste Freund seines Vaters, der ihm das Leben an der High School zur Hölle gemacht hat.

Tucker Biggs zieht es nirgendwo hin. Zwanzig Jahre nach seiner Zeit als Rodeo-Cowboy hat er als Verwalter auf der Hastle-Farm Wurzeln geschlagen. Dass der ungebärdige Sohn seines Freundes ihn früher nicht leiden konnte, war ihm klar. Aber als ihm plötzlich ein attraktiver junger Erwachsener gegenübersteht, eine Versuchung auf zwei langen Beinen in Skinny-Jeans, hat Tucker alle Veranlassung, sich ein paar neue Tricks einfallen zu lassen.

Patch und Tucker kommen schon bald zur Sache, aber etwas Ernstes kann das ja nicht werden. Das Ende scheint vorprogrammiert: Die Farm wird verkauft, ihre Wege werden sich wieder trennen und jeder reitet in seinen eigenen Sonnenuntergang. Aber den rastlosen Großstadtmenschen und seinen verwurzelten Kerl vom Land verbindet dann doch mehr als gedacht. Wenn sich nicht alles wieder in Luft auflösen soll, müssen die beiden sich darüber klarwerden, was ihnen wirklich wichtig ist – bevor ihnen die Zeit davonläuft.

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Il est facile de devenir cynique quand la vie ne va pas comme on veut.

Cole Reid mène une vie de reclus depuis ses quinze ans, âge auquel son homosexualité a été révélée au grand jour par son équipe de baseball. Depuis, son comportement obsessionnel compulsif et sa nature sarcastique ont fait fuir une bonne partie de la population. Quant aux autres, ils le détestent parce qu’il est homosexuel. Selon lui, il est voué à faire fuir n’importe quel ami potentiel – ne parlons même pas d’un petit ami –, alors à quoi bon faire des efforts ?

Quand Cole entre à l’université, il est devenu un homme solitaire et maniaque. Cela ne lui cause aucun problème jusqu’au jour où son colocataire décroche son diplôme et que le service des logements annonce à Ellis Montgomery qu’il peut prendre sa place. Ellis est bordélique, magnifique, hétérosexuel et encore pire : un sportif !

Pendant une année universitaire où se côtoient les amis bruyants, les mésaventures en camping et les parents intrusifs, Cole et Ellis développent un lien amical qui change la vision de Cole sur la vie. Ellis est bien plus qu’un sportif qui aime s’amuser – et l’attirance que Cole ressent pour lui ravive son espoir de trouver chaussure à son pied.

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Nelle questioni di cuore non esiste l’ordinaria amministrazione.

Thomas Stepford ha impiegato anni per costruire un’azienda di successo e adesso, arrivato alla soglia dei quaranta, desidera una vita più tranquilla e, dato che i suoi genitori hanno bisogno di aiuto, decide di tornare a casa. Non potendo staccarsi del tutto dagli affari, ha bisogno di un assistente, ma la persona che assume non è esattamente il genere di impiegato che aveva in mente…

Brandon Wilson, fresco di laurea, ha bisogno di un lavoro. Grazie all’aiuto della nonna viene assunto come assistente del signor Stepford. Thomas sembra non ricordarlo ma, anni fa, Brandon ha già lavorato per lui: era il ragazzo che gli falciava il prato. L’uomo che era il protagonista delle sue fantasie adolescenziali, così attraente e tanto più grande di lui, adesso è il suo capo.

Entrambi sono decisi a mantenere il loro rapporto su un piano strettamente professionale, ma la vecchia fiamma è ancora viva. Imparano tuttavia a lavorare insieme, anche quando la tensione sessuale raggiunge il punto di ebollizione. Appena decidono di arrendervisi però, Thomas viene richiamato a New York dalla sua vecchia vita. Forse Thomas saprà resistere alla tentazione di tornare indietro, ma riusciranno i due uomini a far sopravvivere la loro neonata storia d’amore quando Brandon riceve la chiamata dei suoi sogni… da Hollywood?

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Part of the Coda Series

Now includes the Coda series prequel, Meant to Be

Can a man who loves his small hometown trust it to love him back?

Jared Thomas has lived in the mountain town of Coda, Colorado his whole life. He can’t imagine living anywhere else. But Jared’s opportunities are limited—the only other gay man in town is twice his age, and although Jared originally planned to be a teacher, the backlash that might accompany the gig keeps him working at his family’s store instead.

Then Matt Richards moves to town.

Matt may not be into guys, but he doesn’t care that Jared is. A summer camping and mountain biking together cements their friendship, but when Matt realizes he’s attracted to Jared, he panics and withdraws, leaving Jared all too aware of what he’s missing.

Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s coworkers, Jared fears they’ll never find a way to be together. But for the first time, he has the courage to try… if he can only convince Matt.

 

Meant to Be

Jared has simple goals for his freshman year of college: make friends, lose his virginity, come out, and maybe fall in love. He doesn’t anticipate getting caught between his friend Bryan and Bryan’s flamboyant ex. Through the awkwardness, Jared learns love doesn’t always mean sex and the most meaningful connections might have nothing to do with romance.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January, 2010.

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Fire and Obsidian

Carlisle Deputies
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A Carlisle Deputies Novel

Can a couple be more opposite than a thief and a cop? Or do they have more in common than they think?

Mattias Dumont stole to survive. He was damn good at it. But there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. Now he works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James.

Police Officer James Levinson doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. James’s father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives—it inspired him to go into law enforcement. Mattias is no different, from what he can tell… at first. 

As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other—unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget. 

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Henry Walker, héritier présomptif d’une vaste société internationale, s’est consacré sa vie durant à satisfaire son père, un homme froid et distant. Ses efforts futiles ne lui ont laissé aucune place pour vivre, aimer ou prendre ses propres décisions. Il n’a qu’un seul ami, son vilain secret inavoué : Archie Banks.

Élevé sur le domaine des Walker auprès de Henry, Archie est à présent son chauffeur, son garde du corps… et occasionnellement son amant. Il est loyal, mais s’apprête à obtenir son diplôme universitaire. Il a des projets d’avenir qui n’incluent pas de se tenir à la disposition du père de Henry. Pas même pour ce dernier.

Sans prévenir, un kidnapping brutal les conduit à la tragédie et au chaos, et les pousse dans une bataille dramatique qui les menace personnellement et met leur couple en péril. Trouveront-ils un moyen de guérir les blessures du passé, de sauver l’héritage de Henry et de bâtir un avenir commun ?

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Love Conventions

Dreamspun Desires

A happy ending worthy of a TV fantasy… in real life?

Ashland Wells is an actor of sci-fi cult fame but with little direction for the future, when handsome grad student Remy Beaumont lands in his lap at a fan convention. Remy is everything Ash ever wanted and wished he could be—including out and proud. For twelve hours they’re the best of friends. But the convention ends, and saying goodbye to Remy might be the biggest mistake Ash has ever made. 

A few months later, they’re reunited on a new production—Ash as an actor, Remy a writer—and though Ash doesn’t plan to let him go twice, being with Remy means going public about being gay. He’s not sure that’s a risk he—or his career—can handle, no matter how great the temptation. 

If only they could write themselves the romantic happily ever after they both need. 

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Blueprint (Italiano)

Le regole del possesso | Libro 1

Kelly Cannon è soddisfatto della sua vita. Ha degli amici, una famiglia fantastica e un buon lavoro. La sua vita amorosa, però, fa davvero pietà. E per quale motivo? Perché il suo cuore ha deciso di infrangere due regole importanti: non innamorarsi di un etero e soprattutto non innamorarsi del proprio migliore amico.

Il campione di football Britton “Blue” Montgomery è sotto pressione. Suo padre è interessato solo alla sua carriera di giocatore. I suoi allenatori vogliono che giochi senza infortunarsi di nuovo. E poi ci sono i tifosi, il suo agente e infine sua madre, che è ricomparsa dopo aver lasciato la famiglia anni prima. Come se non bastasse, il suo rapporto con Kelly si fa sempre più incerto, e questo lo spaventa più di qualsiasi altra cosa.

Quando Kelly ammette di essere innamorato di lui, il loro legame è messo alla prova, e Blue deve decidere cosa conta davvero. Non vuole perdere la persona più importante della sua vita, ma il prezzo per tenere Kelly al suo fianco potrebbe essere più alto di quanto lui sia disposto a pagare.

Per fortuna, il suo soprannome in campo è Blueprint, il Prototipo: è l’unico che potrà cambiare le regole del gioco.

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Le sauveteur

415 Ink (Français) | Tome 2
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Dans tout homme bon, il y a un sauveteur, mais parfois, c’est l’amour qui réveille l’homme dans le sauveteur. 

Mace Crawford, sapeur-pompier de San Francisco, a connu une enfance difficile. Enlevé par nécessité à son épouvantable père, il a été élevé dans le système fédéral, froid et indifférent. Devenu adulte, il consacre sa vie à sauver les autres, y compris les frères qu’il s’est choisis. Second de sa brigade, Mace guide ceux qui sont sous ses ordres ; à 415 Ink, le salon de tatouage familial, il apporte son aide, mais par-dessus tout, il protège sa famille de son secret le plus sombre. 

Alors qu’il s’est juré de ne jamais aimer, un gros problème apparaît dans sa vie solitaire : Rob Claussen, un des tatoueurs de 415 Ink, l’obsède de plus en plus.

Mace a édifié de strictes frontières pour protéger son univers contrôlé – et son cœur, mieux barricadé encore. Il ne peut y faire entrer Rob, il ne peut céder à son désir sans risquer d’abattre les fondations mêmes de l’existence qu’il s’est bâtie. 

Un jour pourtant, un démon du passé refait surface et Mace est alors confronté à un choix : s’accrocher à ses mensonges ou sauver celui qu’il a si peur d’aimer. 

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Tigers and Devils

Tigers and Devils

The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.

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