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Acte deux

Dreamspun Desires (Français)
Les amants de Lexington

L’amour suit une courbe d’apprentissage abrupte.

Proviseur adjoint au lycée Henry Clay, Blake Barnes a tout ce qu’il désire : une chance d’aider des étudiants en difficulté et un exutoire à sa passion pour le théâtre. Enfin, presque tout – personne ne l’attend chez lui. Et voilà que son béguin du lycée fait un retour explosif dans sa vie en la personne du tuteur inattendu de deux garçons qui se trouvent sous sa responsabilité.

Thane Dalton a toujours été un bad boy pur et dur. Peu de choses ont changé depuis l’époque du lycée, y compris la méfiance qu’il éprouve envers les représentants de l’autorité, et aucune bureaucratie institutionnelle ne l’empêchera de protéger ses neveux des petits caïds qui les terrorisent. Si cela veut dire se prendre la tête avec Blake, ainsi soit-il.

Blake et Thane ont chacun des leçons à apprendre et notamment qu’ils ont tous les deux les intérêts des garçons à cœur, mais aussi que la tension qui couve entre eux n’est pas seulement conflictuelle et que des étincelles peuvent voler lorsque les contraires s’attirent.

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Burden

Love, Unexpected
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A Love, Unexpected Tale

They never knew what hit them.

A hooker with a heart, falling for a Vice cop? This is no Hollywood movie, and if they want a happily ever after, it's not going to be easy. 

Detective Randy Michaels is back with Vice, working to help NYC crack down on its prostitution problem. When he suspects Jesse Bryant of soliciting, Randy is torn between duty and his knowledge of what put Jesse on the streets. Jesse is clearly struggling, and he isn’t the only one. Recent events have forced Randy to question his sexuality, and a shocking encounter with Jesse plunges him into a crisis of conscience. 

Jesse didn’t think his life could get any worse. His family cut all support, his education is on hold, and he’s surviving the only way he knows—selling himself on the streets. Of all the people who could have offered him a helping hand, why did it have to be Randy? 

Two men carrying their own personal burdens: How long will it take them to realize that what they really need is each other?

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Crossing the Touchline

Auckland Med. | Book Two
Perchance to Dream

Auckland Med.: Book Two

What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?

What if that dream is so close you can smell it?

What if you meet someone?

What if you fall in love?

What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?

And what if the dream changes?

Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.

Cameron Wano is that choice.

 

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II segreto del dottore

Copper Point Medical (Italiano) | Libro 1

Copper Point Medical: Libro Uno

Il nuovo brillante ma tenebroso dottore incontra il solare infermiere della porta accanto di Copper Point… e niente può impedire al loro amore di sbocciare. 

Il dottor Hong-Wei Wu arriva a Copper Point, Wisconsin, dopo che la pressione di un tirocinio presso un ospedale prestigioso ha bruciato la sua carriera ancora prima che cominciasse. Schiacciato dalla vergogna di aver deluso la sua famiglia dopo tutto quello che ha sacrificato per lui, si propone di vivere una vita tranquilla come chirurgo generale in una minuscola cittadina del nord. I suoi piani, però, non hanno tenuto conto di Simon Lane, il suo gentile, estroverso e attraente infermiere strumentista. 

Simon non è pronto ad affrontare un bel chirurgo rubacuori che continua a chiedergli aiuto per ambientarsi e che lo corteggia con fantastici piatti taiwanesi. Non c’è dubbio: il dottor Wu è interessato a lui, e Simon ricambia il suo interesse. C’è solo un problema: la politica del St. Ann scoraggia le relazioni tra i membri dello staff dell’ospedale, il che significa che tra loro non può esserci una storia … a meno che non aggirino le regole. 

Tuttavia, una relazione tenuta – letteralmente – nascosta nello sgabuzzino non può portare a un vissero per sempre felici e contenti. Simon non vuole essere un segreto, e Hong-Wei non vuole più impedirsi di vivere la propria vita. Per conquistare la felicità, dovranno far cambiare opinione all’amministrazione dell’ospedale. Ma quali altri segreti finiranno per scoprire su Copper Point… e su loro stessi?

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The Doctor's Secret

Copper Point Medical | Book One

Copper Point Medical: Book One

The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point's sunny nurse-next-door... and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.

Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.

Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules. 

But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

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Gerade erst von seinem Liebhaber verlassen, sucht Harlie Rose Zuflucht im Belladonna Arms, einem schäbigen Mietshaus, hoch auf einem der Hügel in der Innenstadt von San Diego gelegen. Harlie ahnt nicht, dass sein neues Domizil dafür berüchtigt ist, Romanzen zu schmieden. Noch weniger ahnt er, dass er selbst das nächste Opfer sein wird.

Er findet Arbeit in einem nahegelegenen Restaurant, wo er den Bäcker Milan kennenlernt, einen umwerfend attraktiven, aber etwas barschen und abweisenden Mann. Harlie weiß nicht, dass auch Milan unter einem gebrochenen Herzen leidet. Und so kommt es, wie es kommen muss – die beiden Männer belauern sich und errichten ihre Barrikaden. Keiner von ihnen ist bereit, sich einer neuen Liebe zu öffnen.

Doch selbst das störrischste Herz kann erobert werden.

Mit der Unterstützung seiner neuen Freunde – Sylvia, die nur noch auf ihre letzte Operation wartet, um endlich eine Frau zu werden; Arthur, die alternde Dragqueen, die ihre eigene Liebe findet; Stanley und Roger, das liebenswerte Paar aus 5C, das Harlie zum Vorbild wird – lernt er bald, dass im Belladonna Arms die Liebe hinter jeder Ecke lauert und nur darauf wartet, ein neues Opfer zu finden. Ob willig oder nicht.

Doch die nächste Tragödie schwebt schon über ihnen.

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Galen’s Redemption

Links In the Chain

A Links In the Chain Story

A rich man is about to set foot into an unknown world, while a Good Samaritan fears he’ll have to close the charity he’s spent his life building. Poised to lose it all, they might find what they need most in each other.

Son of a wealthy importer, Galen Merriweather lives to broker deals, and he’s damn good at it. But it’s getting harder to ignore the kind of man his father is—a man who would pay Galen’s brother’s lover to leave… a man who’d demand Galen retrieve a quarter-million-dollar check from a struggling homeless shelter.

Robert Kotke knows the money is too good to be true, but it’s a godsend that could help so many people. Still, he hands it over when Galen shows up. But he isn’t done with Galen yet, and he’s going to challenge everything Galen ever believed.

Galen will face an impossible decision: the redemption he’s come to realize he wants, or the life he’d always dreamed of.

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Paradis perdu

Dreamspun Desires (Français)

Il est dangereux de chercher des secrets enfouis.

Lorsqu’une énorme société menace de reprendre son entreprise, Adam Preston, prodige de la programmation, échappe au stress en prenant des vacances plus que méritées en République Dominicaine. Il y rencontre Jonah James, un instructeur de plongée sous-marine, séduisant, intelligent et perspicace. Ce qui commence comme une aventure de vacances devient bientôt beaucoup plus sérieux. 

Mais Jonah a un secret : dix ans auparavant, il s’est réveillé sur une plage de l’île sans savoir comment il y est arrivé… ni même qui il est. Leur paradis n’est peut-être pas aussi parfait qu’il le paraît. Lorsque les souvenirs de Jonah recommencent à affluer comme des vagues sur le sable, Adam s’agrippera-t-il au radeau de sauvetage ou les deux hommes trouveront-ils un havre de sécurité pour se sortir de la tempête ?

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Impacted!

Bay Area Professionals

Bay Area Professionals

On his way home from vacation, Scott Gregory, a closeted sub, hooks up with the gorgeous Red, a flamboyant Dom, for a thrilling one-off at a BDSM bar. They part ways after a satisfying scene... but meet again when Robin Kennedy—Red—arrives at his new job as a dental hygienist and discovers one of his two bosses is Scott.

Robin and Scott embark on a journey of exploration into their kinkier sides and discover they’re more than compatible—they’re a perfect match. But keeping employer/employee and Dom/sub separate at the office presents difficulties, and to make matters even more complicated, the owner of the dental practice is an acknowledged homophobe. 

They fall in love, but Robin chafes at all the secrecy, refusing to live in the shadows. Scott isn’t as brave; he’s desperate to protect his job and his future. Will they be able to find some middle ground... or will their entire relationship fall apart because of fear?

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First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2009.

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Le secret de Poppy

Dreamspun Desires (Français)
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Une deuxième chance née de l’amour.

Pat Corrigan et Edgerton « Edge » Winters étaient prêts à fonder une famille – du moins, c’est ce que pensait Pat. À la dernière minute, Edge a pris peur et s’est enfui. Pat n’a pas pris la peine de lui dire que la conception avait déjà eu lieu et que la petite Emma était en route. Il ne voulait pas d’une relation basée sur une obligation. Il préférait encore élever sa fille seul.

Neuf ans plus tard, Emma et son Poppy se portent bien. Ce n’est pas de cas d’Edge. Il réalise ce qu’il a rejeté en partant et il est de retour pour changer sa vie et reconquérir sa famille. Il devra déployer des efforts considérables afin de prouver à Pat qu’il est un autre homme, et même s’il y parvient, le secret que Pat a gardé pendant des années pourrait bien briser à nouveau leurs rêves.

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Over and Back

Bronco's Boys | Book Five
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Sequel to Round and Round
Bronco's Boys: Book Five

Opposites attract on an overseas holiday, but trouble has hitched a ride.

While Bronco’s nightclub is closed for renovations, the owners invite the staff on a trip to Italy. Bartender Hank needs a roommate, and he’s had his eye on waiter Grant for a while, even if he’s had to keep his distance. But sharing such close proximity means sparks are sure to fly….

Grant has a problem saying no, and it’s led him into some less-than-healthy relationships. While he’s determined not to repeat his mistakes, it’s clear Hank is different.

They’re both willing to take it slow and explore the feelings building between them, but even in a foreign country, their pasts are catching up, and that could hurt more than just their budding romance.

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The Yuchae Blossom

World of Love | South Korea

Can two men find happiness in a country that doesn’t accept their love? 

When Jack Calloway is transferred to his firm’s South Korean branch on Jeju Island, he’s assigned a valet, the beautiful but shy Song Woo-bin. He stirs feelings Jack has rarely experienced for another man, but everything seems to be against them—Jack is older and Song Woo-bin’s supervisor. He is just beginning to understand the new culture surrounding him even as he accepts his own desires for the first time, and Song Woo-bin is closeted, inexperienced, and estranged from his family. Their path to each other is full of obstacles and societal disapproval. Will the two men eventually come together amid the clash and complement of Eastern and Western culture… and find a home among the yuchae blossoms?

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

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Sto per fare qualcosa di straordinario che potrebbe cambiare… tutto.

Ho conosciuto Matt in seconda elementare, e da allora siamo inseparabili. Abbiamo frequentato le stesse scuole, abbiamo studiato allo stesso college. Abbiamo trovato lavoro nella stessa città e condiviso un appartamento. E quando la mia vita ha preso una svolta inaspettata, Matt era lì accanto a me. In ogni momento importante della mia vita, lui c’era. E la cosa più meravigliosa è che, dopo tutti questi anni, siamo ancora migliori amici.

Il che mi porta a questo momento, in cui tutto potrebbe finire: vorrei dirgli che lo amo, che lo amo davvero, ma ho paura di come reagirà. Devo trovare il modo giusto per farlo, perché rischio di perderlo… per sempre.

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Der kalifornische Feuerwehrmann Hayden Hurst beginnt zu erkennen, dass es mehr im Leben gibt, als gegen Feuer zu kämpfen und mit seinen Freunden zu trinken. Er hätte in seinem Haus und seinem Leben Platz für jemand Besonderen, aber bisher ragt unter seinen Verabredungen niemand heraus. Und während er auf der Arbeit geoutet ist, ist es eine Sache zuzugeben, dass er schwul ist und eine ganz andere, bei sozialen Anlässen mit einem Mann aufzutauchen. Er hat Angst, dass das für seine wenig aufgeschlossenen „Freunde“ zu viel wäre.

Der Broadway-Tänzer Jez Bouchet wurde nie mehr irrtümlich für hetero gehalten, seit er mit siebzehn für sein Schwulsein zusammengeschlagen wurde. Nach einem lukrativen Jobangebot in Hollywood löst er sein Leben in New York auf und fährt nach Los Angeles. Sein Bruder, der Haydens bester Freund ist, organisiert für ihn, dass er bei Hayden übernachten kann.

Die Anziehungskraft zwischen Hayden und Jez ist unerwartet, aber feurig und sie erliegen der Versuchung, bevor sie überhaupt sicher sind, dass sie einander mögen. Aber Jez hasst Haydens homophobe Freunde und Hayden weiß, dass Jez zu extravagant ist, um unter dem Radar zu fliegen. Und dann ist da auch noch Jez’ Bruder.

Trotz dieser Hürden stürzen sie sich in eine Beziehung. Aber Jez hat Geheimnisse: einen kleinen, verzogenen Hund und einen entschlossenen Stalker. Wenn er nicht mit offenen Karten spielt, läuft er Gefahr, ihre aufkeimende Beziehung zu zerstören, noch ehe sie die Chance hatte, aufzublühen.

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Rebelle

415 Ink (Français) | Tome 1
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La chose la plus difficile à faire pour un rebelle n’est pas de se battre pour une cause, mais de se battre pour lui-même.

La vie prend un malin plaisir à poignarder Gus Scott dans le dos lorsqu’il s’y attend le moins. Après avoir passé des années à fuir son passé, son présent et le sombre avenir que lui avait prédit les assistantes sociales, le karma lui fournit la seule chose à laquelle il ne pourra – ne voudra – jamais tourner le dos : un fils né d’une nuit passée avec une femme quelques années auparavant après une rupture dévastatrice.

Retourner à San Francisco et au 415 Ink, le salon de tatouage familial, lui a fourni un abri idéal pour combattre ses démons personnels et se reconstruire… jusqu’à ce que le pompier qui l’avait brisé revienne dans sa vie.

Pour Rey Montenegro, le tatoueur Gus Scott était une récompense insaisissable, un prix étincelant qu’il n’avait pas eu la force de retenir. Mettre un terme à sa relation avec le tatoueur versatile avait été douloureux, mais Gus n’avait pas voulu de la vie de famille dont lui rêvait, le laissant avec une âme meurtrie.

Lorsque la vie et le monde de Gus commencent à s’effondrer, Rey l’aide à rassembler les morceaux, et Gus se demande si l’histoire d’amour éternel à laquelle aspire Rey peut vraiment exister.

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Yes, Chef

Dreamspun Desires
Amuse Bouche | Book Two

Amuse Bouche: Book Two

A savory slice of first love.

Simon’s dad died when he was young, leaving Simon to take the reins of the family restaurant business—and the responsibility for his mother and brothers. His commitment to his duty left Simon time for little else, least of all romance.

Argentinian celebrity chef Luke Ferreya has wanted Simon since their culinary-school days, but for Simon, family always came first. Now Luke’s back in Simon’s life—briefly before he returns to South America—and he’s determined to give Simon a sample of everything he’s missed out on.

Simon’s brothers are grown, and his mother is doing fine on her own, and Luke is offering a second chance for a future full of the pleasures of fine food, wine, and especially love. Without his obligations to hide behind, can Simon finally allow himself to say “Yes, Chef”?

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Dirty Laundry

Tucker Springs

A Tucker Springs Novel

Sometimes you have to get dirty to come clean.

When muscle-bound Denver Rogers effortlessly dispatches the frat boys harassing grad student Adam Ellery at the Tucker Springs laundromat, Adam’s thank-you turns into impromptu sex over the laundry table. The problem comes when they exchange numbers. What if Adam wants to meet again and discovers Denver is a high-school dropout with a learning disability who works as a bouncer at a local gay bar? Or what if Denver calls Adam only to learn while he might be brilliant in the lab, outside of it he has crippling social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Either way, neither of them can shake the memory of their laundromat encounter. Despite their fears of what the other might think, they can only remember how good the other one feels. The more they get together, the kinkier things become. They’re both a little bent, but in just the right ways. 

Maybe the secret to staying together isn’t to keep things clean and proper. Maybe it’s best to keep their laundry just a little bit dirty. 

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First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, January 2013.

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Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

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