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Bronco's Boys | Book Seven

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

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

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. 

Second Edition
First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, January 2013.

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Modern Gladiator

Modern Gladiator | Book One

Modern Gladiator: Book One

A prim and proper aspiring doctor and a destitute martial artist—both with hurts to comfort. Each with just the cure the other needs.

Corbin Friel hates mindless sports, especially fighting and boxing. As a medical student, he wants to help others, not watch them beat each other senseless. But his sister, Lala, can’t get enough of rough-and-tumble sporting events, and she drags her brother along whenever she can.

Keon Lynch doesn’t have much going for him. He’s broke, he lives alone in a new state, and he’s estranged from his family. But at least he has his dream—becoming a professional UFC fighter. Keon trains every day, and if he can just score a few more wins, he’ll get his ticket into the ranks of professional competitors.

But an unexplained pain jeopardizes Keon’s dream. During a backstage meet-and-greet, Corbin recognizes the telltale signs of a bone infection, which could cost Keon his leg. Unable to ignore Keon’s situation, Corbin begrudgingly decides to help. And while he gets to know Keon, finding him more desirable with each interaction, Corbin’s ex-boyfriend isn’t pleased with the development….

And he’s determined to keep Corbin for himself, no matter what.

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Piccolo segreto nerd

Coconut Cove (Italiano)

Un incontro tra vecchi compagni di liceo porterà all’amore… o al rimpianto?

Blair Fletcher, un ragazzo qualunque di Key West, diventa all’improvviso una star. Il giorno prima sta servendo ai tavoli e quello successivo si ritrova in un mondo completamente diverso: è un attore nel nuovo teen drama gay Coconut Cove. Recitare la parte dell’ape regina Ryder gli fa guadagnare in fretta amici e nemici, ma è il carpentiere del set a possedere il suo cuore fin da quando erano ragazzini.

Blair ha sempre pensato che il dio dorato Sander Christiansen fosse del tutto irraggiungibile… ed etero. Ora che Sander è tornato nella loro città natale, sembra che le conclusioni di Blair fossero sbagliate. Man mano che le cose sul set e in camera da letto si scaldano, Blair si rende conto di non essere più il ragazzino timido che non si è mai allontanato da casa e che forse per lui è arrivato il momento di avere la vita e l’amore che ha sempre desiderato.

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Secondo libro della serie La Volta

Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. La Volta. Fare il giocoliere con tutti questi nomi per alcuni potrebbe essere un problema, ma per Darius è la quotidianità. Quando un capitolo della sua vita si chiude, lui si lascia alle spalle un nome e le persone a esso collegate. In oltre quarant’anni è riuscito a tenersi alcuni colleghi, perfino qualche amico, ma nessun compagno. Qualcosa però sta cambiando.

Il più recente capitolo della sua esistenza si apre su uno scenario completamente diverso: una casa stabile, un’identità recuperata, una famiglia improbabile, e adesso la possibilità di incontrare di nuovo il solo uomo che Darius abbia mai amato, Efrem Lahm. I motivi della loro separazione sono ancora validi e sembra impossibile che i due possano fidarsi l’uno dell’altro. Ma Efrem ha già deciso che non lo lascerà andare… e Darius dovrà decidere se vuole mettere a rischio il suo cuore, prima che cali il giorno.

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The Blueprint

Rules of Possession | Book One

Rules of Possession: Book One

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don’t fall in love with your best friend.

NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.

When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.

It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.

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Vertrauen in Thomas

Collars & Cuffs (Deutsch) | Buch 2

Buch 2 in der Serie - Collars & Cuffs

Weihnachten ist das Fest des Schenkens und der Nächstenliebe, doch Thomas Williams, Mitinhaber des BDSM-Clubs Collars&Cuffs, bekommt ein unerwartetes Geschenk, bei dem ihm angst und bange wird. Ein befreundeter Dom aus einem anderen Club in Manchester bittet Thomas um Hilfe bei der Rettung eines misshandelten Submissiven, Peter Nicholson. Seinem Freund zuliebe erklärt Thomas sich bereit, den jungen Mann bei sich aufzunehmen und sich um ihn zu kümmern, bis er sich wieder erholt hat. Doch er stellt klar, dass er noch nie einen Sub hatte und auch keinen will.

Peter findet sein neues Leben bei Thomas ruhig und friedlich, doch seine Vergangenheit macht es ihm schwer, wieder einem Dom sein Vertrauen zu schenken. Als Thomas sich jedoch nicht so verhält, wie Peter es erwartet, verblassen die Alpträume allmählich und er beschließt, dass er mehr über das D/s-Leben erfahren möchte. Thomas, der in der Szene als Ausbilder für Subs bekannt ist, beginnt Peter zu unterrichten. Doch als der unerfahrene Sub sich ihm öffnet, stellt Thomas fest, dass er mehr für Peter empfindet, als er sollte. Gerade, als er sich dazu entschlossen hat, Peter endlich einen festen Dom zu suchen, müssen sie erkennen, dass Peters Peiniger immer noch eine ernste Bedrohung darstellt. Angesichts der Gefahr, in der sie beide schweben, kann Thomas seine Gefühle für Peter nicht mehr verleugnen. Die Frage ist jetzt nur, ob Peter lebendig aus der Höhle des Löwen entkommen wird, sodass Thomas seinem Boy sagen kann, dass er ihn liebt.

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Robin, the recipient of a brand-new heart, knows he can’t give it to just anyone….

Robin’s been through his share of upsets recently, from heart transplant surgery to a brutal breakup. But his experiences have taught him life is short, and he’s ready to seize the day and start anew. A job at Euro Pride Tours is just the kind of adventure he’s looking for. He gets to see the world and live a little, but love isn’t on his radar screen. He isn’t sure his heart can endure that again.

Johan might’ve disappointed his family by striking out on his own, but when he meets Robin, he has no intention of letting him down. Each man is just what the other needs to feel whole again, and while Johan might not be the man Robin originally thought he was, he’s exactly what the doctor ordered to make Robin’s borrowed heart beat faster. As the tour through Germany progresses, they grow closer, but when Robin’s ex joins the tour, he could bring their blossoming love to a dramatic halt. 

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Robin, der Empfänger eines neuen Herzens, weiß, dass er es nicht einfach an den Erstbesten verschenken darf …

Robin hat in letzter Zeit viel erlebt, von einer Herztransplantation bis hin zu einer sehr schmerzhaften Trennung. Doch seine Erfahrungen haben ihn gelehrt, dass das Leben kurz ist, und er ist bereit, jeden Tag zu nutzen und einen Neuanfang zu machen. Ein Job bei Euro Pride Tours ist genau die Art von Abenteuer, die er sucht. Dabei lernt er die Welt kennen und kann sein Leben genießen, aber an Liebe denkt er überhaupt nicht. Er ist sich nicht sicher, dass sein Herz das ein weiteres Mal verkraften könnte.

Johan mag seine Familie enttäuscht haben, indem er seinen eigenen Weg geht, aber als er Robin kennenlernt, hat er nicht vor, ihn im Stich zu lassen. Die beiden Männer sind für den anderen genau das, was ihm gefehlt hat, um sich wieder vollständig zu fühlen. Auch ist Johan nicht der Mann, für den Robin ihn ursprünglich gehalten hat, sondern er ist der Richtige, um Robins geborgtes Herz schneller schlagen zu lassen. Während einer Rundreise durch Süddeutschland kommen sie sich näher, aber als Robins Ex sich der Reisegruppe anschließt, könnte er ihrer aufkeimenden Liebe ein jähes Ende bereiten.

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Small dogs can make big changes… if you open your heart.

Carter Embree always hoped someone might rescue him from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who eases Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse of the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be “Super Pet Owner”—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says goodbye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive. He can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, November 2016

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A Model Escort

Dreamspun Desires

What’s the value of love?

Shy data scientist Owen Quinn is brilliant at predictive models but clueless at romance. Fortunately, a new career allows him to start over hundreds of miles from the ex he would rather forget. But the opportunity might go to waste since this isn’t the kind of problem he knows how to solve. The truth is, he’s terrible at making the first move and wishes a connection didn’t have to revolve around sex.

Cal Mercer works for the Nick of Time Escort Service. He’s picky about his clients and has never accepted a regular who is looking for companionship over sex—but can the right client change his mind? And can real feelings develop while money is changing hands? Owen and Cal might get to the root of their true feelings... if their pasts don’t interfere.

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A Second Harvest

2016 Award Winners
Men of Lancaster County

A Men of Lancaster County Novel

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

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Exploring Limits

Exploring Limits

Exploring Limits: Book One

We could always share him….

After failing to capture the attention of their bicurious costar singlehandedly, Kit and Devon team up to seduce Jonathan, who plays King Arthur in the new miniseries Camelot

The chemistry between the three actors is off the charts, and it brings out the adventurous side in all of them. Things heat up in the bedroom as the trio explores the pleasures of dominance, submission, bondage, toys, and anything else they can find to get the most out of their secret time together. 

But a gay ménage presents problems without easy solutions—especially as they work closely together on set. For their threesome to survive and evolve into a true committed relationship, they’ll all have to test their physical and emotional limits.

 

This volume includes newly edited and expanded versions of the novellas:

Exploring Limits

Stretching Limits

Refining Limits

First Edition
Second Editions: Exploring Limits, Stretching Limits, Refining Limits previously published individually by Dreamspinner Press, respectively: January 2010, March 2010, May 2010.

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