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Tief im Schlamassel

Verliebte Partner | Buch 3

Buch 3 in der Serie – Verliebte Partner

Eigentlich könnte  Miro Jones sein Leben in vollen Zügen genießen. Er hat einen aufregenden Job als US Deputy Marshal, der ihn erfüllt, sein wunderschönes Greystone in einem Vorort von Chicago, seine geliebte Wahlfamilie und am allerwichtigsten: den Mann, der sein Herz erobert hat, Ian Doyle. Gäbe es da nicht ein Problem: Ian ist nicht nur ein Marshal und beruflich wie privat Miros Partner – Ian ist auch Soldat mit Leib und Seele. Diese Verpflichtung führt ihn immer wieder fort von Miros Seite, unerwartet und viel zu oft. Das wirft einen Schatten auf etwas, das sonst alles wäre, was Miro sich je hätte erträumen können.

Die Arbeit ist nicht dieselbe ohne Ian. Zuhause ist nicht dasselbe und Miro muss sich seinen Ängsten allein stellen … wie kann er im Beruf die Nerven behalten, wie die dunkle Bedrohung aus seiner Vergangenheit überstehen – und wie kann er ohne Ians unerschütterliche Gegenwart an seiner Seite weiterleben? Sein Leben ist ein ziemlicher Schlamassel, aber was ist, wenn der Ausweg daraus etwas Dauerhaftes erfordert? Was würde das für ihn und Ian bedeuten? Miro steckt in der Zwickmühle und manchmal ist der einzige Weg aus dem Schlamassel, sich an seine Rettungsleine zu klammern und fest zu ziehen.

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Quando si lavora per la mafia, può capitare di dover uccidere molte persone in tanti modi diversi. Ceaton Mercer ha stivato gli ultimi due cadaveri in un capanno degli attrezzi che appartiene a un adorabile ricercatore marino che abita in un’idilliaca comunità isolana, ma non è poi così cattivo. Con il tempo si è trovato una specie di casa e forse anche un posto nel cuore delle persone con cui lavora, o almeno quanto basta perché non gli piantino un proiettile in testa quando smette di essere utile per il boss.

Ma non ha mai immaginato che un solo giorno potesse cambiargli la vita, ed è sul punto di scoprire quanto si sbaglia.

Gli basta un giorno per incontrare l’uomo che sembra essere quello giusto, l’amore della sua vita. Sembra inconcepibile che un uomo che si occupa di morte possa trovare l’amore, ma è come se fosse destino. Gli basta un giorno, che si fa sempre più strano e in cui i problemi si accumulano, per costringere Ceaton a riflettere sulla sua cupa esistenza e ad accettare che in ventiquattro ore tutto può cambiare, perfino lui stesso. Il suo futuro potrebbe rivelarsi più luminoso di quanto si aspettasse, ma dovrà restare vivo abbastanza a lungo da scoprirlo.

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Illusions et faux-semblants

THIRDS (Français) | Tome 7

Suite de Choix et conséquences

THIRDS, tome 7

Dexter J. Daley n’a jamais eu la vie facile, mais il a toujours trouvé une façon de relever la tête et d’avancer avec le sourire. Enlevé chez lui des bras de Sloane Brodie, son compagnon et partenaire au THIRDS, Dex se retrouve dans une situation aussi mystérieuse et dangereuse que l’est le Therian qui le questionne. Il se voit également confirmer ce qu’il a toujours secrètement pensé : la mort de ses parents n’était pas un accident.

Découvrir toute la vérité sur les meurtres de John et Gina Daley enclenche une série d’événements qui changera à jamais les vies de Dex et Sloane. Alors que les secrets enfouis refont surface et que de nouvelles vérités sont révélées, l’amour que se portent Dex et Sloane est mis à l’épreuve avec, en jeu, bien plus que leur relation. Et si traverser ces eaux emplies de meurtres et d’agences gouvernementales secrètes ne suffisait pas, une chose inexplicable arrive à Dex… et rien ne sera plus jamais pareil.

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A THIRDS Universe Novel

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be….

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A Few Good Fish

Fish Out of Water | Book Three

Fish Out of Water: Book Three

A tomcat, a psychopath, and a psychic walk into the desert to rescue the men they love…. Can everybody make it out with their skin intact? 

PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit.

But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town so they can meet the snake in its den.

Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery. The man who pulled his shattered pieces from darkness and stitched them back together again is in trouble, and Jackson’s only chance to save him rests in the hands of fragile allies he barely knows.

It’s going to take a little bit of luck to get these Few Good Fish out alive!

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The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean

The Middlemark Mysteries

A Middlemark Mystery

Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford—who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she’s willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.

It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.

Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case—or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work… and one of them is willing to kill to do it.

When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise….

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Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.

While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.

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Sloe Ride (Français)

Sinners (Français) | Tome 4

Suite de Tequila Mockingbird

Série Sinners, tome 4

Ce n’est pas facile d’être un Morgan. Surtout quand les cadavres commencent à s’accumuler et qu’il n’y a rien que vous puissiez faire pour l’empêcher.

Quinn Morgan n’a jamais vraiment correspondu au moule familial. Il rêvait d’une vie avec des livres au lieu de badges et de connaissances au lieu de loi… et d’une vie avec Rafe Andrade, le bad boy, ami de ses frères aînés et l’homme qui a brisé son très jeune cœur.

Rafe Andrade est revenu chez lui pour lécher ses blessures suite à son éjection du groupe qu’il avait aidé à créer. Toxicomane en voie de guérison, Rafe passe son temps à se complaire dans la culpabilité, jusqu’à ce qu’il se retrouve face à sa dépendance initiale : Quinn Morgan… la raison pour laquelle il a fui la ville en premier lieu.

Quand Rafe entend dire que les Sinners sont à la recherche d’un bassiste, c’est une chance de se racheter, cependant qu’un meurtrier fou se rapproche de Quinn et Rafe est prêt à tout sacrifier – y compris lui-même – pour garder son idéaliste Morgan sain et sauf.

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Fire and Granite

Carlisle Deputies

A Carlisle Deputies Novel

The heat is growing from the inside, but danger is building on the outside.

Judge Andrew Phillips runs a tight ship in his courtroom. He’s tough, and when he hands down a sentence, he expects to be obeyed. So when a fugitive named Harper escapes and threatens his life, Andrew isn’t keen on twenty-four/seven protection… especially not from Deputy Clay Brown. They have a past, one that could cause problems in their careers.

But with Clay assigned to Andrew and the two of them together every minute, there’s nowhere to hide from their attraction—or from the fact that there’s much more than chemistry blooming between them. As the threat intensifies, Clay knows he’ll do anything it takes to protect the people who are taking their places in his heart: Andrew and his young niece and nephew.

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Detective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.

Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.

If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.

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The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.

But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.

What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.

Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?

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A ghost of a chance at love.

Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?

Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.

The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., November 2011.

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Sans toi

Tout vient à point...

Suite de À toute épreuve

Jory Harcourt a enfin la vie dont il rêvait. Être marié à l’US Marshal Sam Kage l’a changé. Ils ont fait la paix avec leur passé tumultueux et Sam a transformé Jory : autrefois prêt à fuir à la moindre difficulté, il est désormais capable de rester pour affronter les tempêtes. Sam et lui ont deux enfants, une maison en banlieue et un minivan génial. L’époque où Jory était l’épicentre du désastre est révolue. La vie de famille est agréable.

Ce qui signifie que c’est exactement le bon moment pour un grand remaniement domestique. Mais l’ex de Sam réapparaît à l’endroit le plus inattendu. Un tueur escalade leur balcon lors d’une réunion de famille. Et peut-être que ces deux événements ont quelque chose à voir avec le témoin qui a disparu un an plus tôt. Leur joie conjugale vient d’en prendre un coup, mais Jory ne laissera personne lui retirer sa famille. Avant de savoir ce que c’est d’avoir un foyer, il aurait pris ses jambes à son cou. Mais plus maintenant. Il sait que Sam et lui doivent affronter les choses ensemble, parce que c’est la seule façon dont ils pourront s’en sortir.

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Quand le paléontologue Nick Eisenberg apprend qu’on pense avoir déterré les os d’un vélociraptor dans l’Alberta, au Canada, sa curiosité surpasse son envie de rester vivre à Londres. Après tout, en tant qu’éminent spécialistedes prédateurs préhistoriques, il a toujours voulu découvrir les cousins nord-américains du Velociraptor. Un seul problème se pose : Hunter Joseph, un défenseur de l’environnement. Pendant que Nick supervise la fouille, Hunter rassemble les gens de la région pour s’opposer à la destruction du paysage provoquée par son équipe, dans sa recherche des précieux os de dinosaures.

Impossible pour Nick, l’intello étroit d’esprit, et Hunter, le rabat-joie moralisateur, de s’entendre. Néanmoins, ils devront trouver un moyen de travailler sur le même site sans se sauter à la gorge, d’autant plus que quelqu’un semble bien déterminé à causer à Nick plus de soucis qu’il n’aurait jamais pu imaginer.

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Per cinque minuti in più

Enhanced World (Italiano) | Libro 1
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Serie Enhanced World, Libro 1

Fin dal momento della sua trasformazione in un umano potenziato, Talon Valdez sapeva che avrebbe dovuto dire addio alla sua vita e ai suoi sogni. Trattati con diffidenza, insultati, spesso rinchiusi, i potenziati sono visti come mostri, disprezzati dalla società e considerati inadatti a prestare servizio nell’esercito o nelle forze dell’ordine.

Anni più tardi, ha la possibilità di creare una task force di potenziati all’interno dell’FBI, ma a una condizione: ogni potenziato deve fare coppia con un essere umano normale.

Finn Mayer sogna di entrare nell’FBI da quando aveva quattordici anni e ha fatto qualsiasi sacrificio perché ciò avvenisse: ha sopportato di vivere con una madre egoista, con un fratello omofobo e bullo e di non avere un compagno. Soffre però di dislessia non diagnosticata e basta questo a frustrare le sue aspirazioni sul nascere. La sua ultima occasione è fare coppia con Talon, un potenziato con abilità letali, che però non vuole affidare i suoi segreti ai normali e che pertanto vuole vederlo fallire.

Quattro sono le settimane a disposizione di Finn per provare alla squadra quanto vale. Quattro le settimane perché la squadra dimostri al resto del mondo che può funzionare. E quando un altro gruppo minaccia il loro successo – mettendo a rischio le loro vite – sarà per quattro settimane che dovranno sopravvivere.

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Sin and Tonic

Sinners Series | Book Six
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Sequel to Absinthe of Malice

Sinners Series: Book Six

Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own.

His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.

It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her.

The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.

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Englishman Christian Hewler travels to 1920s Egypt as the man Friday to an eccentric American millionaire, hoping to make history and establish his name in archaeology. What he doesn’t count on is meeting brash hired gun Eric Lawless, an American cowboy working for a rival team, or the paranormal mystery that draws them in and has them facing down crazy archaeologists, dark entities, and even ancient gods.

From dark tombs to the burning-hot desert of the Egyptian landscape, Christian has to prove his mettle. During this dangerous game of cat and mouse, the reluctant partnership between Christian and Eric blossoms into more—maybe even a love that can last beyond the deception and terror hidden deep in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

 

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First Edition published by Torquere Press, October 2006.

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Plummet to Soar

Plummet to Soar

A Plummet to Soar Story

Feckless, luckless, and charming, Mackenzie Detweiller is the author of a self-help book one reviewer calls “the most misbegotten motivational tool since Mein Kampf.” He’s maneuvered himself into a career as a life coach, but more often than not, his advice is bad. Really bad.

It’s even getting people hurt… and Mackenzie sued.

It falls to Mackenzie’s long-suffering acquisitions editor, JD Chambers, to deliver the bad news. He chooses to do so face-to-face—to see if the spark he senses between them is real when they’re together in the flesh. Unfortunately, a snowstorm, a case of nerves, a case of mistaken identity, and finally a murder get in the way of a potential enemies-to-lovers romance.

There are many, many people who have good reason to want Mackenzie dead. JD must find out which one is acting on it before it’s too late for both of them.

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