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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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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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The Mage on the Hill

The Web of Arcana | Book One
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The Web of Arcana: Book One

A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.

Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.

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It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.

Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.

Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.

Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.

But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.

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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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Murder Most Lovely

Lacetown Murder Mysteries | Case One
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Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One

A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.

Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.

Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third….

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After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.

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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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Innocence is his only currency.

The gilded cage of propriety where Nathan grew up as a member of the Deilian aristocracy became a true prison when, at fifteen, his homosexuality came to light and created a terrible scandal. His parents see only one way to preserve their reputation amongst the other noble families: fit Nathan with a chastity belt to increase his value to a potential partner and marry him off as soon as possible.

The recipient of that prize is Lord Rother Marsh Delaga III. After a hasty wedding, Rother whisks Nathan away to the strange and seductive land of Marisol, where Nathan will begin a new life, free to explore the pleasures of the marriage bed, though his life is still not his own.

But Rother’s Delaga House is a place of secrets, dangers, and depravity Nathan can scarcely comprehend. Where friends are few and peril waits around every corner, Nathan must employ all the manipulation he learned from high society, along with his talent for clockwork. Most of all, Nathan must adapt, compromise to survive, and cast off the preconceptions of his homeland.

Because only he can orchestrate his freedom, and it’ll come at a cost.

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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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