Books by "Rick R. Reed" (33)

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Bloqué avec le désir

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #15

Quand leur avion s’écrasa, leur désir s’envola.

Le PDG Maine Braxton et son assistant inestimable, Colby, ne réalisent pas qu’ils partagent un profond secret : ils sont amoureux – de l’autre. Ce secret aurait pu ne jamais éclater au grand jour, sans un terrifiant crash aérien dans la chaîne des Cascades qui change tout. 

Dans une lutte pour la survie, les deux hommes affrontent des ours, des tempêtes, et une crue potentiellement mortelle pour se sortir vivants des régions sauvages. La proximité de la mort leur fait réaliser l’importance de l'amour par rapport aux convenances. Des confessions émergent. Des passions s'enflamment. Ils échappent à la nature sauvage, renaissants et ouvertement amoureux.

Quand ils reviennent à la civilisation, cependant, des forces complotent déjà pour éteindre leur romance de courte durée et gâcher tout ce qu’ils se sont tous les deux donné tant de mal à accomplir.

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Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most….

The holidays are a time when bigger often means better, and meals are huge, decorations are over-the-top, and elaborate gifts and grand gestures are one way to show affection. But beneath all the pomp and ceremony, after the grandiose presents have been unwrapped, the stocking stuffers are still waiting to add that final sparkle to the perfect celebration. Even the tiniest trinkets can be gems when they’re chosen with love, and like a good love story, they are held close to the heart and treasured for years to come. The festivities don’t have to end after the feasts and gift exchanges. Dig a little deeper for romantic stocking stuffers both naughty and nice.

More than 400,000 words of romantic fiction in 31 stories that would sell individually for a total of $85.69. 

 

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An Open Window

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s bad, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

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When Aaron finds Mavis, an emaciated and shy Boston terrier, at a pet adoption fair, his heart goes out to her—completely.

When Christian, manning the adoption fair for the Humane Society that autumn Saturday, finds Aaron, his heart goes out to him—completely.

This is a story about embracing love, whether it’s for someone who walks on four legs or on two. Mavis’s journey back to wholeness and finding her forever home parallels the story of two men discovering each other at the perfect moment—a moment that defies logic, propriety, and common sense. But when did love ever follow a rational course?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2012.

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Raining Men (Italiano)

Cacciatore e Raining Men

Seguito di Cacciatore

Il personaggio che avete amato odiare in Cacciatore diventa il personaggio che finirete per amare in Raining Men.

La maggior parte della vita adulta di Bobby Nelson è stata una pioggia di uomini. Normalmente non vorrebbe niente di diverso, ma negli ultimi tempi gli sembra che manchi qualcosa. Desidera che il diluvio rallenti e si riduca a una singola goccia speciale. Ma c’è una minima possibilità che lui trovi “quello giusto” dopo innumerevoli anni passati a rimorchiare?

Quando suo padre passa a miglior vita, finalmente Bobby analizza i suoi rapporti difficili con lui e il modo in cui potrebbero aver contribuito alla sua incapacità di trovare l’amore a cui anela. Guidato da una bella terapista, un gruppo di SessoDipendenti Anonimi, un chihuahua ben dotato di nome Johnny Wadd, e il proprio serbatoio di ricordi, intraprende un percorso spirituale, sessuale ed emotivo per scoprire che nella vita i legami d’amore più soddisfacenti dipendono dalla qualità, non dalla quantità. E quando è pronto ad amare non solo se stesso ma anche qualcun altro, finalmente il sesso e l’amore si fondono in un unico pacchetto perfetto.

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Includes brand-new novella, “Status Updates."

Finding and keeping love can be a challenge in the modern world of blogging, social media, and online dating, as one man will learn in this trilogy.

 

VGL Male Seeks Same

Poor Ethan Schwartz. At forty-two, he’s alone, his bed is empty, and his HDTV is overworked. He’s tried bars and other places where gay men are supposed to find each other, but it never works out. Maybe he should get a cat?

But his life is about to change…

 

NEG UB2

Poor Ethan. He’s received the most shocking news a gay man can get—he’s HIV positive. Until today his life was perfect, with a job he loves and Brian, who could be “the one.” The one to complete him and fill his lonely life with laughter, hot sex, and romance.

But Ethan’s in for another shock. Could Brian have infected him?

 

STATUS UPDATES

Alone again, Ethan wonders if life is worth living, even with a cat. When an old nemesis sends a Facebook friend request, Ethan is suspicious but intrigued. It seems this old acquaintance has turned his life around, and the changes might hold the key to Ethan getting a new lease on life… and love.

Second Edition.

First Edition published with only VGL Male Seeks Same and NEG UB2 by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.

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Le professeur Dane Bernard est un aimable géant, apprécié de tous au lycée de Summitville. Il a une épouse magnifique, deux enfants et de bons rapports avec le personnel et les étudiants. Pourtant Dane a un secret qu’il espère garder caché pour le reste de sa vie : il est gay.

Quand il perd sa femme, Dane affronte enfin son désir pour les hommes. Et un nouveau professeur, Seth Wolcott, attire immédiatement son regard. Seth, de son côté, se reconstruit, léchant ses blessures après une rupture. La dernière chose qu’il veut c’est s’engager dans une nouvelle relation… mais quand il aperçoit Dane lors de son premier jour à l’école de Summitville, son attirance est immédiate et électrique.

Alors que les deux hommes entament une danse de découverte et une nouvelle idylle, ils sont poussés à venir en aide à un étudiant homosexuel harcelé : Truman Reid. Celui-ci est ouvertement gay et fier de l’être, ce que tout le monde dans le lycée de sa petite ville n’approuve pas. Tandis que les deux hommes tentent d’aider Truman à ignorer les harceleurs et à s’aimer sans réserve, ils tirent tous des leçons bouleversantes sur le coming out, l’acceptation, les peines de cœur et la chance de tomber amoureux.

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Delve into some of Rick R. Reed’s classic feel-good romances with this bundle. In Chaser, self-proclaimed chubby chaser Caden DeSarro finds in the perfect man in stocky, bearded Kevin Dodge, and a one-night stand leads into the relationship they’ve both dreamed off. But when Caden returns from a business trip to find Kevin with a new body makeover, is this really the same man he fell in love with? In Hungry for Love, Nate Tippie’s curious sister Hannah and kooky best friend Marilyn set up an online profile on a gay dating site, with Nate as the model. When Brandon Wilde falls in love with the man he’s been chatting with, Nate and Brandon just might have a chance at the love they’ve been searching for—if they can find their way out of the mess Hannah and Marilyn have made!

When the state of Washington finally makes gay marriage legal, Duncan Taylor proposes to his boyfriend, and doesn’t get the answer he’d been hoping for, in Legally Wed. Giving up on love, Duncan determines to marry gay-man-loving Marilyn instead, but wedding planner Peter Dalrymple may be just the solution Duncan has been yearning for. And in Dinner at Fiorello’s, Henry Appleby’s family has his life all planned out for him, but he takes a chance at living a bit of his dream with a summer job at Fiorello’s. Vito Carelli, a chef at Fiorello’s, has a tragic past, but when these two cooks collide in the kitchen, they might just find what they need to break free.

 

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Der Lehrer Dane Bernard ist ein sanfter Riese, der an der Summitville Highschool von allen geliebt wird. Er hat eine wunderschöne Frau und zwei Kinder und versteht sich mit seinen Kollegen ebenso gut wie mit den Schülern. Aber Dane hat auch ein Geheimnis, das er wahrscheinlich niemals lüften wird – Dane ist schwul.

Als er unerwartet seine Frau verliert, stellt er sich seinem Geheimnis. Ein neuer Lehrer, Seth Wolcott, weckt Danes Interesse. Auch Seth ist auf der Suche nach einem neuen Anfang. Er hat eine Trennung hinter sich und ist nach Summitville gekommen, um seine Wunden zu lecken. Eine neue Beziehung einzugehen, gehört nicht zu seinem Plan. Doch als er an seinem ersten Arbeitstag an der neuen Schule Dane begegnet, fühlt Seth sich sofort zu ihm hingezogen.

Während die beiden Männer einen Tanz um Selbstfindung und neue Liebe beginnen, müssen sie dem schwulen Schüler Truman beistehen, der von seinen Mitschülern gehänselt und schikaniert wird. Truman ist ‚out and proud‘, eine Tatsache, die an ihrer Kleinstadtschule nicht bei allen auf Gegenliebe stößt. Dane und Seth versuchen, Truman dabei zu helfen, mit seinen Problemen besser umzugehen und sich selbst lieben zu lernen. Gemeinsam lernen sie lebensverändernde Lektionen über Selbstfindung, Akzeptanz, zerbrochene und neue Liebe.

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Jimmy and Marc make an adorable couple. Jimmy’s kindness and clean-cut cuteness radiate out of him like light. Marc, although a bit older, complements Jimmy with his humor and his openness to love.

But between them, a dark secret lurks, one with the power to destroy.

See, when Marc believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, he’s wrong.

Marc has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings, long bleached dreadlocks, and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a different person—a lying, conniving thief who robbed Mark blind during their one-night stand.

Marc doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone horribly wrong with this fresh-faced, smiling twentysomething… but Jimmy knows. As they begin a dance of love and attraction, will Jimmy be brave enough to reveal the truth? And if he does, will Marc be able to forgive him? Can he see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers will depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.

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2nd Edition

A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.

First Edition published as The Blue Moon Cafe by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.

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Family Obligations

Bittersweet Dreams

2nd Edition

Tate D’Angelo always thought he knew who his father was: beloved doctor, devoted husband and father…. Everyone at the funeral shared the same glowing stories of a kind soul. So when his father’s old college buddy, Randy, approaches him after the service, Tate expects to hear echoes of the same.

Instead, he gets a lifetime’s worth of letters that tell a different tale and cause him to view his father—and his family—in a whole new light.

The truth, about a secret romance kept buried for decades, astonishes him. Overwhelmed by grief and confusion, Tate is unsure if he can bear learning how the lives of two men entwined over the years, but he reads on anyway, discovering more to value, more to respect, and most importantly, more to love about the man who raised him.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2013.

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On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.

Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there’s a problem—who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be—but that's just what Flynn experienced.

A “shared custody” compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it—and along the way, they just might fall in love.

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Personal chef Beau St. Clair, recently divorced from his cheating husband, returns to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds. Jack Rogers lives with his mother, Maisie, in that same small town, angry at and frightened of the world. Jack has a gap in his memory that hides something he dares not face, and he’s probably suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Maisie, seeking relief from her housebound and often surly son, hires Beau to cook for Jack, hoping the change might help bring Jack, once a handsome and vibrant attorney, back to his former self. But can a new face and comfort food compensate for the terror lurking in Jack’s past?

Slowly the two men begin a dance of revelation and healing. Food and compassion build a bridge between Beau and Jack, a bridge that might lead to love.

But will Jack’s demons allow it? His history could just as easily tear them apart as bring them together.

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Stranded with Desire

Dreamspun Desires | #15

When their plane crashed, their desire took flight.

CEO Maine Braxton and his invaluable assistant, Colby, don’t realize they share a deep secret: they’re in love—with each other. That secret may have never come to light but for a terrifying plane crash in the Cascade Mountains that changes everything.

In a struggle for survival, the two men brave bears, storms, and a life-threatening flood to make it out of the wilderness alive. The proximity to death makes them realize the importance of love over propriety. Confessions emerge. Passions ignite. They escape the wilds renewed and openly in love.

When they return to civilization, though, forces are already plotting to snuff out their short-lived romance and ruin everything both have worked so hard to achieve.

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2nd Edition

Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love.

On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher wants oblivion when he steps into Tricks for a drink. When a mysterious stranger steps up to pay his tab, he offers Wren the key to fulfilling his dreams of prosperity and true love.

But appearances are not always what they seem.

His savior owns the escort agency À Louer, and he wants the young and handsome Wren as part of his stable of men-for-hire. Down on his luck, Wren figures, why not? He needs the money. When he joins, though, he doesn’t count on meeting Rufus, another escort with whom he falls hopelessly in love.

But their love story will have to overcome the obstacles of not only trading love for money, but À Louer’s dark—and deadly—secrets.

1st Edition published as Rent by ManLove Romance Press, 2012.

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Big Love

2016 Award Winners

Teacher Dane Bernard is a gentle giant, loved by all at Summitville High School. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and an easy rapport with staff and students alike. But Dane has a secret, one he expects to keep hidden for the rest of his life—he’s gay.

But when he loses his wife, Dane finally confronts his attraction to men. And a new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth himself is starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup. The last thing Seth wants is another relationship—but when he spies Dane on his first day at Summitville High, his attraction is immediate and electric.

As the two men enter into a dance of discovery and new love, they’re called upon to come to the aid of bullied gay student Truman Reid. Truman is out and proud, which not everyone at his small town high school approves of. As the two men work to help Truman ignore the bullies and love himself without reservation, they all learn life-changing lessons about coming out, coming to terms, acceptance, heartbreak, and falling in love.

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There’s no denying preparing and eating food can be a sensuous experience and an experiment in pleasure. The men in these stories are about to find out just how satisfying it can be. From spicy to sweet and everything in between, things are heating up in the kitchen… and in the diner, on the food court, over the Internet, and even at a breakfast booth beyond the stars. Join them as they touch, taste, sample, and savor their way to steamy romance and maybe even a happy ever after that will last long after the dishes have been cleared.

The Cake by Ann Marie James 
All Is Well by Dale Cameron Lowry
Another Saturn Monday by R.A. Thorn
Man of Steel by Rob Rosen
Breakfast at Timothy’s by T.J. Masters 
A Second Season by Tali Segel 
Kneading You by C.S. Poe 
If You Give an Incubus a Cookie by Ki Brightly 
Moon Cakes by T. Neilson
Tortilla Pie by Rick R. Reed 
Taste of the Forest, Dark and Sweet by Charles Payseur 
Operation Wild Thumb by Tray Ellis 
And Everything Nice by Ada Maria Soto

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