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Seventeen years ago, Forge Reynolds fell in love… and had his heart broken. When Staff Sergeant Gage Livingston was brought into Forge’s Army field hospital, temporarily paralyzed, Forge sat with him, read his letters, answered his mail, and formed a connection he thought would last. But Gage was sent home, Forge transferred to a new post, and his letters to Gage went unanswered. 

Now in the middle of a bitter divorce, Forge is sick and tired of his husband’s manipulation. He's almost ready to make any sacrifice to get closure—then he finds Granger murdered execution-style in their home. Forge had no idea about Granger’s illicit activities, but the killers don’t believe that. They think Forge has something they want, and they’re coming after him. 

When Forge’s lawyer arranges for professional protection, the last face Forge expects to see is Gage’s. Can he even contemplate a second chance for them after almost two decades, or will hoping only lead to more heartache? Before they can explore the possibilities, they must figure out what information Granger had—that others are willing to kill for—or that possible heartache could become a certainty.

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Kindred Truths

The Shifter Chronicles | Book Twelve

The Shifter Chronicles: Book Twelve

Agent Poe loves being part of the Agency—an organization devoted to protecting shape-shifters—and he especially loves his mate of only a couple of months, Nordik, the nigh immortal master bear shifter. He has the best of both worlds—the man he loves and the job he loves. But when Nordik reveals he’s ready to rejoin society and accompany Poe on his missions, Poe must take the next step and make them a full partnership. 

After the Agency intercepts a message from Arcas, the leader of the Knights of the Dawn—a cult bent on the annihilation of shifters—meant for his followers, their job gets a whole lot harder. The Knights don’t bother keeping their activities hidden anymore, stretching the Agency’s resources thinner than ever. 

After a near-fatal mission almost costs Poe his life, Nordik insists on a break for both of them. They visit Poe’s family in Ireland and learn that true danger lies not without, but within. There’s no greater betrayal than that of a loved one.

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Dirty Secret (Deutsch)

Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi

Fortsetzung zu Dirty Kiss
Ein Titel der Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi Serie

Kim Jae-Min zu lieben ist nicht immer leicht: Jae fürchtet sich davor, als offen schwuler Mann zu leben, während der zum Privatdetektiv gewordene ehemalige Polizist Cole McGinnis es nicht anders kennt. Auch wenn er Jaes Sorgen versteht. Koreaner aus traditionellen Familien sind nicht schwul – zumindest nicht dort, wo man sie sehen kann.

Doch Cole muss sich auch auf anderes als die Probleme seines Freundes konzentrieren. Er hat einen Auftrag. Als die Sängerin Scarlet ihn darum bittet, Park Dae-Hoon zu finden, einen schwulen Koreaner, der seit beinahe zwei Jahrzehnten verschwunden ist, versinkt Cole in der verworrenen Welt reicher koreanischer Familien, in denen Verpflichtungen und Politik dazu führen, dass persönliches Glück für den Erhalt des Geschäftsimperiums geopfert wird. Bald häufen sich scheinbar zusammenhanglos die Leichen an. Mit jedem Schritt zur Aufklärung von Dae-Hoons Schicksal segnet eine weitere Person das Zeitliche – und ein geliebter Mensch könnte als Nächstes auf der Liste des Mörders stehen.

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À contre-courant

THIRDS (Français) | Tome 5

Suite de Grandeur et décadence
THIRDS, tome 5

Ash Keeler, l’agent Défense le plus féroce du THIRDS au sein de l’Unité Destructive Delta, est grossier et a mauvais caractère, mais son approche musclée est toujours synonyme de résultats, comme le démontre sa récente infiltration au sein de la Coalition. Grâce à ses compétences et avec l’aide de son équipe, il met fin aux agissements du groupe extrémiste meurtrier, non sans prendre une balle pour sauver son coéquipier Cael Maddock. En conséquence de son geste, les secrets d’Ash refont surface et il ne peut ignorer plus longtemps ce qu’il a dans le cœur.

Cael Maddock n’est pas étranger aux peines de cœur. En tant qu’Agent Recon pour Destructive Delta, il a manœuvré avec succès dans la jungle urbaine qu’est la ville de New York, glanant ses propres cicatrices en cours de route. Pourtant, rien de ce qu’il a déjà affronté ne s’est révélé un plus grand défi que le cœur d’Ash Keeler, son coéquipier soi-disant hétéro. Être amoureux n’est pas le seul danger qu’Ash et lui affrontent alors que des blessures se rouvrent et que de nouveaux secrets émergent, les forçant à s’interroger sur de vieilles loyautés.

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Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?

Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.

It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.

Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.

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Day und Knight

Day und Knight | Book One

Buch 1 in der Serie - Day und Knight

Als ehemaliger NSA-Mitarbeiter hat Dayton (Day) Ingram Erfahrungen als Hacker im Dienst der nationalen Sicherheit und arbeitet jetzt als technischer Analyst für Scorpion. Er sehnt sich nach dem Außendienst, und als er einen Angriff vereitelt bekommt er seine Chance. Er ist clever, mehrsprachig und ein Technologiemagier. Aber seine Chance hat einen Haken – einen Partner, Knighton (Knight), der ein echtes Rätsel ist. Trotz zahlloser Recherchestunden kann Day nichts über den Agenten finden, nicht einmal seinen Vornamen!

Der ehemalige Marine Knight hatte sich nach dem Verlust seiner Familie am Boden einer Flasche verkrochen. Nachdem er wieder trocken ist, bekommt er eine allerletzte Chance: zusammen mit Day eine terroristische Bedrohung aus Yucatàn auszuschalten. Um ohne Aufsehen zu erregen dorthin zu gelangen, machen Day und Knight eine Kreuzfahrt für Schwule mit, wo der, wenn es um seine sexuelle Orientierung geht, zutiefst verschwiegene Day und ein ebenso verschwiegener Knight als schwules Paar agieren müssen. Die Anspannung wächst, als Knight sich ausschweigt und Day sich gegen Knights unbarmherziges Verlangen nach Kontrolle sträubt.

Aber nach einer durchzechten Nacht wachen Day und Knight in einem Bett auf. Zusammen. Während sie ihrem Ziel näherkommen, müssen sie lernen, einander zu vertrauen und sich aufeinander zu verlassen. Nur so können sie das Terroristencamp infiltrieren und das Komplott gegen die technologische Infrastruktur der USA vereiteln. Nur dann können sie auf ein Leben nach der Mission hoffen.

Ein gemeinsames Leben.

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Quando la vita di Tyler Powell crolla a pezzi a causa di un orribile crimine, il bisogno di vendicarsi prende il sopravvento. Trascorre ogni istante di ogni giorno a rimettere insieme i cocci della sua esistenza spezzata, concentrato su un unico pensiero: la vendetta. 

Si arrenderà alla rabbia e diventerà proprio ciò che odia di più al mondo, un assassino?

Solo l’aiuto dell’ispettore della Squadra omicidi Christian Martin, il poliziotto incaricato del suo caso, fa intravedere a Tyler la possibilità di cominciare una nuova vita nell’incredibile abbraccio di un altro amore pronto ad accoglierlo. Un amore che non credeva più di poter avere. 

Ma Tyler saprà accettare quell’amore nella sua vita, oppure si è già perso per sempre? Per lui la vendetta è diventata più importante della sua stessa felicità? E della felicità dell’uomo che lo ama? Tyler è determinato a trovare un modo per avere giustizia senza sacrificare la speranza di un futuro con Christian, ma sarà difficile, se non impossibile. E alla fine sarà costretto a prendere una decisione drammatica. 

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Tramps and Thieves

Murder and Mayhem | Book Two

Murder and Mayhem: Book Two

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder… and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West LA detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.

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Sequel to Thick & Thin

THIRDS: Book Nine

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.

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Faire table rase

Dreamspun Desires (Français)

Il est sexy. Il est dangereux. Et il ne se souvient de rien.

En tant que propriétaire d’Apple’N Pies, Joe Applin mène une vie calme et sans histoire, satisfait de passer ses journées à servir des clients qui viennent de partout pour manger ses délicieuses tartes faites maison. Avec sa bande hétéroclite – Bea, Elsie et Donnie – Joe ne pourrait pas être plus heureux dans son petit royaume de pâtisseries et de café.

L’expérience a appris à Joe que l’amour est surfait – et parfois, dangereux. Il n’a aucune intention de répéter ses erreurs passées. Mais il rencontre cet homme beau et mystérieux sans nom ni souvenirs, et Joe ne peut nier que quelque chose de doux se trame. Il n’est pas du genre à prendre des risques, pas avec son cœur et certainement pas avec sa vie, pourtant plus il passe de temps avec « Tom », plus il se rapproche de perdre les deux.

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Las noches en la trepidante ciudad les recuerdan a los jóvenes brillantes que la vida es demasiado corta para darla por sentado. Oculto en Times Square, se encuentra el Pantheon: un cabaret secreto para hombres homosexuales ricos. Hay chicos guapos con elaborados trajes y carmín en los labios que están ansiosos por complacer, y el champán fluye durante toda la noche. Es un mundo de frivolidad, fantasía y libertinaje. Bajo el nombre de Eros, el artista más cotizado del Pantheon, Julius utiliza su belleza y encanto con los entusiastas clientes, pero cada vez está más cansado de amores superficiales, desea tener una vida mejor.

Cinco años después de haber sido declarado mentalmente incapacitado tras sobrevivir a las trincheras en tierra de nadie, Edward Joseph Clarence júnior ha reconstruido su vida destrozada. Ahora está listo para hacerse cargo del imperio de la familia. Para celebrar su trigésimo cumpleaños, el primo de Edward lo lleva al club nocturno más elegante de la ciudad, el Pantheon. Presas del hechizo de Eros, Edward y Julius encuentran un amor que nunca han imaginado y la oportunidad de un futuro que solo se habían atrevido a soñar. Pero Ares, un conocido gánster y el más importante —y peligroso— cliente de Julius, los vigila, y la amenaza a su amor y a sus vidas crece día a día.

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Ashley James and Tucker Lee have been friends for years. They are city boys but long for life on the open trail. During a three-hundred-mile hike from the Southern California desert to the mountains around Big Bear Lake, they make some pretty amazing discoveries.

One of those discoveries is love. A love that has been bubbling below the surface for a very long time.

But love isn’t all they find. They also stumble upon a war—a war being waged by Mother Nature and fought tooth and claw around an epidemic of microbes and fury.

With every creature in sight turning against them, can they survive this battle and still hold on to each other? Or will the most horrifying virus known to man lay waste to more than just wildlife this time?

Will it destroy Ash and Tucker too?

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Stalking Buffalo Bill

Shifter U
Dreamspun Beyond

A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill. 

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans. 

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away. 

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

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Bone to Pick

Stories from Plenty, California
Digging Up Bones | Book One

Digging Up Bones: Book One

Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better. 

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.

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Feather and Scroll

The Shifter Chronicles | Book Eleven

The Shifter Chronicles: Book Eleven

Agent Pan has spent most of his adult life protecting shape-shifters from the Knights—an organization bent on their annihilation—and keeping the secret war in the shadows where it belongs. But the Knights are growing bolder, and a new threat has resurfaced after being buried in the ocean for decades.

An ancient scroll, a key to a devastating weapon, is now in the hands of a recalcitrant Russian hawk shifter named Viktor. As a bird shifter, he knows his duty is to protect the scroll, but he wants nothing to do with the war. He leads a quiet life and wants to keep it that way. But when agents come knocking on his door, he finds it difficult to resist the charms of Agent Pan, especially since this isn’t their first meeting.

Two years earlier they spent a passionate weekend together, neither aware of the other’s true identity. Viktor never really got over Pan. Now with sexual tension at its peak, they must learn to trust each other and work as a team to protect not only their loved ones, but every shifter in the world.

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Red Fish, Dead Fish

Fish Out of Water | Book Two

Fish Out of Water: Book Two

They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other. 

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.

Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.

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Der Einbruch in der Royal Street

Die Spürnasen | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Die Spürnasen

Als wertvolle Kunstwerke aus einer beliebten Galerie in New Orleans gestohlen werden, wollen der NOPD Lead Detective Montgomery „Beau“ Bissonet und sein Partner den Fall lösen. Als Tollison Cruz von der Versicherungsgesellschaft der Galerie zum Big Easy geschickt wird, um unabhängige Ermittlungen durchzuführen, prallen Persönlichkeiten aufeinander und Fronten tun sich auf. 

Der Einbruch wird schnell zu einem politisch hochkarätigen Fall und Detective Bissonet rast vor Wut, als ihm befohlen wird, mit Ermittler Cruz zusammenzuarbeiten, um eine zügige Verhaftung zu erreichen. Die Temperatur zwischen ihnen erreicht neue Höhen, als die beiden erkennen, dass sie mehr gemeinsam haben, als ursprünglich angenommen. 

Nachdem die Spannung zwischen ihnen für den Moment gelöst ist, können Bissonet und Cruz endlich zusammenarbeiten, auf mehr als nur einem professionellen Level. Aber alles kommt zum Stillstand, als Beau herausfindet, dass sein zeitweiliger Partner Informationen zurückhält, die den Fall betreffen, und eine sehr zweifelhafte Vergangenheit verschwiegen hat. Was als Nächstes passiert, stellt selbst die sengende Sommerhitze in den Schatten.

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Le Comté de Hartwick, dans le Dakota du Sud, signifie un nouveau départ pour Mackenzie Redford surnommé « Mack ». La vie dans une grande ville n’a pas été ce qu’il en attendait, et maintenant il est de retour chez lui où il officie en tant que shérif. 

Brantley Calderone est aussi à la recherche d’une nouvelle vie. Après avoir quitté New York et acheté un ranch, il s’installe et s’habitue à vivre à un rythme différent – jusqu’à ce qu’il découvre un cadavre sous son porche et se retrouve être le principal suspect du meurtre. 

Mack et Brantley se rendent rapidement compte de plusieurs choses : quelqu’un essaie d’incriminer Brantley ; il n’est plus en sécurité seul dans son ranch ; et il y a une attirance manifeste qui se développe entre eux qui ne fait que croître lorsque Mack propose à Brantley de séjourner chez lui. Mais tandis que leur romance s’intensifie, le tueur en fait de même. Ils devront garder un coup d’avance et découvrir qui veut tuer Brantley avant qu’il ne soit trop tard. Ce ne sera qu’à ce moment-là qu’ils pourront commencer la nouvelle vie qu’ils recherchent tous les deux – ensemble.

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