Sci-Fi Romance books

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In an America that achieved equality long before our own, Phillip Barcardi works as a security contractor. He's hired as a site commander at a major pharmaceutical company, only to be kidnapped from his post after learning the truth about an aggressive virus spreading across the East Coast, one that targets homosexuals. A small group of wealthy and powerful dissenters are hell-bent on forming a “New World Order” that will remold society into their twisted vision. As US citizens are choosing sides for or against homosexuals, Phil’s husband, Theodore Rosenberg, a high school teacher, is sent to a “containment” zone where accused homosexuals are infected rather than saved—all by executive order of the President. As Ted struggles to understand what’s happening around him, Phil strives to break free before the people in power infect Ted with the deadly virus. No matter what it takes, Phil will fight his way to Ted, even if it means exposing himself to the virus. He only hopes he won’t be too late to save them both.

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Con un atto di eroismo e sacrificio, la sorella di Anderson Rawn lo salva dalla distruzione della loro piccola colonia mineraria, ma le sue azioni condannano il tredicenne a dieci anni di solitudine nell’iperspazio, nel viaggio alla ricerca di una nuova casa. Usando l’elettronica e la disperazione, Anderson si costruisce una famiglia per tenergli compagnia, ma la famiglia non sempre è una benedizione.

Quando finalmente Anderson arriva, C.J. Poulson lo accoglie con curiosità e stupore, perché chiunque sopravviva a un inferno e reinventi la scienza olografica è una leggenda e merita il rispetto di C.J. Ma più questi indaga su come Anderson sia sopravvissuto negli ultimi dieci anni, più si sente attratto da una fantasia davvero pericolosa, una fantasia che può offrire la chiave della salvezza di Anderson e della sua distruzione.

Nonostante le sue migliori intenzioni, C.J. non può resistere alla seduzione di Anderson. La loro attrazione rischia di distruggerli entrambi, perché il cuore di un uomo che riesce a sopravvivere alla distruzione del suo popolo e a rimanere consapevole di sé è il cuore di un vero uomo, e non potrà essere rinnegato.

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In un futuro dove gli Stati Uniti si sono scissi secondo l’orientamento politico, il lavoro dell’agente Matt Tennimore è quello di portare la gente fuori dagli Stati Confederati Rossi: sia che siano agenti dei Corpi Speciali del suo Paese fatti prigionieri, o cittadini dei SCR che hanno fatto richiesta d’asilo. Non si sarebbe mai aspettato di dover salvare la persona per cui aveva una cotta alle superiori... ovvero, il ragazzo che lo aveva sempre ignorato perché gay.

Salvare James Ayala non sarà facile: è imbottito di nanodroidi traccianti e non è sicuro di poter controllare un impianto cerebrale cibernetico, che gli ha fatto sviluppare poteri psichici. Questa è la buona notizia. Quella cattiva? L’impianto sta compromettendo la stabilità mentale di James.

I due si ritrovano in fuga, a cercare di evitare velivoli dotati d’intelligenza artificiale e nascondersi dalla milizia nemica. Poi, James confessa che aveva tormentato Matt alle superiori perché, in realtà, lo desiderava. James è una tentazione a cui Matt non sa resistere, ma vuole molto più che semplice sesso... sempre che riescano ad arrivare a casa tutti interi. Ma è davvero saggio scegliere James, quando ha una bomba a orologeria nel cervello? E quanto sarà cambiato veramente?

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Wrath & Ruin

No More Heroes | Book Three

Sequel to Scratch & Sniff
No More Heroes: Book Three

Since coming to the small Arkansas town of Shove Point, superhero Push, his partner Scratch, and rehabilitated villain Wrath have encountered more than their share of problems: planes destroying the downtown area, the crushing force of giant robots, and the wrath of supervillains, to name a few. Just when life looks to be slowing down, the team finds itself facing a full-scale alien invasion.

Despite help from their friends Professor Trixter, Scarlet Queen, and Wiccan Witch, Shove Point has been cut off from the rest of civilization by otherworldly hostiles who have unleashed a new batch of horrors on its citizenry. But these surmounting obstacles are nothing to Push compared to the wars of his heart.

Fresh friction has spread within the group. Push's attraction to Wrath reaches a new high. The world may be ending, but Push would rather face that than lose the man he loves... if only he can work out just which man that is.

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Celebrating You

Pandemus Chronicles | Book One
2013 Advent Calendar | Heartwarming

Pandemus Chronicles: Book One

With the world's population down to almost nothing and his husband dead, Daniel is sure he’ll spend Christmas alone with his dog, cats, and goats. Jake has been wandering aimlessly since the world went to hell and he lost his partner. As far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing to celebrate. But he finds himself helping Daniel with his Christmas tree and listening to him describe all the things to be thankful for.

Through tree decoration, dinner, and a chess game, Daniel and Jake discover a connection between them that hints at a possibility both had long declared impossible. When the chess game is over and they’re in each other’s arms, they realize how good it feels… and how right. But after having lost everything, are they willing to believe in the possibility of something beyond basic survival?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

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Lost and missing his memory, Qusay Drazi turns to the drug kick to ease his pain while warming beds to feed his addiction. His years on the space station have taught him nothing is free. Meeting Cameron, who seems to have no ulterior motives, leaves Qusay confused but hopeful that Cameron is different. When Qusay finds the courage to ask for help, he discovers a price on his head for the locked away memories.

Cameron Miles believes people can turn their lives around, but his attempt to help Qusay unravels a slew of trouble, and they find themselves on the run from the CompCore corporation. When CompCore captures Qusay, Cameron realizes how much his feelings for Qusay have grown. Then he discovers what CompCore is after and how deeply it is buried inside Qusay’s mind. Cameron must decide how far he’s willing to go before the memory “treatments” leave Qusay a tattered and empty shell.

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Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley's truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

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Sandstorm Heart

Space Files R | Book Two

Space Files R: Book Two

Ron Vid is a Celian soldier with some personal demons. Hoping for respite, he deserts his squad and leaves his planet. Working as a mercenary on Asai, planet of sand and wind, he has a reprieve, until the Haffa named Zaoh joins the mercenaries. Celians and Haffas have a history of strife, but when Ron and Zaoh are paired on a mission, their chemistry crackles. After they fight together for survival, it’s clear Zaoh wants Ron. Zaoh can be a fierce and dominant lover, but Ron’s secrets, and his fear that the Haffa might uncover them, could keep Zaoh from getting his man.

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In einer Zukunft, in der die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika durch unüberwindbare politische Differenzen gespalten sind, ist es die Aufgabe von Agent Matt Tennimore, Menschen aus den Konföderierten Roten Staaten herauszuholen. Egal, ob sie Spezialagenten seines eigenen Landes sind, die gefangengenommen wurden, oder schwule Bürger aus den Roten Staaten, die um Asyl bitten. Niemals hätte Matt damit gerechnet, seinen Highschool-Schwarm retten zu müssen, der Matt damals wegen seiner Homosexualität das Leben zur Hölle gemacht hat.

James Ayala zu retten, ist nicht einfach. Er wimmelt nicht nur vor Nano-Sendern, er hat auch ein biokybernetisches Gehirnimplantat, das ihm übersinnliche Fähigkeiten verleiht. Und er ist sich ganz und gar nicht sicher, ob er diese Fähigkeiten kontrollieren kann. Das ist die gute Nachricht. Die schlechte Nachricht ist, dass das Implantat James’ geistige Stabilität gefährdet.

Auf der Flucht vor der feindlichen Miliz und vor Flugzeugen mit künstlicher Intelligenz, gesteht James Matt schließlich, dass er ihn damals in der Schule nur gequält hat, weil er Gefühle für ihn hatte. Matt kann der Versuchung nicht widerstehen, die James für ihn darstellt. Aber er will so viel mehr als Sex, sollten sie es jemals lebend über die Grenze schaffen. Ist es wirklich eine gute Idee, mit James zusammen zu sein, dessen Gehirn eine tickende Zeitbombe ist? Außerdem weiß Matt noch gar nicht wie sehr James sich tatsächlich verändert hat.

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Prince Raphael d’Alleven flees for his life after his family is murdered and the government of Alleven is taken over. Exhausted and unable to find a way off world, Raphael literally runs into his best hope for salvation: a genetically engineered soldier named Hadrian Ice. Ice hadn’t planned on taking service with anyone, but understanding the predicament Raphael finds himself in, Ice is unable to turn him away.

With bounty hunters on their trail and Vicount Alfonso Macchoine, scion of the House responsible for the coup, joining the hunt, it will take all of their combined skills to restore the government of Alleven to its rightful ruler, Raphael’s missing twin sister, Raphaella. As long as they don’t get killed first.

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Be My Alien

Moonlit Skies | Book One

Moonlit Skies: Book One

A man too busy for love…

Reed owns an upscale men’s boutique with a naughty back room. While making a late delivery to a client, he runs into Taz.

A man on a disastrous date…

When Taz agreed to come to Earth on a date, he didn’t expect to be dumped and left with no way home. Then he falls into Reed’s arms—literally.

A coffee date soon becomes a trip back to Reed’s apartment. But when Taz’s stripes begin to show, Reed discovers Taz comes from a planet far, far away.

Reed never believed aliens existed, but he’s facing one now. What in the world is he going to do?

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The God Hunters: Reunion

The God Hunters | Book Two

The God Hunters: Book Two

Months ago, David Ruger was an average human with a flighty boyfriend. Now he lives in an alien universe called the Expanse and wields supernatural powers. He’s also traded in his flighty ex for Doug Colt, a man with a heart of gold and nerves of steel—which is a good thing, because his occupation can get rough.

When David joins Doug and his brother, Bryan, on a job to track down a group of vengeful trolls, the journey takes them across the Expanse to the Shards of Exeter, a magical place made of continent-size landmasses shrouded in atmosphere. There, supernatural beings abound and formidable adversaries lurk in the shadows.

But the mission is more than it seems. Through visions, David learns of the role he must play in reshaping the Expanse—and of the unspeakable evil that caused the God Hunters’ war so long ago. With that same threat resurfacing, David must embrace his destiny to save the family he has come to love.

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The Heracian Affair

Space Files R | Book One

Space Files R: Book One

Even years after Rizzo Berg’s lover and Dom died in combat, the memories torment him. Following a particularly disappointing date, Rizzo goes to sleep in his apartment only to wake up on a spaceship with tall, gorgeous, alien Captain Conrad D’Ollet of Heracia, a man so deliciously dominant Rizzo’s knees turn to jelly.

Apparently the Heracians need help, and Rizzo is a humanitarian through and through. Spending more time around Conrad is totally not one of the reasons he wants to lend a hand.

Soon Rizzo finds himself completely conquered and blissfully owned. But neither he nor Conrad is willing to risk his heart, let go of the past, and dare to believe in a future that won’t end in catastrophe.

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Coming Home

Under the Southern Cross

In 2045, Russian-born Nick comes “home” to Australia for the funeral of an old friend. After a ten-year absence, he finds a country scarred by drought and a people scarred by technology. He grieves for Ben, whose death has left his friends bewildered. He grieves for Australia, the country that forced him to leave. But his greatest grief is for Daniel. Although Daniel is alive, it seems their friendship is dead. And Nick has no idea why.

Part of the Under the Southern Cross anthology.

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Fall in love with Australia.

Fight zombies in colonial New South Wales, solve a mysterious murder in 1920s Adelaide, and journey to a bleak Australian future that may yet hold some promise. Overcome prejudices and take a pilgrimage to Uluru, Australia’s sacred heart. And along the way, explore the theme of unexpected love beneath the shining stars of the Southern Cross.

Stories included:

Coming Home by Robyn Walker
Jasper and the Dead by JR Astruc
The Body on the Beach by L.J. Labarthe
The Red Heart by Isabelle Rowan
Whitewater by Meredith Shayne

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In a future Earth, Patrick Harvey, newly promoted Class One Empath, dreams of the independence his position brings and the apartment he’s saving for. His first solo assignment is treating John Doe 439, a man found outside the city, battered, traumatized, and apparently mute.

Despite a strong taboo against Empaths forging romantic relationships, Patrick realizes he feels a strong attraction to his patient. Soon he learns the man is a high-level Psychic Talent named Jac. Then Jac reveals that there are abusive people hunting him for his gifts, and Patrick’s uncomplicated world explodes.

Jac needs to meet up with his companions and flee the city before anyone else can find him—but it may be too late. Word of Jac’s talents has leaked to Central Government in Chicago. If Jac wants to retain his freedom, he needs to run—now. And if Patrick wants to explore a relationship his society tells him he can’t have, he’ll have to exchange the safe fetters of his job for the uncertainty of liberty.

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In Brightam’s Ford, a storm is coming. Ranch owner Jasper Borland and the rest of the townspeople have been rushing to prepare for the months of destructive weather the wet season brings, but with their limited technology, survival can be a struggle in itself. When Jasper finds a lost, injured young man on his property, he has no choice but to take him in. At least he’s quiet.

Unable to speak, the young man communicates by projecting his thoughts—a process that hurts anyone he isn't touching. Since most people fear him, that means everyone but Jasper. Soon Jasper learns his guest is a telepath, a northerner named Tobias Thatcher, who is searching for his kidnapped sister, Samantha. Hesitant to leave and wary to stay, Tobias must find his sister before the men who took her follow through on their plans.

When the men come for Tobias, he can remain at Jasper’s no longer. But Jasper can’t let him go out alone. As the storms begin, he and Tobias set out on a dangerous journey to save Samantha and uncover the truth.

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Lavender Skies

Quantinum Residue Saga | Book Two

Sequel to Duanta Beads
Quantinum Residue: Book Two

To adjust to the changes brought on by the Bang, Shelter 17 geneticist Evan develops a retrovirus to stimulate a growth of fur that will allow him to live aboveground with Rourke, an enthralling surface dweller. Evan takes the treatment, leaves behind the only home he knows, and follows Rourke to his village, unsure of how he will fit in with the tribe.

Rourke likes the changes in Evan, but vast cultural differences and Rourke’s limited English make for difficulties when they try to forge a closer relationship. After spending more time in the village, Evan discovers some worrisome details about life on the surface. Soon he realizes the villagers are in the same precarious position as the few remaining shelter residents….

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