Novellas

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Nachtisch für Zwei

Geschichten aus dem Kuriosen Kochbuch

Eine Geschichte aus dem Kuriosen Kochbuch

Boone Walton hat sich alle erdenkliche Mühe gegeben, seine Vergangenheit hinter sich zu lassen. Er lebt jetzt nur noch für seine Kunstgalerie in New Orleans und seine Freundschaft mit Scott Wren. Alles scheint sich langsam zu normalisieren und wieder in geregelten Bahnen zu verlaufen. Boone könnte nicht glücklicher sein.

Scott Wren, ein junger Koch und Restaurantbesitzer, möchte mehr als Freundschaft. Er will eine echte Beziehung zu Boone, doch der hat davor eine Heidenangst. Und das liegt nicht nur an dem Geist, der in Scotts Wohnung herumspukt. Es liegt auch nicht an Scotts Familie. Nein, es liegt daran, dass Boones Vergangenheit ihm einen unerwarteten Besuch abstattet. Es gibt eigentlich nichts, was sich zwischen Boone, Scott und die Mousse au Chocolate drängen kann, deren Rezept Scott in einem kuriosen, alten Kochbuch gefunden hat. Nichts, bis auf das Meer des Leidens, das Boone überqueren musste, um im Big Easy ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Doch das Rezept hat eine geheime Zutat, die in Boone ein Vertrauen und eine Liebe weckt, wie er sie bisher noch nie erfahren hat.

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Highballer

World of Love | Alberta, Canada

What happens when the man is as tempting as the money?

Remy Delacour’s family doesn’t believe in mainstream medicine, and when Remy’s boyfriend reveals that Remy is majoring in nursing, they cut him off. He has to find money to finish his education—fast. And he is so done with boyfriends.

Levi Aronson met the guy of his dreams and followed him to Australia. He knew the chances for a lasting romance were slim—and boy, was he right. Now he’s back in Canada, a year behind in his university program, and short of funds. He needs money, not another man.

Tree planting is a way to make a lot of money fast, but it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. When Levi, an experienced planter, sees pretty, sloe-eyed Remy, Levi is certain he’ll never last.

They’ll have to pry Remy’s shovel from his cold, stiff fingers, because he won’t quit—or let anything take his eyes off the prize. When a storm brings Remy and Levi together, each finds the other a distraction from the big goal. But can anything develop between two men who have sworn off relationships?

 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Kindred Truths

The Shifters | Book Twelve

The Shifters: 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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Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives….

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Big Roy is a hard-rock miner with a not-so-secret love for the theater, so when he hears a new troupe of actors are coming to the Telluride Opera House to put on a Shakespeare play, he saddles his mule and makes the trek into town to see it. The play doesn’t disappoint, but the beautiful lead actor, Edward Clancy, certainly does. Clancy is rude and arrogant, and Roy figures he’d never have a chance with such a man. He’s wrong, because Clancy needs some entertainment himself, being stuck in a hellish mining town for the long, snowy winter. Come spring, though, Clancy knows he’s going to want to move on, and he thinks Roy will be easy to forget. Then tragedy hits, and Clancy has to rethink his entire life. Can these two strike gold?

 

Second Edition

First Edition Published by SCREWDRIVER An imprint of Torquere Press, January 2007.

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Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

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Train to Somewhere

Before… and After

A Before… and After Story

It was only a game. Wasn’t it?

At a party one night, Charlie Dean’s childhood friend Will Tucker accepts a dare and dresses up as a girl: clothes, hair, makeup. Seeing Will that way incites a riot of confused emotions in Charlie—and he responds by lashing out. He never meant to hurt Will, and now he must do some serious damage control.

During a school trip by train, Charlie and Will share a sleeper cabin. Charlie intends to mend fences, while Will figures it’s as good a time as any to broach the subjects of attraction and sexuality. They want to get their relationship back on track. But after the secrets they both reveal, their friendship can never be the same.

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In Over Our Heads

Stories from the Shore

A Stories From the Shore Book

Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires.

Brilliant and self-contained, scientist Walter Elkins prefers deep thoughts to other people. He’s a good boss and a model citizen, but Walter doesn’t let anyone get close. After a tragedy drove him out of his science career, Walter landed in Key West and became owner of a dive shop and a bar. Things are fine until Anthony Vallen—the only person who ever penetrated his defenses—shows up, and Walter’s calm, controlled life capsizes. He and Anthony have a second chance for love, but Walter must confront the old fears that threaten to torpedo their happiness.

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Hope can be found in unexpected places.

Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.

Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.

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Connexion

Les Gardiens des Abysses

Les Gardiens des Abysses, numéro hors série

Marcus Roth est un grand avocat criminel le jour et un gardien, tueur de démons, la nuit, cependant il n’est qu’un des cinq gardiens… sans réelle importance pour quiconque, hormis Joseph Locke, son foyer. Du moins, c’est ce que croit Marcus, à tort.

Lors d’un voyage à Lexington, dans le Kentucky, pour célébrer l’anniversaire du grand-père de Joe, cette conviction change quand Marcus découvre involontairement une implication paranormale et finit par révéler son identité de gardien à la famille de Joe. Faisant face à un traître, à des démons et au retour d’un vieil ennemi, Marcus doit mettre ses propres désirs de côté pour sauver ses amis – même si, en agissant ainsi, il risque de perdre l’homme qu’il aime inconditionnellement. Toutefois, survivre à l’épreuve pourrait ne pas suffire, si Marcus ne peut pas se pardonner et apprendre que son foyer, et le reste de son poing armé, ne peut pas se passer de lui.

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Per i pomeriggi di pioggia

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Robbie MacIntyre gestisce un piccolo ufficio postale nel vecchio edificio di quella che era una stazione ferroviaria nella periferia della sonnolenta Barton Hartshorn, a nordovest di Londra. Rimane sbalordito quando la proprietaria, Maggie, una sua cara amica, gli lascia in eredità non solo l’ufficio postale, ma anche l’intera stazione.

Il resto dell’eredità va a uno scrittore americano, Jason Young. Quando l’uomo si trasferisce nel paesino, Robbie rimane frastornato dall’attrazione che prova per la persona che avrebbe più diritti di lui sulla stazione.

A quel punto compare una scatola, che contiene varie prime edizioni rare e un ricettario. Tutto inizierà ad avere un senso solo quando gli ingredienti segreti di una particolare ricetta saranno finalmente svelati, portando alla luce un amore che si è interrotto settant’anni prima.

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A THIRDS Novella

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not essential to read before Tried & True

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High Balls

Balls to the Wall

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.

Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real.

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Il paradiso può diventare un inferno.

Per molti, rimanere bloccati a Ibiza, nella villa dell’armatore Miguel García Arquero, non sarebbe poi una tragedia. Ma Hudson Barber non la pensa così. Per lui, ritrovarsi senza passaporto, in un paese straniero tanto lontano da casa, è un incubo, reso peggiore dal fatto che ne è responsabile il suo inaffidabile gemello.

Non volendo denunciare Dalvon per furto d’identità, Hudson è costretto ad aspettare, e ne approfitta per occuparsi di alcune attività di Miguel che, a causa dell’inesperienza del fratello, sono sull’orlo del fallimento. Quegli affari in perdita sono però un dono dal cielo, perché se riuscisse a riportarle in attivo, Hudson potrebbe sfruttare quell’esperienza per finire il suo master in gestione d’impresa.

Quando Miguel torna a Ibiza, invece di trovare un toy boy scopre che Hudson ha trasformato la sua fredda villa in una casa calda e accogliente. Per Miguel non ci sono dubbi: deve convincere Hudson ad abbassare le sue difese per accogliere l’amore.

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Volleyball (Deutsch)

Seitenwechsel

Ein Titel der Seitenwechsel Serie

Eine doppelte Dosis Alphamann kann doch nicht schaden, oder?

David Underwood ist gerade erst einer Beziehung zu einem gewalttätigen Alphamann entkommen, da fällt sein Blick auf zwei heiße Mitglieder der australischen Beachvolleyball-Mannschaft, die am Strand von Laguna Beach Volleyball spielen. Und prompt muss er sich deren Beleidigungen anhören. Trotzdem erliegt er dem Charme von Gareth Marshall, der sich Davids wegen vor seinem Team outet. Nur einer macht ihnen das Leben zur Hölle: Edge, der nicht minder heiße Volleyballpartner von Gareth.

Gareth hat jahrelange Erfahrung darin, seine Sexualität vor seinen Mitmenschen und insbesondere vor Edge, zu dem er sich schon immer hingezogen fühlte, zu verheimlichen. David ist der erste Mann, der jemals mit Edge mithalten konnte und Gareth’ Leidenschaft weckte. Umso mehr leidet Gareth unter dem ablehnenden Verhalten seines alten Freundes. Doch Edge hat auch seine Geheimnisse, und Davids Ex ist ebenfalls nicht allzu glücklich, auf seinen Prügelknaben verzichten zu müssen. Alles scheint sich gegen David verschworen zu haben. Werden sie ihr Glück finden, er und sein Alphamann? Oder gar … er und seine Alphamänner?

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A Mary's Boys Novella

Steven Conley loves the excitement of owning his own Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Denver, Colorado, and his chosen family of coworkers makes life even better. Steven never regretted leaving the corporate grind behind until his father’s harsh deathbed words leaves him doubting himself.

Ryan Fuller abandoned a lucrative career to start his own party-planning business, but he keeps afloat by coordinating funerals for the local mortuary. When Ryan bumps into Steven—his best friend’s uncle and the man Ryan has secretly crushed on forever—the attraction explodes into a night of passionate abandon for both men.

Steven is blown away by the care and deep connection he feels for the hot young mortician—until Ryan admits who he really is. Reeling from the recent upheaval in his life, Steven must decide whether to give Ryan a chance. To find love, they must risk it all....

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Smarrito lungo la strada

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Tre mesi dopo aver perso i genitori in un incidente d’auto, il meteorologo di Denver Daniel Whitaker fa ritorno a Laramie, Wyoming. È già abbastanza dura dover gestire un lutto e una relazione di quasi quindici anni ormai al capolinea, e quando trova la sua casa d’infanzia piena di cianfrusaglie, Daniel si trova ancora più in difficoltà. Per sistemare il disordine, chiede l’aiuto di Landon, l’attraente vicino dei suoi genitori. Landon Kushner è una miniera di contraddizioni. Costruisce sculture eoliche servendosi di rottami metallici e ama stare all’aria aperta, ma guida anche una Vespa verde menta e ha un’affinità per il lavoro a maglia e la chiaroveggenza. È stato amico dei genitori di Daniel per anni, ed è più che disposto a dare una mano.

Il loro piano è semplice: sistemare la casa affinché Daniel possa metterla in vendita e tornare alla sua vita a Denver. Ma quando Landon entra in possesso di uno strano ricettario, Daniel inizia a rendersi conto che l’universo, e Nonna B, potrebbero avere altri piani.

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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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