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Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.

Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life’s predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.

Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry's pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry’s secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever. 

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Cowboys Don't Samba

Cowboys Don't
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A Cowboys Don’t Story

Maury Garcia’s one of the greatest bull riders in the world—and one of the biggest liars. Can he turn forbidden love with a rodeo rookie into a lasting romance? 

Ever since his brother was killed because he was gay, Maury’s worked to take his brother’s place as the bull rider, the provider, and the ideal of his family’s macho expectations. The only thing Maury’s ever done for himself is buy a secret ranch so he can get away from the responsibilities he’s chained himself to. Then he meets Tristão Silva, the younger brother of the one man who could rob Maury of his bull riding championship. 

Tristão may be a world-class bull rider in his own right, but his kind, gentle nature and sexy samba hips make Maury long for something beyond his selfless, sexless life. The two men’s lives are worlds apart, even if they’re both buckling under family expectations. Will their future last beyond an eight-second ride?

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Il caso dello studioso seducente

I misteri di Middlemark
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Serie I misteri di Middlemark

Il dottor Llewellyn Lewis ha una doppia vita: è allo stesso tempo un impacciato ma stimato professore di storia e l’appariscente Ramon Rondell, famigerato autore di sensazionalistiche teorie storiche. Ramon è il primo a mettere gli occhi su un irresistibile ballerino in un club, ma tocca a Llewellyn incontrare l’assistente universitario Blaise Arthur in un’occasione formale: la cena in onore di Anne de Vere, una discendente di Edward de Vere, diciassettesimo Conte di Oxford, sospettato da alcuni di essere il vero Shakespeare. Anne vuole che Llewellyn dimostri questa teoria, sebbene molti abbiano già tentato di farlo senza risultato, ed è pronta a fare una generosa donazione alla Middlemark University in caso di successo.

Per Llewellyn questa potrebbe anche essere l’occasione giusta per conoscere meglio Blaise.

Non tutti pensano che Llewellyn debba accettare l’incarico o il denaro. Tra fratelli in lite, mecenati rivali, colleghi gelosi e avidi amministratori, chiunque potrebbe tentare di sabotare la sua ricerca… e qualcuno è anche disposto a uccidere per riuscirci.

Quando Anne de Vere viene trovata morta, la polizia sospetta che sia Blaise l’assassino, e soltanto il timido, balbuziente professore che ha conquistato il suo cuore potrà provare il contrario…

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Sinders & Ash (Deutsch)

Eine Pennymaker Geschichte
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Eine Pennymaker Geschichte

Mark Sintorella (Sinders) arbeitet fleißig als Putzmann in einem Ferienhotel, während er heimlich Kleider entwirft und hofft, eines Tages auf eine Modeschule gehen zu können. Dann wird sein sorgfältig geplantes Leben durch die Ankunft von Ashton Armitage auf den Kopf gestellt. Ash ist der Sohn des fünftreichsten Mannes von Amerika – und der schönste Mann, den Mark jemals zu Gesicht bekommen hat. Ash muss eine Frau finden, um das Erbe seines Großvaters nicht zu verlieren. Er entscheidet sich für Bitsy Fanderel. Doch Ash ist insgeheim schwul und als er den jungen Mann sieht, der die Asche aus seinem Kamin fegt, fängt Ashs Herz Feuer.

Richtig in Gang gebracht wird die Sache schließlich durch Carstairs Pennymaker, einen Elf von einem Mann, der Mark überredet, sich als junge Frau zu verkleiden und seine eigenen Kreationen vorzuführen, um potenzielle Mode-Investoren zu beeindrucken, die in dem Hotel zu Gast sind. Als die Uhr Mitternacht schlägt, bewerben sich zwei wunderschöne junge Prinzessinnen um Ashs Hand – aber eine von ihnen ist keine Frau. Wird ihr der Schuh passen? Nur Mr Pennymaker weiß, wie dieses Märchen ausgeht.

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Hidden Powers

Superordinary Society | Book One

Superordinary Society: Book One

Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.

Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.

Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.

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The Case of the Voracious Vintner

The Middlemark Mysteries

A Middlemark Mystery

Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.

Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all his customers. Bo tries to help Jeremy and even provides a phony alibi for Jeremy when Ottersen turns up dead in Jeremy’s tasting room. But it’s clear Jeremy isn’t who he claims, and Bo must decide if it’s worth tossing over his established life for a man who doesn’t seem to trust anyone. When Jeremy gets kidnapped, some the conservative winemakers turn out to be kinky sex fiends, and the list of murderers keeps dwindling down to Jeremy. Bo has to choose between hopping on his white horse or climbing back in his peach-pie-lined closet.

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Boules de feu

La balle au bond
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La balle au bond

Rodney Mansfield est un artiste renommé et un homme d’un mètre soixante-sept, ceinture noire de karaté, qui affiche des cheveux roses, six boucles d’oreilles, et cache un désir inavoué pour Hunter Fallon, un pompier local. Cependant, le Nain de jardin, comme on l’appelle, sait que jamais il ne parviendrait à charmer cet homme gay aux allures d’hétéro, alors il rassemble tout son altruisme et aide Jerry, son ami plus viril, à l’attirer. Comme si son cœur brisé ne suffisait pas, il sauve Hunter d’un homophobe de sa caserne, l’humiliant ainsi devant son père !

Hunter vit une vie de rêve – celui de son père, justement. Alors qu’il aimerait enseigner la littérature à la faculté, lire des poèmes sous le soleil ou se trouver un homme fort pour le dominer, il lutte contre les incendies pour faire plaisir à son géniteur. Hunter déteste les hommes extravagants comme Rodney. Pourtant, pourquoi n’arrive-t-il pas à lui résister ? Peut-être est-il temps d’avouer que cette flamme-là, il ne souhaite pas l’éteindre.

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Il Principe del teatro

Storie d’amore a Laguna

Un libro della serie Storie d’amore a Laguna

Guidato dal desiderio di diventare uno stilista di successo e preoccupato di dover nascondere il suo passato discutibile, Ru Maitland ha permesso che la sua ossessione nei confronti della star dei film d’azione Gray Anson sostituisse la sua vita sociale. Ossessione e realtà si scontrano quando a Ru viene chiesto di ideare dei costumi moderni per una rappresentazione speciale dell’Amleto che vede come protagonista proprio Gray Anson e che sarà allestita al Teatro di Laguna. Gray si rivela un miscuglio di timidezza e spavalderia e, nonostante un fidanzamento di grande risonanza con una donna dell’alta società, i segnali che manda a Ru fanno ballare la salsa alla sua libidine.

Gray Anson ha quello che la maggior parte della gente può solo sognare: ricchezza, popolarità e un lavoro che ama. In cambio ha detto addio a ogni parvenza di privacy e al diritto di dire no alle migliaia di persone che dipendono da lui e ai milioni di fan che lo amano. Tutto quello che ha sempre desiderato sta appena al di là della bolla della sua vita, ma deve decidere a quali compromessi scendere per ottenere ciò che vuole. Quando il passato travagliato di Ru si infrange sul presente infestato di paparazzi di Gray, entrambi si renderanno conto che a volte l’unico compromesso accettabile è la verità.

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Josh Harris is all dad all the time. A busy college professor and devoted single father, Josh tries to be happy with only his son for company. But then Bradley “Trex” Trexler moves in across the street with his stepbrother, Bogo, and takes advantage of their empty home, making it into a haunted house for Halloween.

Josh's son, Ernie, can't wait to go, so Josh dresses up like a movie cowboy and saunters over. It’ll be the best Halloween of Ernie’s life, but there’s another sharpshooter roaming the dark corridors, and this one might have a special treat for Josh….

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Etopia Press in Halloween Heat (IV anthology), October 2012.

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Un libro della serie I cowboy non …

Il cowboy Danny Boone nasconde un passato travagliato e sogna un modesto futuro. Porta un nome che ha inventato dopo una notte di bevute, e di cui si pente da allora, e ha alle spalle una breve e luminosa carriera nel circuito del rodeo professionistico, terminata quasi con la sua morte dopo che il padre omofobo ha scoperto che è gay. Ora Danny sogna un pezzo di terra su cui costruire un ranch e un po’ di soldi per recuperare l’istruzione che ha dovuto trascurare. Nell’intimo nasconde il desiderio di trovare un bel ragazzo dall’aspetto effeminato con un carattere dominante: una combinazione più rara di un unicorno.

Nel ranch in cui lavora arriva un giorno da San Francisco un arredatore d’interni, Laurie Belmont, un uomo così bello da lasciare senza fiato persino i cavalli e tanto coraggioso da arrivare quasi a uccidere per proteggere Danny da un’aggressione. Laurie sta cercando il modo di sfuggire al controllo di una madre autoritaria, un padre debole e un fidanzato ricco e privilegiato. Ma nonostante l’innegabile attrazione fra il ragazzo di città e il cowboy, i loro mondi si trovano in galassie diverse, e tutti sanno che i cowboy non cavalcano unicorni.

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Volley-ball

La balle au bond
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Une double dose de mâles alpha vaut mieux qu’une.

Bien que sortant d’une relation abusive avec une ordure d’alpha, David Underwood pose son regard sur deux superbes membres d’une équipe australienne de volley-ball et se fait à nouveau harceler sur la plage de Laguna Beach. Pourtant, lorsque le délicieux Gareth Marshall lui prouve son intérêt en faisant son coming out devant ses collègues, David succombe à ses charmes. Néanmoins, Edge, le partenaire de jeu de Gareth et son égal en matière de sex-appeal, rend la vie dure aux deux amants.

Gareth, qui a passé sa vie à cacher son orientation et son attirance à ses proches ainsi qu’à son meilleur ami, le fameux Edge, s’en trouve d’autant plus blessé et frustré. David est le premier homme, en dehors de Edge, à s’attirer ses faveurs. Mais Edge aussi possède ses propres secrets, et l’ex de David compte revenir à l’assaut. Quand tout semble se liguer contre lui, un homme gay à Laguna peut-il encore trouver le bonheur avec un beau mâle… ou deux ?

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Love You So Special

The Love You So Stories

A Love You So Story

Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish?

Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks—like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms—and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world.

François Desmarais may be famous, rich, and revered as one of the world’s great classical composers and pianists, but he’s soothed and challenged by the inquisitive, stalwart, protective man in his back yard. When François’s terrible fear of crowds turns into a dangerous plot, Artie can stay in the closet or prove just how special he is.

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A Love You So Anthology

Get swept up in two tales of love in all its hard, mad, messy, life-changing glory.

 

In Love You So Hard, Craig Elson is leading a plain and depressing life, despite being a good-looking guy and a talented strategic planner.

Jesse Randall aims to change all that by helping Craig find a new job, a new apartment, a new life…. That includes a new sex life. Craig wants to learn to top, and Jesse is happy to tutor him. But what happens when the lessons end and these two don’t want to say goodbye?

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Ben Shane is engaged to one of the wealthiest men in America, but he’s ready to give it all up for sweet Dusty, the quirky handyman who works for his company. But Dusty doesn’t think it’ll work. What could a rich, perfect guy like Shane see in him? He must be mad. Or is he just madly in love?

Find out in Love You So Madly.

 

First Edition of Love You So Hard published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition of Love You So Hard published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

 

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Les contes de Pennymaker, numéro hors série

Wendell Darling, surnommé Wen, mène une vie cousue de responsabilités toutes plus lourdes les unes que les autres. Abandonné par son père, un comptable insensible, et par sa mère, une artiste à l’esprit fragile, il est contraint de subvenir aux besoins de son frère et de sa sœur. Il n’a d’autre choix que de brimer sa créativité en s’échinant soixante-dix heures par semaine dans une agence de communication au sein de laquelle son supérieur, un homme incompétent, s’attribue sans aucun scrupule, tous les mérites de son travail.  

Le jour où l’agence manque de perdre l’un de ses plus gros clients, Wen a enfin l’occasion de sortir de l’ombre et de prouver sa valeur, mais pour cela, il faut d’abord qu’il retrouve le mystérieux artiste qui a réalisé la gigantesque et incroyable fresque en graffiti dans le métro.

Dissimulé derrière un pilier à deux heures du matin, Wen se retrouve nez à nez avec l’étrange peintre et leader du groupe les Lost Boys, Peter Panachek. Peter est le parfait opposé de Wen. Il arbore une chevelure rouge écarlate, une physionomie androgyne, quasi elfique, et vit sa vie au jour le jour sans se soucier des conséquences. La personnalité grave et sérieuse de Wen le fait rire, mais ne dit-on pas que les opposés s’attirent ? Les deux jeunes hommes oscillent continuellement entre caresses et disputes, mais il devient très vite évident que l’attitude désinvolte de Peter n’est qu’une armure qui dissimule un nombre incalculable de peurs et de secrets trop bien gardés. 

Puis, survient Vadon Hooker, un dealer de drogue qui menace de mettre en danger tout ce qui est cher à Wen. Aidé de l’énigmatique Monsieur Pennymaker, Peter va devoir choisir entre faire face à ses responsabilités, ou bien s’enfoncer toujours plus loin au cœur du Pays Imaginaire… 

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The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean

The Middlemark Mysteries

A Middlemark Mystery

Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford—who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she’s willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.

It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.

Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case—or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work… and one of them is willing to kill to do it.

When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise….

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Love You So Madly

The Love You So Stories

A Love You So Story

Ben Shane has it all… and he’d like to give some of it back. While he loves his job heading a foundation that funds worthy causes around the world, his engagement to one of America’s wealthiest men leaves him feeling more like a trophy wife than a valued partner. The first warning that his relationship might not be designed to last is his irresistible lust for Dusty Kincaid, the golden-haired, bright-eyed handyman for his company.

Though Dusty is odd for a twenty-three-year-old—no liquor, no sugar, and he can’t even drive—the more Ben gets to know Dusty, the more he admires him. But is Ben going to give up a guy who drives a Ferrari for one who takes the bus? He must be mad. Dusty knows he and Ben can never work. After all, Ben’s perfect… and Dusty isn’t. But Ben might surprise everyone with proof that he’s only mad in love.

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Return to Laguna and go balls to the wall yet again with these fan-favorite stories of love—including a brand-new novella.

 

High Balls

Single father and PhD student Theodore Walters is determined to provide a great life for his seven-year-old son, Andy, despite anything his religious in-laws and dissertation adviser can throw at him. His carefully planned life goes off the rails when he meets totally not appropriate bartender "Snake" Erasmo—a pierced and tattooed biker. Snake might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real, if their secrets don't drag them apart first.

 

Snow Balls

Flamboyant JJ LaRousse may look like a quarterback, but he knows nothing about football. After encountering tough cop Ryan Star—known for liking manly men—JJ drops his voice an octave and colors his pink hair to try to be his perfect man. Ryan is in the closet at work, but JJ is turning out to be hard to leave. When an outside threat brings all façades crashing down, will Ryan be able to accept JJ—and himself?

 

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Love You So Hard

The Love You So Stories

A Love You So Story

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.

Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

 

Third Edition

First Edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

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