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Il caso dello studioso seducente

I misteri di Middlemark
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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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Henry Walker, héritier présomptif d’une vaste société internationale, s’est consacré sa vie durant à satisfaire son père, un homme froid et distant. Ses efforts futiles ne lui ont laissé aucune place pour vivre, aimer ou prendre ses propres décisions. Il n’a qu’un seul ami, son vilain secret inavoué : Archie Banks.

Élevé sur le domaine des Walker auprès de Henry, Archie est à présent son chauffeur, son garde du corps… et occasionnellement son amant. Il est loyal, mais s’apprête à obtenir son diplôme universitaire. Il a des projets d’avenir qui n’incluent pas de se tenir à la disposition du père de Henry. Pas même pour ce dernier.

Sans prévenir, un kidnapping brutal les conduit à la tragédie et au chaos, et les pousse dans une bataille dramatique qui les menace personnellement et met leur couple en péril. Trouveront-ils un moyen de guérir les blessures du passé, de sauver l’héritage de Henry et de bâtir un avenir commun ?

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Love Conventions

Dreamspun Desires | #81
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A happy ending worthy of a TV fantasy… in real life?

Ashland Wells is an actor of sci-fi cult fame but with little direction for the future, when handsome grad student Remy Beaumont lands in his lap at a fan convention. Remy is everything Ash ever wanted and wished he could be—including out and proud. For twelve hours they’re the best of friends. But the convention ends, and saying goodbye to Remy might be the biggest mistake Ash has ever made. 

A few months later, they’re reunited on a new production—Ash as an actor, Remy a writer—and though Ash doesn’t plan to let him go twice, being with Remy means going public about being gay. He’s not sure that’s a risk he—or his career—can handle, no matter how great the temptation. 

If only they could write themselves the romantic happily ever after they both need. 

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The Mage on the Hill

The Web of Arcana | Book One
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The Web of Arcana: Book One

A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.

Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.

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Covet Thy Neighbor

Tucker Springs
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A Tucker Springs Novel

Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado, where sparks fly when opposites attract—but are some obstacles too great to overcome?

When tattoo artist Seth Wheeler meets his new neighbor, it’s like a revelation. Darren Romero is everything Seth wants in a man: hot, clever, single, and interested. For a minute he seems perfect. Then Darren drops the bomb: he moved to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church.

As a gay man whose parents threw him out, Seth has a strict policy of keeping believers at arm’s length for self-preservation. But Darren’s perseverance and the chemistry bubbling between them steadily wear down his defenses.

In a small town like Tucker Springs, Seth can’t avoid Darren—or how much he wants him. Which means he needs to decide what’s more important: protecting himself, or his feelings for his neighbor.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, March 2013.

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Blueprint (Italiano)

Le regole del possesso | Libro 1
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Kelly Cannon è soddisfatto della sua vita. Ha degli amici, una famiglia fantastica e un buon lavoro. La sua vita amorosa, però, fa davvero pietà. E per quale motivo? Perché il suo cuore ha deciso di infrangere due regole importanti: non innamorarsi di un etero e soprattutto non innamorarsi del proprio migliore amico.

Il campione di football Britton “Blue” Montgomery è sotto pressione. Suo padre è interessato solo alla sua carriera di giocatore. I suoi allenatori vogliono che giochi senza infortunarsi di nuovo. E poi ci sono i tifosi, il suo agente e infine sua madre, che è ricomparsa dopo aver lasciato la famiglia anni prima. Come se non bastasse, il suo rapporto con Kelly si fa sempre più incerto, e questo lo spaventa più di qualsiasi altra cosa.

Quando Kelly ammette di essere innamorato di lui, il loro legame è messo alla prova, e Blue deve decidere cosa conta davvero. Non vuole perdere la persona più importante della sua vita, ma il prezzo per tenere Kelly al suo fianco potrebbe essere più alto di quanto lui sia disposto a pagare.

Per fortuna, il suo soprannome in campo è Blueprint, il Prototipo: è l’unico che potrà cambiare le regole del gioco.

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It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.

Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.

Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.

Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.

But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.

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Le sauveteur

415 Ink (Français) | Tome 2
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Série 415 Ink, tome 2

Dans tout homme bon, il y a un sauveteur, mais parfois, c’est l’amour qui réveille l’homme dans le sauveteur. 

Mace Crawford, sapeur-pompier de San Francisco, a connu une enfance difficile. Enlevé par nécessité à son épouvantable père, il a été élevé dans le système fédéral, froid et indifférent. Devenu adulte, il consacre sa vie à sauver les autres, y compris les frères qu’il s’est choisis. Second de sa brigade, Mace guide ceux qui sont sous ses ordres ; à 415 Ink, le salon de tatouage familial, il apporte son aide, mais par-dessus tout, il protège sa famille de son secret le plus sombre. 

Alors qu’il s’est juré de ne jamais aimer, un gros problème apparaît dans sa vie solitaire : Rob Claussen, un des tatoueurs de 415 Ink, l’obsède de plus en plus.

Mace a édifié de strictes frontières pour protéger son univers contrôlé – et son cœur, mieux barricadé encore. Il ne peut y faire entrer Rob, il ne peut céder à son désir sans risquer d’abattre les fondations mêmes de l’existence qu’il s’est bâtie. 

Un jour pourtant, un démon du passé refait surface et Mace est alors confronté à un choix : s’accrocher à ses mensonges ou sauver celui qu’il a si peur d’aimer. 

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Eli faced the fallout of returning to school after his transition, and now he’s starting over in a new school where no one ever knew him as Elizabeth. The best thing about this new beginning might be the girl in the bedazzled Keds.

Sammy’s world of cheerleading, advanced math, and popularity in her Texas high school crumbles with her mother’s death. She’s shipped off to New Jersey to face a father who feels like a stranger and a world where she doesn’t feel like she belongs. At least there’s Eli, the cute boy who is also new at school.

As their friendship deepens and romance begins to bloom, Eli knows he owes Sammy the truth. He hopes he can trust her, and Sammy hopes she can understand falling in love with a trans boy. It’s a lot to deal with alongside the long-buried family secrets coming to light, and neither of their worlds will ever be the same. But maybe building new lives won’t be so hard if they do it together. 

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Murder Most Lovely

Lacetown Murder Mysteries | Case One
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Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One

A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.

Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.

Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third….

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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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After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.

 

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Acte deux

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #33
Les amants de Lexington
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Les amants de Lexington

L’amour suit une courbe d’apprentissage abrupte.

Proviseur adjoint au lycée Henry Clay, Blake Barnes a tout ce qu’il désire : une chance d’aider des étudiants en difficulté et un exutoire à sa passion pour le théâtre. Enfin, presque tout – personne ne l’attend chez lui. Et voilà que son béguin du lycée fait un retour explosif dans sa vie en la personne du tuteur inattendu de deux garçons qui se trouvent sous sa responsabilité.

Thane Dalton a toujours été un bad boy pur et dur. Peu de choses ont changé depuis l’époque du lycée, y compris la méfiance qu’il éprouve envers les représentants de l’autorité, et aucune bureaucratie institutionnelle ne l’empêchera de protéger ses neveux des petits caïds qui les terrorisent. Si cela veut dire se prendre la tête avec Blake, ainsi soit-il.

Blake et Thane ont chacun des leçons à apprendre et notamment qu’ils ont tous les deux les intérêts des garçons à cœur, mais aussi que la tension qui couve entre eux n’est pas seulement conflictuelle et que des étincelles peuvent voler lorsque les contraires s’attirent.

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Burden

Love, Unexpected
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A Love, Unexpected Tale

They never knew what hit them.

A hooker with a heart, falling for a Vice cop? This is no Hollywood movie, and if they want a happily ever after, it's not going to be easy.

Detective Randy Michaels is back with Vice, working to help NYC crack down on its prostitution problem. When he suspects Jesse Bryant of soliciting, Randy is torn between duty and his knowledge of what put Jesse on the streets. Jesse is clearly struggling, and he isn’t the only one. Recent events have forced Randy to question his sexuality, and a shocking encounter with Jesse plunges him into a crisis of conscience.

Jesse didn’t think his life could get any worse. His family cut all support, his education is on hold, and he’s surviving the only way he knows—selling himself on the streets. Of all the people who could have offered him a helping hand, why did it have to be Randy?

Two men carrying their own personal burdens: How long will it take them to realize that what they really need is each other?

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Crossing the Touchline

Auckland Med.
Perchance to Dream
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An Auckland Med. Story

What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?

What if that dream is so close you can smell it?

What if you meet someone?

What if you fall in love?

What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?

And what if the dream changes?

Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.

Cameron Wano is that choice.

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Il segreto del dottore

Copper Point Medical (Italiano) | Libro 1
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Serie Copper Point Medical, Libro 1

Il nuovo brillante ma tenebroso dottore incontra il solare infermiere della porta accanto di Copper Point… e niente può impedire al loro amore di sbocciare. 

Il dottor Hong-Wei Wu arriva a Copper Point, Wisconsin, dopo che la pressione di un tirocinio presso un ospedale prestigioso ha bruciato la sua carriera ancora prima che cominciasse. Schiacciato dalla vergogna di aver deluso la sua famiglia dopo tutto quello che ha sacrificato per lui, si propone di vivere una vita tranquilla come chirurgo generale in una minuscola cittadina del nord. I suoi piani, però, non hanno tenuto conto di Simon Lane, il suo gentile, estroverso e attraente infermiere strumentista. 

Simon non è pronto ad affrontare un bel chirurgo rubacuori che continua a chiedergli aiuto per ambientarsi e che lo corteggia con fantastici piatti taiwanesi. Non c’è dubbio: il dottor Wu è interessato a lui, e Simon ricambia il suo interesse. C’è solo un problema: la politica del St. Ann scoraggia le relazioni tra i membri dello staff dell’ospedale, il che significa che tra loro non può esserci una storia … a meno che non aggirino le regole. 

Tuttavia, una relazione tenuta – letteralmente – nascosta nello sgabuzzino non può portare a un vissero per sempre felici e contenti. Simon non vuole essere un segreto, e Hong-Wei non vuole più impedirsi di vivere la propria vita. Per conquistare la felicità, dovranno far cambiare opinione all’amministrazione dell’ospedale. Ma quali altri segreti finiranno per scoprire su Copper Point… e su loro stessi?

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The Doctor's Secret

Copper Point Medical | Book One
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Copper Point Medical: Book One

The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point's sunny nurse-next-door... and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.

Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.

Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules. 

But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

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Editorial Reviews

Cullinan weaves themes of racism and Asian culture, family pressures, and the value of friends, home, and love into a deeply satisfying romance. -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Ein Titel der Belladonna Arms Serie

Gerade erst von seinem Liebhaber verlassen, sucht Harlie Rose Zuflucht im Belladonna Arms, einem schäbigen Mietshaus, hoch auf einem der Hügel in der Innenstadt von San Diego gelegen. Harlie ahnt nicht, dass sein neues Domizil dafür berüchtigt ist, Romanzen zu schmieden. Noch weniger ahnt er, dass er selbst das nächste Opfer sein wird.

Er findet Arbeit in einem nahegelegenen Restaurant, wo er den Bäcker Milan kennenlernt, einen umwerfend attraktiven, aber etwas barschen und abweisenden Mann. Harlie weiß nicht, dass auch Milan unter einem gebrochenen Herzen leidet. Und so kommt es, wie es kommen muss – die beiden Männer belauern sich und errichten ihre Barrikaden. Keiner von ihnen ist bereit, sich einer neuen Liebe zu öffnen.

Doch selbst das störrischste Herz kann erobert werden.

Mit der Unterstützung seiner neuen Freunde – Sylvia, die nur noch auf ihre letzte Operation wartet, um endlich eine Frau zu werden; Arthur, die alternde Dragqueen, die ihre eigene Liebe findet; Stanley und Roger, das liebenswerte Paar aus 5C, das Harlie zum Vorbild wird – lernt er bald, dass im Belladonna Arms die Liebe hinter jeder Ecke lauert und nur darauf wartet, ein neues Opfer zu finden. Ob willig oder nicht.

Doch die nächste Tragödie schwebt schon über ihnen.

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