Historical Romance books

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In rural Pennsylvania, Theodore McCall lives on his family’s farm and works as a clerk at the local general store. While his best friend, Martin Fuller, thrives in New York City, Theodore trudges through life. But on New Year’s Eve, 1902, Theodore’s world is turned upside down, and big changes call for bold action.

Theodore, who has never ventured more than eight miles from home, undertakes the daunting journey to New York City to join Martin. But the Martin he finds in New York is a stranger, a different man, doing things Theodore finds shocking. After just two months in the City, Theodore’s world is upended again as he and Martin are swept up in the events at the Ariston Baths.

Haunted by his experiences in New York, Theodore returns home, wondering whether he’ll ever find happiness in life. When he meets Jasper Webb, Theodore must boldly risk everything for the love he so longs for.

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Nate Pederowski is about as far down as he can go when he’s tipped to a job as a singer in a speakeasy. Dishonorably discharged for being queer, broke and homeless during the Great Depression, Nate is embittered and lonely. The club’s handsome owner, Rick Bellevue, and his sister Corinna are wowed by Nate’s voice and offer him the job.

But the Starlight Lounge is much more than an ordinary supper club, and Rick and his sister much more than just the owners. It’s not ’til Nate gets caught up in a gangster’s plot that he discovers just what secrets they’re hiding. Nate’s life is going to change in ways he can scarcely imagine, let alone believe.

2nd Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010, in the Myths and Magic: Legends of Love anthology.

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The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur has never been quite this steamy!

Handsome Theseus journeys to Athens to claim his birthright as heir to the throne, and along the way he meets the roguish Pirithous, who teaches him all about matters of the heart—and body. When they reach the city, Theseus is shocked to discover that his father, the king, has a tradition of sacrificing young people to the Minotaur, the monster that inhabits the island nation of Crete.

Theseus and Pirithous, along with Iphitrion, a slave boy they befriend, set out to slay the Minotaur. After learning Crete is ruled by a mad tyrant with a fetish for orgies, Theseus puts his new skills to the test, fighting, flirting, and fornicating his way through the ranks, working his way past soldiers, satyrs, and gods alike as he attempts to accomplish his goal and save his city.

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Don't miss these greatest hits of historical romance by Rowan McAllister, collected in this exclusive bundle!

In A Promise of Tomorrow, Lord James Warren's routine is shattered when his niece and nephew ask him to help a beautiful young man they've only just met: Kyle Allen, alone and running from his abusive lover. Assistance and a future for Kyle might be secured, but then they would face a choice: stay apart and continue leading half-lives... or risk everything for love. In A Devil’s Own Luck, William devotes his days to the pursuit of empty pleasure until the night he meets a young man who ignites a spark in him he’d thought long extinguished. Stephen is fiery and passionate, handsome and mysterious—exactly what a fallen devil needs to stir the ashes of his heart. In Never a Road Without a Turning, unapologetic rake Phillip “Pip” Stubbs takes a position at Greer cottage, hoping for another distraction from the growing restlessness inside him. But when the new master arrives, Pip ends up more unsettled than ever. Major Astley McNalty has everything a common servant like Pip could ever wish for, and yet he spends his nights in drunken brooding and his days in solitary melancholy. Can they learn to trust one another enough to find a safe path to a future together?


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Un vent de changement et Œil du cyclone

Série Royal Navy | Tome 2

Suite de La rançon
Série Royal Navy, tome 2

Un vent de Changement

1800. Les lieutenants William Marshall et David Archer, de la frégate HMS la Calypso, sont amants depuis plus d’un an. Conscients qu’ils seraient pendus si leur liaison était découverte, ils ne s’accordent que quelques rares nuits de passion lorsqu’ils sont en congé à terre.

Mais rien ne dure éternellement dans la Royal Navy et leur transfert à bord d’un nouveau navire crée un étrange retournement de situation : il y a un traître à bord et le capitaine leur donne l’ordre de simuler une relation illicite afin de le démasquer.

La mascarade devient vite dangereuse et Davy est en danger de mort.

Œil du Cyclone

1802. Un traité a été signé entre l’Angleterre et la France, aussi la guerre connaît-elle une fragile période de trêve. Pourtant, la vie du commandant Marshall et du lieutenant Archer est plus compliquée que jamais.

Après avoir failli perdre son amant, William Marshall affronte ses responsabilités de capitaine et se demande s’il supportera de voir celui qu’il aime courir sous ses ordres de nouveaux dangers.

Quant à David Archer, il est rongé par le doute. Une fois déjà, Will l’a quitté, mettant fin à leur relation pour le protéger. Physiquement guéri de ses blessures, Davy a du mal à retrouver sa confiance en son amant. Il décide de tenter le tout pour le tout : persuader Will que leur amour vaut tous les risques.

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William’s task is clear: catch the blackmailer. William Richmond is an earl, a father, a country gentleman… and a former spy. Catching the blackmailer should be simple, but when William finds a beautiful, injured young man on the beach, unfamiliar desires surge. He is determined to focus on the task and resist temptation—resist Daniel, or his carefully constructed illusions will crumble, exposing his lies to the world… and himself.

Daniel’s question is simple: Should he trust William? Daniel has secrets: his identity, his past, how and why he washed up on the shore… and more. With revelations of espionage, blackmail, and the arrival of William’s colleagues, the danger of exposure grows. Daniel’s instincts tell him that William is a decent man, a man of honor, but his instincts have been wrong before. As the attraction grows, so does Daniel’s desire to confess, but if he’s wrong, he risks everything—his secrets, his freedom, and his heart.

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When Feldwebel Horst Stussel is murdered in Jake Plenty’s Moroccan brothel, local police chief Nicolas Renard suspects Jake’s involvement in the crime. Renard has loved Jake since their service in the Legion Etrangère during the Great War, but in this era of concentration camps, gas chambers, and the infamous pink triangle, his love for the American dare not speak its name. 

When sadistic Nazi officer Major Danzig, a fanatic who excels at the arts of torture and interrogation, comes to Maarif, it isn’t because of the Feldwebel. He is in search of Christophe Picard, Resistance leader and Jake’s former lover. Danzig will stop at nothing to uncover Picard’s whereabouts, to find him and destroy him, and in so doing, strike a fatal blow against everything Picard stands for.

With an Allied invasion of North Africa mere days away, Jake and Renard must combine their wits, cunning, and courage to help Picard escape to America and freedom. In the midst of war and struggle, the two men are drawn into the fight of the century—and each other’s arms. 

2nd Edition
First Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2009.

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La noble famille Randwick, d’origine anglaise, s’est exilée en Bretagne après sa ruine. Quand Loel Woodbine, duc de Marche et héritier d’une immense fortune, propose d’épouser Valeria Randwick, l’occasion paraît inespérée, sauf pour la jeune fille qui s’est déjà promise en secret à un roturier.

Aux abois, elle concocte une mascarade insensée : envoyer sous son nom son frère en Angleterre. Valentin, jeune et naïf, sort à peine du monastère où il a été élevé. Il accepte, sans réaliser ce qui l’attend.

Le duc de Marche découvre rapidement la supercherie, mais, à la grande surprise de Valentin, il garde le silence. Peu à peu attirés l’un vers l’autre, réussiront-ils à tromper la haute société ? La situation se complique, Valentin est accusé de meurtre et de détournement de fonds, et le passé du duc revient le hanter.

Loel et Valentin chercheront la vérité de la campagne anglaise au cœur de Londres, ou aux rivages de Bretagne, tout en explorant éperdument leur attraction mutuelle.

Un titre de Rêves intemporels : Bien que la réaction face aux relations de même sexe à travers le temps et les cultures n'a pas toujours été positive, ces histoires célèbrent l'amour M / M d'une manière qui peut répondre, minimiser ou ignorer la stigmatisation historique.

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Choices

Timeless Dreams

Born and raised a gypsy in the late eleventh century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire—until one night they're caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.

Bathasar doesn’t want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now—despite the abuse he may suffer.

The peace doesn’t last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim's new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he'll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?

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La rançon

Série Royal Navy | Tome 1

Série Royal Navy, tome 1

Un officier, un gentleman… et un sodomite. Si les deux premiers titres inspirent honneur et respect, le troisième pourrait coûter la vie à David Archer. Il réalise sans espoir son attirance pour le nouvel aspirant, William Marshall, lorsque ce dernier défie en duel le prédateur sexuel du bord – et le tue.

Marshall considère la Royal Navy comme sa seule chance d’échapper à ses modestes origines. Pendant que d’autres passent leurs jours de congé à ripailler, il étudie avec acharnement. Enlevés par un renégat, les deux amis et leur capitaine deviennent les pions d’un jeu sadique. Pour protéger celui qu’il aime, David Archer choisit d’affronter ses démons et de se soumettre à de nouveaux abus. En apprenant ce sacrifice, Marshall réalise que ses sentiments dépassent la simple amitié. Amoureux pour la première fois de sa vie, il tient à exprimer sa passion pour Davy.

D’abord, ils doivent s’évader. Ensuite, il leur faudra trouver le moyen de préserver leur secret sans le payer de leur vie.

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Beloved Unmasked

Cherished One | Book One
2016 Award Winners

Cherished One: Book One
A Tarnished novel

Born to a spiteful prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district in New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, meaning “of little value,” or, as his mother reminds him, "nothing." In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a life-changing meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.

As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. While he pursues a law degree, letters from Spence connect David to his hopes for the future. After staggering news at war’s end, David must find a way to move forward. Under the tutelage of his benefactor, David’s career prospers, but specters from Storyville threaten all he’s worked so hard to achieve.

The past holds both pain and love. Will facing it head-on destroy David or give him everything he’s ever dared dream?

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When sixteen-year-old Guy Dimchek comes out in 1970s San Francisco, his best friend dumps him, his mom splits, and he’s left largely on his own just in time for his first ever sexual experience.

Things don’t get any easier when Guy’s father becomes a candidate for state office. Having a gay son doesn’t do his candidacy any favors, especially under the antigay “family values” fervor sweeping the nation. Compounding the situation is Guy’s new stepmother, who opposes openness on the gay issue and especially the revelation that Guy has a boyfriend—one he might be falling in love with.

Around Guy, self-help charlatans, radical cults, and extreme politics forecast 1978’s perfect tsunami: the Jonestown massacre in Guyana, Anita Bryant’s homophobic campaign, and gay city supervisor Harvey Milk’s assassination at city hall. In the midst of a perfect storm of antigay sentiment, Guy faces the supreme test when his father’s political opponent launches a smear campaign that employs both dirty tricks and physical violence against Guy.

Following the attack, an injured Guy must confront his own flaws and reunite with his fractured family—all while staying true to himself and connected to the boy he loves.

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Les mésaventures prometteuses de Chance

Les mésaventures prometteuses de l’amour | Tome 1

Les mésaventures prometteuses de l’amour, tome 1

Chance Irving est un jeune homme qui a le don de se créer des ennuis – pas surprenant, car c’est tout ce qu'il a jamais connu. Après avoir perdu tout ce qui lui était cher lors d’une nuit fatidique, il décide de laisser New York et son passé derrière lui, et rejoint la Légion étrangère française. Mais même à Alger, Chance ne parvient pas à se débarrasser de ses anciennes habitudes, et il finit par être transféré vers une unité composée de marginaux et d’agitateurs comme lui – une unité qu’il intègre juste à temps pour être capturé et jeté dans une cellule avec son nouveau commandant, Jacky Valentine.

Jacky est un commandant très respecté qui a un faible pour les cas désespérés, et le genre d’homme qui irait à la guerre pour quiconque, et les trois jeunes garçons tourmentés de son unité qu’il a plus ou moins adoptés pensent la même chose de lui. Soudain, Chance commence à penser que sa vie n'a pas à être aussi misérable et aride que les friches autour de lui.

Mais même après leur évasion, avec la promesse d'un avenir avec Jacky pour lui remonter le moral, ou peut-être à cause de cela, Chance n’arrête pas de faire des erreurs. Il désobéit aux ordres, se déchaîne contre les garçons dont s’occupe Jacky, et s'autodétruit en plein cœur du désert, jusqu'à ce que quelqu'un lui fasse comprendre qu'il blesse plus que lui-même.

Un titre ‘Rêves Intemporel’ : bien que la réaction face aux relations de même sexe à travers le temps et à travers les cultures n’ait pas toujours été positive, ces histoires célèbrent l’amour entre eux d'une manière qui peut évoquer, minimiser ou ignorer la stigmatisation historique.

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Taniwha Dreaming

Bushrangers | Book Four

Sequel to Dingo Run
Bushrangers: Book Four 
A novel from the Dragon-ghosts of Viscaya Universe

It’s the late 1870s in Australia, and while bushranger Jim Kelly hates the idea of shooting anyone, his boyfriend Mark Turner wants to pull a train heist, so Jim has to make a tough choice. Years ago, he fell unexpectedly in love with Mark, but now Mark wants to put innocent lives in danger so they can get enough money to run away together.

Unable to resolve their differences, they decide to go their separate ways, but soon realize they can’t stay away from each other. In the end their hasty reunion gets them in trouble with the law. Luckily Mark’s brother, Ramone, uses his diplomatic privilege to free them from prison. They flee for Europe, but during the harrowing sea journey Jim is caught between his love for Mark and the terrible realization that Mark and his brother might be a greater danger to him and the captain and crew of the vessel they sail on than anything they left behind.

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Author Connie Bailey has written in a wide variety of genres under different pen names. Now check out this exclusive bundle of several of her different works all in one place! Enjoy these stories featuring an undercover policeman and a drug lord's boytoy, an unlikely vampire and his hipster/geek love, two men hiding a secret in an arranged marriage, a young prince and his bodyguard, and two imperial army recruits fighting for honor and love. Five stories in one volume!

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Caleb Hudson and Hal Zimmer became best friends the day they stood up against the schoolyard bully together. Life’s complicated enough with their friendship crossing racial lines in 1960s Charleston, South Carolina, but as time passes, they realize it’s more than their friendship that sets them apart from other kids. At first, Caleb denies his feelings for Hal could be more than companionship. He supports his friend when Hal admits he’s gay, but Caleb isn’t ready to face his own truth.

Hal becomes a staunch antiwar protester, and the divide between them widens after Caleb is drafted. But when Caleb returns from Vietnam, the time for denial is over. His homecoming sets off a series of events that force Caleb and Hal to confront their desires and what lines they’re willing to cross to get what they truly want out of life.

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Even the most lawless of creatures have laws, and for vampires, the sacrifice system is the most important. For every ten members of a coven, the sophisticated blood-drinkers have one “sacrificial lamb” to keep the worlds of the living and the Undead balanced.

August Prescott finds this fascinating—once he accepts the world is not what it seems. Kidnapped and kept in isolation, lack of memory troubles him but helps him fall into this society without resistance.

August befriends Theo, who may or may not be the only one August trusts, and when it’s Theo’s turn to drink from him in the “Sanctuary,” August could believe he’s in love. And so could fifty-year-young vampire Theo, because August doesn’t look at Theo like he’s a monster.

But Theo’s afraid of loving and must decide if he’ll waste eternity or welcome August into it. According to the Lamb, the chilling sovereign of blood-drinking Undead, that might be fate’s design. And if living forever means foregoing the comforts of humanity for Theo’s kisses, Theo’s arms, and Theo’s love, August is ready to turn.

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Soldiers of the Sun

Soldiers of the Sun | Book Three

Soldiers of the Sun: Book Three

Caleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their teammate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, but he nearly died fighting a demon himself. Also, Temple isn’t sure he’s ready for a new teammate after Li. Caleb and Agni are even more concerned that their three-way relationship with Temple exists less because he loves them and more because he’s hiding from the pain of Li’s loss.

1932 shapes up to be a terrible year for the Soldiers as they welcome the New Year fighting demons and then end up investigating a case that pairs them up with the Knights Templar. This would normally be a good thing, but it forces Temple to face his painful past. Worse yet, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might prove to be an unbeatable foe.

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