Romantic Suspense books

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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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Il mondo di scrittori, lettori e recensori è una famiglia unita e intrecciata di amici, appassionati e fanatici della narrativa. È questo il mondo di Milo Cook e Logan Hunter, che vivono per gli scambi creativi e la condivisione di storie e idee e vanno fieri del loro sconfinato amore per i libri e le parole che li animano.

Ma certe volte le parole possono ferire. E quando succede, è inevitabile doverne pagare il prezzo.

Con ogni nuova tenera scoperta romantica, l’amore tra Milo e Logan cresce. Ma prima di placarsi, ciò che accade nel loro mondo trasforma la loro vita in una folle corsa per salvare se stessi e le persone che hanno vicino.

Chi avrebbe mai sospettato che qualcosa di meraviglioso come la parola scritta potesse diventare un catalizzatore di vendetta e, infine, di omicidio?

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The Spirit Key

Lock and Key | Book One

Lock and Key: Book One

When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.

He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.

Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.

He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.

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With the pressures of the job bearing down on him, police officer Garrett Wreckley needs a vacation—in fact, he isn’t given a choice in the matter. Since the water has always soothed Garrett’s soul, he heads to the Caribbean, hoping some time alone sailing on the open water will help him pull himself together.

But even though he’s taking a break from law enforcement, Garrett can’t get rid of his cop’s instinct so easily.

He meets Nigel, a young man as innocent as he is beautiful, who grew up sheltered from the world, exploring the beaches and tropical forests with only the company of his aunt, his brother, and the wildlife and sea creatures he befriended.

As sweet, passionate love blooms, their time in paradise feels too good to be true… and Garrett’s gut and training tell him that might be the case. As he investigates, he quickly realizes everything is not as it seems. Will his snooping destroy not only their romance, but everything Nigel believes about his life?

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Salve d'honneur

Tout vient à point...

Tout vient à point..., numéro hors série

La vie de Duncan Stiel n’a jamais été facile. Son enfance a été un vrai cauchemar, et son boulot d’agent de police infiltré l’oblige à cacher sa véritable identité et le fait atterrir de temps à autre à l’hôpital. Puis, quand il rencontre enfin l’homme idéal, il n’est pas surpris de voir tout s’effondrer autour de lui. Mais Duncan ne s’attend pas à ce que l’obstacle le plus difficile à surmonter avant de pouvoir faire sa vie avec Aaron Sutter soit celui qu’il porte en lui.

Tout le monde pense qu’Aaron a tout pour lui – la beauté, l’argent, la renommée et un succès démesuré. Tout le monde, sauf Aaron. À la fin de ses journées, les flashes des appareils photo s’éteignent, ses amis retournent à leur propre vie, les affaires de sa société sont gérées et Aaron se retrouve toujours seul. Dès l’instant où il rencontre Duncan Stiel, Aaron sait qu’il fera tout pour garder cet inspecteur hors du commun. Mais, quand il se rend compte que l’argent ne lui achètera pas le bonheur ultime, Aaron doit avoir la force d’offrir à Duncan quelque chose de bien plus important : son cœur.

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Amants et voleurs

Meurtre et complications | Tome 2

Meurtre et complications, tome 2

Celui qui a prétendu le sang plus épais que l’eau n’a jamais, de toute évidence, eu l’occasion de voir une mare d’hémoglobine. 

En renonçant à sa carrière de cambrioleur spécialisé dans les bijoux, Rook Stevens pensait avoir découvert le moyen infaillible de rester du bon côté de la loi. En principe, le seul policier acharné à le poursuivre aurait dû être son… disons son flic, Dante Montoya, inspecteur de Los Angeles. Malheureusement, la vie n’est pas si simple – celle de Rook en tout cas. D’abord, il tombe sur le cadavre de son cousin, ensuite, il est accusé de son meurtre sous prétexte qu’il… aurait eu une liaison avec la femme du défunt. 

Quant à Dante, sa vie est devenue chaotique depuis qu’il aime un voleur réformé, d’autant plus que Rook semble attirer les ennuis où qu’il passe. Quand Rook est suspecté par un inspecteur de West LA particulièrement étroit d’esprit, Dante doit intervenir pour tirer son amant des problèmes dans lesquels il s’est fourré. 

L’enquête est compliquée et les morts se multiplient. Les deux hommes font front commun, car le temps leur est compté : s’ils ne mettent pas très vite la main sur le tueur, Dante devra rendre visite à Rook en prison – ou au cimetière. 

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A THIRDS Universe Novel

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be….

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Mystery. Murder. Men in silk stockings. Hollywood nights are heating up. 

Hardboiled Los Angeles PI Cain Noble is hired by wealthy and gorgeous Camille Astor to find her husband and a priceless work of art, both of which have disappeared.

At the nightclub owned by Mr. Astor, Cain encounters the mesmerizing Lily Lavender, who has the body of a goddess and the sultry voice of an angel—but is really a young man named Riley who attracts trouble like a magnet.

What’s a private dick in the vein of LA’s bygone era and a cross-dressing burlesque starlet to do when faced with the hidden decadence and lethal dangers of the Hollywood Hills? They have their work cut out for them because they haven’t even scratched the surface of an elaborate scheme more twisted than anyone could ever have imagined.

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Cops and Comix

Murder and Mayhem

A Murder and Mayhem Short

It’s all fun and games until someone leaves a dead body on the floor.

Life for comic book store owner Alex Martin usually runs to the mundane. Sure, he has a regular influx of geeks and freaks, but for the most part, it’s a familiar weird. That all changes when he opens up Planet X Comics one morning and finds a corpse in the middle of his shop.

When Detective James Castillo is called in to investigate, Alex is torn between wanting to climb the man like a tree and giving him a wide berth. Luckily for Alex, the handsome detective is just as interested in him—as a suspect in the murder.

Previously published in Grand Adventures by Dreamspinner Press, March 2014.

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Hawaii Five Uh-Oh

Plummet to Soar

A Plummet to Soar Story

Theo Hsu is back—in Hawai‘i, that is. Following the death of his father and a brush with disaster in the icy Wisconsin winter, Theo wants to reconnect with his family, work the job he loves, and find a way to get with lifelong secret thirst-trap, HPD Detective Koa Palapiti.

Theo's a beat cop, not a detective. That doesn't stop him from wanting to solve a few mysteries about Koa… like why is he blowing hot and cold? What's going on with him and his partner, Freddie Ortiz? Will investigating a shipping magnate with shady ties to human trafficking and international espionage put Koa and Freddie in over their heads? And does Koa still have some kinkhound howling in his blood? 

Theo's halfway around the world, and right back where he started. This time he's gonna get what he came for—unless Koa’s latest murder case gets both of them first.

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Who We Truly Are

HERO Team
Enhanced World | Book Two

Enhanced: Book Two

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone. 

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?

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Truth Will Out

Merrychurch Mysteries

A Merrychurch Mysteries Case

Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory—if he can concentrate long enough without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.

They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.

In Jonathon’s case, that’s like a red rag to a bull….

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Die Welt der Schriftsteller, Leser und Rezensenten besteht aus einer eng verbundenen Familie von Freunden, Fans und Literaturfanatikern. In dieser Welt leben Milo Cook und Logan Hunter, angetrieben durch den Austausch von Kreativität und das Teilen von Geschichten und Ideen, während sie unentwegt ihre grenzenlose Liebe zu Büchern und den Worten genießen, die ihnen die Luft zum Atmen geben.

Doch manchmal treffen Worte ihr Ziel zu heftig. Und wenn das passiert, muss dafür zwangsläufig der Preis gezahlt werden.

Was für Milo und Logan als eine Zeit der neuen Liebe und zärtlichen, romantischen Entdeckungen beginnt, wird zu einem Wettlauf um ihr Leben und um das Leben aller Menschen, die sie kennen.

Wer hätte damit gerechnet, dass eine wunderschöne Sache wie geschriebene Worte zum Auslöser für Rache werden könnte? Und letztendlich … für Mord?

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Divorce lawyer Clayton Reynolds is a happy cynic who believes in hard work and one-night stands. He also believes that being an excellent lawyer means he never has to go home to the miserable trailer park where he grew up and that volunteering at a women’s shelter will buy off the conscience that occasionally plagues him. So when Nadine Graham comes in with a broken arm and a son she desperately wants to protect, Clayton can’t turn down their plea for help.

Taking the case means appealing to investigator “Just Call Me Kelly” for help. That wouldn’t be so bad if Kelly weren’t a hopeless romantic… and the hottest man Clayton’s ever met.

Kelly has always had a crush on the unobtainable Clayton Reynolds. He agrees to help, even though he has enough on his plate with the motherless baby his widowed brother left him to care for.

As Nadine’s case turns dangerous and the two seemingly opposite men are forced to work together, they discover they have a great deal in common—but solving the case and saving Nadine’s life might cost Kelly everything.

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Hiding the Moon

Fish Out of Water | Book Four
Racing for the Sun | Book Two
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Fish Out Of Water: Book Four - A Fish Out of Water/Racing for the Sun Crossover

Can a hitman and a psychic negotiate a relationship while all hell breaks loose?

The world might not know who Lee Burton is, but it needs his black ops division and the work they do to keep it safe. Lee’s spent his life following orders—until he sees a kill jacket on Ernie Caulfield. Ernie isn’t a typical target, and something is very wrong with Burton’s chain of command.

Ernie’s life may seem adrift, but his every action helps to shelter his mind from the psychic storm raging within. When Lee Burton shows up to save him from assassins and club bunnies, Ernie seizes his hand and doesn’t look back. Burton is Ernie’s best bet in a tumultuous world, and after one day together, he’s pretty sure Lee knows Ernie is his destiny as well.

But when Burton refused Ernie’s contract, he kicked an entire piranha tank of bad guys, and Burton can’t rest until he takes down the rogue military unit that would try to kill a spacey psychic. Ernie’s in love with Burton and Burton’s confused as hell by Ernie—but Ernie’s not changing his mind and Burton can’t stay away. Psychics, assassins, and bad guys—throw them into the desert with a forbidden love affair and what could possibly go wrong?

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Sein neuester Auftrag bringt den Kriminalbeamten Brandt in eine unangenehme Lage: Er soll Undercover bei einer Organisation vorsprechen, die Online-Sexfilme produziert und dafür muss er nackt vor der Kamera posieren. Glücklicherweise steht ihm sein Partner und bester Freund Donnelly immer treu zur Seite – ob es darum geht, in Schwulenboutiquen Reizwäsche zu shoppen oder ihn während seiner Recherchen auf Pornowebsites zu ermutigen und mit Jägermeister zu versorgen.

Aller Demütigung zum Trotz liefert Brandt bei dem Vorsprechen seinen besten „Schuss“ ab – und wird über Nacht zur Sensation. Aber um den Mann hinter der Organisation zu treffen, muss er noch eine weitere Vorstellung geben – dieses Mal für den Höchstbietenden live vor der Webcam. Um seinen Partner zu schützen, gewinnt Donnelly die Auktion, aber ihr Plan hat einen Haken: Sie müssen die Nummer bis zum bitteren Ende durchziehen.

Danach fühlt sich Brandt zutiefst erniedrigt. Er versucht, damit ins Reine zu kommen, was er für seinen Job tun musste und Ruhe in sein Gefühlschaos zu bringen. Aber auch für Donnelly war diese Ermittlung die reinste Entdeckungsreise. Plötzlich wird alles, was die beiden Männer über sich und den anderen zu wissen glaubten, über den Haufen geworfen. Dabei haben sie doch eigentlich noch einen Fall zu lösen – aber der sieht möglicherweise ganz anders aus, als sie dachten.

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The Spy's Love Song

Stars from Peril

A Stars from Peril Novel

For a singer and a spy, love might be mission impossible.

Jaxon Powers has what most only dream of. Fame. Fortune. Gold records and Grammy awards. Lavish hotel suites and an endless parade of eager bedmates. He’s adored all over the world—even in the remote, repressive country of Vasnytsia, where the tyrannical dictator is a big fan. The State Department hopes a performance might improve US relations with a dangerous enemy. But it means Jaxon’s going in alone… with one exception.

Secret agent Reid Stanfill has a covert agenda with global ramifications. Duty means everything to him, even when it involves protecting a jaded rock star. Jaxon and Reid’s mutual attraction is dangerous under Vasnytsia’s harsh laws—and matters get even worse when they’re trapped inside the borders. Romance will have to wait… assuming they make it out alive.

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L’agente speciale dell’FBI Rain Christiansen era il golden boy dell’agenzia, ma gli è bastato un momento di debolezza, una piccola, minuscola, infinitesimale apparizione paranormale per diventare, all’improvviso, l’imbarazzo del Bureau. Da agente speciale ad agente spettrale. Il suo capo gli dà un’ultima occasione per redimersi: deve andare a Brickell Bay, fare il bravo con il dipartimento di polizia locale, e lasciarsi alle spalle gli avvistamenti di fantasmi. Rain è determinato a fare proprio quello, costi quel che costi.

Il detective Daniel McKenna si occupa dei *cold case*, i casi irrisolti, ma la sua ultima indagine si è arenata. Sono passati cinque anni da quando la studentessa delle superiori Amy Greene è scomparsa dopo essersi allontanata dal suo posto di lavoro part-time, e da allora nessuno l’ha più vista. Daniel è contento di ricevere finalmente l’aiuto che aveva richiesto all’FBI, anche se l’agente incaricato è proprio il suo ex.

Rain non può negarlo: si sta innamorando di nuovo di Danny, ammesso che abbia mai smesso di amarlo, e questo genera una tensione che rende difficile risolvere il caso. I fantasmi che lo perseguitano dietro ogni angolo e un’indagine che non rivela piste contribuiscono alla frustrazione, al punto che Rain comincia a chiedersi se le seconde opportunità e il lieto fine non siano solo favole.

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