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A Second Harvest by Eli Easton
David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.
Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.
But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.
Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.
Body Rocks by A.M. Arthur
Everything is finally falling into place for Trey Cooper: his band has been accepted into one of the biggest music competitions in the country…too bad their drummer just quit to play with XYZ, their biggest rival. When Trey has a mind-blowingly hot hookup with a mysterious violinist, Trey definitely plans to see him again – just not on stage as a member of XYZ.
Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?
A More Perfect Union Anthology
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made a monumental decision, and at long last, marriage equality became the law of the land. That ruling made history, and now gay and lesbian Americans will grow up in a country where they will never be denied the right to marry the person they love.
But what about the gay men who waited and wondered all of their lives if the day would ever come when they could stand beside the person they love and say “I do”?
Here, four accomplished authors—married gay men—offer their take on that question as they explore same-sex relationships, love, and matrimony. Men who thought legal marriage was a right they would never have. Men who, unbelievably, now stand legally joined with the men they love. With this book, they share the magic and excitement of dreams that came true—in tales of fantasy and romance with a dose of their personal experiences in the mix.
To commemorate the anniversary of full marriage equality in the US, this anthology celebrates the idea of marriage itself--and the universal truth of it that applies to us all, gay or straight.
Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/29cnvBa
A Wild Cards Novel
Surveillance, seduction, and extra-dirty politics.
Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.
Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.
Fearless Conquer by Angelique Voisen
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/299Iymt
Most people fear the dark. Some embrace it.
Blackened windows, a 400-square foot self-made prison, and a loyal Welsh corgi—that’s the extent of former soldier Matthew Ash’s world. Matt’s tasted hell’s battlefield. He wears the scars on his skin and soul to prove it. Matt’s agoraphobia keeps his demons out and that’s all that matters.
Burnt-out MMA fighter Will Grove is having the worst year of his life. His boyfriend broke up with him and he just lost the fight of the decade. He moves to a new town, seeking a fresh start. Everyone tells him to watch for the crazy recluse, but Will makes his own rules. One glimpse of Matt is all Will needs to recognize a man whose mind is fucked-up as his own.
Matt’s certain Will’s going to run. Will’s out to prove this is one fight he’s not going to lose.
Out of the Frying Pan by Julia Talbot
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/296Q5RP
Trust comes at a price.
Jenson Parkinson can't believe it when Sloane Marlen shows up at his Colorado mountain fire station. They were lovers years ago, until Sloane broke Jenson's trust, and his heart.
Sloane knows he's not guilty of the misdeeds Jenson believes he committed, but he never figured out how to convince Jenson. Or how to get over him. Can Sloane grab this second chance with both hands and teach Jenson he's worthy of trust... and love?
Blind Angel by Keely Jakes
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/29c1rds
Walking into Club Latitude, Micah Gideon is there as a favor to the club’s owner. He is not looking for a slave for the weekend. The last slave he played with ended up dead. When he sees Jimmy Monroe, his plan to spend the weekend drunk goes out the window. He wants the dark angel wearing a blindfold.
Jimmy Monroe has been blind since birth and wants a Master to share the weekend with. His best friend Rio comes up with the idea of the blindfold keeping his blindness a secret. When he is actually bought, Jimmy finds his dreams coming true. Until Master Micah calls out another man’s name in his sleep.
Will Micah be able to finally lay the past to rest? Will Jimmy find what he needs with Micah? Will the two men find their way out of the darkness?
Holy Vows by H.M. Jones
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/299Jx6d
When Joshua Trent poses as a progressive Minister in a small town, he finds himself unexpectedly attracted to their local priest, Father Darius.
Sparks fly between them as Joshua continues the search for his client’s missing son. It becomes more and more difficult to continue the charade while drawing closer to the town’s real clergy, and the lies keep piling on each other.
Anthony by JP Barnaby
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/293PPqT
A Survivor Story
Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.
Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.
Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.
Fierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/290TOpe
The first in a scorching new male/male series by Elizabeth Varlet. Behind the Sassy Boyz's seductive smiles and sinful dance moves are desires that will leave readers breathless.
Fitch Donovan never thought a lap dance could change his life, but from the moment the gorgeous dancer's lips touch his, his world comes screeching to a halt. No matter how hard he tries, he can't shake the desire that rocks him to his core. He's longed for this passion all his life—he just never dreamed he'd find it with another man.
Sharing a soul-shaking kiss with a straight boy is the kind of drama Ansel Becke just doesn't need. Spotlights aren't made for two and Ansel prefers to keep things on a one-night-only basis. So when Fitch shows up asking for an encore, Ansel knows he should send his gorgeous ass packing.
Though Ansel tries to pretend that what's between him and Fitch is far from fabulous, there's something about the big, burly contractor that makes Ansel's world sparkle in a way no amount of glitter ever could. And Fitch will do whatever it takes to convince Ansel that when the thing you need most in the world falls right into your lap, you'd be a fool to let it go.
The Paranaturalist by Ki Brightly
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/28XuMTT
As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.
When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and Owen realizes he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is reacclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.
Damaged by Noah Willoughby
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/28ZnLln
Nobody is invincible…
On a seemingly ordinary night, Tom Otso's life changes forever when he is ambushed, attacked and left for dead. Though he survives the ordeal, Tom finds out at the hospital that the gravity of his injuries has left him permanently disabled.
Eric Kontio is a physical therapist who is assigned to Tom's case to help rehabilitate and adapt Tom to his new way of living. In helping people for over 20 years, Eric has never met anyone with such an incredible spirit and positive attitude as Tom. Eric becomes infatuated with him and marvels at his incredible progress.
Being together every day, the two men grow closer as friends, but things become complicated by Tom's jealous and moody boyfriend, Adrian, and Eric's professionalism being doubted by his superior. When the true feelings of both men come to the surface, so do their painful pasts which could make or break their relationship.
Balancing Act (Shooting Stars #4) by K. Vale
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K. Vale delivers a hot read in Balancing Act: Greg Dwyer and Kyrie Li are living the glorious couple life in New York City. Or are they? When struggling actor Kyrie lands a modeling job, he’s ecstatic to have extra cash to spend on his best-friend-turned-boyfriend.
Of course, Greg is suspicious Anders Berglund, the gorgeous and androgynous Swedish cover model the designers love to pair with Kyrie, is after his man. And maybe Kyrie encourages a growing closeness with the guy?
Greg is probably to blame if Kyrie is drawn to the openly gay and seriously beautiful Andy. With Andy, Kyrie can be himself, as loud and proud as he’s always been. But Greg’s sexuality stays firmly locked in the closest except when he’s with Kyrie’s supportive family or alone with the man he loves.
To make matters worse, Greg’s out-of-touch mom meets with financial ruin and moves in with the couple, forcing him into the closet in his own home.
Can Greg find a way to stand up to Mommy Dearest and win back a love he fought so hard to reach? He discovers the road to pride begins at home and with accepting oneself first. Otherwise, it’s just a dead-end street. Book 4 in the Shooting Stars series.
Fighting This by Mira Heart
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/28ZDx0W
Stefan is a rising star in the music industry. He finds himself pulled into the fast and dramatic life of a pop star as well as the lives of some very interesting men in the spotlight. It's hard to try and navigate between his very public life filled with paparazzi and the media, and his private life. Which, happens to be filled with meeting amazing and intriguing men, like Dane Hunter. Dane is the new up and coming MMA contender headed for his own goal which is to land a fight for the Welter Weight Championship. Somehow Stefan gets pulled into the world of MMA behind the scenes. Sparks fly between Dane and himself and that's when his life gets very interesting... and very complicated.
The One That Got Away by Elaine White
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Bradley Coates was nothing more than an eighteen year old with an ego. There wasn't anything he couldn't do and get away with. Then he went after loser geek Rory: the only guy who could ever be the sub to his dom. Not that he knew what that really involved, back then.
Twelve years later, an accidental meeting brings them back into each others orbit. Things didn't end well before. Can they end well now? If one night is all they have, how can there be anything wrong with making the most of it?
But their chance meeting will drag the old demons out of the closet and force Bradley and Rory to face some harsh realities they'd rather not face.
Can Bradley finally capture the one that got away?
Heart of a Pirate by Raven De Hart
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/28ZAOos
A land of ancient magic, a tale of fated hearts.
Diman has long sought a new life, a better life. One separated from the village that shuns him. He dreams of big cities, fantastic sights, far-flung travels. And he dreams of love. But his village denies him that, the most basic of rights. When Makri, goddess of the sea, visits him in a dream, she offers him a new life.
Ladir has served the Temple of Glidak his entire life, spreading their message to the farthest edges of Madijak. Yet darkness shrouds him and hardens his heart against the Church of Dera, the order who murdered his parents. He longs for vengeance, for punishment. He longs for annihilation. But a new arrival at the temple throws his life into disarray. Now, if he pursues his revenge, he may well lose the person who has come to mean everything to him.
A man of peace, long-suffering. A man of passion, seeking violence. Both caught in a conflict that seeks to destroy them. But powerful emotions run between them, bind them as one. Will their ties be strong enough to last, or will this tension crack their bonds?
Hearts on the Line by T.A. Chase
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/299Nv02
Baxter and Addison are meant to die, but their love for each other won’t let them choose that future.
In 2134, the United States of America no longer exists as the super power it once was. Americans fight to keep from being completely conquered by their enemies. Scientists have begun to genetically engineer soldiers to fight the war. These men are stronger, faster and more impervious to injuries. The soldiers are created in labs, then once they are birthed, they are shipped to compounds where they are trained from their very first breath to fight.
Baxter and Addison are two such soldiers. They are from different compounds, but they serve in the same unit. Baxter isn’t the most intelligent, and he knows it. His job is to kill the bad guys, and not to do anything else. Addison understands his place in the world, but he finds he wants more at times. He doesn’t want just to be a killer. He wants to have some other kind of life, and he’s discovered that he wants his life to be with Baxter.
When their unit decides to make a desperate run for the border and freedom, Baxter and Addison only have the certainty of their love to get them through the dangers they are about to face.
The Pirate Fairy by A.J. Llewellyn
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/28ZfCNk
Denny Derrick Dalton is the most feared pirate on the high seas, but he’s not a bad guy. He’s just having a very bad day…
It’s 1841 and the high seas are a dangerous place for anybody. Denny Derrick Dalton’s the most feared pirate in the choppy waters, but his risky reputation takes a hit when a wicked old witch curses him and gives him a pair of fairy wings. It’s hard to boss your crew around when you look ridiculous. Not only that, he has no idea how to fly.
Denny’s depressed. The witch, hiding as sweet Princess Fortunata, has left his ship and taken her brother, Prince Merritt, the man Derrick deeply loves, with her. Can his luck get any worse? Oh yes, it can. His crew mutinies and sells him to a slave ship.
But it’s not just any slave ship. This one’s bewitched, and Denny’s soon taken to a magical court where he must explain his rotten behavior and fight for his life.
But can he save himself to rescue Merritt, who’s at the mercy of his wicked sister’s magic?
Murder Most Yowl by Quinn Dressler
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/29ayQo2
Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.
Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.
Everyday History by Alice Archer
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Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.
Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
On The Brink by Kate Willoughby
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/298Ul6S
Due to popular demand, Kate Willoughby brings you Hart Griffin and Jeremy Fenton's origin story. Find out how these two met and fell in love...
Holtzer University junior Hart Griffin won't let anything interfere with his future as a professional hockey player. No way, no how. He's the star forward of his college team and a first round NHL draft pick.
A night with a male super fan calls into question everything Hart thought he knew about his sexuality and launches Hart on a soul-searching journey in which nothing is as it seems and his entire world is turned upside down.
While all the books in this series are standalones, you might enjoy reading the rest of the In The Zone contemporary, humorous sports romance novels in this suggested order:
Book 1 – On the Surface - Tim and Erin
Book 2 – Across the Line - Calder and Becca
On the Brink (prequel novella) - Hart and Jeremy
Book 3 – Out of the Game - Alex and Claire
Book 4 – Under the Spotlight - Joe and Christine
The Cop and the Drifter by Christine France
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/296G5wt
When they first meet in the woods and Brad takes in Davie’s small stature and pretty-boy looks, he assumes the kid is just another runaway. As a cop, Brad has learned to recognize the signs. But Brad is already in trouble with his superiors, getting suspended for "assuming" something on another case, so now he knows better than to assume anything.
Davie, actually in his early twenties and far from being a child, escaped a horrible past and now lives each day living from hand to mouth as a drifter. Homeless and starving, he meets Brad in the woods, and despite their differences he can't fight the immediate attraction he shares with the older man.
But with both men still trying to deal with their troubled pasts, they quickly realize it's just not the right time to begin a long-term relationship. When they meet a year later, however, and they feel the same attraction to each other, will they be able to follow their hearts without their pasts coming back to haunt them?
Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised, lengthened and reedited in this version.
Falling for Him by Sara York
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/2967f8c
Tristan Barns has no idea who SVS479 is but he’s drawn to the man in the Unichat room like a moth to the flame. When SVS479 sends him a pair of women’s panties, asking for a photo, Tristan knows he shouldn’t comply, but he can’t help himself. Having never pulled on a pair of lace underwear, Tristan is shocked by his intense reaction. He knows he’s getting too close to the online guy who could be catfishing him, but he can’t pull away.
Stefon Caras will never get out of his chair, and that would be okay, kind of, but he can’t catch up to the sexy man he keeps drooling after. Tristan can outmaneuver him on a good day, and in the crowded university halls, Stefon has no way of getting close. When a new doctor takes over Stefon’s medical care, the possibilities are promising, but Stefon needs Tristan to help him stay positive. They have a chance at a future, but Stefon’s secret may sink him before he can show Tristan who he really is.
Hard Feelings by James Ryder
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/29aEGWn
Love can set you free.
Lukas Lockhart has everything. A famous football star, Lukas has wealth, charm, and an athletic body that graces billboards all over the country. But Lukas is a man beset by a private trauma that threatens to bring him down. Happiness has eluded Lukas...that is until he meets Dylan Barrett. A computer programming geek with a passion for making the world a better place, Dylan isn’t interested in getting to know the icon, but he is interested in loving the decent, sensual man trapped behind the cultivated image.
But not everyone is happy about the passionate romance between Lukas and Dylan. Derek Burke, Lukas’ manipulative manager, is unwilling to give up control of America’s star football player and the vast wealth that comes with managing his career. To him, Dylan is a threat. He wants him out of the picture and he’ll do just about anything to make sure that happens.
Lukas and Dylan must risk everything they have ever worked for and battle their own demons to overcome the lies and deceit that threaten to keep them apart.
James Ryder, author of Merrywood Hall and Carver’s Cove, presents Hard Feelings, an emotional novel about love, liberation, lies and redemption.
Perfect Obsession by Lucien Grey
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/29aFdHN
Son of a mad cloth merchant, William inherited his father's eccentricity, obsessed with fashion and his quest for perfection. When he is insulted by the Prince Regent himself, Will is distraught.
Determined to comfort Will and restore his good spirits, George commissions a new suit for his lover that is certain to cause a stir, even if it seems more and more like the only thing Will loves about him is his money and the lavish lifestyle it affords.
Spell Weaver by Megan Derr
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/296HAdU
Myka's dream was to someday own his shop, making and spelling suits that were prized throughout the world. Instead, he rejected an apprenticeship with a master who proved to be reprehensible—and untouchable—and lost everything. Now, he works in a derelict shop in the wrong part of town, and it's only a matter of time before he's caught spelling without a license or thrown out by his odious landlord.
The only bright part of his days are the occasional visits from his best client, Johan, a man who works in the palace and always brings the finest suits to have spelled. When he accidentally leaves behind an invitation to the royal ball, Myka takes it, determined to have one evening where he can enjoy himself—and perhaps even spend time with Johan as something other than a spell weaver.
Just a Suit by H.P. Medina
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/29qL34p
Merrick works on Savile Row, catering to the nouveau rich and frequently questioning his life choices. But between the days that seemed designed to vex him are visits from Darcy: spy, best friend, and hopeless crush.
When Merrick is abruptly kidnapped one day, he fervently hopes it's one of Darcy's infamous pranks and not the worst—and possibly last—day of his life.
Live for Love by TM Smith
Amazon –> http://bit.ly/28ZsItL
Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.
William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.
The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?
Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.
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