The Boys and the Bees by Mari Donne

November 28, 2012

Mark makes room in his heart and his house for Jamie—but what Jamie really wants is for Mark to man up. The Boys and the Bees by Mari Donne, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The only interesting thing about Why Yell, Iowa, is its name, so when Mark Johansen left for college, he didn’t plan to return. But his family has other ideas: his father manipulates him into a job he hates and his mother uses him as a patch for coping with his siblings’ problems.

When Mark runs into Jamie Novotny after a particularly bad day at work, he’s surprised to find the quirky kid he knew in high school has grown into a driven ecowarrior. But the shock of finding Jamie working in the local co-op pales compared to his astonishment when Jamie confesses he’s had a crush on Mark for years.

Their first night together leaves Mark happy but disoriented, but their second leaves him bereft. He’s unable to find Jamie because he refuses to use cell phones, fearing their environmental impact. Mark’s usual stoicism splinters, and he can’t stop himself from tracking Jamie down. When their lives collide, Mark makes room in his heart and his house for Jamie—but what Jamie really wants is for Mark to man up.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Lies & Seduction by Allison Cassatta

November 26, 2012

Will Bradley own up to the lies he’s built his life on for a chance at happiness with Jason? Lies & Seduction by Allison Cassatta, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Sin & Seduction

Jason’s life sucks. First Jansen, the best friend he was in love with, gets married to a man Jason considers the scum of the earth. Then he has to deal with a coworker with a mad crush on him. He manages a deli during the day and the stage of a nightclub at night. For him, chaos is a way of life—nothing could possibly make it worse. Until he meets a presumably straight local celebrity at the club and his real problems begin.

Bradley Britt has it all: fame, a house in the suburbs, a wife, and a new baby daughter. Nobody knows it’s all a cover to hide who he really is. Jason is pure temptation for him, and he fears their first hookup won’t be the last. Even knowing he is risking his counterfeit world can’t stop him from falling for Jason. Complete honesty will endanger everything Bradley has worked for—but facing the facts is the only chance he has at true happiness.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Learning to Love: Michael & Sean by K.C. Wells

November 26, 2012

Homophobia drives a dangerous wedge between Michael and Sean. Can their new relationship survive? Learning to Love: Michael & Sean by K.C. Wells, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sean and Michael are best friends from the minute they meet and become roommates. But after supporting Sean in the wake of his brother’s death, Michael finds himself questioning his sexuality and thinking about his roommate in a totally unexpected light. After all, he and Sean are straight—or so he thought. Suddenly Michael’s not so sure any more. He turns to their gay housemate, Evan, for advice. Little does he know he’s not the only one seeking Evan’s help.

Michael and Sean are both thrilled to explore their newly discovered feelings for each other, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm. When the reality of homophobia intrudes on their academic and personal lives and threatens their happiness, the adversity should draw them closer. Instead, it drives a dangerous wedge between them and puts their relationship, their futures, and their health at risk.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney

November 23, 2012

Ben thinks he’s found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn’t always easy. The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan’s top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.

During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he’s found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn’t always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Chances by Talia Carmichael

November 21, 2012

Theron and Aristotle discover they need each other to navigate the new life they are starting together. Chances by Talia Carmichael, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Something in Common novella

Treble Duo, the haven facility, is now up and running, and that is Theron Longoria’s one and only focus until he sees Aristotle Berkus. He’s met the grouchy, crowd-hating man several times, but each time, Theron is more and more intrigued. After meeting Theron, Aristotle realizes what a wonderful mystery of a man he’s found, and although he plans on taking things slow, he’s not planning on letting Theron go.

Between a barbecue get-together and a chance to help a little girl find a new home, Theron and Aristotle discover they need each other to navigate the new life they are starting together.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary | Series: Something in Common Series by Talia Carmichael | Buy as eBook

Brand New Flavor by EM Lynley

November 21, 2012

Will Cameron find Jay again? Or will the chance of a happily ever after melt away? Brand New Flavor by EM Lynley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When artisan ice cream maker Jay Brown first meets food writer Cameron Clay at a charity tasting event, they get along like strawberries and chocolate sauce. Jay’s unique flavors thrill more than Cameron’s jaded palate, but after a delicious encounter in Jay’s delivery truck, where extra-creamy frozen treats are not the only delights sampled, Cameron loses Jay’s contact info—and any hope of a real date.

Desperate, Cameron convinces his editor to host an artisanal ice cream contest in hopes of drawing out the elusive genius. But more complications threaten to intervene. Will Jay even enter the contest? Or will the chance of a happily ever after melt away?

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary | Series: A Delectable Novella by EM Lynley| Buy as eBook

Come Back to Eden and other stories by Julian Balfour

November 19, 2012

Four contemporary stories about love, life, and the struggles that come with them. Come Back to Eden and other stories by Julian Balfour, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Come Back to Eden: Nature-show host Hank Scott takes offense when photographer Brad Lanier suggests he pose for a nude calendar to raise funds for a bird sanctuary. Then the startup money disappears and Hank reconsiders. Over erotic photo shoots, Brad and Hank fall in love. But the calendar’s publication has consequences neither anticipated, and Brad has to decide how to face them.

Of Knaves, Thieves, and Teachers: After Professor Liam Tate has a confrontation with a sales clerk, the young man, Hoppy Cassidy, ends up in his class. When Hoppy saves Liam’s life, the dynamic of their relationship changes, but Hoppy has a fiancée, and Liam has a rule about student/teacher relationships. Will the time ever be right for romance?

Roger: After his partner’s death, James Rothman put his life on hold. Said life is turned upside-down when he meets the charming young Roger. Then Roger disappears and James pieces together the mystery to get him back. What he discovers will change the course of several lives—most notably James’s own.

A Dandy Potential: Fate keeps throwing Noah Matson and Dan DeLorca together. Noah tries to resist his attraction because of their age difference, but Dan has his own ideas about what makes a good relationship.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

A Tale of Two Trucks by Thea Nishimori

November 14, 2012

Mike and Joe walk down the path of love, but everyone seems determined to get in the way of their happiness. A Tale of Two Trucks by Thea Nishimori, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Interior designer Mike Stevenson is out shopping for a new ride when he literally runs into Joe Adams, a contractor who works for one of his clients. Mike feels an immediate spark of attraction, but Joe is wearing a wedding band, so Mike assumes his case is hopeless—just like the rest of his love life. Then the two lonely men start spending time together and Mike learns more about Joe’s past, falling deeper in love with him against his own better judgment. But everyone from Mike’s vindictive ex to Joe’s well-meaning family seems determined to get in the way of their happiness.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary| Buy as eBook

Blame It on the Cats by E.T. Malinowski

November 14, 2012

Chris has his lover and his best friend, but Anthony and David will have to come to terms with both of them being important in Chris’s life. Blame It on the Cats by E.T. Malinowski, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Despite his misgivings, Christopher Albion is unable to turn down his employer and dear friend David’s request to care for yet another stray kitten. So Chris takes the tiny feline to the vet for a checkup, not expecting the visit to change his life. Waiting for him is veterinarian Dr. Anthony Vicario, who is just what Chris needs to find fulfillment in life. But when David finds out, he panics—worried he’ll lose his best friend. Chris now has his lover and his best friend, but Anthony and David will have to come to terms with both of them being important in Chris’s life.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary| Buy as eBook

Knitter in His Natural Habitat by Amy Lane

November 14, 2012

Stanley will give it all up to keep Johnny by his side, even his cushy life in the yarn store. Knitter in His Natural Habitat by Amy Lane, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley.  He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be.

Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into.  Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful.  Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in.

Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch.  When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary | Series: Knitting Series by Amy Lane | Buy as eBook