Jump First by Charles Edward

May 4, 2011

Will Heath look past his preconceptions to see the real Ryan May? Jump First (m/m) by Charles Edward, available from Dreamspinner Press.

For Heath, the star highlight of every week is attending his writers’ group meeting. The leader, Marguerite May, writes romance novels, and not just any kind: The dude/dude kind that are so freakin hot, Heath gets embarrassed to critique them. But don’t tell anybody: He secretly adores her books and buys them all. With a fake ID.

Marguerite’s son, Ryan, just happens to be the most beautiful guy in the universe. Confident, athletic, and with such a cool mom, Ryan’s got everything a high school senior could want—which is everything Heath lacks. Too bad Ryan is straight. But thanks to a flaky computer and an unexpected request, Heath will get to know his idols better, and he’ll discover that nothing he believes about them is true.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Between Two Worlds by Shelter Somerset

May 2, 2011

Can Aiden and Daniel bridge the gap between their worlds? Between Two Worlds (m/m) by Shelter Somerset, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Aiden Cermak and Daniel Schrock are the definition of “worlds apart.” It doesn’t get more different than agnostic and Amish, and no one is more aware of this than Aiden. The young Chicago journalist travels to central Illinois Amish Country to research an article and ends up as a house guest of Daniel and his family after an act of bravery leaves the Schrocks in his debt.

Aiden is drawn to the solemn and mysterious Daniel and decides to hang around Amish Country for a while longer, despite the risk of terrible consequences for Daniel. But Daniel’s suspect sexuality might not be the only secret he’s harboring, and as Aiden becomes more and more enmeshed in the community, he discovers that a hidden past may make it even harder for Daniel to face his emerging feelings. It may be impossible to build a bridge between their worlds—their only hope may be to carve out a world of their own.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Room for One by Cooper West

April 27, 2011

Room for One by Cooper West

Toby doesn’t figure a musician will make a good housemate, but his new tenant David keeps his guitar practice quiet. Soon Toby finds himself enjoying the handsome man’s company, but when he finds out David is gay and interested in him, Toby isn’t sure he wants to mess up the housing arrangement with sex. It’s been a long time since Toby’s gotten physical with anyone, and he’s not sure he has room for a relationship in his life.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story

Offside by Ryan Loveless

April 27, 2011

Will Adam’s attitude keep Colin from giving him a second chance? Offside (m/m) by Ryan Loveless, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Adam Dumas is Major League Soccer’s only openly gay player. When he is transferred to St. Louis, his new teammates don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat. It doesn’t help that Adam sees “the Gateway to the West” as a step down from his high-profile position in LA—an attitude Adam has no problem sharing with his new housemate and fellow center forward, Colin Evets.

Colin is Adam’s only friend on the team, but when Adam misinterprets Colin’s Midwestern charm for something more, he could end up ruining both their friendship and their careers. As Adam struggles to make a better impression, Colin tries to decide if the person he’s been showing the world is who he wants to be with Adam. The pressure to win influences decisions both on the field and off as Adam and Colin discover how making the wrong move can be very right.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Seven Days by Andrew Grey

April 25, 2011

Can a person’s life change in just one day? Andrew Grey answers the question in Seven Days (m/m) available from Dreamspinner Press.

Can a person’s life change in just one day?

How about seven? This is the story of seven pivotal days in Evan Donaldson’s life. Evan was a teenage street hustler when Father Valentin talked him into coming to Saint Bartholomew’s Academy. In that one day, Evan’s entire life changed. That’s the day he met his roommate, Clay Mueller, and the day Evan began to live. But Evan’s life would change again and again, from abuse to first love, to separation and heartbreak, and eventually to starting his own family. Through it all, whenever a door closed for Evan, a window opened, and the window was Clay.

From the first day of finding faith and connecting with Clay through their relationship’s twists and turns, this is a glimpse into seven decisive days and the critical, amazing way a single moment can change destiny.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Detour by Talia Carmichael

April 13, 2011

Can Robert and Miguel steer a course through the detours life throws their way? Detour (m/m) by Talia Carmichael, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Robert Berkus’s steady academic life seemed to be an open road until the day he took a detour… right into Officer Miguel Rodriguez’s path. When Miguel helps the sexy professor change a flat tire, Robert is absolutely oblivious to Miguel’s interest. That suits Miguel just fine, though. He’s used to being the aggressor although it sure would be nice to get this sweet and staid college professor to make the first move.

When Robert gets his act in gear, the results prove explosive. Miguel wants Robert in his bed and in his life permanently, and Robert enthusiastically agrees—but they’ve already learned that life makes detours. Sometimes it takes love a little courage to arrive at its chosen destination.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Overdrive by Ariel Tachna

April 8, 2011

Will Daniel and Frank beat the odds to win the championship and a chance at love? Overdrive (m/m) by Ariel Tachna, available from Dreamspinner Press.

All his life, French racer Daniel Leroux has dreamed of one thing: winning the World Rally Championship. To do that, he needs a co-driver he can trust. If only he could find one….

At the end of a disastrous season, Daniel’s manager replaces his incompetent co-driver with Frank Dufour, a young Canadian whose rally team let him go because he was gay. Daniel’s in heaven, thinking he might find more than just a teammate, but his manager puts the brakes on, declaring Frank firmly off limits. Frank isn’t any more ready to risk his second—and last—chance at making it in the WRC, no matter how attractive he finds Daniel. Sex and cars don’t mix.

Amidst a bitter rivalry with another driver, sabotage attempts, extreme weather conditions, and the stress of racing, Daniel and Frank forge a partnership that defies the odds, but just as things start to heat up between them, a family emergency calls Frank away. Will they find their way back together or will the separation and the spotlight be too much for their fledgling love to survive?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Off the Page by Ryan Loveless

April 6, 2011

Off the Page by Ryan Loveless

Christian, a popular romance writer, has created the perfect man. He’s given the world Lord John Loring, a dashing roguish hero who has so consumed Christian’s thoughts and time that his wife left him, claiming she couldn’t compete with his swashbuckling fantasy man. Christian couldn’t argue with her. After all, wasn’t an author supposed to love his characters? But when he advertises for a housemate to share expenses, his new roommate turns out to have the same name as his literary creation. Aside from being gorgeous, the similarities between John and Lord John stop there – until Christian realizes he’s using one as inspiration for the other.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story

Paris A to Z by Marie Sexton

April 6, 2011

Can Zach leave his past behind to secure his future with Angelo? Paris A to Z (m/m) by Marie Sexton, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to The Letter Z

Zach Mitchell and his lover Angelo Green are headed to Paris (along with their Coda friends Matt and Jared) to attend Jon and Cole’s wedding. Matt will have to face Jared’s former lover, and Angelo will have to spend an entire week with Zach’s ex-boyfriend. Between Matt’s jealousy and Angelo’s temper, Zach thinks they’ll be lucky to get through the week without one of the grooms being punched. But Zach soon realizes he should worry less about Angelo and more about himself. Facing the bittersweet memories of his past and his own guilt over breaking Jon’s heart is harder than expected, but Zach will have to find a way to leave his past behind if he’s to have any hope of the future he wants with Angelo.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Taste by Mickie B. Ashling

April 4, 2011

Will Lil and Grier build a life and a family together? Taste (m/m) by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.

What should have been a brief interlude turns into something deeper when Lil Lampert meets Grier Dilorio at the Taste of Chicago. Lil is in town visiting good friends Jody Williams and Clark Stevens, and he didn’t plan to hook up with a younger man and discover a mutual love for architecture, interior design, and a unique sexual kink that keeps Lil coming back for more.

By all appearances, Grier is the quintessential bad boy who loves speed, tattoos, and leather, but Lil slowly uncovers another side: selfless, responsible, and tender, especially for Luca, the son he’s had to deny. With Lil’s love and support, Grier will make a decision key to opening the door to a possible future together, one that includes fatherhood, something Lil has dreamed of but has never dared to explore.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel