Alex and Clayton by John Simpson
After quiet, closeted years working as a librarian, Clayton decides to quit his job and use his inheritance to buy a small bookstore in the gay-friendly resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s the beginning of what he hopes will be a new life free of his old repressions.
Alex, an ex-military man and former cop, decides to retire to Rehoboth and buys a house three blocks from the beach. Determined to fill his time with more than chasing hot guys, he visits the local bookstore, where he meets Clayton.
As winter sets in, the town is all but deserted, and Alex and Clayton find themselves together more than apart. Clayton would like a relationship, but his fear of coming out keeps getting in the way. Alex’s sex appeal might be enough to convince Clayton to take a chance in the open… but it will take something more to make it happen.
Bencher’s Crossing, TX by A. Soo Donim
Murder, Murder, Everywhere!
Sheriff’s Deputy Clinton Greengrass meets Texas Ranger Ed Givens over a dead body. It’s a decidedly inauspicious beginning. When one body turns into three, the investigation—and the attraction between them—heats up, but Clint misses his chance when they close the case before he makes a move.
Three years and a promotion later, Sheriff Greengrass is out of the closet and working on the case of another string of murders, murders that bring Ed and all the sexual tension back to town. Despite the circumstances, Clint is happy to get a second chance, but a lawman’s job is never done. Can Macone County handle the two of them as partners on and off the job?
Experimental Repeatability by Elinor Gray
Luke is in love with his best friend, Eric, and always has been. When he and Eric get drunk on the last night of exam week and Eric suggests he sleep over rather than walk home, Luke takes him up on it even though he’s convinced Eric doesn’t return his feelings. But when their tipsy pillow-talk turns steamy, Eric is horny and Luke just can’t resist. The next morning Luke is mortified, certain he’s ruined their friendship, but Eric isn’t about to let him get away without facing the consequences.
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Length: Short story
Once More, With Feeling by Alex Alder
Meet Chase Chavez: bartender, ex-law student, and unofficial matchmaker. Traumatized by a past breakup, Chase has spent the past three years compensating for his own loneliness by helping his friends find dates, but when he meets Bryan, he finds himself fighting emotions he never thought he’d face again. Bryan’s belief in Chase and their relationship is unshakeable; Chase is feeling nothing but shaken. Can he risk it all and take the plunge, not knowing if Bryan will be there to catch him?
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Sweet Lyric by Lisa Marie Davis
Lyric Spencer ran fast and hard to escape the scandal of his past, but all that running comes to an abrupt halt when he almost has sex during his job interview with Jonas Lamar. Jonas was offering Lyric a construction job when what he really wanted to offer the young man with the haunted eyes was a real home.
Lyric and Jonas may have found each other, but the past has always known where to find them. Jealous friends, old lovers, and heartaches that never healed threaten them now, but together, maybe, they can find their way to a real future.
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What Ever Happened To Jan Phillips? by Michael Halfhill
Eighteen-year-old Jan Phillips is down and out, hustling johns in Philadelphia’s Tenderloin District, when he catches the eye of Tim Morris, a powerful lawyer with ties to a secret organization. Against his better judgment, Jan is soon caught up in a web of intrigue that will change his life forever—or end it prematurely.
It’s 4:00 a.m., and the phone is ringing. Waking from an uneasy sleep, Jan answers and in so doing allows two strangers into his life. One is a victim of a heinous crime, a man to whom Jan feels an instant connection. The other is a deadly enemy. Their appearance will lead to murder—and the first plight Jan faces as Master of the Mundus Society.
A Helping of Love by Andrew Grey
Taste of Love series
If Peter Christopoulos has learned one thing from his last three years in a wheelchair, it’s that people have a hard time seeing past the hardware. When he asks out Russ Baker after giving him a quote on equipment for a new Greek restaurant, he’s disappointed but not surprised to be turned down.
Russ has been covering for his abusive boyfriend for so long it’s almost automatic, but with a little help from his friends, he finds the courage to break it off. To his surprise, Peter is still interested, and soon they’re falling hard and fast. But then their world is thrown into turmoil: Peter finds an old letter indicating he has a half-sister he’s never met, and Russ’s past interferes when his ex makes it clear he’ll do anything to get him back.