18% Gray by Anne Tenino
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they’re captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who’ve petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.
Rescuing James Ayala isn’t going to be easy: he’s crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that’s granted him psychic power he isn’t sure how to control. That’s the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James’s mental stability.
So they’re on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can’t resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he’s got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there’s the question of how much he’s actually changed?
Signed and Sealed by B.A. Stretke
William Drake’s living an ordinary life—he’s got a job, a dog, and a house near Lake Superior—when a frantic call for help from his ne’er-do-well sister, Katrina, throws a big rancher-shaped kink in the works. Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, Will’s arrival at the Montana ranch belonging to Katrina’s fiancé, Martin, is marked by a flat tire and unexpected help from a tall, dark, and handsome Good Samaritan who turns out to be Elijah Hunter, Martin’s brother, and the most unsettling man Will has ever met.
Eli’s fury over Katrina’s misdeeds boils over onto Will, and he demands that Will remain on the ranch until the matter is resolved. While Will can take Katrina’s place, Eli doesn’t make it easy, testing Will at every turn, but Will’s uncompromising morals exceed even Eli’s exacting standards. The attraction growing between them is further complicated by Eli’s ultimatum: he’s still holding Katrina to the pre-nup she signed… unless Will agrees to marry Eli instead.
Another Day Older by Emily Moreton
Sent to Kuwait on his first deployment for a war that might not even happen, Nick Garcia is disappointed by how much of a letdown it’s turning out to be. It doesn’t help that he’s still nursing the same hopeless crush on his best friend, Scott, that he’s had since they met at the academy. Then Nick flies his first mission and learns that the reality of war feels much different than their training runs. When Scott’s plane is shot down during a raid, Nick discovers that comfort can come from a surprising source – and take a surprising form.
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Length: Short story
Personal Training by Andrew Grey
Determined not to end up like his seventy-year-old diabetic father, Holton knows he needs to make a change. His quest to improve his health drives him to the gym, where he meets Marcus, a trainer with the body of a demigod. For three months Holton works hard, watches what he eats, drops a few pounds—and catches Marcus’s eye not only for his slimmer body but for his dedication.
Holton can barely believe it when Marcus asks him out, but he isn’t about to say no. Despite several common interests, though, Marcus and Holton have some roadblocks to overcome. A harrowing event from Holton’s past has made him gun-shy, and Marcus has insecurities of his own. If their relationship is going to work, they’ll have to get past their hang-ups and prove that what really matters is the man inside.
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The Attorney by Carolyn LeVine Topol
Attorney Sam Solomon is the most desired trick in the back room of the Music Box, his town’s most notorious gay club—and very possibly the loneliest. Sam is tired of one-night stands, and although he likes the world to think he’s too tough for such romantic notions, he secretly longs for the love his friends Jeff and Craig seem to have found. Fortunately for him, he’s just helped set his friends up in business. They run The Male Room, a local Internet dating service for gay men, and Jeff has just the guy in mind for Sam.
Chris Kelly is the last person Sam expected. From his profile, Sam knows that Chris is strong, opinionated, and dominant… in fact, he’s a lot like Sam! Sam may very well have met his match; he just needs to concede that the man he’s falling in love with needs to be his partner in every sense of the word.
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When Memory Fails by D.W. Marchwell
It’s been two years since Hank Ballam and Scott Alan fell in love, moved in together, and started building their life. Hank has kept his promise to his boss—and Scott’s brother—Brian, proving he can be both his adrenaline-seeking self and a good worker. While Hank enjoys being Brian’s right-hand man, nothing gives him more pleasure than going home to Scott every night. But then a major announcement gets Hank thinking about the family he left behind, and he wonders if there is any hope of including them in his new life with Scott.
Seeing Hank’s turmoil, Scott quietly reaches out to his lover’s family—without telling Hank. Scott is overjoyed when Hank’s sister seems receptive, but the reunion doesn’t go as planned, leaving Scott to wonder if he’s unleashed a series of events that might take Hank from him forever.