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Silver Scars

Posy Roberts - 2015
    Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.

A Good Man

Grant C. Holland - 2017
    He was left a 45-year-old single parent raising a 13-year-old daughter, Mandy. The grief will never completely end, but he's ready to move forward with a new commitment to a positive life. That means a new house, new friends, and possibly a new love. To everyone's surprise, including Vincent's, that new love might be a man.47-year-old Andrew McCall is the A in ADJ Associates, one of the top upscale historical home renovation firms in the city of Minneapolis. Andrew is happy with his life. He has a successful business, loyal friends, and his work makes nearly every day a new, exciting adventure. The one thing he doesn't have, and isn't sure that he needs, is a committed man in his life. Then he literally stumbles into Vincent, and a flame is lit.To the surprise of both men, the relationship quickly deepens and blossoms into something that neither one expected. Soon it presents the possibility of finding what both Andrew and Vincent know their hearts truly need.Will great friends, the joy of beautiful homes, and the love of a good man be enough to defeat the forces that threaten a happy ending?A Good Man is the first book in the Forever Young series. It is a first-time-gay novel with steamy scenes, no cliffhangers, and a happily-ever-after ending.

Old Town New

B.A. Tortuga - 2006
    He's had a tough time of it, but Danny figures he's managed to become respectable, or at least less than notorious. The last person he expects to ever see back in town is Harlan Quinn, his old best friend and consummate bad boy. And when he finds out Quinn is the new Sheriff it's even more of a shock. Quinn knows there's more to his old hometown than meets the eye. There's trouble brewing, big enough trouble that he's willing to go undercover to figure out who's behind it. Quinn knows there's more to Danny than old memories and quiet living, too. There was a lot of passion in his old friend once upon a time, and he's willing to bet it's still there if he scratches the surface. He sets out to stir things up in more ways than one, pushing Danny to admit that there's more to life than he has, and that their old town just might manage to be new again.

Paper Planes

M. Jules Aedin - 2011
    Now he’s suddenly the face of gay rights in America and trying to deal with his new responsibility while coping with his overwhelming grief. He’s got his hands full without the complications of a new love, but his heart’s not waiting for him to catch up.Commercial pilot Dustin McDonough knows what it’s like to deal with loss. He has his own set of scars, physical and emotional. He’s trying to give Stuart the time and space he needs to be ready to move on, but he’s in love for the first time in years, and he’s determined not to lose again.

Great Restorations

Libby Drew - 2010
    Sawyer, in town to deal with his grandfather's estate, wastes no time in revealing his romantic interest in Marc, but their promising first evening ends badly with Sawyer as adamant about broadcasting his sexuality as Marc is about hiding his. But when Sawyer hires Marc to restore his grandfather's house, their intense attraction grows into an emotional connection neither can resist. During the renovations, family secrets and other surprises come to light, and Sawyer must face his past when a tragedy threatens Marc's livelihood. But not every obstacle is surmountable, and even with Sawyer by his side, Marc might lose everything.


Lynley Wayne - 2012
    In doing so, he has no way of knowing that he will find his own salvation.Jace came home from the war scarred in more ways than one. The physical scars that he carries are nothing compared to the mental ones. Struggling with PTSD, he has closed himself off from the rest of the world. The last thing that he ever thought to do was fall in love... Nathaniel has lived on the streets since he was thirteen. When he wakes up in a strange apartment after being badly beaten, he has no idea how he got there. Little does he know that his rescuer, the large man with scars crisscrossing his face, could hold the key to healing the scars that they both have.

A Love Story

Peter Styles - 2015
    He's out of work, he's been through a breakup, and now his friends are kicking him out of the house. Little does he expect how much his life will change when he answers an ad in the newspaper for a position as a caretaker to a cantankerous, neurotic writer. This book contains sexually explicit content not suited for those under the age of 18. The book is approximately 35,000 words, has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger. There is a free bonus chapter that can be obtained at the end of the book. However, the bonus chapter is not required to finish the book.

Looking for Adventure

Valentina Heart - 2011
    His desire for success has left him without a single happy memory, and completely alone.While shocked by the news, he stumbles into Nino: a man without a steady job, without a permanent home and, as happy as a person can be. On the spur of the moment they set off to an adventure by the sea, with good food, loads of sun, and rising attraction. Only both hide secrets from each other as they fight against the sparks that keep on lighting the flames.They set out for some fun, but found the adventure of both of their lives...Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.

Melting The Ice Prince

Amylea Lyn - 2013
    Untrusting, he protects his heart with an icy and cool demeanor, earning him the nickname Ice Prince at work. It’s a description David’s proud of, until the day his boss’s son walks through the door.Nick Masterson takes one look at the cool beauty with fire in his eyes and has to have him. But after being brutally rejected, he makes a bet that he’ll be able to melt David’s shell and win his heart without managing to give away his own in the process. But Nick didn’t count on the man beneath the icy mask being everything he’d ever wanted in a partner.Can a relationship based on lies last once the truth finally comes out?

Gaps in Your Soul

Shayla Kersten - 2007
    Facing the groom's brother and the memories of their one-night stand isn't so easy. Even tougher is the excitement he still feels for the man he left behind. For ten years Dalton Rainey hasn't forgotten the pain of Jared walking out on him or the passion of their one night. His brother's wedding gives him the ideal opportunity for revenge. He has the perfect plan. Bring Jared to his knees with pleasure and leave him there.

The Truth About Riley

Henrietta Clarke - 2013
    Except that the number is not a phone sex service—it’s the revenge Cameron Kirkwood’s ex-boyfriend took on the uptight advertising executive after Cam forgot their anniversary and accidentally put him in the hospital. Needless to say, after thirty-nine disturbing calls seeking phone sex, Cameron is at the end of his tether and yells at his fortieth caller. What he doesn’t expect is for Riley to hit redial and yell right back.The argument helps both Cameron and Riley vent about their issues, and when they’ve calmed down, they decide to exchange numbers and talk again. From this decision springs a friendship that, over time, grows into a gentle romance—all over the phone, because Riley is too scared to meet Cam in person. Showing a potential boyfriend his disfigured face is the fastest way to get rejected, right? Even a month of scorching hot phone sex can’t change his mind, no matter how hard Cam tries to persuade him that with their phone chemistry, the sex would be so much better in person.Meanwhile, Cam is haunted by the scarred blond he seems to be seeing everywhere, and Riley can’t get the handsome brunet who always seems happy to see him out of his mind. It’s a shock to both men to realise that the guy they’re falling for over the phone is also the man who brightens their day with just a smile; but it’s one thing to let a stranger smile at you and quite another to let him close enough to see into your soul. If Riley can’t break down the walls in his mind and believe that Cameron loves him in spite of his scars, their relationship may be doomed before they’ve even had a chance to kiss.

Not a Word

Dawn Sister - 2015
    He doesn’t speak to anyone. Avoiding conversation is easier than the pity and impatience he senses from everyone the moment he opens his mouth and nothing comes out. Since he split up with his partner years before, he hasn’t had much to do with anyone and that has suited him just fine. He has his dog, Zen, for company. Zen doesn’t care that Niall can’t get through an entire sentence without stuttering. Zen is all Niall needs. And that’s how it would have stayed until the day a new neighbour moves in next door.Zak is Niall’s exact opposite—twenty-three years Niall’s junior, bubbly, gregarious and never shuts up. His arrival fills Niall’s quiet life with constant noise and constant company. Zen appears to have defected, and Zak doesn’t seem to even notice that Niall rarely speaks. Gradually, Zak’s endless patience brings Niall out of his shell. To Niall’s surprise, he suddenly has a friend, a confidante and perhaps something more.And he didn’t even have to say a word.This story was originally written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.A new, extended version is now available with Beaten Track Publishing.


Sierra Riley - 2016
    His skills as a network penetrator are renowned, but in meatspace he's seen as cold and awkward. His Asperger's makes it hard to be a team player and in a cutthroat industry, enemies abound. Justin is framed for a massive security breach and soon it's not just his job on the line; his very life is in danger."If I can't keep you safe, what good am I?"Bodyguard Calder Lesley takes pride in his career protecting others. In contrast to his geeky hotshot best friend, Calder uses body language and psychology to excel at his job. He only ignores his instincts when it comes to Justin. Even though their friendship has been long distance for eight years, Justin's feelings for him are obvious. Calder's afraid of nothing... except losing a friend to pursue a new kind of love."We're both in danger unless we act now."When a rival hacker threatens Justin's career, he's going to need the help of the person he trusts most, but Calder can't protect him from a distance. Forced into Calder's orbit for protection, the sparks begin to fly as Justin's career falls apart. Opposites might attract, but can they last?Firewall is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

Heartbeat Repeating

E.M. Lindsey - 2020
    And while he has long-since learned to cope with his OCD, he has never moved on after losing his family. Grief is his only companion, and he plans to keep it that way.And then he sees a young college student washing cars for charity in the freezing cold, and everything changes. Without meaning to, Alejandro stops, and the next thing he knows, Avery Marshak is signing his name on the dotted line, becoming his new sugar baby.Twelve months later, and Avery has followed all of Alejandro’s rules to a T. No touching, no sleeping with anyone, always come when he calls. But spending a year without so much as a handshake, and Avery’s starting to feel a little affection starved. He tells himself there’s no point in hoping this year will be different, because Alejandro is not the kind of man who embraces change. And then his sugar daddy shows up with an offer: stay with me at my penthouse for Chanukah. Saying yes is dangerous, because Avery’s heart is a fool and even a single touch will ruin what little progress he’s made in protecting it. But he also knows he can’t resist the offer, because what’s a little heartbreak if it gives him a single chance to know the man who’s been keeping himself at a distance.Avery wants to believe there’s hope—that the miracle of Chanukah is more than lights. But the more Alejandro opens up, the more Avery realizes this might not be a beginning, but instead the means to an end.Will Alejandro be able to let go of his grief and embrace the love in front of him? And will Avery find the patience to hold on as Alejandro fights to break through his comfortable routine? The answer is there, if only they stop to listen, in the echo of their heartbeats repeating.Heartbeat Repeating is a stand-alone holiday novel with no cheating and a Happily Ever After.


Con Riley - 2013
    Believing it was broken beyond repair, Gabe and his best friend Jamie Carlson left Minnesota behind for San Diego sunshine and college. Now another crisis brings Gabe home to help his ailing father, and he finally has to face the guilt that kept him away for so long.Scott Stark also returns to Minnesota, with his young niece and nephew in tow, shouldering new family responsibilities. While Gabe comes to grips with his past, Scott struggles to accept his present role as a substitute parent, caring for two children, each with different needs. As Gabe and Scott get to know each other, reclaiming family life almost seems possible. Only two things stand in the way of love: Gabe’s unresolved relationship with Jamie, and Scott’s plan to leave Minnesota as soon as he can. Both men will have to accept past mistakes if they want to salvage a future together, and time is running out.