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Word Count: 24000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: What surprises await Vic and Kellan when their egg finally hatches? Kellan’s new life in the magical town of Vale Valley is filled with more love and joy than he’d ever dared dream of. Even more thrilling is the new life growing inside the egg he and his Alpha wolf mate watch over night and day. When their hatchling still fails to appear after several weeks, Kellan fights his growing fears about the uncertainty of a swan mating with a wolf. All Vic wants is to keep his beautiful swan omega and their egg safe. He’d despaired of ever finding the one who was meant for him, and he’ll do everything within his power to protect his true love and their baby. Vic might still be bewildered by nesting and swan cuisine, but whatever his omega wants, Vic makes sure he gets. As Valentine’s Day draws near, Vic’s plan to do something special for their first celebration of the holiday doesn’t seem possible. The egg isn’t showing any signs of hatching and no one—not even the avian fertility specialist—knows why. Then, the last person they want to see makes an unexpected appearance. Vic is about to discover how tough his sweet little swan truly is… Note: A Hatchling for Valentine’s is the 8th book in Season Two of the multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small magical town open to everyone in need of love and a home. Each installment in the series can be read as a standalone, however, Kellan and Vic’s story is a continuation from Season One’s A Swan for Christmas. This mpreg romance novella features a swan and wolf who are fated mates and are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first tiny hatchling. So grab a box of chocolates, a glass of champagne and put your feet up and enjoy a sweet dose of smexy mpreg.

A Hatchling for Valentine's - M.M. Wilde
A Hatchling for Valentine's

M.M. Wilde ...

Pairing: M-M

February 8, 2019

Word Count: 32100

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: An Alpha wolf and an omega swan can’t be fated mates… Right? Abandoned by his swan herd and lost in a snowstorm, Kellan has nowhere to go. When he’s near death, he’s discovered by a wolf shifter in the woods surrounding a mysterious town filled with magic and hope. Could there also be love? Vic, the owner of Vale Valley Inn and Restaurant, has been alone since a virus claimed the lives of most of his pack. He’s found acceptance and built a good life for himself in the beautiful town that has become his home. Still, facing another Christmas without a mate is heartbreaking, even if he’s accepted that he’ll never find his true wolf omega. When Vic rescues Kellan, he plans to do anything he can to help the skittish man forge a new life in Vale Valley. He’s all too familiar with having to start over. But as they grow closer, something else starts happening that he’s not familiar with—the mating pull and a swan’s heat. A Swan for Christmas is the fourth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. Each installment can be read as a standalone. This mpreg romance story features an omega virgin desperate for love, a lonely Alpha who is perplexed by the mechanics of nesting and a whole lot of hurt/comfort and smexy times.

A Swan for Christmas - M.M. Wilde - Vale Valley
A Swan for Christmas

M.M. Wilde ...

Pairing: M-M

December 7, 2018

Word Count: 97,046

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Love, served behind the stick. Kyle McKee lives a charmed life. He co-owns Under, an uptown speakeasy, where he is chief mixologist. Friends poke fun at Kyle’s tiny one-bed apartment in Chelsea, but they’re the best support system a man could ask for. Unfortunately, Kyle’s lackluster love life has led him to take a break from dating. Harlem resident Luka Clarke is a lieutenant with Engine 47, the Pride of Morningside, where he carries on his father’s legacy with the FDNY. Luka, who is mixed race and bisexual, has his eye on Kyle, whom he met at a local burger joint and he just needs to make time to visit Kyle’s bar. Before work one evening, Kyle is trapped inside the luncheonette when a fire breaks out. Luka’s firehouse answers the call and he connects with Kyle again under the most unexpected of circumstances. When Kyle gratefully invites Luka and the firehouse squad to Under, the flirting between the two men leads to a date. Kyle and Luka quickly grow close, but Luka’s mother and sister distrust Kyle for being both white and gay. Luka believes his family will come around and accept Kyle in the end, but Kyle is not optimistic and hides his disquiet as attraction blossoms into love. Kyle and Luka’s near-idyllic bubble is shattered one evening after a hate crime leaves them scarred, inside and out. Shaken, they put on a strong front but struggle inwardly against fear and personal demons. As the emotions seething beneath the surface finally come to a head, both men must decide if they have the strength to find love enough to conquer hate.

Behind the Stick - K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn
Behind the Stick

K. Evan Coles , Brigham Vaughn ...

Pairing: M-M, 4+ or Other

August 20, 2019

Word Count: 55275

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Ben De Santis I manage a small Western art gallery, where I’ve flirted on and off for years with Devin, an Arizona ranch owner, and a scruffy sexy artist. I know he likes what he sees but is too shy and never says much to me. Not one soul here knows I’m a witch, but today things suddenly sparked into life, and now Grandpa is calling, and I have no clue what he wants. Devin Hunter I sell my Cowboy art at a small gallery in Carefree, that has a crazy handsome manager, and he is it for me. He’s always been friendly but seems quiet so I’ve left him alone. Now however, I need to make my move, since I’m going to start my own art gallery and want him to come along. When I finally approached him and shook his hand, I had the shock of my life, and soon his phone was ringing. Nero De Santis My grandson Bennie a good boy, respectful, and dense about his fated soulmate, but so is Devin. I felt them connect but they still had no clue what was going on, and I soon filled them in. I scanned Devin naturally, and something is way off with that cowboy. His deadbeat witch parents are a joke, so his immense power makes no sense. I need to consult Agnes as something is very wrong over there. Agnes Granville As a witch dealing with the Magnus coven, I received a concerning call from Nero, about his grandson’s fated soulmate Devin. I checked him out as a favor, and while quite powerful, he is unaware he is under a spell, and has no apparent pedigree to back up his dangerous power. I need Vito and Craig to help me sort this out, and do some sniffing around, sorry Craig, no pun intended.

Ben De Santis Desert Witch - Nathan Grant
Ben De Santis

Nathan Grant ...

Pairing: M-M

October 8, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: From the frying pan into the fire. After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup. At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

Breaking Bonds - Ari McKay
Breaking Bonds

Ari McKay ...

Pairing: M-M

June 1, 2017

Word Count: 54000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Arriving on an alien world to negotiate a trade deal, Shane discovers that Earth has another commodity that his hosts desperately crave... Drake throws a party for time-travelers: the invitations will only go out after the event. But then someone knocks on the door... Jac has two lovers, one a cop, one a criminal. Getting off the wretched outpost he calls home in the midst of a galactic war means leaving one of them behind... It all happens in Berlynn Wohl's second anthology of tantalizing sci-fi weirdness, Dreams and Machines. Experience thrilling tales of exotic aliens, fall in love with a mad scientist, and find yourself riveted by robotic passion. If you have a taste for the extraordinary and the extraterrestrial, you'll discover weird and wonderful fascination inside these pages.

Dreams and Machines - Berlynn Wohl
Dreams and Machines

Berlynn Wohl ...

Pairing: M-M, M-M-M

October 26, 2018

Word Count: 230,861

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: The tiny Sierra Nevada community of Stone Acres looks benign on the outside, but it’s been a hive of activity since gay men from Silicon Valley began moving in. The Old Town establishment is up in arms as newcomers challenge the conservative community to move into the new millennium. Along the way, gay couples find true love and a new home. Contains the stories: What’s in a Name?: When barista Jimmy is dumped and gets drunk on his 30th birthday, a handsome, hunky bartender takes care of him, but is mum about his real name. When Jimmy presses him, the bartender makes the quest a game, giving him seven guesses and promising romance each night. For every wrong guess, Jimmy has to forfeit a hot, sexy kiss. Sounds good, but what’s the catch? Redesigning Max: Out and proud award-winning designer Fredi Zimmer takes on straight outdoorsman Max Greene’s cabin renovation. When he finds out Max is closeted and wants to come out, Fredi helps Max remodel not only his cabin but his life. Angered that Fredi has turned him, Max’s former friends intervene. Will Fredi and Max win the fight for their happiness? Behr Facts: After CEO Abe Behr discovers discrepancies in his construction company accounts, he hires CPA Jeff Mason to help him find the embezzler. Searching for the culprit, they become closer, and Abe realizes he’s gay. However, coming out to a hostile family and community may break up the couple before they cement their happiness. With so much strife, will love prevail? When Adam Fell: Jason’s drug addiction ripped them apart. Does Adam want to get back together now that his former lover says he’s clean? Relative Best: When hotel owner Zeke Bandy meets Vic Longbow, he sees stars. But Vic is in town to attend a wedding and to open an office, not to fall in love. Are they doomed as lovers because they’re both too busy for happily ever after? Frank at Heart: What will it take to make hardware store owner Frank update himself and his store? Could the new man in town be the key to unlock Frank’s life and future happiness? Waking the Behr: Ladies’ man and small town contractor Ben Behr is blindsided by his lustful feelings for San Francisco entrepreneur Mitch O’Shea. Can a country mouse and a city mouse bridge the gap in their upbringing and expectations to find love? Short Order: Amid the happiness of the Christmas season, horticulturist Fen Miller and his landlord sous chef John Barton have some serious decisions to make. Fen must decide on a career and John on eluding his grim past. Together can they support each other enough to discover their happily ever after?

Foothills Pride Box Set - Pat Henshaw
Foothills Pride Box Set

Pat Henshaw ...

Pairing: M-M

July 31, 2021

Word Count: 7000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Lucas Miller is having a quarter-life crisis. After a bad breakup, he moves to another town to start college and fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. New life is challenging, and Lucas feels out of place wherever he goes. Meeting Evan might be a good thing. Having someone to help him settle is just what he needs. Evan Henderson has his life planned out. Living on his own has taught him to know what he wants and how to get it. But being on his own means he’s lonely sometimes. Lucas might be the friend he needs. As time goes by and Lucas and Evan grow closer, the attraction is harder to fight. Can they heal from their past wounds and forge a life together?

Fresh Brew - Roberta Blablanski
Fresh Brew

Roberta Blablanski ...

Pairing: M-M

September 18, 2019

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Gay


Colby McBride is a blue-collar cowboy trying to make ends meet laying tile in Colorado. A loner by choice, Colby works hard with his hands and finds his peace camping in the mountains outside Boulder. Gordon James is a white-collar restaurateur who owns not one, but two successful establishments in downtown Boulder. He’s a sophisticated urbanite who is devoted to his work and is accustomed to getting what he wants.
The men are friends, but sparks fly when Colby falls in love and decides to show Gordon how much fun a good old boy can be. They’re just beginning to explore their relationship when Gordon’s sister’s suicide leaves him with custody of his five-year-old niece.
Colby comes from a huge family and is eager to help with the girl and to prove his worth to Gordon. But neither of them is ready for the tremendous changes to their already busy lives, or for how this new relationship with Olivia challenges them, complicating the way they interact with each other. They say opposites attract, but can these two very different men work together to join their disparate lives and form a strong, if highly unlikely, family?

Heart of a Redneck - Jodi Payne & BA Tortuga
Heart of a Redneck

Jodi Payne ...

Pairing: M-M

October 29, 2019

Word Count: 69000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: When a single dad and a newly outed veterinarian meet by chance, it takes red-cheeked conversations, a tentative friendship, and the willingness to put their hearts on the line to show these men they’re made for each other.   Single dad Davis Jackson is busy balancing his coffee shop and being the best dad he can be. That doesn’t mean he’s not lonely. After a fumbling encounter with a man who looks as gorgeous as he does unhappy, Davis is left wondering who the mystery man is.   All Davis knows is that he has never felt such an instant attraction to anyone before, but when he discovers the brown-eyed man’s identity, it’s clear the recently out-of-the-closet veterinarian is lost and quite possibly broken.   A swoon-worthy low-angst stand-alone contemporary M/M romance featuring characters from LET ME SHOW YOU. 

I've Got You - Becca Seymour
I've Got You

Becca Seymour ...

Pairing: M-M

July 2, 2019

Word Count: 56546

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Restaurant Entrepreneur, Elian Whitman believes hard work and determination usually wins out in the end, but that theory is put to the test after meeting the handsome but reticent Martin Williams. Martin knows better than anyone that relationships can fall apart when you least expect them to. After a nasty break-up he leaves his Texas home and restarts his life as a restaurant critic in Fort Lauderdale. Just as Martin is coming to terms with the belief that he’s going to spend the rest of his life alone, he comes face to face with the sexy Elian who throws his perfectly controlled world into chaos. Despite the roadblocks Martin throws up, Elian is persistent, but is persistence enough to break through Martin’s thick walls and give them both a chance at love?

Love By Chance - Blake Allwood - Chances series
Love By Chance

Blake Allwood ...

Pairing: M-M

July 31, 2020

Word Count: 70000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: With a serial killer on the loose, the baffling mystery of Aiden’s past, and their tenuous budding romance, Aiden and Fouchard tread through a world of magic and myth on padded shoes, terrified to stir up something neither can control or defeat. Aiden Mercer’s life now centers around lounging on the sunny beaches of his adopted country with a beer in one hand and a coffee in the other while admiring the local male population. After a rough life as a respected detective in DC, playing it cool shouldn’t be too hard, right? With the magical community on his case and dead bodies piling up around town, the responsibility of finding their killer seems fated to fall on him and deny him of his easy living. Then there is Naël. Cantankerous merman Naël Fouchard's life is focused on bringing up and protecting his little sister. When DNA found at the scene of the murders mark him as the prime suspect, Naël seeks out the help of Aiden, whose reputation as a detective grossly belies his lazy lifestyle and apparent lack of ambition. The chemistry between the strong, stoic Naël and the easygoing Aiden is undeniable, no matter how many walls Aiden builds. If this unlikely pair can’t come to terms with their feelings for each other long enough to catch the killer, their emotional turmoil might yet allow the murderer to kill them instead.

Of Magic & Scales - Natalina Reis
Of Magic & Scales

Natalina Reis ...

Pairing: M-M

February 29, 2020

Word Count: 94k

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Straight

Summary: Things are changing fast in Karrie Hayes’s young life. The pressure from an unknown stalker has become incessant, fear is a constant companion, and her place in Darrius’s bed as one of three appears cemented now. But her hand is forced by things greater than herself, and although Darrius is hesitant to settle down with Karrie, there is a man who would kill to capture that fairy tale future with her. Ty Lansing’s outlandish life has become more than his boyfriend, Otto Ryerson, can handle. When murder comes knocking on Otto’s door, his incessant hunt for answers causes Ty to make a move that shatters Otto’s already fragile heart. However, the dangerous situation building around Otto and his friends requires a clearer mind than Otto would like, and it changes Ty’s plans and cuts his timeline short. The stakes are high, no one is safe from the finger of accusation or the pain of guilt, but Ty has the opportunity to save the girl and clear his name—but will he be smart enough and quick enough to pull it off?   With the final book in Set 2 of the Blurred Lines Series, Remote Capture will have you riding on the edge of your seat, cheering the hero!

Remote Capture - Peyton Landry - Blurred Lines
Remote Capture

Peyton Landry ...

Pairing: M-F, M-M, M-M-F

August 21, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Mitch Aiken serves up authentic small-town comfort food in Willow Springs’ South Main diner. Willow Springs is the kind of town where you hunt mushrooms in May while trying to avoid poison ivy. Mitch dominates the local food scene until young upstart Tanner Gentry arrives from Chicago to prove small-town foodies are aching for a contemporary approach to coffee and sandwiches. The battle for the hearts and stomachs of Willow Springs residents has begun with one major complication - the sexual chemistry between Mitch and Tanner is off the charts and everyone recognizes it except Mitch and Tanner themselves. South Main and Gentry is Book 1 of the Willow Springs series. It features an age-gap, enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract romance between a struggling diner owner and a thriving young businessman. A happily-ever-after ending is guaranteed.

South Main and Gentry - A.D. Ellis & Declan Rhodes - Willow Springs
South Main and Gentry

A.D. Ellis , Declan Rhodes ...

Pairing: M-M

January 25, 2021

Word Count: 70000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: A famous English chef who's tired of being hunted by the tabloid press. An American model who's tired of being used for his looks. An anonymous first encounter in an adults-only club. And the age gap between them is the least of their problems. Can Sebastian Fox and Ezra Whitfield find happiness together despite their differences? *** Star Spanked is a standalone low-angst romance novel seasoned with a teaspoon of boss/employee tension, half a cup of discipline, and topped with a delicious 17-year age gap. HFN/HEA guaranteed, and no cliffhangers. While this book is part of a series, it can be read on its own, but characters from previous books do show up in cameos. Please note: this book contains brief allusions to restricted eating and diets, fashion industry standards for models, and body dysmorphia.

Star Spanked - Leighton Greene - Friends of Friends
Star Spanked

Leighton Greene ...

Pairing: M-M

November 12, 2020

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: The stakes are high and the heat is on. Beau Walker, owner of the Barbecue Shack, needs the help of Jake Parnell, his one-time rival and secret crush, in a televised barbecue competition. Beau is a proud man, but the stakes are high, and smart, sexy Jake is his only hope, even if being around Jake reawakens the attraction he’s fought for years. Jake left his hometown, determined to build a life somewhere his sexuality wouldn’t hurt his family’s restaurant business—and far away from hunky, obstinate Beau Walker. Then his twin, Josh, is killed, and Jake returns to support his brother’s wife and children. Despite his reservations, he agrees to go head-to-head against Beau on national television. Between stress and grief, as well as pride and determination, only one thing is certain—the heat between Beau and Jake extends well beyond the kitchen.

Striking Sparks - Ari McKay
Striking Sparks

Ari McKay ...

Pairing: M-M

December 15, 2016

Word Count: 70,000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Hudson West is the enemy. Nico Shah is trouble. However, when they’re forced to collaborate on a town project, they can’t stop the passion from burning. Hudson West is the enemy. The calm, arrogant, stupidly hot owner of the rival restaurant in town never fails to push Nico Shah’s buttons. So when he and Hudson are invited to collaborate to cater the Chesapeake Days festival, he wants to say hell no. But with his mother’s upcoming transplant, he needs that money. Nico Shah is trouble. Hudson’s noticed the gorgeous, witty flirt and has veered far away. He’s looking for commitment while Nico’s looking for his next flavor of the night. Except now that they’re working together, neither can ignore the chemistry that’s one spark away from burning down a forest. And when they finally collide, the connection is beyond anything either has experienced. But with Nico still terrified of the word "boyfriend" and Hudson needing someone who belongs to him, this can only end in heartbreak.

Stronger Than Passion - Katherine McIntyre
Stronger Than Passion

Katherine McIntyre ...

Pairing: M-M

June 11, 2022

Word Count: 10500

Character Identities: Lesbian

Summary: For all the Celtic Myth short stories, see my website. Melinda is staying on Lindisfarne for a Christmas break with her old friend when an unexpected argument leaves her alone for the holiday. It's the first Christmas since her mother died and the island's peace and wild tranquillity bring balm to her wounded heart. Two chance meetings, first with a pair of wary otters and then with cafe-owner Rowan, bring her genuine joy. Will her tentative relationship with Rowan survive the end of her holiday and the turning of the year? A short sapphic Christmas story. With otters.

Surfacing Again - A.L. Lester
Surfacing Again

A. L. Lester ...

Pairing: F-F

December 7, 2021

Word Count: 62000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender

Summary: Tabitha is a simple country girl in a simple country town—or so she tries to make everyone believe. But when a boy with a quiet confidence and appealing edge shows up in town looking to collect beautiful images, it's Tabitha he ends up most drawn to. Life is never simple, and the complications aren't only on her side. There are mysteries to be solved, and Tabitha fears all of her questions will lead only to bad news.

Tabitha - Irene Wendy Wode

Irene Wendy Wode ...

Pairing: M-F

August 9, 2017

Word Count: 42000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Questioning, Straight

Summary: “Another fun and crazy tale.” – Gay Book Reviews Experiencing Para-Hormonal Activity? Then Ethan & Justin Hard will be all over your case! Case #2. Mysteria is engulfed by power-outages and tumultuous weather. Ethan and Justin Hard must figure out what the cause is before the whole town is destroyed. But with the Hard boys' newly super-charged anatomies, they may very well be the culprits!

Meet Dr. Frankenseed - Ian Cadena - The Hard Boys
The Hard Boys Meet Dr. Frankenseed

Ian Cadena ...

Pairing: M-M

September 4, 2016

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