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Word Count: 185,440

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: FROM POPULAR GAY ROMANCE AUTHOR HELENA STONE The Dublin Virtues series – a box set Patience Patience is a virtue. But what if you wait too long? While Xander Ekman’s dream of becoming a successful artist has come true, his love life has gone from bad to worse. Sick of the endless string of one-night stands, he accepts the challenge when his best friend, Erik, bets him that he can’t be celibate for a month. Now all he needs is a reminder to keep his distance in the heat of the moment. Troy Moriarty doesn’t have time for love. He’s too busy trying to keep his recently opened tattoo parlor afloat. Besides, ever since the man who was supposed to be his business partner abandoned him to run the shop on his own, he has a hard time trusting others. When Xander turns to Troy for a tattoo that will remind him to be patient, the attraction is instant. But faced with Xander’s month of celibacy, Troy’s trust issues, and a nemesis lurking in the background, their relationship may be doomed before it has a chance to begin. Equality Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship? Lorcan Barrett has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and now can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail. Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and had always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong? When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together, until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a Yes vote cost them their relationship, or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality? Renewal When everything changes, can renewal bring redemption? Shane Boyle left Dublin for America, burning most of his bridges, certain his future lay in Florida. When a family crisis forces him back to the city he grew up in, he knows his life will never be the same again. With his sister close to death, his mother and five-year-old nephew Danny need him not just to be around but also to be the rock they can depend on. Torn between panic about his new responsibilities and despair at his impending loss, love and a relationship are the last thing on his mind. Chris Anderson left Australia for Dublin ten years ago with no intention of ever going back. For reasons he can’t explain, even to himself, he hasn’t been in a relationship for almost as long as he’s been in Ireland. Now thirty-five years old, he wonders what happened to his dream of a lasting bond and a family to call his own. When Shane and Chris hook up one night in a pub, neither knows that the next day they’ll meet again, this time as colleagues in a tattoo parlour. Chris has no idea about Shane’s dodgy past and Shane can’t figure out the mountain of a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Having to reinvent his whole life is only the start of Shane’s process of renewal. Will Chris turn out to be his savior or his downfall?

Dublin Box Set - Helena Stone
Dublin Virtues - Box Set

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

December 25, 2018

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Information not available

Summary: Book two in the Dublin Virtues series Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship? Lorcan Barrett has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and now can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail. Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and had always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong? When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together, until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a Yes vote cost them their relationship, or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

Equality - Helena Stone - Dublin Virtues
Equality

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

May 23, 2017

Word Count: 62407

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: The ‘Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words’ blog said this about Love’s Glory: “In a way, Love's Glory is Janice Jarrell's gift to her reader's and this couple who have been through so much angst and pain and have now mostly emerged through the other side, intact and ready to move forward to the next stage in their lives." Ms. Jarrell’s newest offering, Glory Days, enhances this gift with fifteen short stories set in the Love’s Glory universe. The tales begin while Colin and Joshua are still on their honeymoon in Ireland and conclude just before Colin begins law school. Story topics range from the achingly romantic and sexy (“Walking In The Rain”) to the hilariously comical (“Conversations At The Cabin”). Colin and Joshua aren’t the only stars in Ms. Jarrell’s latest work. All six Revolutionary Heart men are featured. David and Nate get their own story (“Playing The Part”) and Trent and Jeff also get a piece exclusive to them (“Trent’s Triplets”). The love is enduring, the humor is at once warm and side-splittingly snarky, and the lovemaking is intense. You won’t be sorry you followed the passionate and deeply devoted men of Revolutionary Heart on their newest journey in Glory Days. This book contains mature content including explicit sexual relations between gay couples. + 18 years of age

Glory Days - Janice Jarrell - Revolutionary Heart
Glory Days

Janice Jarrell ...

Pairing: M-M

January 17, 2020

Word Count: 59357

Character Identities: Gay, Questioning

Summary: Gay retro with a twist Two unlikely men meet in 1923 Ireland. Michael McCree seems to be a newspaperman, running from a past in Boston. He’s a lover of men and a drinker of whiskey, and yet one with some surprising depths and one huge secret. Simon Hart is a surly, angry, altogether closeted and touch-me-not fellow, a Cambridge-educated private investigator whose business partner has been murdered. He meets Michael in a newspaper shop when turning in an obit notice. They clash. Fisticuffs fly. And before Simon knows what’s happened, he’s gained a new flat-mate, a new business partner, and a wanna-be lover. It’s the “wanna-be” that drives the present story…and all that follow. First of the 5 Gaslight Mystery novels.

Heart to Hart - Erin O'Quinn - Gaslight Mystery
Heart to Hart

Erin O'Quinn ...

Pairing: M-M

April 1, 2016

Word Count: 75000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Jackson Young has gone into hiding. Fighting to get his name cleared and his truth heard, he’s followed Fletcher Doherty to Ireland for a safe haven from those who want to silence his story. As they work on Jackson's biography, their growing attraction gets harder resist. Fletcher's made it clear though—their professional boundary isn't to be crossed, especially with so many loose threads from each of their pasts left hanging. But as he learns more about the once coveted celebrity's rise to fame, and the manipulation and control that came with it, Fletcher finds it increasingly difficult to distance himself from their intimate moments. Lust fuelled attraction is easy to ignore, but an emotional connection is harder to deny. Surrounded by Fletcher's meddling family, and ex boyfriends who still harbour feelings of being jilted, Jackson has to play the part of his lifetime. Can he prove that he does have talent and win Fletcher's heart as well as his trust? And can he do it all before their idyllic hideaway is compromised? Hide to Seek is the second book in the London Lies trilogy and is a slow burn, hurt/comfort, romantic suspense series.

Hide to Seek - C F White - London Lies
Hide to Seek (London Lies #2)

C F White ...

September 30, 2020

Word Count: 55689

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Gay retro with a twist For PIs Michael McCree and Simon Hart, life has become…if not humdrum, then unusually calm. Routine cases, daily training with their band of back-street urchins, the incessant games of sex and innuendo—all of it takes on a keener edge when they learn that an arch enemy has somehow slipped through a crack in Ireland’s Old Chokey Prison. Instead of quietly leaving the country, their implacable opponent is out for blood…namely, the blood of two sleuths named Michael and Simon. The enemy is desperate, and greedy too. Some of the the ones fighting alongside the PIs are excellent, some are rather good, and a few are outright dishonest. Nothing stirs their imagination and, um, base instincts like raw danger. Both men find themselves sliding into more than one crack in the Roaring Twenties city of Dun Linden as they alternately evade and pursue, duck and dodge, parry and thrust—starting in the bedroom of their own Victorian flat.  

Into a Crack - Erin O'Quinn - Gaslight Mystery
Into a Crack

Erin O'Quinn ...

Pairing: M-M

May 19, 2021

Word Count: 49,620

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: (Scrolls Book Six) Agent Poe loves being part of the Agency—an organization devoted to protecting shapeshifters—and he especially loves his mate of only a couple of months, Nordik, the nigh immortal master bear shifter. He has the best of both worlds—the man he loves and the job he loves. But when Nordik reveals he’s ready to rejoin society and accompany Poe on his missions, Poe must take the next step and make them a full partnership. After the Agency intercepts a message from Arcas, the leader of the Knights of the Dawn—a cult bent on the annihilation of shifters—meant for his followers, their job gets a whole lot harder. The Knights don’t bother keeping their activities hidden anymore, stretching the Agency’s resources thinner than ever. After a near-fatal mission almost costs Poe his life, Nordik insists on a break for both of them. They visit Poe’s family in Ireland and learn that true danger lies not without, but within. There’s no greater betrayal than that of a loved one. Second Edition with revised text.

Kindred Truths - M.D. Grimm - Shifter Chronicles
Kindred Truths

M.D. Grimm ...

Pairing: M-M

September 21, 2021

Word Count: 18700

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Falling for each other was easy. Staying together comes with a learning curve. Three months after they met in the miraculous library, Cian is nervously preparing for Mitch’s arrival in Dublin. As much as he’s looking forward to three long days with his boyfriend—without parental supervision—he can’t help worrying about the fact that they will have to share both his small room and his even smaller bed. He doesn’t even own pajamas. Their relationship is new, and Cian may be two years older, but he has little more experience than Mitch when it comes to intimacy and boyfriends. He isn’t sure what he’s doing or what’s expected of him. As a result, Cian and Mitch are in for a whirlwind weekend, filled with shocks, surprises, fun, and deepening feelings. Against the backdrop of Ireland celebrating its national holiday, Cian and Mitch learn their first Lessons in Love. While a Miracle in the Library was a young adult story, Lessons in Love features two young men old enough to consume alcohol and be sexually active. This book is therefore meant for readers who are eighteen years or older and contains sexual acts between two consenting men.

Lessons in Love - Helena Stone - Mitch and Cian
Lessons in Love

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

March 16, 2019

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Lesbian

Summary: Torn apart by circumstance. Reunited in love. Love and Second Chances Books 1-3 is a collection of three contemporary and steamy second chance romance stories: Solace, Gravity and Beloved. Solace: A second chance romance about friendship, new beginnings, and putting the pieces back together. It's been two years since the divorce. I'm still raw. A little lost. Out of nowhere, I cross paths online with Rae, my college love. When we've taken some time to catch up, she offers the last thing I expect: an invitation to visit her in Ireland. It's the chance of a lifetime, but could it also mean a second chance with the one woman I've never forgotten? Gravity: A love like a force of nature. A second chance. Their last chance. Caroline and I had an intense and passionate relationship, but we overwhelmed each other's lives. I forced myself to walk away, but I've never stopped looking back. I didn't expect to see her again, but life is full of surprises. We've both changed and grown, and I want to discover who she is now and if we can share a future together. Can I convince her to take a chance on me one last time? Beloved: Confronting the past isn’t always easy, especially when you’ve made the biggest mistake of your life. Aisling and I were engaged to be married. I loved her, and I couldn’t imagine life without her by my side. Everything changed when an anonymous stranger sent me a letter claiming she was cheating on me. It was a lie, but it cast doubt in my heart and derailed our relationship. Years have passed, and when I hear from her out of the blue, I'm not sure what to think. I've missed her more than I care to admit, but we parted on uncomfortable terms. Should I give her another chance? Reader Note: This collection contains three novella-length F/F contemporary romance books featuring sapphic love and adult language.

Love and Second Chances box set - Cailee Francis
Love and Second Chances Books 1-3

Cailee Francis ...

Pairing: F-F

February 8, 2022

Word Count: 630005

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: In October of 2017 cocky, alpha-male Irishman, Colin Campbell, Sergeant in Charge of the Special Assault Unit of the University of Virginia Campus Police Force, dove in front of a bullet meant for a University of Virginia student. The bullet shattered his thigh and severed his femoral artery, a wound which nearly took Colin’s life and left him temporarily disabled. His infirmities robbed him of the strength and athletic prowess which had been his for most of his life leaving him humiliated and bereft. When Colin was shot, his partner, Joshua Abrams, a Doctor of Psychology at the Rainier Clinic in Charlottesville, never once left his side. He poured every ounce of strength and love he possessed into healing the magical Irishman whom he adored and was overwhelmed with relief and gratitude when Colin was taken off the critical list. Thinking that they had survived their trial, he took Colin home, believing that their happiness was now assured. But like many injured police officers, Colin subsequently withdrew from his partner. Overwhelmed by feelings of shame and embarrassment, he devoted himself almost obsessively to the physical therapy with which he hoped to rebuild his strength and reclaim the life he had lost. Unable to share his pain and feelings of inadequacy, he shut Joshua out, leaving him to cope alone with the post-traumatic stress he suffered as a result of Colin’s shooting. In the following months Colin and Joshua fought to keep their relationship alive. Although deeply in love, they felt powerless to cope with the after-effects of Colin’s injuries both to his body and to his pride as a man, and to heal the emotionally devastating PTSD with which Joshua suffered. Love’s Trials tells the story of this painful and challenging time in Colin and Joshua’s life. As we join them now, Colin is still walking with a cane and still suffering the physical after effects of his injuries. But he and Joshua are both in therapy and are now dealing positively with the emotional and psychological damage they both endured. They face their future side by side, determined to stand or fall together, as soul mates and lovers. This book follows them on their journey as they move toward the happy future they both long to share. Love’s Glory has moments of high tension and intense emotion, but you you can count on a happy ending. In fact, you can count on a happy read. In this book, Colin and his beloved Joshua have left their trials behind and now revel in Love’s Glory.

Love's Glory - Janice Jarrell
Love's Glory

Janice Jarrell ...

Pairing: M-M

June 29, 2019

Word Count: 110846

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: A chance meeting leads to the romance of a lifetime. Can two young men hold tight to their blossoming love? Ireland. Seventeen-year-old Mitch McCann isn’t out and isn’t sure he wants to be. When he’s bullied by his classmates for perceived gayness, he seeks refuge in an out-of-the-way library. But in the stacks, he meets the gorgeous guy he’s longed for, and one kiss is all it takes for his heart to be lost forever. Cian Leavy may have made it to college, but he’s still new to romance. So when he falls for the handsome high school senior, he doesn’t know how to handle them living so far apart. But after they share a touching St. Patrick’s Day weekend together in Dublin, he realizes this could be everything he’s ever wanted. When Mitch starts university and makes plans to move in with his beautiful beau, he’s nevertheless nervous about how it will go. And just when they’re about to reunite, Cian is devastated by the housing crisis threatening to destroy his plan for an eternity of bliss. Can the sweet young couple find their way through turmoil to the relationship they both deserve? Including 5 brand-new stories, Mitch & Cian Lessons in Love Box Set is an unforgettable collection of M/M new adult romance. If you like heartfelt confessions, undeniable chemistry, and steamy moments, then you’ll adore Helena Stone’s pulse-pounding saga.

Mitch & Cian box set - Helena Stone
Mitch & Cian - The Full Story

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

March 17, 2022

Word Count: 18000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Jacob I know it doesn’t make sense for a professional storyteller to have an aversion to social events, but I prefer my own company to spending time with others. And don’t get me started about relationships and love. I’ve learned my lesson and have no intention of putting my heart and peace of mind on the line again. If others want to travel that road, good luck to them, but I’m perfectly happy on my own, thank you very much. All of which makes my attraction to the gorgeous baker I just met all the more confusing. Dylan As a baker, I have a passion for my craft and love seeing smiles on my customers faces when they buy my treats. If I have one regret it’s that the hours of my profession make having a social life all but impossible. However, my busy schedule doesn’t stop me from joining in a charity Christmas Party or from being intrigued by the grumpy storyteller who is also taking part. Despite his reluctance, I’m convinced there is something between us worth exploring. If only I can persuade him to stop running away. Once Upon a Gingerbread Reindeer is a stand-alone romance, loosely connected to the Valentine’s Day Series, featuring a grumpy storyteller with commitment issues, a happy-go-lucky baker ready for love, irresistible sweet treats, a Christmas party for the homeless, and the magical power of stories.

Unce Upon a Gingerbread Reindeer - Helena Stone
Once Upon a Gingerbread Reindeer

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

December 9, 2019

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Information not available

Summary: Book one in the Dublin Virtues series Patience is a virtue. But what if you wait too long? While Xander Ekman’s dream of becoming a successful artist has come true, his love life has gone from bad to worse. Sick of the endless string of one-night stands, he accepts the challenge when his best friend, Erik, bets him that he can’t be celibate for a month. Now all he needs is a reminder to keep his distance in the heat of the moment. Troy Moriarty doesn’t have time for love. He’s too busy trying to keep his recently opened tattoo parlor afloat. Besides, ever since the man who was supposed to be his business partner abandoned him to run the shop on his own, he has a hard time trusting others. When Xander turns to Troy for a tattoo that will remind him to be patient, the attraction is instant. But faced with Xander’s month of celibacy, Troy’s trust issues, and a nemesis lurking in the background, their relationship may be doomed before it has a chance to begin.

Patience - Helena Stone - Dublin Virtues
Patience

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

March 28, 2017

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: FROM POPULAR GAY ROMANCE AUTHOR HELENA STONE Book three in the Dublin Virtues series When everything changes, can renewal bring redemption? Shane Boyle left Dublin for America, burning most of his bridges, certain his future lay in Florida. When a family crisis forces him back to the city he grew up in, he knows his life will never be the same again. With his sister close to death, his mother and five-year-old nephew Danny need him not just to be around but also to be the rock they can depend on. Torn between panic about his new responsibilities and despair at his impending loss, love and a relationship are the last thing on his mind. Chris Anderson left Australia for Dublin ten years ago with no intention of ever going back. For reasons he can’t explain, even to himself, he hasn’t been in a relationship for almost as long as he’s been in Ireland. Now thirty-five years old, he wonders what happened to his dream of a lasting bond and a family to call his own. When Shane and Chris hook up one night in a pub, neither knows that the next day they’ll meet again, this time as colleagues in a tattoo parlour. Chris has no idea about Shane’s dodgy past and Shane can’t figure out the mountain of a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Having to reinvent his whole life is only the start of Shane’s process of renewal. Will Chris turn out to be his savior or his downfall?

Renewal - Helena Stone - Dublin Virtues
Renewal

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

June 20, 2017

Word Count: Information not available

Character Identities: Information not available

Summary: Can a young man find the courage he never knew he had when faced with losing everything he holds dear? A few months before his final exams in secondary school, nineteen-year-old Lennart Kelly discovers he’s inherited a house on Adelaide Road in Dublin from a grandfather he never knew. Having been ignored, bullied and abused for as long as he can remember, Lennart can’t wait to leave behind his father and the small town he grew up in. Moving away as soon as he finishes his exams doesn’t cure his deep-rooted insecurities though. Meeting twenty-three-year-old Aidan Cassidy in a gay club on his second night in Dublin, scares Lennart. Used to being ignored and ridiculed, he doesn’t trust the attention he receives and can’t believe a man like Aidan could possibly be interested in him. It takes infinite patience and understanding from Aidan to slowly coax Lennart out of his shell. But the past refuses to stay where it belongs and Lennart’s father is determined to take the house in Dublin off his son by whatever means necessary. Just when Lennart is learning to trust and embrace life, a violent attack threatens everything he holds dear. Suddenly Lennart is in danger of losing his house, the man he’s grown to love and maybe even his life. If Lennart wants to protect Aidan and safeguard his future, he’ll have to find the courage he never knew he had.

Scenes From Adelaide Road - Helena Stone
Scenes from Adelaide Road

Helena Stone ...

Pairing: M-M

December 1, 2015

Word Count: 45000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Declan White had one rule as the lead music producer for Soundwave Productions. Don’t date the musicians. After his messy breakup with his long-term boyfriend, a night out with his friends sends his rule up in smoke. Declan finds himself struggling at every turn, trying to resist the pull he feels to the Irish vocalist Shane O’Rourke from the new band Devil’s Advocate. He knows it’s terrible to mix business and pleasure but, can he really outrun his attraction to the dark-haired bad boy? - Shane O’Rourke, his brother, and two best friends are trying to make a name for themselves in the music industry. They came to America in search of a fresh start after fleeing Ireland. A chance encounter with the stubborn music producer brings Shane to his knees. Every attempt at getting closer to the adorable man is met with refusal, but he won’t give up until he shows Declan White what it’s like to be devoured whole. - It’s a game of cat and mouse between the two men. Who will win in the end?

Seductive Sound - Titania Thorne - Instruments of Lust
Seductive Sound

Titania Thorne ...

Pairing: M-M

February 14, 2022

Word Count: 30000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Lesbian

Summary: A second chance romance about friendship, new beginnings, and putting the pieces back together. Lindsay: Two years after my divorce I’m ready to push through the pain. Either I pick up the reins of my life now, or let go forever. I didn’t expect to cross paths with Rae—in a chat room of all places. She was my first love, who I met in college. Ten years ago, I walked away from us at a time when she needed me. Unfortunately, now I know how that feels. My first instinct is to run—it would be too easy to fall in love again. Too easy for my heart to break. But now that she’s back in my life, I’m truly grateful for her friendship, even though she’s far away. Rae: Real love has evaded me since Lindsay, my first love and the girl I left behind. It’s been a string of friends with benefits—I give my body but never my heart. But my second chance has come, and the girl I loved is now a woman with a broken heart. She’s a shadow, and everything in me yearns to coax her back to life. That’s why I’m inviting her to stay with me in Ireland. I think she could use a break away to let the past go and find some healing. I suspect the demons of her past won’t let her go so easily, but I’ll do what I can to help her find happiness again.  

Solace - Cailee Francis - Love and Second Chances
Solace

Cailee Francis ...

Pairing: F-F

September 1, 2020

Word Count: 61654

Character Identities: Gay, Questioning

Summary: Gay retro with a twist Something about Simon Hart’s new PI partner Michael McCree—not to mention his secret vocation—invites trouble. Simon finds himself sparring with shadows: in the hidden bedrooms of a roaring twenties version of a gay bar…as a chained wall decoration in the flat of a thief and sexual deviant…as the quarry in a deadly confrontation in an exhibitionist’s bed…and finally in a sewer tunnel beneath the streets of a 1923 city somewhere in Ireland. Above all, Simon is sparring with the shadow of his own secret urges. Michael will not allow him to turn away from a kind of private investigation of which he has not even dreamed, until now. Follow a fastidious, surly investigator and his randy yet secretive partner through the very cracks in a city of gaslights and vintage motorcars, into a hidden homosexual culture, as both men find themselves sparring with shadows. Second of the 5 Gaslight Mystery novels

Sparring With Shadows - Erin O'Quinn - Gaslight Mysteries
Sparring with Shadows

Erin O'Quinn ...

Pairing: M-M

April 4, 2016

Word Count: 46328

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: An innocent, natural soul is thrown together with a highly attractive but morally corrupt young man. What could possibly go wrong? STAG HEART tells the intertwined story of three men. ~A scholar-warrior seeking inner peace in an often brutal world. ~The bad boy son of a king who needs to learn to become a man. ~An innocent, a wilding whose soul stirs in rhythm with raw nature. These three are forced by circumstance to live and learn and finally survive together on Ireland’s sacred Hill of Tara, where mischief and mayhem lie hidden by ancient stones. An M/M historical romance fantasy-adventure set in The Iron Warrior novel universe.

Stag Heart - Erin O'Quinn - Iron Warrior 4
Stag Heart

Erin O'Quinn ...

Pairing: M-M

April 12, 2018

Word Count: 14000

Character Identities: Gay, Transgender

Summary: Gwyn Mabler is on secondment at The Kings of Ireland Hotel at Tara. He and his brother, Brân are in the process of buying the place and Gwyn is getting to grips with the everyday running by shadowing the current owner, Mal Reagan. Gwyn’s an idiot, though. Mal made it clear from the start he’d like to get Gwyn in his bed and after a couple of weeks of pursuit, Gwyn gave in. Mal was hot and pushy and just the kind of dangerous to pique Gwyn’s interest. He honestly thought Mal knew he was trans. Since that horrible night, Mal has had Gwyn ‘work-shadowing’ Chef in the deeply unhappy kitchen. He doesn’t want to go home and make a fuss that might cause the sale to fall through, but when a huge row breaks out over a flour delivery and Mal backhands Gwyn across the face, he finally decides enough is enough. With the help of Darren Starling, one of the line-cooks with whom he’s formed a tentative friendship, he leaves. During the two-day journey home, from the middle of Ireland to Wales, they have plenty of time to exchange confidences. Could the delicate pull of attraction between them grow into something stronger? Is it safe for Gwyn to out himself to Darren? Will Darren want to go out with a trans guy? And how will his brother Brân take Gwyn’s arrival home with a stranger? A 14,000 word short story in the Contemporary Celtic Myths collection.  For the growing number of short stories, see my website.

Taking Flight - A.L. Lester
Taking Flight

A. L. Lester ...

Pairing: M-M

July 13, 2021

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