Every Time a Bell Rings Brian dropped everything last year when his mother became ill so he could take care of her until the day she died. People he thought were his friends didn’t stick with him and he’s somehow become kind of a recluse without meaning to be. Only Mike, his best friend, has stuck by him and is now saving him from homelessness after a fire destroys Brian’s apartment building days before Christmas. Though Mike has to go down South for the holiday, Brian stays in Mike’s apartment with his slightly singed kitten Oreo. Brian’s only goal is to set his affairs back in order before everything shuts down for the holidays and then make it through those holidays in one piece. He’s lost so much—his only real possession is a photo album of his mom that he risked death to save from the fire—and he’s feeling lost and very alone…until Mike’s hot neighbor Trent, and even little Oreo, conspire to give Brian the best Christmas possible and a future that looks a lot brighter. An Angel Gets His Wings Mike Sharp is in Little Rock, Arkansas, visiting his family for Christmas while his best friend Brian Bailey’s up north walking right into Mike’s plans to hook him up with his neighbor Trent. Unfortunately, it seems like someone’s conspiring to get Mike panting after his third cousin, twice removed (or something like that) named George Whitlock. George who keeps sneaking up on him, being all shy and cute, and then having the audacity to give Mike great big calf eyes that are just begging Mike to drop to his knees. Mike will not give in because, if he does, he could lose his entire family when they discover he’s gay.
Wylie Jones is perfectly okay with who he is now that he’s transitioning, but he's never had a guy stick around long enough to become a boyfriend. When things at home get even worse than they’ve been, he’s ready and willing for a road trip with Grant, regardless of the reason. Grant Faraday thinks Wylie could be the guy for him. When Grant’s mother passes away just before Christmas and leaves him with the mysterious task of accessing the contents of a safety deposit box in a distant town, Wylie’s the only one Grant wants with him for the trip. Some secrets are easy for them to accept, but can their brand new relationship survive as past and present collide?
LOCKED IN THE CLOSET... Not long ago, Truman Durant was outed to his parents, disowned, and forced to live in his battered pickup truck. Only knowing he was already accepted to the local university kept Truman from giving up completely. Now he fiercely guards his sexuality from everyone who knows him, wanting only to achieve financial stability through a degree and a job. He refuses to be homeless again, so not even his fraternity brothers know who he really is...or why he has a trunk full of lingerie and dresses. Truman won't risk any kind of exposure, not even for love. Stasi Manolis is only a few steps out of the closet himself, but it's been a good so far. His large Greek family is trying, and he's grateful for every effort they make to modernize their thinking. He's out on campus and living in the gay fraternity, making friends and sharing benefits. The one guy who keeps catching Stas's attention is a gorgeous long-haired blond who plays baseball, wears reading glasses, and seems very lonely. While his tactics aren't the smoothest, Stasi doesn't hold back when he's after something he wants...and he wants Truman. ...SLOWLY COMING OUT Neither guy is truly prepared to deal with the other, but with a little open-mindedness and patience, they're going to try to make a secret relationship work. But secrets have a way of coming out and some people aren't willing to tolerate let alone accept what they don't understand. Will Truman lose everything for a second time, or will he have the strength to stand up for his rights now that Stasi's by his side?
Peter Kim has been in love with his five best friends since junior high. Now attending college, they share a house, but none of them know how Pete really feels. Until the five of them come home early to find Pete masturbating while watching a video of them all on vacation near a river last summer. Devastated and embarrassed, Pete is sure they’ll kick him out come morning. Accepting him as the only gay one among them is one thing, but knowing he lusts after them? All of them? They couldn’t possibly accept that. But when Pete wakes up the next morning, he’s shocked to discover his housemates have a proposition for him. He’ll choose one of them each day, and they promise to do whatever he wants—including sex—for a full twelve hours. And, yeah, they’re serious.
Eighteen-year-old Tucker naively posted a half-naked photo of himself on Pronblr and requested that someone come cuddle him for the night. He really did mean cuddling, but he didn't mean for his friends to re-blog his request since it also had his address attached. Now his neighbor Bill is angry at him for being so stupid as a stream of strangers show up at Tucker's door to answer his plea...whether he wants their attention or not. Tucker needs someone to save him from himself and Bill might just be that guy. Could the dumbest mistake of Tucker's young life actually end up being the start to a real romance?
His memory taken by a near-death experience, “Jack” knows only a few things for certain and one of them is that Luke saved his life. Luke is a kind, gentle, young man—a painter—and he makes Jack feel safe and peaceful in ways he’s pretty sure he didn’t know in his life before Luke. But Luke deserves a man who knows who he is. And he especially deserves a man who can definitely remember whether or not he’s guilty of being a murderer on the run. Jack should go and stop complicating Luke's life, but oh how he wants to stay.
Sam’s life changes completely when his boss Jeremy finally reveals the secret he’s been keeping from Sam since the day they met: they’re mates and not only is Jeremy a werepanther, but so is Sam. With rules to follow so they can be together, Sam has to step up and be the patient lover his formerly straight mate needs him to be while learning about his new self as a werepanther.
Nate is one day away from getting married to a gubernatorial candidate and he just wants to get it over with already. Which, yeah, isn’t exactly the most romantic notion. If he could pin his husband-to-be down maybe he could help Nate remember why he’d agreed to all this. But then Nate’s ex shows up looking like he’s dying and claiming he will without Nate’s help. Reeve ran out on Nate a year ago, though, and Nate isn’t ready to forgive him. Except now there are agents in tactical gear chasing them down and whisking them off to a nondescript bunker. And then one of them tells Nate everything Reeve said about his absence was true. Which has to be wrong because people can’t shift into animals. Right?
In the future, KLT23 has been genetically engineered to be the perfect man and perfect soldier. He is a secret government agency’s ultimate success story with his strength, stamina, and intelligence. KLT23 has been exceeding expectations from the very beginning…until he developed an illness his doctors can’t identify, let alone cure. If they don’t do something soon, KLT23 will die. Sergeant Horatio Muir only knows about KLT23 what he’s seen from his observation area and the few words they’ve exchanged when he brings the super soldier his meals. But that hasn’t stopped Muir from developing a soft spot for the innocent man he watches every day. That KLT23’s illness might kill him plagues Muir…until one of the doctors comes up with the theory that KLT23 needs to get laid to release the chemicals necessary to re-balance his system. Fuck or die? Pass the lube.
Alpha Dragos Lupescu is an enforcer to the werewolf king and on a mission to capture a tyrannical alpha accused of many crimes, including murder. Along with his boyfriend Aurelius Conti, an Italian elenkti able to control the emotions of his fellow werewolves, they're back in Isherwood. Neither are prepared when it looks like their duo is about to become a trio. Journalist Ryan Seeley is in Isherwood after his homophobic father had a heart attack, and he jumps at the chance to investigate the violence happening in the nearby ghost town. He has no idea why he's so incredibly attracted to a beast who sounds like Dracula and a little beauty with soulful eyes, but it's compromising his work and his sanity. And then they go and tell him they're werewolves and he's their fated mate, the one person meant to be theirs. With Dragos compromised by his instincts to protect his mates, Aurel exhausted from trying to keep everyone calm, and Ryan caught up in the middle, the violence arrives at their doorstep. Now the three of them must come together with their allies to recover a weapon that could expose them all while also desperately trying to stop a massacre.