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.
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.
Dominant Viktor can't forget the hate crime that nearly killed his husband and submissive, Jenner. After months of helping Jenner recover from the debilitating injuries, Viktor can't go back to being the master who gives his boy pain. But Jenner has needs. Needs that brought him to first seek out a master like Viktor. Jenner's recovered physically and mentally from a terrible beating and needs to return his relationship with his Dom to where it should be. Tonight, Jenner's act of rebellion to get what he and Viktor need is their last chance to save their relationship. Can they do it?
There’s a man in the alley below John’s fire escape who isn't afraid of a little exhibitionism. He’s been there before, smiling up at John, but this time… Well, this time the sexy Latino is showing off the anaconda he’s got between his legs while watching John. He's making it pretty clear he’d like to come up and have some fun with John. Though John's still recovering from a bad relationship, a friend on the phone convinces him that a no strings attached afternoon hookup might be just what he needs to regain his confidence. Despite some embarrassment at his own boldness, John hollers his apartment number down to the guy and buzzes him in. A little hope is good, right? Especially when you're not the only one hoping for more.
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?
Rick knows his lover Danny has a secret and has been lying to Rick in order to keep it. He’s pretty sure this secret has something to do with seeing another man once a month for three days at a time. Determined to show his boyfriend that he can be everything Danny needs, Rick hatches a plan that ends up revealing way more than he could’ve imagined.
Toliver Braun’s life has been falling apart ever since he slept with Santa Claus. Fired with his pants still around his ankles for accidentally using his boss’s office for a private party, Toliver should be making plans for how to survive unemployment through the holidays. Instead, he can’t resist indulging by taking a very willing Santa home with him. That night turns into several more, and though the sex is phenomenal, Toliver’s losing everything. What is he supposed to do now that he has no job, car, or home? The only thing he has going for him is his Santa, but that can’t possibly last while Toliver’s life is a mess. Or maybe that’s what Fate has planned.