Infected Series by Andrea Speed

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Infected Series by Andrea Speed

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Maybe that was the true horror of the world. When someone didn’t abuse their position, something was assumed to be wrong with them. –Lesser Evils.
He was lightning, and in his shadow, all you got was burned. –Undertow.
And then there was Paris, of course, but there was always Paris. And while there were memories here, like there were memories at the house, the memories were really in his head. Wherever he went, they went with him. They weren’t tied to locations, no matter how much it seemed that way. –Epitaph.

Infected Series Reading Order

  1. Infected: Prey

  2. Infected: Bloodlines

  3. Infected: Life After Death

  4. Infected: Freefall

  5. Infected: Shift

  6. Infected: Lesser Evils

  7. Infected: Undertow

  8. Infected: Epitaph

Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft

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Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft

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After so long. After so along alone, it was… He had not quite found the right word for it before he fell asleep. In the morning, he woke to implacable kisses and another round of gently overbearing sex spiced with small and welcome cruelties.

Trowchester Blues Series Reading Order

  1. Trowchester Blues
  2. Blue Eyed Stranger (coming soon)
  3. Blue Steel Chain (coming soon)

All’s Fair Series by Josh Lanyon

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All’s Fair Series by Josh Lanyon

Favorite Quotes

“Fuck me, Tucker”
Tucker made a disapproving sound. “Come on, Elliot.”
Elliot’s eyes snapped open. “Tucker, for Christ’s sake. I’m begging you.”
“Say it,” Tucker ordered softly. Soft but stern. And that made it quite easy because Tucker was in charge here. Hell, he was less than an inch away from castrating him. Elliot had to obey.
“Love. Make love to me. Please. Please, Tucker.”

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  1. Fair Game (All’s Fair)

  2. Fair Play (All’s Fair Book 2) NEW RELEASE

On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

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On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

January 2015 Gay Romance Author of the Month

Favorite Quotes

He’s everywhere. Inside me. All around me. Completely with me. There’s no escaping him and it’s the most amazing imprisonment I’ve ever felt.
Dax is the antithesis of everything I appear to be, but he’s the completion of everything I want to be.

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Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov

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Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov

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“You like that?” Rhys whispered as he fondled me. “I’m going to make you want me so bad you won’t be able to be scared.”
Even if this meant Thorne wouldn’t buy him, even if the rest of his life was in ruins, even if he now truly was a slave and headed for nothing more than being used up like a fucking racehorse, even if everybody hated him but Cash and a few thousand strangers out there in the hall, this was one thing nobody could take from him.

Belonging Series Reading Order

  1. Anchored: A Belonging Novel

  2. Counterpunch (Belonging Book 2)

Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane

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Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane

Favorite Quotes

The end. This was the end. He poured his heart out into the song, lamenting for the lover who would be gone when the sun was high and the sweat poured down their necks, crying for the kisses that would never come again. Because they wouldn’t.
Trav thought of the song–his song–and the cry from the invisible boy who slept in forgotten corners and lived to make people love him or hate him or anything so long as they didn’t forget his name.

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McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C.

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McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C.

Favorite Quote

“Turn around and bend over the counter.”
His breath hitching in reaction to the command issued in Jared’s deep, husky voice, Lucas flipped around and propped his forearms on the counter. “Like this?’ he asked shakily.
“A little more.” Jared kissed the small of his back and pushed him down until his chest rested on the cool marble. “Spread your legs real wide for me.”

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Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney

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Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney

Favorite Quote

Isn’t it weird, the way everything we do has a ripple effect?

Series Reading Order

The Nothingness of Ben
The Return
The Eskimo Slugger

Cold Feet by Jay Northcote

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Cold Feet by Jay Northcote

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To keep up with our age-old tradition I picked favorite author Jay Northcote to answer Five Awkward Questions!

What’s your favorite curse word to say out loud?
BOLLOCKS! What can I say? I’m a Brit. I like lots of curse words, but that’s definitely the best. It’s a very satisfying word to yell.

What’s your favorite smell and a smell you loathe?
I love the smell of fresh lime. Citrus smells in general are lovely but lime is my absolute favourite. I hate the smell of fish. I like the taste of it fine, but I loathe the smell. I always have to rush past the fish counter at the supermarket.

Where is the weirdest place you’ve had sex?
In a cave on a beach in Pembrokeshire. It sounds way more romantic in theory than it was in reality. It was April and it was really cold, and stony (I should have gone on top instead of trying missionary clearly!) and over pretty quickly because we were afraid of getting caught! It was still fun though, and it’s always good to have an amusing sex location anecdote to share in later life. Eighteen-year-old me had no idea it would come in so useful.

What’s a sex word you would never use in one of your books’ sex scenes?
Member. Because it never fails to make me snort when I read it. I think I read ‘member’ a lot some of my early forays into erotica so it still has that teenage giggle factor for me. It’s just not a sexy word in my opinion. I like to call a cock a cock (or a dick).

First childhood celebrity crush?
Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran (that shows my age, huh?). I actually liked John Taylor better, but my friend had claimed him as hers and I wasn’t allowed to like him too—so Simon was my second choice. We were at boarding school and used to have posters of them plastered all over our cubicle walls. I remember actually kissing his poster goodnight cringes

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Well, I certainly made out with a fair few posters when I was a wee lassy. (And teddy bears. And pillows. And my bed. Is that weird?) Me thinks Jay needed better friends at boarding school (oh hello, twenty more inappropriate questions I didn’t ask), because sharing means caring.

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Afterwards, Sam denied he’d started it.
He’d been aiming for the tree behind Ryan, not at Ryan himself, he insisted. But whatever its intended target, Sam’s snowball hit Ryan perfectly on the back of his neck, exploding on impact and sending powdery snow down the gap between beanie and jacket.
After that, mayhem ensued. Snowballs flying as they ran and ducked, laughing and trash-talking each other. They were in a small copse with a few trees and bushes for cover, but as soon as one of them ventured out in search of a new patch of snow to make missiles with, the other would take the opportunity to release a fresh barrage of snowballs.
Finally, frustrated by Sam’s surprisingly good aim, Ryan reverted to his rugby skills and tackled Sam, knocking him full length into the snow with an “Oomph!” Of course, Ryan went down too. But by then he was too wet and cold to care.
They were on a slope, and the impact caused them to roll together, over and over until Ryan wondered if they were going to turn into a giant snowball like characters in a cartoon. But they finally came to rest, panting and laughing as the slope levelled out.
Sam ended up pinned beneath Ryan, laughing out loud. He’d lost his hat at some point in their tumble, and his hair was in his eyes. Snow crystals had caught in it, glinting in the sunlight. His smile was wide and infectious, and Ryan laughed too, dazzled for a moment. Then Sam’s gaze drifted over Ryan’s shoulder and focused on something above them.
“Is that mistletoe?” he asked.
Ryan pushed himself up and offered a hand to Sam to help him back onto his feet. Then he tilted his head back to squint at the spherical tangle of leaves in the bare branches of the tree above them. “I think so.”
Ryan met Sam’s eyes again, then realised he was still holding his hand. They each had gloves on, and Ryan wished they didn’t. He wanted to feel Sam’s skin. They stared at each other for a moment, and Sam licked his lips. They were pink, a little chapped from the cold, and Ryan’s gaze locked onto them. His heart surged, and panicky heat flooded him.

 

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In Too Deep by Kate Sherwood

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In Too Deep by Kate Sherwood

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Better to try and fail than to not try at all. He shuffled forward cautiously, saw Cade’s anxious expression, and tried to smile. “I think this is supposed to be fun,” he whispered.
“That’s crazy,” Cade whispered back. Aiden let himself reach up and rest his hand on Cade’s neck. This skin there was warm and soft. And it was Cade.

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Ransom by Lee Rowan

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Ransom by Lee Rowan

Favorite Quote

Archer had not, and never could, tell Marshall that he just had fallen in love with a brave and beautiful gentleman who would likely shoot him dead if he ever gave voice to his feelings.

Royal Navy Series Reading Order

  1. Ransom (Royal Navy Series Book 1)

Chasing the Dragon by Kate Sherwood

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Chasing the Dragon by Kate Sherwood

Favorite Quotes

They simply looked at each other, suspended there in the space between right and wrong, the space between bliss and disaster.
“You’ve taken out a serious loan against your body’s pleasure centers over the last couple of years, and you need to repay at least some of that loan before your body starts letting you feel good again.”
“I used to be fascinated by people smoking. They seemed like dragons, or something, breathing hot fire into their lungs.”
“That’s what they call smoking smack. Chasing the dragon.”

Bluewater Bay Series by L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Aleksandr Voinov, Heidi Belleau

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Bluewater Bay Series by L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Aleksandr Voinov, Heidi Belleau

Favorite Quote

“Hands down the worst day of my life. I went out to my car, and found your lame note, so I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to track you down, but I texted. I called. Your phone wasn’t off–it was disconnected. You were nowhere. Nothing. Poof. Bye. I lost my mom and you in the same hour. Bam. Bam.” No wonder my feelings for him were steeped in grief.
–There’s Something About Ari.

Bluewater Bay Series Reading Order

  1. Starstruck: A Bluewater Bay Story
  2. There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay)
  3. Hell On Wheels — 12/01/2014
  4. Lone Wolf — coming 12/20/2014
  5. The Burnt Toast B&B — coming 01/12/2015

St. Nacho’s Series by Z.A. Maxfield

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St. Nacho’s Series by Z.A. Maxfield

Favorite Quotes

“Our doubts always come to us at night, but doubts are skittish things, love. They never survive the sunrise.”
Well. When a cosmic joke like that comes your way, you have to laugh. Amber Eyes was probably the first guy in three years who I saw in color, and he was deaf. And me? The only human language I had anymore was music.
I have always lived in silence, but I’ve never felt alone,” he remarked.
That night, he played me like I played the violin, and the notes were perfect and clear and sweet. He gave me pleasure like I’d never known and pulled from me a kind of surrender that I’d never dared to experience. I gave him complete control, and he could have cut off my air and I would have kept my eyes on his in absolute willing submission and died. I loved him.

St. Nacho’s Series Reading Order

  1. St. Nacho’s

  2. Physical Therapy [St. Nacho’s 2]

  3. Jacob’s Ladder (St. Nacho’s Book 3)

  4. The Book of Daniel (St. Nacho’s 4)

Circus of the Damned by Cornelia Grey

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Circus of the Damned by Cornelia Grey

Favorite Quote

“If I fail, if I break the deal, I’ll be the one condemning everyone to hell.”
“I told you you’re not alone in this. I’m here. I’m not going anywhere.”

The Power Exchange Series by AJ Rose

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The Power Exchange Series by AJ Rose

Favorite Quotes

He didn’t think me weak, or unfocused, or a burden because of my scattered emotions. He was entrenched in them with me, and I was free to show them, to release them, and let them go. — Power Exchange
Getting someone to fly with me, taking submission for the gift it is–that’s a heady thing. It makes my nerves sing and my heart beat fast. Gets me hard and I feel like I can do anything. And that feeling is a pittance compared to being with you.” — Safeword
“There was so much to say, much to digest, but in that moment, his words and body, and most of all, his eyes, told me everything I needed to know. We could add a third to our bed, but never to our hearts. We belonged to each other.” — Consent

Power Exchange Series Reading Order

  1. Power Exchange

  2. Safeword (Power Exchange Book 2)

  3. Consent (Power Exchange Book 3)

Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker

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Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker

Favorite Quotes

I wanted to be able to recall, with perfect clarity, everything about this moment in five, ten or fifty years. Because I knew once he left, once he went back home to the States, I’d never have this again.
Horses should do a lot of things. Coming home alone ain’t never one of them.

Red Dirt

  1. Red Dirt Heart (Red Dirt Heart Series Book 1)

  2. Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt Heart Series)

Racing For The Sun by Amy Lane, Nick J. Russo

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Racing For The Sun by Amy Lane, Nick J. Russo

Favorite Quote

“I suddenly knew, in a way I’d never had before, what want meant, and why it was dangerous and greedy and huge.”

The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

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The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

Favorite Quote

“I’m not sure about this,” Owen said, mock serious. “Maybe we should wait another week.”

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“So,” Owen began. “I gather you’re into cock now?”
Nathan’s eyes widened, and his cheeks flushed pink. “Um…. Yes?”
“Cool. So, do you wanna get out of here and go someplace to fuck, or suck, or whatever?”
Nathan raised his eyebrows. “Seriously?”
“Yeah.” Owen let his gaze slide down over Nathan’s torso to land on his crotch. It looked like Nathan might be getting a little hard. Either that, or he was a shower rather than a grower. “I always thought you were hot. I just never knew you swung my way. So how about it?”
Nathan cleared his throat and shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He was definitely getting hard. Owen lifted his eyes expecting to see a smile. But Nathan was frowning and biting his lip.
“That’s flattering, but I’m not interested.”
Owen raised an eyebrow and glanced briefly at the bulge in Nathan’s jeans again. “You sure about that?”
Nathan’s face was even pinker now, but he held Owen’s gaze. “I’m not interested in a hookup. I’ve been there, done that, and decided casual sex isn’t for me. I’m looking for something more serious.”
Owen blinked. This wasn’t how the conversation was supposed to go. He found himself blurting out his next words without thinking. “What, like a relationship? I could have a relationship. With you, I mean.”
Nathan chuckled then, a snort of laughter that raised Owen’s hackles, because what the fuck? He’d made a move and was being laughed at. That wasn’t cool.
“What’s so fucking funny?”
“Sorry.” Nathan pulled himself together and pasted on a more serious expression. “But Owen. You don’t do relationships. Everyone knows that. I know what you were like at uni, and from what I’ve heard on the grapevine, you haven’t changed much. And that’s fine—each to their own. But I don’t want to be another notch on your bedpost. I’d rather be friends with you than one of your conquests.”
Owen’s irritation rose, and he resisted the urge to pout childishly, but he wasn’t prepared to back down. Nathan’s words had stung, because yes—Owen would be the first to admit he was a bit of a tart on the surface, but at least he was honest about it. He’d never strung anyone along or made promises he couldn’t keep. And he’d never met anyone who made him want more than a one-night stand or a few casual no-strings repeats.
But that didn’t mean he wasn’t capable of having a relationship, and he found himself wanting to prove to Nathan that he wasn’t as bad as his reputation seemed to imply.
“Will you go on a date with me instead, then?” he asked.
“A date?” Nathan narrowed his eyes. “What, so we eat first and then have sex? I’m not sure that would be any better.”
“We don’t have to have sex!” Owen protested, raising his voice in frustration, then lowering it quickly as he noticed a few people glancing their way. “Jesus. Contrary to popular opinion, that’s not the only thing I’m interested in.”
“So if we went on a date, you wouldn’t expect me to put out?” Nathan’s lips quirked in amusement. He seemed to be enjoying this conversation a little too much.
“Not unless you wanted to.”
“I’d like to get to know you better first. I think we’d need more than one date for that.”
“Okay, so what’s your magic number? Try me.”
Nathan’s brow furrowed as he considered the question for a moment.
“Five,” he finally said. “Five sex-free dates. Then when we’ve had a chance to connect, we can take it from there. Oh… and in case it wasn’t obvious, if this is going to be a relationship, I’d expect you to be exclusive.” Nathan sat back in his seat and folded his arms. “So, what do you say?”
Owen glared at him. Nathan’s pink lips stretched further as he grinned, and all Owen could think was how he wanted to come all over Nathan’s smug face.
“I’m in.”
Nathan’s smile vanished abruptly. “You’re… what, really?”
“Really.” Owen smirked, finding Nathan’s obvious surprise very satisfying. “Five dates with no sex. So, when are you free this week? I can see you every night apart from Thursday, so if you’re free to meet most nights we can be done with all five dates by next weekend.”
“Oh no. No way.” Nathan shook his head. “If we’re going to take things slow, the dates need to be spread out. One a week for five weeks.”
Somehow Owen had thought his loophole was too good to be true.
“You drive a hard bargain, but okay.” He shrugged, conceding some ground, but not defeated. “Next weekend for our first date then?”
“Okay.”
“And while we’re discussing ground rules for this… whatever-the-fuck this is.” Owen waved his hand disparagingly. “What are we counting as sex for the no-sex rule? No fucking obviously, but does that extend to no blowing each other? No handjobs? What about dry humping?”
“Shh!” Nathan’s face was flaming, and he moved his chair closer, leaning in so he could talk quietly. “Keep it down, for fuck’s sake.”
To be fair, Owen’s voice had got rather loud, and a group of girls at the next table were looking very interested in their conversation.
“Well?” Owen asked. “We need to be clear what the boundaries are. Can we even kiss?”
“Kissing is fine,” Nathan replied promptly, and his gaze dropped to Owen’s mouth. He paused before adding, “No orgasms. That’s the line.”


Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

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Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau

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“Yes, sir,” Aaron murmured. His gaze was fixed on some point in the distance, unseeing. And then his eyes fell on Rory, intense and clear. “I’ve gotten everything I ever wanted.”
[…] “Shit, Aaron, your nose is bleeding.”

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