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PENT UP: Mix business with pleasure and take cover.

Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low-rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse. What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.

Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position. He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall-to-wall secrets and hot-and-cold-running paranoia. Can the danger be real? Is Andy for real?

What’s a bullet catcher to do? Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high-priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead. If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there’s no way to guard a heart.

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Conflit de sang

Partenariat de Sang
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Suite de Contrat de sang
Partenariat de Sang, tome 3

Alors que les partenariats magiciens-vampires de l’Alliance deviennent plus forts, les sorciers rebelles en subissent les effets. Ils cherchent de plus en plus désespérément à trouver des informations capables de les contrer, ignorant la pression croissante des liens de la magie de sang sur les magiciens et les vampires.

Le conflit se propage. Les querelles des partenariats mal assortis, à la fois sur un plan personnel et professionnel, menacent de déchirer l’Alliance de l’intérieur, malgré les efforts d’Alain Magnier et d’Orlando Saint Clair, de Thierry Dumont et de Sébastien Noyer, et même de Raymond Payet et de Jean Bellaiche, le chef des vampires de Paris qui se bat pour établir un équilibre avec son propre partenaire afin de pouvoir donner l’exemple.

Alors que la guerre fait rage et que les pertes déchirantes augmentent dans les deux camps, les sorciers rebelles continuent à chercher des indices pour comprendre et contrer la force de l’Alliance, alors que les partenaires liés par le sang de l’Alliance font la chasse aux anciens préjugés et partent à la recherche de savoirs oubliés pour trouver un avantage qui pourrait inverser le cours de la guerre une fois pour toutes.

Avec cette nouvelle force à ses côtés, les dirigeants de l’Alliance décident d’annoncer son existence au monde entier, dans l’espoir de rallier des soutiens contre les sorciers rebelles qui menacent de détruire la vie comme ils la connaissent. Luttant pour trouver sa voie dans la guerre qui s’étend, l’Alliance découvre que, malgré ses avantages, les partenariats ont une incidence sur l’équilibre du pouvoir magique dans le monde, ce qui est pourrait être une menace encore plus grande que la guerre elle-même.

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Sun and Shadow

Day and Knight | Book Six
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Sequel to Day and Knight
Day and Knight: Book Two

Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.

But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.

Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn't much of a life. When he's partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.

Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.

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Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare's Landing's newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

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Veiled Loyalties

Bissonet & Cruz Investigations | Book Two
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Sequel to The Royal Street Heist
Bissonet & Cruz Investigations: Book Two

Halloween is Beau Bissonet’s favorite holiday, from carving pumpkins to decorating his yard to donning a costume and scaring the neighborhood kids. But this year his Halloween is about to take a different turn, one that will challenge his skills as a detective and his commitment to his partner in work and love.

A year since Beau and Tollison solved The Royal Street Heist, found love, and formed Bissonet & Cruz Investigations, they are thriving personally and professionally. That is until Tollison’s ex, Bastien Andros, shows up out of the blue. Naturally, Beau’s suspicious, but two days after Bastien’s arrival, he goes missing, and Tollison worries his past may catch up to him.

A mysterious package makes clear who has Bastien and what’s at stake. With both Bastien and Beau’s lives now at risk, Tollison has only one option: travel to Zurich, Switzerland, secure and deliver the ransom, keep both men safe, and stay true to himself at the same time.

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Don't miss this exclusive bundle of all four volumes of the epic paranormal Partnership in Blood series by Ariel Tachna. Can a desperate wizard and a bitter, disillusioned vampire find a way to build the partnership that could save their world? In a world rocked by magical war, vampires are seen by many as less than human, as the stereotypical creatures of the night who prey on others. But as the war intensifies, the wizards and the vampires forge an alliance based on blood and magic, hoping to turn the tide of the war against the dark wizards. As the war rages on and heartbreaking casualties mount on both sides, the dark wizards keep searching for clues to understand and counter the strength of the Alliance, while the blood-bound Alliance partners hunt through ancient prejudices and forgotten lore to find an edge that can turn the tide of the war once and for all.

 

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La rançon

Série Royal Navy | Tome 1
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Série Royal Navy, tome 1

Un officier, un gentleman… et un sodomite. Si les deux premiers titres inspirent honneur et respect, le troisième pourrait coûter la vie à David Archer. Il réalise sans espoir son attirance pour le nouvel aspirant, William Marshall, lorsque ce dernier défie en duel le prédateur sexuel du bord – et le tue.

Marshall considère la Royal Navy comme sa seule chance d’échapper à ses modestes origines. Pendant que d’autres passent leurs jours de congé à ripailler, il étudie avec acharnement. Enlevés par un renégat, les deux amis et leur capitaine deviennent les pions d’un jeu sadique. Pour protéger celui qu’il aime, David Archer choisit d’affronter ses démons et de se soumettre à de nouveaux abus. En apprenant ce sacrifice, Marshall réalise que ses sentiments dépassent la simple amitié. Amoureux pour la première fois de sa vie, il tient à exprimer sa passion pour Davy.

D’abord, ils doivent s’évader. Ensuite, il leur faudra trouver le moyen de préserver leur secret sans le payer de leur vie.

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Jeff Dawkins è stato lasciato dal suo partner con un mutuo che non può permettersi e un paio di biglietti non rimborsabili per una vacanza di un mese in Europa. Nonostante la sua riluttanza a viaggiare, Jeff decide di partire comunque. Dopotutto, ha già pagato. Mette in valigia un Kindle pieno di romanzi gay e arriva a Venezia trepidante. Lì incontra il bellissimo e affascinante Cleve Prieto, un americano che vive all’estero, che gli offre di fargli da guida turistica. Jeff ha molti sospetti – non è nato ieri e qualcosa gli dice che Cleve non gliela racconta giusta – ma tutto è meglio che girare per i canali da solo. Grazie a lui, Jeff s’innamora di Venezia e inizia a riconciliarsi con il passato. Per la prima volta, si ritrova anche a provare dei sentimenti per qualcun altro. Ma non può essere sicuro di chi sia quella persona, perché il passato di Cleve rimane un mistero avvolto dalle bugie.

Poi una figura oscura riemerge dal passato di Cleve e Jeff deve scegliere se lasciare che questi scappi da solo o unirsi a lui in una corsa disperata attraverso l’Europa centrale. Forse Jeff riuscirà finalmente a vedere dietro la maschera di Cleve, se sopravvivrà al viaggio.

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On an earthlike planet ruled by the Elite, a rite called “the Gleaning” is used to select suitable spouses for those of merit. Nico Stamford is a member of the Geisha class. Though he has been trained for marriage all his life, becoming a healer and a priest in the process, all he wants is to cook and open a restaurant. Instead he becomes a candidate for the ritual. He hopes the Goddess will look kindly on him and eliminate him before the final choices are made. Alex DeVrie is a member of the Warrior class who has recently returned triumphant from a clash with an alien enemy. Made a duke of the Sixth Land as a reward, all Alex needs now is a husband. As soon as Alex sets eyes on Nico, he refuses to settle for anyone else.

Tradition says they can part ways after a year and a day. But love begins to grow as they unravel the mystery behind tragic events in the Sixth Land, and they uncover a conspiracy that could change their society.

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Bartender Lukas Schueller’s life in Berlin falls apart when his boyfriend, Bernhard, disappears without a trace. A year later Lukas is finally picking up the pieces of his life. He’s back on track with his Divinity studies and has found love again in Kristoph, a science professor at his University.

Things are looking up until the shocking truth about his former lover’s disappearance comes to light: Bernhard was killed and cannibalized by a man he met on the Internet. Even more horrifying, he volunteered for it. When Lukas receives graphic proof of this, he is haunted by grotesque dreams and unbearable heartbreak.

As he begins to wade into the mystery of why someone would choose to be eaten by someone else, he comes face to face with what it means to confront his own fears and must try to build a new life with Kristoph from the ashes of the old.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

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Question de temps tome 1

Tout vient à point...
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Jory Keyes mène une vie normale comme assistant d'un architecte jusqu'à ce qu'il soit témoin d'un assassinat brutal. Bien qu'initialement sauvé par l'inspecteur de police Sam Kage, Jory refuse la détention préventive – il a une vie qu'il aime et à laquelle il ne renoncera pas, peu importe qui est après lui. Mais la vie de Jory est réellement en danger, surtout après qu'il accepte de témoigner à propos de ce qu'il a vu.

Alors qu'il jongle avec les tentatives de meurtre dont il est l'objet, des amis bien intentionnés qui veulent le voir heureux, un patron trop protecteur et un mystère qui se dévoile lentement et qui est beaucoup plus sinistre que ce qu'il aurait pu imaginer, le jeune homosexuel se retrouve impliqué avec Sam, l'inspecteur en conflit avec lui-même et dans le placard. Et si Jory a une chance de survivre au danger, il ne peut pas survivre à un cœur brisé.

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Vertrau mir, Bulle

Toronto Tales (Deutsch)
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Buch 2 in der Serie - Toronto Tales

Detective Ivan Bekker ist ganz unten angekommen. Während er noch mit der Trennung von seinem untreuen Freund kämpft, geraten er und seine Kollegen bei einer Razzia in einen Hinterhalt. Ivan muss zum ersten Mal einen Mann töten und ein Freund wird lebensgefährlich verletzt. Obwohl wegen seiner Rolle bei der Schießerei gegen Ivan ermittelt wird, überredet sein Vorgesetzter ihn zu einem inoffiziellen Einsatz als verdeckter Ermittler, um den Fall aufzuklären. Die Zeit drängt, denn auf dem Revier könnte es eine undichte Stelle geben.

Auf sich allein gestellt und aus dem Gleichgewicht gebracht spielt Ivan einen frisch geschiedenen Mann und wird Parker Wakefields neuer Mitbewohner. Allerdings kann er kaum glauben, dass der liebenswerte Parker kriminell oder gar in den Drogenhandel der Russenmafia verwickelt sein soll, und lässt sich dazu hinreißen, ihm näherzukommen. So unprofessionell seine Gefühle auch sind – er kann Parker einfach nicht widerstehen.

Als Ivan schließlich doch auf Beweise für ein Verbrechen stößt, muss er sich entscheiden: Soll er Parker ohne Rücksicht auf Konsequenzen beschützen oder seine Karriere retten, indem er den Mann verhaftet, den er liebt?

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Taniwha Dreaming

Bushrangers | Book Four
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Sequel to Dingo Run
Bushrangers: Book Four 
A novel from the Dragon-ghosts of Viscaya Universe

It’s the late 1870s in Australia, and while bushranger Jim Kelly hates the idea of shooting anyone, his boyfriend Mark Turner wants to pull a train heist, so Jim has to make a tough choice. Years ago, he fell unexpectedly in love with Mark, but now Mark wants to put innocent lives in danger so they can get enough money to run away together.

Unable to resolve their differences, they decide to go their separate ways, but soon realize they can’t stay away from each other. In the end their hasty reunion gets them in trouble with the law. Luckily Mark’s brother, Ramone, uses his diplomatic privilege to free them from prison. They flee for Europe, but during the harrowing sea journey Jim is caught between his love for Mark and the terrible realization that Mark and his brother might be a greater danger to him and the captain and crew of the vessel they sail on than anything they left behind.

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Toronto Tales

Toronto Tales
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KC Burn presents Toronto Tales: three novels of romance where men risk their livelihoods—and lives—for love.—Cop Out (Toronto Tales: Book One): Detective Kurt O’Donnell must face the prospect of coming out, but his job and his relationship with his Catholic family are on the line. Can he risk destroying his life for the uncertain possibility of a relationship with a newly widowed man?—Cover Up (Toronto Tales: Book Two): When Detective Ivan Bekker comes across clear evidence of his lover's criminal involvement, he has to choose: protect their relationship, regardless of the consequences, or save his career and arrest the man he loves.—Cast Off (Toronto Tales: Book Three): Rick and Ian's attraction is immediate, electric, and mutual. Ian convinces Rick to break more and more of his rules, and his defenses crumble. But when Ian’s job becomes a means to expose Rick’s secret, it could destroy both their careers and their hearts.

 

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Who Knows the Dark

The Vigilante | Book Four
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The Vigilante: Book Two

A wanted man after the destruction of the Iron Butterfly Casino, Nox Boyet must flee the island of Manhattan—the only home he's ever known. Together with Cade, Sam, and the rest of their ragtag group, Nox must find a place to hide from the District Police and the violent group of unknown drug dealers on his tail.

The solution—the Creel family farm in South Carolina.

But home isn’t quite sweet for Cade, the prodigal son. As Cade struggles with his own secrets, shadows of the past threaten not only Nox’s life, but his relationship with his son, Sam.

Nox knows there will never be peace unless he finds the answers to all his questions—and the answers lie back on the island. Cade and the others must choose their paths—find safety or follow the Vigilante into the darkness of the city? The city where Nox will come face-to-face with the past.

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Backpacking in California’s Laguna Mountains to repair their troubled ten-year relationship, Owen Underwood and Dwayne Bosco never imagined their four-day “therapeutic excursion” would turn into twelve days of terror. Stalked by a ferocious, unwavering mountain lion, they find refuge the only place they can—on the roof of a boarded-up miner’s cabin. To stay alive they must keep the fierce, hungry predator from reaching them.

As the hours stretch into days, hope for rescue fades. Dwindling provisions and exposure begin to eat away at their bodies and minds. Their new hell makes their carefree college days where they first met at a fraternity party seem light years away. With each escape plan falling apart, their only deliverance might come with death. Yet even as they face their demise, they wonder if they can find the love they once had for each other to at least utter a final good-bye.

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Author Connie Bailey has written in a wide variety of genres under different pen names. Now check out this exclusive bundle of several of her different works all in one place! Enjoy these stories featuring an undercover policeman and a drug lord's boytoy, an unlikely vampire and his hipster/geek love, two men hiding a secret in an arranged marriage, a young prince and his bodyguard, and two imperial army recruits fighting for honor and love. Five stories in one volume!

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Yori Tanaka lives with crippling anxiety, knowing he carries the “Beast Syndrome” gene yet still unsure what activates it. Thankfully, his boyfriend, Bryce Green, is down to earth and has been more than patient and supportive for the last five years.

But their lives are about to change. When Lance Haney, an old friend, rolls into town, Yori is excited to see him at first—until Yori learns Lance’s motives. Full of malice and bad intentions, Lance plans to activate Yori’s “Beast Syndrome” gene, and Yori’s greatest fear is about to become a reality.

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