We Met in Death (Gay Dark Romance)

Author: K. Merikan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987720662

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Page: 314

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"This is not the night you die." After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There's no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag. So Robert decides to die. But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being. Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He's also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his. With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it's too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who's made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss. * "I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground. But then you saved me." POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, homophobia, crime, self-discovery, family conflict, age gap, escort, self-hate, first time, revenge, on the run Genre: Dark, gritty, M/M contemporary romance Contains Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes Length: ~90,000 words (Standalone novel, HEA) WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language

A Box of Darkness

The Story of a Marriage

Author: Sally Ryder Brady

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429992961

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6567

In the tradition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, comes a poignant memoir about a marriage that was as deep and strong as it was mysterious and complex Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamour and high expectations. Sally a debutante; Upton a classics major from Harvard, they met at the Boston Cotillion. He was articulate, witty, and worldly, and he danced like Fred Astaire. How could she resist? Despite raising four children on Upton's modest wage as the editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press, theirs was a world of champagne, sailboats, private islands, famous writers, family rituals, and ice-cold martinis. They lived life on their terms. But as time wore on, Upton, the charming and brilliant husband, the inventive, beguiling partner, grew opinionated, cranky, controlling, and dangerous. When Upton died suddenly one evening in their Vermont cottage, Sally began uncovering secrets. As she went through his papers, she discovered that her husband of forty-six years had desired the love of other men. Her riveting, charismatic husband was not quite the man he appeared to be, and a year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed. It is also a story of great love.

Death in Venice

Author: Thomas Mann

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486110648

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

View: 9414

Celebrated novella of a middle-aged German writer's tormented passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, and its tragic consequences. New translation with extensive commentary.

The Cattery (M/M Contemporary Sweet Kinky Romance)

Author: K. A. Merikan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544273228

Category:

Page: 218

View: 3093

--- Role-playing a cat for six months? You said you're paying how much? --- Goran's mouth has no filter, and it's losing him job after job. Desperate and a week away from being homeless, he finds an offer online that sounds too good to be true. Spending six months in a mansion by the beach in return for a hundred thousand dollars as long as he sticks to the house rules. This might be the one job where his unruly mouth doesn't get in the way. After all, saying the wrong thing is impossible... when you're role-playing a cat. Meeting all the other guys at the cattery seems to be the icing on the cake, but the inconvenient truth he dishes out turns out to be too much. Goran makes everyone his enemy, but worst of all, Ollie, the prettiest cat of the bunch, the one who's been in the cattery the longest, and the one who makes Goran's heart skip a beat. Ollie's big blue eyes hold secrets Goran is intent on cracking, but to do so, he will need to learn to bite his tongue and listen. Too bad the pretty blond ice prince is set on getting Goran kicked out of the cattery for good. POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: debt, enemies to lovers, cat-play, Miami, immigrant, billionaire, love triangle, social anxiety, rent boy, backstabbing Genre: M/M contemporary romance, sugar kink Length: ~61,000 words (standalone novel) WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language, multiple partner scenes. Reader discretion advised.

The Art of Mutual Pleasure (M/M Regency)

Author: K. Merikan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987719574

Category:

Page: 164

View: 8104

--- The path to debauchery is strewn with good intentions. --- Benjamin Snowley is trapped in a most distressing predicament. He's been feeling poorly and after having recently recovered from influenza, he knows that the fault for his declining health lies in a vice he wouldn't dare mention in polite conversation. Onanism, self-pollution, masturbation. All names for the same sinful affliction. For Benjamin, it all started back at school, where he first encountered the immoral Frederick Cory. Ever since then, the man has been plaguing Benjamin's dreams and causing most unnatural urges. Now is the time for all the infatuation nonsense to stop. With the help of an unorthodox doctor and an indecent proposition to a young stablehand, Benjamin will rid himself of the vile addiction. But can the experimental treatment be enough to make him forget his feelings for Frederick? Warning: Contains a clueless young man on a futile quest for chastity and a libertine artist eager to rid him of that goal. POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: masturbation, historical attitudes to sexuality, medicine, doctor, guilt, unorthodox treatment, master/servant, groom, superstition, moral failure, enemies to lovers Genre: M/M Regency romance Other content: explicit language, inappropriate medical examination, cum swallowing, bareback, sex toys, body worship, multiple partners Length: ~45,000 words

Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Author: K. Merikan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987748307

Category:

Page: 188

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---. You can't hide the cracks under the spotlight .--- Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now. Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn. All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned. So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can't help but have a taste. But it's when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny. Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he's at it? It's not like he'd be sticking around for long anyway. All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying. Which means money for being in a fake relationship with Dusk. Which isn't even fake. Or is it? POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: rock band, alternative lifestyles, tattoos, bisexuality, commitment, instalove, abandonment issues, fame, outing, coming out, life on tour Genre: Contemporary M/M Rocker Romance Heat level: Scorching hot scenes Length: ~52,000 words (Can be read as standalone, HEA)

We Met in Dreams

Author: Rowan McAllister

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

ISBN: 1635332966

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

View: 6504

Arthur, a Victorian aristocrat left incapacitated by a fever, and Fox, a thief who may or may not exist outside Arthur’s troubled mind, must unravel—and confront—the secrets haunting Camden House.

Gay Berlin

Birthplace of a Modern Identity

Author: Robert Beachy

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307473139

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 8684

"Long known for the friendly company of its "warm brothers" (German slang for men who love other men), before the turn of the twentieth-century, Berlin was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities. It was a city of firsts--the first sex reassignment surgeries, (arguably) the first openly gay man--that molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy deftly guides readers through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think about sexuality to this day. Surprising and informative, Gay Berlin is a groundbreaking and foundational cultural examination of human sexuality."

And the Band Played On

Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

Author: Randy Shilts

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429930390

Category: History

Page: 656

View: 1145

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

The Last Time They Met

A Novel

Author: Anita Shreve

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759523081

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6686

A dazzling story about marriage, forgiveness, and chances not taken, by the bestselling author of Body Surfing and A Wedding in December. At a literary festival a poet named Linda Fallon meets for the first time in years a fellow poet, Thomas Janes, whose fame has grown during a decade of seclusion. This is no chance meeting. Thomas saw that Linda was scheduled to appear, and chose this moment to re-establish contact with a woman he had passionately pursued years earlier. Their affair was disastrous for them both, a turning point in their lives, and the damage they did in those years still haunts them both. THE LAST TIME THEY MET moves backward in time from Linda at age 52 to explore her life years earlier, at age 26, and still earlier, at 17. Anita Shreve examines the extraordinary resonance a single choice, even a single word, can have over the course of a lifetime.

They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062457810

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

View: 6437

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”

Guns N' Boys

Bloodbath

Author: K. Merikan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781986908948

Category:

Page: 390

View: 1690

"I don't even know who I am anymore.""All you need to know is that you're mine." Seth would follow Domenico to the depths of hell. He promised to always be at Domenico's side. But hell becomes all too real when they infiltrate the world of Toro - a notoriously security-obsessed arms dealer, who has eyes and ears everywhere. Seth becomes unable to steal even a moment of intimacy with Domenico, and the tension grinds them down each day. Beyond the deceptive paradise of Toro's villa, violence is an everyday occurrence, and the swimming pool could just as well be filled with blood. To survive, Seth has to become the man Domenico needs him to be, but in the process, he might lose who he truly is. With Seth trained up, and Mark as backup, victory is so close Domenico can taste it. They just need to prove themselves to Toro as valuable assets. With each day though, Seth seems to be drifting away from Domenico, hidden behind a mask of cruelty and indifference. It is exactly what Domenico asked of him, so why is it so difficult to see Seth become his mirror image? POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, homophobia, human trafficking, undercover, family ties Genre: Dark, twisted romance / crime thriller Length: ~115,000 words WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.'Guns n' Boys' is a gritty story of violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

Origin in Death

Author: J. D. Robb

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 042520426X

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 6453

When a cosmetic surgeon is killed in his office with tidy precision, Detective Eve Dallas must track down the cold-blooded killer, who may be one of the doctor's beautiful female patients. Reprint.

My Dark Knight

Author: K. A. Merikan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987720150

Category:

Page: 372

View: 8066

Love or hate. Life or death. No in-between. No compromise. No rules in love and war. * Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn't do monogamy. Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising. Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he's interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him. Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He's also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot's alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can't help but catch Elliot every time he falls. Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he's bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he's always wanted, for a price he can't possibly pay. Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men. One alive, one dead. One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear. One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.And Elliot doesn't settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive. Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying. POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession Genre: Dark, paranormal romance Contains scorching hot, emotional scenes Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it's recommended to read book 1 in the Kings of Hell MC series first) WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

Death in Holy Orders

Author: P. D. James

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0375413847

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 6179

From the award-winning master of literary crime fiction, a classic work rich in tense drama and psychological insight. On the East Anglian seacoast, a small theological college hangs precariously on an eroding shoreline and an equally precarious future. When the body of a student is found buried in the sand, the boy’s influential father demands that Scotland Yard investigate. Enter Adam Dalgliesh, a detective who loves poetry, a man who has known loss and discovery. The son of a parson, and having spent many happy boyhood summers at the school, Dalgliesh is the perfect candidate to look for the truth in this remote, rarified community of the faithful–and the frightened. And when one death leads to another, Dalgliesh finds himself steeped in a world of good and evil, of stifled passions and hidden pasts, where someone has cause not just to commit one crime but to begin an unholy order of murder. . . . “Gracefully sculpted prose and [a] superbly executed mystery . . . Death in Holy Orders is among [James’s] most remarkable and accomplished Dalgliesh novels.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer “An elegant work about hope, death, and the alternately redemptive and destructive nature of love.” –The Miami Herald “Absorbing . . . [James’s] plotting and characterization [are] impeccable.” –Orlando Sentinel “P. D. James is in top form.” –The Boston Globe Open the exclusive dossier at the back of this book, featuring P. D. James’ essay on penning the perfect detective novel.

I Felt a Funeral In My Brain

Author: Will Walton

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545709571

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6395

From the author of the poignant and provocative debut Anything Could Happen comes an astonishing novel in verse about love, death, and the poetry we find when we most need it.

Best Gay Romance 2008

Author: Richard Labonté

Publisher: Best Gay Romance

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 197

View: 4565

This is the gay romantic anthology that truly delivers. Best Gay Romance 2008 is packed with tales that show however romance happens, and however long love lasts - a heartbeat or a lifetime - erotic love between men is a wondrous thing.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307538370

Category: True Crime

Page: 400

View: 9629

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

The Art of Fielding

A Novel

Author: Chad Harbach

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316192163

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 7575

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.