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Weekly Spotlight

Weekly Spotlight

December 1, 2023

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Can true love rise from the ashes of heartbreak?

Myles
After suffering the tragic loss of my wife, my lone goal was to raise our son to be a man she would be proud of.


Romance was the furthest thing from my mind, and unfortunately cooking was not on my mind either.


When Christmas dinner goes up in flames, a firefighter who looks like he stepped right off a calendar bursts through my door and all my priorities change in an instant.


New feelings emerge as I find myself attracted to a man for the first time.


But Tristan is a much younger man who thrives on no-strings-attached hook-ups.


How can I risk my heart, and my son’s, by bringing someone into our lives knowing he's going to leave?

Tristan
I don't believe in labels, or denying myself sexual pleasure with a consenting partner, regardless of gender.


Want to hook up with a hot firefighter?


I’m your guy.


But relationships aren't my thing… until a fateful Christmas Day fire brings Myles into my life.


I thought I could ease the widower into the dating scene and guide him through his bi-awakening.


Yet as soon as I see him dating other guys I realize this is no fling.


I want him all to myself.

Tropes: age gap, hurt/comfort, bi-awakening, single dad, size difference, found family.

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Alec

by R.M. Neill

Alec
As an ex-cowboy who travelled the rodeo circuit, I was good at two things: roping and, after a bit of heartbreak, denying that I was looking for a man to warm my bed permanently.

I left that scene and settled in working at the Broken Horn Ranch. I was still good at denying the loneliness that kept creeping in, but the animals on the ranch and my plants kept me company.

And so did my best friend of three years, Zane.

Since I was so good at denying things, there was no way in God’s green acre I was going to tell my straight best friend that I’d fallen for him.

Yep, I’d just live my life out with the violets on my windowsill and carry that torch to my grave.

But sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Zane
When you’re close to forty, you should have your life figured out; job, home… and your sexuality.

I’ve never been one to follow the path of what’s expected and it’s hard to settle down when you don’t feel the connection needed for warming up the cold winter nights. Except with Alec.

After months of dealing with a tiny mid-life crisis, grappling with these newfound and unexpected feelings, I know I’m in love with my best friend.

When a piece of his rodeo past shows up at the ranch, it’s the motivation I need to openly claim the man who’s lassoed my heart.

I might not know exactly what I’m doing on this unfamiliar path…
But for Alec, I want to walk it—together.

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Silent Knight

by Beth Bolden

Of all the things Murphy Clark loves about Christmas Falls, there’s always been one he loves a little more than the rest:

His childhood best friend, Jem Knight.

Doesn’t matter that Jem’s barely been home in years, or that he’s busy conquering football fields instead of hanging out at Jolly Java or admiring Murphy’s carved wooden gnomes. Murphy’s always loved him anyway.

But now Jem’s finally returned to Christmas Falls to be the honorary figurehead of the biggest holiday festival in the Midwest.

Murphy’s hoping to rekindle their friendship but he didn’t count on Jem not recognizing him. Or flirting with him. Or re-igniting the hopeless crush he’s always had for his best friend.

He definitely didn’t expect for his crush to no longer be hopeless at all.

Or for both of them to realize that all they want for Christmas this year is each other.
Christmas Falls is a multi-author M/M romance series set in a small town that thrives on enough holiday charm to rival any Hallmark movie.

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Drama Queen

by Charlie Novak

Note to self: dumping cocktails into a man’s lap does not count as a meet cute.

Accidentally throwing a jug of Sex on the Beach onto the hottest guy at drag brunch was not how I wanted to start my performance, and forgetting to ask for his name was the cherry on top.

But when he finds me online and invites me out for drinks, it seems like my chaotic shenanigans might have worked out for once. Falling into bed with West is easy, but balancing a gorgeous, rugby player boyfriend with a day job and drag is harder than dancing in eight inch heels.
And when my participation in a local drag story hour draws the ire of certain locals, it feels like everything might fall apart. West doesn’t understand why I won’t step down, but I’ve never been afraid of being myself.

Now I just need West to stand beside me. Because he’s the only man who’s ever loved me as Rory and Bubblegum Galaxy, and I won’t let that slip away.

You can call me a drama queen, but you’ll never dull my sparkle.

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Himbo

by Emmy Sanders

Surely I can’t fail at falling in love?

Cas
No one ever told me I might meet the love of my life on my knees in a coffee shop.

I’m not one of those people who has everything figured out. I work at my dad’s company because it’s expected, not because I enjoy it. And I may film adult videos at Elite 8 Studios in my free time, but when it comes to my love life, I’m tired of being treated like a plaything.

Jason is different. The blushing barista is demisexual, and unlike most people, he doesn’t care about what’s on the outside. He’s sweet and shy and surprisingly fierce when it comes to me, and for the first time ever, I feel seen.

But Jason has battles of his own beyond graduating nursing school. His health is in question, and suddenly, we have bigger issues than navigating a new relationship.

I never denied being a Himbo, but there’s one thing I know for certain. I’ll go to bat for Jason and me. Because love is worth fighting for.

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Hired for the Holidays

by Raquel Riley

He only hired me for a week. Can our instant connection turn one Christmas into a lifetime of memories?

Adam Wells
How could I know when I was hired for the holiday that it would change my life? I was positive I’d never met a more egotistical jerk than Jones Marin, but the more I got to know him, the more confused I became. When he touched me, I burned, until I was falling head over heels for a client I assumed was a one-and-done affair.

Am I the only one being consumed by the fire?

Jones Marin
Adam is an escort—a rent boy. Disposable enjoyment. I hired him to be my date for a week of corporate holiday parties. It was supposed to be temporary. But Christmas is over and I don’t want Adam to leave. If I had unlimited income, I would hire him for life.

Would Adam stay if he wasn’t being paid?

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Wrapped Up In You

by Melody Claire

Hayden
When I fled to the cabin after a fight with my father, I wasn’t expecting to find my uptight stepbrother. Once again, my impulsivity has me in a bind, and now we’re stuck here together in the middle of a snowstorm.
 
Might as well make the best of it.
 
Jonathan
With my divorce finalized and my parents on vacation, I came to the cabin to drink my way through the holidays. Pity party of one, please. But when my much younger stepbrother bursts through the door in the middle of a blizzard, he turns my world on its axis.

Forced to spend time together, I see a different side of him that has me questioning everything I thought I knew. And when a drinking game has things heating up between us, I find myself too weak to resist.

But can what happens at the cabin stay at the cabin? Or will this fling turn into something more?

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The 12 Kittens of Christmas

by Amy Lane

Killian Thornton likes his downtown life, tending bar, and enjoying time with his friends and community. He'd given up on passion long ago—he wasn't cut out for grand romance or dramatic gestures. Then one night, in a characteristic act of kindness, Killian offers his couch to help a friend's little brother find his feet in a new city, and everything Killian thought he knew about himself and his little life gets turned upside down.

Lewis Bernard, the funny, quirky guy happy to find a spot on Killian's couch, can’t believe his luck. After being forced to flee his parents’ house, he was afraid of what came next, but Sacramento seems to be treating him just fine. The stunningly handsome bartender who lives downstairs from his brother offers Lewis his couch and doesn’t even balk when Lewis discovers two abandoned kittens in a vacant lot as they walk home.

Vet bills, cat food bills, litter boxes—none of it was on Killian's Christmas agenda, but he jumps in gamely to help because all the shelters seem to be full, and that's just the kind of guy Killian is. But kittens can multiply faster than rabbits, and Killian and Lewis accidentally rescue more and more cats.

Lewis starts to panic. He really wants to know Killian better, but with each act of kindness, Lewis falls further in love while ruining Killian's life. How can Killian find time to fall in love with Lewis and ask him to stay if they’re inundated with destructive furry poop-machines who all seem to need a home before Christmas?

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The Silent Mountain Man

by Casey Cox

Nearly getting killed in a mudslide only reminds me why I hate the mountains. I'm uninjured, but my car is wrecked, there’s no way I can get into town, and of course there's no reception here.

I'm screwed.

Maybe it's karma for putting this trip off. I haven't been able to bring myself to visit since Pa's funeral.

And then there are the painful memories that still haunt me of my first love…and first heartbreak.

The summer I turned eighteen, I exchanged letters with a free-spirited, long-haired boy who lived down the road from my father. We hung out all day and wrote each other romantic letters all night. It was the best time of my life.

But now they're both gone, and I'm all alone.

Literally. This mountain feels deserted. Like I'm the only living soul on it.

And then, just as I'm about to give up all hope, a pickup truck pulls up. A man steps out.

Not just any man, though… Pure. Mountain man. Perfection.

Big muscles, a thick beard just begging to be touched, and an intense stare that's making me rethink my dislike of the mountains.

Harrick offers me a place to stay, and despite being a total stranger, there's something familiar about him that makes me feel like I can trust him. Also, what other choice have I got?

He takes me back to his cabin. Turns out, he's not much of a talker. I can work with that.

We hook up. I can definitely work with that.

I almost forget that I'm here to sell my father's house and finally move on from the guy who left me brokenhearted all those years ago.

And then I find a letter in Harrick's house—one of the letters I wrote all those years ago—and everything changes.

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Knock Knock

by Nordika Night

When life comes knocking, can they go from nothing to something?

After a lifetime of having each other’s backs, meddling in their brother’s lives, and keeping their families going, Nate and Xavi don’t know what to do with all this… freedom.

For the first time ever, they have no one to watch out for. Love and dreams come next on their big agenda, and they soon learn the connection they share goes far deeper than any normal friendship. But with a lifelong bestie bond on the line, flipping their dynamic comes with big risks… and big rewards.

Despite the outside pressure that comes with their age and moving into the next phase of life, Nate and Xavi will try to figure out how to go from nothing to something.

Together.

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Not So Silent Night

by Charlie Cochet

Escape to a Winter Wonderland with CEO and billionaire Colton Connolly as he embarks on a shenanigan-filled journey in search of the idyllic white Christmas he's always craved.
 
Inspired by the enchantment of his favorite holiday movies, Colton surprises his beloved husband and their found family with a trip to the captivating mountain town of Winterhaven.

However, beneath the twinkling lights, unexpected trouble awaits. A miscommunication leaves the town in dire straits, threatening to steal away the magic of Christmas. Determined to save the day, Colton rallies his family, ready to overcome any obstacle and ensure that Christmas in Winterhaven is nothing short of perfect.

Join Colton, Ace, and the Four Kings Security family as they embark on a quest to rescue Winterhaven from its frosty woes.
 
Will they succeed in delivering the most unforgettable Christmas imaginable, or will this charming town lose its cherished festivities forever?

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Love and Other Scores

by Abra Pressler

Gabriel is a global tennis superstar and heart-throb. As he eyes his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, the pressure is getting to him. After an intense practice session, Gabriel finds refuge in a bar, where he meets Noah.

Oblivious to sports, Noah doesn't recognise Gabriel, but there is an instant connection. The more time they spend together in the blazing heat of a Melbourne summer, the more their feelings and attraction grow.

Both Gabriel and Noah have their reasons for wanting to keep their romance private. With the stakes so high, will they be willing to risk everything for love all?

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Best Served Cold

by Willow Dixon

When the guys at work dare me and the new guy to play a game of gay chicken, I figure I’ll get my first kiss and bragging rights for winning. What I don’t expect is for that game to awaken something in me. Something I’ve never felt before.

Something that makes me want more. Makes me want him.

I never back down from a challenge, but that doesn’t explain why being with Noah feels so good. Why I can’t stop thinking about him. Why he’s the only person who’s ever stirred even the slightest interest in me.

Why getting him off gets me off.

Watching Noah lose control is everything. So is knowing he can’t stay away from me, either.

 

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A lost soul looking for redemption. An anti-social soul collector forced to plan a party.

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When the one you love but shouldn’t is taken, you fight like hell to get them back.

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