Rereleased today, The Chauffeur is the second of the Workplace Encounters books to be published by Dreamspinner Press. It is the story of ccarred formRereleased today, The Chauffeur is the second of the Workplace Encounters books to be published by Dreamspinner Press. It is the story of ccarred former model Kyle Anderson who leads a double life. By day, he works as a chauffeur for his uncle’s limousine rental company and he works nights as an exotic dancer, donning a mask to hide his identity and the facial scars that got him rejected by his parents. When Kyle catches the attention of Nick Giddings, a forklift driver caught low-skilled dead-end job, the two men immediately connect, but then Nick is laid off and Kyle’s uncle pushes him to date a woman, and everything comes crashing down...
Workplace Encounters is inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely staying away from the so-called office romance. This series looks at all types of workplace, even the occasional office may play a role, but the 'romance part' is guaranteed not to take place there.
Upcoming books in this series include a NEW story, The Bricklayer, in April, and a rerelease of The Ship Engineer in May.
I hope you enjoy Kyle and Nick's story!
P.S.: For people who bought the first edition: I have added a few scenes and details (about 2,500 words), but the story remains essentially the same....more
This is an amazing story and I loved it from beginning to end. Told with a great deal of humor, it is a very touching story about two men who need toThis is an amazing story and I loved it from beginning to end. Told with a great deal of humor, it is a very touching story about two men who need to find their place in life while dealing with situations that would have most well-adjusted people struggle. Both men don’t just have their own past and present situations to deal with, but they also have young children with issues and needs, and families who like to meddle and think they know what’s best for them. I was involved from the first page to the last, and loved how BA Tortuga handled the problems of parenthood, learning to deal with being blind, and fighting for what is right for your children in the face of well-meant but utterly wrong advice from so-called experts.
Audie is a cowboy, and while he makes money by breeding cows, he loves working with horses. He has a son from a woman who didn’t want children and left Grainger with him before leaving, and he isn’t out. Meeting Dixon challenges him on several fronts, and as their relationship develops, Audie begins to think about the impact it has on Grainger, his family, and what he himself wants out of life.
Dixon lost his sight in an accident that killed his husband, and he is now trying to adjust to a life where he is Randi’s father, and wants to raise her, but is insecure because he cannot even see—how is he going to protect her? He struggles with his blindness, but his way of “coping” is trying to ignore it and struggle through. Not helpful! He needs Audie to help him understand that adapting in certain ways isn’t “weak” and that learning “how to be blind” is a serious challenge, not something you can do on your own. But the key driving force is his need to take care of Randi, and all the well-meaning advice from strangers cannot replace father’s love and determination to be the one who is there for her.
If you like stories where both main characters have a steep learning curve and lots of learning and changing to go through, if you want to know what it might be like to be blind and a father, and if you’re looking for a read that is emotional, touching, and very funny in places, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. It has wonderful characters, some adorable children, and some great emotional moments I won’t quickly forget.
A wolf shifter without a pack may be rare, but is not unheard of in the world of paranormal stories. The reason for Jack’s status as a lone wolf in thA wolf shifter without a pack may be rare, but is not unheard of in the world of paranormal stories. The reason for Jack’s status as a lone wolf in this story is pretty unique, as is Malakai, the mate he finds turning up in his territory one day. The change from lone wolf to suddenly mated and possibly more is gradual, but the certainty with which Jack pursues Malakai is typical for an alpha. With a detour via possessiveness and more than a touch of heat, this story definitely had me very entertained.
Jack is a loner. Not because he was kicked out, or because he left his pack behind, but now that has gotten used to being on his own, the intrusion of another shifter raises his hackles. Not for long, because once he goes after Malakai, he quickly realizes that they are mates. Not having expected to find a male to mate with, Jack is surprised. It doesn’t take him long to recover, and he goes after Malakai full-tilt. Other things fall into place as well, and the reason why Jack was on his own becomes not just obvious, but the starting point for something new.
Malakai was captured as a pup and has lived in shifted form, as a pet to some cruel humans, for nine years. He has a lot to reacquaint himself with, a lot to learn, and suddenly being faced with an alpha who makes him feel all kinds of emotions doesn’t make that easier. But Malakai is a survivor, and he knows what he wants, so even though he is overjoyed to be reunited with his birth family (on Jack’s insistence), that will not stop him from going after the man who holds his heart.
If you like shifter stories set in a world that is just a little different, if a strong alpha rescuing and taking care of his slightly smaller mate is your thing, and if you’re looking for a fun, hot read, then you will probably enjoy this short novella....more
Two stubborn men clashing, fighting to see who is more determined to win—or hold out, as the case may be—can be quite the spectacle. And personally, wTwo stubborn men clashing, fighting to see who is more determined to win—or hold out, as the case may be—can be quite the spectacle. And personally, when it is well done, I have to admit I enjoy watching them struggle for superiority… In this story, Rain has good reason to remain quiet, and Greg has a need for him to break his silence; he sees it as a sign of trust from Rain to open up. I can totally understand each man’s side of the argument, so I sat back and watched the fireworks go off in anticipation of finding out how Rain and Greg would manage to settle their differences.
Rain is a passionate photographer. When he focuses on his subject, he forgets where he is and doesn’t see anything else. This explains his predicament and the problem with the pictures he has taken when all he was looking for was a few images with crows. Since he is alone, and doesn’t want to endanger any of his friends, he decides to hide with Greg, a Dom he spent an unforgettable weekend with a while ago. The only problem is that Rain is a commitment-phobe, and Greg wants a relationship.
Greg is a Dom, and not the by-the-hour kind. He believes in the lifestyle, and wants Rain for himself 24/7. You can see the problem coming, right? As soon as Rain walks into his house, Greg believes it is a commitment, and with Rain being dependent on being allowed to stay, he isn’t honest about not wanting the same thing. Of course, Greg finds out, and yes, the “punishment” is tension-filled and super hot. But Greg is also protective and has a few “friends in high places”…
If you like stories about overpowering Doms who stride to their sub’s rescue, if you like it when the sub in question doesn’t exactly fall over himself to please the Dom, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of tension (sexual and otherwise) and very hot, then you will probably enjoy this novella....more
Persecution is a human thing, and the werewolves in this book are, unfortunately, letting their human sides determine their behavior. Not only are thePersecution is a human thing, and the werewolves in this book are, unfortunately, letting their human sides determine their behavior. Not only are they bigots and intolerant, they want more than to defend their territory—which is about the only thing every sensible wolf would do. These shifters want to make everyone who was born into their pack live by their rules. This story is about Max, one of the gay wolves persecuted for who he is. It is a story of growth and finding one’s courage, just as much as a great love story of mates meeting against all odds.
Max only wants to live his life in peace, but his pack won’t leave him alone. Their need to control everyone is so big that not even Max leaving and traveling thousands of miles north can stop them from wanting to make his life miserable. But Max is changing. Now that he has found Ulf, and has begun to trust him, he reconsiders his view of how things should be. I cheered him on all the way as he began to stand up for himself, no longer willing to let others tell him whom he can and cannot love. Well done Max!
Ulf is a lone wolf, and as shocked as Max to find he is attracted to the male invading his territory. Ulf doesn’t have any issues with two men mating, and he knows pretty much immediately that Max is meant to be his mate. The convincing takes a while, and Ulf has to pull out all the stops to make Max understand and believe, and the heat they generate in the process is considerable. Ulf knows he can and will defend his territory against any trespassers, and he takes great joy in teaching Max this fact as well.
If you like possessive alpha wolves who fight for an protect their mates against all odds, if you enjoy reading about an abused wolf/man learning to stand up for himself, and if you’re looking for a read that is as suspenseful as it is hot, then you will probably enjoy this novella. Okay, I admit it: it is hotter than tension -filled by far. Just right for two half-wild creatures who learn to work together, and find their human sides falling in love....more
I absolutely loved this book. Not just because it had me laughing out loud, and because the characters were so HOT together. A lot of it had to do witI absolutely loved this book. Not just because it had me laughing out loud, and because the characters were so HOT together. A lot of it had to do with the personal memories I have of living in Australia for six months – it brought all of them back. Well, not the bits that took part in the bush and on the remote farm, but from the mention of bug spray in the plane just before landing and the airport in Sydney, where Gary arrives, to all the places he and Bruce visit when they’re ‘in town’, it made me smile. The descriptions are so lively that I felt as if I really was back there again. Made me homesick for a place I totally adore!
The shorter version that was part of the goodreads MM Romance group Hot Summer Days event was already great, with the three Bruces and the trouble they get themselves into. Luckily, it is also part of this book, so you won’t miss anything. But this longer version? Fantastic! More of the same in every way: more of Gary, and his slightly hesitant way of looking at things, trying to get used to a very different country and wondering if he can make things work with Bruce. More of the sexy Bruce, who is a bit reluctant to admit he is gay, but can’t deny his attraction to Gary. More of the great descriptions of the landscape, the heat and the people of Australia. And, of course, yet more hot sex between two men who are clearly falling for each other.
If you like Australia, hot men, and a wonderful sense of humor, you will probably like this book. If you need a laugh, or want to learn more about "down under", buy this book, and be ready to truly enjoy yourself. I’m keeping this one on the "want to re-read" stack – pretty close to the top.
An elite team of anti-terrorist specialists with a code name that demands respect? Check. Action-packed adventure with a side serving of love developiAn elite team of anti-terrorist specialists with a code name that demands respect? Check. Action-packed adventure with a side serving of love developing between men who would not normally consider each other as anything more than a one-night partner? Oh yes. And one of the most unusual settings I have ever found in gay romance—an oil platform about to be decommissioned? Put on your seat belts and get ready for one wild ride!
Finn is paid to be a hero. On call most of the time, he has been trained to be one of the best, and he is as proud of that as he is fierce when confronting the no-good lawbreakers who make his life, and that of all other men of the law, much harder than it should be. He is not the type for flowers and chocolate, and he has no interest in geeks, but when he meets Niall, somehow all those “rules” fly out the window. Not that he admits it at first, but when danger almost takes Niall from him, he realizes that some rules are there to be broken.
Niall, although he is a geeky engineer and thinks he is nothing special, is the real hero of the story for me. He overcomes his fears and manages to more than hold his own in a situation that would have most men give up. Honestly, what he manages to do, and how he keeps it together once the terrorists take over the platform is admirable. Shaking with fear the whole time, he still gets things done, and gets them done well.
If you like alpha men and the guys they fall for, if you enjoy unusual settings and spine-tingling action, and if you’re looking for a read that is as suspenseful as it is hot, you will probably like this novella. It’s short, to the point, and an adventure I don’t think you’ll quickly forget.
I enjoyed Shannon and Gray’s story in ‘The Wolf’s Tiger’, so I’m really glad Lyn Tyler wrote this short follow up about the powerful tiger shifter andI enjoyed Shannon and Gray’s story in ‘The Wolf’s Tiger’, so I’m really glad Lyn Tyler wrote this short follow up about the powerful tiger shifter and his mate, who is a nurse and raising his three young nieces with Shannon’s help. Needless to say, the kids keep them so busy there is almost no time left for the two of them. The episodes showing their problems with finding alone time were funny—and I think all parents can probably relate to them. Thank God for Declan and Quinn, and the idea of “date night”.
Shannon is about as desperate as Gray to find some time for just the two of them, but with three girls under six in the house, they haven’t been very lucky. The speed with which they departed when Declan and Quinn turned up, all ready to take over for the evening and night, was impressive. And the best part, I think, was that the kids love the alpha and his mate almost as much as their uncles, so they don’t suffer any sort of deprivation; a fact that made relaxing a lot easier for Shannon and Gray. Although relaxing may be the wrong word. What they get up to is pretty intense, and very, very hot.
If you like Shannon and Gray, if short stories catching up with some of your favorite characters are your thing, and if you’re looking for a short read that is cute, intense, and hot all at the same time, you will probably enjoy this short story.
As with the previous incarnations of this story, the book comes in two parts, with a delightful short story added between them as an extra nice surpriAs with the previous incarnations of this story, the book comes in two parts, with a delightful short story added between them as an extra nice surprise. Part One introduces Liam, an “absent-minded professor” of the highest magnitude, is pitched not only against his own social ineptness, but also against some pretty serious physical scars and emotional wounds stemming from a horrific past. The man he is partnered with has his own emotional crosses to bear, and even though Jareth deals with them in a very different way, they enable him to understand Liam and his needs much better than anyone else ever could.
Liam is probably the most extreme case of absent-mindedness you can imagine. He not only forgets things (even though a set of routines helps him cope – sort of), he is physically so inept that he literally runs into things. Having to deal with people constantly thinking he is abused doesn’t make life easier for him. Luckily, he has very good friends who take care of him, have done so, in fact, since his despicable parents sent him away to university when he was still very young. Although this probably saved his life, it has not helped him become a normal, well-adapted adult.
Jareth is the new head of security at the Research Institute where Liam works, and he falls in love with the ‘professor’ almost as soon as he sets eyes on him. I admired him a lot for holding back and showing the kind of sensitivity that enables Liam to learn to trust him. Jareth is no stranger to emotional (and physical) pain; as an ex-Marine he had to deal with significant injuries before he was able to reclaim a mostly normal life.
Part Two is a great sequel to the first part! The adorably absent-minded and naïve Liam is back, and so is his studly husband, Jareth, an ex-Marine now in charge of security at the think tank where Liam works. Eight years have passed since the tumultuous events of the first volume, and you'd think things have gotten nice and settled around these two very loving men. To my shock nothing could be further from the truth. They have to face yet more attacks from Liam's demented mother, bigoted cops, FBI agents and doctors, and that's just for starters. Be warned: I counted no less than three major crises in this novel, so a relaxing read this is not.
Liam is still as clumsy as ever, except now that he is married, his various accidents get labeled as abuse, and Jareth, as his husband, is accused (multiple times) of beating him up. Having Jareth in his corner has helped Liam deal with things better though, and professionally, everything goes well for him. When Jareth's brother and his wife have their first child though (which turns out to be twins), it sets in motion a chain of events that not only has Liam despairing of ever having a child of his own, but also leads to several hair-raising and life threatening situations. You have been warned!
Jareth is wonderfully supportive and very patient with Liam. He clearly loves him to pieces and all the false accusations really get to him. As does their trouble with being approved by an adoption agency, and when he gets arrested on his way to the hospital because Liam is vomiting blood, he has had it. He becomes increasingly defensive and decreasingly patient with idiots who try to interfere in his and Liam's lives, never mind the people who try to actively do them physical harm. But he is not a man to be messed with where his family's safety is concerned, and the bad guys better watch out!
This book held me in suspense from beginning to end, and I loved both the tense scenes and the small family-centered and erotic interludes equally. If you like reading about ‘wounded’ heroes who struggle emotionally and physically, if a slowly developing relationship is your thing, and if a ‘geeky professor’ with no social skills seems sort of interesting to you, you may like this book. You also need to be up for a thrilling action/adventure with family themes, and be ready to enjoy a novel that is as hot as it is intense. All around, I think this is a wonderful read!
Who doesn’t like hot military men? And I liked the guys in this collection of stories a lot because they were struggling with their emotions—not sometWho doesn’t like hot military men? And I liked the guys in this collection of stories a lot because they were struggling with their emotions—not something you get to see very often in reality unless you are close to a man in uniform. And while military PR people all over the planet would probably cringe at seeing their elite’s innermost secrets revealed like this, the undeniable truth is that they are human, like the rest of it, and deserve to be loved for who they are.
The story settings range from the frontlines, be they a storm at sea or a desert full of hostiles, to the home front, where some men go through heavy adjustments when returning to civilian life. They cover the kinds of issues military men face, including having to deal with loss, PTSD, and leaving loved ones behind for long periods of painful separation. Above all, they show the kind of courage and determination needed to become a member of the very elite of the military: Marines, members of the Coast Guard, or Naval officers. All of the men in this anthology love deeply, and are ready to fight for that love. So, if you are so inclined, sit back and enjoy what the authors have come up with for you.
Anomaly by S.A. McAuley In a somewhat amusing confrontation of “man against machine”, this story focuses on Galen, a Marine known for his ability to detect drones, and Zach, a man determined to design a drone offense system that can beat any human. Galen is pretty sure about his abilities on a professional level, but he is equally insecure about his skill for attracting the kind of man he is interested in. Zach isn’t exactly a man magnet either, or so he thinks, and I found the resulting “dance” between two men who are normally awkward and somewhat nerdy very entertaining. Their antics, be they chats or interactions in real life, went from cute to hot, and the developing relationship gave me hope for more.
Always Ready by T.A. Chase Suspense on the high seas is the focus of this story, and Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dean is out to save lives while exploring the possibilities of sharing his life with the man he has fallen in love with. Phil is a fisherman, and makes a living braving the Bering Sea on the family boat. The descriptions of icy waters, people potentially freezing to death almost before they can drown, and the desperate determination of the Coast Guard to save them before it is too late, held my attention. Dean’s reaction to the news of Phil’s ship having capsized was a little too professional and distant for me, but it is entirely possible Dean was just trying to protect himself. Don’t read this unless you’re snug and warm and far from any ocean!
A Ring and a Vow by Devon Rhodes In this wonderful sequel to ‘A Ring and a Promise’, Marine officer Owen and Naval aviator Cary are back. This time, they intend to bridge the gap between the two arms of the service on a more permanent basis, and I loved watching them go through the necessary steps until they got to the “I do” that has been eluding them for years. Neither Cary’s nightmares nor time restraints imposed by uncertainty about the next posting can stop them from forging the future they have both been waiting for. This is a sweet story without major drama, well, unless you count wedding preparations and dealing with flower arrangements and relatives. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how Owen and Cary were doing!
My Marine by L.E. Franks and Sara York Marine Sean Kelly works in intelligence, so falling for an Afghani translator isn’t exactly something he planned for, nor does he want to succumb to Akim’s charms. Unfortunately he can’t help himself, and even the resulting mental anguish is pretty theoretical in the face of Akim’s attributes. And then the enigmatic man vanishes without a trace, and Sean is left wondering what is going on. It turns out Akim has a well-kept secret, and it leaves both Sean and him needing to deal with some pretty basic “can I trust him” considerations. While this isn’t an intense and emotional thriller, I found it to be a pretty tension-filled short story.
Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna Marine officer Jamie may have made it back to his lover Tucker in one piece, with only a few physical scars to show for his year-long deployment, but his mental state is a different story. I didn’t understand his reactions at first, but once I realized what was going on, the things he did were as fascinating as they were scary. Nobody who has never been through the kind of hell Jamie had to endure while fighting the Taliban will be able to fully understand what it’s like, but this story gives an excellent, if painful, description of some of the consequences. A lot of the more factual information about PTSD and some important details are missing due to how short this story is, but if you’re looking for an emotional sketch, a somewhat shocking description of some of the consequences of warfare, give this read a go. It isn’t easy reading, but I found it well worth the effort, and one of the best in this collection.
Safe Shores by Morticia Knight This is a great story about two men who have never really emotionally opened up to each other even though they’ve been together for three years. Partly this is due to the small town Kirk lives in, has always lived in, as a fisherman, it isn’t exactly gay-friendly. But not everyone is a homophobe either, so Kirk is beginning to think about telling Coast Guard officer Shane how he feels about him. Interestingly, Shane is in the same place, and the result is explosive. In a sense the increased intimacy prepares them to better deal with the catastrophe of Kirk’s teenage son getting lost at sea in the midst of an awful storm. Shane is the only qualified rescue swimmer around, and he is determined to save the kid’s life. Emotionally explosive and very hot, these two men will never be the same after going through their fears together. And what a perfect ending!
This newest installment of the ‘Shibari Auction House’ series is somewhat different from the previous volumes. Not only did I find out more about theThis newest installment of the ‘Shibari Auction House’ series is somewhat different from the previous volumes. Not only did I find out more about the manager, Yves, but the story is also a very sweet hurt/comfort romance with no BDSM at all. Yves may behave like a Dom in terms of “taking care of Tony”, but there aren’t any scenes, not even D/s –other than the pet name for Tony, which is “boy”.
Tony has survived some tough times. With no home to go to, and surviving on the streets since he was fourteen, his expectations are pretty low. Someone being nice “just because” isn’t something he can imagine. Trust is even less on his radar. So when Yves offers to feed him, and give him a roof over his head, Tony doesn’t quite believe there isn’t a catch. I loved watching him gradually begin to believe that Yves just might be serious about what he offers.
Yves likes his job, but he is looking forward to having a break from it all. He is also a genuinely nice man, and the offer for Tony to spend Christmas with him is a natural one for Yves to make. But Yves is also lonely, so since Tony is there and turns out to be someone Yves genuinely likes, his thoughts turn more long-term.
If you like chance meetings leading to more, if you enjoy love at first sight stories, and if you’re looking for a read that is as sweet as it is charming, then you will probably like this short story.