Story features a main character grieving over a lost loved one.

Escape
Short Story from the – Whatever the Cost Series

Cover for Escapeby Lynn Kelling

Marriage, new names and a fresh start have helped Liam and Jacen Timothy leave their old lives behind. Now safer and deeply in love, Liam persuades Jacen to share part of his past he never has been able to before. Many years earlier and while home on break from college, Jacen, formerly Travis Saxon, was in a car accident which broke both of his legs. Travis thought he had finally escaped the man who preyed upon him since he was a young boy. Recovering at his family’s farm from his injuries, caring for Dennis, his seriously injured younger brother, Travis is unable to run when his predator, a neighbor named Brian Andrews, comes and seeks him out. Blackmail and threats move Travis to cooperate, for the sake of helpless, beloved Dennis. As Travis is consumed by a truly terrible, horribly familiar nightmare, it’s his instincts and knack for survival against all odds that reveals to him, at long last, the way out. (M/M)

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Faded Stains

Cover for Fadded Stainsby Argus Marks

Cal Ainsworth was the girl that got away. A young journalist sets out to find her again, but instead finds an underworld of flesh and vice. He is soon out of his depth, in a world of shadowy eroticism into which Cal seems to have vanished, guided only by curiosity and a tattooed blonde from out of his past. (M/F)

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One Last Time, Again

Cover for One Last Time, Againby Dorla Moorehouse

Nicole is angry with Evan, and never wants to see him again. Except this one last time. One last touch before it’s over, forever. Forever, or until the next “one last time,” and the next after that, as Nicole and Evan discover that something between them survives over the decades and the miles.

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Judge Not

Cover for Judge Notby Kailin Morgan

Matt is gay, but has given up love rather than accept it. Hiding from himself as well as the rest of the world, he works hard and goes home alone. Until one night he doesn’t make it home. He steps into the underworld of the Earl’s Court where he will be punished for his mistakes—and maybe get a second chance. (M/M)

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Whatever the Cost
Book One – Whatever the Cost Series

Cover for Whatever the Costby Lynn Kelling

Liam and Jacen are roommates–and elite prostitutes working for a secret organization, The Company. They spend their lives making fantasies come true for spoiled, dangerous clients. In the midst of daily risk of emotional and physical damage, their friendship has been an island of sanity and safety. When The Company orders them to do a job together requiring them to cross the no-sex boundary that has kept them friends, Liam and Jacen must examine how they really feel about each other, and how far they are truly willing to go. Is this the life they want? Used to offering up their bodies without protest to the mercurial whims of others while fiercely guarding their hearts, the true meaning of love and consent is a challenge neither has ever faced before. (M/M)

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Covert Passion

Cover for Covert Passionby Ann Ruby

Devlin is tormented by the memory of a time when he descended into darkness, taking an innocent woman with him and barely making it out alive. His work as a sex therapist is the only thing that keeps him going. Where he cannot help the one from his past, he can at least help others like her. His best friend, Mac, thinks that someday one of his cases will be a breakthrough for him, allowing him to forgive himself and move on with his life. Devlin doesn’t agree.

Melissa is facing her own demons. As a teenager, she was kidnapped and held captive for months, losing her virginity and tangling her sexuality into her captor’s desires. She hasn’t had a romantic relationship since. She struggles with her feelings for her captor and her fear of intimacy of any sort.

When Devlin takes Melissa on as a client, everything they thought they knew about themselves and their past is challenged. Devlin may be able to help her – and himself – but only if she can overcome her fears and trust him with the truth. (M/F)

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Raven and Crow

Cover for Raven and Crowby Luna Lawrence

When Angelina Grimke meets Edgar Allan Poe at a séance, he mocks her attempts to contact her dead fiancé, but hints that he knows a “scientific” way to raise the dead. Tormented by her grief for her lost love, she seeks out Poe who proposes to use “electro-magnetism” to bring her lover back. Can passion raise the dead? (M/F)

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Deep Water Grave

Cover for Deep Water Graveby Claryssa Berg

Diana is fascinated by the stories about dead sailors who are said to enter the bodies of huge, black cormorants and visit the living in that guise. One night she is visited by one of the dead men–who has come borrow her warmth. (F/M)

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Cold Love

Story Cover for Cold Loveby Ruth Black

Caroline would do anything to have her dead ex-lover back, even dance naked in a graveyard the Scottish Highlands. She gets a lot more than she bargained for. (M/F)

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