Saving Ren

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517621810

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Three men brought together by circumstance who found something none of them knew they needed... Ren Barretti has finally come home after a year of being held captive by the terrorists who slaughtered his entire Special Forces team. But he can't escape the nightmares that torment him or the guilt that he was the only one to walk away. The life his older brothers have brought him home to doesn't exist for him anymore and to keep them and their loved ones safe from the rage and pain that consume him, Ren needs to disappear. Police Detective Declan Hale has felt an undeniable pull towards the very straight Ren Barretti since the day Ren's brother married Declan's younger sister almost a dozen years earlier. But even though the Ren who has come home isn't the one who left, all of Declan's feelings come rushing back to the surface and he steps in to help the only man he's ever truly wanted. And even though there's no future for them, keeping Ren safe is all that matters and Declan will risk anything to make that happen. Tough as nails former soldier and mercenary Jagger Varos has returned to Seattle after years of running from his past and he's hoping that joining Barretti Security Group will help him finally call the city he left behind home. But within weeks, his new beginning is tested after multiple run-ins with the gruff, infuriating Detective Hale. When he inadvertently discovers that Declan is hiding Ren from the very brothers offering Jagger a new start, Jagger finds himself torn between his newfound loyalty to Vin and Dom Barretti and the need to protect the young man he himself helped rescue from his captors. For Declan and Jagger, it's hate at first sight but they soon realize that they will need each other if they have any hope of saving Ren from himself. And neither of them expects their mutual distrust in one another to grow into something else entirely or that Ren himself will find in both of them what he needs to rebuild his life and come to terms with who he really is. Can the fierce attraction between three men become something more or will the demands of the real world tear them apart? Note: This book contains explicit M/M/M content and is intended for mature audiences Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhangers. Barretti Security Series Book 1 - Loving Vin (M/F) Book 2 - Redeeming Rafe (M/M) Book 3 - Saving Ren (M/M/M) The Barretti Security Series is a spin-off of The Escort Series and some of the characters from that series appear in this one so if you want to read the books in order, start with this series: The Escort Series Book 1 - Gabriel's Rule (M/F) Gabe & Riley Book 2 - Shane's Fall (M/F) Shane & Savannah Book 3 - Logan's Need (M/M) Logan & Dom

Loving Vin

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517240318

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

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She was the daughter of a serial killer and she was living in his house... After years of searching war torn Afghanistan for his MIA brother, Vincenzo Barretti has finally come home and now he's ready to settle back into life as co-founder of Barretti Security Group. But his home is no longer cold and empty the way he likes it. Mia Hamilton needs a quiet place to hide from the press to try to rebuild her life. Being the daughter of a notorious serial killer is bad enough, but being the one who killed him has made her a target for every news agency in the world. She wants nothing more than to be left alone, but the reporters are relentless and will stop at nothing to get their story. With no place to go, she accepts an offer from Dominic Barretti to stay at his older brother's home until she can figure out what to do next. But she didn't expect the homeowner to return so soon or to feel something she's never felt when he's around. Vin doesn't need or want a woman in his life and certainly not one that comes with so much baggage. So what if Mia evokes feelings in him he thought were long dead? She's a liability and he wants her gone. But forcing the quiet, strong-willed young woman from his life turns out to be a lot harder than he thought...

Redeeming Rafe

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517061784

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

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He wants revenge against the brothers who betrayed him but first he has to get past the one man he can't resist... At the tender age of eight, Rafe Barretti lost everything. His parents, his childhood, his innocence. And the brothers who were supposed to protect him let him go instead. Twenty years later and he's finally ready to exact his revenge by taking away everything they hold dear - their company, their reputations, their futures. But even that isn't enough - their loved ones will have to pay too and all their precious secrets are fair game. Former mercenary Cade Gamble's only job is to take down the hacker stealing sensitive, private information from Barretti Security Group and Cade is damn good at his job. But there's more at stake because the co-founders of BSG, Dom and Vin Barretti, are like family and no one touches Cade's family. The fact that the vengeful young man turns out to be the youngest of the Barretti clan doesn't matter. But when their tumultuous encounters turn into something more, Cade will have to decide between protecting the only family he has and giving in to his need to save Rafe from himself. Can Cade help Rafe find redemption so he can forgive the sins of the past or will Rafe's quest for vengeance destroy them both? Note: This book contains explicit M/M content and is intended for mature audiences Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhangers. ***Special Note: I've decided to make Book 1 in this series, Loving Vin (M/F) free but only available through my website sometime in the near future. Check out sloanekennedy.com for more information.***

Freeing Zane

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519205872

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

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Zane doesn't do relationships and Connor is definitely the kind of guy who does... Criminal defense attorney Zane Devereaux, is on the verge of having everything he's worked his entire life for. He's on track to become his firm's youngest managing partner and he has enough money in the bank to ensure he'll never have to be at the mercy of anyone ever again. He's left his past exactly where it belongs and refuses to look back. And he sure as hell isn't going to risk a repeat of his former mistakes by letting someone as sweet, sexy and endearingly vulnerable as Connor Talbot into his life. His bed maybe, but not his life. Connor Talbot has no regrets about serving his country, even if it did cost him more then he'd imagined. Two years after an IED took his leg and left him with permanent brain damage, Connor is still struggling to put his life back together, but he's managed to find a makeshift family in Seattle that helps ease the pain of losing his own at a young age. Unfortunately, a string of bad relationships and an abusive ex have taken their toll on Connor and he's given up on finding the lifelong partner he'd always envisioned he'd have. But a chance encounter with a man he has absolutely nothing in common with except for an intense, white-hot chemistry has him thinking that maybe a no strings, physical relationship is exactly what's called for. What begins as two men meeting each other's needs between the sheets turns into something neither one was prepared for but the wounds of the past run deep and both men will have to decide if a future together will cost them too much or if what they could have together is worth fighting for.

Logan's Need

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781512271201

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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After Logan Bradshaw's dreams go up in smoke, he's left broken and haunted by a cruel betrayal from his former business partner, a man he once thought of as a friend. His life as a professional escort helped pay for his future once, so maybe a few more jobs can give him back what he's lost. And if that means being a third for one night for a wealthy couple living out a menage fantasy, then so be it. It might just be the final payout he needs to get his life back on track. Dominic Barretti has everything money can buy, but it can't save his beautiful young wife as cancer steals her away from him. He also can't deny her one last request - a menage encounter with another man. It's the perfect excuse to meet the man who's been haunting his dreams. On paper, Logan is the perfect choice to give his wife what she needs, but he doesn't expect his own fierce desires to flare up when the young man enters their lives. Dom and Logan don't know it, but Sylvie Barretti has decided to play matchmaker from beyond the grave. Unfortunately, getting two broken men to find each other makes dying seem like the easy part. Logan can't deny his attraction to Dom, but the surprise desire for another man has left him reeling and questioning everything he's ever known about himself. But when a threat from the past surfaces, will Logan be able to let go of the life he knew and embrace the one he needs? Note: This book contains M/M sexual content and is intended for mature audiences ***This is Book 3 in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone story - no cliffhangers. However, more enjoyment can be gained by reading the series in order: Book 1 - Gabriel's Rule Book 2 - Shane's Fall (Note: Logan's Need DOES contain spoilers for events first presented in Books 1 & 2)***"

Gabriel's Rule

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781511586474

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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After nearly ten years of moonlighting as a professional escort, Gabriel Maddox is good at giving women the forbidden pleasures they crave. They don't need to know that something inside of him dies a little each time he does it or that his desperate need for cash is the only reason he can't walk away. They just need to know that to get what they want, they have to play by his rules. Riley Sinclair is starting over. She's left dry, dusty Texas and her ultra conservative, fanatically religious parents and cheating, mean-spirited fiance behind for a new life in Seattle. But one look at her stunningly gorgeous new neighbor Gabe brings back all the insecurities she's trying to escape. Gabe can only offer Riley pleasure but when she discovers that his perfect outside hides something terribly broken on the inside, will she risk her heart to give him what he needs?"

Protecting Elliot

A Protectors Novella

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781978144996

Category:

Page: 112

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Protecting him was just to supposed to be another job. Until it wasn't. Two years after surviving a brutal attack from members of his own unit, former Special Forces soldier Cruz de la Vega has found new purpose working for an underground vigilante group that offers justice when the law can't. When he's assigned to figure out who attacked a local gay rights activist, Cruz expects it to be just another job. But when it comes to protecting Elliot Wittier, he soon learns that the last thing he wants is for the intriguing young man to be just another job. At twenty-five years old, Elliot Wittier is well on his way to having the perfect life. As the head of a hugely successful investment firm and the founder of a prominent foundation, he should be on top of the world. But looks can be deceiving and Elliot knows how to play the game. With the fear of failing the two most important people in his life always at the forefront of his mind, Elliot keeps an iron-grip on the control that has served him so well in the past. But when a violent attack leaves him vulnerable, Elliot's carefully constructed world starts to fracture. As he struggles to keep the threat under wraps, he's thrown off guard when a gorgeous stranger takes an interest in him at a Halloween themed benefit. Throwing caution to the wind, Elliot decides to allow himself the freedom that being with the enigmatic Cruz de la Vega brings for just one night. But what happens when one night isn't enough? Or when the past catches up with the present? Can what two men found in each other in just twenty-four hours really last a lifetime?

Discovering Daisy

A Protectors Novella

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781986765831

Category:

Page: 160

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At nearly forty years old, Cash Malloy has accepted that the lifestyle he and Sage, his partner both in life and on the job, live isn't normal but is what both men need to escape the darkness of their pasts. But he also knows that Sage's wounds run much deeper than his own and that there will come a day where what Cash can give Sage isn't enough anymore. And after meeting the young woman Sage has become enamored with, Cash knows that day is closer than ever. At twenty-one, Daisy Washburne has found a new life working for an underground vigilante group. To the men she works with, she's Daisy, IT girl extraordinaire, but in the silence of her apartment she's just awkward, quiet, weird Daisy whose computer is her best friend and whose only link to the outside world are the voices of the men she's trying really hard not to think of as family. But it's one voice on the other end of the phone in particular that calls to her like no other and eases just a little bit of the loneliness that has consumed her since losing her mother to a brutal act of violence. In order to survive, Sage Brighton has had to learn how to be two different people. To most of the world, he's happy-go-lucky, flirty, easy-going Sage. But to the one man who knows him better than anyone else, and yet still doesn't really know who he is, Sage sees himself as nothing more than a fucked-up mess who takes more than he gives. Life without Cash isn't even a possibility for Sage, but he can't deny the pull young Daisy Washburne has had on him from the moment he hears her voice for the first time. Only in the deepest recesses of his mind does Sage allow for a world in which he can have both Cash and Daisy at the same time. Fortunately for Sage, the lines between fantasy and reality are miles apart - almost a thousand miles to be exact, since Daisy doesn't live anywhere near Cash and Sage's home in the Ozarks. But when a chance encounter between Daisy, Cash and Sage in a motel just outside Seattle changes everything, the demons from Sage's past threaten to derail the life he and Cash have built together. When circumstances bring the trio back together, Cash sees an opportunity to give Sage what he needs, even if it costs Cash everything he's ever wanted. Only, he soon finds that Sage isn't the only one drawn to the quiet young woman who's good at being invisible. And he can't help but wonder if maybe the key to saving Sage isn't about Sage choosing who can give him a normal life. Because maybe normal isn't enough. Just like maybe one love isn't enough... for any of them.

Finding Forgiveness

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781541063419

Category:

Page: 280

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He was only there for a business deal... A couple of days...that was all it was supposed to take for property developer Roman Blackwell to decide if the strip of land just south of Dare, Montana would be the perfect spot for his next luxury resort. He wasn't interested in repairing his frayed relationship with his half-brother who'd moved to the small town a few months earlier and he definitely wasn't interested in doing anything more than scratching an itch when he checked out the gay club near his hotel. But when his plans for a quick hook-up are waylaid after he steps in to save a young man being brutalized, Roman finds himself building an emotional connection he never saw coming. One bad decision changed everything... College student Hunter Greene has spent 18 months trying to forget the one night he gave in to temptation and made a decision to hide one lie by telling another. But the guilt of knowing he shattered another young man's life to protect his own secret shame is slowly destroying him and he knows that soon even his spiral into a dangerous pattern of self-destructive behavior won't be enough to keep his entire world from imploding. But the last thing he's looking for is someone to save him. But fate works in mysterious ways... Forced to return to the town he grew up in, the last person Hunter expects to run into is the mysterious savior who changed everything with one soul shattering kiss. While he can't deny his attraction to Roman, Hunter knows that he'll never be free to act on it and once Roman discovers the terrible secret he's hiding, it won't matter anyway. Because some things just can't be forgiven...

A Protectors Family Christmas

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539971702

Category:

Page: 232

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It's the holidays for a group of very special men who've managed to become a family in the last year and while all the guys are coming together to celebrate Hawke and Tate's upcoming wedding, a few of them have big plans of their own... A change of plans... Newlyweds Ronan and Seth are settling into married life as Ronan considers his return to medicine and Seth starts dreaming of a future that may include the pitter patter of little feet a lot sooner rather than later. Building a future... Knee deep in wedding preparations, Hawke and Tate are celebrating something even more important - Matty's final round of chemotherapy treatment. As they anxiously await confirmation that their son is finally in remission, both men strive to give their little boy a normal life including a new house, playdates with Matty's new best friend, Leo, and a new support system of men and women who are starting to seem a lot like family. An important question to ask... Meanwhile, Mav is looking to make things official with Eli despite the young man's busy schedule with medical school. But before he can ask the man of his dreams that very important question, he has to get past Eli's family first, including a posse of two overprotective fathers, several intrusive uncles and a little girl who just wants to brush Mav's hair! Figuring it all out... With Memphis, Brennan and Tristan settling into their newfound relationship and our favorite threesome from New York visiting for the wedding, there are plenty of chances for old friends to connect and new bonds to be formed. The best kind of chaos... And of course, what wedding wouldn't be complete without a little drama including some white hot sexual tension between a not so old grandfather and a certain cocky bodyguard? Add in some more Barrettis, a couple of precocious kids, several dogs, one spoiled cat and a gaggle of new, hot alpha men and you've got the perfect storm for a holiday that only the Protectors could pull off!

Finding Home

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781541060333

Category:

Page: 186

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"I've done everything wrong, Finn. From day one. It was the only way I knew how to be with you and still be worthy of you. But I see now that I never really was." --Callan Vengeance. It's the one thing on ex-cop Rhys Tellar's mind and he's spent every day of his two year prison sentence planning how he'll bring down the former lover and partner who sold him out and cost four people their lives. A six month parole stint working at the CB Bar Ranch in Southwestern Montana should be the easiest thing he's ever done. But the last thing he expects is to feel something for both the charismatic ranch hand who befriends him and the enigmatic foreman who's pretending to be something he's not. A future. That's what Finn Stewart wants, but to have it he must leave behind the man he wants above all others, his very straight boss and best friend, Callan Bale. As the only openly gay man in a small, homophobic community, Finn has to fight every day to be who he is and walking away is starting to seem like the easier path. Until Rhys Tellar shows up and changes everything. A Lie. Callan Bale's entire life has been about hiding the man he really is and it's about to cost him the one person who's managed to worm his way past the walls he's spent years putting up. But choosing Finn would mean giving up everything he's worked for and breaking the promises he's made. At least losing the younger man to Rhys means Finn can have the life he deserves. Three men. Three choices. One chance at finding home.

Unexpected

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781979964104

Category:

Page: 336

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I finally had the chance at a perfect life when I met the man I was supposed to be with. But he's gone and chances like that don't come along twice in one lifetime. Right?Former president Everett Shaw had his whole life laid out for him from the time he was a child and he lived out every expectation to complete and utter perfection... until he met the one man who changed everything. With plans to leave public life behind after finishing his term in office, Everett was looking forward to a quiet life with the man of his dreams at his side. But one brutal act of violence stole that bright future away, leaving Everett struggling just to get through each day.A decade later finds Everett nearing the age of sixty and living a shell of a life. Haunted by his loss, he finds solace in his roses and evenings sitting in front of the television. But when his estranged son is horribly injured while saving the life of another, Everett leaves everything behind in the hopes of mending the broken relationship and helping his son heal in more ways than one.My job is to protect and there are rules that have to be followed. Even if there weren't, I wouldn't risk letting anyone close... not again.Special Agent Jonathan Nash's job is to keep the former president safe, not be his friend. Even if something about the lonely older man draws him in, he's not about to risk what's left of his career for anything. And it's not like a guy like Everett Shaw would really see him anyway. Nor would he want him to, considering the ugly past Nash left behind to pursue his dream. No, he's better off following protocol and doing his job. Let someone else deal with the broken man. It's not his problem... it can't be.I learned a long time ago to live life on my terms and that sometimes you have to take that leap of faith to get what you want. But wanting two men at the same time? That's new, even for me.At forty-five years old, former Navy SEAL Gage Fortier has experienced success and loss in equal measure, and while his life has taken a direction he never planned, he wouldn't have it any other way. When Reese, the young man he's partnered with in the underground vigilante group they both work for, is injured on the job, he sees an opportunity to build on the friendship with the bitter former soldier while giving him a place to recover. But when he discovers that the young man is actually the estranged son of a former U.S. president, Gage realizes he has the chance to give both father and son so much more. There's only one problem with his plan... how to ignore his growing attraction for the devishly handsome Everett Shaw.And Everett's perpetual shadow, Agent Nash.Three men on very separate courses. Until something unexpected happens and three become one...

Lethal Exposure

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Author: Kevin J. Anderson,Doug Beason

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780441005369

Category: Fiction

Page: 290

View: 5363

At the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, Nobel physics candidate Georg Dumenco is bombarded with a lethal dose of radiation, and must join forces with FBI Special Agent Craig Kreident to find his killers and protect America's most vital scientific research. Original.

Drink

A Cultural History of Alcohol

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Author: Iain Gately

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440631269

Category: Cooking

Page: 560

View: 7827

A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day. Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.

Finding Trust

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781541061958

Category:

Page: 174

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He wanted a new beginning. What he got was a glimpse of a life he could never have... Widower Dane Winters just wanted a new beginning for himself and his six month old daughter after his estranged husband's cold-blooded murder and moving to a small town in Southwest Montana seemed like a good place to start. But he never expected a favor for a friend to turn into a deadly encounter that puts him on a collision course with a mysterious stranger passing through town. Former FBI agent Jaxon Reid stopped in Dare, Montana to right a wrong, not get caught up in the life of an uptight, country vet with a holier-than-thou attitude. But he soon finds himself drawn to the quiet, insecure single father who's trying to leave behind a life of pain and heartbreak. Dane can't deny his attraction to Jax, but he knows that pursuing a relationship with the gorgeous, younger man will only end in heartbreak and turn him into someone he swore he would never be again. But when danger looms, he's forced to accept Jax into his life and home, along with the emotional vulnerability that being around Jax brings to the surface. As their connection deepens, can Dane find the trust Jax needs from him in order to build a life together or will he let his past destroy his one chance at a real future?

Finding Hope

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544058375

Category:

Page: 388

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At 19, Beck Barretti is living two lives. To his family, he's a young man trying to find his way after years of battling a mental illness that nearly cost him everything. But to the rest of the world he's just another privileged kid with problems. The truth doesn't even lie somewhere in between because Beck's entire life is actually about keeping secrets. From the people he loves. From the ones he doesn't. From himself. Spending a summer in Dare, Montana with family friends isn't about starting fresh - it's about escaping the crippling darkness that threatens to consume him. Until one encounter that was supposed to mean nothing ends up changing everything... Quinn Donovan had the life he'd always dreamed of until a brutal act of violence ripped it all away. Even though he's found a new future working at the CB Bar Ranch in Dare, Montana, he's not interested in trying to get back what he once had. All he wants is a quiet life that includes a job that's worth getting up for each morning and hanging out with his best friend, a black and white Paint stallion named Koda. But nothing prepares him for the strange twist of fate that brings not one, but two men into his life... Brody Wilder is done hiding in the closet. As the son of a political scion, he's spent his entire life hiding the truth about who he is just so he could inherit a legacy he never wanted. But those days are behind him and he's starting a new life in rural Montana where he's saving lives as a paramedic and building a successful construction business that would surely horrify his old-money, society-loving family. After years of denying himself, he's taking advantage of his newfound freedom by indulging in random, meaningless sexual encounters that are about pleasure, not emotion. So no one is more surprised than him when one night in the back room of a sordid gay club leads to something more... Can three men who came together by chance find the hope they need to build a future with each other, or will they end up letting their fears tear them apart?

Legends of Florence

Collected from the People

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Author: Charles Godfrey Leland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Folk literature, Italian

Page: 271

View: 4296

A collection of legends or traditions of a varied character, referring to places and buildings in Florence, such as the Cathedral and Campanile, the Signoria, the Bargello, the different city gates, ancient towers and bridges, palaces, crosses, and fountains, noted corners, odd by-ways, and many churches.

Forsaken

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Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781535578691

Category: Ex-police officers

Page: 280

View: 2056

Ex-cop Maverick Mav James needs only three things. His Harley, an open road and his work in an underground organization that delivers justice when the law can't. Family? They left him long before he left them. Friends? A liability. A place to call home? Doesn't exist. Mav's motto is simple: Get done and get out. Work, sex, doesn't matter. No emotional connections. Simple. Until he meets him. At fifteen years old, Eli Galvez had nothing. No family, no friends and only his body as a means to make enough money to survive. But a chance meeting changed all that and eight years later, he's well on his way to having the life he could once only dream of. He's been accepted into medical school and he's finally returned home to Seattle to be closer to the men and women who don't share his blood, but are the only family he's ever really known. Only things aren't what they seem and the secrets Eli has been hiding are about to come to the surface with dangerous consequences. Guys like Eli just aren't Mav's type, period. Yet he can't deny his intense attraction to the younger man who only looks at him with fear in his eyes. Until the day there's something else in those eyes too. Something that draws Mav in and refuses to let go. Something that makes him want to forget his rules. But Mav's learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to something. And while he vows to protect Eli after a violent attack leaves the younger man shaken, protection is all he'll offer. Because anything else would just cost too much.