When Daniel Peter Hastings steps into the welcoming warmth of Guillaume’s cafe-restaurant on a chill, rainswept morning, his only focus is a cup of coffee. Danny has to keep his life in perfect order, seeing as he feels like he’s about to fall apart at any moment. As a regular at Guillaume’s he knows here is a temporary sanctuary before making his way through the London rush to his barrister chambers. Danny had only ordered coffee, after all. He hadn’t expected it to be served by a handsome, French waiter called Stephane, who threatens to tip Danny’s fragile world into full-scale panic mode.
This is a gay contemporary romance, based in London and Paris, charting the tumultuous road to love in an “opposites attract” romantic story. Danny and Stephane might think they’ve overcome most of the obstacles to their relationship; those little things, like panic attacks and arrogance and anxiety and blinding attraction than can only lead to falling in love ever so passionately. Danny thinks he’s reached his emotional and sexual nirvana with his romantic Frenchman, but maybe Stephane isn’t all that he appears. If there’s one thing Stef is good at, apart from the obvious, it’s keeping secrets from those he loves best. And this is one enormous secret that may just threaten the French-Anglo entente cordiale forever…
Can Danny overcome his own hang-ups and neuroses to face up to Stef’s complex past, and find the courage to cross the Channel in search of a love ever after?
His isolated cottage in the wilds of Northumbria has become the prison he’d hoped to escape after returning home to the UK. A beloved dog, his singular companion, stands between him, whisky induced blackouts and the lure of the shotgun, locked away in the gun cabinet. Tormented by a past he can’t seem to deal with, and still struggling with his sexuality, Steve battens down the emotional hatches to withstand another brutal, northern winter.
The last thing he needs is to feel. Feel anything. Feeling means dealing with emotions that threaten to consume.
Joe Graham, a survivor of life, his soaking wet backpack carrying money he thinks is his, has no idea what he’s stumbled into. It’s a grey winter’s afternoon. Exhausted, injured, on the run, he finds shelter in a dilapidated farm building in the middle of nowhere. There’s a storm on its way, threatening Joe’s survival, but he’s prepared to take his chances after what he’s just fled from.
The two men encounter each other, one seeking mercy, the other seeking something deeper than happiness, and sharper than joy. As the winter storm rises, Steve and Joe must find a way to get through the winter without destroying each other. Between the darker edges of rejection and loss, can a miracle arise from the bleak snowscape…
Or will this be another winter for the lonely?
Captain Amadis Sanchez Diaz has spent years endeavouring to escape a past that torments him. A mercenary soldier, who can name his price, Amadis has found notoriety, wealth and decadence to be transient sources of pleasure. When he meets the beautiful and pious William Perslane, Amadis is consumed by obsession and desire for the unworldly young man.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, and England in the 15th century, here is the story of two very different men who are forced together by ruthless circumstance. Neither Amadis nor William can forsee the consequences of the revealing of a tragic secret, as they are confronted by the vengeance of an unrequited love that threatens to destroy the one thing that matters to the Spanish Captain most of all…
Ridiculously clean windows and bucket loads of sexual tension, mixed with generous helpings of warm, soapy water.
Dr Samuel Ratcliffe knows a thing or two about loneliness. With his medical career heading for skidsville hospital, he retreats to the searing hotbed of Twelvetrees Vicarage. After all, Sam reckons if his life is about to fall apart, it might as well happen in bucolic surroundings. And while he might know plenty about loneliness, he’s no expert on window cleaning.
Enter Jack Matthews.
Currently on probation for being very naughty in his [former] job, window cleaning seems to offer Jack the chance to get some perspective on his chaotic life. Careful buffing and polishing of vast swathes of glass, however, are no substitutes for sexy kisses and sexier cuddles, no matter how hot the squeegees Jack’s handling.
Two worlds collide when Sam and Jack meet, and if it’s not the sound of glass shattering into a thousand pieces, then it could be the ringing of the changes.
Ably abetted and hindered by the right-on Reverend Prue, Myrtle the interfering housekeeper and a psychotic parrot, Sam and Jack have some decisions to make about where they’re heading. They’re prodded in the right direction by neighbour, Edgar de Lavario; a force of nature that could leave Mount Etna on a permanent duvet day.
Is it all about sex? Is it all about love? Is it all about clean windows?
Sometimes, things seem a whole lot clearer when all the dirt of confusion, shyness and self denial is wiped tenderly away.