California Dreaming

California Dreaming

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

You can never go home again. But Mick Lawler is doing just that after ten years. Mick left California when his first love, Joe, chose his twin sister, Raine, over him. Joe and Raine married and a broken-hearted Mick left behind everything he'd ever known.Settling first in Chicago, Mick met his fellow lawyer, Zach Covington. When Zach left Chicago for sunny Florida, Mick went along. Life is great. He has a good job, a nice apartment, and Zach close by. Sure, Mick is in love with seemingly unobtainable, Zach, but just having Zach in his life is enough.When Raine calls to tell him Joe is dead, Mick agrees to return but not alone. Zach insists on going. Once there, Mick has to deal with his grieving twin, his estranged parents, and his newfound, sudden sexual relationship with Zach. But his family want their prodigal son to move back home. Sounds great. But there's Zach and Florida. His new idea of home.
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A Wish Come True

A Wish Come True

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

As a kid, astronomy professor Marty Brooks kept in touch with a pen pal who lived on the other side of the country. Eventually that pen pal stopped responding to Marty's letters, which always ended with "Making a Wish" for Marty's love of stars.Now, as adults, Marty and his brother are big fans of a series of famous sci-fi movies. At the convention, they hope to meet up with their favorite actors. Marty is especially interested in meeting one particular actor who is openly gay, but instead he bumps into the star of the movies, Sebastian Lookinland.Before long, Marty learns the world really is small, when it is revealed Sebastian is the pen pal he used to write. Marty has an affair with the hot actor at the convention, knowing it will end when the convention does, but at then Sebastian suggests they stay connected through texts, emails, and weekend get-togethers. Is something more permanent too much to wish for?
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The Nine Years Bar

The Nine Years Bar

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

It's the ninth anniversary of the day they met, and Allan Baker is at a neighborhood bar waiting for his husband. While there, he strikes up a conversation with an old man sitting on a stool beside him.The man introduces himself only as Gene. He sits alone nursing a beer he never touches and listens to Allan's story about coming to the bar for the first time years ago.Little does Allan know, but Gene is celebrating a nine-year anniversary of his own.
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Sam and Lincoln

Sam and Lincoln

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Every year, Lincoln Willets arranges a buddy trip for his old friends from high school, and he's always especially thrilled when Sam Stryker can participate. All of Lincoln's old friends are successful, but Sam is a star. Literally a celebrity who has made a career starring in blockbuster movies. Lincoln isn't starstruck, but back in high school he had a thing for Sam. He never acted on it, for number of reasons, but mostly because he assumed Sam was straight. And nothing leading up to their trip in Mammoth has clued him in otherwise.As his other friends leave the cabin in Mammoth just ahead of a storm that promises to close the roads, Lincoln stays behind with Sam, who had a rough night drinking. By the time Sam emerges, the snowstorm has hit and the roads are closed, stranding Lincoln and Sam for the next couple of days. The time alone together turns out to be an eye-opening experience for Lincoln. Sam is not all that straight and just as attracted to Lincoln as Lincoln is...
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The Crush Revisited

The Crush Revisited

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Tim Olfander escapes his busy, hectic life in LA to attend his ten year high school reunion in the city he left behind years ago, Lincoln Hill. There, at the resort the reunion has booked, his gaze falls almost instantly on the sexy, pretty guy behind the check-in counter. He chats up the guy only to learn he is the assistant manager, Brandon Collins.Tim instantly sets in motion his plan to spend the week at the resort with Brandon's sweet body under his. He has no clue he's no stranger to Brandon. He went to the same high school and is also going to be at the reunion.Back then, Brandon was a shy, closeted nerd who had a big crush on Tim. Now's Brandon's chance to revisit that old crush from high school too. But he doesn't want to give away his heart this time.
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Lost Between

Lost Between

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Horror author Curtis Macintyre has recently rented an apartment in an historical building in San Francisco. But the apartment comes with more than just old charm. It also comes with the spirit of Aaron Carmichael, a man murdered five years before.After Curtis visits a medium, Aaron's spirit comes to him for help in finding peace since he's lost between two worlds, the living and the afterlife. When Curtis decides to visit Aaron's boyfriend, Robbie Henley, a beautiful hairdresser, Aaron comes along ... inside Curtis.Now with Robbie's help, it's up to Curtis to find out what happened to Aaron so he can finally have peace. And maybe, together, Curtis and Robbie can find their own happily ever after.
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The Naughty Ones

The Naughty Ones

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Young Christmas Elf Christian is thinking of leaving the North Pole after this Christmas due to his unrequited love for his best friend Alistair. But before he can make a decision on his future, he finds himself in trouble with the dark-haired, sexy Head Elf Gabriel.Trouble comes in the form of having to be the Head Elf's assistant for the season, but after a kiss under the mistletoe, their relationship takes a naughty turn. By Christmas, Christian only has eyes for Gabriel. Will the Head Elf return his feelings?
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Coming Home

Coming Home

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Nine months ago, Tommy, a nurse, and Jared, a fire fighter met at by accident, literally. Their relationship is red hot from the start, and Tommy can hardly believe how lucky he is.But after nine months together, Tommy has a big fight and doesn't talk to Jared for two days. Is it over? Tommy was never really sure he was the hot fireman's type anyway, especially when Jared has been stingy with declarations of love. But when they finally reconnect, Jared makes it clear he only wants to come home to Tommy.Note: This short story was originally published in the charity collection, Love Is Proud.
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B4

B4

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Sequel to UnobtainableHaydon Cliff Police Detectives Sean Callahan and Andy Mantegna are investigating the second murder of an elderly lady strangled with socks. They really hope they don't have a serial killer on their hands, because Haydon Cliff hasn't recovered fully from the homeless serial killer of a few months before.Soon they begin to connect the killings in a strange way to a weekly bingo game. When more murders occur just as their own personal partnership heats up, they can no longer deny the killer is one and the same for all the victims.But the killings might be even more sinister than first thought. It's up to Sean and Andy to figure it out before their detective team is split up just when they don't want to be parted.
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A Thankful Heart

A Thankful Heart

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

It's the beginning of November and Fabian is looking to make plans to visit his family with his lawyer boyfriend, Michael, for Thanksgiving week. But when Fabian shows up at Michael's office during the workday, Michael is rude and unreceptive to the idea, so Fabian breaks up with him.Making the trip to San Jose by himself, Fabian is welcomed home by his loving Italian family who are just eager for him to come home for good. Fabian is set to make the best of Thanksgiving, single and all, but maybe a special visit will help to make his heart thankful once more.
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Pulling Apart

Pulling Apart

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Noah Riggins thought his troubles were over and he'd live happily ever after with Charlie Banks, but lately their domestic bliss has been anything but blissful. Charlie's shutting down and shutting Noah out, refusing to even consider getting help.When Charlie suggests a separation, Is this really the end?
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A Sutter's Bay Christmas

A Sutter's Bay Christmas

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Jim Reynolds, newly divorced, is headed to Sutter's Bay just before Christmas. Wanting a new start after the broken marriage, Jim has accepted a new attorney position at a law firm after the holidays. He's leaving behind Los Angeles, but also his new baby daughter, Hope. He'll miss her first Christmas.Edward Cross came back to Sutter's Bay a few years back after a relationship grew abusive. A fire at the salon where he worked sends him to Mabry's restaurant with a chance to begin again. There he runs into Jim, who just happens to be a former lover from LA.Both men are seeking another chance at life, and maybe with each other. Can they reconnect over the Christmas holidays?
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Getting Wade

Getting Wade

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Wade and Neal have always been friends. Just friends. They grew up together. Wade has always disliked Neal's choice in boyfriends, though he never analyzes why, and when the latest turns out to be a cheating jerk, it's Wade to the rescue.Neal has always had a thing for his best friend, but Wade doesn't show any interest in being anything other than friends. This time Neal thought he'd picked the perfect guy as a substitute for who he really wanted only to be proven wrong again.When his best friend rescues him from a bad situation, Neal decides to take a chance to finally get Wade.
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One More Time

One More Time

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Dane Westerfield left Vermont a decade ago without a desire to return. California was home now. Or rather, his partner of six years, made it home. But when the unexpected death of his lover leads to the revelation of long kept secrets, Dame returns to the Vermont town he grew up in to help deal with his grief.On the way to his sister's home, he runs into Theo Mason, his first love. Theo had been one of the reasons Dane had been eager to leave Vermont and Dane's not eager to see him again. Yet the rugged police officer makes it clear he wants another chance. Theo's patience and understanding catch Dane off guard, and Dane finds himself wanting to give into Theo and his familiar heat. But Dane can't shake the feeling that it's too soon to try one more time.
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Car Wash

Car Wash

Shawn Lane

Gay & Lesbian / Romance

Kevin Flaherty's life really sucks. Laid off from his job and facing homelessness, he doesn't think things can get worse. Forced to work a low-paying job at a car wash, he's embarrassed to even tell his closest friends.Hotshot lawyer Michael Bennett comes in to have his Maserati cleaned. Kevin knows Michael well. When Kevin was fifteen, an openly gay twenty-one-year-old Michael was Kevin's dream man. But when the teenaged Kevin made a move, Michael rejected the then too young Kevin. But nine years have passed, and Michael is surprised at how gorgeous and haughty Kevin has become.When he learns of Kevin's situation, a smitten Michael makes it his job to clean up the disaster Kevin's life has become. But his take-charge, bossy attitude rubs sensitive Kevin the wrong way.Things look dismal for Kevin once more, but can he find a way to let Michael see the true beauty behind his sass?
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