In 1934, life in Brookburn, Indiana, is quiet, simple, and peaceful, but young dreamer Levi Beckerman yearns for more. When the carnival shows up for the Fourth of July, he’s entranced by its many temptations. None is more seductive than the charismatic barker, Sebastian Gustineau.
Seb’s been a part of the carnival for almost a decade. Once, it provided him the escape he needed from a life he thought he didn’t want, but now, he craves things it can never offer. Flitting from dusty town to dusty town, he loses himself in pretty dalliances. Levi seems like the perfect distraction, until a single conversation convinces him that preserving Levi’s innocence and way of life is more important than his momentary satisfaction.
However, his plan to discourage Levi goes horribly wrong. When Levi’s family is threatened, Levi fights to protect them, doing what he can to hide the secrets he’s sheltered his entire life. The only person he trusts is Seb. He just isn’t sure if the growing bond between them is enough to save them all.
Inadvertently tumbling through the border after Fenn and then thrown into the middle of the internecine political disputes of their people, Sergeant Will Grant of the Metropolitan Police has spent three months in prison in the Underhalls of the Frem. When Fenn comes to free him and return him home through the border, he has very little time to work out what’s going on before the sudden appearance of Fenn’s missing younger sibling Keren throws Fenn for a loop.
Instead of returning them to London as planned, the trio step through the border to the Egyptian desert. Once they work out where they are, it’s a two week trip back to England with the possibility of pursuit both onboard ship and when they reach home.
Will the journey give Fenn and Will time to resolve the feelings they have been dancing around since the day they met? How will they keep Keren from recapture by the faction who tried to persuade Fenn they were dead? And has Will’s friend Alec forgiven Fenn for lying about their motives when they first traveled to London four months ago?
All the Honorable St. John Ashford ever wanted was his father’s love, but if he can’t have that, he’ll settle for being noticed. In an effort to do that, St. John sets his sights on Andrew Dorincourt, a man for whom the Viscount has nothing but disdain. Surely this will draw his father’s attention? Unfortunately, while Andrew seems willing to date him, he appears entirely disinterested in anything else. St. John knows it’s just a matter of time before all his plans going up in smoke, especially when Andrew becomes attracted to an exotic young man he rescued from Malossini’s House of Oddities.
Robin Dorincourt is something of a playboy who enjoys nothing so much as flitting from one boyfriend to another. He doesn’t poach, though, and when he finds himself attracted to St. John Ashford, he does what he can to keep a healthy distance between them, using taunts and teasing. It’s difficult, until he realizes his brother is in love with someone else. Robin’s path toward St. John is clear, and he makes his move.
But is his path as clear as he imagines? St. John might be as attracted to Robin as Robin is to him, but he’ll be damned if he allows himself to be passed from one brother to the other as if he’s nothing more than a poor second choice. Now it remains is for Robin to persuade St. John he’s no one’s second choice.
OUT NOW! One Night in London: Robert and Anthony by K.L. Noone
Robert Thorne would prefer not to get married. He enjoys his life: a viscount’s younger brother, a lighthearted rake, fond of men and women and sensational novels. Unfortunately, tonight’s ball is intended to celebrate his engagement. And his intended husband comes with a fortune, enough to repair the Thorne family’s failing finances and secure their future. But they’ve barely spoken two words to each other, and the young man’s very shy and very innocent — someone Robert’s brother’s chosen for him, not the person Robert wants.
But the person Robert wants is exactly the person he shouldn’t: Anthony, his secretary. Anthony’s the best and most organized part of Robert’s life — and off-limits, because Anthony’s employed by the family to keep an eye on him …
Anthony Price has two secrets. Everyone knows that his family used to be wealthy, and that Anthony’s needed to find employment to support himself and his mother and sister. But no one knows that he has another life — and growing success as an author of lurid novels, written under a pen name. And no one knows that he’s hopelessly in love with Robert Thorne, who is engaged to another man.
Anthony will do anything to ensure Robert’s happiness — but when the engagement ball ends in disaster, secrets are revealed, hearts are exposed, and everything can change … on one night in London.
OUT NOW! One Night in London: Dalton and Edward by K.S. Murphy
No one’s ever expected much from Dalton Irving, the reserved, sheltered, and bookish heir to the family fortune. So in order to secure their place in London’s society, the Irvings have arranged for Dalton to marry the brother of a viscount. A man who comes from a family with a title and with quite the scandalous reputation. A man Dalton doesn’t know. A man who’s very publicly announced that he doesn’t want to get married, least of all to Dalton, right in the middle of their engagement ball.
In an attempt to flee whispered words and sudden gossip and unexpected hurt from venomous words, Dalton finds comfort from the very last person he would have expected — the wry, reclusive, and unsocial Edward Whitman, Duke of Wellingham.
Edward Whitman doesn’t like most people on his best days. They’re dull and predictable and care only about money and status. Tonight, however, is the engagement ball for his best friend’s brother, so he’ll make an appearance to assure the night’s success even if the idea of anyone marrying young Dalton Irving puts a strange ache in the pit of his stomach.
But after Dalton’s intended makes a mess of the ball, Edward suddenly finds himself alone with the young man, drawn to his wide-eyed curiosity and kindhearted generosity, his rambling and odd musings. Neither of them can imagine what this evening has in store for anyone, and all it takes is one night in London to change everything.