For Zane Rutledge, 'Tis the Season... to be single?
Being dumped by his long-time boyfriend five months before Christmas, Zane can't yet fathom a new relationship. Besides, he's neck deep in holiday party prep and Christmas play rehearsals. Who's got time?
For Simon Wickham, it's looking like yet another blue, blue, blue, Blue Christmas…
Being alone at Christmas isn't for the faint of heart, but, at this point, Simon's a pro. Besides, he can't seem to find someone who appreciates his sass, his chatter, and his bow ties. What's not to like?
But Santa's elves work in mysterious ways.
Find out how Benedict Cumberbatch, Hallmark movies, and bumble bees show Zane and Simon that Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Coast Guard Lieutenant Caleb Jackson is officially home on leave for a family gathering. In reality, he's home to win the heart of the man who's lingered in his thoughts for the better part of a decade.
Musician Matt Miller arrives at his best friend's apartment with good news to share, only to come face to face with the boy--now a man--he had a forbidden crush on in high school.
Caleb is finally in the same place at the same time as his secret love and nothing's going to keep him from his mission: winning Matt's heart.
The only thing that can stop his plans is Matt's good news or Matt himself.
But time has a way of changing things and that's all that Caleb has...time. Ten days to convince Matt that they can finally be together.
Certainly not Mark Roncalli's. Mild mannered CPA during the week and the drag queen known as “Lady Jazz” on the weekends, Mark keeps his two worlds separate. Mark's sexuality and his flamboyant and aberrant avocation don't mesh well with traditional Italian family values and masculine sensibilities--at least according to his brothers.
Elijah Turner's life revolves around diabetes and hockey, in that order. Which leaves very little time for relationships. Most of the men he's dated felt like a third wheel to the realities of Elijah's life. They were willing to put up with the hockey because Elijah's a rich professional athlete. Not so much the diabetes which requires 24/7 vigilance and not so many indulgences.
When Elijah asks Mark to date him, will Mark take a chance and believe Elijah over the longstanding denigration by and judgement of his family?
Join Semka, Elijah, and Ryan as they face off against the forces that have kept them from finding love.
No Protocol For Love
Semka is a Russian National who stands to lose his family as well as his country if he chooses to come out.
Tyson lives his life out and proud and refuses to go back in the closet for anyone, not even for the one and only guy he's fallen head-over-skates for.
Defending the Drag Queen
Elijah's diabetes, more than his time-intensive hockey career, has kept love at a hockey-stick's length.
Accountant by day, drag queen by night, Mark is no one's ideal man. His hyper-masculine, homophobic brothers have drilled that into his head over the years. How on earth is a professional athlete, masculinity personified, even gay? And why would he want to date a wierdo like Mark?
Rookies at Love
It takes his wife leaving him and the subsequent kindness and generosity of a virtual stranger for Ryan to realize he's gay.
Nicholas has been nothing if not focused on his education. For years. And to the exclusion of all else. Becoming the primary caregiver for a three-year-old as well as housemate to her hot hockey father forces him re-think his life's plan.
Semyon "Semka" Novikoff has focused his whole life on playing professional-level hockey. He can't ever come out. Not as a Russian national. His life and livelihood depend on keeping his sexuality a secret.
When Semka suffers a concussion, Tyson volunteers to help him with daily life. Over the course of the first few weeks, their friendship blossoms.
Semka takes Tyson into his confidence and reveals his sexuality. Tyson takes Semka to bed.
What started as a simple gesture of kindness becomes a secret relationship with an expiration date. Once Semka is medically cleared to play, the relationship is over.
Semka can't risk losing his job or his life, and Tyson won't be with someone who can't openly present themselves to the world as part of a couple.
When Semka and Tyson part ways, both men find themselves missing the other, but they can never be. At least, that's what they tell themselves.
Gorgeous wrangler Chase Lewis has just come out of a four-year relationship with a crazy woman.
When Chase is injured by a spooked horse and temporarily loses the use of a hand, Kyle's right there to offer his support.
The two are already best friends and roommates... Will Kyle confess his feelings and take a chance on becoming more?
Being gay isn't acceptable at home or in hockey. When he returns home after the bitterest defeat a professional hockey player can suffer, he must lick his wounds alone.
Maddox West is done with men.
The burn scars that mar one shoulder and half his back sent his fiancé fleeing for good. What he thought were dates ended up being one-night stands. His brothers-in-arms are the only men he can truly depend on.
Landon hires Maddox to help with his remodeling project. Despite their age difference, they find common ground and develop a fast friendship.
The weight of betrayal and hurt has sat heavy on Maddox's heart since his fiancé walked away. Landon's simple and easy friendship is a balm to Maddox's spirit, and his pure appreciation of Maddox's body and simple, sweet desire spark an equally basic need in Maddox. Landon must return to Houston at summer’s end, so why not indulge in a summer fling?
As a result of Maddox's youthful exuberance and his sense of fun, Landon feels younger and freer than he has in years. So much so, he breaks his personal Golden Rule of no sex in his home state and not only confesses his homosexuality, but embarks on a sexual relationship with Maddox.
Landon and Maddox have almost daily, sometimes enthusiastic, sometimes tender, sometimes non-vanilla sex, and life is good. Great even.
Until the day Landon's mother walks in on them.
Landon freaks out and sends both his mother and Maddox on their way.
After weeks of friendship and intimacy, Landon doesn't want to live without either any longer. He's so over his mother's complete condemnation of homosexuality, and his career is almost at an end. If he comes out or gets outed, what's the worst that could happen? He has to retire a year or two early? It's not as if he hadn't been considering the possibility anyway.
The real question is, can he convince Maddox to give him a second chance?
When Nicholas, a teacher from Avery's school, offers to take on the role of caregiver, Ryan scoffs. It's not that he doesn't think men are suitable caregivers--he's seen his teammates in action--but Avery needs a mother-figure, right?
Or does she?
Avery flourishes under Nicholas's care, and Ryan's house becomes a home for the first time in the four years he's lived there.
Nicholas Pruitt's education is his top priority. Ryan Macklin's plea for childcare comes to his attention and he determines that working twenty-four/seven caring for Avery Macklin will allow him more time to attend online classes and do his homework than his nine-to-five at the specialty school for children with Down Syndrome does.
Ryan's appreciation of any little consideration brings out the nurturer in Nicholas even more than Avery does, as precious and clever as she is, and he finds himself doing things specifically to bring that sparkle to Ryan's eyes--but he's straight, right?
Or is he?
Nicholas notices Ryan checking him out and he begins to wonder about Ryan's sexuality. Taking a chance and stealing a kiss, Nicholas and Ryan both discover that the answer is no.
When Nicholas's grades take a dip and Ryan refuses to follow in his dad's footsteps, all contract negotiations are off.
Or are they?