Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm's length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he's as happy as he'll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he's gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.
Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh's not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman's ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.
Sometimes you can't find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who don't know what they're looking for...until they find it in each other.
This book is the first book in the Scientific Method Universe, and was originally published as two volumes: The Scientific Method and Hugh's New Dude. The new version has some additional bits here and there, but covers most of the same ground. Information about the rest of the series can be found at krisripper.com/smu
Rory doesn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but the thing he wants most in the world is impossible: to go home, to his master, where he was safe. Life without slavery isn’t worth living. He dodges out of the “Freedom Project” with his new friend Demon, and vows to find his master, whatever it takes.
Geo Fairbanks doesn’t even tell people he used to own a slave. And the people who know? Think he’s deluded. “The kid was a slave, Geo. He wasn’t your boyfriend.” He switched careers, moved to a new town, and cut ties with everyone, but none of it helps. He needs Rory. And he’s willing to do almost anything to find him.
Once they’re reunited, everything should be perfect. Shouldn’t it? Then why does Rory have more questions than answers? His friends are done with slavery, over it, moving on, but part of him misses kneeling at Master’s feet. A very specific part of him misses being tied to Master’s bed. It would be one thing if Geo would just take over, like he did in the old days, but Geo’s just as clueless as Rory about how to live with each other as equal men.
Then the unthinkable happens and Geo finds himself searching for Rory all over again. Can he find Rory before he disappears into the new black market for slaves? And if he does, will they ever figure out how to be in a relationship not dictated by legal contracts dictating exactly what they mean to each other?
He can keep everything else in his life together, as long as for a few hours every week it all falls away.
Clem wants more than one night a week. The way he sees it, if one night’s good, wouldn’t more be better? But he’s had three years of good sex with a man twenty years younger than him and he’s not about to blow it by asking for more, even if he thinks it’s what both of them want.
When Neil’s life begins to unravel, the last thing he wants to do is rely on Clem to keep him upright. Sometimes it takes a crisis to realize just how many people are on your side…and just what you’re willing to do to keep them there.
Dillon Aldham loves being on his computer. He’s a little bit awkward and most of his relationships have been online. When a pipe explodes in his apartment, he holes up in the local bar for a few days waiting for repairs to be done. He figures the hot redheaded bartender is just being polite, but every now and then he thinks they might have a spark. (And Gage's tone of command is pretty... evocative.)
Gage Maher isn't in the closet, he's just private. At least, he's private until he meets Dillon. But Dillon, and his fun mix of awkward and fearless, really gets under his skin. Between an inheritance he never asked for, the feud that comes along with it, and New Halliday's first gay wedding, Gage could use a little fun.
Can a computer geek and a small town bartender really hit it off? Is a love for kink, a healthy fear of gossip, and a huge helping of sexual chemistry enough to build a life on?
He doesn’t believe in happy endings. And no fairy tale ever began Once upon a time, an arrogant jackass blew me in the storeroom of a lousy club.
Math McKinney’s got a lot on his mind. He used to be a charming guy with a little bit of substance; these days he feels more like the guy still standing when everything around him is a smoking ruin. His ex is out of the country for the next year, his daughter thinks she’s his son, and his co-chair on the Committee for the Preservation of Community apparently hates him for, let’s be clear, no apparent reason. (Because that BJ was magnificent. MAGNIFICENT.)
Neither of them is looking for a boyfriend. Hell, neither of them is even looking for a one night stand. Yet somehow they keep ending up together and dammed if it doesn’t seem like that’s a sign.
Except…fairy tales are for children. Aren’t they?
The location’s not quite as accessible as it was supposed to be, but there’s a ramp down an alley and a door his wheelchair fits through, so he’s definitely seen worse. Also, there’s a no dating rule, but since Paul has a bad habit of rushing into things and steamrolling every obstacle in his path, that’s not such a bad thing.
Then he meets Ally Jennings. And all bets are off.
Ally loves the workshop, even if she feels like the least experienced person in the room. Meeting Paul is the icing on the cake. When he looks at her, she feels like he gets her, and that’s…never happened before.
He’s dominant, she’s submissive, and everything from kissing to talking about their families feels perfect. But when Paul pushes for commitment, Ally hesitates, and each of them feels betrayed.
They’ve only known each other for two weeks. They should probably just write the whole thing off and go their separate ways, except they can’t stop thinking about each other. Falling in love was the easy part. Building a relationship takes a hell of a lot of work.
Alex and Jamie aren’t like other people. They aren’t fazed by his moods. They laugh at his critical analysis of nineties cinema. They definitely want to have sex with him (…again), and Jamie wants a go at him with her favorite flogger. Despite the fact that they’re perfect together, they want him to join them.
Justin doesn’t have words for this thing between the three of them, but he knows romance isn’t supposed to be part of it. As long as he ignores his feelings, maybe they can have fun. Keep it simple. Don’t fail.
Except Justin’s not great at simple, and real damn good at failing. He’s not brave enough to be with them, and trying might destroy everything. It’s too big a risk. He can’t be this strong, passionate person they see him as…unless maybe he already is.
Warning: some mentions of eating disorders. It's not a focus of the book, but there are references, so please take care if you may find this triggering.
Hugh and Truman aren't the only ones heading to the coast. They have a whole week-long New Years celebration planned, with a big group of their friends. Ally had planned to spend a lot of that time with her lousy now-ex, but now that she's here, she's wild with curiosity about all the stuff going on just below the surface of every conversation.
It turns out there's a lot she doesn't know about her brother and his chosen family, and Ally might discover some things she didn't know about herself along the way.
But things at the beach house are never what they seem.
There’s the way his hosts have a longtime boyfriend who’s no longer looking like their piece on the side. There’s the boyfriend’s twin brother and his partner, who definitely have a secret. There’s the dominatrix and her two young men, only one of whom calls himself a slave (whatever that means).
And then there’s charming Nick and his moody dude Bernie, who—hell, Jase doesn’t even know what to think of them, or of the way Nick keeps inviting him to join them.
Jase might be a little more lonely than he realized, and while he wouldn’t have picked the beach house as a good place to drown his sorrows, by the end of the week he can’t imagine spending New Year’s anywhere else.
But Lucy’s going to be there. And ever since he met Lucy three years ago, she’s been on his mind…and in his fantasies.
Between Lucy, Nick (whom Evan privately calls “the blond god”), and his girlfriend Cait, Evan’s New Year’s is unlike any holiday he’s ever spent. And he definitely wouldn’t have it any other way.
Ten all-new resistance romances for readers who take their happily ever afters with love, hate, and all the dirty bits in between.
DEDICATION OF A LIFETIME
by Tamsen Parker
School counselor Sean wants to fix the world. No social justice slouch himself, Sean’s chemist husband Isaiah is exhausted. Their world crumbling, their marriage in trouble, Isaiah suggests they run away, but Sean balks. Will they honor their vows or will their relationship be a casualty of the country gone mad?
by Ainsley Booth
Brianne can’t afford a crush on her boss. Thanks to a media blitz, she’s fled her old life and needs to please the demanding Astrid. So she ignores the zing when they touch, and the ache as she falls into a lonely bed. But as their work gets harder, their boundaries crumble and Astrid makes an unexpected proposal.
WORK OF HEART
by Olivia Dade
Artist Jenny needs money, but when a politician tries to pay for his portrait with charity funds, she balks…and contacts David Redi, the most trusted reporter around. A romance with his source would wreck David's credibility, but Jenny is one lead he can’t refuse to follow. Soon it’s not only truth and justice at stake—it’s love.
THE PRESIDENT'S PROTECTOR
by Kris Ripper
Miriam is a good president—though she’d say she’s not good enough. Ram is a Secret Service agent who garners some side-eye because he’s trans, but in this administration, that doesn’t stop him from being part of the president’s protective detail. She’s the president. He’s her bodyguard. Nothing can happen. Until it does.
FALLACIES AND FLIRTATIONS
by Amy Jo Cousins
She’s an ex-chain mail bikini-wearing actress-turned-mayor, and I’m a speechwriter still paying off student loans. She’s my boss, nothing can happen. But somehow it’s always Anna and me in the office at 2 a.m., and I’m starting to think I’m not imagining the heat between us…
THE FOURTH ESTATE
by Emma Barry
Drew wants to report on the corrupt president, but readers only care about the bombshells penned by his rival Brynn. But when he goes after Brynn’s source, he finds himself snagged on more complicated feelings. Brynn doesn’t have time for Drew, even with his sexy smolder, and they’re soon tussling over the truth with their hearts on the line.
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS
by Adriana Anders
Reporter O’Neal is a sucker for a good story. Which is why she can’t resist following high school crush Kurt on his trip up a North Cascades peak. But when it’s time to come down, she’s not sure she can go back to real life. Could one night with Kurt change everything?
DISSENT AND DESIRE
by Kelly Maher
With her future crumbling, Frankie focuses on fighting in the war against science. PhD candidate Rafe is unsure about continuing his career at the EPA. Neither expects to see their crush at a meeting, but networking turns into dinner, which turns into more. Hope in the future may be possible after all.
MR. KLEIN GOES TO ALBANY
by Stacey Agdern
When the Canadian government—via hockey player-turned-diplomat Adam—proposes a work around to the president, legislative aide Tamara knows she needs to set them straight. She arranges a trip to show Adam the state, tricky business given their history. Can she give Adam a second chance?
TAKE A KNEE
by Jane Lee Blair
After police kill her cousin, Rochelle turns to her high-school crush turned NFL player Jack to bring attention to the cause. Jack just wants to play football, so he refuses. But as Rochelle’s passion continues to affect him, he realizes justice and the heart of the woman he loves are worth the struggle.
In ten days Davey finds a kitten, wears a mermaid dress, and crushes on a beautiful man. Welcome to New Year’s at the beach house.
Taking advantage of the kid in the mail room is supposed to be a one-time thing, a kinky fantasy come to life. At first, that’s exactly what it is. Big Bad in charge with a submissive college boy at his feet. The kid’s a little mouthy, but that just makes it better when Bad shuts him up.
Filthy encounters build up until Bad realizes Red’s gotten under his skin, and by then it’s way too late to cut the kid off without a word of goodbye. Plus, as long as Red knows the only rule—which is that Bad makes all the rules—things should be just fine.
And they are. Until Little Red demands more than terse orders and Bad finds himself bewildered. And a little…intrigued. All he wanted was to get off with a disposable college boy. He wasn’t supposed to care about Red’s feelings. And he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to have any of his own.