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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bored freelancer Doc has lousy taste in men. The most recent example steals his computer and ties him to his bed, which is where his bestie Rowe finds him. An hour later Doc’s riding shotgun in Bertha-the-ancient-vehicle on the way to Los Angeles, where Rowe’s about to start his Real Life As An Actor.
Since life after Rowe leaves will be all diplomatic client emails and dying alone Doc could use a good distraction, and a spontaneous road trip down the coast is the perfect thing. Yes, technically he’s always had a little crush on Rowe, but it’s no big deal. Right up until Rowe kisses him and the world turns topsy turvy—in the best possible way.
When Rowe confesses he hasn’t been entirely honest, the betrayal sends Doc running. He doesn’t need more crappy guys in his life and dying alone is way better than being with someone he can’t trust. But losing Rowe is like losing a whole piece of his past and the best dreams he’s ever had for his future, and Doc’s not sure he can go back to boring after living something so much better.
Alisha is a free spirit who’s tossed aside ambition for travel and adventure. Her approach to life is a far cry from Ed’s, and while Ed has always assumed that meeting his goals would make him happy, Alisha is much more content than him—despite all the plans she can’t yet fulfill.
As their relationship heats up, so does the murder case. Alisha thinks Ed needs a break, but someone’s got to find this killer, and he wants to be there when it all goes down. Besides, taking off into the great unknown with Alisha is crazy. But opting for what’s safe is just another way of living in fear, and Ed vowed to stop living like that a long time ago.
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 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.
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.