Dayne Jonra, a wandering bard, has heard the unsettling legends about the hidden village of Fortune's Way. The place is shrouded in magic and mystery. Dayne needs to write an epic song to make his name, and when he finds the village at last, he discovers the dire warnings might be true after all. The village is stuck in time, held in the grip of Cedonia, an evil priestess. Cedonia intends to sacrifice a young woman to ward off the anger of the gods and keep the town safe from the demons haunting the surrounding forest. But Ralion Belgan dares to defy her, struggling to save his little sister, the young woman chosen as the sacrifice. Dayne is fascinated by Ralion, drawn to the fierce man even as he tries to understand the dark mystery gripping the village. Winning the heart of Ralion will not be easy, even as the shadow around them deepens.
Ralion doesn't like this handsome bard who has come to their isolated village, and he doesn't trust him either. Not at first anyway. Dayne has powerful magic in his songs, but he's an outsider and a troublemaker. As they struggle to find the truth about the priestess and her hypnotic hold on the village, Ralion finds himself falling for the silver-tongued bard. His songs speak to Ralion's heart. But the song in Fortune's Way is darker than either man ever imagined...
Reader note: contains m/m fantasy romance themes including male male love
L. C. Carey grew up spending the summer hiding out in the woods behind Grandma's house in the mountains of North Carolina, reading books and watching the squirrels chase each other through the trees. It wasn't long before reading became writing, and while the woods were only a summer haven, they always felt like the best setting for romance. Today L. C. writes tales of handsome, honorable heroes, with all their human flaws, and revels in the romance of lovers finding each other, and themselves, as they struggle to find their happily ever after.
L. C.'s books are Dark Song, The Prisoner's Jewel, and The Naked Neighbor.
How can love survive amid vengeance and secrets?
Ceras has spent the last five years plotting his escape from the Grotto, a mountaintop prison run by the sadistic Lord Tyre. Kept for his skills as a gem cutter—and a mage—Ceras's enchanted jewels are in high demand by the nobility. And even more so by Lord Tyre, who seeks to bring all those with such talents under his control. Ceras cannot work his escape plan alone. He needs someone strong and skilled enough to help him—and more importantly, someone he can trust. Unfortunately, trust is in short supply in the Grotto. Until Ceras sees the fierce, grey-eyed warrior who's dumped into the pit. The man ignites feelings in Ceras he thought had been snuffed out long ago by the Grotto. But suddenly, Ceras's desire for escape becomes secondary to his desire for the new man, the big ex-bodyguard, Ralven.
Charged with a murder he didn't commit, Ralven is sentenced to life in Tyre's mountaintop prison. As a noble bodyguard, Ralven had spent his life protecting his lord. And now, falsely accused of his murder, Ralven has vowed to avenge his death. His only clue: Lord Tyre's seal on a box containing an onyx choker, which was found around his lord's neck. Getting into the Grotto is exactly what he wants—to bring him close to Lord Tyre so he can exact his revenge. But first he must survive Tyre's brutal prison melees, and he can't do that without Ceras's help. Despite his desire for vengeance, he can't ignore the powerful desire he feels for the jewel smith. Until he learns a powerful secret that might tear them apart—that the mage who crafted the deadly onyx is none other than Ceras himself...
365 days I’ve wanted Beth beneath me, begging for release. One long, angst-filled year we’ve circled each other, keeping things strictly professional.
But I’ve also got shit in my past that complicates relationships. And I should know better than to hope secrets can stay buried.
A year? Try ten. A decade ago, I let Lachlan walk away because deep down, I knew he needed something else.
As soon as I laid eyes on her, I understood what I was up against: he loves Beth. Looks at her in a way he’d never look at me.
I get it.
Curvy, smart, and bossy? I just might love her, too.
Two men. Two first dates.
Two first kisses…
But this doesn’t feel like a love triangle.
Oh no. It’s much more complicated than that. I’m not complaining. I’m game for anything. I just have one rule: we don’t tell anyone.
* Warning: there are no limits to these Mounties’ willingness to please
* Never underestimate the strength of a woman
* Sometimes the past can come back and bite you...if you're lucky
* Top-secret clearance means three doesn’t need to be a crowd
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
Quaid Marshall's life has hit rock bottom. He's lost the most recent of his dead-end jobs, has been evicted from his apartment, and if not for his sister Dana's Smoky Mountain ski cabin, he'd be living under the overpass in a cardboard box. Dana says it's the perfect chance to finish that screenplay he's been avoiding for two years. Since the day he drove the car into that tree, killing his fiancé, David. The day Quaid's life went to hell. With nothing left to lose, his only option is to finish the stupid screenplay and enter it in the ScreenWay contest, with its $25,000 grand prize. But it isn't going well. His sister neglected to tell him about the next-door neighbor...the incredibly hot, incredibly tall, incredibly buff next-door neighbor...the one who likes to sunbathe...naked. Next to that buzzing hive of bees. With that hideous little...is that a dog? How the hell is Quaid supposed to write a horror script when all he can think of is the sexy opening of a romantic comedy? And how the hell is he supposed to look himself in the eye in the mirror every morning when he feels so disloyal to David's memory?
Connor "Mac" MacPherson's balls are gonna fry to a crisp, and it'll be all Dana's fault. Mac's been out here for days, puttering around, sunbathing, and finally, taking it all off in hopes of getting noticed by his best friend's stubborn, brooding brother. When Dana asked him to try to get Quaid out of his shell, Mac agreed, sight unseen, because he loved his funny, quirky friend and would do anything to help her out. Even if her brother turned out to be a complete troll. But when he saw the Adonis that sidled out onto the deck that day, it went from mercy date to Lord have mercy... But all the man did was sit there pretending he didn't notice. He noticed, though. Oh, yeah. He noticed. And Mac wasn't about to let the Adonis ignore him any longer. After all, he'd promised Dana...
Keywords: gay contemporary romance, steamy romantic comedy elements, m/m romance, GLBT romance