Fragments of Forever

Leah Ross
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Some couples are meant to be together, like Jonathan and William. No matter the situation, they find each other, over and over again, and fall in love every time. They aren’t always ready for each other. Their love isn’t always convenient or well-timed. But it always draws out the best versions of themselves, changing their lives in ways they never anticipated. This is a collection of four short stories about the forever kind of love. Based on characters from the Legend of the Grimoire series, these stories are four ways that two eternal souls find their missing pieces.

Executive Decisions: William works for the most demanding and entitled account executive in all of Denver—or at least that’s how it seems to him. But amid the constant coffee orders, last-minute urgent tasks, and borderline hostile treatment, Jonathan is only barely managing to hide how he really feels about his assistant behind the fear of losing his job for fraternization. A weekend ski trip gives them the opportunity to work things out. They didn’t know that it would also change everything between them.

Guarded: At rock bottom and on the brink of death is where Jonathan finds a broken and hopeless William. As William’s guardian angel, it’s time for Jonathan to intervene and guide him back to functional. Neither one of them expected the profound and near-instant attraction. While Jonathan helps William out of his personal hell, William also changes Jonathan’s perspective by helping him be more human. What they both learn about themselves will be the key to their future.

Song of the Caged Bird: William arrives at the University of Colorado in Boulder as a transfer student harboring a dangerous secret that he desperately wants to keep hidden. He can’t give up his greatest passion, though, which threatens to bring him into direct confrontation with his dark past. Complicating everything is his new and exciting relationship with fellow student Jonathan. As things start spiraling wildly out of William’s control, he faces the harsh truth that he can’t escape who he really is and his true identity could cost him everything.

Pieces of You: Jonathan and William have been together forever. Well, at least for hundreds of years. They’ve seen and done it all, so when they take off together for a few days of camping in the mountains, they look forward to some uninterrupted time away from their hectic schedules and overbearing boss. They haven’t seen quite everything, though. Accidentally finding himself trapped in a variant of his own world, William meets versions of Jonathan and Jai who have never had William’s influence on their lives. That doesn’t stop love from taking hold, and even though William knows he can’t stay in a world that’s not his, he can’t stand the thought of leaving either. Torn between two worlds, two sets of lovers, William has to decide if he has the strength to break two hearts in order to do what’s right.

This work is intended for a mature audience and contains mature content. For a more comprehensive list of content tags, please see this book’s information page at the author’s website.

Keywords: contemporary romance, gay lgbt romance, mm male romance, adult modern romance, short stories, story collection, soulmates, executive, business, office, angel, college, singer, artist, alternate universe, AU, USA, Colorado, Denver, Boulder
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About the author

Leah Ross is a freelance writer and graphic designer with a penchant for loud electronic dance music and sappy love stories. She has been writing and creating art for most of her life, with works published by the International Library of Poetry and NewType USA. After receiving her BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she started a family with her soulmate. Leah met her husband online and has been happily married to him since 2001. She believes that love should be unconventional, rules are negotiable, and age is nothing but a number. You can find more information on Leah’s works at her website: http://www.leahrossbooks.com/.
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Leah Ross
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Published on
May 6, 2015
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Pages
136
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9781310706202
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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Second born. The heir’s spare. It’s been Oron’s position for his entire life. Suddenly, he’s ripped from his adventurous pirate life, summoned back to Sehaann. The princess is dead and Oron is next in line for the throne. Reluctant, resentful, the prince feels obligated in his duty. The new role doesn’t fit him at all, though, and he finds much more than he expects within the palace walls.

As captain of the Royal Guard, Deven is entirely too good at his job. Recognized as the country’s best fighter, he’s sworn to protect his people and his prince with every skill in his arsenal. His vow of service is paramount, even more important than heartfelt promises left behind in childhood. To be a Knight of Sehaann is to fight for prince and country. There’s no room between the constant stream of political threats for distracting emotion.

Kavian is the palace’s finest pleasure slave. Distraction personified. Property of the crown, his job is only to ease the stress of the privileged aristocrats who have need of him. He sees the things that the nobles hide from each other and hears their secrets. He would be a formidable enemy if those who used him bothered to give him a second thought. No one realizes that he’s an even more dangerous ally.

Three lives are hopelessly tangled together in a web of jealousy, duty, and ambition that none will escape unscathed. With opposition in every corner and every watchful eye looking for a weakness to exploit, one wrong move means treason, war, even death. All of them must decide where their loyalties lie and which sacrifices are just too much to bear. Oron knows one thing for certain, though. If he’s going down, he’s going down fighting.


This work is intended for a mature audience and contains mature content. For a more comprehensive list of content tags, please see this book’s information page at the author’s website.


Keywords: mm romance, sword, sorcery, magic, quest, alternate universe, AU, knight romance, royal romance, mm fantasy romance, gay fantasy romance
Editorial Reviews

"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens

"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog

"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews

Synopsis

Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

It’s been seven years since a depraved act of maniacal egotism altered a family, a whole town, and a young man’s life forever. It shouldn’t even have been possible, and the implications of such a brazen crime rocked the very foundations of life in the Fringe. A sheltered, privileged boy abducted right from his bed in the dead of night. He was never found. And the criminal responsible disappeared along with him. Though the trail is long cold, the ones left behind to grieve still hope for closure.

Everyone who visits the town of Firebend hears about Wyvern. As the most popular, most interesting server at the town’s only tavern, he can’t help but be noticed. It’s his striking, dark good looks. It’s his charismatic, friendly nature. It’s the freaking huge mechanical wings attached to his back. Everyone wants to be near him, but Wyvern wishes that he wasn’t such an object of fascination. He already has about as much attention as he can tolerate.

Wes Sterling is a celebrity among Fringers, captain of the uniquely beautiful airship the Sterling Wish. After months of going town to town and shaking the hand of practically every Fringer in existence, he’s ready for some down time to rest and make repairs. Firebend is as good a place as any. He doesn’t expect to find the solution to his mechanical problems there, and he definitely doesn’t expect to fall in love.

Attraction won’t be enough to bring Wyvern and Wes together. Not even love is strong enough to overcome the barriers between them. All around them hover the specters of Wyvern’s personal demons—past and present, real and imagined. If they can’t unite to vanquish the fear that’s plaguing them, then they’ll lose so much more than they ever thought they’d gain.


This work is intended for a mature audience and contains mature content. For a more comprehensive list of content tags, please see this book’s information page at the author’s website.


Keywords: mm romance, steampunk romance, gay romance, science fiction romance, mm gay romance, post-apocalyptic, alternate universe
Editorial Reviews

"Sorry Christian and Gideon, there’s a new heartthrob for you to contend with. Meet Talon. Talon Steel." -Booktopia 

"Possession brings Talon Steel's story to a conclusion, wrapping up a thrilling mystery intertwined with some amazingly hot sex scenes... the buildup to the protagonists discovery keeps the pages moving at a rapid-fire pace. " -RT Book Reviews

"I'm dead from the strongest book hangover ever. Helen exceeded every expectation I had for this book. It was heart pounding, heartbreaking, intense, full throttle genius. " -Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog

"WOAH. Helen Hardt has truly blown me away with this series. It is dark, emotional, intense, horrifying, and utterly beautiful all mixed together. " -Pretty Little Book Reviews

"Such a beautiful torment - the waiting, the anticipation, the relief that only comes briefly before more questions arise, and the wait begins again... Check. Mate. Ms. Hardt..." -Bare Naked Words

"The love scenes are beautifully written and so scorching hot I’m fanning my face just thinking about them." -The Book Sirens

Synopsis

Jade Roberts’s love for Talon Steel is the real deal, and she’s more determined than ever to help him come to grips with whatever is haunting him. To that end, she continues her investigation of the Steels…and unknowingly attracts some dangerous foes from their shrouded history.

Talon loves Jade deeply and longs to possess her forever, so he faces his worst fears and exposes his rawest wounds in an attempt to heal. The road is icy and treacherous, but if he perseveres and comes out whole on the other side, he’ll finally be worthy of Jade’s love.

The untamed passion between the two still blazes, but as the horrors of Talon’s past resurface, Jade and Talon aren’t safe…


In a land where status defines a person’s entire life, a young man struggles to find his place among those who reject his differences. Too royal for piracy but too savage for palace halls, he doesn’t fit anywhere. It’s practically impossible to meet everyone’s lofty expectations when they all want nothing more than for him to fail. If only someone would give him a chance to prove his worth.

Left behind in Sehaann and seething with bitterness, Oron is an outcast in his own land. All he wants is to be back with his pirate brethren and enjoying an adventure. Instead, he’s deeply mired in complex politics, stuffy etiquette, and the resentment of his peers. He’s stuck in hell, and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever get out.

Deven is the most promising fighter among the top squires training to become Knights of Sehaann. His future is well-defined, his career as a royal protector assured. Though he wasn’t counting on being entrusted with such responsibility before earning his knighthood, he accepts it gladly in order to keep his prince and new friend safe.

A young prince turned pirate who was never meant to rule. A squire destined to be a knight who will do anything for honor and friendship. Together, they will face every challenge and fight every battle with courage. It will take more than courage and honor, though, to win their toughest battle. It’s a battle that neither of them can afford to lose. Not when failure means losing everything.


Book Length: ~39,500 words


Keywords: mm romance, sword, sorcery, magic, quest, alternate universe, AU, knight romance, royal romance, mm fantasy romance, gay fantasy romance
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