In the Distance

In the Kitchen

Book 3
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Tyler Mitchell has worked hard to rebuild his life after his family kicked him out. A culinary student and sous chef who spends his spare time volunteering with kids, he's happy enough even though he has no time to consider a relationship.

Trevor Pratt is finally getting over losing the one person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, but it's taken screwing every cute guy in Manhattan to get there. He's vowed to repair the friendship he broke along the way, but that's hard to do when his friend's new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor turns on the charm.

Romance is a terrible idea. Trevor is ten years older and a relentless playboy. Tyler is still unsure of his place in the world. Neither of them is ready for life-changing love, but as things heat up, their chemistry in the bedroom might just take that decision out of their hands.

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Carina Press
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Jun 15, 2015
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / LGBT / Gay
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What The Heart Wants: A Gay Romance Collection is a bundle of 3 steamy, sensual gay romance stories featuring sexy, passionate, and sweet M/M love stories.


From brand new experiences, to new self-discoveries and awakenings, to lusty first times, and love that stands the test of time, these three gay romances by gay romantic fiction favorites Raiden King, Topher James, and Reya Karl will make you laugh, smile, cry, fan yourself, and leave you wanting more.


Contained in this 300 page box set are the gay romance books A Second Chance, The New Assistant, and The Plan.




A Second Chance

I never thought I’d love again. Even if I could, I didn’t even know if I wanted to.

I was betrayed… I had my heart broken. And I was in mourning… I lost a dear friend.

Something inside me just shut down. I didn’t want to go out. I didn’t want to face the world.

But then I saw him again… Keifer… the man who broke my heart. And it all came rushing back. The emotion, the fire… the heat… the memories… the rage.

So I punched him. Yeah, I punched him real good. I thought it would be over. I never expected to keep thinking about him. I never expected that he… that he was still thinking about me.

I always said to myself that I wouldn’t give anybody a second chance. Cross me, and you’re out, gone, and we’re finished.

But now I find myself changing my tune. I don’t know if I’ll be able to give him a second chance.

But I know that I’m going to try… and we’ll see where this goes.

Because I still love Keifer. And doesn’t love deserve a second chance?




The New Assistant

I lost a lot that day. Almost everything.

That day they still come to my door to ask me questions about.

That day the reporters won’t ever forget…

I knew I would mourn…

And I knew I would grieve…

But I never truly realized that… one day… I’d move on.

It all started with my new assistant.

His eyes looked into my soul. I felt as if I was falling into them.

I became obsessed with him.

Me, a man previously married to a woman!

And here I was, fantasizing about a colleague at work, a subordinate, no less. What a cliché.

But it was what I was feeling, and I was determined to keep it to myself.

I failed, of course.

Everything all started to unravel when I told him he was beautiful.

And my world stopped dead.




The Plan


Bad break-up, moving to a new city, starting a new job.  Who hasn’t experienced that before?

I expected this whole thing to be cliché and predictable.

What I never expected was for my new boss, Greg, to be drop-dead gorgeous.

Six-feet tall, endless eyes, and a sexy-as-sin body that I could explore every inch of.

Just one problem, though… I don’t know if he’s gay.

I can’t stop thinking about my new boss… and of all the ways he could touch me.

Of all the ways he could love me.

I need a plan if I’m going to get this man.





I never pass up an opportunity, both professionally and personally.

So of course I took the opening to be the new project lead.

And of course I took an interest in the new hire, Simon.

What I didn’t expect was chocolate eyes and gorgeous curls.

What I didn’t expect was to want to take Simon home the very first time I saw him.

But there’s a problem… he’s my subordinate. I’ve never let rules stop me before, though.

I’m going to make Simon mine, and he’ll have to do what I say.




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