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Gage & Collin

S.J. Frost - 2014
    As a professional rider on the NRHA circuit, Gage Chapman has known success. He's also known discrimination. Many people didn't want an openly gay rider competing in the sport, much less winning again and again on his champion Paint stallion, The Shaman. Wanting to get away from it all, Gage had left Utah to set up a breeding farm in North Carolina and there, he found what he'd always hoped for, a man he could love. Collin Maddox is the town deputy with his sights set on becoming sheriff someday. He knows local attitudes wouldn't be real pro on voting a gay sheriff into office, so he's kept his sexuality a secret for years. For all the care he has for Gage, his secret tore them apart, leaving them both with regrets and broken hearts. Now Hurricane Lauris is coming in fast and strong. Gage has refused to evacuate and leave his horses behind. Knowing Gage is alone, Collin goes to Gage's farm to help him, only to find himself trapped there. Hurt, anger, and passion erupts between them. As the storm rages around them, both men wonder if this is a new beginning, or the final ending.

No Straight Boys

Cecil Wilde - 2014
    Not dating straight boys is a pretty good strategy for long-term relationships if you're a gay man, but what happens when one particular straight boy turns out to be the man of your dreams?Cute, funny, and sometimes borderline philosophical, No Straight Boys is about what happens when perfection isn't what you think it is, and love is best found via late-night text message.

A Lakeside Secret

Simon Strange - 2015
    Nick is a shy, antisocial eighteen year old who wasn't sure what he wanted until he peeked at something he wasn't supposed to see. Now his imagination is running wild about what it would be like to be controlled by the man of the house, Stan. Ashamed of his feelings, but unable to turn them off, his relationship with Stan might be at risk if he can't open up and admit how he feels. Stan loves Nick more than anything in the world, but can't fathom why their usually close connection is starting to fall apart. The reason becomes clear when he catches Nick red-handed, and learns just what sorts of thoughts have been churning in that fertile imagination. In an effort to show Nick how far he will go to save their relationship, Stan takes his troubled brat on a camping trip where they will both get far more than they bargained for. It’s a dirty, sexy, sweet, sweaty ride that'll leave you begging for more - just like Nick!

Half Broke

A.E. Wasp - 2016
    Broken in more than one way by love and loss, he plans on going it alone, until he meets the new intern, Jake. Newly separated from the Army, and damaged by war, Jake has returned to the ranching life he grew up with. But he's not that person anymore, and he's no longer sure what he wants. Can two half-broke men help each other heal and come together to create a whole life?

Romeo and Julian: A Near-Tragedy Near Verona

K.D. Sarge - 2011
    However, their respective families stand on their chance to be together. WouldPhoto Description: An iron balcony rail, two dark-haired young men, a tender moment. The man above leans down to extend his hand, smiling. The white-shirted man below grasps the rail in one fist and with the other brings the back of his lover's hand to his mouth for a kiss, eyes closed.This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Hot Summer Days" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.Read the story here or find it in Don't Read in the Closet, Volume 4.__________Genre: contemporaryTags: gay m/m, sweet-no sex, in-the-closet, first-love, athleteWord Count: 18,240

A Case of Time

Al Stewart - 2015
    Is this a new relationship or have they been together for years? How did they meet and find one another? Does the book, the door, or this spot on the sidewalk have special meaning for these men? Are they travelling abroad, or is this setting their home? What sort of experiences and memories have they shared (perhaps including romantic moments and spicy moments along with everyday moments)? Please feel free to use these questions and ideas as jumping-off points for the story you’re inspired to tell!Photo Description: In the photo, two older men sit in front of big wooden doors, perhaps in France. They look comfortable together, as if they have experienced life and finally discovered what is most important. They have their arms entwined, and appear to be laughing as they look through a book.This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

Las Palabras De Amor - Words of Love

K-lee Klein - 2013
    A few hours after I took this photo Danilo got the phone call that his wife had gone into labor, we had agreed that when the baby was born we would finally go our own way. A week later I left for my Peace Corps mission in Africa.That was two and a half years ago, now I’m back in the neighborhood and it’s like it’s always been. I’m still the gringo, the only white kid on the block.Everything is the same… But it isn’t. Danilo is raising his son alone, and I am not the boy I was, I am not settling for being his little secret anymore. Ten years of hiding were enough for me. I still love him though… He called me last night and asked if I wanted to meet his son, Lucas. His son who he named after me… I wanted to be strong and say no, but I said yes anyway.I never could stand to disappoint Danilo.Photo Description: Close-up photo of two men’s heads, and part of a muscled arm in front of them. One man is facing forward with only half his face showing, and the other is turned to the side. The man on the left is darkly-stubbled, and ethnic in appearance. The man on the right has one eye staring into the camera.This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Something Real

Julia Alaric - 2013
    Drawing the flowers he remembers from his mother's greenhouse provides a pale substitute for authentic living color, but it's the best he can find. Sean spends his days lost in his software while listening to the same songs on the same radio stations day after day. He would give almost anything to hear the mistakes of a live performance, but a space colony is hardly an ideal place to find an amateur musician.A chance meeting shows Evan a glimpse of real color and Sean a taste of real music, but neither expects to see the other again. Then Evan's greatest accomplishment fails, endangering the entire colony, and Sean becomes his last chance at fixing it.

Strawberry Rivals

Hollis Shiloh - 2013
    Rivalry. Flirting. Warm summer days and a large, orange cat.Okay, so I almost backed into the guy. But it was mostly his fault, and I did try to apologize. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is a real jerk. Or at least I thought so till he stopped to offer me a lift when I ran out of gas.

Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds

Kris T. Bethke - 2015
    But the instant he hears the night’s speaker, Will is glad he showed up. Joshua Rhinehardt is dynamic and engaging. Although Joshua isn’t physically Will’s type, Will can’t get the man out of his head. Joshua may be comfortable in his own skin, but it isn’t often men like Will are attracted to him, and he's not comfortable changing for someone else. He wants to make a life with Will, but his own insecurities keep getting in the way. Will’s unwavering acceptance helps Joshua see that when two people connect, physical appearance just might not matter at all.


E.M. Lindsey - 2016
    Running a bookshop and living a quiet life in London, he has very few expectations. Then one night, his life is irrevocably changed, when he’s mugged in an alley. Instead of going to the police, Alexei tracks down the mugger and learns he’s merely a starving man trying to get by. Offering him a job and a place to stay, Alexei is determined to help make it right. The one thing he doesn’t expect, however, is to fall for his sudden flatmate. Will this be his own version of a storybook romance, or are they star-crossed lovers, determined to burn bright, then fall apart?


Julio Alexi Genao - 2014
    it really is.i mean—he was gorgeous, and so hot for me i could give him a boner by picking my it was great. repeatedly.but a man has other needs, y’know?like electrolytes.__________________________________2,807 wordsedited by brona littlecover designed by vanessa northwith thanks to

Checking Him Out

Devyn Morgan - 2016
    Cute librarian Tim finds himself long overdue for a boyfriend. He hasn't even had a date in almost a year. Which explains why he can't keep his eyes off the handsome construction worker renovating the library! Sporting bulging biceps and tight jeans, macho Karl seems as straight as the steel beams he carries by the circulation desk. Still, the blue collar stud's killer smile melts the librarian's heart. A déjà vu moment leads the two young men to discover the past has a way of catching up with you. Will fate, and their own choices, deny them the chance to find out what might have been? Checking Him Out is a short, standalone gay romance with explicit scenes and an HEA ending.

A Summer Fling

Sarah Madison - 2013
    In A Summer Fling, Daniel falls hard for a guest staying at the hotel where he works. Ryan McFarland is working frantically to finish his latest novel and shouldn't be distracted. The attraction, however, is mutual and all too quickly their time together passes. At the end of the week, will this have been just another summer fling?Bite the Dust is a short story based on one of Ryan McFarland's characters, the enigmatic and deadly vampire detective, Mikhail Frost.A Summer Fling was originally published in 2011 under the title Surf’s Up, as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Don’t Read in the Closet” fest. Bite the Dust, a short story based on a character in Surf’s Up, was written for the “Just One Bite” Contest.Both of the stories contained in this book have been re-edited and revised in this edition, however, the original stories are still available as part of the free anthologies listed on Sarah Madison’s website.

Happy Anniversary, Baby

Tinnean - 2013
    This is about Mark and Quinn's second anniversary, which makes it 2004.__________Status: completeWord count: 1,842