Edgar is the pure definition of introvert. He wakes up, eats breakfast, showers, puts on a clean pair of pajamas, sets up his work station in the living room and gets to it. Day in and day out . He hardly leaves his NYC apartment. His guilty pleasure in life is following the handsome, funny, and talented Walter; a gamer extraordinaire.
Walter sends out a tweet asking who is going to be at the gamer convention in NYC right before Christmas and Edgar can’t help himself but to respond. Then his phone makes an unfamiliar noise and he realizes that Walter has responded to his tweet!! Soon they find themselves having daily conversations and making plans to meet up when Walter arrives in NYC.
All could come crushing down thanks to a delayed subway, lack of cell service, and Edgar behind on work.
Brad is in a holiday funk, well, maybe a life funk. Many might say he’s experiencing a mid life crisis. He’s just won a big case and leaves the law firm early to go home. Celebrating isn’t on his agenda. He’s about to pass a bar when he hears tapping on the glass and see Michael on the other side. Michael filmed a few of the video depositions for the law firm and Brad had noticed him.
Michael is in love with everything Christmas. He plans and schedules many events for himself and his housemates. Now he’s dragging Brad along with them and Brad finds himself having more fun than he’s had in years. He’s finally letting things go.
Until a big misunderstanding pulls these two apart and Brad takes the time to just look at the world he’s created for himself and see if it’s really what he wants or if he’d rather have the spice of Michael in his life too.
Grant owns a craft store and for the holidays he’s running series for the kids that sold out almost immediately. When a young girl and the hottest guy in the world come in inquiring about classes Grant doesn’t have the heart to tell them no so before his brain can stop his mouth he informs them that they do private lessons on Sunday. Grants only day off.
As time passes Grant’s friends keep telling him to roll in his feelings because he doesn’t even know how Josh, hot guy, fits into the little girls life. Grant tries, he really does, but every Sunday Josh does something that pulls at his heart.
It takes Aubrey, the girl, to meddle into their affairs before things really get going.
Former Navy Doctor Laurance Payne is on a train on his way home in December of 1946 when the train is stopped due to snow. Eventually he disembarks and heads into town to find out that the local establishment has no vacancy. So instead of waiting for a ride, he attempts an adventure, and tries to find the place on his own.
Laurence suffered a brain injury in the war and has difficulty deciphering his right from left and finds himself far from civilization and on the door step of a cabin. When a man opens the door Laurence realizes there might be someone out there more eccentric as himself. Especially when the man, Avery, begins to talk, and flick on candles by magic.
As the days go by Laurence starts to believe Avery’s tale of being centuries old and cursed by fairies. Then he wakes up on the 13th day of staying in the cabin to find himself alone and the cabin in disrepair. Did he hallucinate everything or was Avery right and now Laurence must find a way to break the curse?
Stokely absolutely loathes Christmas. He wants nothing to do with the holiday and can’t wait for the blasted thing to be over. He even has to turn his one indulgence away; listening to Asher on the radio. Asher has a beautiful voice and Stokely could listen to him ramble about nothing, except at Christmas.
Asher over books himself for all sorts of charities during the holidays to ensure that no child is left behind for the season, and for good reasons. When he meets Stokely he’s shocked someone could hate such a holiday, but as the two bond Asher realizes they have more in common and understands Stokely’s disdain, even if Asher doesn’t share the sentiment.
Zane and his sister inherited a house 4 years ago when their closest relative died. After a bad breakup Zane has decided to pick up his life and move. See how this house works out for him. Per the pictures it’s going to need a lot of work.
Kit is the resident of the house. He’s lived on the estate for centuries. He’s the guardian of the gate that is housed there and has bonded with all the human keepers. Only when Zane shows up Kit realizes Zan knows nothing of his heritage and Kit doesn’t know if he wants to be the one to tell him.
Kit’s magic starts to wane and spirit’s are getting through the gate. Something has to be done, and quick.
**CORRECTION….I say this is the first in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I meant to say fourth in the series; first book of Shira’s I’d read. Didn’t catch that slip up until too late….carry on….**
Erik is on a mission. He’s grieving the loss of his father and when the time come’s for his dad’s annual trip to Spain? Erik makes a last minute decision, books a flight, and heads across the Atlantic. Other than getting there he’s made no arrangements or plans.
David works in the tourist office. When Erik stumbles in looking for help David realizes the help Erik needs is more than he can offer. Or is it?
David offers Erik his spare bedroom for while he’s in town. What neither man was expecting were the feelings and connections one would have toward the other.
Then David has to leave. Can they survive a long distance relationship?
Evin is a single father trying not to loose his cool when he burns his hand in the oven while making teething biscuits for his son. One handed he grabs Micah and rushes to the ER.
Ben is the doctor on call. He’s also one of Evin’s greatest loves. So when he pulls back the curtain to see Evin waiting for his assistance Ben realizes that not all hope is lost.
Evin is bewildered at seeing Ben but tries not to dwell on it too much, although his anger quickly bubbles to the surface. Evin has Micah and is still grieving the loss of his husband. He doesn’t have time for second chances.
Ben helps Evin make the time while earning his trust.
Matthew Hart is the owner of Hart and Home along with the heir to the Hart family fortune. He has an experience that brings him close to death and realizes he needs a husband STAT. He calls upon his proficient assistant to help him find the closest thing to Mr. Right.
Jax Foster was once the love of Matthew’s life. He was first Matthew’s protector, best friend, and then love. Then Jax disappeared with no trace or trail to be found.
When Matthew’s dad sends him to an artist studio to check out his talent he finds something that has been lost to him for years. Hurt, anger, sadness, and betrayal rush forth and make what could be a lovely reunion, a spoiled affair.
Between their past, the mystery of the Salad of Death, Jax’s dad and his shenanigans, these two might never be able to find their footing for a happily ever after.
Deputy Cloister Witte is a K-9 Officer for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He has no ambition to move up the ladder. He’s perfectly content right where he is. He just needs himself, his dog, and to find all the missing people to help heal his past.
FBI Agent Javi Merlo has all the ambition that Witte does not. This is his big case, not only for his career but also because the missing child in question belongs to a family Merlo knows personally.
At first both men believe this to be an open-close case, a child ran away, got lost, but after finding some evidence, and forensics, they realize they have something completely different on their hands.
This isn’t the first time a child has gone missing from The Retreat, and if these two men can’t get their act together and play nice, it won’t be the last.