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.
M4M is a story that follows Ethan Schwartz through three major events of his life: finding love, losing life as he knows it, finding happiness again.
In section one Rick reminds us of the tortures of online dating. The social stigma to be perfect when the whole reason you’re on the dating site is because you know you’re not.
Section two we witness Ethan breakdown after his life is completely altered by a simple phrase spoken by his doctor. He feels betrayed, bitter, angry, and more alone than ever. We get to see him rise from the ashes and find his balance again.
In section two our hearts are ripped out by the raw pain that Ethan is going through. His grieve leaks from the pages of the story and into our hearts. It takes a blast from his past to really motivate him to accept happiness again.
Eli is a man that has never been loved. So the first thing he does when he’s on his own is lose his virginity through a hook-up app. He thinks he’s finally found love, only to realize, men only want his body, nothing more.
Grayson is one of Eli’s many hook-ups. Grayson wants more but Eli has not a wall, but a fortress built around himself. Getting in will be hard, but Grayson is up for the challenge.
Eli has a hard time relenting any of his independence and in the end might cost him what could be the love of his life.
Matt Bowers has lived a life of isolation for over 10 years. He cut himself off from society and more importantly his family. At the age of 16 he was sexually assaulted by someone he should have been able to trust. Since then his anxiety has kept him enthralled. Isolation seemed to be the best answer.
Until the runner.
Charlie Carver is an author that recently moved to the small town from NYC. He finds a way to make himself part of Matt’s routine and bring him comfort; in more ways than one.
There are many trials and obstacles in the way for these two, but patience and courage are teachers to us all.
**Reviewers note: I say Avery Duncan at least once. 🙁 I seem to do this a lot. Sorry.**
Josh has commitment goals oozing out of his pores yet he only seems to attract the bad boys, the players, who can smell it off of him immediately. Through a high endorsement he accepts a position as a lead for Israeli Pilgrims where he’ll be leading a group of 20 + year olds.
Yaron is the security of Israeli Pilgrims and from how Josh describes him, sex on legs. Only Yaron is still holding on to a past lover. Although he’s attracted to Josh in more than the physical sense he can’t seem to let go of the past and accept a new future.
It takes a long separation for both of them to realize exactly what they desire in life and then have the gumption to go after it.
Brandon is Jacob’s cousin. Jacob is married to Nica who is Tino’s sister. Tino was the MC in Mannies #1. (Probably a good idea to read the first book-not follow in my footsteps.)
Brandon is living over Jacob and Nica’s garage. After coming out to his parents he left their house and made himself a new home. One that is accepting of him. He’s a college student and works construction to help support himself.
Taylor is Nica’s best friend. He’s a military veteran that still lives in the past. He sees all his failures and has a hard time accepting that he could be any good to anyone. Then Nica becomes pregnant with her fifth child and Taylor finds his way to becoming the manny.
Brandon and Taylor get off to a rocky start but after a guys night out they slowly start to move forward. It’s an uphill struggle but one that Brandon’s determined to help Taylor with all the way.
Sam is a 17 year old college student. He skipped a grade because of his brilliance. He’s also harboring a huge crush on his older brother’s best friend.
Marcus is a jock and throws out a persona to match. After getting him and Sam in quite the predicament of being on an alien exomoon, his true colors start to shine through. (Hint-hint…he’s not as dumb as he seems)
Trying to survive and find their way home both eventually succumb to the erotic environment surrounding them and confess their feelings.
Now, with the connecting chamber broken; how do they get home?