financial gap / class disparity

Cross Island by Santino Hassell

Cross Island (A Five Boroughs novel) - Pre-order

Santino Hassell

Attorney Clive Baptiste lives life at arm’s length. Never quite making friends, never keeping a boyfriend, and never letting his personal life interfere with his work. But things go sideways when a high-profile civil suit lands him in the middle of a stalker’s crosshairs. Clive doesn’t want or need a bodyguard, even if that man is the gorgeous and brooding Victor Quiñones—who is also on the outside of the close-knit group of queer friends Clive withdrew from long ago.

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Game Changer - Pre-order

Rachel Reid

This hockey superstar needs to focus on his game—not on love.

Scott Hunter is the superstar captain of the New York Admirals hockey team. He has lived his entire adult life in the spotlight—and in the closet. One day he stops at a smoothie shop after a run and is immediately charmed by the cute guy behind the counter.

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Contraband Hearts (A Porthkennack novel) - Pre-order

Alex Beecroft

His future depends on bringing the smuggler to justice. His heart demands to join him.

Customs officer Peregrine Dean is sent by his patron to investigate rumors of corruption in the Porthkennack customs house. There he is tasked by the local magistrate to bring down the villainous Tomas Quick, a smuggler with fingers in every pie in town. Fired with zeal and ambition, and struck to the core by his first glimpse of Tomas, Perry determines to stop at nothing until he has succeeded.

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Once Burned by L.A. Witt

Once Burned (Anchor Point, #6) - Pre-order

L.A. Witt

Captain Mark Thomas’s world has been tossed on its head: A long overdue but still unexpected divorce. A promotion out of left field. Last-second orders to a ship where careers go to die. As the dust settles in his new home, he barely recognizes his life, but he sure recognizes the loneliness creeping in.

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Blow Down by JL Merrow

Blow Down (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries, #4) - Pre-order

JL Merrow

Death is what happens while you’re making other plans . . .

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, but his heroism at a pub fire has made him a local celebrity, and now everyone knows about his psychic talents—and wants a piece of them.

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Relief Valve by JL Merrow

Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries, #2)

JL Merrow

If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.

The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so.

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Relay by Layla Reyne

Relay (A Changing Lanes novel)

Layla Reyne

Captain is not a title Alejandro “Alex” Cantu takes lightly. Elected by his teammates to helm the US Men’s Swim Team, he proudly accepts the role, despite juggling endless training, team administrative work, and helping out on the family farm. And despite his ex-lover, Dane Ellis—swimming’s biggest star—also making the Olympic Team.

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Came Upon a Midnight Clear, by Katie Porter

Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Katie Porter

Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart. 

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Citywide by Santino Hassell

Citywide (A Five Boroughs novella collection)

Santino Hassell

A record-breaking heat wave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn't include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

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Watch Point, by Cecilia Tan

Watch Point

Cecilia Tan

Eric Sakai-Johnson joined the Navy SEALs to protect his country and the people he loves. After discharge, he finds himself relegated to protecting big pharma billionaire Aiden Milford from assassination attempts and kidnapping. Until Aiden reneges on a promise, fires Eric, and lets Eric’s mother die with millions of dollars in medical debt.

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