Bodies of Water
by T. Greenwood
In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape--from her husband's demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different. Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed and both families are wrenched apart in the tragic aftermath.
Bound to Be a Groom
by Megan Mulry
In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy. To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic confidence suits Anna's mercenary goals. But his arrogance masks a craving for submission that Anna instinctively satisfies. Sebastian soon begs for her hand in marriage, even if it means sharing her with Pia, who trusts Anna completely until she learns of Anna's hasty marriage. Pia questions their commitment to each other as they leave for London to meet Farleigh, the seemingly feckless duke who thinks he's over Sebastian, the potent Spanish soldier he bedded two years ago. What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond.
by Annie Proulx
During a summer spent far above the tree line, cowboys Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist share a small cabin on a Wyoming range, where they work as herders and camp tenders. They fall into a relationship that at first seems solely sexual but then reveals itself to be something more. Both men marry and have families. Yet, over the course of many years and frequent separations, they find their relationship becomes the most important thing in both their lives, and they do everything they can to maintain it.
Call Me by Your Name
by André Aciman
Seventeen-year-old Elio, the well-read, sensitive son of a prominent expatriate professor, finds himself troublingly attracted to this year's visiting resident scholar. Oliver is 24 years old, breezy and spontaneous, and at work on a book about Heraclitus. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime.
Don't Let Me Go
by J. H. Trumble
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real heart-pounding relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. But when Adam graduates and takes an off-Broadway job in New York, that certainty begins to flicker. Nate's friends can't keep his insecurities at bay, especially when he catches Skyped glimpses of Adam's shirtless roommate. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it's the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.
by Olivia Cunning
On the rebound from the tumult of his recent bisexual relationships, notoriously sexy rock guitarist Trey Mills falls for sizzling new female guitar sensation Reagan Elliot and is swept into a hot, heady romance he never dreamed possible. Ecstatic to be on tour learning the ropes with Trey's band, The Sinners, Reagan finds she craves Trey as much as she craves being in the spotlight. But when Reagan's ex, Ethan Connor, enters the scene, Trey's secret desires come back to haunt him, and pleasure and passion are taken to a whole new level of dangerous desire.
Hood: A Novel
by Emma Donoghue
Penelope O'Grady and Cara Wall are risking disaster when, like teenagers in any intolerant time and place--here, a Dublin convent school in the late 1970s--they fall in love. Cara, the free spirit, and Pen, the stoic, craft a bond so strong it seems as though nothing could sever it. But thirteen years into the relationship, a car crash kills Cara, ripping the lid off Pen's world. Pen is still in the closet, living under the roof of Cara's gentle father, who thinks of her as his daughter's friend. How can she survive widowhood without even daring to claim the word? It will take Pen all her strength and wit to sort through her tumultuous past with Cara, and all the nerve she can muster to start remaking her life.
Initiation by Desire
by MJ Williamz
Sue Dobson doesn't want a commitment. Tulley Stephens wants only to survive her sophomore year. They soon realize how desperately they want each other, but there are obstacles to this desire. Tulley is a 19-year-old initiate in the Gamma Alpha Epsilon sorority who has never loved a woman. Sue is the 24-year-old resident adviser who jumps from bed to bed. Tulley is discovering her true self, while Sue wants to discover more about the sexy young butch who's started invading her fantasies. A sorority house is never the ideal location for keeping a secret, especially when the secret is a blossoming affair. Can their love withstand the strain of concealment?
Maurice: A Novel
by E. M. Forster
Maurice Hall is a conventional young man in nearly every way--except that he is a gay man living in early 20th-century England, where little is known or understood about homosexuality. As a teenager, Maurice realizes that his thoughts are something he must hide. At Cambridge, he meets fellow student and kindred spirit Clive Durham, and the two become involved in a clandestine, two-year relationship. When it becomes clear that Clive intends to marry a woman in spite of his attraction to men, Maurice is devastated. Yearning to overcome his heartbreak, he throws himself into work as a stockbroker and begins to see hypnotist Lasker Jones, who claims he can "cure" Maurice's "condition." When Maurice meets Clive's under-gamekeeper, Alec Scudder, he finally finds contentment. But can their bond transcend the bounds of class and sexual repression?
Take This Man: Gay Romance Stories
by Neil Plakcy
Many erotic stories focus on the thrill of first contact, but the pieces in "Take This Man" are refreshingly different, focusing instead on how sexy an encounter can be when two men are in a committed relationship. Expressions of an emotional bond, the encounters in these stories are made even hotter by the fact that each character knows exactly how to turn on and satisfy his partner.
The Locket and the Flintlock
by Rebecca S. Buck
When Miss Lucia Foxe is robbed by a band of shadowy highwaymen, she doesn't realize this frightening event will change her life forever. Her brave quest to retrieve her stolen locket brings her into close contact with the thieves and their dashing masked leader, Len Hawkins. But there is more to Len than meets the eye. Beneath the robber's mask lies a woman who, in her heart, is not so very different from Lucia. As their unlikely love grows against the backdrop of the poverty and violent protest of Regency England, Lucia learns how much more there is to the world than her upbringing has taught her.
Tipping the Velvet
by Sarah Waters
Nancy Astley, a fishmonger in Whitstable, becomes smitten by male impersonator Kitty Butler and attends shows until the star notices her, which leads to the two becoming partners in romance and performance until societal pressures drive the two into situations that embrace the ambiguity of sexual preference and gender roles.