LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings
Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters. They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised.
Excerpt – A Touch of Paradise
Tudor decided Kahoni’s absence was for the best and proceeded to enjoy his cold drink. He could do this: relax at the bar with his friend, unwind before going to bed and then facing another grueling day of troubleshooting.
“Hey, handsome.” Warm breath washed over Tudor’s cheek, making his skin tingle. He fought himself, trying to keep from shivering at the sound of Kahoni’s voice. When did he start recognizing those deep, warm sounds that were so unique to the guy? Probably the first time he heard them.
“Oh, good, you’re here,” Radu said, rubbing his hands together, his eyes sparkling in delight. “Tudor here was moping. He was feeling lonely without you.”
“I wasn’t—” Tudor’s protest got cut short by Kahoni’s arms encircling his waist. Kahoni leaned closer, his chest pressed to Tudor’s back and his chin resting on Tudor’s shoulder.
“Mmm, that’s good to hear. I was hoping I’d catch you out and about,” Kahoni said, tightening his grip on Tudor.
Oh, fuck, this is bad. Kahoni’s closeness felt too good, too enticing. Tudor wanted to break free and run away from it. He didn’t need another lover from a different continent to mess with his mind. Wait, what was he even thinking? Kahoni might only want a quick hookup with a tourist, fully expecting him to disappear at the end of his trip. And Tudor wasn’t the hookup type; he’d never learned how to do that.
His looping thoughts were interrupted when Kahoni moved away from him. Tudor almost reeled at the sense of loss. What was wrong with him, anyway? Maybe over half a year of no intimate contact? Or maybe he’d been right: Kahoni was highly addictive. All the more reason for Tudor to stay away.
Kahoni had different plans, however. He moved the bar stool next to Tudor’s closer and slid onto it. He then reached out and rested his hand on the small of Tudor’s back. Tudor felt panic rise inside him and was ready to bolt when Radu’s grip on his shoulder grabbed his attention.
“So, another round for you? Kahoni, what are you drinking?”
“Whatever Tudor’s having; I’m not picky,” Kahoni said, smiling at Radu and then gracing Tudor with a wink and an even more dazzling grin.
Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…
A TOUCH GLAMOUR
Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.
A TOUCH OF PARADISE
Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?
A TOUCH OF KINK
A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?
A TOUCH OF GAY
Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?
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Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com
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