The Assignment: Discover if forced proximity leads to increased intimacy by being handcuffed to a partner for five days.
Jamie O’Connor’s closet is tightly closed and full of secrets. Attending college on a baseball scholarship, he’s hiding an injury along with his sexuality. A college degree is the key to escaping his family’s oppressive expectations. Until he graduates, he needs to play ball, both on the field and off. Being partnered with an openly gay classmate for a sociology project threatens to put more than just his free college ride at risk.
Seth Lerner’s closet is empty, but that’s because his baggage is always right by his side. Managing his severe ADHD while trying to overcome an earlier setback leaves him little time for any kind of social life, much less a relationship. He certainly can’t afford the distraction of falling for his closeted project partner.
Neither Jamie nor Seth plan on letting this assignment get in the way of their objectives. But secrets may come out and goals can change when you’re stuck together.
For almost a year, Doc1984 and Wallflower have been battling it out online. There’s no subject they can’t disagree over, no end to their aggravation with each other.
Mitchell Abend and Jackson Wallach are in perfect sync from the moment they’re introduced. Mitchell’s never quite gotten over being publicly humiliated by a former lover, but Jackson’s quiet strength encourages him to trust once again. Jackson’s isolated himself after a devastating accident, but Mitchell makes him want to live again.
On and Off
Wallflower and Doc’s online battles take an unexpected turn from adversaries to friends. But when one of them discovers his online friend and offline lover are one and the same, revealing the dual connection may cost him both a friendship and a chance at love.
With Tyler ready to move on, Drake’s run out of second chances.
Tyler Bryant and Drake Sutton met one day on the beach in Oahu and never parted—until Drake was offered the movie role of a lifetime and abandoned Ty to pursue fame and fortune. Tyler has moved on to another beach in another country, but he’s left his heart behind. And yet, every time Drake shows up he can’t help but let him back into his life. When he gets a familiar phone call, Tyler vows this is it, one last hook-up to provide a lifetime’s worth of memories.
Drake Sutton is tired of living a lie when it means not having the love of his life by his side. This booty call is going to be his last—because he’s determined to get Tyler back for good. But Drake’s going to have to go way off-script to make Ty believe.
Fresh off months of round-the-clock work launching his company’s first successful video game, Kai gives up a celebratory vacation with friends to spend Chanukah with his parents. Instead, he finds himself home alone pet sitting. Lost in his thoughts about being misled, he doesn’t notice his old friend Ari standing next to him in the elevator until they’re trapped during a power outage. Hours of conversation to stave off panic lead to an invitation to spend the holiday together.
Disowned by his religious family, Ari has never second-guessed his decision to become an escort. That is, until Kai treats him like a boyfriend instead of a boy toy. Now he has eight nights with his former crush before he needs to come clean. And then he’ll need to walk away, because it’s going to take a miracle for Kai to accept what Ari was doing in his building that first night.
Note: The Eighth Night originally appeared in the Home for the Holidays Anthology.