1.Christmas Swan (part of Extasy’s Twelve Days of Christmas 2019 collection)
Naked and unconscious probably isn’t the best way to meet your mate for the first time.
Curtis didn’t expect to meet his mate while he was face-first and naked in the snow. He supposed he hadn’t exactly met Manuel that way, since he’d been unconscious, but that was probably not the best first impression.
Manuel wasn’t sure what to do with the naked, gorgeous man, but he took him home—and Curtis ran away.
But now small gifts have started appearing on Manuel’s doorstep, and he knows they’re from Curtis. With Christmas looming so close and Manuel’s mood being so dark because of his mother’s recent death, he’s not sure what to do about it—or about Curtis. Curtis seems to be intent on gently pushing his way into Manuel’s life, though, and Manuel doesn’t exactly mind.
What happens when boring meets colorful?
Leon isn’t jealous of his best friend. Really, he isn’t. He doesn’t do relationships, so while he’s happy that Manuel has found the man of his life, he’s not planning to follow down his path.
Hugh likes his life the way it is—familiar and predictable—even though most people, including his brothers, think he’s boring.
He’s in for the shock of his life when he meets Leon. Leon is the opposite of him. He’s colorful and happy, always talking and having fun.
He’s also Hugh’s mate.
Hugh doesn’t know what to do with that, and after Leon tells him he doesn’t date, Hugh steps back, unsure whether or not he should tell Leon he’s his mate.
Hugh can’t keep it a secret forever, but can he ignore everything that makes him who he is and throw himself into what could be the happiest relationship of his life? And if he does, will Leon agree to take a chance, or will he run away like he’s used to doing?
3. Leap Of Faith
How can Peter trust anyone when his own parents betrayed him?
Peter’s day is going from bad to worse. First he loses his job, then he finds out his apartment flooded. He has nothing left but his sister, and she lives in another city.
Sean doesn’t know what to expect when he agrees to give his best friend’s brother a job and a place to stay, but he feels sorry for the guy, especially when Peter calls him because his car broke down on his way to town.
Peter’s luck is rotten, or at least, it is until he meets Sean. Because Sean is his mate, and Peter is home with him.
He doesn’t feel that way, though. Peter wants to be with Sean, but he’s afraid. He can’t allow himself to depend on anyone, not even his mate. He has to show himself and the world that he can stand on his own two feet, but when it could mean losing Sean, he’ll have to make a decision.
Will he make the right one?
4. Baby Steps
A surprise baby and a mate—when did Laurie’s life become complicated?
Laurie is only nineteen, and he has no intention of growing up anytime soon. His family still treats him like a child, and as long as that means he can continue having no responsibilities, he has no plans to change.
Alexis has everything planned. He’s studying in college, working as a babysitter, and enjoying himself while keeping an eye on his goals.
Neither of them expected their life to change, but it does.
When Laurie finds out he has a daughter, he’s tempted to run away and never look back. He would have, if her mother hadn’t dumped the baby into his arms for the day and left. Meeting his mate while at the grocery store to buy diapers makes an already terrifying situation even scarier, but Laurie knows he doesn’t have a choice.
He has to grow up—for Melissa, for Alexis, but also for himself.
Hopefully, Alexis will give him time to do that, because now that he’s met him, Laurie can’t imagine losing him.
5. New Strength
Strength is infinite.
Richie left his own personal hell behind when he ran away from his abusive boyfriend, or at least, he’d thought so. But even now that he’s back home, he’s afraid and can’t stop seeing his ex everywhere. He doesn’t know if he’s strong enough to dig Francis’s claws out of him, but he’s going to try.
Meeting his mate wasn’t part of his plan.
Gilbert’s best friend’s family has unofficially adopted him. He cares about all seven Long brothers, even Richie, whom he barely knows. Gilbert doesn’t understand why he wants to protect Richie and help him heal, but he does, and as long as Richie doesn’t push him away, he’ll continue.
Richie has no idea how to deal with his mate. His last relationship was a disaster, and he doesn’t trust himself anymore. He has to deal with his fears if he wants to be happy, but can he? And as if that weren’t bad enough, what will happen when Francis decides to step back into his life?
6. As A Mule
Even someone who’s stubborn as a mule can meet their match.
Jack is prickly on his best days and an asshole on the worst ones. He loves that his brothers are finding their mates and have happy lives, but that’s not for him. Who could stand to spend more than a few minutes with him apart from his family? Besides, he doesn’t need anyone. He’s not like his brothers, and he’s fine on his own. Nothing and no one will change his mind about that.
Blair has a successful life, except for one thing—his love life. He’s used to people taking advantage of him for gifts, money, or connections, and he doesn’t expect anything different.
Until he meets his mate.
Jack and Blair are too different, and Jack knows it. He doesn’t understand why Blair can’t see it, no matter how hard he pushes Blair away. He also has trouble staying away, and when Blair invites him to a fundraising party, he can’t say no.
Can two such very different people work together? Or, as Jack fears, are they destined to grow apart if they attempt to have a relationship?
7. Trust the Heart
Can you fake a relationship…with your mate?
Andy is the only one of his brothers who hasn’t met his mate yet, and he doesn’t expect it to happen anytime soon. What would be the odds? So he’s stunned when he meets Claude and realizes he just did.
Claude had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to go to a birthday party. He didn’t expect his boss and father figure to tell him that he, his family, and his son-in-law’s family are all shifters.
Claude has a hard time believing shifters are a thing outside romance novels, so Andy decides to wait to tell him about their bond. Then Claude asks him to be his fake boyfriend at a work event, and Andy can’t say no. He hopes the experience will pull them together, but Claude has erected a hard shell around his heart, and he’s not about to break it down.
Claude is done with relationships, so why does he want to give in to Andy? Why is he tempted to put his heart in jeopardy once again when he swore he’d never allow another man to make him vulnerable and hurt him?
Will Andy be the one to break down Claude’s walls and convince him to trust his heart, or will he fail and find himself rejected by his mate?