As their two-year contracts run out, I've been gradually self-publishing the re-edited books with brand new covers by the talented Meredith Russell. The latest two are Home And Heart, and now Sullivan's Yard.
At the end of March, more books revert to me, and I'll be self-publishing them as well, so watch this space...
Cal Beaufontaine, the son of a Creole/Cajun restaurateur, has graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, and is starting his career as an apprentice chef in Modesto, California. He moves into a small apartment in what once was a warehouse for a nearby derelict peach farm, Sullivan's Yard. His first night in the apartment, Cal dreams of making love in his backyard beneath a peach tree in full bloom, but can't see his lover's features. There is no peach tree in his backyard, just weeds.
He starts work at the Alhambra, a top restaurant owned and run by the Alvarez de Silva family, and on his first day there, Cal meets Luis Alvarez de Silva, the Andalusian cousin and one-night-stand expert. Cal is immediately attracted but has no intention of becoming a notch on Luis's bedpost. Luis is as taken with Cal, and begins a determined seduction campaign.
Cal's driving ambition to learn all he can and run his own restaurant could be knocked off-track by his growing desire for Luis.
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December in the Cotswolds, deep in the heart of England, and Ben Elliot of Home-Safe House & Pet Sitting is looking after Mrs Bonney’s home and two dogs while the elderly lady is away for two months recovering from an operation. When her black-sheep grandson, Adam Prescott, turns up on the doorstep, Ben has to take in the stray human as well. Adam, hurting and betrayed by family, boyfriend and Fate, needs to have his faith in others restored, and Ben decides he is the one to do it.
Having gone through an acrimonious split with his boyfriend, Adam has no home, no money, no job and nowhere to go, except his grandmother's house. The son of an abusive, violent father, there's a lot of anger and resentment in him, demons he must exorcise. When he learns an unpleasant truth about his father, Ben helps him come to terms with it, and to find a new direction for his life - together, Ben hopes. But then Adam's ex-boyfriend shows up, offering him the world on a platter if only Adam will come back to him.
Christmas may not be a time of celebration for Ben.
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