Masks Off! edited by M. Rode with stories by Elizabeth L. Brooks, Charlie Cochet, Missouri Dalton, Katherine Halle, Sean Michael, Rob Rosen, BA Tortuga
Picture a masquerade ball: the masks, the mystery, the seduction, the reveal! Now imagine men who wear another mask every day, as shifters. This anthology offers seven stories about what lies beneath disguises, literal and figurative.
BA Tortuga marries the heat and splendor of New Orleans with a werewolf when Landry comes to town in Different Masks. In Missouri Dalton's Foxtrot, Remy starts this year's Masquerade miserable, but with help from an old flame, things start looking up. Believe Me, Beloved by Charlie Cochet gives us Robert Bradley, who dreams of singing on the radio, and when attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no clue his dream is about to take an unexpected turn.
In As You Wish by Rob Rosen, James must tie his employer, Charles, up to a metal cot, naked, in the basement and return the next morning to untie him, no questions asked, but he gets more than he bargained for. It's time for the annual Crane Masquerade Ball in Katherine Halle's Alpha Prime, hosted by Stephen Crane, the new Alpha Prime, who's hunting a mate. Everyone is expected to attend, including Christian, a vet student who detests Stephen with a passion...
Elizabeth Brooks bring us What You Are, where Cory relaxes his vigilance at a masquerade ball after two years agonizing that someone will unearth his two secrets. A single whisper leaves him wondering if he'll ever find someone who can accept him for what he is. Finally, in Annual Full Moon Werewolf Ball by Sean Michael, a chance encounter a year ago changed Gramm's life. When he runs into Damien, he finally gets his chance to confront his demons, but things are not what they seem.
Humorous, hot, suspenseful, and seductive: we hope you enjoy unveiling the men of Masks Off!
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Puppy Love, a Velvet Glove story by Sean Michael
Who can resist a free room at the Velvet Glove in exchange for rehabilitating an abused puppy? Certainly not Dane, who accepts the offer, but is surprised find that the pup in question is actually Tyg, a young man and sub who was left by his master, in a cage, with no food or water. Tyg needs help and, Dane is the man for the job, even if he's used to working with animals, not humans. Can Dane rehabilitate a human as he would a dog? Does he even want to? As his relationship with Tyg blossoms into something sweet and heartwarming, Dane thinks he just might, but what happens when Tyg's "owner" returns?
Originally published on Turn of the Screw and in the print book Velvet Glove, IV.
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Feeling Safe by Vic Winter
The best day of Dobbs' life was when he was rescued from his kidnappers by an elite team of soldiers. A year later, Dobbs' life should be getting back to normal, shouldn't it? Despite his best efforts, Dobbs is discovering that back to normal is a relative thing. Then he runs into a man at a party who seems to be eager to help him define his new normal. Can something good come out of his harrowing experience?
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Paper Cranes by Syd McGinley
On the brink of receiving his commitment mark from Dr. Tanaka, Tommy has to pass on some devastating news. Will his stern owner be able to handle his own emotions and Tommy's reactions to the fallout from the news?
Originally published in Toy Box: Knife and the print volume Dr. Fell 3: The Boys of Fell
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