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Sometimes there’s a difference between duty and doing what’s right. And sometimes doing what’s right comes with a high price.
Every aspasian at Asiq adores the handsome peacekeeper Resan—all except for Arin. While the other workers vie for Resan’s attention, Arin avoids him at all costs, which rouses Resan’s suspicion. When he discovers Arin is a runaway slave, Resan is bound by law to return him to his master. It is only later that Resan realizes what he’s done. Arin’s owner bought him at twelve, married him, and not only violated Arin himself, but loaned him out to his friends. Resan has returned him to a life of rape and abuse, and now he must make a decision: free Arin and abandon the oaths he swore as a peacekeeper, or leave him to languish and abandon his own conscience and heart.
Jason Blue is a new alpha and still trying to figure out how to run his pack. One thing he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt is vampires and litches are a bad thing, and he wants nothing to do with them, particularly after the litch who’s trying to control the local vampires killed the previous alpha pair of the Sky Ridge pack. When he finds vampires fighting in his territory he does the only thing he can, help kill the aggressors. But he’s unprepared for a request for sanctuary.
Saul Ledo chafes under the tight, unchanging hold the litches have on the vampires. Like a good number of the younger vampires, he’s ready for a change, even if that means taking on the rulers who’ve controlled his people for thousands of years. The problem is he’s going to need help. Running out of choices, he finds hope of getting out from under the litches once and for all when he meets Jason.
As these two unlikely allies come together, more than simple fire sparks between them.
Will they survive long enough to reap the benefits of those sparks, or will the litches extinguish them before they can truly find each other?
On his way home from work, Castor, a werewolf, is grabbed by a group of young vampires. Thinking quickly, he tells the vampires that he will only submit to their elder first, which means that they can’t bite him until that elder gives them permission. But Alexi isn’t interested in sharing his new wolf with anyone, and after they realize that they’re mates everything starts going to hell.
Brenda has been asked to come along with her alpha, Aedan, and his human mate, Brody, to settle a bit of an issue in Texas. The local bear shifters are planning to drill for oil in an area that has previously been considered protected territory. They’re threatening the ecosystem and these otters are determined to knock some sense into them.
The bears are crafty and when one offers Brenda a chance to end it all and protect the environment as she so desperately wants to, Brenda jumps at the opportunity. She only has to mate with the woman’s son. He’s attractive and seems nice enough. What could possibly go wrong?
Everything would be fine, and Hanson and Brenda might have even been happy together, except for one minor issue—Hanson is already in love with someone else, a badger named Roger. His mother’s deal is the perfect solution for breaking them apart forever and destroying Hanson’s happiness in the process.
When Brenda finds out about who Hanson had to give up in order to be with her, she’s livid, but she’s also determined to find a way around a contract neither of them wanted to sign in the first place. The situation may seem hopeless, but Brenda doesn’t believe in no-win scenarios, and she’s determined to build a life with the three of them together as they should be.
Back on Earth, Sayer is healthy again, but unicorns don’t do well in the city. He’s miserable and Todd wants to help him. He and his brothers have a cabin upstate that might work for them but it needs a lot of repair. Thankfully, it’s just the kind of place for three unicorns to call home.
Rudy screwed up on Thanksgiving by giving out the security code to Kinky Kritters to a couple of humans. He put the club and the shifters in it at risk, and he has to pay for that. Lady Leo is ready to forgive him, as long as he submits a public punishment to show everyone just how sorry he is.
Thomas is experienced in giving punishments. He used to work professionally for Critters on Call, but he’s left that life behind. When his old boss, Clyce, calls him for one last favor, Thomas agrees, but this is no simple task, and Rudy isn’t so easy to leave behind.
Calix’s world is dying. He and his brothers have hidden in a realm they created four-hundred years ago when the humans were hunting them down. As the three remaining unicorns, they’ve kept themselves safe and hidden away from the threat of humanity.
But without the earth’s magic, they and their world are slowly dying. They need the help of three humans, triplets, to save them, but Calix and his brothers disagree greatly on how their help is to be earned. Calix wants to save them and their world, but he refuses to hurt anyone—even a human— in the process.
He’ll have to befriend one of the men and hope for the best if he has any chance of surviving.
Jacob and Adrian fell in love in high school. They are mates and always have been, but then Adrian cheated. It was one night of stupidity, and it ruined their relationship forever.
Or so they both thought.
Now, three years later, they’re thrown back together when Adrian’s parents want Jacob to mate with Charlie. Adrian isn’t thrilled with the idea of Jacob being with his little brother, but there’s nothing he can do about it either.
If Adrian wants him back, he’ll have to prove to Jacob that he’s never going to hurt him again. But it might already be too late for them.
Sasha is working in her bar when a disheveled man and his daughter come in. They’re broke and needing a bit of help, which Sasha is happy to give. She’s not looking for anything in Ben, but she’s never been able to resist someone who looks like they’re in trouble either. While he and his daughter have a meal at the bar, they get to know each other, and Sasha comes up with a solution that might just work for both of them. All Ben has to do is take a chance on something new with a perfect stranger.
After fourteen years of being away, Ricky Pike is back on Wild Lands Ranch. He can’t wait to spend the summer running around the ranch with his birth pack, which he hasn’t seen since his parents separated when he was five. When he gets there, however, he’s less than thrilled to see a giant for sale sign in the front yard. Confronting Zack Abbey, the last of the humans on the ranch, becomes complicated when Zack’s possessive boyfriend steps in.
Seeing Ricky again makes Zack happy. They’d been best friends, but a lot has changed since they were kids and Zack not being able to afford the upkeep on the ranch anymore is only the start of it. When Zack’s relationship with his boyfriend becomes violent, he needs all the help he can get and Ricky and the pack are glad to step in. To them the Abbeys have always been family and Ricky is determined to keep them all together on the ranch they call home.
Jenn and Remi love each other and pleasing their Mistress. She always takes great care of them, and this time she’s brought them a special treat. They’ll never know anything about him, but sex with this stranger is just what they need for an afternoon full of fun and excitement.
With the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains, prospectors have been coming closer to Wild Lands Ranch. Henry Abbey is determined to protect his family’s land, and the wolves are too. Henry doesn’t know they exist, but they’ve been watching him for a long time and one is closer than he even realizes.
Justus is a young wolf who has been working on the ranch to keep an eye on the humans and make sure they keep their part of the bargain. The plains belong to them, but the forest is the territory of the wolves. He likes Henry and wishes he could tell Henry everything he knows about the wolves and the pact, but it’s forbidden.
The rules begin to change on both sides when miners come into the forest looking for gold. The wolves need help, and the humans need the men off their land. When Justus reveals himself while protecting Henry, they are tied together forever.
After being banned from Kinky Kritters, the sharks want revenge and Lady Leo’s son Amani makes an easy target. They decide to kidnap him and then sell him off to a crane, one who has been searching for a pretty little mate for a while now. Amani fits the bill perfectly, but he isn’t exactly happy about being a prisoner and he keeps thinking of escape. If Mr. Grainger would let him be out of his sight for even a second, he might actually be able to accomplish something.
One of the sharks has second thoughts about selling Amani off to someone intent on abusing him. He calls into the shifter crime tip line, and speaks with Officer Nero, who is quickly on Amani’s trail and intent on rescuing him. Saving Amani is only the beginning as the ferret takes an interest in the little lion’s wellbeing as he recovers and moves on from his ordeal. Amani is stubborn, and even being kidnapped couldn’t break his spirit. Nero wants to see him get better, but he also wants to have Amani tied down and helpless under a whip as well. Amani has his own ideas of what a good Dom is made of, and a ferret doesn’t cut it for him. He wants pain, and lots of it, and in his mind only big predators can do that for him.
Nero can’t wait to prove him wrong.
Alex has had a crush on his scene partner, Jack, since the first day of rehearsal. He loves the theater and getting to perform Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a dream come true for him, but he can’t stay focused long enough to learn his lines with Jack around. When they get together to rehearse one of the hottest scenes in the play, it could be Alex’s one shot to convince Jack to give him a chance.
Panda shifter Rodney is in trouble. His gambling debts are well over what he can ever hope to pay off, and now the sharks are after him. They find him one night and Rodney thinks he’s in for a beating, but instead they trade him to Lady Leo, who owns an exclusive kink club. Kinky Kritters isn’t for the faint of heart, and Rodney is definitely out of his element. He has no idea how to be submissive, and he’s frightened, especially when his hands are tied behind his back, he’s blindfolded, and he’s put up for auction.
Mordechai is a panther who’s been with plenty of shifters, but never a panda. He has money to burn and a curiosity about Rodney that won’t be easily satisfied. One night isn’t going to cut it, though. Not when he’s thinking about Rodney even when he’s not at the club. What started as simple curiosity might be able to lead to far more, if only this cat is willing to take a chance on love with a panda.
When they meet, Bryan instantly wants his daughter’s new teacher. El is attractive and sweet, and he likes Bryan, too. El has already seen him though, years ago when Bryan and his ex used to frequent the local kink club. Bryan gave up that side of himself when they adopted, in fear that the agency would never adopt a child out to two men who enjoyed kink. But when El offers up his submission so completely, he’s too tempting for Bryan to resist for long.
With the ice dragons backing off, the others have gone hunting, leaving Avery and Tobit home alone. They’re the smallest members of the clan, and the weakest, but that has never bothered Tobit. He just wants everyone to be safe and happy, and he does whatever he can to make that happen. And now that he has some alone time with Avery, he knows it’s his chance to get close to the other dragon.
Avery doesn’t understand what it means to completely belong to the clan, not yet at least, and what Tobit describes to him is different than anything he’s ever considered before. With Tobit there to guide him, they’ll come together to make the clan whole again.
Robert isn’t sure how he feels about all the changes happening to the other Watchers. He has always believed in Watchers staying detached from the shifters they oversee, but that was before he had a little too much sushi and way too much sake and woke up married to Lance, a really sexy raccoon shifter.
Before he can sort out exactly what happened, the two find themselves mixed up in a mess with a tiger shifter who is part of a group of Russian shifters up to no good. While Robert tries to sort out the situation, Lance is focused on diverting Robert’s attention to him in the most sexual way possible.
Running down the Florida beaches to stay ahead of trouble, Robert and Lance find a connection Robert never envisioned, but doesn’t want to let go of.
Cam has always known that his mating would be arranged by his father, and his best hope is for a mate who respects him and could eventually be friends with him. He has no choice in the matter and is resigned to the worst-case scenario of a mate he’ll end up hating for the rest of his life. His biggest worry is that he’ll no longer be able to keep his best friend in his life. If his mate says he can’t have friends, that will be the end of it and he won’t be able to say a thing against that decision. It’s his worst fear, and he can’t keep his tears at bay even during his own mating ceremony as he feels like he’s losing the only real friend he’s ever had.
Jenner isn’t entirely sure why his new mate looks like he’s going to his death. He wants to be friends with Cam, and his traditions make it hard to get close to him. His father wanted to make sure he fell in love before he was thirty and thought mating him to someone would be the best way to get that accomplished. Jenner is looking forward to getting to know his new mate, if only Cam will let that happen. The little glimpses he’s had of the real Cam tell him he’s been mated to a feisty man who won’t back down, and Jenner wants more time with that side of him and a lot less with the one who only wants to do what’s expected of them and looks absolutely miserable all the time.
Having an arranged mating isn’t ideal, but for Cam and Jenner it might be the best thing for them both.
Now that he’s reached his age of maturity, otter shifter Noah is ready for his migration, where he’ll travel down the Pacific coast in search of a new place to call home and hopefully find his mate. He has only barely begun when he comes across Herm, another otter, who has his paw tangled up in a wire. He’s hurt and they need help, so Noah calls his cousin. With Denali’s help, Noah and Herm are put up in an empty house while Herm heals up enough to continue on his way.
But the waters aren’t safe for otters, not with a couple of rogue orcas making trouble for them, and as the disappearances increase, Noah realizes they’re all in danger. He’s sure that Herm is his mate, whether the grumpy old otter wants to admit it or not, and Noah knows he must do anything to protect them both, especially when trouble decides to invite itself in.
When Denali’s car breaks down in bear shifter territory, he knows he’s in trouble. As an otter he doesn’t stand a chance against a bear. His best hope is to get to a phone and call for help. But a bear attacks him before he can get more than a mile down the road.
Clyde, a bear shifter, knew taking his cousin Kai out for a run would be a bad idea even before they came upon the otter. Now he just wants to make it up to Denali, whose ankle is badly damaged from Kai’s attack. He takes Denali to Brody, a human who is also their local shifter doctor, and believes his responsibility for the otter is done at that point.
When the dreams come for both of them, proving that they’re mates, Denali comes to Clyde to find out how to break their mate bond. But resisting his bear turns out to be impossible, even though Denali knows it will tear his otter family apart.
As the son of the bear clan leader, Zeke's purpose is to take the mate his father has decided for him and bring the Washington clans together. He has a better idea though, one that involves seducing a sexy otter and running away with him instead of doing what his family expects of him.
But things aren't easy between Phillip and Zeke and with the bears hunting them, and Aedan and Brody, it seems all they ever do is argue. When Zeke finally has enough of it and decides to go back home, secrets that he's been keeping from Phillip spill out and Phillip turns his back on him. Zeke understands and knows it's what he deserves.
Phillip is glad to be rid of the lying bear, however when he sees Zeke alone and miserable at the same bar where they met, and he finds out what has become of Zeke since he went back to his family, Phillip can't just step aside. They may not always get along, but Phillip can't watch Zeke suffer either.
He'll need a miracle to fix the mess they're in, but if he can convince Zeke to try then maybe love won't be so impossible after all.
Pierce Nillian is shy, socially awkward, and hasn’t had a real date in years. At least not one that wasn’t with someone from one of his therapy groups. When he meets a man needing help with an injured dog, Pierce knows how to help. He’s a marine biologist who works with animals all day, and also has two dogs of his own. Once the dog is patched up, he expects not to see Tim again.
But the next day Tim comes back, and this time he’s brought reinforcements in the form of his sister, along with Pierce’s little sister, who it turns out are dating each other. To add to it, Nikki and Jo can’t be together officially until Tim finds a mate, because Nikki and Tim are bear shifters. Pierce has done a lot of things for his sister in the past, but becoming a bear’s mate is a tall order. His gut reaction is to refuse, but Tim is good at getting his way, and he wants Pierce for himself.
On a tiny island off the coast of Washington, Brody has made a successful life for himself as a veterinarian. The highlight of his practice is when he's able to help wild animals and rehab them to be released back to the wild. It's a simple, quiet life, which is exactly what he needs to be able to piece himself back together after Aedan, the man he loves, disappeared six years earlier. He had given up hope of ever seeing Aedan alive again, until one night after an otter shows up on his doorstep, Aedan comes in to take the otter away. Even if Brody didn't want to smack the sexy grin off his face, he still wouldn't let Aedan just walk out with the otter. He's responsible for its safety, and Aedan hasn't given him nearly enough answers to make the past six years all better.
Aedan doesn't have time to answer Brody's questions though. He's got bigger problems, primarily a clan of bear shifters who claim the otter, Aedan's little brother, stole something from them. He lives in a dangerous world he never wanted Brody to be mixed up in, but it seems Brody can't help but get into trouble all on his own. His brother invites danger, Brody stumbles into it, and Aedan just wants to keep them both safe without losing his mind.
As a poor farmer, Dante can’t afford the cures that would bring his brother back from the death-like sleep that has claimed him, but when his sister finds a healer in town, one who promises to help, his family is overjoyed. Naturally cautious, Dante hopes they don’t put too much faith in a stranger, but he is unwilling to turn his back on the chance for his brother to be well again either.
The healer requires very little from them, a family heirloom and as much nightshade as Dante can carry. Though he questions why a healer would need such a poisonous plant, he is far more concerned with saving his brother. When he brings them to the healer’s home, he finds a black unicorn that has been enslaved by the healer.
Aleon is distrustful of people, and with good reason. As the dark mage’s captive, he has endured only torture and pain since he was a child. The mage uses shavings of his horn to heal others, and it is a brutal experience for Aleon. When Dante offers him a way of escape, Aleon is wary, but trusting someone new, or staying a slave until he is killed, isn’t a choice he can afford to let slip away.
With Dante, Aleon begins to understand that he is safe, and possibly even loved, but when the dark mage realizes his unicorn has been stolen, their lives are ripped apart in his rage to get Aleon back. Staying together, and keeping his family safe, is all Dante wants, but it might be a hopeless dream when a world of magic and darkness rises up against him and he’s forced to make a choice between the man he loves and the family he wants to save.
With the trial approaching, tensions among the deer are high and the humans, including Cole, are left feeling a little lost in the middle. His mate is never far away but Julian has his own troubles as he waits to hear what the kings have in store for his friends. The cats demand justice for their murdered kin, but the only person that knows what really happened isn’t talking to anyone.
Juliet has watched her older sister, Ophelia, fall in love and she knows she wants that for herself someday. But right now she’s just having fun and enjoying what she has with her boyfriend. When he makes a big mistake, though, it might end up being the final straw for them, especially when a friend she’s never really thought that much about starts making waves in her life.
For Cole, life used to be simple. He was a military man and knew where he stood in the world. But that was all before the first of the cats came. Now, years later, all but the strongest of the human race have been killed off by the aliens, and those that are left are their slaves. Day and night, Cole is forced to help destroy the human world and return his planet to the way it was before the humans took over.
He’s able to escape, just barely, but an accident leaves him injured and at the mercy of people he can’t be sure are there to help him. There’s a man there that catches his interest, but finding time for a relationship when the world is going to hell around him isn’t exactly going to happen. These people offer him safety and hope, but Cole isn’t sure who he can trust anymore, and love might just be the most dangerous risk of all.
Ophelia Nichols is a fresh hire for the EPA, and she’s ready to make her mark on the world. She’s idealistic, driven, and has a suitcase full of her favorite books to keep her company on her first assignment. Alaska wouldn’t have been her first choice of a place to go, but she can’t help but be excited by the adventure she hopes to find there. However, upon arriving to the barren land of ice at the top of the world, she realizes her team isn’t exactly full of what she would call gentlemen, and the guys they warn her about are actually pretty nice.
Then there’s Leonardo McKenna. Working on an oil rig has made him tough, and he likes his isolated life surrounded by his books and his big wolf-dog. He’s got a love for Shakespeare and the classics, and one look from him makes Ophelia realize Alaska may not be as cold as she originally thought. But his life is in Alaska and she works wherever the EPA sends her. A few days here and there might be enough for a friendship, but it’ll take more than letters and a few gifts to have something that lasts.
For Ophelia and Leonardo though, love can exist beyond the distances, and making it work is just one more challenge.
On a trip to visit an acquaintance, Mariah discovers he is keeping a Strytas in chains. Innocent, beautiful, and said to bring good luck and fortune to those capable of holding them, she never thought to encounter one being subjected to such cruelty.
Determined to free the enslaved woman, Mariah persuades her acquaintance to sell her. But once free, the Strytas reveals that she has no home, no family, nowhere at all to go. The more time passes, the more reluctant Mariah is to ever see her go...
Two years after Hannah and Ippy rescued Caelum, Ippy has heard his best friend become close to the selkie. He’s glad for their connection, but wants to get to know Caelum as well. This is harder for Ippy since Caelum is in Ireland, but not impossible because this selkie has a secret—he’s able to walk into the dreams of others. Using that ability, Caelum visits Ippy often, and they soon have a connection unlike anything Ippy expected. For the past few years Hannah has been saying that someday they’d all live together, and now it seems like it might actually be a reality for them. But when his dad finds out that he cares for Caelum, Ippy’s world is torn apart. After an attack that not only leaves him broken, he’s left homeless as well.
Danny doesn't expect much to come from the interview she has lined up through her modelling agency, who told her only that it involved tea and a kink convention. She thinks it won't be much more than wearing some strange outfit, sitting around, and getting easy money that she desperately needs.
What she gets instead is Lucy, a formidable woman in riding boots and a corset, who makes Danny want to please her without saying a word. By the end of the interview, Danny is convinced that her new job isn't going to be anywhere near as easy as she first believed. Can Danny make the woman determined to keep her at the end of her riding crop let her into her heart as well as her bed?
When Shae was thirteen she ran away from a sexually and physically abusive alpha but getting to safety meant leaving her mate, Maiki, behind. Now that she's twenty-three Shae has made an isolated life for herself with only the wolf inside of herself for company.
Then Maiki calls her after a decade of silence, asking her to come back, and Shae cannot say no to her mate. Maiki is a seer and she's had a frightening dream of the pack being demolished and the old farmhouse the alpha lives in going up in flames...
Hannah Glass has a pretty fantastic life and she knows it. Both of her dads are awesome, she’s a human in a pack of werewolves, and her best friend is a werewolf, too. But her ability to see the werewolves as they really are has always unsettled some of the members of her pack. And ever since she was nine she hasn’t been able to let go of the idea that there is a little boy out there somewhere that needs her help.
When she receives a mysterious message telling her to stop looking for him, it only further fuels Hannah’s need to save him. But her alpha has already gone off on enough wild goose chases to rescue him and people are starting to doubt he ever existed in the first place.
To prove them all wrong and save him, Hannah will leave everything she knows behind to go on one wild adventure that will change her life forever.
Officer Christopher Saunders just completed his K-9 training and he can’t wait to pick out his first partner. But when none of the specially trained dogs catches his eye, he gets disappointed, until he sees a heroic stray on the news. Christopher is sure he can train the dog himself, if only given the chance.
Too bad Samson has other plans. But going home with this man is a better idea than waiting for his pack to figure out he'd been stupidly captured like some common poodle. The collar and leash also had to go. There was no way he'd be wearing those for long.
This is an expanded re-release.
Frolicking in gender play and sexual diversity, the ten authors collected in this volume offer a dazzling array of queer erotica and romance. Stories range from comic to tragic and historical to fantastic, taking up textual hints overt and subtle as they engage with the power of lust and love. By Any Other Name introduces the beautiful young Renaissance thespian Anthony, who faces a challenge for the women's roles he covets. Then, The Buttboy of Nicomedes: A Masque in Eight Scenes offers a gay farce built upon an original chorus of gossiping guards who crassly comment on the gay exploits they witness unseen. For Love or Duty explores a complex affection between Iago and the Moor in, while The Ills We Do reveals their wives' secret attractions.
All Pucked Up: A Midsummer Night's Romp shows new ways the four lovers of A Midsummer Night's Dream can be paired and grouped... with the right magical intervention. Next, A Well-Placed Pinch shows three young contemporary women rehearsing and improvising well beyond the script of Twelfth Night. Improvisation is also at the heart of a passionate encounter between two members of an all-gay cast in Much Ado About a Kiss. A meager Romeo proves the perfect fit for an irresistible beast with three backs when he practices swordplay with his Mercutio and Tybalt in A Tight to Remember. Smoke Signals shows the erotic pleasure of a young woman’s crossdressing experience when heightened by the coaching of her more experienced male co-star. Finally, As We Like It: A Romance brings a science fictional future in which we learn how the trans desires of Ross (née Rosalind) can best be filled.
Whether you're a devotee or just Bard-curious, Shakespearotica has something for every lusty reader.
Prologue by Salome Wilde
The big cats in the sanctuary Quinn runs have long held his heart. However, an animation artist may offer them some competition for his affection.
Charlie can barely look at Quinn, much less talk to him. Quinn is confident, friendly, and too handsome for words. Charlie can't believe it when Quinn invites him up to the sanctuary for the weekend. He's enthralled and finds himself falling hard for the man his sister calls Sex God Quinn Fitzgerald.