Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters.
They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised.
Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…
A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR
Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.
A TOUCH OF PARADISE
Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?
A TOUCH OF KINK
A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?
A TOUCH OF GAY
Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?
A Touch of Paradise
As he reached the pool, he noticed Radu wasn’t alone. Kahoni, wearing nothing but a pair of shorts, was sitting beside him, chatting happily. Oh, for fuck’s sake, Tudor thought, reminding himself to punch Radu in the face for this at some point in the future.
“Don’t you look all chewed up and spit out,” Radu said, mocking Tudor’s glare.
“Some of us have to work, you know. We can’t all relax by the pool on our business trips.”
Radu shrugged and relaxed into his chair. “Switch to sales. Business trips are always far more pleasurable for us, even when we work hard. Besides, Kahoni here worked all morning.”
Tudor arched an eyebrow and turned to face Kahoni. “I thought the bar was closed. And you also worked in the restaurant yesterday. Don’t you get time off?”
Kahoni grinned and winked, and didn’t that make Tudor weak in the knees. Okay, maybe that had been facilitated by the expanse of Kahoni’s perfect skin on display, but who was keeping track?
“It’s my side gig. I teach tourists to surf. Helps me save up for this surf shop I want to open in a year or two.”
Of course he had to surf! Kahoni had to be the perfect image of Hawaiian bliss, didn’t he? Tudor closed his eyes for a second, taking a deep breath and trying not to imagine water sluicing down Kahoni’s body as he came up for air.
“So surf by day and serve drinks by night, eh? Sounds tiring,” Radu said, almost looking like he needed a nap at the mere thought of such a workload.
“I manage. I can always skip the surfing lessons if I’m tired. Not like I have a boss riding my ass.”
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Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.
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