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?
Excerpt – A Touch of Kink
“Hey, go stand on that side,” Radu said, pointing to the far right exit. “We can’t afford to lose the guy in the crowd.”
“I don’t know what he looks like, dimwit.”
“Fat, bright red hair, and failed hipster beard. Should stand out quite a bit.”
As people started pouring through the gates, directed by the steel handles, Tudor focused intently on everyone coming toward him. No one even remotely redheaded was in sight. Maybe the dude had a lot of luggage and would be late. Just when he thought he’d spotted his guy, strong arms grabbed his waist and someone rested their chin on his shoulder. His first instinct was to drive his elbow back into the aggressor’s chest, but a familiar scent stopped him even before he fully recognized it.
“Hello, gorgeous. Waiting for someone? Or can I pick you up and have my way with you tonight?”
“Kahoni,” Tudor whispered, feeling a little weak in the knees. “You bastard!” There was no strength behind his accusation, although Tudor tried his best to sound upset. He was too relieved Kahoni was there.
When Kahoni loosened his hold, Tudor quickly turned and pulled him into a big, strong hug. “I’m so glad to see you!”
“I’m sorry, baby. I just wanted to surprise you. But it’s fucking hard when you keep asking a million questions.”
“Not my fault you couldn’t come up with a believable story,” Tudor muttered, his face buried into Kahoni’s neck. He could feel the other man’s laugh through the contact with his lips, and a new wave of relief washed through Tudor as he sank deeper into the hug and the familiar scent that always drove him wild.
“I know. I suck at lying. I couldn’t bring myself to use any of my aunts’ names. It felt like going too far.”
“Good to know.”
“Okay, lovebirds. Time to go. This is still Romania, and I don’t want to deal with any nasty comments right now.”
“You mean like the ones you typically make?” Tudor asked, arching an eyebrow at Radu.
“Mine come from a place of love, fucktard. Besides, Kahoni hasn’t been here long enough for me to be sure you wouldn’t beat the hell out of anyone who even looked funny at you.”
I loved this series. I loved the characters, the storylines, and the settings.
First, Vincent from the first book? Him i would quite happily punch. I have no time for people who can’t even work equally to make a relationship work.
i really wanted to punch Radu in the first book. But, by the second and third i was changing my mind and actually started to like him.
Of course, by the fourth i was ready to fall about laughing. All those comments and jabs and now he was begging for help from his friends.
A highly recommended series from a great writer.
Five stars *****
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About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com