GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 95,169 words
Only Love Matters includes eight best-selling favorites from J.D. Walker about men searching for a connection. Whether it's a jaded bus driver, mechanic, bookstore worker, or a stressed-out single parent, these men won't give up until they get what they want. Because in the end, only love matters.
Contains the stories:
Being Fitz: Fitz is worn out by users, an unforgiving bus route, and life, in general. When he stumbles over a dead body in the park, things can't seem to get much worse, until he meets Detective Holland Simms. Arrogant and infuriating, Fitz is at once at odds and intrigued by Simms, who seems to be interested in him, surprisingly. Can he make a new start?
Deliver Me: Life for Daniel Carter is filled with teaching freshmen and delivering pizza. His one bright spot comes in the form of Julius Tanner, a nice guy who would never look at Daniel twice. When Julius needs help, Daniel steps in and finds out that Julius is even better than he could have imagined, and his dog is ridiculously cute. How can he ever measure up?
So Into You: Llewellyn "Llew" Dane is a workaholic obsessed with paying off his student loans as quickly as possible. Even the luscious eye-candy presented by Marc Temple won't divert him from his goal. But working with Marc makes it hard to hide his feelings, and Llew's self-doubt almost ruins the start of something between them, because Marc is interested, too. It may be up to Marc to take the next step.
More Than a Suit: Tobie: Tobie Mendez wants to make VP in five years and nothing will distract him from his goal. Except, perhaps, Malcolm Jones, the hunky new head of the Acquisitions department. Malcolm wants to train Tobie for a senior position, but he doesn't anticipate the attraction that flares between them. In the end, they have to decide if the risk to their jobs is worth taking a chance on each other.
Crank Me Up: Marius tolerates Xavier only because his daughter is best friends with Xavier's niece. But when Uncle Cranky insults his intelligence, Marius snaps back. Xavier surprises him by offering an apology and an invitation to dinner. Marius decides to give Xavier another chance, and they end up with a lot more than they bargained for.
Crank Me Down: Xavier McDay and Marius Rabineaux have been together for a year, and Marius wants to take things to the next level -- marriage. Sherie and Tonya, Marius' daughter and Xavier's niece, are definitely rooting for the men, too. When Marius proposes, Xavier happily accepts. Now all they have to do is find a house for four, plan the wedding, and survive the honeymoon.
He's So Heavy: One look at Thorn Blackstone and Bill Cascade wants him for his own. Problem is, Thorn is trouble on two legs and Bill can recognize someone going downhill, fast. Hell, he's been there. Bill's offer of help is rebuffed by Thorn, but when he shows up on Bill's doorstep, he doesn't hesitate to help. Why? Thorn is the love of his life and Bill would do anything for him. Even let him go, if he had to.
The Artist's Mechanic: Logan Winston poses as a model for an art class and meets Wayne Rodriguez, an art teacher who turns Logan's world upside down. Problem is, between low self-esteem and bad choices, mistakes are made and both men have a hard time making things work. Is friendship all they have, or will they find a love they never expected?
EXCERPT FROM "Deliver Me"
Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
"You know, I always wondered why you picked on me. Then I remembered the first week when you tried to get into my pants. God knows I tried to forget it. What, you couldn't take the rejection? Next time you try to get your little pencil dick in someone's ass, try a shower first, huh? Maybe a breath mint, too? I almost passed out from the fumes. Have a nice life." I walked out, not looking back, though I heard some snickers behind me. Try to live that one down, you little peckerwood.
Bessie and I made it to Julius' house fifteen minutes later. When he opened the door, I could tell he had been worried.
"Hey, honey. Are you alright? What took so long?" He took the pizzas from me and I followed him inside. I picked up Mr. Wrinkles to get some love, since I sorely needed it.
"It's been a rough week, but tonight was epic. Your order is free, and I got fired." I put the little pug down, sat at the kitchen island, and sighed.
Julius put the pizzas down. "What the fuck?" He was livid.
"Yup. Remember how I told you I only had one more time before they'd let me go? Well Manny deliberately held your order until he knew it would be late. I knew it, he knew it, and I called him on it. I told him to just fire me. And then he did, calling me a faggot ass."
"Say what? That dude is way outta line. I oughta --" Julius stopped ranting when he saw how dejected I had become.
"It'll be alright, boo." He came around to my side of the island and pulled me into a hug. "I'm so sorry he was such a prick."
I wrapped my arms around his waist and rested my head on his chest, basking in his heat and soaking up his strength. "It's okay. I knew it was coming, and maybe I'm more than a little relieved that it's over. I may have insulted his manhood and made disparaging remarks about his personal hygiene on my way out. I think he was still pissed that I wouldn't sleep with him. I'm not sorry."
Pulling back a little, Julius put one hand gently on my face and asked, "What are you gonna do now for another job?"
"I dunno, but I think I might be able to get more hours tutoring at the middle school. I'll check into it next week. On the upside, we'll have a little more time together to get up close and personal. Would you like that?"
"Oh hell, yeah!" Julius gave me a big smile and a kiss. "Let's eat first, though. You need to decompress, right? And maybe relax a little bit in front of the TV? I have a home theatre set up behind the living room. We can have a few beers, eat pizza, watch a movie or two."
"I'd love that, truly. Thank you."
"Anything for you, Daniel."
"You just want in my pants, don't you?"
"Absolutely not. Well, maybe a little.”