Life in small town Montana has become hell for San Diego Homicide Detective Christopher Hayes. No one will hire him, he’s made the seething racism his lover Doug Heavy Runner faces at work worse by adding homophobia to the mix, and his most recent jog through town ends when he’s hit in the head with a rock by two gay-bashing teenagers. Deputy Sheriff Doug Heavy Runner has never dealt with the abusive relationship that traumatized and shattered him as a young adult. The memories, and the lingering shame and fear he’s never acknowledged, have left him resigned to endure the discrimination he faces in Elkin. But he can’t stand it when Christopher becomes a target for that same hatred.
With the anniversary of his brother’s suicide looming, Christopher is desperate to escape, even if it means leaving the man he loves behind. A last minute trip to San Diego forces Doug to face his past rather than risk losing Christopher forever. When the mutilated body of one of the boys who assaulted Christopher is found in Doug’s garage, they return and uncover a tangle of secrets, lies, and tragedy lurking beneath Elkin’s small town façade. With their relationship at a crossroads, they’ll have to work together to catch the killer and maybe find a paradise of their own.
When a night of drunken confusion at nineteen resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child, he was determined to be there for his son, even if it meant walking away from a sport he loved and forever hiding the fact that he's gay. Fifteen years later, after a brutal divorce and vicious hate crime, his son Jay has become obsessed with art, using drawing and graffiti to express himself. Patrick moves Jay to his childhood home in Seattle hoping for a fresh start. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested for painting graffiti again. While leaving work to bail Jay out of jail, Patrick gets caught up stopping an assault and quickly finds himself in handcuffs, too. Patrick thinks his week can’t get any worse, until he’s confronted by the sexiest man he’s ever seen—his son’s new probation officer Ken Atkins.
Working with difficult parents is always the worst part of Ken’s job, and he is sure that the undeniably handsome Patrick Connelly is going to be a difficult parent. A chance encounter with Patrick that night leads to a frantic, lust-filled hookup that leaves Ken blind-sided. As they work together to try and keep Jay out of trouble, the sparks between them prove impossible to resist. When the assault Patrick prevented comes back to haunt them and Jay gets into trouble again, Ken will have to convince Patrick that protecting his son’s happiness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing his own.
When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business.
Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches the a missing persons case as his first assignment, the last person he expects to find poking around the victim’s dorm room is Ray, a one-time hookup he’s more inclined to punch in the face than kiss hello. After discovering Sophia's disappearance is linked to a massive computer-based theft that has two powerful crime families ready to declare war, Elliot focuses on his investigation and tries to ignore Ray. As the search for Sophia turns dangerous, Elliot and Ray discover that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.
Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only solace.
In the wilderness, Anders and Kevin discover a lot of common ground. While the future holds uncertainties they may not be ready to deal with, it might also hold the chance for happiness.
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Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he’s carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.
When Christopher travels from San Diego to Montana to deal with his abusive brother’s suicide, he doesn’t expect to find the man he spent the weekend with to be handling his brother’s case. He certainly doesn’t mind spending more time with Doug—but then an arsonist destroys the house Christopher inherited from his brother, and Christopher and Doug discover they are the primary suspects.
As they investigate, they discover Christopher’s dead brother has set them on the trail of a psychotic pedophile who will stop at nothing to silence his last victim. However, the search for the victim goes horribly wrong, leaving Doug hospitalized and Christopher at the mercy of the killer….