Kinder Thane lost his life partner three years ago and ever since, has folded into himself. He doesn’t speak to friends and only sees his family once a year. Every year on the anniversary of Leland’s death, he spends his time with the ghost of his dead boyfriend.
When Jessie Riley moves in across the hall, it sends his entire existence into a flurry. Suddenly there’s life out there, happiness, the joy of the holidays, and it’s so shocking he almost doesn’t know what to do with it. It gets to be too much but before he can pull back inside and go back to the way he was, Leland has a final gift for him, one that changes everything.
Kace & Falcon have been in a relationship for thirteen years. With Falcon in the military, they’ve spent more time apart than together. Since they live in off-base housing, Kace hides who he is. When he finds out about Elan Isle, he’s excited. Especially when he finds out that not only will their domestic discipline lifestyle be accepted, but that he and Falcon are welcomed for who they are. They no longer have to hide.
Falcon has protected Kace since the night they met. Seeing his love become emboldened by their new town is electrifying. So much so that he decides to come home for good.
Kace knows having Falcon home all the time will be difficult, but he thinks it will be due to his partner missing his life in the military. He has no idea the difficulties will be his. Worries he’s never voiced pop up and desires he’s never considered become all important. While Falcon has more patience than anyone he knows, Kace fears that this desire might be the final straw.
If you’re a Corbin’s Bend Pride fan, you might remember the short story Pillar in the Snow. This is that short story, given full life as a novel with new characters and a different kink community.
Things that might have seemed unimaginable by the light of day become impossible to live without deep within the dungeon.
For Joel McClary, this is it. His one last fling before he settles down as CEO of McClary and Associates. He told Hallidian Match, an exclusive matchmaking service, that he was looking for someone so specific that he doubted they could find him, but had described in detail the first consensual slave he had ever played with. That is what he wants: one last evening with someone who will give of himself like his former slave did. After that, he will turn his back and do his duty.
Haiden Johnson is here for only one reason. To spend one last night at the feet of the man he has been in love with for thirteen years. Master J held his submission from the moment he looked into the Dom’s eyes. After months in his service, Haiden hoped to be offered permanence but it hadn’t happened. For years he searched for another master who would pull from him such happiness, but it would seem none existed. When Hallidian Match said they found him, the one master Haiden would lay down his life for, he paid their fee without a qualm. Tonight, he plans to make the most of it, before he buries his need for absolute submission forever.
Christian takes to heart everything he learns from Logan’s father. As he and Logan go forward in their DD relationship, he finds that he’s willing to not just take on the mantle of head of house, but to embrace it. With Logan graduating from college, Christian takes the next logical step and asks his boyfriend to move in.
Even with the stress of student teaching and trying to figure out what to do after graduation, Logan leaps at the chance to live with the man he loves. The pressure of graduation begins to get to him and the only thing keeping him grounded is the amazing man at his side.
Those closest to them make huge changes in their own lives and when an unexpected job offer lands in Logan’s lap, they have to make a life-altering decision. No matter which way they go, they need to give something up. Play it safe and stay home or accept the job and move away from their families? When it comes to decision time, there is one thing they are not willing to part with. That one thing makes all the difference in the world.