Only when we shed our inhibitions do we truly fly.
Gabriel knows there are perks to being a bouncer at the wildest bar in town. The Phoenix Rising is known for being the place to go for a beer and a side of down-and-dirty sex, and Gabriel has seen his share of the action. Anything goes as long as both parties are willing, and when Anne walks in smelling like repressed passion, Gabriel is intrigued.
Anne is tired of being a perpetual wallflower. After divorcing the cheating ex, she heads to the one place in town guaranteed to help her find a good time—The Phoenix Rising. She can’t believe the gorgeous bouncer is attracted to her in spite of her plus-sized body. Being with him is like nothing she’s used to, and he makes her feel like so much more than just a dress size. But Gabriel has secrets. The former British Marine won’t talk about why he’s working as a bouncer in an American bar. Worse, he’s perfectly happy to tell her he doesn’t do long-term commitments. But now that Gabriel has taught Anne what it feels like to fly, how will she ever be able to walk away?
Contains BBW, ménage, voyeurism, and exhibitionism elements
Rone’s new job has him in over his head. Too bad he can’t swim.
Rone’s a small-time thief and dock whore whose only ambition is to ask Robin, an intersex elf who stars in a peepshow, out for drinks. But when Rone agrees to run messages for a shipping magnate, suddenly Farthalan Port’s rival factions—vampire, elf, and human—become interested in his work. And they all want a cut.
Everyone thinks Rone knows a lot more than he does, but he has no idea what’s in the messages he’s carrying—he can’t read. All he can fish up are rumors of a fake princess, who might be out to defraud the royal family, or who might have been planted by the king himself to dupe a visiting prince. Either way, Rone suspects he’s being set up to take the blame. And being pursued by a vampire called Shark, a couple of elf thugs, and an undercover city guard doesn’t help his odds of coming out alive.
If he can figure out what’s really going on, he might be able to buy his way out of the whole mess. If he can’t, he and Robin are both sunk.
Nobody gets away clean.
The remarkable short works collected in Dirty Laundry explore the unraveling of lives at their most intimate moments, the uncomfortable starkness of truth, the unmasking of lies. Whether a cop on the make, a seminary student, or a college kid trying to stay pure, nobody avoids the soil of circumstance. Some try to hide from themselves, others embrace who they truly are. But nobody gets away clean.