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Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians
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The Burning Plain
Michael Nava
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The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery

The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery - James Lear Received free from M/M Romance Groups Love Has No Boundaries event.

Dan Stagg, ex-Marine major, ran afoul of DADT after his lover is killed. Now he's in New York City, a doorman at a crappy club, when things go bad at that job he lands a bodyguard job, transporting the "secretary" of a rich man out of town.

Dan spent twelve years in the Marines, he's a graduate of Annapolis, he was a major, so he knows this deal is anything but innocuous. But thirty large will set him up nicely, and it doesn't hurt that the body he's guarding is like candy.

So Dan and his boy head for New England and a classic road trip with cheap motels and diners, Dan loses his heart for only the second time in his life and then the bad guys come after them. When the younger man is abducted, Dan does something I don't think I've ever read or seen an action hero do before, and then he goes to kick ass.

This is a gay action hero-adventure story, think Matt Helm without the suits, a big ex-Marine with shaved, bald head who likes his men to be men and not perfumed and waxed. And just like a James Bond, if sex with someone he happens upon happens, he enjoys himself and wonders afterwards, is he really falling in love?