Sanctity of Marriage
by Philippa Grey Gerou
Sarah Adams is content with her lot in life as a dependent spinster. When she meets wealthy lumberman Matthew Ingram and his boorish friend Jason Sinclair, all that changes. To her surprise, Matthew proposes marriage, and with no better options available to her, she agrees. But marriage to the handsome, reserved Matthew is not what she expects, nor is her new husband.
When she discovers him in the stables with Jason, she realizes that his reserve disguises deeper, darker passions than she can ever satisfy. But she has desires as well, desires that her growing intimacy with both men slowly help her explore and develop. Desires that make her willing to put aside the demands and mores of society to experience. But the world outside isn't done with them, and it is secrets in their own pasts that finally drive them apart. There's no denying the feelings the three of them share, but is there any way for them to overcome the obstacles to be together again?
The Back Passage
by James Lear
Cleis Press, 2006
"A seaside village, an English country house, a family of wealthy eccentrics and their equally peculiar servants, a determined detective — all the ingredients are here for a cozy Agatha Christie-style whodunit. But wait — Edward “Mitch” Mitchell is no Hercule Poirot, and The Back Passage is no Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Mitch is a handsome, insatiable 22-year-old hunk who never lets a clue stand in the way of a steamy encounter, whether it’s with the local constabulary, the house secretary, or his school chum and fellow athlete Boy Morgan, who becomes his Watson when they’re not busy boffing each other.
When Reg Walworth is found dead in a cabinet, Sir James Eagle has his servant Weeks immediately arrested as the killer. But Mitch’s observant eye pegs more plausible possibilities: polysexual chauffeur Hibbert, queenly pervert Leonard Eagle, missing scion Rex, sadistic copper Kennington, even Sir James Eagle himself. Blackmail, police corruption, a dizzying network of spyholes and secret passages, watersports, and a nonstop queer orgy backstairs and everyplace else mark this hilariously hard-core mystery by a major new talent."