Runaway Hearts series by Harper Logan

Runaway Heart

AUTHOR’S BLURB: What do you do when your head says no but your heart says hell yes?
Marathon. Just thinking the word is torture to bartender Jesse Greenglass. Why’d he sign up? For the sake of the boyfriend he loved. Of course, that was before the boyfriend cheated and became the ex Jesse wants to forget. The marathon date sits in his calendar as a painful reminder but there’s no way Jesse’s going to run it now. Even if a super handsome – and super straight – stranger is leaning over his bar, telling Jesse he’ll run with him. Even if that stranger has a smile that makes him melt.

“Don’t worry, I’m not going to go and fall in love with you.”

26.2 miles is nothing to army veteran Mark Riordan. Haunted by his past and struggling with PTSD, Mark moved to bucolic Rosebridge, New Hampshire to clear his head – not to fill it with thoughts of a wise-cracking bartender. But there’s something about Jesse that’s drawing Mark in, making him wonder if he might not be quite so super straight after all. Maybe it’s crazy to train for a marathon with a guy he just met, but helping Jesse get some confidence back actually sounds like fun – and it’ll be nice to focus on someone else’s problems for a change.

“I want this. But only if it’s real. It has to be real, with you.”

But when a caught-in-the-moment kiss turns just friends into something miles more complicated, is either man ready for the consequences? Jesse can’t deny that he’s attracted to Mark, but if Mark changes his mind about dating men, he could end up breaking Jesse’s heart instead of healing it. And for Mark, being with Jesse means more than just exploring what he really wants – it means opening up about parts of his past that he’s not sure he’s ready to share. Will fear keep this pair on the starting line, or will they follow their runaway hearts?

Runaway Heart is a 55,000 word steamy, standalone contemporary m/m romance. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.

Sweet Deal

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Russ is awfully sweet for someone who pretends to be so salty.

Gruff ex-punk Russ is a sweets-obsessed baker, struggling to get his dream business off the ground. His cupcakes are delicious and everyone loves them—so why is his bakery failing?

“I’m begging you: please call me for an interview…”

Arthur is about to lose his mind. With his amazing grades and business degree, he thought he’d be a shoe-in at any company in Rosebridge—but he can’t convince anyone to hire him. With his savings drying up, it looks likely that he’ll have to admit defeat and return home to face his homophobic parents.

Arthur is simply off limits—he has to be.

Arthur is perfect for the bakery: motivated, meticulous, and a great worker. Unfortunately, Arthur is also gorgeous, hilarious, and way too young for Russ to date.

Arthur can’t ignore the way Russ’s strong arms and low laugh send electricity up and down his spine. He can’t let anything jeopardize his new job, but Arthur also can’t ignore how perfect the two of them could be together…

Sweet Deal is a steamy 55,000-word contemporary romance with May/December themes, a workplace romance, and a happily-ever-after ending.

Something New: A Runaway Hearts Novel

AUTHOR’S BLURB: A marriage of convenience is one thing. But married to a straight guy? That’s a whole different story…
Brooklyn Blackwell’s got a dissertation to finish and tenure to secure – the last thing he’s looking for is romance. But with his advisor’s charity on the brink of losing funding, Brooklyn’s got one shot at saving it. The bet seems easy enough: marry a straight guy, stay married for a year, and snag a hundred thousand dollars. It doesn’t count as romance if the guy’s not into him, right? This should be a piece of cake…

“Brooklyn, when I said you looked like someone who needed a date, what I meant was you needed to get laid. I was just trying to be polite.”

Austin Hastings never planned on getting married – to a man or a woman. Scarred by his parents’ impressively bad example, he planned on traveling the world, not winding up trapped in a relationship in some podunk town. But the longer Austin spends in his mind-numbing corporate job, the more monotonous his life becomes. Marrying a gay guy might seem a little strange, but there’s one thing it’s definitely not: Boring.

“God, is it always this amazing? With a guy? Tell me everything is as good as tonight.”
“Oh honey, you have no idea.”

There’s only one problem – the more Austin gets to know Brooklyn, the more attractive the guy gets. Normally, he’d be all for a little harmless exploration. But is it still harmless when the guy you’re exploring is your husband? Things get even more complicated when pictures of them in bed together accidentally go viral online. They’re supposed to stay married for a year – will they even make it a month? Or will their marriage of convenience turn into something entirely new?

Something New is an 85,000 word m/m romance with a marriage of convenience, a gay-for-you storyline, and a bunch of steamy scenes that you probably shouldn’t read in public if you blush easily. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed HEA.

MY REVIEW: This is a standard, much-used premise for romance. But the delivery and execution and details in this story are delightful and set it apart as somewhat realistic and doable, especially in today’s social-media crazed age. I love how this perfectly captures where the guys are at in their life’s journey. And the age difference of only 5 years is a distinct difference to them, though in reality it’s not that many years. This has sexy and sweet and hot and makes me want to read about the other couples, too.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

Real Love

AUTHOR’S BLURB: “Could I really kiss another guy? Even if it was all just pretend?”

Tom has poured his heart and soul into his dream of becoming a respected actor. Even after being bullied over his passion for theatre, he’s never given up. All his sacrifice is about to pay off when he’s offered his first leading role—but there’s one catch: it’s the lead in the gay romance movie Real Love. Tom’s never so much as looked at another man, and he can’t help but feel intimidated at the prospect of faking intimacy with a guy. Especially when he finds out who the other star is…

“Justin Black is the last man on earth anyone expects to see in a gay romance movie.”

Heartthrob Justin Black is known for his chiseled abs, cheesy movies, and flings with actresses—not for his acting talent. But the dates are all fake and sometimes he feels his entire life is just a publicity stunt. The only real relationship in his life is the one he has with Cleo—his rescue kitten. Justin wants to create a film that will make the world a better place. But when he signs up to star in a gay romance movie to raise awareness for equality, he faces resistance from his publicist, his agent, and even his own family. And to top it off, his co-star Tom seems to hate him. When the two decide to work out their scenes with some private rehearsals, their relationship only grows more complicated.

“The kiss was supposed to be practice, but it felt real.”

As friendship grows between them, it starts to seem like it could be something more. But with pressure from the public, and their own insecurities to work past, their relationship encounters one challenge after the next. Can Justin and Tom work through it all to create their own happily ever after?

Real Love is a 45,000-word standalone contemporary gay romance, complete with lots of heat and a happily ever after ending.