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About Con Riley
Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.
When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don't disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.
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Falling for his final client won’t make leaving London easy…
Ian ~ A talented, young photographer desperate to stay in London.
Guy ~ An older, fierce food critic, determined to keep him in his city.
Ian shouldn’t be attracted to a scathing food critic like Guy Parsons, not after the last time he fell for someone older, arrogant, and gorgeous. He knows better than to let dramatic good looks sway him since his last heartbreak. Besides, he’s accepted a new job at the far end of the country and won’t be staying in London.
Having one month left doesn’t seem enough now Ian’s fallen in love with the city. Working as Guy’s photographer for December might help him afford to stay for longer, even if he hates Guy’s brand of restaurant reviewing. When Guy turns out to be worlds away from the last man Ian fell for, shared meals soon result in shared secrets and feelings.
More than attraction sparks between them as Christmas approaches. Intimate moments lead to intense passion, but is being well matched in the bedroom enough to stop the clock counting down to Ian leaving London, and Guy, for good?
♥ Steamy, snarky, and sweet, His Last Christmas in London is an utterly British, low-angst, age-gap, workplace gay romance set in London and Cornwall. ♥
Celebrate the holidays with a lovely long novella full of heartfelt hurt/comfort and second chances from Con Riley, author of the much adored Charles: Learning to Love.
Opposites attract in this low-angst romance filled with British snark and humour.
Life should be a breeze for a playboy like Charles Heppel. As the third son of an earl, he lives for the moment, partying and playing. Settling down isn’t for him. Not when London is full of beautiful men who he hasn’t one-and-done yet.
To escape his family’s nagging, Charles applies for a temp job that matches his playful skill set. A role in a Cornish classroom could be his until the summer, if Charles meets two conditions: he must move in with the headmaster’s best friend, and teach him to be happy.
Living with Hugo should be awkward. Charles is a free spirit, but Hugo’s a man of faith, with morals. A man who almost took holy orders before disaster changed his direction. Only far from being a chore, Charles finds that making Hugo happy soon becomes his passion.
Together, they share physical and emotional first times. Ones that change Charles, touching his soul. He wants Hugo for longer than they have left, but learning to love with his heart, not just his body, will take a leap of faith from Charles — in himself as well as Hugo.
New from Con Riley, Charles: Learning to Love is the first novel in a series based at Glynn Harber, a very special boarding school set in England’s glorious Cornwall.
♥ This shared-world series starts with Charles and Hugo, but each book follows a different couple in their own standalone novel, with a fulfilling happily ever after. Want to hear more from Charles? He stole the show in His Haven. ♥
After fleeing violence in Moscow, student teacher Vanya Petrov winds up lonely in a run-down London hostel. At least visiting the Bond Street store where his roommate works lets him practice his English, but as Vanya's vocabulary expands, so does his isolation, especially when he sees happy couples planning their perfect weddings.
According to Jason Balfour, weddings are a waste of time and money. After all, he’s been best man for his brother twice already. Saying that a third marriage will end in divorce too leads to an angry ultimatum: to save his relationship with his brother, Jason must meet his fiancée, at last, and make a good first impression.
Jason’s need to dress to impress brings him and Vanya together. Language is no barrier to falling in love with the young and fragile Russian, and neither is their age difference. But Vanya’s bruised soul carries secrets that could rip them apart. As the wedding draws near, Vanya must confess, and soon, or risk losing Jason—his own best man in Britain.
Ed Britten is an ex-soldier with a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.
Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.
Can a second chance at love heal old wounds in a crowded Cornish kitchen?
Jude’s drowning in guilt when he can’t save his family business single-handed. The last person he expects to throw a lifeline is Rob, a rival chef who once beat him to first place in a cooking contest.
Almost a year later, two chefs working so closely together won’t be easy. Not when Rob is everything Jude isn’t—popular, extroverted, and almost one-time hook-up. What’s worse is that Rob wears his heart on his sleeve while Jude’s still in the closet.
Jude’s dilemma doesn’t end there. Rob’s rescue package comes with conditions that mean sharing everything from the profits to Jude’s sleeping quarters. Falling for Rob again will either be a disaster, or signal a much brighter future, but only if Jude can meet Rob’s final condition and love him in the open.
♥ Featuring opposites who attract, ex-rivals to lovers, and an out-for-you storyline dripping with hurt-comfort feelings, His Horizon is the first in a now complete shared-world series of standalone, super-romantic MM romance stories. ♥
Can Luke learn to love the man who left him?
Headmaster Luke Lawson is committed to saving his boarding school before a cash crisis sinks it. He’ll do anything to keep it afloat, even if that means accepting help from the man who broke his heart at uni.
Nathan’s offer to teach for free could be a blessing as long as Luke can harden his bruised heart. That’s tough when they’ll need to share living quarters and have a history of hook-ups. But Luke knows being compatible in bed isn’t enough to build trust. It can’t be when Nathan has always left him before morning.
This time around, it feels different. Nathan's work overseas has changed him. Touched him. Opened a locked chamber in his heart that Luke is beginning to think must have been bruised in the past too.
As pressure mounts, can Luke trust that Nathan’s committed this time—not only to his school but to a shared future with him long term?
♥ Featuring a second chance at first love in close proximity, Luke is the third standalone novel in the Learning to Love series. Set in England's glorious county of Cornwall, each book has a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥
CW: Non-explicit mentions of childhood anxieties.
Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it.
After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedom for years. There’s only one catch: he must crew with Nick, a deckhand who jumped ship once already.
Nick’s as young and untested as the new yacht they’re contracted to sail, and he’s just as gorgeous. Forced to spend a month as Nick's captain, Tom discovers depths he hadn’t noticed. He’s captivated, and happier sailing with Nick than he’s been in forever. However, their voyage is finite, and both men keep soul-deep secrets.
As the contract draws to an end, they must get honest about what’s in their hearts if they want to share a life at sea, and love, forever.
Featuring an age gap that’s only a number, forced proximity that makes hiding attraction impossible, and a yacht that’s nothing but trouble, His Compass is the second novel in the His MM Contemporary Romance series from Con Riley.
♥ This shared-world series starts with His Horizon, but each book follows a different couple, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel complete with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥
Praise for His Horizon, the first novel in this series:
★ Mirrigold Mutterings and Musings Blog ~ The slow burn tensions are delicious in this book ... oh my heart just melted. Wonderful start to this new series.
★ BookUnfunk Blog ~ Riley delivers a multifaceted tale with rugged terrain that swept me off my feet.
★ Amazon Reviewer ~ WOW... this was a book I didn’t want to end...it is so full of life and love and beautifully rich characters. Much laughter and more than a few tears but what a journey...
★ Amazon Reviewer ~ This book is breathtakingly gorgeous. I swear I could feel the sea breeze and smell the ocean air while I was reading.
Opposites attract when Keir is once jilted, twice shy...
Keir Brodie is a lawyer with good reason for his trust issues. A year after his groom didn’t show up at their wedding, he’s still heartsore and hurting. Work has been his saviour, but a new project sets alarm bells ringing — his favourite client wants to buy a house for someone Keir thinks is a liar.
Mitch’s nice-guy act doesn’t fool Keir, and he can’t let sparks flying when they’re together distract him. That’s just the flare of opposites attracting, not the lifelong connection he misses. Besides, no amount of passion is worth risking his heart, especially with someone only down for onetime hook-ups.
Their shared project chips away at Keir’s first impressions. As the truth, and Keir, unravel, Mitch pieces him back together in ways Keir couldn’t have predicted. Trusting Mitch with more than his client’s money will take a leap of faith, in himself, and in a man Keir hopes won’t leave him waiting.
♥ Featuring opposites who attract, and passion in close proximity, His Haven is the third shared-world novel in the His Contemporary MM Romance series. Featuring a different couple each time, these books can be read alone, or enjoyed together. ♥
When a hotheaded younger man doesn’t want to be rescued, finding a way to heal his past trauma is EMT Peter’s challenge.
Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn’t thrilled about it—until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road.
Everything about Sean stirs Peter’s protective instincts—saving people is what he lives for—but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running from him. On top of his physical wounds, Sean struggles with grief and guilt, and the mess his estranged father left when he died threatens to overwhelm him.
Saving Sean means Peter must let go of his pride and turn to friends and family. Asking for help is a bitter pill for Peter to swallow, but if he can’t, how can he expect Sean to accept his help—and his love—in turn?
Past abuse themes, mystery, and the healing strength of found family all feature in Con Riley's second gay romance novel.
Con Riley’s much-loved Seattle Stories series, now in one collection.
“I am truly in love with this book.”
—Joyfully Jay - After Ben
“Beautiful writing! I laughed and I cried. Riley created a wonderful book full of emotional high and lows.”
—Pants Off Reviews - After Ben
No more kissing a ghost…
A year after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Ben, widower Theo Anderson is still grieving. The last thing he’s looking for is a new lover, but as Theo discovers, sometimes life has its own plans.
Two men bring Theo closer to acceptance, only just when he’s ready to commit, Theo finds he isn't the only one haunted by the past.
~ hurt comfort, angst, online relationships, hope and healing, and age is just a number
No more running from love…
Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining when the one that got away asks him for a favor. His mission: track down Sean Reid.
Everything about Sean stirs Peter’s protective instincts, but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running from him. Asking for help is a bitter pill for Peter to swallow, but if he can’t, how can he expect Sean to accept his help—and his love—in turn?
~ hurt comfort, men in uniform, angst, forced proximity, and the power of found family
No more hiding the truth…
House-sitting for a friend is supposed to be a lucky break for Aiden Daly—an escape from the mental load he carries without his family knowing. Discovering his new housemate, Marco, is the image of his first crush turns it into a nightmare.
When a crisis finally brings Aiden to his breaking point, accepting support from Marco is a gamble, but it could be just what Aiden needs to turn his luck around.
~ enemies to lovers, hurt comfort, angst, and an irrepressible Italian
Per una seconda possibilità con Nick è tentato di infrangerla.
Dopo un’intensa stagione in barca, Tom desidera ardentemente un po’ di tempo libero. Anche il suo cuore solitario brama un’avventura con qualcuno di speciale, ma un’infinita quantità di conti da pagare limita le sue opzioni. Per la prima volta da anni, un contratto a sorpresa e un enorme bonus offrono un assaggio di libertà. C’è solo un problema: deve imbarcarsi con Nick, un marinaio che già una volta ha tagliato la corda.
Nick è giovane e tutto da testare, come lo yacht su cui hanno l’ingaggio per navigare, ed è altrettanto stupendo. Costretto a trascorrere un mese come suo capitano, Tom scopre in Nick una profondità d’animo che non aveva notato prima. È affascinato e più felice di navigare con lui di quanto non lo sia stato da sempre. Tuttavia, il loro viaggio avrà una fine ed entrambi gli uomini tengono oscuri segreti nell’anima.
Quando il contratto volge al termine, devono essere sinceri su quello che sentono nei loro cuori se vogliono condividere una vita in mare e, per sempre, l’amore.
Un an après la mort soudaine de Ben, son partenaire de longue date, Theo Anderson est toujours en deuil. La dernière chose qu’il recherche est un nouvel amant, mais comme Theo le découvre, la vie réserve parfois bien des surprises.
La force de son attirance pour Peter, un membre de son club de sports, est surprenante. Tout comme la fascination qu’il éprouve pour Morgan, le nouvel ami qu’il s’est fait en ligne. Morgan est vif et passionné sur le forum Internet qu’ils fréquentent, tandis que Peter, un ambulancier, est physiquement présent d’une manière qu’il est difficile d’ignorer.
Les deux hommes mènent à leur façon Theo vers l’acceptation : il doit oublier le souvenir de Ben s’il veut prendre un nouveau départ avec un nouvel amant.
Mais être honnête sur les raisons qui l’ont poussé à s’isoler pendant si longtemps signifie qu’il doit affronter celle pour laquelle il a perdu Ben... Lorsqu’il s’apprête à s’engager, Theo découvre qu’il n’est pas le seul à être hanté par le passé. Que ce soit avec Peter ou avec Morgan, choisir d’aimer à nouveau ne sera peut-être pas le défi le plus difficile pour Theo.