A volatile rock star. The roadie who’s done with him. Two weeks alone. What could go wrong?
Three years ago, Ben left his job as a roadie for a popular metal band, Cosmic Nightmare, with no plans to ever look back. Those years of traveling with the band—especially frontman Joey Kickstart—were some of the best and worst of his life. Then Joey ruined everything for Ben. Now Joey needs a place to hide from the press and Ben is stuck with him. No good can come of this.
When Ben walked away from Joey three years ago, Joey let him go. Now Joey has a chance to relive those heated nights with Ben. First, he must get past Ben’s hatred. Then he has to stop doing the thing that drove Ben away the first time. He’s not sure either of those feats are possible. Joey has two weeks to find out.
A famous drummer. A homeless teen. It’s hard to tell which one is the savior.
When Jessie Thunder, a famous drummer, learns a homeless person had been sneaking into his home, Jessie decides to help him out. The eighteen-year-old “boy” is too old to go in the system, and Jessie can’t stand the thought of anyone going hungry. He also hopes rescuing Theo will ease his soul. Otherwise, there’s nothing redeeming left of him.
Even though Theo doesn’t trust Jessie’s help, he doesn’t have anywhere else to go. At first, Jessie’s attention feels like heaven. He’s never had anyone care about him, especially someone as amazing as Jessie. Everything seems perfect. That is, until Theo realizes Jessie’s beauty is only a mask. Inside, Jessie is poison and Theo has to get out before he finds himself in worse shape than when he lived on the street.
With Theo gone and no one to save him, Jessie has to make a choice. He can either rescue himself or drown in the toxic waste his life has become. Only one of those roads leads back to Theo.
Beautifully Toxic is the first book in bestselling author Charity Parkerson’s series, Candied Crush, where the men are like candy—rich, irresistible, and bad for your health.
Two men secretly in love. Neither one wants to make a move. It’s about to explode in everyone’s faces.
Declan has always secretly been in love with Ezra, but it’s always been a hopeless love. With Declan working for Ezra’s brother, he’s not free to show his heart. That hasn’t stopped Declan from watching and dreaming about Ezra. Some might even say Declan stalks Ezra on occasion. He can’t help it. Ezra is beautiful and sweet. He makes Declan crave everything. But Ezra’s brother saved Declan from a horrible life once. Declan can’t repay Jessie’s kindness by messing with his little brother.
Loving Declan killed Ezra’s heart years ago. Declan is amazing and Ezra can’t stay away even though Declan never does anything except hurt him. Each time Ezra thinks they might be close to crossing some invisible line that keeps them apart, Declan shoves Ezra away and sleeps with other people. The pain is something Ezra can’t tolerate any longer. His last attempt to win Declan finally pushed him too far. He’s done with Declan. Possibly, he’s done with everything.
When Ezra’s health starts backsliding, Declan must choose. He can stay loyal to the friend who rescued him or save the man he loves. Either way, Declan looks destined to lose someone. Unless love wins the day, that is.
Johnny sees himself as straight. Wrecker disagrees. Their friendship is about to get an upgrade.
When Johnny moved to L.A. to start a singing career, he never expected to end up working instead as security for one of the world’s most renowned musicians. It’s not so bad. After all, his job led to him meeting his best friend, Wrecker. That’s one relationship he wouldn’t trade for the world. Johnny just wished he didn’t feel quite so strongly about Wrecker, since things are getting awkward.
Wrecker has always wanted Johnny. From the first moment they met, Wrecker has done a horrible job of hiding his interest. He recognizes that he flirts too much, holds eye contact a little too long, and steals touches. The thing is that Johnny let’s it go on. Wrecker has a feeling he knows exactly why, and that’s why he can’t stop.
When an emergency sends Johnny back home to his family, Wrecker tags along for support. Their already perplexing relationship takes a turn when Johnny’s family gets the wrong idea. Unfortunately, it’s not a move in the direction Wrecker wants. Now, Wrecker must choose a path. He can accept Johnny’s friendship will never be more or take a chance that Johnny feels the same. Either way, he must choose fast, because Johnny is the type to disappear when things get too hot, and they have been an inferno for way too long.
Roman is tired of games. Brett is certain they are playing. One of them is in for a huge surprise.
From the first moment Brett met Roman, he had the man’s number. Roman is beautiful, flirtatious, and completely incapable of being loyal to anyone but himself. Everything about Roman is an act. Under normal circumstances, Brett would find a way to make money from Roman’s natural ability to charm anyone. This one time, he won’t, because there’s just something about Roman that gets under his skin. Brett can’t explain it. He simply knows Roman is trouble. Brett can’t let himself fall for the game.
Roman wants Brett. That’s the truth of things. Since the first time he set eyes on the eccentric ball of energy, Roman has pulled out every weapon in his arsenal to try to win him. Brett isn’t into him at all. That’s a first for Roman. He can’t stop coming back for more of Brett’s special brand of rejection. It’s too sexy to resist.
When Brett invites Roman to be his date for a wedding, Roman knows the invitation is too good to be true. He just can’t figure out Brett’s new angle. That doesn’t mean he intends to miss his chance to get shot down again. After all, he might finally win. Little does Roman know, Brett needs him way more than he could have dreamed, and they’ll both be less if he can’t win.
Two men opposite in every way. One unforgettable night. No good can come of this.
Everyone knows Xavier’s name, face, and body. Not only is he considered one of the world’s most beautiful men, he hosts a popular cooking show in the buff. He’s flawless... on the outside. Inside, Xavier is jaded and spoiled. He’s used to having his way with whoever he chooses. No one has ever told him no. That’s why he was beyond sick of everything before Dean came along. Dean isn’t like anyone else. He ignores Xavier unless Xavier forces Dean to look his way. Xavier is intrigued. He can’t stay away. It’s too bad Dean keeps running from him.
Dean isn’t anything like Xavier. He works a normal job, looks like a normal person, and gets shot down more often than not. It’s not that he doesn’t realize Xavier is completely flawless. In fact, he has a hard time not staring at Xavier all the time like a lunatic. The thing is, Dean isn’t interested in getting crushed by some guy way out of his league. It’s obvious Xavier is only looking for a distraction. It’s laughable to think they could end up together. Until they spend one magical night together, that is.
After a single night in heaven, Dean runs for the hills, leaving Xavier baffled. Now, Xavier has to do something he’s never done before. He has to do the chasing if he hopes to win Dean. If not, he’ll lose the only person who has ever made him feel any spark for life. Luckily, losing isn’t a word Xavier knows.
Two people from opposite sides of the tracks. A love they can’t shake. They are a mistake neither of them can stop making.
As a teenager, Dawson was fostered by Milo’s family. While everyone had been trying to force them to be brothers, they had been falling in love. That love cost Dawson everything. Now, even though he knows he has to forget Milo, he doesn’t know how. Not that it matters. They can never be together again. Dawson has to leave him behind.
Once upon a time, Milo ruined Dawson’s life. At the time, he had big plans to make everything right. Unfortunately, Dawson never gave him a chance to try. Now, they spend all their time dancing around each other and making each other miserable. It’s a situation Milo no longer knows how to fix.
Then fate shows Milo an opening. He has to take it no matter the cost. All Milo can do is hope Dawson doesn’t end up hating him even more than he already does. Everything rides on this last ditched effort to win Dawson for good. Otherwise, they’ll both lose.
A well-known actor meets an everyday cop. What could go wrong? Everything.
When Valor met his celebrity crush, Reid King, he never expected Reid would show any interest in him. While Valor isn’t lacking in confidence, Reid is considerably younger than him and could have anyone. It makes no sense for a man like Reid to want a middle-aged cop. Unless he needs someone to save him.
In reality, Reid is everything one would expect a star to be. He’s arrogant, self-absorbed, and used to having his way. When he met Valor, Reid knew he could have the man with little to no effort. He wasn’t wrong. Reid just didn’t expect he would need Valor as much as he does.
With Reid’s past exposed for public fodder, Reid is struggling with a new sense of self. As much as he wants to be with Valor, he questions his every life decision now and can’t stop ruining everything. He worries he won’t ever be whole again. All he needs is a man in blue to rescue him. If Reid will let him, that is. It’s also possible he’s not the only one who needs saving.
A single night of powerful connection collides with a cruel twist of fate. No matter the outcome, Sergio and Tobin are meant to be.
Sergio went from the streets to being one of the highest-paid soccer players in the world. For the most part, he has tried to stay humble. The change in his circumstances doesn’t mean his life is easy now. He meets a lot of users and has a hard time saying no. Tobin is the first person he’s met since hitting it big who doesn’t want a thing from him. Yet Tobin needs him more than Sergio could possibly know.
Tobin has no clue Sergio is famous. In a moment of living life to the fullest while he can, Tobin takes Sergio home for the night. While it is the greatest night of his life, he has no plans to repeat the experience. Everything recently changed for him and Tobin is in no place to start a relationship. He must accept Sergio as the temporary gift he is, except he doesn’t take into account Sergio’s determination.
Sergio isn’t the type to be pushed aside. Tobin is in his sights now. Unlike everyone else, Tobin deserves Sergio’s help and he’s not taking no for an answer. All he can do now is hope that life doesn’t steal Tobin before Sergio can save him.
There’s a difference between luck and fortune, these men have neither.
Lucky is easily the unluckiest person on the planet. Most people might say he has bad taste, but really, it’s misfortune. He tries to meet nice guys. Unfortunately, he always ends up with the worst people imaginable. The only good guy Lucky knows looks wretched on paper. He owns a biker bar and runs with the roughest crowd. Lucky can’t stay away.
If Damon knows two things, it’s where to buy the best liquor and that Lucky is trouble. For whatever reason, Damon can’t stop pulling Lucky from every fire, and Lucky starts a lot of unnecessary blazes. There’s just something about him, though. Damon can’t tell him no.
When Lucky pits his blind determination against Damon’s bitterness, it becomes a race to see which of them can fail the fastest. After all, there isn’t an ounce of self-preservation between them. Some people are simply unfixable.
Zep knows what he wants, and he’s positive it isn’t Frost. Frost has everything Zep needs.
For years, Zep has been working toward the future he envisions. He wants a husband and kids. Zep knows his worth and isn’t willing to settle for less. While Frost is definitely a beauty, Frost is also a liar. He’ll never want the life that Zep envisions.
As a former hockey player turned gym owner, Frost is financially settled. He has been known to mislead men occasionally to keep things impersonal, but he has his reasons. Frost also never messes with anyone he could hurt. He never expected to meet Zep.
When Frost’s secrets are exposed, Zep sees the man in a whole new light. Unfortunately, as much as they want each other, they can’t seem to stay on the same page. Hopefully, they’ll figure out a way to meet in the middle. Otherwise, they’ll miss their shot at real love.
Kit is a little damaged. Matthew is a lot crazy. Together, they’re an explosion waiting to happen.
What would you do if your biggest celebrity crush walked into your life? Matthew has been living this hypothetical question for the past year. There’s no other man on the planet that has been a bigger part of Matthew’s alone time than Kit Youngblood. Kit is an actor and has posed nude for several adult magazines. Matthew would kill to have one night with Kit. Unfortunately, Kit is nowhere near as easy to catch as Matthew hopes.
Kit doesn’t want anyone. It isn’t personal. Kit came from a nightmarish background to carve a place for himself in the world. That doesn’t mean he’s well adjusted. He’s merely surviving the best he can. Matthew is the only person who’s made Kit consider taking a chance on a relationship. He just needs a little push to get him moving.
Two men with a boatload of issues and secrets will face off in a battle of the hearts. Only time will tell which of their pasts will break them first. Or just maybe they’re exactly what the other needs.
Lance has spent his life hiding in the shadows. Slade has spent his life in the spotlight. They’re equally lonely.
As a private detective, Lance depends on blending in. Never in his life has he wanted to stand out until he met Slade. Slade is a rock star and is wanted by everyone. Lance is no exception. Unfortunately, Slade is also the most clueless person on the planet. Lance doesn’t know how to get Slade’s attention when the guy seems totally oblivious to Lance’s desire. The entire situation feels hopeless.
Between touring, recording, interviews, and just trying to live, Slade is tired. He hasn’t had a personal life in longer than he can recall. He’s had one-night stands and quick encounters in the craziest of places, but there has been nothing real. He enjoys spending time with Lance, but he doesn’t think Lance really likes him like that. Slade is kind of nerdy and awkward when he’s not on stage. Men don’t go for him unless they’re celebrity worshippers. He doesn’t stand much of a chance with someone like Lance. So Slade does what he always does when he needs a little extra help. He turns to his identical twin.
Nothing good can come of Cade pretending to be Slade to gauge Lance’s interest, especially since Lance is a detective. Maybe this crazy plan will blow up in everyone’s faces. That’s a risk Slade is willing to take for a shot at love.
As the identical twin of one of the biggest names in music, Cade is the invisible brother. The untalented one. The wicked twin.
Being the brother of Slade O’Neil isn’t easy. Everyone expects Cade to suddenly grow a super talent. The only thing Cade is good at is getting in trouble. His latest scandal—unknowingly sleeping with someone’s husband—has soured him on wanting to start anything new. That was before Terrell.
Terrell is the star pitcher for the L.A. Direwolves. Everyone knows his name, and—unfortunately—his story. People either love him or hate him. He’s not one for inspiring lukewarm feelings. Terrell has run into Cade a hundred times at events. Cade is one of the few who’s never shunned him. That’s a good thing since Terrell has never wanted anyone more. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one.
If Terrell hopes to win one of the sexiest and wickedest men on the market, he must step up his game. There’s another out there who’s already had Cade, and he has no plans to let him get away. It’s a race to see who will land him first.
Koda needs a stubborn man. A man to teach him how to let someone love him. Felix has just what he needs.
Koda has a silent fame. While everyone knows his songs, no one knows his name. He has worked on backup vocals for the biggest names in music and on countless albums over the years. Koda is doing what he loves. His life is perfect... except it isn’t. His fierce independence has become a wall, separating him from any chance at finding love. He needs help if he hopes to learn how to let people in. Luckily, he knows just who can help.
Since Felix leveled his life over a year ago, nothing has been the same. Artists are severing their contracts with him, leaving him with way too much time on his hands. Felix never would have dreamed his private life would affect his work as a record producer this much. The only light in his day is Koda. Despite losing his sight at a young age, Koda has let nothing stop him. He’s upbeat, successful, and he’s driving Felix insane with longing.
When Koda asks Felix for a crazy favor, Felix sees his chance to finally have the man in his bed. Unfortunately, no one warned Felix he wouldn’t want to leave... or that they’ve both been blind in more ways than one.
Zayn is looking for love. Spencer wants to live the single life forever. One of them is doomed to fail.
Spencer Wright, better known as Zealous Blaze, is the number one DJ in the world. Not only does everyone know his name, he’s also the most sought-after man on the scene. There’s zero chance anyone is tying him down. His life is too crazy. He would be insane to let himself get ensnared by one person. It’s too bad Spencer can’t stop thinking about Zayn.
Zayn has the worst luck with men. He’s rich and works hard on his body. Zayn would like to think he’s also a nice guy. It just seems like there’s no one left out there for him. Everyone he meets only wants to hook up. Zayn wants a real relationship. It doesn’t help that he has his heart set on the unattainable. From the first time he set eyes on Spencer, he hasn’t wanted anyone else.
Mixing tracks isn’t Spencer’s only talent. He also has Zayn’s head completely spun out of control with the way he wants Zayn one day, and then he pushes Zayn away the next. Maybe this next time Zayn won’t come back.
Most people spend years looking for their soul mate. Jinx has more choices than he can handle.
Working for Zealous Blaze has opened a world of sexy men for Jinx. On one hand, he has a rock star. On the other, the head of security for a billionaire. Jinx has never been more torn in his life.
Hudson can have any man he wants. Fame turns a lot of heads. The only guy he wants for more than one night doesn’t want him back. It’s a position he’s never been in before. It’s definitely not a place he thought he would fight to stay in. Yet here he is.
Rocky has better things to do than fight for the attention of guy who’s way too young for him. He can’t stop. Jinx is everything Rocky has searched for his entire life. He’s also Rocky’s best friend. It’s a mess he doesn’t know how to escape.
Two men fighting for the same heart is a situation bound to end in heartache for someone. Or maybe not.
Cooper is more than he seems. Tito has known it all along. Now it’s time to face the music.
After two years of homelessness, Cooper has settled into living with his chosen family. He loves his new lease on life. There’s just one problem. His old life is coming to reclaim him, and Cooper isn’t strong enough to face the past alone. Thankfully, there’s a sexy bodyguard who never leaves Cooper’s side.
Since Cooper came to live with Tito’s boss, Tito has been fascinated by Cooper’s many layers. He’s known all along Cooper has secrets. Tito just wasn’t expecting them to be so big. That doesn’t mean he intends to let Cooper face anything alone, because Tito is hiding something too. He’s completely in love with Cooper.
When two worlds collide, both men will have to find their footing. Only time will tell if their relationship will still be standing at the end.
Enzo has a bit of a hero complex. After meeting Aric, he might be the one who needs saving.
After leaving the Navy and moving back home to L.A., Enzo plans to work on himself. He’s spent his life refusing to settle down. Now, he’s in his thirties and starting a new business. It looks like a good time to find something real and meaningful. When he rescues Aric from one of his handsy bar patrons, Enzo wonders if he’s found what he’s looking for.
There’s no denying Enzo is gorgeous and tall, but Aric has been down this road before—literally. This is the second time Enzo has rescued him and then used him. Things are different this time around. Aric is older, and he knows a seducer when he sees one. He doesn’t mind a little fun, but Enzo is the one who should take care. Aric doesn’t intend to get played twice.
When Enzo’s stubbornness meets Aric’s bitterness, it’s an explosion neither man can resist. Only time will tell if they can withstand the blast.
Baker’s heart has been broken way too many times for him to believe in love. Seth has no plans to disabuse him of that notion. They’re both idiots.
All of Baker’s adult life has been spent building a respected and successful law firm. The few times he’s taken attention away long enough to focus on love, it’s always ended the worst way possible. He doesn’t believe in happy endings or even good people. That’s why he can’t understand why he can’t shake Seth.
Seth and Baker had some fun once. That’s all it was to either of them. Seth believes in science. Chemical attraction. That’s all. He’s just as baffled as Baker as to why he keeps seeing Baker every time he closes his eyes. That probably means he should stay away.
When they find themselves thrust together again, one of them will have to start believing in more than chemistry. Otherwise, they’ll never be healed from the past that shaped them.
All Kye wants is a nice guy. Sonny is that guy. Kye thinks he’s full of it.
For months, Kye flirted his cute booty off to get Sonny to ask him out. After Sonny unexpectedly kissed him, Kye thought he was finally going to get his man. That was six weeks ago, and everything has changed. Now Kye can’t stop hiding from Sonny and avoiding his calls. After Sonny stood him up, he’s lost his chance as far as Kye is concerned. Kye has no interest in giving Sonny a second chance. End of story.
Kye makes Sonny insane. Sonny is as unused to being flirted with as he is to being the bad guy. Guys like Kye don’t date guys like him. When he made dinner plans with Kye, Sonny can’t explain what happened. He freaked. Now, he’s had time to think, and he realizes he’s an idiot. Kye obviously genuinely liked him. Unfortunately, no matter how hard Sonny tries, Kye won’t give him the time of day now. He has no clue how to fix it.
Kye and Sonny are looking for exactly what they could find in each other. If only they would stop overthinking everything and ruining their lives.
Roscoe and Remington have spent their entire marriage as an open couple. Now they’ve met their third. They’re done playing.
Everyone in certain circles knows Remington and Roscoe for the players they are. It’s equally well known that nothing can break them. They’ve been together their whole lives and anyone else is merely a night of fun. Until Leo comes to town, that is.
Leo moved to L.A. after signing on to model with a popular fashion guru. Everyone keeps telling him to visit the best coffeehouse around: The Back Porch. No one warned him about Roscoe and Remington.
With the holidays around the corner, Leo needs a distraction. The naughty married couple seems as good of a choice as any. The last thing he expects is the immediate connection… or their determination. But can the pair win him?
A Candied Christmas is a short addition to Charity Parkerson’s Candied Crush series. Read along to find love during the holidays.
Marco has spent his entire life hungry for something he can’t name. Valentine knows exactly what he needs; to be brought to his knees.
A few years back, Marco ruined his relationship with his twin, Enzo. At one time, they stayed glued at the hip. Now Marco is determined to reclaim that connection, except he doesn’t even know who he is anymore and that’s getting in the way of restarting his life. There’s also this cocky boxer who thinks he knows everything. He won’t give Marco the space he needs to think. Now Marco doesn’t know if he’s in L.A. for Enzo or this ridiculous guy who won’t get out of the way.
Valentine freely admits he’s a bit much. He doesn’t let that bother him. Having money, looks, and fame goes to a person’s head. It’s all part of the image. Marco is just another game. It’s called getting Valentined. Plenty of men and women have been there. Marco is the first one Valentine can’t shake. It’s a conundrum. He’s sure it’ll pass.
Beautifully Valentined is the twenty-second book in Charity Parkerson’s Candied Crush series where the men are like candy—rich, irresistible, and bad for your health.