Down on his luck in Contention, Arizona, young Luke Jarrett is encouraged by Marshal Clay Callahan to take a job as a drummer at Miz Fuller's place, even though what he'll be selling is himself. Looking to make money so he can move on, Luke is soon the house's most popular boy. Marshal Callahan is a regular customer, though his attentions are far more than quick satisfaction. As he and Luke develop an understanding, jealousies arise within the household, ultimately leading to violence that turns Luke from the life. But can he turn from Clay Callahan?
Gene Hardy's lover, deputy Bud Silvey, is a good man. An honest man. A man of the law. Or is he? What secrets is Bud keeping? Is he the courageous deputy he claims to be, or a train robber on the run? And is his love for Gene real...or just another lie?
Dime Novelist Benedict Bright has brought fame to Arizona Marshal Evan Teague but when he ventures west to meet the man he's written about, he finds he's done his subject wrong and further, that Teague is determined to set things right.
Dodge City bank clerk Gordon Howsley leads a life of quiet routine, each evening feasting on the sight of rugged men in the Long Branch Saloon before going home to wife and children. A welcome breach occurs when outlaw Tom Stoddard robs the bank and takes Howsley hostage. Holed up in a remote hideout, Stoddard discovers Howsley to be a most willing captive and the two embark on a sexual adventure in which Howsley sees his dreams of manly satisfaction fulfilled at last. But when the law intrudes and Stoddard is jailed, how far will Howsley go to be reunited with the man he loves?
Dodge City gambler Duke Standing is slick at cards and slicker with men, but cattle drover Lloyd Kurland throws him by standing up for him in court and then saving him from yet another quick-triggerd loser. Though Duke resists, he ultimately gives way to this formidable man, allowing love to take him over. In the throes of new happiness, he disregards further threats to his life even as Lloyd insists on vigilance. He’s there to protect his man, and it may cost him his life.
The last person cattle drover Tad Albright expects to see in a Cheyenne, Wyoming saloon is Clay Hecker, the lover he shot, and believed killed, twelve years before. While welcoming the knowledge that he’s no murderer, Tad doesn’t welcome the man whose betrayal prompted the shooting. As past mixes with present, passion ignites, but sex isn’t the cure-all it once was. Tempers flare, a fistfight ensues as they attempt to resolve a past that seems beyond resolution. Love does have a chance, but it’s no longer the stuff of youth. Can these men accept a healed-over wounded kind?
Lloyd Lasky is a seasoned operative for the Whitlock Detective Agency in Denver that often infiltrates outlaw gangs in order to thwart stagecoach robberies. When he’s assigned to infiltrate the Bonner Gang based in Devil’s Paw, Arizona Territory, he’s unprepared for the personal ambush his heart suffers over gang member Frank Metty. Taking up sex with Frank, Lloyd convinces himself that doing so is part of his job in solidifying his place in the gang and learning of their plans. But as time passes, Lloyd not only starts to care for the younger man, but jealousy also rears its ugly head when it becomes clear the gang leader, Merle Bonner, also has a sexual claim on Frank. When the line between self-indulgence and detective work blurs to the point where Lloyd considers not only breaking agency rules but breaking the law, will he be able to ignore his ever-growing sexual desires and successfully complete his dangerous mission?
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Coming to Grief
Thrown together on the road between Laramie and Cheyenne, cowboy Johnny Anglim is smitten with the powerfully masculine Laz Kincaid, who’s grieving for the horse he’s had to shoot. Doubling up, the two reach a town where passion ignites, yet Laz, despite the intimacy, remains distant. Eventually the pair reach Cheyenne where Deputy Wade Rowley warns Johnny off Laz, declaring only he can reach the walled-off Civil War veteran. Johnny realizes he’s caught in a triangle that may prove dangerous, yet he refuses to let Laz go, bringing on further grief.