Author: Alina Popescu
Release Date: March 30th 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters. They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised.
Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…
A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR
Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.
A TOUCH OF PARADISE
Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?
A TOUCH OF KINK
A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?
A TOUCH OF GAY
Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?
A Touch of Glamour
As the musical went on, he couldn’t look away from the stage. He was so enthralled by the performance, and especially the Phantom. Vincent Talbot was amazing. Sure, he was nothing like the actor in the movie. He did not sing so warmly; there was a certain grit and malice to his voice. The Music of the Night was the only exception. He sang with such reverence, such passion, as if he truly believed every word of the song. That was Tudor’s absolute favorite song from the whole show and he was now forever enamored with Vincent’s performance.
At intermission, he couldn’t bring himself to leave the hall. He encouraged Radu to go get a snack and he turned his phone on to distract himself. The moment Grindr connected, the sound of a message made him smile. It was the other Phantom who was suddenly not busy anymore.
Back, handsome, did you miss me?
Not really, I’ve been staring at the Phantom on the stage since we’ve last talked.
Wait, are you at the Majestic? Oh, damn, you don’t have your location on.
Yeah, that’s it. I’m having the time of my life at this show. Well, minus the damn air conditioning that’s freezing me to death.
Okay, I am completely stunned. I am here too. Want to meet afterwards?
Tudor took a second to think about it. He really applied himself to finding reasons to say no, but failed miserably. The guy’s profile was intriguing and something just felt too enticing to say no.
I’d love that. Meet in the lobby at the end of the second act?
About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.