New release: Touches by Alina Popescu

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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…

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.

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 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?

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?

Excerpt – A Touch of Paradise

“Cocktails, Tudor, that’s our task at hand. Focus on it.”

Tudor smiled and followed his friend’s lead. Radu was right, they were here for the drinks; they could share their philosophical thoughts later. Or maybe never. This was Radu, after all.

The actual bar was a big, sleek-looking square with three sides offering stools for customers and a mirrored back wall displaying all the booze they were selling. There were a few bartenders buzzing about and Tudor waited for his turn.

“Aloha, I’m Kahoni. What can I get you tonight?” The rich, deep voice momentarily stunned Tudor. When he recovered, he had shivers running down his spine. The vision before him knocked him out again. Warm brown skin; deep, dark eyes that seemed used to laughter based on how they glowed and the barely visible laugh lines; long, silky hair that looked an almost metallic black with blue undertones in the bar light; toned, slender body clad in the simple, yet form-fitting, clothes, the typical black-and-white combo of all hotel staff; lips, a sin in themselves, juicy and full and bright red. This Kahoni guy was a dream.

Apart from traveling, Tudor had never been exposed to much variety in potential partners. Sure, there were Arab, African, and the occasional Asian transfer students in Bucharest, but their numbers were pretty low and the percentage joining the local LGBT community was even smaller. Kahoni, though… he made Tudor think he had been missing out.

“Whatever lager beer you have should be fine.”

“Nonsense,” Radu quipped. “Make him a nice, strong cocktail.”

Kahoni smiled and winked at Tudor. “I think I’ll start him off with beer. Loosen him up, then expose him to my cocktails.”

“Taking his side already? I bet you’re going to jump him before the evening is over.”

“Radu,” Tudor said on a long sigh. “We’ve talked about this. You need to stop saying shit that will get you punched in the face.”

“It’s not offensive if it’s true,” Radu countered, wiggling his brows first at Tudor, then at the bartender.
Touches by Alina Popescu

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About the author

Alina PopescuWriter, 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.

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