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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?

Touches by Alina Popescu

Exclusive Excerpt

THE SOUND OF THE DOOR banging against the thin wall broke Tudor’s concentration. He looked up, over the monitor of his work laptop, and glared at the intruder who’d yanked him out of the stress-test results he was reviewing. When he realized who it was, he groaned and cradled his head in his hands.

“What the hell do you want, Radu?”

“Don’t be such a cliché, gay boy! The rude queen is so passé,” Radu said, batting his eyelashes and rolling his eyes at the same time. “I’m only here to drag your ass to lunch. Can’t have you wither away and lose the bubble butt; no other gay will want you then.”

Tudor grumbled as he closed the laptop. Still glaring at Radu, he grabbed his phone and suit jacket and briskly walked out of the room. “Let’s go, then; I don’t have all fucking day.”

Behind him, he heard Radu sigh. He could clearly picture the head shake and dramatic frown that accompanied the sound. “I liked you more when that dancing, singing little bitch was keeping you entertained. You were far more pleasant.”

Tudor growled and turned on his heel, causing Radu to bump into him and lose his balance. The smaller, rounder man caught himself before falling, which didn’t help in appeasing Tudor’s wrath. “Don’t ever mention him,” he snarled, pinning Radu with his glare.

Other people would have shuddered under the angry stare, intimidated by Tudor’s tall frame towering over them. Other people who weren’t Radu, that is. The annoying bastard only patted Tudor’s chest, whispering “There, there!”

“Radu, I swear to God I’m going to kick your ass into oblivion if you ever mention him again.”

“Vincent dumped you ages ago. And ignoring what happened won’t make you feel better.” Radu shrugged, his eyes never wavering.

“You’re insufferable,” Tudor hissed before heading toward the elevators. He was hungry, and the report he needed to turn in by the end of the day wouldn’t write itself while he was fighting with Radu.

“That’s what everyone says.” Radu chuckled as he fell in step to Tudor’s right. “You still can’t help but indulge me. I’m like a lost, rabid puppy. The hipster in you can’t say no to the poor rescue.”

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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 she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.

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