It was going to be an Easter that they would never forget. Who was the mysterious guest that June had invited? Why the secrecy over his or her identity? Why were Marc and Juan sent to stay at the local hotel when they arrived from Inverness? What was June not telling them? When they met the mysterious stranger, Thomas, it turned out he had secrets of his own.
The story of Cruz and the guys concludes in the third volume of the Cruz Trilogy. The guys are preparing for the wedding, but Luke reappears on cue to put a spanner in the works. Or at least he tries. With the help of an old friend Simon manages to put plans in place to keep Luke busy, and away from Laguna. But things don’t go as planned and maybe it’s time for the final sanction.
The omnibus edition includes the following short stories previously published separately. Life For Rent; Holiday Weekend; Liam; Brad; Run Away From The Tiger, face The Crocodile; The Sesame Seed Burns Before The Cashew Nut Cooks and Clash of Wills
Cruz and his friends face surprises when Simon takes them to Thailand. They meet Nut in Pattaya, but Luke is still lurking in the background and causing problems. The guys form a new friendship and observe the differences and similarities in their lives in the bars and their beliefs. They return to Manila knowing they have to solve the Luke problem, permanently. Simon has a potential solution.
Sean chose Thailand for his summer travels based on availability of sex, but not expecting to meet anyone like Tam. He definitely wasn’t expecting to get involved in Black Magic rituals. Tam and Sean realise, before it’s too late, that a sesame seed burns before a cashew nut cooks. But only after Tam learns that a long time friend has been a conman all along. But what is important is the future.
Brad is being a pain and Tyler has been given two weeks to sort him out and get him acting like part of the family. Tyler liked the idea of training his stepbrother, and had been given carte blanche by his father. His step mother didn't care how Tyler got Brad sorted.
Graham and Guillaume from Life for Rent are back, and it’s a holiday weekend in Amsterdam. The bar is busy and they have customers to service. It’s two months since they got together and life is treating them well.It’s busy and they are worked continuously. They consider making a porn film and start to think about their future. Events on the last night will make them reevaluate their priorities.
Paul and Frank thought with the death of Matthias, they had closure. But they realized they were missing someone, the mastermind. The puppet master. As Diamond Detectives work on new cases, which they soon find are linked back to Matthias, Paul and Frank close in on the Fifth Man. But once they identify him, how do they prove it in a court of law. Karen suggests the Bratislava solution.
Simon wants to put things right with Ace. Except Ace is Cruz. He travels to Manila in the hope that he can meet, talk, and put aside the ill feelings. Part as friends. Or learn he had been right a year earlier and leave for ever. He wasn’t sure why, it seemed the right thing to do. He wasn’t prepared for what happened, as he created a chain reaction where people found love and redemption.
Liam is in to humiliation. He has found a group who promise to give him what he wants. He agrees terms and travels half way around the world to meet them. He finds promises broken as rules are broken but lasts the three days, determined not to be broken and to be free again. Then he is given the chance for revenge. For the first time this slave turns and draconian revenge is gained.
Graham heads to Amsterdam for a well earned holiday. On his way to dinner he spots a bar. Within an hour he has taken a boy to a room. Before the night is over he has had sex on stage. Within a week he has a new career and a boyfriend. His days at McDonalds are over
Scamp walked across the bridge. There was an old black and white dog waiting. He felt alone and in need of a friend. He needed to explain to someone. The waiting dog seemed friendly. He told the story of his short life. The old dog understood. This is a revised edition which has been updated and re-authored. There is more interaction between the two Scamps
Martin headed for Thailand, leaving behind his former, self destructive, alcoholic self, James. The last person he expected to see was Rene, especially not one who had descended into drink and drugs. Together they headed for a temple to be cured of their addictions. The temple wasn’t a temple. The big question was whether Isaan Black Magic could cure them. Would the Master succeed?
When informed his father had died, Ray knew he had to do the right thing, even though they'd not spoken in years. Determined to face his demons, he returned to his father's adopted home in England, only to discover the realities weren't as he'd imagined and that a world of new problems had to be faced.