Just Released – Touches by Alina Popescu, a Short Story Collection

The big day is finally here! Touches by Alina Popescu is the title you have to add you your reading list, right now! This contemporary gay romance collection is one that’s very dear to me and I am thrilled to share it with the world!

I have an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway for you, but before we get there, here are some details on the book itself!

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.

Synopsis – Touches by Alina Popescu

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

Where to Buy

The list price is $2.99, but if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can read Touches for free!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XPTVXCM
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XPTVXCM
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06XPTVXCM
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B06XPTVXCM

Exclusive Excerpt – A Touch of Gay

Marius was sitting a safe distance away from Radu, but his presence there, within touching distance, was making Radu a little dizzy.

“All right, get up,” Radu said, standing himself and facing Marius.

“What do you—”

“Just stand up, please,” Radu said, a touch of desperation in his voice making him cringe.

Marius stood and took a step toward Radu. “Everything okay?” His voice was so warm, so deep, that Radu couldn’t imagine anything being better than this closeness. Radu leaned in and kissed Marius. Full on the lips, aiming for just a brief kiss. The plan backfired though. Of course it was bound to, what with those lush lips under Radu’s, with Marius’ spicy cologne flooding his senses, and the solidity of Marius’ body commanding all of Radu’s attention.

When they finally moved apart, not letting the kiss go any further, Radu was trembling. “Well, that didn’t fucking help at all!”

“Hey! I’m a very good kisser, thank you very much,” Marius argued, his tone still light.

Radu waved both of his hands as he was sitting back down. “Yeah, I know that. But it didn’t help at all. Fuck, it’s made it worse.”

“Uh, look, I really don’t know what to say here.”

Radu’s eyes snapped to Marius and he was hit head on by the uncomfortable, confused vibe coming off his host. “Oh, shit, sorry! Please, sit down. I’ll explain.”

Marius arched a brow and when he didn’t move, Radu took his hand and pulled him on the couch.

“Look, I am nervous as hell. I don’t know what the fuck I am doing here. I want to be here, but I’m clueless. And you’re so amazing, I still can’t believe you wanted to date me. I am so afraid I’ll screw everything up because I either don’t know what’s expected of me, or I say something wrong. I’m on edge, and I am not sure I can keep that water down. And you want us to eat. How am I supposed to eat when I’m all shivery and my mind is complete mush? And then there you are, looking all hot, and I thought kissing you will break the ice. But it just made me want you more, so there’s more to worry about now if I screw it up, cause now I remember how it feels to kiss you—“

Marius’ warm lips stopped Radu’s rambling. He wanted to protest for a second, but then those marvelous lips started moving, dancing with his, Marius’ tongue licking at the seam. Radu’s mind went blank, there were no more thoughts, just this perfect feeling of a man kissing him. Not any man, Marius. Marius who was charming and fun and smart. Marius who looked like a Greek god. Marius who hadn’t shown him the door yet.

“So, are you generally bad at dating, or is it that men throw you for a loop?”

The words broke into Radu’s world, much like a rock breaking a window. He’d been still in a daze when the kiss ended and now Marius wanted him to think up and speak words? What was this torture?


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Hope you all enjoy Touches! Happy reading and see you soon <3

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A pleasure to meet you! I’m Alina Popescu, an author, traveler, and hopeless coffee addict. I write urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and sometimes even contemporary stories. A significant number of my books are LGBTQ fiction and romance.

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