(From the publisher):
From the publisher:
Where statuesque palm trees once presided, now crumbling nightclubs and hotels cling desperately to the ghosts of their pasts. Where bright lights once flickered, now there is little to hold the darkness at bay. Where once thriving gay and Hispanic cultures sought an oasis from prying eyes, there now remains only quiet streets and desolation. Cathedral City is in danger of returning to the desert sands from where it once sprang to vibrant life. Now, practically abandoned, it is home to none but the most determined and resilient of residents: the dreamers.
Armed with a creative writing degree, Pablo Seladon returns to Cathedral City for inspiration—and to be with his best friend Maria Lourdes Castillo and her beautiful daughter. His unquenchable desire takes him to the gay bars in nearby Palm Springs, where he discovers a man whose rugged good looks are matched by a depth of character that will change the way Pablo looks at relationships forever.
Meanwhile, Maria has finally found peace in her life with her daughter Conchita. Until a dangerous man appears from her past—a man who reminds her of what she has survived, how far she has come, and how much she now has to lose…
The last Kenny and Nick saw of Cathedral City was its receding image in the rear view mirror of their convertible. The longtime lovers had finally surrendered to the hateful campaign to run them out of town. Their passion restored and Nick’s battle with alcohol won, their blissful vagabond existence takes them all over Nevada. But an explosive secret and unfulfilled dreams threaten to destroy what it has taken them so long to rebuild.
Though sinking into the desert sands, Cathedral City will not be forgotten or abandoned. Like a mirage, it will draw its inhabitants back into its heart, where their lives will forever be connected in shadow and sunlight, in moments of misfortune—and in times of unalterable bliss…
Original title: Desperate Hearts
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male