AU. Test for Echo era. After being set up together on a blind date by Neil, Geddy and Alex concoct a plan to get back at him. It starts out as a prank, but the joke’s on them.
In 1955, Crown City seceded from the Old Nation and became the first metropolis in the sky. Twenty years later, Geddy, a thief under contract to a crime syndicate, meets a mysterious and quirky young man named Alex, who happens to be the son of the city’s founder. Alex is a blast of color in the dreary landscape of Geddy’s life, and it’s not long before they fall for each other.
But the root of Alex’s eccentricity might be more complicated than Geddy ever imagined, and the closer he gets to Alex, the closer he comes to unraveling the tragic riddle of Alex’s life. Soon, dark secrets come to light about Crown City’s founder that change Alex’s world forever.
If this is the guy who’s going to give him a lap dance, Geddy would have to be the stupidest person in existence to refuse. The guy is tall, with blond hair reaching his shoulders in curled puffs that remind Geddy of one of those dogs with floofy, droopy ears hanging on either side of its face. He’s wearing white pants that leave absolutely nothing to the imagination, and, wow, somehow that’s more effective than just being naked.
“Hi,” he says, pouring himself into Geddy’s lap, and, hot damn, even his voice is sexy. “I’m Lerxst. What’s your name?”
“Dirk.” Hey, he lied first.
AU. Vapor Trails era. Geddy has been Alex’s best friend for over twenty years, so when Alex’s divorce is finalized, Geddy takes him on a spontaneous road trip in hopes of cheering him up. But as they drive across Canada, Geddy’s deepest secret gnaws at the back of his mind, every mile reminding him why he really brought Alex along. With the help of a heartbroken author on a journey of his own, Geddy and Alex confront their complicated feelings for each other and discover just how powerful love can be.
AU. R30 era. Retired Blue Jays second-baseman Alex Lifeson just wanted a normal, fun-filled honeymoon with his husband Geddy. But when Alex gets a call from Neil Peart, his son’s pro-ball coach—and long-ago all-star of the St. Louis Cardinals—things start to go sour. Alex is quickly drawn into an investigation that brings back memories of the sport he and Neil both played. But Neil doesn’t want Alex poking around in the past, and as Alex unravels the mystery he stumbles upon a deadly secret that some are willing to kill to keep hidden.
AU. Hemispheres era. Every other year since Geddy moved to Toronto, he has grudgingly made the pilgrimage back to Victoria, British Columbia, to his parents’ twenty-acre vineyard for the last week of harvest. But add a gorgeous modern-day pirate, a smooth-talking mechanic, and an estranged brother into the mix, and Geddy’s in for much more than he bargained for.
AU. Signals era. Alex Lifeson is Canada’s most famous and beloved movie star. He has everything he wants except the thing he desires most: real, genuine love. As a closeted homosexual in the public eye, Alex has little to no chance of developing a romantic relationship with another man. He sublimates his discontent into casual sex and recreational drug use, desperate to fill the void in his life.
Enter Geddy Lee, a journalist who Alex meets through an interview. Geddy devises an engaging plan to turn Alex’s life around, and Alex is more than willing to follow if it means spending more time with the awkwardly charming reporter. But just as things start looking up for Alex, the tabloids spread vicious rumors that threaten his career, and Alex’s kingdom comes crumbling down.
AU. 2011. Presented for your consideration, the case of Mr. Geddy Lee, a man who has lived fifty-eight lonely, unhappy years. He is a bachelor with few friends, hopelessly pining for his best friend Alex, who is happily married and oblivious to the feelings that have burned a hole inside of Geddy for over three decades. In a moment Geddy will have an opportunity to travel to another universe, a universe where his life unfolded perfectly. A world too incredible to be real, too real to be a dream.
AU. 1993. Fed up with his dead-end job and bitter divorce, Alex abandons his life in Toronto and makes a fresh start in Ottawa. There he meets Geddy, a retired baseball all-star, who is sexy and witty and just damaged enough to pique Alex’s interest. As Alex builds his new life, he tries desperately to find a place in Geddy’s own.
(AU. 1974.) John seems entirely unaffected that Alex has killed someone. He didn’t panic when he saw the blood spattered over Alex’s face and hands, the red soaked through the jeans and frilly cream-colored blouse Alex burned before they left. When he saw the huge finger-shaped bruises around Alex’s wrists, heard Alex say, “We have to leave,” through the noiseless screams and sobs fighting their way out of his throat, John took it upon himself to destroy the evidence.
AU. 1975. John is a vampire. Alex is a human with the sweetest blood John has ever smelled.
AU. 1988. Ghostwriter Neil Peart is hired to pen the memoirs of a business mogul named Alex Lifeson. Alex is charming, funny, and sexy. And maybe a pathological liar. Good thing Neil has a finely-tuned bullshit detector and the patience of a saint. It doesn’t hurt that Alex is easy on the eyes, either.
La douleur exquise | French | 1. the heartbreaking pain of wanting someone you can't have.
AU. 2015. With his husband John eight years in the grave, Alex returns to their summer home on Prince Edward Island to clean out mementos and put the house up for sale. He's resigned himself to living the rest of his life as though there's a vital piece missing, but the curious, eccentric stranger living next door rejuvenates Alex's interest in a second chance at love.
AU. 2013. One year after the tragic death of his husband Geddy, Alex discovers $250,000 hidden in the crawlspace of his house, along with a cryptic notebook containing names and numbers of Geddy's mysterious work associates. Soon, Alex finds himself pulled into a web of lies and deception that stretches back over thirty years, and learns the seemingly sweet man he married wasn't who he claimed to be. As Alex uncovers the truth about Geddy's dangerous past, he heads straight toward a deadly secret that could change everything.
AU. Neil lives a nomadic life, but the one constant is Alex. (Or, five times Neil and Alex meet and one time they stay together.)
AU. 1990. Fifteen years have passed since hotshot rock guitarist Alex slept with a groupie while on tour. Fifteen years of hiding a dark and shameful secret from his steadfast partner, Neil. Now, that groupie shows up bearing life-shattering news: Alex is the father of her fourteen-year-old son, Justin, who needs a kidney transplant from a blood match. Despite her sudden reappearance in his life tearing open old wounds, Alex feels a responsibility to the boy, and as his relationship with Justin develops, his own marriage begins to fall apart.