From time to time, Kensington Books provides us with free titles from its Gay and Lesbian section to give away to our readers and contributors. Each book is a gay-themed work of fiction and has absolutely nothing to do with personal finance. But they’re free and there is always something nice about free.

Besides, you have the rest of the recession to read the latest nonfiction money books. For now, take a breather and escape with one of the two books below by telling me why you need a break from our regular scheduled personal finance programming. I’ll pick two winners after the holiday weekend. Here are the books:

Object of Desire by William J. Mann

Danny Fortunato seemed to have it all. He was cute, funny, sexy, smart—the hottest go-go boy in West Hollywood. When he danced on stage, all eyes were upon him and all men desired him. But something always kept Danny from ever really believing he was the golden boy that others said he was…a secret that he’d carried with him ever since he was a teenager.

Twenty years later, living in Palm Springs, Danny is celebrating his 41st birthday—although “celebrating” might not be the right word for how he feels about his life today. To the outside world, he’s still golden: he still has his looks, and he still loves Frank, his boyfriend of nearly two decades. But something is missing in his life. Passion. Romance. Adventure. The same something that’s been missing ever since that day when he turned fourteen, when his sister Becky disappeared and his whole world flipped upside-down.

Now into Danny’s life walks a gorgeous young bartender named Kelly, who becomes for Danny an obsession, an object of desire and fascination. But Kelly’s indifference to this onetime golden boy only confirms what Danny secretly believes: that he’s “vanishing” into thin air—like his sister, so long ago. Continue reading at Kensington Books.

What We Remember by Michael Thomas Ford

Every family has a hidden story—even the perfect ones. Dig just a little, beyond the smiling holiday photographs and the oft-repeated anecdotes, and other memories come flooding back—the kind that can compel a family to stick together through catastrophe, or drive a chasm between them forever.

On the morning James McCloud, a Seattle district attorney, gets a call from his sister, Celeste, he senses his own long-buried family history is about to be dragged into the light. James’s father, Daniel, a police officer, disappeared eight years ago. Now his body has finally been found. James always believed that his father committed suicide after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the evidence leaves no doubt: Daniel was murdered. Continue reading at Kensington Books.

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