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    “Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows,” wrote the Roman poet Sextus Propertius two thousand years ago. Tim Snow is faced with temptation and mystery in the latest volume of Mark Abramson’s Beach Reading series when his boyfriend goes traveling. But is it absence he’s feeling or hormones?

    The entire cast of quirky characters is back for Book Seven. Artie’s performing career has him traveling more. Aunt Ruth tries to wean herself from San Francisco into married life in Hillsborough. Tim’s family—both adopted and blood—are beset by drama amid a rash of armed robberies in the neighborhood. There’s a sexy new cop on the Castro beat, and people are getting shot. Nick is in Europe with his grandmother and Tim is left behind to figure out the rules of a 21st century gay relationship. Can—and should—Tim resist Cupid’s arrows for such hotties as the sexy cop or the guy he just met at the bar? And what about the teenage British gymnast he’s met on the Internet who’s asked for an ominous birthday gift? Tim has to decide if honesty is always part of the rules of love.

    What’s love got to do with it? Maybe everything.