Alex Gabriel

Writer. Reader. Romancer.

Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps

Six easy steps. Three volumes. One Bonus.

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Losing is a thing Japanese pop star Ryuu Shiwasuda does not do – certainly not gracefully. Image is everything to hot-headed Ryuu. Sure, his macho bluster is only a cover for shyness and social awkwardness, but he takes it (and himself) very seriously.

So when gratingly cheerful punster Hiro Takahashi delivers the ultimate insult of letting Ryuu win at a video game, Ryuu is cut to the quick, and vows swift vengeance. Can’t be too hard to beat a dork like Hiro, right?

Wrong. As Ryuu chases after his elusive victory, he’s forced to add more and more items to the list of “things to beat Hiro at” – and is shocked to find that Hiro’s quirky charm is sparking never-before felt desires in him.

Ryuu’s life and career have no place for a male lover. But he’s already in too deep. Can he risk going all in? And what does he stand to lose if he doesn’t?

Contains explicit sexual content.

Read an excerpt from “Learning How to Lose, Step One: Tetris” here.

Step One: Tetris
Step Two: Fun and Games

Length: 55,000 words

Contains mild sexual content.

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#1 Amazon Best Seller


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Step Three: Innocence
Step Four: Perspective

Length: 75,000 words

Contains explicit sexual content.

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Step Five: Love
Step Six: All the Rest

Length: 75,000 words

Contains explicit sexual content.

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Walk the Walk

Free Bonus Story

Ryuu Shiwasuda still isn’t a fan of losing, so it’s a good thing he doesn’t have to… much. His lover Hiro does tend to be better at the games they play – even when the game in question happens to be an unexpected bout of roleplaying of the “hooker and john” variety.

But then, there really aren’t any losers in a game like that, right? At least that’s Ryuu’s position, and he’s sticking to it.

Length: 8,000 words

Contains explicit sexual content.

Please note: While it doesn’t contain any actual spoilers, “Walk the Walk” is written as an epilogue rather than a stand-alone story, and builds on the characters and their relationship and history as established in the earlier books. Thus, it may not be as satisfying to read without knowledge of these works.

Download “Walk the Walk” directly:

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