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Leah Raeder, who now goes by the name of Elliot Wake, is a transgender author of gay/lesbian and contemporary romance novels.

He has thus far authored four novels: Unteachable (2013), Black Iris (2015), Cam Girl (2015), and Bad Boy (2016).

The author has also contributed toward an anthology, Love at First Sight (2014).

Transgendered and previously known a Leah Raeder, the author began making the transition from female to male in 2016—thus the name Elliot Wake.

Other than burying his head in a good book, Elliot is quite passionate about graphic design, video games, lifting weight, fine whiskey, self-deprecation, and dressing up like the dapper gent that he is.

He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner.

More about Leah Raeder

Genres: Contemporary , Gay and Lesbian, Romance

Born: 1982

Website: http://www.elliotwake.com/leahraeder/

Website: http://leahraeder.com

Non Series

  • Unteachable (2013)
  • Black Iris (2015)
  • Cam Girl (2015)

Anthologies

  1. Love at First Sight (2014)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Unteachable

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Author: Leah Raeder
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1476786407
Publisher: Atria Books
Black Iris

"Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing."

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for. If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help. Which was the plan all along. Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true. She’s going to show them all.

Author: Leah Raeder
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1476786421
Publisher: Atria Books
Cam Girl

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone. She’s got nothing left to lose. So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question: Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that will bring back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront what she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others and those she’s been keeping from herself…

Author: Leah Raeder
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1501114991
Publisher: Atria Books

Anthologies

Love at First Sight

The team at Hot Bed HQ bring you extracts of our favorite authors. We know there is a lot of love for these amazing authors, but you might find someone new here, and it will undoubtedly be Love at First Sight.

Featuring:

Sweet Thing by Renée Carlino

Rush Too Farby Abbi Glines

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Collide by Gail McHugh

Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Desert Heat by Elizabeth Reyes

Working It by Kendall Ryan

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield

Author: Leah Raeder
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00KJGZVI6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster