Author: Sax Alexander , Sally Max, Alex Carreras, Raven McAllan, Monica Corwin, Wt Prater, Dianne Hartsock, Carrie Pulkinen, Melody Kiss, Rhiannon Wellman
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: M/M Anthology
ISBN 13: 9781771019484
Summary: The Land of Embarrassment and Brunch by Sax Alexander
Jamie is head over heels for Chris, but does dating exclusively for six months mean it’s mutual? When an old college flame invites Jamie to his live art show, and Chris insists they attend, Jamie gets the answer to his question—a sizzling performance that just might steal the show.
The Thing About Being a Werewolf by Sally Max
Dumped, homeless, and hunted, wasn’t how Torolf thought he would be spending the full moon. His only hope is to find another pack and ask for asylum. While running for his life, a great white wolf appears, which can only mean one of two things: safety or death.
Sun, Surf, Sand, and a Sling by Alex Carreras
When David Hendricks suggests a getaway to Fort Lauderdale, Daniel Fletcher, David’s partner, jumps at the chance imagining blue skies, ocean breezes and sandy beaches. What he doesn’t imagine is a clothing optional resort were guests wear nothing but a smile, and each room has a sling suspended from the ceiling.
A New Dawn by Raven McAllan
Sam never thought he’d move forward with the help of his past in the shape of Alex. Would their history help or hinder them?
Underground Temptation by Monica Corwin
Rone spends his days guarding London’s elite and his nights seducing them. No one has ever been good enough, beautiful enough, to tame him. The Abyss, London’s premier night spot for an edgier crowd, always brings something new to the table. Tonight, his name is Josh.
Exercising His Options by Wt Prater
When Enver Mann started jogging every morning, it was at his wife’s provocation. After a year, he’s still at it, but now it’s his choice. Little does he know, that choice may open up a whole world to him. While jogging one day, he happens upon two men having sex, and for the first time he wants that. The man with the red hair and the incredible ass. And while his mind might second guess him, his wife doesn’t. When she instigates their encounter, Enver knows he will never look at life, or sex, the same way again.
Paul’s Mistake by Dianne Hartsock
Paul has no doubts. He wants Eran in his life. But can Eran, a young man from an abusive background, come to terms with his fears so he can have a future with this man he loves?
Fraternity Brothers by Carrie Pulkinen
When Aiden joins a fraternity, he has no idea a hazing incident with Miguel will change his life forever. Now, being friends with Miguel isn’t enough. Can Aiden plant the seed for romance to bloom without killing their friendship? Or will he have to settle for just being fraternity brothers?
Fun in the Guard House by Melody Kiss
A night out with friends unexpectedly changes Justin’s life. Just who is the sexy stranger from the club?
Animal Magnetism by Rhiannon Wellman
When Simon took his beloved dog for a walk he had no idea what it would lead to. With wild animals, sexy land owners, and a psychotic ex-boyfriend, he’s in for a wild ride. But boy will it be worth it.
Harvey has spent years locked away from everything, the fences around his land just as high as the ones around his heart. Simon is like a light in the dark. Will he be just what Harvey didn’t know he needed?
Both men need to learn to love again, but will their animals’ budding friendship be the catalyst for everything that follows?
Review: As always with anthologies, I had some clear favorites and then some that didn’t work as well for me. In this volume the stories don’t really share a common theme and all are fairly short.
The Land of Embarrassment and Brunch – rated 4. One of my favorites of the bunch. It’s a very cute story of Chris and Jamie, a couple who love each other even if they don’t always say it. The way Chris sets out to prove it (and get back at someone who hurt Jamie) was funny and endearing and wow!
The Thing About Being a Werewolf – rated 4. Another one I liked very much and a female alpha in the pack? YES! And I loved the way wolf politics were subverted to turn it on the asshat Enzio who really deserved to be smacked.
Sun, Surf, Sand, and a Sling – rated 3. An interesting story of an established couple and their trip to the Leather Inn, a clothing optional resort, which was a surprise for one of them. I did laugh when Daniel is concerned that because he didn’t know, he didn’t manscape! And shame on David for getting buff knowing they’d be, well, in the buff and not telling Daniel!
A New Dawn – rated 3. Probably the one that I wanted more of, if only because it felt like it was the beginning of the story and not the story itself. Alex broke Sam’s heart back in the day and now they have another chance but there are so many open plot lines (like what are they going to do about Brian?) that it left me feeling lost.
Underground Temptation – rated 3. Quick story of the hook up of Rone and Josh. Will it go farther? Hopefully.
Exercising His Options – rated 2.5. This is one that I’m just not sure I got it. Is it a threesome? Are they staying together? Lots of questions.
Paul’s Mistake – rated 2.5 . This was my least favorite of the anthology My problem with this one was that when Eran gets into Brandon’s car I lost respect for him. He needed to “stand on my own feet for a while” yet leaves with Brandon? Paul’s mistake was done out of love. Eran’s was just cruel. I wanted Paul to go find someone worth of him.
Fraternity Brothers – rated 3. A kind of uncomfortable story of hazing at a fraternity. Miguel was kind of off for me.
Fun In the Guard House – rated 3. Warning to those who don’t like girly bits in their stories – this one has some! Very short, basically a sex scene with two men and a girl.
Animal Magnetism – rated 4. I loved it for Fern and Wilbur but the guys, Simon and Harvey, were icing on the cake. Just so cute and sweet, if insta-love.