Author: Andrea Speed , Mari Donne, Jude Dunn, Ari McKay , Amy Rae Durreson, Eli Easton , Skylar Jaye, Pinkie Rae Parker , Christopher Hawthorne Moss, Aidee Ladnier, Debussy Ladnier, Danni Keane, Maja Rose
Reviewed by: Lucy
Genre: M/M Anthology
ISBN 13: 9781623806507
Summary: A dash of intrigue keeps any relationship fresh: laughing breathlessly over a little thrill, feeling clingy after a shiver of suspense, mucking through a minor mystery. This anthology offers a dozen light and humorous romantic short stories in which a quickly solved caper may be just the ticket to spice up any romance.
Kitsch Me by Mari Donne
Leveling Up by Jude Dunn
Philip Collyer vs. the Cola Thief by Amy Rae Durreson
A Kiss in the Dark by Eli Easton
Calberg’s House Specialty Blend by Skylar Jaye
Small Change by Danni Keane
Lawrence Frightengale Investigates by Aidee Ladnier & Debussy Ladnier
The Whole Kit and Kaboodle by Ari McKay
Le Beau Soleil by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Joie de Vivre by Pinkie Rae Parker
Made Good Under Pressure by Maja Rose
Tempest for a Teacup by Andrea Speed
Review: For the most part these are cute little stories with a tiny bit of mystery thrown in. Sometimes the mystery is super simple, sometimes more complicated. As always with anthologies, I have favorites but I liked all the stories here. They are all pretty short and for me were best read just a couple at a time.
A Kiss in the Dark – rated 4, my favorite of the bunch. I loved that Josh, Lane’s business partner and totally unaware (so we think) geek, took a chance like he did. “God, Lane, you’re so…you!” summed it up so well. I loved this one. And the lavender shirt. The mystery? Who was the kisser?
Calberg’s House Specialty Blend – rated 3.5. Very cute and clever, especially the “mouth orgasm that was the specialty house blend”. I feel that way about chocolate. The mystery? Where did the coffee god go?
The Whole Kit and Kaboodle – rated 4. Another favorite, with Miss Kitten. Henry, the quiet librarian with the hidden wild side? Awesome. It’s not insta-love, in my opinion, because they’ve known each other for years at work, just never got around to truths. The mystery? Why does the librarian avoid him?
Le Beau Soleil – rated 3. Not really my cup of tea, a short historical with a gambler. The mystery? Who is spreading rumors about Frankie?
Leveling Up – rated 3.5 Very cute story of a gamer and his boyfriend on their anniversary, with an unexpected work problem thrown in. The mystery? Who is Chandlis and why is he being called that?
Kitsch Me – Brian’s life is full of kitschy things but it takes a little more for him to realize how much Craig will do to make him happy. The mystery? What IS Craig doing?
Made Good Under Pressure – rated 4. Another favorite, I liked it very much. Historical story of Billy, a poor man who meets the rich Eric. Sort of a Cinderfella story, with a great sister thrown into the mix. The mystery? Where is Julia’s necklace?
Tempest in a Teacup – rated 3. Cute story of a detective and the man who really could do better (for me anyway!) The mystery? Who stole Princess?
Small Change – rated 4. This was adorable, a model village and the artist who cherishes it. Takes a little bit for someone to see behind the nerd but it’s so lovely when he does. The mystery? Who keeps moving everything!
Lawrence Frightengale Investigates – rated 3.5 Cute mystery about a missing car. I loved Myrna Boy and I’d love to see a longer book with her and Lawrence. The mystery? Where IS the car?
Joie De Vivre – rated 3. The problem I had here was I did not at all like Henry. I don’t know if he is supposed to come across as obnoxious as he did “You better be careful or you’ll get fat again.” I hated that Jules just seemed to forgive all the bullying Henry to him without hardly an apology. Just like “that was me”. The mystery? Where is the recipe box?
Philip Collyer vs. The Cola Thief – rated 3.5. Very cute story of a Cola addict and a crush. The mystery? Who is stealing Phillip’s cola?