Review: Gregory L. Norris, J. Scott Coatsworth & Wendy Rathbone – This Wish Tonight (Mischief Corner Collections #2)


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: Gregory L. Norris, J. Scott Coatsworth & Wendy Rathbone
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Genre: Winter Holidays anthology: mm romance, holiday, Christmas, gay science fiction, gay contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary:

Warmth, family, good cheer? Not everyone associates these things with the winter holidays. For some, it’s a time of longing and reflection. Mischief Corner Books invites authors to create stories set during the holiday season and centered on the fulfillment of a wish or desire.

Fear of Fire by Gregory L. Norris
Glass Artist Lucius Price works desperately to create a holiday symbol intended to help the town of Villatopia heal from a rash of unsolved hate crimes against gay men. When he is targeted next and his studio set ablaze, handsome firefighter Oscar Ramos rescues Lucius from the flames, creating a different kind of fire during an unforgettable Christmas.

Wonderland by J. Scott Coatsworth
Zeke is a loner his late forties, living in a small cabin in rural Montana. Nathan has been traveling across country on foot since the zombie apocalypse, dealing with his OCD in an empty world.

Zeke just wants someone to love. Nathan just wants to be home again.

Fate brings them together in a winter wonderland, but their own fears and baggage may tear them apart.

Is there still hope for love at Christmas, at the end of the world?

Eve of the Great Frost by Wendy Rathbon

Remi has prepared for over a year to be the king’s gift at the annual celebration of the Eve of the Great Frost on the planet Niobe. Twelve men, taught under the tutelage of the Pleasure Master, hope to be the one (or one of several) chosen to spend an erotic night with the mysterious alien king who always wears a mask. But when Remi’s turn comes to be presented to His Majesty, everything goes wrong from a costume malfunction to breaking protocol. What happens next is a shock, and a night he will never forget.

**Please Note: The stories in this anthology will not be released individually.

Review:

I’ve said it before, I like anthologies, a great way to try new stories, new to you authors as well as read stories from your favorites! For the holiday season 2016, Mischief Corner Books has released This Wish Tonight, which includes a science fiction, post apocalypse and contemporary take on holiday stories! As diverse as the story genres are, I really enjoyed it, the stories are very distinct, very well done and hard to put down!

Eve of the Great Frost by Wendy Rathbone

In a world called Niobe, there is a tradition of gifting young people who had been trained in various pleasure arts to hopefully please the gods and bring spring to a planet who had not seen spring in one hundred years! Told from the point of view of Remi, one of the young men offered to King Shin, their world does seem on the cusp of change and when all the training does not take into account a faulty robe clasp when perfection is expected on presentation, Remi is not sure he will be part of that change! For such a short read, there is a lot of detail packed into this story and while satisfying on its own, I won’t lie, I would have loved to read more of Remi and Shin!

Wonderland by J. Scott Coatsworth

Zeke thinks he is the last man on earth, until he finds an almost frozen stranger outside his door, are they the only survivors and if so, what now? The story is told from both Zeke’s point of view as well as Nathan’s, the man who finds his way to Zeke’s door. I really enjoyed this story, it was sweet as well as impactful because while Zeke has been alone a long time, Nathan hasn’t been as alone, but with the lack of people they have encountered, they both have to rediscover people skills! How both characters approach getting to know each other, navigating a possible friendship and how Zeke takes care of Nathan, even when he thinks he has screwed things up. I loved it, and considering how the two men ended up where they are, the story did end on a hopeful note.

Fear of Fire by Gregory L. Norris

Imagine the man of your dreams from a firefighter calendar coming alive to also be your hero? Well, that is exactly what Lucius Price gets to experience, at the expense of his studio, unfortunately! Oscar Ramos spotted a local feature on a glass artist and has been imagining him since, except, he is in the closet at work, but wonders if Lucius might be a reason to finally come out? A mostly sweet and hot romance with a bit of drama for what happened to Lucius’ studio, it is told from both Lucius and Oscar’s point of view and hey, a hot firefighter and a glass artist, what is not to like?!?

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