Review: Nicky Spencer, Addison Albright, Amy Tasukada, Nell Iris, Stephen Hoppa

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Author: Nicky Spencer, Addison Albright, Amy Tasukada, Nell Iris, Stephen Hoppa
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Mm Holiday

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Sleigh bells ring—are you listening?

It’s that time of year again, and we have the perfect way to get you in the mood: A free anthology! Five holiday stories that are guaranteed to warm your heart, heat up your cold nights, and most importantly: Make your yuletide gay.

A Christmas Party to Remember by Nicky Spencer

Last Christmas, Cory and Wes made a connection that left them both thanking Santa. But when Cory doesn’t show up for their first date, Wes swears he won’t make that mistake again. This year, can Santa’s magic find a way to bring them back together?

Let’s Not Go Crazy by Stephen Hoppa

The holidays are stressful enough without Ethan’s boyfriend Nate trying to kill him with Christmas cheer. But Nate’s found a whole new way to torture Ethan when he reveals that he wants kids. Will their conflicting desires tear their relationship apart, or will they find a way to ring in the new year stronger than ever?

Captain Jack and the Snack Attack by Addison Albright

Two men determined to win the same treasure at a charity silent auction, a wayward kitten, grumbling tummies, and a dilemma: what’s the correct gift-giving etiquette for a first date that’s mere days before Christmas, and what could possibly go awry with this merry combination?

The Christmas Day Date by Nell Iris

One rainbow Christmas tree in harm’s way and an afternoon spent eating far too many cookies, equals two men with changed holiday plans. But how does that translate into a date?

The Year of the Monkey by Amy Tasukada

The last thing Aoi wants to do for New Year’s is spend it with his boyfriend’s parents, who were far from thrilled when their son came out. Can Aoi warm their hearts making traditional mochi or will they end up in an even stickier situation?

Authors Note: This anthology is FREE! Do not buy it for $0.99 at Amazon – we are working on fixing that! Currently available for free at Smashwords and soon at all other retailers.

Review: A Christmas Party to Remember by Nicky Spencer Rated 3
This is the story of Wes, attending a Christmas party with his best friend for moral support, who has the “…most adorable meet-cute ever…” with the owner of the catering company, Cory. They have an awesome night together, make plans for the next day and Wes is stood up. What’s a man to think? This is a case of is it meant to be and it was very cute, if needing just a little more.

Let’s Not Go Crazy by Stephen Hoppa Rated 3
Okay, I am not sure what to think of this one because it is a huge issue that was dealt with in a non-deal with it way. If that makes sense. It turns out boyfriends Ethan and Nate have entirely different ideas about kids and this comes out just before Christmas. Nate has been trying to make Christmas happy for Ethan, who assumes Nate was just being annoying. But I felt like kids was an important thing and something Nate really wanted and he was feeling really resentful about it. Workaholic Ethan has reasons for not wanting kids. How do they compromise something like this? I liked this aspect a lot because I felt it was a dilemma many people find themselves in. But then the resolution to it dropped my rating some because workaholic Ethan just didn’t get it. It’s not the same and I felt Ethan slammed the door on the whole idea with his “compromise”. So while I enjoyed the story, I didn’t feel that was a resolution at all.

Captain Jack and the Snack Attack by Addison Albright Rated 4
Very cute and I liked that Gordie and Kenton, who have a friendly-ish animosity at the silent auction, run into each other later and get to know each other better, amid lost kittens and kitschy decorations.

The Christmas Day Date by Nell Iris Rated 4
First off, I want to see the rainbow tree. That sounds so amazing and as someone who has difficulty decorating, I could use the ideas. Second, I want to slap JJs parents upside the head. It makes me absolutely crazy that parents can be like that. Yes, I know some are. But the story itself is sweet and the inability to eat Rudolph cookies made me smile. Lenny and his miserable past and JJ and his miserable parents come together to hopefully be something beautiful. The last two sentences of this story were absolute perfection. Loved it.

The Year of the Monkey by Amy Tasukada Rated 4
This might have been my favorite one because it was that happy ending that many people don’t get. Bringing around a parent who blames you because their son is gay is a daunting task and Aoi is trying his best, even as barbs and hostility are thrown his way. I was happy Sato’s father was able to see his son was more important than anything and you see the love Aoi has (even as he is remembering his own parents tossing him out at 16 for being himself) for Sato with how hard he tries. Lovely.



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