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Phew! This was short, hot and hotter, but not so short that you didn't get a satisfying story out of it, which is classic Lily Harlem.
This was a fun story centered around a little treasure hunt, where the treasure at the end of the chase was sexy comedian Carrick.
Steve is working at the bar where Carrick is performing and his ex Robert is a bit of a fixture there, stopping in often for a drink. Steve and Robert used to be a couple but have since become very good friends. There's still a bit of a spark left between the two of them and as they pursue Carrick across town, their passion for each other reignites.
As they decipher each clue Carrick leaves them, with promises of a sexy menage at the end of it, Steve and Robert rekindle their love affair. By the time, they catch up with Carrick, they've made a decision their relationship another shot. This is thanks to Carrick's little game and his matchmaking ways.
Even with the decision to give their relationship another shot, there's more sexy times on offer when the prize of Carrick for one night is up for grabs and the threesome have a deliciously hot time together.
1. Bodywork By Ashe Barker
Alex: sweet and young
Graham: too mired in his past.
2. Breaking the Marine By M.K. Elliott
Brandon: I liked his grit
Will: made the story very interesting, but then it needed a better ending
3. Love on Location by Lucy Felthouse
Theo: sweet and slightly geeky for an actor
Eddie: Great guy for Theo, and oh I hope these two make it and are happily in love for ever after.
4. Landscapes By K D Grace: This was the dud for me, I could not make head or tails of what was going on, and I did not like it.
5. The Chase By Lily Harlem
Robert: another sweetheart. I have no problem with reading MMM but I wish this had just been MM
6. Dish of the Day By Clare London
Ben: hottie that just needed a bit of a ruffle
Craig: funny and the glue that held this MMM (this one was great) together.
7. E2 By Sarah Masters: just weird and more about world building than anything else
8. Locked Out By Josephine Myles
Rod: the best man for Martin. This one was the best of the bunch, JM does not write a disappointing romance it seems, and is capable of wrapping up a story within a short length and satisfying this reader every single time!
Bodywork by Ashe Barker, reviewed by Lena Grey
Alex, of 'Bodywork' by Ashe Barker, is on his way to attend a mandatory traffic class when he decides to stop at the supermarket. Since he's in a rush, he isn't paying proper attention and runs into another man's car. The accident isn't a good thing, but the handsome man, named Graham, whose car Alex wrecked, definitely is. Since he is a mechanic, he offers to fix the car and Graham accepts. The next day, when Graham brings around the car, they settle into some steamy, yet emotional sexual intimacy which leaves them both feeling more than they normally feel for another man. But then a misunderstanding leads Alex to believe Graham has been lying to him, and it looks as if everything will fall apart.
This is a very emotional story showing what can happen when one is not honest with someone with whom they are in a relationship with. It's very well-written and I loved the secondary characters; they added so much substance to the story making it even more interesting. Had Graham told Alex the truth to begin with, all of the angst and pain of separation they felt never would have happened. Graham's actions showed his insecurity and seemed like a lack of trust which Alex knew he didn't deserve, but Alex's quick temper; his jumping to conclusions and not letting him explain only added to the misunderstanding. Thanks, Ashe, for the passionate, angsty story and for the happy ending.
Breaking the Marine by MK Elliott, reviewed by Christy Duke
Brandon's only chance of escaping his impoverished upbringing in East London, and avoiding the fate of most people he knows, is enlisting in the Royal Marines Commando School. His last night of freedom, before he discovers whether he can handle taking orders, finds him having a pint in a pub and hooking up with a guy in the car park. Good way to blow off steam.
Unfortunately, when Brandon shows up at the training center the following morning, his drill instructor is none other than Will, the guy who gave him a blow job the night before. Uh. Oh. Will isn't any happier, and can't believe this is happening to him. Will is new at this facility, or he would've recognized Brandon from his entry tests. Now the two of them will have to figure out how to make this professional relationship work, while their undeniable physical attraction simmers, and becomes more.
A very sexy read involving Men in Uniform. Honestly? A lovely fantasy. Thank you, MK.
Love on Location by Lucy Felthouse, reviewed by Christy Duke
A small, quaint village in the English countryside, an up-and-coming actor hiding his sexuality, and a local man just discovering his. What can happen when these two fall in love? That's just the story which Lucy Felthouse has written in 'Love on Location'. Theo is the Londoner, and Eddie is the local man. Falling in love in front of cameras is rarely easy, but even less so when your closets are threatened.
I liked how the author found a solution for Theo and Eddie to continue their love story past Theo's time on location. This was a sweet story, with a very nice happy ever after. Thank you, Lucy.
Landscapes by KD Grace, reviewed by Serena Yates
In a departure from the style and tone of the other stories of this anthology, 'Landscapes' doesn’t only contain bisexual characters (and some explicit descriptions of what the men get up to with the female succubus in the early pages of the story), it is also decidedly not a fluffy romance. In fact, it is not a love story either; the closest I can come to describing it is as "highly erotic with questionable morals". It is also an interesting paranormal tale that mixes sensuality and an array of all the senses with the sheer brutality and ruthlessness of a vampire's existence.
Alonso is that vampire, and he takes no prisoners. When his desires collide with Reese's, who is human, Alonso's overpowering and heavy-handed approach pushes aside everything that is right and wrong as Reese sees it, and disaster ensues. However, there is an undeniable connection between the men. Neither can deal with staying away from the other but it is up to Reese to deal with his own reactions to the catastrophe of Alonso's revelations and the truth of what he has done to get close to Reese.
If you like stories outside the traditional boundaries of romance and don’t mind some nonconsensual activities and one main character's rather inconsiderate use of others to achieve his goals, if vampires in all their brutality and thirst for blood appeal to you, and if you're looking for a read that is sensual yet brutal, then you might like this short story.
The Chase by Lily Harlem, reviewed by Serena Yates
Threesomes come is all shapes and sizes, and this one has a special flavor. Steve and Robert are best friends hanging out in a bar, watching stand-up comedian Garrick dazzle the audience. As they talk, it becomes clear they both fancy the comedian, which made me wonder who would end up with him. Steve thinks he isn't interesting enough and Robert seems to believe he can charm Garrick into his bed. Then it emerges Steve used to be Robert's sub before life got in the way—and suddenly things get interesting. The late-night treasure hunt through Cardiff that Garrick sets up for the two newly-decided-to-maybe-try-it-again lovers is cute, and leads to more than one sexy interlude while they try to figure out the clues.
If you like couples getting back together, if two men fantasizing about the same third guy sound interesting, and if you're looking for an entertaining read with some very hot action, then you will probably like this short story.
Dish of the Day by Clare London, reviewed by Lena Grey
Richie, of 'Dish of the Day' by Clare London, has always supported his friends Craig and Ben through all kinds of issues in their lives, but he's never asked for help from them. They are both well off financially and have offered him assistance several times. Richie doesn't want to take advantage of their friendships and keeps rejecting their offers, never realizing that this hurts their feelings. Richie considers himself inferior to them because his ambitions run in a different direction. They are both so rich, handsome, and secure that he's not even sure why they bother with him at all. He's merely a chef, struggling along.
When Richie decides to open a restaurant, his friends are enthusiastic and, again, offer him their financial assistance. Again, Richie turns them down. Richie wants to prove that he can be successful like his two friends. Unfortunately, one by one, things happen which seem to point to disaster instead of success. He's short staffed, there are accidents in the kitchen, even the flowers are wilting! Richie keeps trying to be optimistic, attempting to come up with alternate plans, but finally admits to himself, that the night can't be salvaged. When Ben finally arrives, Richie is in pieces, bemoaning the day he ever thought that he could actually manage a restaurant to begin with. Ben comforts him, of course, but chastises Richie for getting in such a state and not letting him help. Craig is the next to arrive, looking smashing as always. Even with both men offering Ritchie comfort, he is completely humiliated by his apparent failure compared to his friend's successes. Then they show Richie how they want things to be from now on, in one of the hottest dining experiences ever.
This story was an amazingly sensual reading experience which also reminded me that everyone needs help sometimes and that denying someone's help is denying them an opportunity to be closer to you. I loved the characters who were all described succinctly, but clearly. I felt Ben and Craig's frustration from Richie's constant denials. I understood Richie's reticence to accept their help and the inferiority he felt in comparison to his friends, but I was also a bit frustrated about his refusal to accept their assistance. The ending was exquisitely described in an extremely satisfying manner. In other words, it was HOT! Thanks, Clare, for making my heart beat faster and my breathing harder.
Locked Out by Josephine Myles, reviewed by Christy Duke
Totally fell in love with this contribution by a favorite author of mine. Martin is absolutely adorable as a shy primary school teacher, who stinks at seduction and is clueless when it comes to flirting. Rod, as the super hot guy in a Speedo, no less, is equally charming, especially when he finds Martin, naked, in the hotel hallway, in the middle of the night.
Martin uses his sister’s suggestion of a creating a "story" about what he does, in order to gain confidence and sound more interesting. Unfortunately, after his first ever one-night stand, Martin would like to see more of Rod, so he can get past his white lie. Well, who would've imagined the way the author put them back in touch. So to speak?
Wonderful short story! Thank you, Josephine.
E2 gy Sarah Masters, reviewed by Lena Grey
Archie, of 'E2' by Sarah Masters, goes along with his daily life, trying not to question why things are the way they are, after the disaster which split London into two. The side Archie lives on is pretty much the same as before, but the other side of the river looks decimated, disease ridden, and dangerous. No one would ever want to go over there. Would they? That's what the government tells them through constant propaganda. Archie's fear is not negated by his growing curiosity, that is, until Archie meets Dan, a citizen of the other side. Dan swims through the murky waters of the river that divides them, just to meet Archie and prepare him for the near future.
At first Archie is afraid, but as he gets to know Dan, he begins to realize that many of his concerns about his life are confirmed. Archie gets caught up in a maelstrom of doubts and confusion as Dan explains that their lives and everything around them are part of a huge experiment by the governments of the world on Earth One. Dan explains that when the experiment began, Archie was on the wrong side of the river and he has been sent to fetch him and get him over to the proper side. It's a big leap of faith for Archie to deny all he's being told and go with Dan. Archie is frightened but he and Dan have established a rapport. Archie trusts Dan, in fact, he's beginning to have deep feelings for him in spite of all the uncertainty. They have what they fear may be their one and only night together and make the most of it which brings them even closer. A threat even bigger than going to the other side is the fact that their memories will be wiped clean, meaning that, even if they meet again on Earth One, they won't remember what they've shared.
This is a complex story with lots of layers: the love story between Dan and Archie, the experiment and all it involves, and the conflict the propaganda causes for both men. It's well-written and has a lot of substance and emotion for such a short story. I liked both of the characters and felt their affinity. I was really hoping that, after finding their soul mates, they would find a way to stay together. Thanks, Sarah, for a thought provoking story.
Originally posted at Rainbow Book Reviews.
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