- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: JCP Books (August 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935540793
- ISBN-13: 978-1935540793
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Rhys Ford - Dim Sum Asylum (3 stars)
Was pleasantly surprised by this one. The setting was pretty interesting, as were the characters.
Ginn Hale - Swift and the Black Dog (5 stars)
Ginn Hale's 'Rifter' (especially the first book) is one of those stay-up-all-night kinds of stories, and reading this short took me back there. While there are many differences between the stories, both have the same kind of feel of desperation, ruin, loss and love in them. You might guess the 'big reveal' before it comes here, but that doesn't really matter.
KJ Charles - A Queer Trade (4 stars)
Found this one really cute and unusual!
Nicole Kimberling - Magically Delicious (5 stars)
I adored Keith and Gunther in 'Cherries Worth Getting' (the 'Irregulars' anthology) and was very glad to find them in this anthology as well. The story flows well and has a nice amount of humour (the part where Keith and Carrot Beard/Top investigate the Primal Thunder Bottling Company facility made me giggle). All the lovely, small details make this a very enjoyable read.
Jordan Castillo Price - Everyone's Afraid of Clowns (4 stars)
I've come to expect great things from JCP, which is why I might be judging her too harshly here. The story was quite interesting but predictable in a way I've never found JCP's stories to be before. It might be because it's a PsyCop short and the characters can only act in ways previously established in earlier stories, but in some ways this story felt rather repetitive. We do find out some new things about Vic, and it's a fun Halloween-themed short but I couldn't help but feel that it lacked that bit of something that's usually there in everything JCP writes.
Jordan L. Hawk - The Thirteenth Hex (3 stars)
The dialogue made me cringe a few times, unfortunately. The story was rather okay, though.
Charlie Cochet - The Soldati Prince (2 stars)
No offense to fanfiction, but unfortunately this story reads like a very trope-y, predictable one. The characters were all right, although a bit cliché, and I didn't become very interested or invested in them at any point. Short stories can be difficult to write, I understand that, since you don't have that much space to explore your characters, but many authors in this anthology are very good examples on how to do it right. Cochet just isn't one of them, although I feel terrible stating that.
Lou Harper - One Hex Too Many (5 stars)
Having not read anything by Lou Harper before, to me this story was certainly the gem in this collection. Loved the story, loved the characters (although Hugh Fox is still a bit of a mystery and the sex/attraction part was a bit rushed, maybe there'll be a sequel?).
Andrea Speed - Josh of the Damned vs. The Bathroom of Doom (2 stars)
Not my kind of story (see story title), especially as I had no previous knowledge of the characters, which seemed mandatory in order to bond with the characters at least on some level. The stoner friend I did like, though.
Astrid Amara - The Trouble With Hexes (5 stars)
Another favourite of mine in this collection. Amara's characters are always very human.
Let me start by saying, I’m not a short fiction reader. I don’t read short stories, and I rarely will read a novella. I like the room for character development found in big books. So if it weren’t for all of my favorite authors in one place, I probably would’ve skipped this collection.
But holy frijoles! I’m soooo glad I didn’t.
These authors are the best for a reason. They can pack a lot of punch in a short piece. It helped that several of the stories (Jordan Castillo Price, K.J. Charles, Andrea Speed) are from existing series that I am already a fan of. And – full disclosure – I received a free e-book in exchange for an honest review, but the first thing I did when I finished reading was to run to Amazon and buy the paperback for my collection. It is that freaking good!
DIM SUM ASYLUM by Rhys Ford – Great story to start the collection. It’s fast paced and set in a beautifully gritty Chinatown. While I love all of Rhys’s work, I can really see how she has grown as a writer in the last year or two. I really hope she does not with this world and the characters, because they are a delight. The scene on the rooftop was my favorite. 5 stars.
SWIFT AND THE BLACK DOG by Ginn Hale – I am a sucker for damaged men. Jack Swift is the poster boy for a broken hero. He is sort of at rock bottom, and doing his best to convince himself he is happy there, when he is reluctantly called upon to save the world for a second time. The way Ginn was able to weave in the back story with the present action was brilliantly done. 5 stars.
A QUEER TRADE by K.J. Charles – I’m on a massive K.J. Charles kick right now. This story is set in her Magpie universe, which I just binge read a couple of weeks ago. I found the historical profession of a paper trader fascinating. And the twist at the end was a treat. 5 stars.
MAGICALLY DELICIOUS by Nicole Kimberling – This story was hilarious! I loved the naughty Leprechauns on strike. The ending was slightly predictable, but a fun story. 4 ½ stars.
EVERYONE’S AFRAID OF CLOWNS by Jordan Castillo Price – My favorite PsyCops celebrating Halloween. What’s not to like? Of course, since Vic is involved we know things won’t go as planned. A detour into one of those cheesy haunted houses turns just plain creepy, and that was before the ghost clown shows up. *shiver* 5 stars.
THE THIRTEENTH HEX by Jordan L. Hawk – I’m not a fan of shifter stories, but this one isn’t quite in that category. Maybe if all shifters were as interesting and unique as this one, I might change my mind. Dominic and Rook are brilliant together. The way the magic system is set up here is really cool. These two character need their own series. 5 stars.
THE SOLDATI PRINCE by Charlie Cochet – I am generally turned off by fated mates stories, but this one was entertaining. Riley is a smart-ass and Khalon is a bit of a prick, but both manage to be likable. In typical Charlie fashion, there are some funny one-liners. And you know, Tigers. 4 stars.
ONE HEX TOO MANY by Lou Harper – I love cop stories, especially when they involve magic. The plot started with a body in a bathtub and unfolded into an intricate mystery. Mike Mulligan was great, but it was Leslie that stole every scene. What a delightful supporting character! There is a perfect balance between serious detective work and humor. 5 stars.
JOSH OF THE DAMNED VS. THE BATHROOM OF DOOM by Andrea Speed – This is Clerks meets The Walking Dead meets a Kohler commercial? I am a huge fan of Andrea’s Infected series, but this is my first introduction to Josh of the Damned. Hilarious! I am running out to buy the other books now. Many stories in this collection have an element of humor, but animated toilets with teeth? How does she think of this stuff? 5 stars.
THE TROUBLE WITH HEXES by Astrid Amara – This one for me was the most emotional of the collection. It is also the longest. Tim is dying of a hex, and the only person he can turn to is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent. These guys have so many unresolved issues, but if they can’t find a way to set those aside, Tim will run out of time. I loved the alternating POV here, because both men had valid sides of the story to tell. I loved this story because it leaves you with this amazing feeling that love will conquer all. 5 stars!
So overall, this collection is a must have for all readers of M/M. It is a jewel of the genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 13th Hex by Jordan L Hawk is very original and the mystery keeps you guessing.Read more