Short Stack Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 5063 KB
- Print Length : 330 pages
- Publication Date : October 2, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B08K7Q1BD5
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I laughed a lot with all their shenanigans and so filled with joy for their HEAs after their HEAs.
The aptly titled, “Short Stack,” is a collection of short stories featuring the men from her, “Mixed Messages,” and, “Finding Home,” series. Many have already been released through her newsletter and are on her website as well. But there are a few new ones and some deleted scenes.
Most of you that read my reviews know that I’m a Lily-aholic. Please don’t try and cure me. It’s not possible and I enjoy the addiction. I have read and reread most of her books. She’s a big comfort writer for me. When I need to be soothed, I pick up one of her books. Sure, her books tend to stick to a few formats. There’s often a grumpy vs sunshine theme or a brooding vs snarky one. I don’t care. I even love how each of her guys smell a certain way. 😂
“Short Stack,” is one big soothing balm of snarky love. It’s fairly angst free. Although some of the deleted scenes take place before the happily ever afters so I won’t say it’s completely free of conflict and pining. I enjoyed the deleted scenes but can see why they were removed.
Out of the new stories, “Babysitting Billy,” was my favorite of the bunch. Reading about stern Gabe becoming so flustered was a treat. He also showed his rare softie side. I was a puddle of goo and laughter. “Marrying Jude,” was a close second. (One word: Dean)
Steam wise this was fairly low but what was there was electric. I can’t say that I minded as I love the humorous and tender moments just as much.
I hope she does one of these at some point for the, “Close Proximity,” characters.
If you love Lily Morton, this is a must read.
Here’s what’s important to know: There are nineteen stories, some short, some long. We get Lily Morton’s writing skill, sense of humor, and clean editing. And, most important, we get poignant moments—some tear-filled, some with laughter—from our favorite couples.
I considered giving a brief synopsis of each story until I got into the book and realized I was zooming through this “short stack” as fast as I would a stack of pancakes. I decided not to take the time to summarize each story, because they were all good and unique and, as my Brit friends would say, brilliant. But there were a few that I loved best:
“Bad Valentine” features Gabe and Dylan and takes place after Gabe breaks Dylan’s heart on Valentine’s Day by showing up late. If you’ve read the book, you recall who was with him. I don’t want to give a spoiler to those who haven’t read this outstanding series. But in this vignette we learn that Gabe went to visit his best friend, Henry, who helps him see how much he loves Dylan and how hard he is now going to have to work on himself before he’s worthy enough to win Dylan back. Of everything I may have thought Gabe did that night, it wasn’t this, and yet this is the perfect scenario and fits so well with what ultimately happened by the end of their book, Rule Breaker.
My second favorite was equally difficult to pick, but I chose “Jude’s Christmas” due to the humor infused throughout nearly every page. This is the first Christmas after he and Asa became a couple and before the Deal Maker epilogue. In this story, Jude attempts to hide Billy’s Father Christmas stocking, and Billy, typical of a young child, stays awake, nearly always catching Jude in the act. Jude’s commentary is hilarious, as usual, but the funniest moment of the story—and of the whole book—occurs when Billy bursts in on Jude and Asa on Christmas morning when Jude is under the duvet having fun with Asa in their bed. Billy can’t understand why Jude would be under the duvet, and Asa quickly shouts out that he’s looking for the remote. There’s much more to the scene and the joke, but honestly, this was a laugh-out-loud moment—or shout-out-loud is more like it—and should come with a warning that spontaneous laughter may occur at any time.
Another one of the funniest stories was “Babysitting Billy” in which Gabe and Dylan babysit Billy for a while. And one of the sweetest was “Merry Ozzy Christmas” in which Oz and Silas spend Christmas helping a colt be born in a barn. All the shorts in this stack are well-written, character-driven, and have some level of humor because that’s what we get when we read Lily Morton.
I highly recommend this book to those who have read the series. Each story beautifully complements the original book and each is infused with the essence of the couple it features. And to those who haven’t read the original series, please consider reading them now. They are all outstanding.
Top reviews from other countries
Now all here to go on your kindle..... Plus four new stories not yet been seen.
Sigh I am sooo happy now that I have all these shorts in one place and on my kindle.....