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Another reason to grab this anthology is its worthy cause! The proceedings will be donated to "Lost-N-Found" youth - a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take LGBTQ youths off the streets into permanent housings.
A Very English Christmas by Keira Anderws '
I wasn't interested in this one at all. David and Isaac were raised Amish, about a year ago they left and now they are living with Isaac's brother (who also left the Amish community). Also David's sister is staying close by (left the Amish as well). This story was all sweet and sugary. David and Isaac are so very sweet together, and generally with how they try to learn the ways of the "English" (meaning "non Amish"). This is Christmas and there are many traditions they are learning a new. If you are into this kind of sweetness, this one is absolutely for you. For me? not so much. If you leave out some details (like the sex) this one could totally be a story about two small kids in a new place. They WERE sweet and all, but there was nothing that held my interest about these two.
The story wasn't about their HEA but them finding a place of their own to share as they dreamed they would in the future. I guess great for them..
Mr. Perfect's Christmas by Joanna Chambers '''''
I don't think it's possible for me to be disappointed with Joanna's writing. Everything I read, no matter the genre or length I enjoy. This being no different. Sam is a lawyer, he thought he'd be a brilliant one, starting off in a respectable firm in London. Yet when he was fired all he found was a job he wasn't sure he was up to. I don't want to say a lot about that because discovering all the details and Sam's true feelings was part of what made this short novella so good. In his current job he was replaying the well respected Nick. Secretly he called him "Wonder boy", everyone kept saying how amazing he was and Nick reappearing at the office with random facts made him even more insecure in his place. Being attracted to him only made it worse.. not to mention how everyone around him seems to laugh at the way he liked to dress and the expensive things he enjoys.
The Christmas party and how Sam felt during the whole deal crushed my heart. There's so much to Sam, and there is so little he realizes about everything around him because he is so worried about, well, EVERYTHING. While he would never consider himself "Mr Perfect" that's what he is trying to be and though everyone believes it, he really doesn't. He and Nick were a perfect match, I enjoyed seeing how they got closer. Nick is SUCH a sweet heart with the best intentions even if Sam never saw them as they were.
The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins '''''
Josh and Benji have been online friends for the past six months, it started with both of them appreciating the same show, watching it together every week and commenting on it online. They've never met, moreover, Josh was using his name as a part of his avatar while Benji used "princessglitter" and with everything he was saying it was hard to tell he is actually a guy.. so what happens when a bit depressed Josh jumps on a plan to Miami to have a few days of fun with his best (online) friend? Benji is worried, over the fact he is a guy and that means he partly misled Josh and also his small apartment with barely any furniture in it.. Yet Josh surprises him. He suspected Benji was a guy which is okay because he is gay as well.. even if he only ever admitted it to himself. When they come together it's perfect, the online friendship turning to real one and quickly into something more.
The romance was really sweet because basically they DID know each other for months it was just the "physical" side that was missing.. I totally get that, I have many online friends and I see what happens (to some..) when we meet in person. It so much FUN!
I gotta say I was a bit lost at what the hell they were talking about on their online conversations.. But though I was a bit frustrated at the beginning it lasted a page and then I just let it go. I guess it was a nice add to understanding the way they interacted and how they became friends but closer than just ones who talk about a mutually beloved show.
That Thing By Megan Erickson '''''
This one was so AWESOME. Though I'm so not into wedding and in my country the whole "wedding planning" is fan from the things I've read in books that happen across the sea. Well, there IS some sort of deal with it, but I can't remember how it was with my siblings and in general I try to stay away from these annoying events as it is.. Devin isn't that big into weddings himself.. yet his twin sister is a wedding planner and since her assistant is unavailable at the moment he agrees to help out. Besides the little things she asks his main job is to see that the best man doesn't get into any trouble... Well, Adrian doesn't PLAN on getting in trouble he just isn't well liked by his best friend's family since he came out as being gay. Somehow they felt "cheated" by him "misleading" them. After graduation he left the state to study as far away as possible so now seeing everyone isn't heart warming for him.. though seeing his best friend and old crush getting married DOES make him realize he should be on his best behavior even if he is annoyed and pissed at right about anyone around him, including Devin who attracts him and intrigues him WAY too much.
I loved the interaction between these two. I had a few Laugh Out Loud moments. Their banter was perfection and their smexy times were so much fun!
The ending was exactly as it should be. It was so RIGHT. I loved it. I've read one series by Megan and somehow I think I forgot to follow on her other novels - MISTAKE! I will be correcting it soon!
Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet '''''
So damn sweet! Jess and David meet in the most unlikely way when David drops a bill in Jess's guitar case when he heard him playing. After a short conversation David offered Jess a job with his uncle who works as a caterer. Didn't took long for them to act upon their mutual attraction but took them long enough to actually ask each other for more. David is REALLY shy, it was SO endearing! and Jess went through enough in his short life not allowing himself to ever get close to a guy again. Yet everything about David captures Jess's heart and so every time he sees the disappointment on David's face when he turn him down (for more than sex) his walls crumble down.
This is the first I've read by Suki but it WON'T be the last. The story was so sweet and yet heart crushing at the same time. I loved every minute of it and though I feel mean comparing, both Jess and David are very young (round 18 years old) and yet even though there were very naive they felt WAY more mature than the formed couple in the first novella in this Anthology. Which only shows it's not always about the age and the experience it's about who the characters are and how they act.
Not Your Grandfather's Magic by Kaje Harprer ★★★★★
To say I was impressed with this short novella would be one hell of an understatement. This might be quite short but it delivered a full story I have to words to describe. Zeb and Matt's relationship was adorable, mostly it was Matt's clumsiness and the sweet way Zeb saw it and was offeneded when it made Matt sell himself short. I loved Matt's grandma Jo and the relationship they had. It all started when Zeb comes into Jo's house as a hired handy man and Matt - sure that his beloved grandmother is being robbed attacks Zeb with everything he's got! (he bites his ear...), Grandma Jo sees the looks both exchange when they calm down with a hot drink and cookies and is determined to help her grandson out a bit - asking Zeb for a bit more help with fixing the dead bolt later on that day.
The one thing I was very curious to how would evolve - the magic factor. Zeb is waiting for his 21st birthday for a ritual that would enable him to tap into his Talet making him psychic like his father and grandfather. Yet things aren't as he wished they would be. His father is still gone though he promised to be there for the ritual and his grandfather doesn't even want him to be able to use it. In the end, after the ritual and everything that happened there I was simply FLOORED with it all. I was mostly impressed with Matt and how he took everything and how he showed Zeb how much he feels for him. It was so beautiful and sweet I turned into a pile of mush! I'm still a bit overwhelmed from the experience. This novella was really special. I remembered I enjoyed Kaje's novella before but now? I gotta grab more. I'll start with her short novellas - I already know she is sharp as a knife with those and frankly I don't have any time to add full novels but it doesn't mean I"m going to forget Kaje!
Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday ★★★★★
The final installment was the sweetest, endearing novella of them all. My heart was aching for the beautiful person Ben is, even though he seems to has it all - money, smarts - he isn't lacking in a heart. Yet six month before Christmas his father decides to teach him a lesson - he has to "save Christmas" meaning save the usual money the (overly rich) family spends on Chritsmas so his younger brother can enjoy the holiday as he is used to.. At the beginning, Ben has his idea of how to collect the money but as he sees that Seb is the one who TRULY needs the money he finds himself giving it all to him and looking for a different way to make his brother happy. Seb went through so much in his short life, luck being totally drained from it yet he has Ben - even if he thought that Ben doesn't look at him the way he looks at him (with longing and a dab of jealousy..). It was so beautiful and heart warming. Both Ben and Seb were willing to do anything and everything for their siblings, in the end it worked best for both of them. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end this Anthology and yep, I'll be looking for MORE by Anyta.
There is no other "choice" than to give this Anthology the 5 star rating it deserves, yeah I had a disappointment with the first one, but 6 out of 7 being a solid 5 stars means I'm willing to forget that initial disappointment.. not to mention I have new authors to check out which I'm really excited about (though I'll probably need another month in 2016 to even consider adding MORE books to my list.. ;))
Tags: New Adult / Contemporary MM Romance, Anthology
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A Very English Christmas by Kiera Andrews
Beautiful tale from her series of Amish stories. Kiera Andrews stories are so real and heartwarming. This Christmas story show how the guys are doing away from home, beginning new lives and fitting in. They are staying at their brother's place and looking for one of their own. Delightful and endearing, you'll love it !
Mr. Perfect's Christmas by Joanna Chambers
New author for me and I'll be reading more from her. Loved this sweet story of a cute man trying to learn his new job, fit in, and struggling. It's the annual Christmas party, Secret Santa, drinking, dancing, carousing. I have been to parties like than and felt like I was there watching the whole event. Terrific cast of characters, and well written tale of misunderstanding, achieving, and giving in. Lawyers Sam and Nick get together after the party is over, and it's so sexy, very delightful, and a real beginning for them...no end in sight. ENJOY !!!
The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins *****
This was so cute !! Very different than I expected, very well done with "twitter" excerpts beginning their long distance online friendship, leading to big hunk college football player, Josh, hoping a plane from MN to FL to surprise his secret pal, @princessglitter. They are both fans of Anime. At first, when massage student Benji picks up Josh at the airport, in shorts, tight shirt and glitter thongs, toes polished... Benji knows Josh thought it was a girl he was emailing and twittering with, and Josh doesn't deny it. Later at the studio apartment, Josh admits he knew Benji was a guy, and that yes, that makes him gay, gay for Benji, who he fell for in all those months online. I loved the sexy hotness ! When Benji goes to school, Josh spends the day transforming the apartment to surprise him, and it's simply adorable. Loved these two guys so much. Terrific tale, believable and sweet. ENJOY !!!
That Thing by Megan Erikson*****
* Darling story, with a deeper undercurrent, with a lesson for all. Don't be judgmental. Devin is helping his sister who runs her own wedding planner business. Her assistant left to go to a funeral, so her brother, Devin, offers to help. He's being a "jack-of-all-trades", and is getting a pedicure with all the girls when sis says he must go for a pick up at the airport. The Best Man, Adrian Alvarez, is running late, but deep down he doesn't want to be there at all. He agreed to be there for the groom, Tony, his lifelong friend. Tony accepted Adrian when he "came out" years ago, but the rest of the town and his own family did not. He wants to be there for Tony, but is bracing himself for the worst. Picking him up at the airport is a beautiful man, chauffer hat askew, big smile and his name on a card - with a heart dotting the "i". Devin is in awe of the hunky Latin God who stands across the driveway. These guys are so great together, snarky attitudes, but with Devin is calling Adrian on his attitude, saying he better not ruin this special day. Adrian likes the challenging tone. Devin and Adrian find time to get sexy time, and with some family giving Adrian a hard time, nasty comments, dirty looks, he still comes out on top. The prejudiced dopes are shown for what they are, Adrian defends Tony, and Devin saves the day with a photo shoot everyone loves. The guys make some plans, and this story is wonderful. Loved the characters, the flow of events, the interactions, the hot sex, and the New Years Eve wedding surprise. ENJOY !!!
Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet ***
Jess is playing guitar under the bridge, when Dave walks by, throws a few bucks in the case and heads to work with his uncle. A few moments later at the stairs Dave sees a thief running off with Jess's case and stops them. Now, after falling back on the steps his back will really hurt. He asks Jess if he wants to work for his uncle, too, and so they begin to get to know each other a bit, but not much. Each one is not very sharing. This relationship hook-up is a first everything for Dave. Jess has more experience, but not with the emotions Dave brings out in him. Their sex is hot, but I didn't feel a connection between the two that I wanted. Not much background as to why they were like they were, and emotions seemed flat to me, but I guess it's just me. The story was good, interesting plot, hot sex, but something , a connection, was missing. Still, this set is worth having for the other books I liked. :)
Not Your Grandfather's Magic by Kaje Harper ****
Here we have Matt and Zeb, a pair of lost souls who need each other. Handyman Zeb is floundering, waiting for his birthday to see if his life changes by magic. Matt is a sweet, clumsy , thin, redhead, who is insecure. Matt's grandma is a cutie, and she's there for them. The guys start out slow, as Matt is new with everything. Their sexy times are hot. They get better acquainted, meet friends, and unite over their love of Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, etc. After Zeb tries the "ritual" that is supposed to define his life, he's depressed, because his Grandpa lied, his Dad lied, and all he has left is Matt and his Grandma. There are lots of questions unanswered, but Zeb gets a flash of the future and it looks pretty good. Very different, lovable characters, and a mystery included. ENJOY !!
Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday*****
This quick Christmas story was a sweet tale of responsibility, growing up, and finding love. Ben was a truly nice person, with all the advantages, and his Dad wanted to give him a life lesson, making him responsible for Christmas. Sebastian is super smart like Ben, but has to work harder for his grades, and also must be responsible for helping his sister with her daughter. Ben decides to collect bottles to get the money for Christmas, and then realizes someone else needs the money more, Sebastian. There are other odd jobs, and good friends who help in the end, and especially when he needs them most. Ben and Sebastian realize their affection is mutual, and lasting, and their sex scene is hot. Wonderful tale of life and love. Heartwarming ! ENJOY !!
"A Very English Christmas," the first, is the logical progression of the Rumspringa series which Keira Andrews turned into a classic last year by introducing us to Isaac and David, two young Amish men whose love for each other forces them to seek out the "English" world. This one is so loving and sweet that as you did in the three books, you shed a very happy bunch of tears.
"That Thing" is just a hoot from start to finish. Devin and Adrian are so meant for each other that it's a howl to watch them clash and spit fire and brimstone while putting up with the dumbest venue and nastiest wedding one could hope for on New Year's Eve. Ending was a surprise, pleasant. Nice one.
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