Anthology review

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Miss Dominguez's Christmas Kiss and Other Stories

In the Carla Kelly tradition of holiday shorts that make you smile, these three sweet short stories (set in the Edwardian Caribbean across Christmas, New Year, and Reyes Magos) are a lovely addition to any holiday romance fan’s library. These are gentle, realistic stories about the holidays of ord ...

B+
Footsteps in the Dark

I had high hopes for this anthology when I saw two of the names attached to it (Dal Maclean and Josh Lanyon), and Footsteps in the Dark more than met my expectations, although in the end, all but one of my favorite stories were penned by new-to-me authors (yay!).  None of the eight stories are part ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year Vol.4

Best Women's Erotica Volume 4 is a collection of steamy short stories by a variety of authors and edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, featuring diverse characters and pairings including LGBTQ and multi-partner tales. The theme of this collection is Outsiders and Risk Taking, and each author has brought ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year Vol.4

Cleis Press’ Fourth volume of erotica explores tales spanning from a post-photoshoot encounter between a younger man and an older woman to the coming together of a protestor and the owner of the construction company she hates. There are moments of desperation and moments of lazy, comfortable, lovi ...

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Rogue Nights

Rogue Nights is a multi-author anthology featuring seven new novella length romances, stories of women and men fighting back against political ideologies that seek to disenfranchise women and minorities through racist and oppressive policies. It's part of the Rogue series that came about as the resu ...

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Rogue Acts

People leading politically progressive lives under the administration of President Crosby (read: a not at all veiled Donald Trump) are the “rogues” of this lackluster anthology. Unfortunately, the tails wag the dogs of these stories, as the political agendas, themselves oversimplified, overwhelm ...

B
Citywide

I’m a big fan of Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs series, so when he released a free m/m/m short (entitled Third Rail) I, of course, had to read it. There was so much chemistry between Chris, Jace, and Aiden that I whipped through that story and was ready to read their happily ever after. The ...

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Night Shift

Night Shift is a collection of three alternate reality/paranormal romances and one fantasy romance, all by established genre authors. The first three stories were solid visits to worlds those authors have written about in other books, which contributes to the generally-strong worldbuilding in the co ...

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A Christmas to Remember (anthology)

Note: A Christmas to Remember is a collection of four Christmas-themed novellas that have been previously published elsewhere. Anthologies are, by their very nature, a mixed bag, and I usually find they consist of perhaps one excellent story, one poor one and a couple in between.  In the case of ...

B
Say Yes to the Scot: A Highland Wedding Box Set

I’ve been on a Highlander kick recently (I’ll blame it on Outlander withdrawal).  Four authors put their spin on this classic romantic character type in the new collection Say Yes to the Scot: A Highland Wedding Box Set.  Each story showcases all the stubborn, proud and slightly possessive qua ...