Anthology

B-
Four Dukes and a Devil

When it comes to anthologies, it pays to keep your priorities straight. This is how I square it: Entertainment + No Real Problems + Happy Feelings = Satisfaction. So after reading Avon's latest anthology and doing some calculations, I can conclude that it works. And the cover is not bad either. ...

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Duke I'd Like to F***

We all know Historical Romancelandia has a surfeit of dukes. However, never has that fact hit me so hard as while reading this anthology. The stories are set in different eras (the earliest is Georgian, the last is late Victorian), but it’s not the idea that these dukes might exist simultaneously ...

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Jingle Balls: A Holiday Romantic Comedy Anthology

I know – it feels a little bit early to be talking about Christmas, especially after the year we’ve all suffered through.  A charity collection of romantic comedy novellas sold to benefit The Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, Jingle Balls combines a number of fun novellas from a bunch of ...

B
Tudor Christmas Tidings

Normally, I find a wide range of quality in an anthology. Tudor Christmas Tidings, however,  is consistent from start to finish. That’s great for the strengths - every novella in this anthology has a wonderful sense of setting, with well-integrated historical figures. However, the main weakness o ...

B
The Deadly Hours

The Deadly Hours is a multi-author anthology featuring four new historical novellas which revolve around a watch known as La Sirène. The timepiece, made from gold stolen from a church during a deadly raid, is said to be cursed as a result of the bloodshed surrounding it. But is the artifact truly t ...

B+
Beach Hut Surprise

Nothing gives you instant gratification like reading a short story anthology.  One hour and – boom! – you’ve already finished a book! No need to tell others it was only sixty-two pages, natch!  Beach Hut Surprise Anthology by Louise Allen, Lesley Cookman, Liz Fielding, Joanna Maitland, Sarah ...

B
Working Stiffs : An m/m vampire charity romance anthology

Working Stiffs : An m/m vampire charity romance anthology is a collection of thirteen short stories and novellas, and proceeds from sales will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.  I generally find anthologies to be a mixed bag and that’s true of Working Stif ...

C
Mistletoe Courtship

For my December TBR Challenge, I dug into my stash of holiday anthologies and picked out a Christmas historical anthology from 2009. With one Western romance and one Americana romance, I was hopeful for a little holiday cheer. As it turns out, one story delivered and the other really did not. The ...

B+
Regency Royal Navy Christmas

This is a curious anthology because while two of the stories are Kelly’s usual fare, one is happy-ending fiction rather than a romance, and the other is a reprint of the novella which introduced Able Six, an eidetic genius very unlike Kelly’s general ordinary-folk protagonists. Boxing the ...

B+
Love and Other Perils

Love and Other Perils is a light-hearted pair of romances that will especially appeal to cat lovers. These novellas also make a good introduction to the work of the authors, if you’re not already familiar with them. Lieutenant Mayhew’s Catastrophes by Emily Larkin Grade: B- Sensuality Rat ...