A Walk on the Wild Side Anthology (review)

Tagline: 30 brief m/m romance shifter stories released one per day in June 2016

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Daiy Dose 2016
Title: A Walk on the Wild Side Anthology
A Dreamspinner Anthology – Daily Dose 2016
Genre: Paranormal Shifter M/M Romance

Format:  Anthology of 30 short stories
Size: 370k words

Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)
ISBN: 9781634775168

Rating:   star star star star 4 stars  (I really liked it!)

Summary: A wide variety of m/m paranormal romance shifter stories released (to me) one per day in June 2016.    Individual stories are rated and listed below with links to  fulls reviews.

Each year Dreamspinner Press compiles a “Daily Dose” anthology of 30 short stories and novellas. This year’s theme is A Walk on the Wild Side consisting of paranormal shifter male-male romance.  Since I have a particular interest in shifters and short stories, I purchased a pre-publication package which means I received one new story each day during the month of June.  As I had time to read and review them, I added a new post for each new release, and they are listed and linked below.

Individual Story Ratings and Summaries

Alpaca Lies by Elizabeth Coldwell
2.5 stars (short / full review)
Short story (7k words, 23 pages)
Alfie the Alpaca lusts after estate heir Sam (even though he has a dodgy boyfriend)

Always Follow Your Goat by Nora Roth
2.5 stars ( short / full review)
Short story (9k words, 29 pages)
Milly the meddling goat butts the camp counselor towards her Jack

Bye-Bye Birdie by Lex Chase
2.75 stars (short / full review)
Short story (10k words, 29 pages)
Flighty parakeet shifter flees from the heroic but clueless iguana shifter

Buddy the Cat by Sara Stark
2.75 stars (short / full review)
Short story (6k words, 22 pages)
A librarian, a wandering cat, and the hunky businessman

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A Cat Builds a Raft by Bee Allen
3 stars (short / full review)
Novella (18k words, 52 pages)
Zeke lives as a housecat for Toby, and when Toby’s family causes issues, the cat shifter might have to confront fears and more

Chords by Taylor Roxton
3 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (11k words, 33 pages)
Werewolf howls should soar at Julliard but for a mysterious, unscented upperclassman – and a cage

A Cobra’s Charm by Meghan Maslow
4.5 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 52 pages)
Sshy sssnake enslaved ssshifter belly dances for his master before meeting his animal’s arch-nemesis

Daniel’s Lynx by Ava Hayden
4.5 stars  (short /full review)
Novella (16k words, 55 pages)
Jilted middle-aged man finds the missing Lynx

A Dove’s Wing by Katya Harris
3.5 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17K words, 55 pages)
When his nephew shoots a dove with a BB gun, uncle Abe is in for a surprise

Faerie Riddles by Cassia Rose
4 stars (short / full review)
Fantasy Novella (17k words, 55 pages)
The scholar and the bounding fae puppy are riddled with danger beyond the Great Iron Wall

Fieldwork by Charles Payseur
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (12k words, 38 pages)
Shy shifter with a secret is thrust into a dangerous, field-agent assignment with a buff partner

Holy Cow! by E.M. Lynley
4 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 55 pages)
Shiva’s bull rushes an American doc in exotic, intriguing India

Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage  by C.S. Poe
4 stars (shortfull review)
Short Story (9k words, 32 pages)
Queer penguins looking for a mate at heterosexual WaddleCon find an egg

Love Unmasked by Dale Cameron Lowry
4.5 stars (short full review)
Short Story (8k words, 28 pages)
The shame of being a varmint ‘Coon could challenge the most open-minded of critters

Man’s Best Friend by C.B. Lewis
4 stars (short full review)
Novella (17k words, 48 pages)
Colorado lumbersexual looks for the dog he rescued only to find a naked Englishman wearing a leather collar

More Beautiful Than a Unicorn by Bell Ellis
3.5 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (12k words, 28 pages)
Twenty-five year old virgin, a unicorn, an exotic Indian… nice gay fairy tale

More Fish in the Sea  by Fil Preis
3.5 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 49 pages)
Betrayed Wiccan bisexual beseeches the Hawaiian Moon only to get fed to the sharks

Of Nuts and Men by L.E. Franks
2.5 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (14k words, 41 pages)
On a hunt for summer nuts, the squirrel shifter encounters alpha pheromones gone wild, tiger piss, and a treed man

Pastures New by Parker Foye
2.75 stars (shortfull review)
Novella (15k words, 45 pages)
A champion stallion retires to be a lonely stud and preens for an inquisitive journalist

Putting Down Roots by Tam MacNeil
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Stories (9k words, 29 pages)
Bookstore clerk gets a teaching job in an isolated manor rooted in a haunted village

Quiet as a Mouse by Asta Idonea
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (8k words, 25 pages)
Shy church mouse shifter trapped by his feelings for the choirmaster

Shifter  by Mark Wildyr
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (5k words, 19 pages)
The young native man canoes past the enchanted isle with a story to tell his childhood friend and crush, but witch spirit will transform the pair?

Shifting Silver  by Brandon Witt
4 stars   (short / full review)
Novella (15k words, 45 pages)
Sparing the horned whale might mean death for the vegetarian native, making him as rare as a unicorn in his family of hunters

Spiked and Feathered by Jessica Walsh
2.75 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (7k words, 21 pages)
Anthony wakes up with a hang over and wonders why his one-night stand has feathers

They Called Him Nightmare by Deja Black
5 stars  (short / full review)
Short Story (7k words, 26 pages)
A bright boy turns into a businessman of the night who burns for the dark one called Nightmare

To Arizona by Meg Harding
1 star  – due to personal dislikes (short / full review)
Novella (15k words, 46 pages)
Hockey player/otter shifter shipped to the desert deals with a tough captain

A Werewolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Rob Rosen
3 stars (shortfull review)
Short Story (5k words, 19 pages)
Vegetarian predatory shifters must stick together lest they fall off the wagon

Werewolf PTA by Felicitas Ivey
3 stars (short / full review)
Novella (18k words, 51 pages)
Small-town PTA meetings, an exotic Doctor, a hunky sheriff, and multiple murders spell… werewolf?

Wild Fate by Savannah Brooks
3.5 stars  (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 55 pages)
Heading deep into the Alaskan wilderness, the photographer is fated to meet a bear of a man

A Wolf’s Résistance by T.J. Nichols
4.5 stars (short / full review)
A shifter member of the French resistance seeks shelter with the gruff blacksmith

7&7 – Anthology (review)

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7 Vices & 7 Virtues
Title7&7
A DSP Anthology of Virtue and Vice
Genres: Fantasy / Historical / Paranormal / Science Fiction (+Horror)

Format:  Anthology of 14 short stories
Size: 360 pages (122k words)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 2016)
ISBN: 9781634773607

Bonus:  Free on publisher’s site

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

Tagline: Mixed bag of decent to excellent writing, innovative but a bit uneven stories, and a couple that push the envelope (but not necessarily in a good way for me)    Individual reviews below

The establishment of a new boutique (LGBT-friendly) imprint to explore a wider-ranger of immersive, unique and unforgettable fiction is a welcome development.  This anthology of 14 short stories on each of 7 vices and 7 virtues provides a good introduction to a range of writers and styles that expand significantly upon the offerings of typical Dreamspinner releases.  “Speculative fiction” covers a wide array of approaches and genres, and a nice variety is reflected in the collected works.

Overall, I found 11 or 12 of the 14 stories to be rewarding, short reads, although one I found to be particularly offensive and another rather baffling.  I’ve included brief ratings and summaries of each story below along with links to more detailed reviews.

Horrific Content Warning:

Unfortunately, one or two of the pieces significantly push the envelope without, in my opinion, nearly enough warning.  I would classify two of the pieces as full-on horror (and the ending of a third can be interpreted that way).  Horror was not listed as a genre in the publisher’s description.  Although the blurb mentions “rise to the highest heights – or sink to the darkest and most perverse depths,” they also mention that the stories cover the consequences of the the call to good and evil, as well as there are pleasures to be found in the darkness.  These descriptions, combined with a lack of a horror tag and a general light treatment of vices in most of the stories, did not prepare some readers (including myself) for a couple of stories that went much, much darker than the others.

I am all for writers writing what they want, and readers enjoying what they like, but I would have much preferred a clearer indication (e.g. a horror tag in a more prominent place than buried in the editor’s introduction) to prepare me for the story I found to be particularly offensive.  It might have been the most well-written piece in the collection, but without a horror tag and based on the tenor of other stories (light treatment of vices, many with surprising twists at the end), despite some clear telegraphing of the direction, I couldn’t believe the story was heading to such a torturous, shaming ending without some kind of twist.


Individual Story Ratings and Summaries

The Darkness of the Sun by Amy Rae Durreson
Virtue: Faith. Genre: Fantasy
4 stars
Bereaved, unbelieving priest confronted with questions of faith. Set with an enticing array of characters in an interesting, slightly supernatural, pre-modern fantasy setting.
review

The Bank Job by Andrea Speed
Vice: Greed. Genre: Superhero
3.5 stars
Drats! Foiled Again! Attitudinal supervillain and minions encounter a couple of gay caped crusaders
review

Prudence for Fools by Sean Michael
Virtue: Prudence. Genre: Fantasy
3.75 stars
Magical seer with disturbing vision exiled to his husband’s remote homeland
review

The Gate by J. S. Cook
Vice: Anger Genre: Noir Fiction
2.75 stars (higher if you like Noir Fiction)
A gay man sees a seedier, dark side of the wartime effort
review

Heirs to Grace and Infinity by C. Cummings
Virtue: Justice. Genre: Urban Fantasy
5 stars
Fugitive sorcerer matches wits with the Bureau’s top agent
review

The Rendering by J. Inman
Vice: Gluttony. Genre: Hateful Horror
Zero stars
– (excellent writing, rating based on lack of a “horror” tag)
It was pretty clear from the start what was set-up to happen, but I thought surely they wouldn’t go to the obvious outcome, as most of the other stories in the anthology had a surprise twist in the end. Also, despite the clear signs from the story, I couldn’t imagine going to such a hateful and shaming place, taking an extremely sympathetic character (except for one over-the-top vice) to such a torturous end (and, of course, based on the genre headings, I was not expecting horror). In some ways, I think this piece had possibly the best writing, which may have ended up making the offensive, fat-shaming ending so incredibly much worse for me because of the empathy I had for the character. While reading, I thought a twist in the ending was especially likely given how lightly most of the other vices were dealt with in this anthology, which makes this lack of a horror tag extra-galling to me.
detailed review

Beyond the Temperance Effect by Serna Yates
Virtue: Temperance. Genre: Science Fiction
3.5 stars
How much temperance will you need for fifty years in space and beyond?
review

Covetous by Pearl Love
Vice: Envy. Genre: Horror (or torture porn)
3 stars
Pissed off ex-lover asked what he would give to get his desires
review

Hope by Rick Reed
Virtue: Hope. Genre: Contemporary LGBT
5 stars  (no-doubt based on a personal connection)
Looking for hope in crises around a mother’s death and one’s personal life
review

Horseboy by J. Tullos Henry
Vice: Pride.  Genre: Historic LGBT
4.5 stars
A Horseboy of the Lebanon, a Templar Knight, and intimate desert secrets
review

Train to Sevmash by Jamie Fressenden
Virtue: Charity. Genre: Contemporary LGBT
4.5 stars
Would James Bond off a Bond vixen? (LGBT agent version)
review

Red Light Special by Rhys Ford
Vice: Lust.  Genre: Urban Fae Fantasy
4.5 stars
Fae and elves and a succubus, oh my! (In Detroit)
review

Traitor by Clare London
Virtue: Fortitude. Genre: Spy/Cloak and Dagger LGBT
4.5 stars
Twice betrayed – interrogating one’s ex-comrade and ex-lover agent
review

Couches of Fabric and Snow by Brandon Whitt
Vice: Sloth. Genre: I have no idea (horrific interpretation possible)
No rating
Too lazy to work, to relate, to love, to really live…
review

 

 

Sleigh Ride

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Title:  Sleigh Ride (2015 Advent Calendar)
Genre:  Male/male romance
Book info: Publisher | Goodreads
Format: Compilation of 31 short stories and novellas
Publisher: Dreamspinner (Dec. 2015)
ISBN: 9781634769648 | 9781634769655

Series:  Dreamspinner’s “Advent Calendar”

Overall rating:   4 stars (out of five)

Tagline:  holiday collection of short, escapist and soothing HEA/HFN male/male romance stories

 

Dreamspinner compiled 31 holiday-themed short stories and novellas to celebrate the 2015 Chirstmas/holiday season.   I purchased the “pre-order” package and thereby received one story each day during the month of December.  Overall, I found them to be soothing, albeit sometimes very short escapes, providing brief relief from the craziness of a very busy time of year.  I enjoyed all but a couple of them as quick and soothing diversions (rather than the more fully engaging and fleshed out stories I would expect in full-length novels).

Overall, 29 of the 31 stories nicely delivered to me anywhere between 15 and 90 minutes a day of m/m romantic escapism. For most of the stories, the heat level usually runs from low to just an off-book promise, but “meet-cutes” abound.   While the bulk of the stories were contemporary, Christmas romances, the collection includes a nice range of characters, backgrounds and themes, including Chanukah and New Year’s celebrations, a few “alternate” (fantasy/science fiction/paranormal) settings, raising kids as a single Dad, and a Christmas Elf fantasy or two.  Gay aliens, a bisexual or two (someone acknowledges we exist!), and super-heroes help round out diverse characteristics that really appeal to me.

Surprisingly, I postponed reading what turned out to be my favorite story as its theme (a divorced couple missing each other and their kids at Christmas) seemed to be too much of a downer, while one of the set-ups that intrigued me the most (courting Santa’s son) was my least favorite.

Because of their brevity, I generally wouldn’t spend the list price for each individual story,  but as part of a discounted, pre-holiday collection purchase, I enjoyed reading a different, usually engaging and escapist short every day.   Here is the order I received them over the course of the month:

Day 31: Kismet by Cassie Decker

3 stars crushed phone crushes crush until Kismet strikes on New Year’s Eve  (review)

A “missed-connections” setting was sweet, if a little over-the-top and straining credulity just a bit.  Overall, however, it was a quick story of frustration over the hot guy met during a serendipitous airport coffee, but the connection was lost until New Year’s Eve kismet led to a happily together reunion.

A sweet story ending with a nice little bit of sizzle (although the characters seemed a little over-the-top regarding their missed connection).

Day 30: The Beary Best Holiday Ever by B.G Thomas

3.5 stars – Grumpy bear and the cub – with a little Death by Chocolate tastiness (review)

A sweet exploration of mis-communication, personal baggage, and an ever-bubbly cub whose appreciation is larger than life.   Rounded up because of the cool caves, interesting plot device of party-planning over several months, and bear pride!  (I performed at a national Bear Pride event once – it was a blast!)

Day 29: Holiday Hotel Hookup by Jeff Adams

4 stars holiday hotel smut   (review)

Well-written, nicely set-up holiday hotel smut, with some studly, hairily hot (and also somewhat geeky) sizzle.

Day 28: Talk Turkey by Bru Baker

3.5 stars the new Windy City transplant and the helpline guy who is definitely not a turkey (review)

A sweet short story that reads quickly, it centers on a recent transplant from NorCal (Sacramento) to Chicago. Carson is a likable character and readers who appreciate watching a totally clueless guy flail around in the kitchen might find him extra-endearing.

Day 27: Elf on the Beach by TJ Nichols

3.5 stars – the wintry Christmas elf  and the Australian summer surfer, or the magic of belief (review)

A gentle story of a lonely, orphaned, traumatized man coupled with the power of faith (and hot elf love) that could bring the magic to make him whole.  The drama wrapped up quickly, yielding a fine little holiday story with a swift, pat happy-for-now ending.

Day 26: Hearth and Home by E.T. Malinowski 

4 stars – Santa and Mrs. C help nudge a grouchy tinker Elf to soothe a klutzy hearth Elf into a heated connection (review)

Five stars for the setting and initial, cute banter, a solid 3.5 stars for the Elf on Elf sizzle, rounding out to four stars overall.

Day 25: Blame It on the Fruitcake by Pat Henshaw

4 stars – lovely, sweet holiday hook-up between the orphaned, home-raised biker and the consummate professional with the big family (and tasty fruitcake)  (review)

Another short, escapist read, this sweet story centers on the hesitations of the big bike mechanic regarding his attraction to his smartly dressed neighbor (who is also the supplier of his newly discovered love, fruitcake).  It wraps up quickly and neatly as these holiday shorts do, as much as I would have liked a novella- or novel-length treatment of these characters.

Day 24: Hapless by Therese Woodson

4 stars – a sweet perfectionist attempts to give his hockey-playing beau a romantic, holiday proposal to remember  (review)

From the description, I thought this story might not be the type I would like, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  The repeated attempts to propose came across as sweet, earnest, and realistically disastrous.  Despite the overwhelming presence of this plot device dominating the short story, the ending still seemed real and the characters’ chemistry real (if a bit schmatzly).

Day 23: Son of Santa by Kate Sands

2 stars – alienated prodigal son tracked down by the elf he can’t help but crush on   (review)

Alternate tag line: alienated prodigal son stalked by an obnoxious elf sent by meddling parents

The set-up for this story, Santa’s son Noel taking a sabbatical from the North Pole, is original and intriguing, and some of the characterizations and dialog were rather interesting.  However, the repeated, deep frustrations voiced by Noel became rather strong, and for some readers (myself included) the strength of Noel’s reactions ruined whatever potential chemistry there might have been between Santa’s son and the elf sent to track him down.  (Some readers found Noel to be much too whiny and simply wanted him to “get over” himself.  Reading between the lines, I took Noel’s attitude and tone to mean his home in general and Fannar in particular treated Noel very badly, so the elf came across as a stalking, intruding, obnoxious a-hat to me.)  In any case, in the end I wanted the two of them to be as far away from each other as possible.

1 star for the (lack of) enjoyment level, and 3 stars for the ideas and writing

Day 22: Somewhere To Be by Amy Yip

3 stars – jilted Chinese delivery guy is delivered to his family by the sweet but lonely fair-haired British bloke

Sweet and short, it covers a nice range of blind date, past relationship and family traumas, and semi-closeted to the traditional Chinese family  all in a quick and easy read.  A nice HFN highlighting the fact that nice guys don’t always finish last.

Day 21: A Trip to Remember by Meg Harding

3.5 stars – snowed-in together, two men share a holiday (and movies and games and a bed…)

The characters were not my type, but their banter and competitive teasing quickly built rapport and attraction between the two in their “forced-together” holiday.

Day 20: Fireworks and Resolutions by Leandra Dohman

3 stars – office Christmas kiss leads to an initially awkward but eventually fire-work filled New Year’s

The two big story ideas were very interesting, but were difficult to flush out fully in a short piece.   The main foucus, hiding at a New Year’s Eve part due to embarrassment at past klutzy and/or drunken behavior, was carried out well.  The second device – New Year’s resolutions to help shape a new relationship (preventing  miscommunication and adding heat) – was nifty but seemed a little quickly tacked on to the very beginnings of a hit-or-miss relationship.  On a positive note, while the leap together seemed a little rushed, the author was able to stitch together a nice “awkward beginning to a relationship” arc in a very short story.

Day 19: Northern Lights by Asta Idonea

2.5 stars – dumped in Iceland and rescued by a Viking (review)

For a story about being dumped on one’s birthday in a foreign country and knocked unconscious, it slips its way into being semi-sweet.  Of course being rescued by a pagan Viking stud is about as nice a way as possible to resolve that dilemma, and the story ends with a hint of a hopeful HFN.

Day 18: Unto Us the Time Has Come by Sean Michael

4.5 stars – utterly sappy story of two separated husbands getting back together at Christmas  (review)

Apparently, this is my kind of snappiness, as it made me cry (and that does not happen very often).

Day 17: Home Is Where the Christmas Trees Are by CJane Elliott

3 starslonely gay bachelor uncle has a traumatic break but gets some (definitely physical and maybe emotional) relief  (review)

Dex was very sympathetic as a single gay man trying to care for his recently orphaned niece, although a couple of twists and turns in the story were appropriately unsettling for him.  His meeting with a potential love interest (and his mother) was also nice and sweet, and became hotter with an eventual hook-up.

Day 16: Best Laid Trap by Rob Rosen

2.5 sizzling, snarky stars  –  snarky New Year’s Eve sex in a snowed-in cabin

A short, eventually steamy “story” focused on a snarky man stumbling into some New Year’s Eve sex in a snowed in cabin, with a possible HFN.

Day 15: Loving and Loathing Vegas by Lex Chase

4 stars Demonic friends-to-lovers story wrapped in otherworldly, baby-riffic style  (review)

The premise of two incubbi (sex demons) having a contest to fall in love over the holidays is enticing as all, well, Hell. Overall, the plot reads much more like a standard friends-to-lovers romance than a paranormal tale.

Day 14: Grateful by Kim Fielding

4.5 stars – klutzy guy dreading another, “typical” Jewish family gathering meets the multi-talented, “to-die-for” foreigner (with a Newfie)  (review)

A nicely reassuring, HFN quickie for fans of the awkward, normalish, and sometimes clueless guy catching the eye of the suave, sophisticated stud (with his own interesting needs).

Day 13: Teddy Bear Christmas by CC Bridges

3 stars – a lonely Jewish guy working the holiday, a man missing his family, and the teddy that unites them  (review)

If only all stranded/snowing/airport travel were so rewarding, and that every frazzled, overworked, overwrought airport worker could find such a nice break from the ire of over-stressed travelers.

Day 12: Nøtteknekkeren by Felicitas Ivey

4.5 stars – a nicely surreal and just grim/Grimm enough Christmas fairy tale (review)

This struck me as the most original writing of the collection, although in reality it’s a wonderfully “gay” take on a haunting, traditional folk tale.  A little darker than the typical story (and I’m usually not a fan of dark), overall I found the reading experience to be the most interesting of the compilation (although not the most soothing or escapist).

Day 11: Leap Through Eternity by Sara Stark

2.5 stars – bumbling, cutely stumbling “idiot” and the mostly naked stud in briefs (review)

Day 10: Worth the Wait by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z.

3 stars – hot umbrella man to the rescue (and he’s good with the adorable niece, too)  (review)

Very short but enjoyable story of a nice, first connection between two likable guys, including an adorable, book-obsessed niece and a nice setting for bibliophiles. 3.5 stars rounded down for its brevity and leaving the reader wanting so much more.

Day 9: An Assassin’s Holiday by Dirk Greyson

4 stars – a 3.5 star dark premise/happy ending read rounded up for some reciprocal tastiness (review)

Day 8: Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce by Brandon Witt

4 stars –  Quick holiday, “meet-cute” with a white Christmas, a two men in a PG one man tent, and, of course, a requisite “Horny Elf.” (review)
A quote from a character sums up my feelings about this story:   “I like the different sides of you. All anal retentive and a dirty elf-loving artisan. Good stuff.”

 

Day 7: Four Alternative Christmas Presents by Tam MacNeil

4 stars – yearning after one’s super-hero (or lusting after the boy wonder) (review)

A clever super-hero story, a fantastical setting explores even more “alternate” settings.

Day 6: Menorahs and Mistletoe by Jess Roth

4 stars – a nice present from one of Santa’s elves for the lonely bisexual Jewish dad

A tender and sweet holiday short, the story includes a nice incorporation of Hanukkah, a single parent worrying about the effect of dating on his child, and a bisexual guy all woven into a brief m/m romance. (Oh – and while office or bathroom encounters aren’t usually that hot to me, but when there’s a cute elf, well…)

Day 5: A Certain Kind of Holiday by Andi Van

3.5 stars – travelling with the older, cheating professor turns out to be just what the holiday ordered (review)

Day 4: Old Acquaintance by Avon Gale

4.5 stars for me (partly for the common little kink missing from most m/m romance) – Oh yes, and a semi-drunken New Year’s Eve first time for a jilted middle-aged guy – with a splash 😉 (review)

Day 3: Mission Mistletoe by Jessica Payseur

3 stars – gay alien Christmas in space (review)

Day 2: Not the Best Day by Brynn Stein

3 stars – the Butthead isn’t exactly Beavis  (review)

Day 1: Whispers of Old Winds by George Seaton

3.5 stars – rugged veteran/sheriff in a semi-supernatural Colorado mountain setting (review)