Title: Take A Chance Anthology
Authors: Jamie Deacon (Editor), Sherri Jordan Asble (Editor), Chase Potter, J.A. Rock, Kelley York, Dee Aditya, Lynn Michaels, Eric Gober, Elinor Gray, Debbie McGowan, Kari Jo Spear, Melissa E Costa, Claire Davis, Al Stewart
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: 12/15/2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance M/M Coming Out, M/M Fantasy, M/M Sci Fi, M/M Shifters, M/M Erotica
Page Count: 360
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A single moment can change everything.
A university student preparing to confront the adolescent crush who betrayed him. A demon embroiled in a battle against his very nature. A soldier, mentally scarred after fighting in The Great War, torn between propriety and his heart. Though separated by time and distance, culture and reality, these young men all have one thing in common: they each stand at a crossroads in their life and face a choice that will alter the course of their future.
These twelve tales in this collection of gay romantic fiction range from sweet to erotic, contemporary to historical, paranormal to grittily realistic. Whether centered around the fear associated with coming out, the thorny issue of trust, or the struggle for survival, each story explores in its own way the courage needed to overcome personal obstacles and take a chance on love.
Good or great sentences that elicit an emotion…a giggle…a sigh can turn a story. It can make you hunger for more and refuse to release the telling until its ends.
Although, most of the shorts were enjoyable and loving enough to dwell in my thoughts after the reading a few were a bit too abstract in language and concept to keep my interest. For the most part the read was compellingly sensual and should be a good read.
In this collection of shorts, the most enjoyable story was about a weekly sexual tryst in the front seat of a car. In a deserted restaurant parking lot, two souls are completely absorbed in sexual discovery while fumbling with zippers and trouser buttons. I found this pulls on the familiar yet somehow becomes terribly sensual. Brief tension arrives in the story. It punctuates with a lifesaving moment before bringing the delight of needful completion of shared love; the last story was a winner. In the first, twin brothers offer a university student the chance to fall gently into the arms of lasting and soulful love.
More tales explore how a demon finds that falling in love earns him a human heart. A real Texas range guy finds passion on a movie set in the arms of a stuntman.
Journeys of self and otherwise best describe the short tales of taking a chance on love and life in all its varieties. This read is a delectable and delicious smorgasbord of sensual tales. Each entry offers its own take on the personal conflicts the characters endure in procuring true love. This good read journals how love paints prisms of emotional colors that blur on the edges. I mostly enjoyed each read.
Each short is a sweet cacophony of love and sex, a collection of gay romance stories that combine the subtle sublime with in your face heat that warm cockles.
Sensual and captivating this anthology presents the many twists, turns, and roadblocks to achieving what the heart and body craves most.
A few stories I suggest are a little too abstract and sidetracks from other stories that are engrossing and heartwarming. Truly strong characterizations and dialogue held few distractions.