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Don't Read in the Closet: GayRomLit Retreat 2011 Special Edition (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  489 ratings  ·  43 reviews
This free ebook is a collection of 27 short stories celebrating love, sex and romance between men. It is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Hot Summer Days event and features authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat 2011 in New Orleans; if you like what you read, come join our group!

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ebook, 824 pages
Published September 2011 by M/M Romance Group
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Sep 11, 2011 Td rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: free
How do you rate or even attempt to review something like this??? Well, I haven't read all of them, but I have to say I had a blast picking them out through the summer and even now I'm having fun with them. The majority were pretty great. Thank you so much to all the authors and thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who worked to put this together for us. :D
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
To try and keep this review neat and tidy I will just post each stories title, my star rating and a link to my review for that story.

End Of The World As We Know It by J. P. Barnaby – 5 Stars My Review

Open Tackle by L.C. Chase – 3 Stars My Review

Cody And The Hermit by Jaya Christopher – 4 Stars My Review

Blindsided by Poppy Dennison – 2 Stars My Review

Heatstroke by Taylor V. Donovan – 2 Stars My Review

Jungle Heat by Rachel Haimowitz – 2 Stars My Review

Wild Blue Yonder by Jambrea Jo Jones – 3
As with the last Event, I admit, upfront, as a co-moderator of the group I had no intention of disliking any of these stories and I wasn't dissapointed. :)
Cherie Noel
Sep 11, 2011 Cherie Noel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I love this book. The darn thing has a little something for everyone! Yum,yummy goodness!
Wanting by Piper Vaughn - 3.75 to 4 stars
Sink Or Swim by Lissa Kasey & Xara X. Xanakas - 2.75 stars
Open Tackle by L.C. Chase - 3.5 stars
Outfoxed by K-lee Klein - 4 stars
Say A Little Prayer by Clare London - 3.5 to 3.75 stars
Bridges by M.J. O'Shea - 4 stars
Innocence To The Max by S.J.D. Peterson - 3 stars
Mourning by Jaime Samms - 4 stars
My Bloody Valentine by Andrea Speed - 3 stars
You And A Billion Blue Tiles by Missy Welsh - 4.5 stars
It's the End of the World As We Know It by J.P Barnaby - d
This is the second of the five Don't Read in the Closet anthologies that I've read. Overall it was a very nice collection of stories. There were a couple I didn't care for, quite a few I liked and some I really loved. I'm not going to do individual reviews but I will note the ones that really appealed to me.

It's the End of the World As We Know It by J.P. Barnaby
Bridges by M.J. O'Shea
His Last Resort by Devon Rhodes
My Bloody Valentine by Andrea Speed
Wanting by Piper Vaughn
You and a Billion Bl
Apr 15, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebooks
I enjoyed all 27 stories, ranking range average is 3 stars to 4 stars. There are two stories that stand out, and they are 5 star all the way.

5 Stars for -- Heatstroke by Taylor V. Donovan ... this is a story of a young man seeking answers to questions of his identity when a drama teacher likens him to a famous 50's movie star that dropped out of the public eye. Michael finds photos of the star and is amazed as had the photo been taken today it could have been a photo of him. This sets Michael on
Mar 01, 2012 Penny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: m/m lovers
Shelves: ebooks
Most of the stories included deserved 5 stars but a few were not that great.
i liked that each story was based on a different picture that captured a moment between 1 or 2 or in one case 3 lovers. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, to bad i could only read the description of the photo and not see it for my self.

I truly enjoyed reading this anthology, reading the description of the photo, trying to image it, then continuing to the story that unfolded after...
There is a story for everyone here, cowboys, BDSM, Angels, first love, friendship....
Some I loved, some I liked overall I really enjoyed reading it.
The readers’ requests are related to a picture prompt and each author has to create the story behind the picture.
Its a great way to get to know different authors.
I only read about half the stories in this anthology. It's mostly a mixed bag. There were a couple I really like (one particular stand-out story is Clare London's "Say a Little Prayer"), most were just ok. With such short stories, I felt a lot of the sex scenes were totally unnecessary, and some stories seemed to be set up around the sex scene, with character/plot background just to pad it out so it wouldn't be totally about gratuitous porn. Meh, most of these were not really my taste, I suppose ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Tamela marked it as to-read
I've read all the stories here already, but glad to have the chance to get these favorites for my Kindle.
These stories are so good!
J. P. Barnaby – It's the End of the World As We Know It -
L.C. Chase – Open Tackle -
Jaya Christopher – Cody and the Hermit -
Poppy Dennison – Blindsided -
Taylor V. Donovan – Heatstroke -
Rachel Haimowitz – Jungle Heat -
Jambrea Jo Jones – Wild Blue Yonder -
Lissa Kasey & Xara X. Xanakas – Sink or Swim -
K Lee Klein – Outfoxed -
Marguerite Labbe – Tears of the Sea -
Clare London – Say a Little Prayer -
Belinda McBride – Free to Fly -
Michele L. Montgomery – Tears From Above -
Cherie Noe
Not all the stories in this anthology received 5 stars. But overall, as a concept, this anthology gets 5 stars and more. Don't Read in the Closet is a collection of short stories published for free for members of the M/M Romance Group. The best part of this series of shorts is that they were based on a photo and a reader request for a story. I really, really enjoyed seeing the photos and reading the reader request, and then reading the story itself. It made me truly appreciate the authors attemp ...more
The UHQ Nasanta
Will edit the review as I read.

Jungle Heat by Rachel Haimowitz - 1.5-2 stars
My primary complaint about this was that it was too short. There was no plot. Just a little off-screen action, a raping scene Pete was too drugged to realize was occurring, and a kiss.

Open Tackle by L.C. Chase - 3 stars
I really liked how the author incorporated the picture into the story. It was a really sweet story, if a bit unrealistic, in my uninformed opinion.

Tears of the Sea by Marguerite Labbe - 3.5 stars
I really
End Of The World As We Know It by J. P. Barnaby – ,

Open Tackle by L.C. Chase – 3 stars, My Review

Cody And The Hermit by Jaya Christopher – ,

Blindsided by Poppy Dennison – ,

Heatstroke by Taylor V. Donovan – ,

Jungle Heat by Rachel Haimowitz – 2 Stars, my review

Wild Blue Yonder by Jambrea Jo Jones – ,

Sink Or Swim by Lissa Kasey & Xara X. Xanakas – ,

Outfoxed by K Lee Klein – ,

Tears Of The Sea by Marguerite Labbe – ,

Say A Little Prayer by Clare London – ,

Free To Fly by Belinda McBride –
Anna Quiroz
1. J. P. Barnaby – END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (First Love)

2. L.C. Chase – OPEN TACKLE (Friends to Lovers)
3.5/5 Sex was amazing, plot needed a bit more depth

3. Jaya Christopher – CODY AND THE HERMIT (BDSM/Cowboys)
1/5 Long, slow and boring.

4. Poppy Dennison – BLINDSIDED (Hurt/Comfort)
1/5 "sex scene" just wasn't enough to make up for this slow dramatic story

5. Taylor V. Donovan – HEATSTROKE (Angst)
Caroline Åsgård
This 842-page monster is paradise for anyone who likes gay fan fiction! It has stories for any taste. True love, feelings, drama, sex, paranormal and much more - All around the world, and mostly about young men.
Some of them I found typical, some cute, some I really loved, some I found weird, and some I found boring. So I doubt you'll actually like EVERYTHING in here.
But it's worth a shot!
And now I'm going to start reading more books from this series.
No idea how to rate this - were were tons of seperate short stories, some of which were really good, some of which were terrible... So I guess over all it must average a 3.
Jan 30, 2012 CJ88 added it
Shelves: m-m-books
It is difficult to give this one rating, since it includes multiple stories by multiple authors. There are some great stories and a few O.K. ones. I think this book is a good way to become familiar with a new author.

I don't recommend looking at the inspiration pictures before reading the story. I did that and found that I would be disappointed by a perfectly good story just because I didn't think it represented the photograph very well.

I am very thankful to all of the authors for participating i
Leora Stark
I'm having so much fun reading these! I loved the concept-of the photo inspiring the story-and was really impressed with the originality and quality of the stories. I still have a few stories to read, I've been randomly picking my way through. So far some of the standouts (off the top of my head) were the stories written by J.P.Barnaby, K Lee Klein, Clare London, Belinda McBride, Jamie Samms, PD Singer, VJ Summers, and Damon Suede. Really looking forward to reading the rest!
Although it took me a while to finish this because I chose to read each short story in between other books I was reading it was really great to read some interesting stories by authors I had never heard of before and some I am very familiar with. GREAT Collection
A great collection of short stories, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Of course, as with most anthologies, I liked some of them better than others and some not at all, but there is something for all tastes to be found in here.
Five Star rating because of all the amazing effort from all involved (letter writers, writers, moderators, betas, copy editors, editors, and grunts) to produces this/these amazing stories and anthologies.

Thank you!
Finally read this after a friend had recommended it a while ago. I wasn't disappointed. Not all did I like but there were a few that stood out. Over all enjoyable. I am sure I'll read the other anthologies.

On the whole, this collection of stories was excellent. I think there was only a singular one that I really didn't care for. All the rest I'd happily read again
I loved it still really reading it fully but when I started reading it sucked me into the story and I am smiling as I read. Something I normally do not even do is smile as I read.
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while f ...more
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