Men Under the Mistletoe
A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava Ma...more
Men Under the Mistletoe is an awesome collection of very hot, very heartwarming stories penned by some of the most talented writers of the male/male genre out there. These authors; Ava March, Harper Fox, Josh Lanyon, and K. A. Mitchell, have struck the perfect balance between sweet and edgy, making all of these stories so perfectly sexy, that they could be considered erotica if they weren’t also so romantic, too.
This anthology includes:
1. My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March – 4 stars! This wa...more
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March, read by L.B. Townsend - 4 Stars
Yeah, so give me a guy with a sexy accent reading me historical Christmas smut and I'm happy. I will say that I'm glad I had read this one first, it was a smidge confusing with the different characters, but it was read well, and I really liked it. It's a heartbreaker though so make sure you can listen to m...more
At the start of Thomas and Alexander’s relationship Thomas is scared of the idea of loving another man. Because of this he flees to America and is gone for 4 years. During his absence he came to terms with the fact that he prefers men and that Alexander is the man for him. When he returns, Alexander, understandably, wants nothing to do with him. I appreciated that not all was forgiven and forgotten immediately. Thomas suffered during his attempts to get...more
I actually read this one after completing the Brook Street Trilogy. And while it isn't my favorite of the series, I did enjoy it. I already know that Bennett and Norton are pretty much going to last forever, but I would be questioning that at the end of this story if I hadn't already read the rest of the series.
Winter Knights by Harper Fox
I'm not sure if I will read this story (view spoiler)[There is menage (hide spoiler)]
Lone Star by Josh Lanyon ★★★☆☆
by Ava March
Ava March is a popular m/m romance novelist who specializes in historicals particulary Regency England. This novella follows this pattern. The main characters are Thomas Bennett and Alexander Norton who meet as young men at Oxford University. They are attracted to each other immediately, but, when it comes time to really show Alexander his feelings, Thomas leaves the country for four years. In this story, he arrives back in London to convince Alexander that...more
I was a bit disappointed that all stories featured lovers who had a fight and broke up (view spoiler)[only to get back together on or around Christmas (hide spoiler)]. I’m not sure if this was in the guidelines for the anthology but I would have wished for a bit mor...more
Although all the lovers are male, in many ways this is a typical Christmas romance anthology: it features a Regency, a ghost story, a Western, and a humorous first-person contemporary, and though the sex scenes are explicit, the emphasis is mostly on the romance. All of the stories are also available as separate ebooks.
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March.
A simple, but emotionally charged historical romance. Alex and Thomas fell in love as students at Oxford, but Thomas was too frightened to co...more
I was a little dismayed when I realized that every story in this anthology involves protagonists who have prior history with each other. I tend to prefer stories in which the protagonists meet for the first time and develop their relationship from there. That said, two out of the four stories handled the "old flame" story line pretty well.
My True Love Gave To Me
I've heard some good things about Ava March's writing, but this story was just okay. There was a little too much melod...more
A sweet story of coming home to a place you no longer consider home. Of the brutal assault of memory and the lesson that time really doesn't heal wounds, it just changes perspective. Mitch has escaped his small town roots to become a principle dancer for the Am...more
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March 2.5 stars
Okay Regency romance. I tend to like regency and I think it has great potential as a setting for m/m, it being a hanging offense back then and all, but I have not often seen it done well. The problem I had with this story is that Alexander's change of heart came about really abrupt and the story ended abrupt too.
Winter Knights by Harper Fox 4.5 s...more
The emo in me I loved this Christmas m/m anthology. It was hot, sweet, with just the right amount of angst. Many of the stories were about second chances, which I love.
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March 5.0 Stars
My first story by Ava March but definitely not my last! Also my favorite of the anthology.
Four years ago, Alexander Norton's first love, Thomas Bennett, broke his heart when he fled to New York without a word. So when Alexander encounters Thomas at a holiday ball, he is deter...more
Okay / good-ish; all of them nothing special. Didn't love any or find them particularly gratifying. A good listen. Okay-ish narrators. Comfortable stories, but none really wonderful or moving.
Middling. Nice. Helped me along my household chores.
Alexander and Thomas are in love. Both 19 years old, while Alexander has fooled around with a few other boys his age, neither have ever been in a serious relationship. Alexander is actually the first boy Thomas has ever kissed. The feelings are all very new and intense for both of them. Being young and in love isn’t as carefree as you think, especially in the early 19th century. Thomas is scared of others finding out and still doesn’t feel confident about his...more
An excellent collection of four Christmas novellas, these stories capture the spirit of the holidays and warm you to your toes better than a cup of spiked cocoa. A nice mix of hot sex, warm loving, and cold shoulders, you may think you know how some of these end, but others will surprise you. Check these out for Christmas, or for any time you want to curl up with some holiday cheer.
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March
This is my first read of anything by March, so I don't know if...more
For me, the outstanding story was Harper Fox's Winter Knights. In a contemporary story mixed with Arthurian legends and supernatural elements, two lovers come to terms with themselves and each other. Despite its shorter than novel length, this reads like a full length novel, with complex character development, surprising emotional depth and threaded...more
As always, Josh Lanyon doesn't disappoint. Lone Star (~26,000 words) is a gorgeous tale of first loves an...more
I enjoy Ava March's books. They are always beautifully written with vivid characters. I enjoyed 'My True Love Gave to Me' but I did find Sasha's pouting a little exasperating. His tantrum nearly spoiled the book because I felt that Thomas' reticence was understandable & his apology didn't deserve the reaction he received. In the end I was happy with the HEA & will continue with the series.
Winter Knights by Harper Fox - ★★★★
This was an interestin...more
I'm not a big fan of winter holidays,...more
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I loved each of the stories in this anthology. Each one was super special in someway and I am so happy that I was able to read them all.
Lanyon- Friends reconnecting after quite a few years. At almost 80 pages this story goes through a lot. There is character development that makes sense. There is a plot that is resolved. There is a message to take away. This book has got it all. I expect nothing...more
Harper Fox, skipped. Could not give a rats nest if arthur was real or not. And I'm too chicken to put my heart out for HF to crush. DNF.
Josh Lanyon, 3 stars. My Dad loved this. Thought we'd found our perfect story, his dancer, my cowboy. But nah, sad, boring. A tamer shorter version of Training Season, which I also didn't like. I think I don't like my cowbo...more