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The Party

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  151 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
A six part blog story written by six authors...

Henry and Jack had thought nothing could ever drive them apart. They were wrong. Three months have passed since Jack walked out of the home they shared, and Henry had been too stupid to take back the hurtful things he'd said.

Both assured by their respective parents the other would not be present at Henry's mother's annual Chr
ebook, 24 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Love Lane Books
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Dec 24, 2012 Monika rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Great little story, I love how it was written by six great authors. It would have gotten more stars from me if there was more of these two. Do you think it could be continued? That would be great!
Don Bradshaw
Dec 21, 2012 Don Bradshaw rated it really liked it
Jack and Henry were partners until Henry's career became more important than Jack. After three months apart, the two men are thrown together at a Christmas party by their well meaning but meddling mothers. What happens that night is as magical as any Christmas surprise. I really enjoyed the idea of each author writing a chapter in this sweet short story. The writing melded beautifully and the story read flawlessly. There was nothing really new about the romantic guys break up, guys get back tog ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Betryal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday-reads
Six amazing authors come together. Each write a chapter and bring together a great Christmas story and I have to say I was amazed by how well they pulled together and collaborated to give us readers a holiday treat. The story is touching although it IS short. A great holiday read. Hell, a MUST read! Very nice and kudos go out to all six authors. Thank you and Seasons Greetings!
Dec 26, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
Six authors. Six chapters. One very sweet story. Henry and Jack were a couple until Henry’s career became more important to him than Jack. After being apart for three months, and working a little Christmas magic, their mothers plan and plot to get them back together….with success! This short story was a pleasure to read.
Christy Duke
Dec 23, 2012 Christy Duke rated it really liked it
Having never read a story written this way, I truly enjoyed it.
Emma Sea
Dec 23, 2012 Emma Sea rated it it was ok
Thank you to the authors for offering this as a free Xmas read.


Ery found it for me :)

After reading Don's review I decided to buy this book. I just spent seven minutes working out how to do so, with no luck. Seven minutes doesn't seem like a lot, yet it's six and a half minutes longer than my usual purchases take. This has been very frustrating. I still don't know where I can get it. Certainly not Amazon, All Romance e-books, through assorted google search results, or the publisher's website
3.5 stars

This was an enjoyable holiday short, each chapter penned by a different author, that flowed very nicely. I actually found it rather emotional, telling the story of two men who love each other very much, but have found out that maybe that isn't enough. Luckily for them, their meddling mothers have decide that the annual holiday party might be the time for the two to sort things out once and for all.
Dec 26, 2012 Stacia rated it it was amazing
Even though this was written by more than one author, it didn't read like it.It's freaking awesome how they managed to combine their writing styles like that. This was a great short story. Maybe the authors can expand it one day ;-)
Katy Beth Mckee
Dec 25, 2012 Katy Beth Mckee rated it really liked it
Henry and Jack hit a rough spot and it seems over for the two of them. But with Christmas approaching and some meddlesome moms they just might have a chance to work things out. A neat Christmas gift from some great authors.
Dec 23, 2012 Bogusia rated it it was amazing
Thank you all (R.J. and Chris, Meredith and Lisa, Sue and S.A. Meade) so much for your incredible talent, work and the beautiful book :)
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone!
Dec 27, 2012 Gigi rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A yummy little piece of holiday fluff from some of the best M/M romance writers of today. Free to download, so Merry Christmas to all us fans!
Dec 27, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Lovely great short, I want more now :)
May 22, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read, free, z-2013
I wasn't really sure how well this would work as each chapter is written by a different author but it flowed really well and I ended up enjoying it a lot.
Dec 28, 2014 Tailtiu rated it really liked it
Shelves: free, christmas
3,5* upgrade for being a free Christmas Gift from the authors Thank you.
Dec 24, 2012 Anke rated it liked it
Nice, easy read for in between. For more stars it was simply too short :)
Jan 02, 2013 Joanne rated it it was amazing
The Party, written by RJ Scott, Chris Quinton, Sue Brown, Lisa Worrall, Meredith Russell and SA Meade is their Christmas Present to their readers, and a mighty fine one it is too.

Each author wrote one chapter and the beauty of it is you would never know as the story flows seamlessly from one chapter to another, a testament to the wonderful writing of all the authors. Without the name of the author next to the chapter number I would never have been able to tell who wrote what chapter and I do re
Mar 13, 2015 Brandilyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: free, mm, holiday, read-2012
This was a 6 part Blog story. What made it unique what that each part was by a different author. It was the combined efforts of RJ Scott, Chris Quinton, Meredith Russell, Lisa Worrall, Sue Brown, SA Meade. Henry and Jack have been friends and then lovers most of their lives. But after Henry gets a new high-powered job, he inadvertently makes Jack fell less important. This leads to Jack moving out on the eve of asking Henry to Marry him. At Henry's mum's annual Christmas party, their respective m ...more
Serena Yates
Dec 17, 2012 Serena Yates added it
Shelves: gay
This is a cute story about two guys, one of whom lost sight of what is really important and dedicated his life to his career, leaving the other "behind" as he advanced.

If you like family drama, stories about men who re-evaluate their lives then change course, and if you enjoy reunions and lovers' reconciliations, you will probably like this short story.
Dec 26, 2012 Maygirl7 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, are, free
I guess it is an interesting experiment, but not one that enjoyed.
Pete W
Dec 26, 2012 Pete W rated it liked it
A nice quick read.

For me, the story felt slightly uneven. Most likely the result of having 6 authors for each chapters.

Henry started out feeling hurt that Jack left him that Jack was the wrong party. (view spoiler) After all that, if taken canonly, Henry barely have
Jan 09, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-read, m-m
Well it was free and had a holiday feel good aspect to it. I'm not sure the experiment using different authors worked. It didn't feel like a consistent story and the tone kept changing depending upon the author from a story with angst and pain and betrayal to one where it's just a lovers spat that's separated them. I would have preferred it to be story written by one author just to get that consistency.
Mar 07, 2013 Janie rated it really liked it
Oh how can you not love Henry and Jack together. Although this was a short story it was so full of love and very well written. As I've said many other times I love RJ Scott books and this was wonderful as well. All the authors did a great job with this story. Yeah Henry for finally owning up to what he did wrong and making it right!
Mar 10, 2016 Brooklyn rated it really liked it
I loved that this was a collaboration and each chapter or so was by a different author. Everyone has their own writing style and if not for the author's name with the chapter heading, I wouldn't have known that if was written by multiple authors. Such a cool idea!
Jan 21, 2013 Lucy rated it really liked it
It's a very short story and I liked it very much. I'd have loved it, I think, if it was longer and we got to know everyone a bit better.
Jan 23, 2013 blub rated it liked it
Sweet story but too short. I would have loved to read about Henry and Jack's relationship from the start.
Wandering Reader
This was a sweet story and a fun idea to have each chapter written by a different author.

Henry and Jack are reunited at a Christmas party by their well-meaning, meddling mothers. The former domestic partners broke up three months prior due to differing priorities.

Henry, the workaholic doctor, desperately wants Jack, the big hearted schoolteacher, back more than anything. Life without Jack has shown him that spending time with Jack should have always been his first priority and now he needs to c
Nice story although I wish it had been longer.
Jan 01, 2014 dblue rated it really liked it
I started this free short story thinking it was an anthology, only to find it is one story written by six different authors. This was a first for me. It is a snippet into the lives of two men that have been best friends and lovers for a long while, then careers come into play and things change - not for the better. It is interesting and the meddlesome mothers are - well meddlesome but kind of endearing. It moved quickly and although I was not fond of the spoiled little rich girl character in the ...more
24 pages + 6 authors = 1 mediocre Christmas tale about 2 meddling mothers, 2 annoying secondary caricatures - er, characters - and 1 couple I don't care about in the least reuniting and at a Christmas party.
Dec 25, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-read
Hmmmm....why do I always give anthologies a 3 star rating...maybe because the stories are to short...or maybe I just expect to much...or maybe I should only read them if they are part of a series that I am reading! Yep...that is it...need to be invested in the outcome...or else it seems to be a total waste of my time!!! This was a cute read...with an interesting writing times you could even notice the various writing styles of each author...not sure if that added or took away from t ...more
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RJ's goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always
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