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Curious?: A Woman's Introduction to Gay Romance (Ryan & Scott #1)

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Aren't you just a little curious? What is it about gay male romance that turns female readers on? The truth is that women love romance and sexy men. When it's a story about two men falling in love, there's twice the attraction. We've chosen stories that run the gamut of M/M romantic fiction: from initial curiosity to the first blush of love, from awkward first times to fin ...more
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Published April 26th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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As with any anthology, the stories offered are going to be a mixed bag. None will appeal to all and favorites vary widely from reader to reader. This particular offering has a lot of high quality authors and thus the stories are mostly well crafted and interesting. There are the usual less engaging stories or those that just didn’t appeal to me personally but none are a failure. There are 14 stories included and over half I’d give at least 4 stars and many I’d give even higher so the final colle ...more
I don't count Gambling Men by Amy Lane for the rating, cause I liked it enough to buy the re-release as novel and that version will be the one that I'll rate

Bad News Brett by Sean Kennedy - 1,5 stars

Choices and Changes by S. Blaise - 4 stars

Equinox by M. Jules Aedin and Anna J. Linden - 4 stars

We Are Stardust by M. Jules Aedin - 4 stars

Spontaneous by Chrissy Munder - 3 stars

The Meaning of Significant Digits by Ashlyn Kane - 2.5 stars

Mending the Break by Jaymz Connelly - 2.5 stars

Road to Nowhe
Gambling Men: Ante Up by Amy Lane 3 stars - AH this was the biggest tease for Gambling Men: The Novel! Just one little scene into these guys lives... I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Jace seemed to come (pun intended) out of nowhere, so I wanna know his thinking, and I'd like to see some strength from Quen, he could easily get pushed around.

Bad News Brett by Sean Kennedy 1.5 stars - This wasn't bad by any means, but it's a short scene involving a lot of sports talk with an already established cou
Since I had no plans for New Years Day (a little pathetic, I know), I decided to have a lazy day on the sofa with my Kindle and this particular anthology. Although the anthology is titled A Woman's Introduction to Gay Romance, I've actually been reading M/M for a couple of years and have read hundreds of gay romance titles, so nothing in here was particularly eye-opening or unexpected. I'd heard good things about this particular collection of stories, and was eager to read Amy Lane's contributio ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: First time m/m readers.
I finished most of this book. I would recommend this book to someone who is contemplating reading m/m. Most of the stories are light on the steam. As a reader you just really dip your toe in the proverbial m/m pool so to speak. I pretty much liked every story that I read (3-3.5 stars), but just as I would start to get interested the story would end. Of course that is what the book aims to do. So I would have to say in that respect, it succeeds. I just need more, a full story and of course a HEA. ...more
Brittney Musick
I really enjoy anthologies because it's a great way to find new authors, and I have to say that this was, by far, one of the best anthologies I've read. There were, by my count, fourteen stories included by thirteen authors, and each and every one of them brought something different and enjoyable to the table. This was a fantastic anthology, and, as the title says, a great introduction to those curious about gay romance.

Favorite stories: Gambling Men by Amy Lane, Choices and Changes by S. Blaise
I really enjoyed this anthology. It was put together well and I enjoyed the split story that carried you through to the end. Most of the stories I would give at least a 4 star and a few 5 stars and there was only one that was a 3 star. Usually I find that anthologies have a few strong stories at the beginning to hook you and the rest aren't very good, so this anthology was a pleasant surprise. I will definitely be looking up the various authors to see if they have more that I might like.
absolutely amazing! Wonderful stories, awesome writers! I couldn't let my kindle down for a minute, I felt compelled to read one story after another...
I absolutely recommend it to every compulsive reader of MM books and to others who like romantic, erotic and well written stories.
Once again, many thanks to the authors for being so talented!
This is an anthology which is supposedly for the woman who’s a bit curious about m/m and wants to try it out. It’s fine for die-hard fans as well. I read it pretty much all in one go, more or less. One unusual aspect is a short by Amy Lane which has chapters interspersed throughout the book. I’m not sure that worked for me because I had a couple of days between when I started and when I got back to it and it took me awhile to remember what the heck had happened in the previous chapter. It works ...more
Despite the rather insipid title (made far better by the very yummy cover), this is actually a great anthology of shorts and excellent introduction to several authors. These are short stories and run the gamut from very sweet stories with no love scenes to mildly sensual ones to a few scorching hot ones. And while, as with most short stories, we get a lot of HFN endings, we do get several believable HEA endings, which is very tough to pull off. My favorite selections had me cursing my nook--I wa ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Tara marked it as own-it-to-read
8/23- Gambling Man by Amy Lane:

This is the first story in this series. The story, which is at most is maybe 5 pages long, is about Jace & Quentin. They have been friends since college and business partners since graduation and now they are taking the step beyond. I really can't say much, it was so short and you really only get a snippet of these two guys and it's all surface knowledge. You really don't get to know the characters which isn't something I'm used to with Amy Lane. I guess I'd gi
Firstly i think the title of the book is just the lamest title ever, it made me laugh anyways.
The first few stories of the book are really sweet though, and sort of everything you would expect out of the typical m/m romance books.
Then the stories go a bit downhill, i can't remember which one it was but like he suddenly just decided to turn gay at a party with his girlfriend there and it was just like ...whaat? Then the rest of the stories were pretty boring and a bit naff. So stick to the first
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Jan 11, 2014 Funzee Shu marked it as to-read
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Oh gosh !!! I really LOVED the cover !!!!!

I saw similar pic somewhere, but with his 'dangling thing' silhouette behind the curtain ()
First thing i wanna say i should have read this months ago before like in the title "womans introduction" and this is anything but i have read over 200 books but still enjoyed most of the stories and only a couple i didnt like at all.

My 2 favs were called "Choices and Changes, "Road to Nowhere" and "Snowman" of which i wish were longer cause i really wanted to know more about the main characters cause they touched my heart the most.
This was a wonderful collection for anyone that feels the urge to dabble in reading some gay romance, or for those that have read everything there is out there. I especially liked that some of these stories were set years in the past (those happened to be my favorite) as opposed to just modern day. There was plenty of range in these stories: from sweet declarations and revelations to explicit situations. Overall, very enjoyable.
Pretty much all the stories are good. Standouts for me are:
Bad News Brett by Sean Kennedy
Choices and Changes by S. Blaise
Equinox by M. Julie's & Anna J. Linden
The Meaning Of Significant Digits by Ashlyn Kane
Road To Nowhere by Catt Ford
Snowman by Isabelle Rowan
Shirt by Amy Lane
I enjoy every story in it, nothing make my brows furrowed in a bad way. Most of it are cute and fluffy, with happy endings. Yeah, love it.
Have to comment about the title, it's not quite an introduction, because it would be shocking for first readers on this genre XD
A fun tantalizing read that has a story for everyone. Stories range from grieving and moving on to moving on to a new relationship after an old one has gone south. There is one story involving a a female peeper and her male neighbors.
Although I am not new to m/m romance I really enjoyed this anthology. It's full of stories by some really great DSP authors and I would definitely recommend it to a friend who wanted to be introduced to m/m.
14/May/2014 So far, I've only read The Shirt (Ryan & Scott 1) by Amy Lane.... and OMW was that HOTTT!
15/May/2014 Gambling Men: Ante Up by Amy Lane - too short to really make much of.
Lillian Francis
A brilliant anthology with stacks of 5 star reads. Almost impossible to pick a favourite but the one that really stays with me is 'We Are Stardust' by M. Jules Aedin.

Highly recommended.
I'll read the whole thing, but today read The Shirt so I can read the rest of Ryan & Scott stories. This is the story of how Ryan and Scott got together and fell in love.
Very good m/m romance collection - I really can't remember if I've read a collection that I liked better. I think it would indeed serve as a good introduction to the genre.
Cait Miller
Loved this book! Some of my favorite authors together in one anthology. It really is an awesome introduction to the genre.
Fairy / Anna
I will have to think what I want to write about it ;) I liked it, that's for sure.
Vanyel Kane
It's a good mix of authors and styles. Basically its exactly as advertised.
(on series shelf b/c some of the stories w/in are part of series)
Nov 14, 2011 Noughty marked it as x-vol
Anthology Curious

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From Curious Anthology ...
This anthology was full of beautiful stories. I loved it.
I only read the Shirt by Amy Lane. I liked it.
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail u ...more
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