Making Camp by Clare London ** Nick’s a dedicated city boy, Max is from the West Country: the chance of a compatible date seems unlikely until Max invites Nick to spend a weekend with him. It’s the chance Nick’s been waiting for, the opportunity to get to know the guy he's been mooning over at work better, up close and personal. Nick just has to cope with the fact it’s got to happen outdoors...
Good Breeding by JL Merrow * Privileged snob Giles gets the shock of his life when he meets working-class Angie, who gave him up for adoption when he was born—and an even bigger shock when he tells his posh boyfriend the news! Luckily, Giles' best friend Oz is on hand to help him learn that good breeding has nothing to do with who your parents are.
A Naughty Trip by Serena Yates *** Anton Collins, a shy research librarian, has decided to change his life now that he has met former gay porn star, Scott Black. Following his lover to Scotland to explore the Black family's manuscript collection will be the biggest adventure of his life. Or so he thinks, until he finds out what Scott has planned for their in-flight entertainment...
Beside the Seaside by Lucy Felthouse ** When Ella bumps into Candy outside a tattoo parlour, her head is most definitely turned. With her pierced tongue and mischievous pixie looks, Candy's definitely a cutie and Ella is soon smitten. An offer of a fish and chip lunch seems promising, but it's soon apparent that Candy has an ulterior motive of her own, and it's going to mean more than mushy peas.
Fighting Cocks by Stevie Woods *** Following his father’s death, Peter is under pressure to shoulder his responsibilities as a local landowner, but all he can think about is being with his friend, Norman. Peter’s mother already considers Norman disreputable--what would she think if she really knew what he was teaching Peter in the hayloft?
The Utterly True History of Guy Alien and the Rise and Fall of His Band X Wing by Stevie Carroll * Guy Alien. Musical maestro and overlooked genius, or just another super-inflated ego? Two men who used to know him – one who was also Guy's boyfriend – read his biography, and provide their own unique commentary.
Fantasy Man by Jay Rookwood *** The hot and horny workman: it's a fantasy enjoyed by many a gay man. But when it comes true for Mack, he quickly realises while you can script your fantasies, reality has a life of its own!
On the Pull by Elin Gregory ** Tom Swan, publican of the White Horse, divides his energy fairly equally between beer, the Weston Stanage cricket team and a wistful desire to find someone who shares his enthusiasms. When great rivals Sutton Stanage field ace batsman Hugh May, Tom decides that he might do very nicely. It just remains to be seen which team he plays for.
Frozen Angel by Lisa Worrall *** When art student Joe makes the drive to St Mary’s, he finds the listed building is full of artistic wonders, not to mention the beautifully sculpted angel. He might have expected to find an angel in a graveyard...but he could never have predicted meeting Ryan Parker....
Silent Witness by Anna Marie May *** The Stone Circle has always been a magical place for Liam, not only because the stones were witnesses to his and Davin's first lovemaking. Now he's come back again—but this time, alone.
Sweet Temptation by Jennie Caldwell ** Philip's life is divided between his duties at church and his lonely flat. When an opportunity arises to change that in the guise of a beautiful young man, Philip is torn. Follow his desires or follow his faith?
Matter of Opinion by Mara Ismine *** Working at the local builder’s merchant isn’t exactly glamorous, but Rick is glad to have a job at all. He’d like to have a boyfriend as well, and Steve, the delivery driver, features in a lot of Rick’s hotter thoughts. But how can Rick tell if Steve would be interested in making some of those fantasies into reality?
Jeu d’Esprit by Chris Smith * Matthew Merryweather, a jobless young graduate, is stuck living with his family in the village of St. Elena's in Cornwall. He's always considered himself straight but now finds himself drawn to Benjamin Smith, a local artist. On the day of the Royal Wedding, while trying to escape the bonhomie of the village fete, he gets to know his neighbour a little better, and comes face to face with Benjamin's indomitable British spirit.
What Katy Did on Holiday by Stevie Carroll ** Moving house and starting her first grown-up job almost seemed like enough excitement for one year, but as the summer holidays draw to a close Katy still has time for one short trip. A chance meeting with her old teacher leads Katy to a woman with bright pink hair, who could make the year to come very exciting indeed.
Riding With Hob by Alex Beecroft * Mark's used to feeling like he doesn't fit in. But maybe there's a place for him in another world. A place of dancing, and laughter. Contemporary fantasy.
Bloody Mathematicians by Charlie Cochrane ** The impossible has happened. The inseparable Orlando Coppersmith and Jonty Stewart have had a parting of the ways. Will the ingenuity of their friends—and a little help from The Bard—help to reunite them?
We'll Always Have Brighton #2 by Zahra Owens *** Two men, who were once longtime lovers, meet again in Brighton, a place that holds fond memories for them as a couple. . Maybe this time they'll be able to communicate what really matters to them.
Blooming Marvellous by Josephine Myles *** Respectable businessman James isn't the type who usually ends up on a community service order, but streetwise graffiti artist Ky is more than happy to show him the ropes. Attraction blossoms over the municipal flowerbeds, but what future could there possibly be for two so very different men?
This is a very good mixture of genre, pairings and heat ratings - that does mean that not all stories are going to appeal to everyone, but they are all beautifully written and presented. One of them is set in a town about ten miles from me, as the crow flies, which makes it very attractive to me.
Not surprisingly all of the stories are written in UK English, with UK slang and phrasing, which you don't see very often from most of the authors taking part. We got to talk normal for once!...more
I do have a story in this anthology, but I am rating the others not mine!
This is a great collection and covers a wide range of GLBT genres in very shoI do have a story in this anthology, but I am rating the others not mine!
This is a great collection and covers a wide range of GLBT genres in very short bites of around a thousand words. There is something here for everyone, and naturally it is unlikely that all the stories will appeal to everyone.
This is a free download so there isn't the 'out of pocket' feeling over those that aren't to your taste. Give it a try for that fantastic cover if nothing else! :)...more