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Winter Warmers

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Baby, it's cold outside! Beat the chill with Winter Warmers—a seasonal anthology.

Mulled wine. Butterscotch kisses. Hideous sweaters. Candy at the beach, or a trip to a sex shop in Amsterdam. And the man of your dreams, wrapped around you... Winter warmers come in many shapes and sizes, from the tongue-in-cheek to the hot-as-hell. Enjoy a quintet of heart-warming tales of m
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 155 pages
Published November 26th 2011 by Pink Squirrel Press (first published November 25th 2011)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
I'll read and rate as I go..
May contain some spoilers! ;)
A very good collection of winter/holiday stories.

Clare London's Lucky Dip 3.5*
Cute story about second chances and unusual circumstances!
I think I would have liked it a bit better, if I had a little bit of the 'before' but it's sweet.

Chrissy Munder Butterscotch Kisses 3.5*
I liked this one a lot, but after getting invested in Matthew's success in climbing to the top, I think I deserved to reap the rewards with him and see him make it!

Lou H
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lucky Dip by Clare London 4 stars

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder 4 stars
Would have been a five if not for the cut-off ending...

Wintertide by Lou Harper 4,5 stars
The "warm and fuzzy" story in this anthology.Loved it...

When in Amsterdam... by Josephine Myles 3,5-4 stars
Kinky and hot...

A Pint of Beer,a Bag of Chips,and Thou by J.L. Merrow 4 stars
LMAO the second...may/december with matchmaking witches...

Overall the best m/m anthology I`ve read so far...recommended!

Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars for the JL Merrow and Chrissy Munder stories.

They were my favorites of the collection. The other stories didn't really work for me as well.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mmr
Lucky Dip by Clare London
One Star
Call me a bitch if you want, but I would never have taken back a man that dumped me the way Greg did to Andy. I can see making a mistake and being scared, I can see somebody not knowing what they have because it’s new to them, I can even see trying to break it off because you are afraid your partner is going to get hurt. I understand these things, and if you see the signs of any of these coming to pass please make sure you drop that bomb in the appropriate place.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A nice little anthology to get you in a festive mood.

All stories were nicely written, however my two personal favourites were; 1) Wintertide by Lou Harper a very bittersweet story written with a great deal of empathy and feeling; 2) A Pint of Beer, A Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow just loved the subtle and very British humour to this one.

So make sure you get the tinsel out and have a glass of mulled wine ready while reading and you'll be all set for the Yuletide.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Winter Warmers is an anthology of 5 short stories about the holiday season with an obvious British flair. This collection is exactly what I wanted to get me in the mood for the upcoming Holidays and it’s short, sweet, and to the point. Each story is obviously different with their own tone and mood. I like the variety offered and each author is clearly talented. The stories are also short and often sweet, just a glimpse into the lives of these men and that’s enough for me. I never got bo
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lucky Dip by Clare London: 4 stars (Funny and cute. The children are adorable)

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder: 4 stars (I loved the MC having dyslexia and a fear of heights finding love with a guy going back to college as an older student having made mistakes prior. Both self-conscious, both vulnerable, both finding acceptance from each other.)

Wintertide by Lou Harper: 5+++ stars. (I LOVED THIS STORY!!!)

When In Amsterdam by Josephine Myles: 1 star (Overly ornate and purple prose porn, van
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I am so happy I read this book, even though anthologies are my least fave to read. Well I have no complaints, I loved this book every freaking story had me grinning, and getting feelings in my heart. A perfect Christmas read, about the joys of the holiday. It could have been all ‘happy love is all we need’ but each story had a little something more. Every story has a uniqueness that stand on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

Serena Yates
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
If you are looking for a heartwarming, nicely uplifting and positive read, these five short stories fit the bill. Each of them contributes to the whole in their own way, but taken together, they make a wonderfully ‘warming’ whole. This collection just ‘worked’ for me.

Lucky Dip by Clare London is a very sweet story about Andy, a primary school teacher, and Greg, his banker ex-boyfriend. I love exes making up again, especially when the reason for their separation was basically a misunderstanding.
This anthology was very hit and miss for me. My favorite story was "A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou" by JL Merrow. It made me laugh out loud, and the Dr. Who references made me happy (although poor Christopher Eccleston gets no love). "Butterscotch Kisses" by Chrissy Munder was also cute. The other three stories felt either unfinished, or unsatisfying, or just plain poorly written.

Lucky Dip by Clare London
1 star

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder
3 stars

Wintertide by Lou Harper
1 star

Lucky Dip by Clare London 2 stars

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder 3.5 stars

Wintertide by Lou Harper 3 stars

When in Amsterdam... by Josephine Myles 2.5 stars

A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow 3 stars
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This m/m romance holiday collection is perfectly titled - these are heartwarming, cozy tales that will help you find your holiday spirit as you curl up on your couch with your ebook reader. (Yes, they are also sexy tales. I know you were wondering!) ;)
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Lucky Dip by Clare London: 3.0 Stars

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder: 3.0 Stars

Wintertide by Lou Harper: 4.0 Stars

When in Amsterdam by Josephine Myles: 1.5 Stars

A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow: 4.0 Stars
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Winter Warmers was a really delightful anthology that warms the heart and engages the holiday spirit. While these short stories are all contemporary, they also cover different couples of different backgrounds in different circumstances. The holiday season is the underlying theme, of course, but it's such a versatile collection that there's going to be something here for every M/M romance lover.

Lucky Dip by Clare London
This short story was cute with a touch of angst. The tropes used here - br
Don Bradshaw
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, feel-good
A nice mix of feel good Christmas stories.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Lucky Dip by Clare London
Andy and Greg: Teacher and pupil'S uncle hook up again, after Greg broke up with Andy because he was afraid. This felt like a scene from a longer novel, was nice and humorous.

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder
Matthew and Cute Ticket Guy: A sweet little story with good development. Matthew tries to conquer his fear of hights and meets Cute Ticket Guy on his daily trips.

Wintertide by Lou Harper
Story of Jem, young and vulnerable and Oscar, old and rich, who had lost his
Eli Easton
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for J.L. Merrow's story and was not disappointed. Another wonderful, witty gem from her. There's a trio of witches, a mohawk-wearing sax-playing street performer, and the silver fox he fantasizes about--and lots of silliness.

Some favorite quotes
"The wind was blowing in from Siberia so hard I could smell the Vodka and the borscht."

"I'd explain who I was talking about, but you've been paying attention, haven't you? You know I mean my silver fox. Him with the strokeable hair, the brig
J.L. Merrow
Nov 14, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I've written a little flashfic epilogue to my story in the anthology, A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Crisps and Thou, about mohawked saxophonist Liam and his silver fox, Neil. It's set a year later, and is available as a free read here:

Enjoy! :)
Barb Gilmour
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
5 Stars for Merrow story it was the stand out read in an all round great anthology! The humour and easy read of everything by Merrow is to the max in this story; just loved Liam and his witches and his silver fox! I want more.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Was expecting some fluff and sentimental warm and fuzzies, but just didn't feel the warm or cosy...very short stories, a couple felt a little rushed and all had me "left-hanging" endings. Quick read.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

4.5 stars for JL Merrows story. 4 stars for Clare London, Chrissy Munder and Josephine Myles stories. I didn't finish the other story by Lou Harper
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog Joyfully Jay.

Winter Warmers is a holiday anthology by five great authors. Each one is short story length making for a solid novel-sized book. I really enjoyed the anthology and would definitely recommend it. The stories have a nice range from sweet and fun to hot and sexy. Below I have a summary and some thoughts on each of the stories.

Title: Lucky Dip
Author: Clare London

The story opens with school teacher Andy Jackson helping to get ready for the sch
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Winter Warmers is filled with great stories that albeit short, pack a lot of punch. They are set around Christmas time rather than proper Christmas stories, although they don’t really have that as a common theme. They were all very different and as far as I could see the only thing they shared was the fact that the main characters were all a bit lonely, slightly awkward, and insecure. And by the end of their respective stories they all in a way overc
Denise GremoryKohta
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved all the stories in this anthology. But then look at the authors and you know it’s going to be good. Choosing JL Merrow’s contribution to close it out was perfect. Not only did she have me rolling with Liam’s personality, the visual of his outfit will definitely tip you over. I can’t praise this book enough.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, anthology
Lucky Dip by Clare London

Poor Andy Jackson—if something can go wrong, it will go wrong, all over him. This poor klutz trips over himself and the small children working on the festival displays. Not only is he a hazard to himself and others, it makes him feel like a fool in front of Greg Canbury, the debonair uncle of one of the students, and Andy's former lover. They'd broken up once before, breaking Andy's heart, and now, he's got to work an entire carnival in close proximity to the man. Someti
Elisa Rolle
This anthology is so nice and romantic that is really difficult to say if I like a story more than the other, they are really very good.

Lucky Dip by Clare London: A light and very romantic story about a primary school teacher and his former boyfriend who wants a second chance. Andy is so cute and tender that I was wondering how Greg could have ever thought to let him go, and truth be told, I would have not bought his reasons so easily like Andy does, but you know, when you are in love nothing el
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, anthology
Sheesh, I read and reviewed this in DEcmeber on my blog. Why didn't I put this here. Sorry.

This is going to be an abbreviated look at each story saying what I liked about it.

Lucky Dip – Clare London: A story of a grade school teacher who is forced to work with his ex (the uncle of a student) to prepare for the Christmas carnival. They manage to get locked in a storage closet for the night, complete with bottles of wine and mince pies where the ex gets a chance to explain his behaviour. I reall
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I'm reading this waaaay out of season, but I wanted to leave a review because it's a great anthology.
Every one of these stories touched me in its own unique way.
It starts with Lucky Dip by Clare London, which surprised me because of the setting: a primary school Christmas Fair, and the 'hero', Andy, a disarmingly dorky teacher. The scrape he gets into with his ex is really funny and romantic at the same time. Clare made me laugh while managing to get me to root for the relationship to
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

Lucky Dip

I thought this was an interesting story to start with. It's a story about second chance love which is lovely except that Andy was surprisingly forgiving and I don't really remember them having much chemistry to be honest with you. It also felt like Andy was much younger, sort of like a student teacher to Greg's older status. I'm not sure we found out their ages but I don't think Greg was a teacher.

Butterscotch Kisses

Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
This was a fun holiday/winter anthology with a nice variety of stories. I enjoyed it quite a bit, my only complaint was that I wish the stories were longer!

Here is my breakdown:

Lucky Dip by Clare London - 4 stars - Loved klutzy Andy and the antics of the children he teaches. Funny, sweet reconciliation story. I do wish we were given a bit more about Greg's character.

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder - 3 stars - I really liked the set up for this story - could identify with Matthew's fear of
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