Everyone hears "He's too young for you." "She's too old for you." Not between these pages. This anthology crosses the age gap with nine enchanting stories of cross-generational relationships. Some are sweet, some are sexy, some are heartbreaking. One is downright murderous. The protagonists are gay men or women searching for true love or trying out what's right in front of them.
Verso and Recto by Geonn Cannon Discovering their mutual love of reading leads a literature student and her professor to take a step neither of them expected.
A Blizzard’s Blow by Adrian J. Smith Lollie dashes from the house in the middle of a blizzard in search of something she’s not sure she’ll find, but she hopes to never again see the same cold, blank stare Kimberley gave her.
Slice by Ralph Greco Jr. When Germane relinquishes her more-than-slight kinky relationship with Lila to begin a new one with younger A.J., she finds a flirty, fun and wholly different “Slice” of life opening up for her.
That December by Lela E. Buis Celia finds that older women and the politics of genetic engineering aren’t what they seem.
The Arrangement by Helena Maeve When he is summoned into his Dom’s study after a mutually satisfying scene, Cyril knows he’s in for something worse than the play they normally get up to.
New York Minute by Stacy O’Steen Stuck in his depressing hometown for far too long, Colton jumps at the chance to return to his beloved New York City. But when some odd coincidences click into place, he needs to find the truth hidden in the lies.
The Artist as an Old Man by A. M. Leibowitz 1985 is a big year for Kenny Anderson. Sent to interview artist Aaron Rubenstein, making a grand reappearance after a three-year absence, Kenny digs beneath the surface to understand Aaron’s life—and maybe his own.
Adjunct Hell by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese Phil may be in his 50s, but he’s still a student, and the fact that Carl—who’s barely 30—is dating him would bad enough even if Carl wasn’t waiting for good news from the tenure committee.
Say You Do by Kassandra Lea Keegan Bancroft is hoping to avoid a complete meltdown before his date. But there’s something he really wants to ask Richard.
I am so very glad I only paid $2.99 for Young Love, Old Hearts. It's not at all how I thought it would be and many of the stories are either too callous for me or more erotic in nature than I'm used to...I should have read the 'fine print' better. For some reason I thought the stories here would be romantic and emotional. These are not necessarily badly written or even sub par...just not what I was looking for and except for the always reliable Geonn Cannon (whose story here is called "Verso and Recto") nothing here jumps out at me.
Original review on Molly Lolly I love stories with an age gap. Some call them May-December romances. No matter what you call it, I like it. This anthology got me excited since it’s nine stories in one place on a topic I enjoy. Not all of the stories delivered, but none of them were terrible. I did enjoy the stories and the age gap aspect. Overall Stars: Four Verso Recto by Geonn Cannon This is such a cute story. I really liked that Colleen and Diane bonded over books. I liked that they didn’t just enjoy traditional classic stories either. I envy their relationship where they can sit together and enjoy reading without the need for talking, yet still feel like they spent time together. I’m curious how they’ll manage a relationship while Diane is Colleen’s professor. However, they are well suited for each other and I’m confident they’ll work it out. Stars: Four A Blizzard’s Blow by Adrian J. Smith Holy moly! So not what I was expecting at all! I loved how the relationship between Lollie and Andrea progressed. I started to wonder about halfway through and question a few things. Then WOW! Plot twist! I so want to know more about Lollie and Andrea, and what happens next. Stars: Four and a half Slice by Ralph Greco Jr. Didn’t really connect with the characters in this story. Germane didn’t seem genuine in her feelings towards Lila or A.J. If she didn’t want to be in a relationship with Lila anymore, she should have broken up with her. I also didn’t feel the love she professed to have towards A.J. I enjoy love at first sight stories. But Germane’s emotions weren’t described well. She came off wishy-washy. Stars: Three That December by Lela E. DuBois Wow! Such an interesting story. I didn’t expect how this story to turn out. I really thought Dr. Ward was going to be more important short term for Celia. But her long term impact was so much more for Celia. Her convictions were called into question when she met Dr. Ward and that shaped how she acted and chose in the future. The ending was very interesting despite not being what I expected. Would love to know more about Celia and her future. Stars: Four The Arrangement by Helena Maeve This is a fun little story. The misunderstanding between Cyril and August was kind of funny. I was glad the two got back together and worked out their differences. There was just enough information about both guys that I want more. I want to see how they got into the situation that caused the miscommunication, I want to see them after as well. Stars: Four New York Minute by Stacy O’Steen Oh my gosh this story ended in a completely unexpected way. Such a huge shocker there at the end. I really want to see Colton and Seth get a happy ending, but I have no idea how that’s going to happen. They’re so good together and both so sweet. I am openly begging Ms. O’Steen for a sequel of some kind to wrap this up somehow. My heart hurts for both of these guys and they need to be together. Stars: Four The Artist as an Old Man by A.M. Leibowitz This was such a heartbreakingly beautiful story. I loved the flash back, and seeing Kenny being so gentle with Aaron before the flash back. I loved how Kenny showed that gentleness from the beginning of the relationship when Aaron needed it. Kenny also stood up for himself when necessary too. Their story is so wonderful, I would love to read more of it. I want to see how they survived and loved together. You can feel their lifelong love in the short story there is. Stars: Four and a half Adjunct Hell by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae I enjoyed this story so much. It took the stereotypical professor/student roles and flipped them. The characters are so fun and just a little bit silly. I liked the Carl was so concerned about his tenure but he and Phil were not as suspect as he thought. Phil could have cared less about rule breaking but was mindful of how Carl felt. I would love to see more of these two. They were fun along with the side characters that brought some humor to the story. Stars: Four Say You Do by Kassandra Lea This is a cute little story. I wanted to pull Keegan into a huge hug with how nervous he was. He tried so hard to set the perfect scene and it got away from him. Richard was so gentle with him, you could feel their love for each other. I would love to see how their relationship started, plus a sequel to see them together longer too. Stars: Four
FourStars This anthology contains everything from horror to humour to kink. There are beautifully tender moments in Verso and Recto. Gentle kink is introduced in Slice, while A Blizzard’s Blow is surprising and a little shocking. That December and The Artist as an Old Man are both political - the former looking forward and the latter reflecting back. Adjunct Hell is light and funny. As with any collection of stories, some pulled me in more than others. I really loved the quiet, gentle romances in Verso and Recto and The Artist as an Old Man, but on another day I might have been more drawn to some of the steamier or more exciting writing.
I struggled a little with the inconsistent quality of writing here. I’m not sure New York Minute was actually written as a short story. It ended abruptly without any sort of closure. I had to read Slice twice, and I’m still not sure what exactly happens in the story. I also felt like Say You Do was over before it really started.
Like any collection of stories, this is a good way to sample the writing of new or unfamiliar authors. The Table of Contents contains a clear description of each story, allowing readers to dip in and out as they choose.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.