A charity anthology from your favorite MM romance authors…by
Whew! I finished. This truly was jam-packed full of holiday goodness.
My advice would be to seek out the authors you know and start there. When you have time or need a dose of Christmas joy, check out some of the other short stories.
Most of them I really liked, a few missed the mark, and I absolutely adored a handful of them.
Okay, now to my ramblings while reading this massive set…
I LOVE many of these authors.
I LOVE many of the books these short stories stem from.
I LOVE the charity benefiting from this set. The Trevor Project is simply amazing!
And…yet at times it almost felt intimidating with its size.
And…it doesn’t have the same impact if you’ve new to the originating book/series for many of the shorts.
And…I don’t know how to feel about reading my first COVID romance. I’m not sure I’m ready for that…yet.
There are a total of FIFTEEN short stories included.
Which ends up running around 33 cents a story. WOW…talk about a stellar deal.
Even if you only read five of them, it’s a buck a book. I can only imagine what an undertaking this was to coordinate and must give props to RJ and all of the wonderful authors included. Bravo!
So, why not give it a go…try some new voices and meet some new families or visit some faves.
Decide which to keep and move on knowing you helped a deserving cause.
That’s my take anyway…and here are my snippets of each gift.
RJ Scott – Single Dad Christmas 🌟🌟🌟
I haven’t read the Single Dad series before but this felt complete rather than a voyeuristic fragment. Austin and Paul were delightful. The classic ‘fall in love with the manny’ tale, but it was adorable and made me smile. I loved the kiddos too!
Annabeth Albert – Must Be Santa 🌟🌟🌟
I hadn’t met Teddy and Nick before (from Better Not Pout) but now I want to. This established couple wants to share their love and expand their family. It was tender and full of hope. And I want more of them! I can’t wait to read more from Albert!
Joanna Chambers – The First Snow of Winter 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Oh! This was just lovely. A historical treat that left me craving more. Childhood acquaintances are reunited. Both have changed. Both run hot for the other. Could be an introduction to a full book…or at least I hope so! A gentle and tender beginning that historical fans are sure to enjoy.
Eli Easton – Twelve Days of UPS 🌟🌟🌟
I gravitate towards Easton’s stories because they always seem to work for me. And this will probably shed its needles with time…but masks, social distancing, and COVID stress take up enough of my real life…I just wasn’t ready to take it into my books. Cute couple with an adorable story though.
Suki Fleet – Sometimes, Always 🌟🌟🌟
Ohhh…ummm…I am hot and cold. I absolutely ADORE Peri and Echo and couldn’t wait for this one…and it was delightful and finespun and so them. But dude, this one scene had me *bug eyes* all sorts of confuzzled. *whispers* Is that really a thing? I suppose it’s tame compared to golden showers but…I was just so surprised.
Lane Hayes – Out For The Holidays 🌟🌟🌟
I haven’t read this series and perhaps I will now…I wasn’t exactly sold but wasn’t deterred either. A short and sweet story about Derek and Evan making their dreams come true. Fans of the Out in College series will definitely want to check this out!
Annabelle Jacobs – Driving Home For Christmas 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Loved it, loved it, loved it. This particular story was by far my favorite of the collection. Besties to boyfriends done exceptionally well. A fresh and complete story that left me smiling from ear to ear. If you’ve never read Jacbos before, this would be the perfect place to get a taste of her style. Beautiful story!
Alex Jane – Homestead for the Holidays 🌟🌟🌟
This is an addition to the Homestead Universe. Which again, I’m unfamiliar with but I didn’t feel quite so lost with this one. Best friends to boyfriends always cheer me up…especially when they cross that invisible line around the holidays. Jace and CJ were adorable and brought a new-to-me author to my kindle. Yay!
Amber Kell – A Santa for Trin 🌟🌟🌟
If I had read the Moon Pack series, I think I would have enjoyed this substantially more. This shifter world didn’t completely ‘wow’ me but it did pique up my curiosity. Dare and his mate, Steven (werewolf and tiger) decide to bring a bit of human childhood magic to their pack. The Alpha’s son, Trin wants to meet Santa. As it turns out, Santa doesn’t only visit Trin. All in all, it was pretty cute.
Garrett Leigh – No Place Like Home 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Pete and Ash. If you know them, that’s all you need to know. If you don’t…start with their magnificent book Slide. THEN come back to this goodie. If you aren’t familiar, you probably won’t understand everything. But I was thrilled!!
V.L. Locey – Dressed In Holiday Style 🌟🌟
Despite this being a complete short story, it was one of my least favorites from the group. I felt like I should have enjoyed it more but I couldn’t quite click with the writing. There wasn’t anything, in particular, that was off-putting but more of a me-not-you situation. An enemies to lovers short story that might work better for you.
Clare London – Five Gold Blings 🌟🌟🌟🌟
An amusing short story that made me smile and wish for more. It was fresh and whole and I really enjoyed it. A delivery guy and a vlogger connect and demonstrate the joy of bringing others joy. I haven’t always clicked with London’s books but this was a pleasant win.
Posy Roberts – Sojourn with You 🌟🌟🌟
I’m still pondering this one. I thought for sure it would snag me and it barely hooked. I liked Sawyer and Gregg enough but I wanted…more. Maybe it was the HFN that left me only half full. I haven’t read the Nutgrove series and perhaps that’s what was missing? Roberts delivers a tentative age-gap romance with an adorable doggo that will hopefully dazzle you!
Felice Stevens – The Gift of Forever 🌟🌟🌟
This is another addition to an established couple or book. Even though I didn’t know them, I DID enjoy them and their holiday celebrations. Clearly, an opposite attract pair and the family appearances were delightful. I was a bit bummed with the abrupt ending though…I needed that final missing scene! Another book added to my ever-growing tbr list!
AE Via – An Unworthy Gift 🌟🌟🌟
This was…different. A new-to-me author with an enticing voice. A bit of sparkle brings two men together. Not a case of insta-love but more like whiplash love. And yet, I was rooting for Spencer and Cole…so I guess the author was successful. Ha!
If you enjoy anthologies and love Christmas stories, this mighty collection includes a little bit of everything and supports a marvelous cause…and is sure to have something to tickle your fancy. Why not give it a chance? After all, it IS brimming with sweet and sexy stories!!