Sunday, September 28, 2014

ARC Review: Bedtime Stories by Assorted Authors

Bedtime StoriesFrom the blurb:

From supernatural tales of intrigue to a curious modern romance, a thoroughly British relationship and a classic fairytale all twisted up, Bedtime Stories is a collection of short stories designed to be read one at a time, at bedtime. Let us wish you goodnight with gay romances that are sure to leave you ready for a night of sweet, lingering dreams. 

Heather's rating:

"Whiskey Wishes" by Anna Martin- 3.5 stars
What a sweet short! It is really hard to create chemistry and romance in a story of this length, but Anna Martin does it. I loved the setting (Irish countryside) and the sweet chemistry between the two MCs. Very light on the sex, but a cute story overall. I enjoyed this one.

"Flickers" by Tia Fielding- 2.5 stars
I liked the idea behind this story but the MC and I never meshed. Ben was a sort of unlikable characters, with his hate-on for flamboyant gay men while he is okay with more burly gay men. I guess Ben was sort of in the closet but his disdain for stereotypical gay men rubbed me the wrong way. The concept of the story had me hooked but I was scrunching my nose in annoyance a lot of the time.

"Click Your Heels Three Times" by Blaine D. Arden- 3 stars
A creative, cute, sex-free fantasy story. If magic and high fantasy kings and lords are your thing, you'll enjoy this one. A little overreaching for a story of this length, I still liked the imagination behind this short.

Frangipani Kisses" by Liam Livings- 2 stars
I should probably give this fewer stars because I DNFed this, which is terrible considering it is only about 30 pages long. This was rough for me. Super British, not really a romance, dated feeling, just not my taste at all.

"Charmed" by M.J. O'Shea- 4 stars
Really cute story about a jaded NYC bartender feeling an undeniable spark with a hipster, ginger boy. Sweet and sex-free, this was romantic and took place in my neck of the woods. I would have loved to read about this in novel-format but I think it worked well as a short. Very nice.

"Torch" by Kit Mullender- 5 stars
Wow, who is this author and why doesn't she write more! This was the best story in the collection thus far and I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I loved everything about it, from the doctor plot-line (YES!) to the sexual tension to the music. Great atmosphere- I could practically feel the heat and sweat. It was just awesome overall and worth the price of the collection just for this one story.

"Miles To Go" by B. Snow- 4.5 stars
Jackpot! I looove a GFY story and this was a cute one! I liked the slow buildup and the sexual tension. It was going to be a strong 5 stars except for the aborted sex scene at the end. Gah! What I wouldn't pay for 30 more erotic pages with those two. Excellent work, B. Snow!

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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