Thursday, November 12, 2015

Release Day Review: Boys Who Go Bump in The Night Anthology by Josephine Myles and JL Merrow

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Title: Boys Who Go Bump in The Night

Authors: Josephine Myles & JL Merrow

Publisher: Self-published

Release: 12th November 2015

Genre: M/M (paranormal)

Overall Rating:

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When boy meets (supernatural) boy

Buckle up as two queens of British gay romance take you on a whistlestop tour of all things paranormal. Vampires, genies, ghosts, magicians and shifters all get their chance for a bit of boy on boy action, in five erotic stories that span the range from the humorous to the sublime.

Will you seek to make your fortune with magic and ritual, or pin your hopes on a genie’s power to grant wishes? Discover a shifty young man on a Scottish shoreline, meet a hapless garlic farmer who’s been turned into one of the undead--and if you dare to venture into the cellar, gird your loins for a horny ghost!

These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology.

Freya’s Review

This anthology is a delightful collection of tales told in a typically British way, with British phrasing and British humour. It’s a series of stories featuring a vampire, a ghost, and a few other things that I’ll leave as a surprise. Some will give you a giggle, while others will pull at your heartstrings.

Each story is a quick read. And each one is unique in its setting but I loved the sense of humour displayed by both authors and their ability to make the most out of a short story.

While each story is individual; from a formatting viewpoint, I’d have liked to see a little more uniformity. The scene dividers varied. I know this is only an extremely minor point, and I’m being picky beyond belief. But, to me it’s like dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s. It would have made the book, polish perfect, and more than a collection of short stories.

Leeches and Layabouts by JL Merrow ~ 4 Stars

In this short story, I enjoyed the sense of humour, and outlook of the characters. It made me raise more than one eyebrow, and had me tittering. It’s a fun yarn of fun and fluff in a genre that is often taken far too seriously. I’d love to see these two characters in more tales of teeth and tremendous times.

Something Queer by Josephine Myles ~ 5 Stars

Sexy and funny are the two words on my lips after reading this. Oh God, I loved the carrot crotch phrase. It has to be one of the shortest stories I’ve read, but it was so damned entertaining. I could imagine myself in the cellar in the place of Pete, and what a delightful place it was to be.

Sacrifice by JL Merrow  ~ 4.5 Stars

A sense of awww bless, and a tug at the heartstrings was what I felt when I finished reading Sacrifice. There is sizzle, but not in a fan your face way. It is sweet and sensitive and with a purpose.

Et In Orcadia by JL Merrow ~ 5 Stars

A lump in my throat is what Et In Orcadia left me. It is beautiful, and emotional, and full of amazing imagery. For such a short story, it had an immense amount of depth - I wanted to read more. I’d love to know if there’s a follow up to this particular story – not just other stories like it.

One Last Wish by Josephine Myles ~ 3.75 Stars

This is a sweet story that will leave you wearing a smile. I’d love to read a full story of Xavier – the full story of his life. I feel a little mean only giving it a 3.75* but it didn’t have quite the humour of some of the others or the emotional depth.

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Meet the Authors

J.L Merrow

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JL Merrow is a very English writer of (mainly) m/m fiction who finds writing the only way to stay sane, except of course when a plot is driving her crazy. Having grown up on an island, she can’t remember a time before she could swim and prefers to remain close to water at all times. Luckily, the weather in her native land being as it generally is, this is not difficult.

I’m that rare beast; an English person who refuses to drink tea. I’m a writer of (mainly) m/m or f/f romance, mostly contemporary or paranormal, but with a fickle muse that occasionally ambushes me in dark alleyways and drags me off, cackling, to write historical or science fiction.

Some might call all this pillar-to-posting tragic evidence of a short attention span; I couldn’t possibly….er, what were we talking about, again?

I enjoy reading, martial arts, and surprising people who judge a book by its cover.

She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.



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Josephine Myles

Josephine Myles
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.



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