Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Wish Come True Anthology

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Title: Wish Come True Anthology

Authors: Keira Andrews, Joanna Chambers, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Suki Fleet, Kaje Harper, Anyta Sunday

Genre: Holiday, New Adult, Contemporary

Published: 1st December 2015

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Synopsis

First love. Young love. Holiday love...
Wish Come True is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories by some of our favorite authors!
A Very English Christmas by Keira Andrews
Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?
Mr Perfect's Christmas by Joanna Chambers
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?
The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins
When a twink who's finally ready to grow up accidentally catfishes a college football player headed to the NFL, it's going to take a lot of honesty and all the faith they can muster in their own One True Pairing to set this Christmas ship sailing.
That Thing by Megan Erickson
Helping his wedding planner sister work an event is not Devin Master’s idea of what he wants to do on his winter break from college. But saying no to his sister isn’t in his wheelhouse, which is why he finds himself embedded in a drama-filled wedding. His first task? Babysit the “troublesome” best man.
Adrian Alvarez wants to do just about anything on New Year’s Eve except attending his best friend’s wedding. Ever since Adrian came out, he’s been shunned in his hometown. By everyone but his best friend, Tony. Which is why he finds himself trudging through the airport to fulfill his best man duties. He doesn’t expect to find out his ride to the hotel is a hot blond with a cocky grin.
Devin can’t get involved with a member of the wedding party, or his sister will kill him, and Adrian just wants to lay low and not draw attention to himself. But neither can resist the chemistry between them and they have to decide if they are willing to ignite or let their attraction fizzle out.
Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet
One rainy night in December, David helps a busker with pretty eyes get his stolen money back. He doesn’t imagine the strong attraction he feels is mutual. But after overcoming his shyness, David discovers Jess is definitely interested.
Jess just isn’t interested in anything but a one night stand. Or maybe two. Falling for David is definitely not part of his plan. But when David gets trapped in a snowstorm the night before Christmas Eve, Jess realises a night or two is never going to be enough.
Not Your Grandfather's Magic by Kaje Harper
A month away from Zeb Crowe’s twenty-first birthday — just a month before the ceremony that will awaken his psychic heritage — Zeb’s grandfather predicts cryptically, “Hold your mind and heart ready, and something good will come to you.” Shortly afterward, Zeb meets Matt, a smart, gawky, unexpectedly appealing guy who might warm the lonely corners of his heart. But is Matt really the “something good” his grandfather predicted? And is it fair to get close to him, when very soon Zeb’s whole life will change? If Zeb’s dad wasn’t missing, or his grandfather wasn’t such an enigmatic old bastard, his path to love, or power, would be so much clearer.
Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday
Benjamin Otto is a bottle of liquid luck. Good looks. Good brain. Whatever the challenge: good odds. Except, what happens when those odds change?
Dad’s had enough bankrolling Ben and requests him to get a job. The challenge: make enough money to finance Christmas or face telling his little brother the holidays are dead.
Then there’s Sebastian. The guy from his politics class who is always coming in second after him. The guy who steals Ben’s idea to collect bottles for quick cash. The guy who makes Ben wonder if any amount of luck will be enough to win him what he really wants…
Edited by Lenore DiTrani
Cover by KaNaXa
Proceeds will be donated to Lost-N-Found Youth , an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.

Freya’s Review

While many people aren’t keen on anthologies because they say that it’s impossible to read an in-depth story; I like them because they give me a glimpse at an author's style. Also, I don’t always want to open a book and get into it so much that I daren’t put it down, but still have a 300-page trek until I discover what’s happened to my hero or heroine. Anthologies certainly have their place in the market. They are that little bit of something different that you don’t have to wait all day for a conclusion. Occasionally, all I want is a little something special, and several stories in this anthology gave me that something special.

The stories start of short and steadily get longer, and more in-depth. And while not all of the stories scored 5*, they all had their qualities. I think everyone will find something special in here. It’s just a question of what floats your boat.

A Very English Christmas by Keira Andrews - 3.5*

In this story, don’t confuse English with British. Outside the US Amish community, everywhere is English.

The Amish boys, Isaac, and David, not only love one another but like to dabble in mild BDSM. Hence, they are looking for a place of their own away from their community. These boys are adorable together, and it is interesting witnessing them come to terms with ‘living English’.

While finding the home of their dreams, the boys lived with other members of their family who had also left the community. The dynamic of this I found confusing. I found myself sorting out the family tree rather than concentrating on the story. Maybe, it was me on an off day. But I re-read several sections, and still found myself puzzled.

Everything about this story is sweet and Christmassy, and having the Amish twist makes it different.

Mr. Perfect’s Christmas by Joanna Chambers – 4.5*

Mr. Perfect’s Christmas is my kind of yuletide tale. The story is good. I related to everything, and it was easy to read. As for the sex - hot hot hot.

The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins - 3.5*

The Christmas Ship is a story that starts in an on-line chat room, over the love of some fictional characters. References to the characters pop into the story on a regular basis. It’s a story of initial crossed wires and seemingly mistaken gender between Josh, the jock, and Benji, the massage therapy student. But is it?

The author captures the college mindset extremely well. Unfortunately for me, I’m not up to date with some of the student terms and chat room speak. Consequently, I found parts confusing which makes me sad and unable to give this story the review it probably deserves. I got the basics, though, and this is a sweet Christmas tale.

That Thing by Megan Ericson – 5*

Ahh, the world of the wedding planner, or, at least, the laid back brother helping out the highly stressed sister, wedding planner. Add in a marriage party, and it’s a recipe for a fun story. Oh, and what a story. I loved it. It had drama, humor, fluff, and some brilliant characters.

Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet – 3.75*

A London busker, Jess, and a Sheffield student, David, who is helping his uncle are the coupling in this story. After Jess gets robbed, David offers him a job as a waiter at his uncles. Attraction follows and ...well this is a Christmas story, after all.

This is a sweet story, albeit a touch predictable in places. I liked the characters, and the sex is good. For me, though, there are a few flow issues. Most are an editing matter, where new scenes could do with capital letters. There some questionable actions, too. The boys are supposedly shy, but they seem to get their groove on with each other pretty efficiently. Also, I had issues over their actions in an emergency.

Not Your Grandfather’s Magic by Kaje Harper – 5*

Add a couple of elderly people to two young ones and the youngsters don’t stand a chance. But once they’ve done their bit, the boys do a splendid job on their own. This story has some nice humor, drama, and some good heritage based twists that make it unique among the many anthology stories I’ve read. It has a length to it that allowed me to sink into their world, and it was a good place to be. As for the sex... I had to get the fan out.

Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday – 4.5*

Aww, Bottle Boys is truly a touching Christmas wish story. Not quite as dramatic as some of the others but worthy as the final story in the anthology. It has the generosity and the enlightening experiences that I come to associate with Christmas. This is most definitely a feel good story.

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