Saturday, October 8, 2011

Getting Better Charity Shorts



I'm baaack! I got busy, and didn't make much time for indulgences, but I'm back again and have a bunch of reviews to share with you today. They were short reads so here they are in one post....



Coming Out Wolf by Julia Talbot - Plumb Lucky by Elizabeth Coldwell – Sam’s New Family by Serena Yates - Riding the Rainbow by Kiernan Kelly

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What do all of these titles have in common? They are together with other short stories in “Getting Better” A Torquere Press Charity Short collection sponsored by Rainbow ebooks.Short stories have a great place in our reading selection. There are times you only have 10 – 15 minutes while waiting for an appointment or you are in need of a 30 minute distraction on your favorite piece of exercise equipment. They can be profound or just make us smile. These m/m short stories are a little bit of both and won’t disappoint you.

There is something in here for everyone. Love ties them all together but in different ways. Coming Out Wolf gives you your shapeshifter fix. Rick and Steve have been roommates for a while. While the story is short it reminds us that sometimes being true to ourselves is more important than what others might think about us. Plumb Lucky has a little more kink with the D/s dynamics. Kyle and Vincent are the perfect couple. If you can understand some of the plumbing terminology you will be OK. This is the kind of short story that just makes you smile. I would recommend either of these stories if you are looking for a 10-20 reading fix. I give both of the stories 3 chocolate dipped strawberries.


Now on to the next two! These stories were a little bit longer and both grab you in the first couple of paragraphs. Sam’s New Family is a fabulous story with a powerful message. Sam and Theo are in two totally different places in their life and you can’t help but want them both to find happiness. Sam’s character is special and I don’t know how she did it so quickly in the story but you can actually feel Sam’s emotions coming through the pages. Falling in love with this character makes you want to push Theo toward him. Reading this story makes you realized that love can be found anywhere and with anyone and that you never know where you are going to find that right person. Kodos to Serena Yates! Kiernan Kelly writes and equally powerful story with Riding the Rainbow. I love to ride horses, so I love cowboys and their struggles. A totally different setting but still a strong love story! We have all let another person push us into an argument or a fight. Flint’s altercation may just have caused him his one chance to achieve his dream. It takes a good friend to show him a different road to happiness. Both of these stories had me drooling for more. The way that they captured your heart made me wish that instead of a short story they were 300+ pages long. I hated the short ending because I just wanted to keep reading. I give these stories 4 chocolate dipped strawberries.


I have the blurbs for each below. Enjoy your reading J!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Coming Out Wolf by Julia Talbot
The worst thing in the world isn’t being gay. Not even close. It’s not even being a werewolf. The worst thing in the world is being in love with your roommate and having that love be unrequited. No matter what Steve does, Rick just isn’t responding. Will he give up too soon on making Rick his mate?


Plumb Lucky by Elizabeth Coldwell
Kyle’s morning is about to be ruined by a leak in the pipes of the Amsterdam bed and breakfast he co-owns with his lover, Vincent. Fortunately, a cute young plumber arrives to fix the problem, and give Kyle a rear view to fuel his hottest fantasies. When Vincent catches Kyle peeking, a longed-for punishment is the only solution.


Sam’s New Family by Serena Yates
Sam is free of his meddling family but hardly manages to make ends meet working as a waiter. A hungry kitten in the restaurant's back alley distracts him into missing two thugs until it's almost too late. When Theo, Sam's old neighbor, saves him and offers a ride home it is almost too good to be true. Sam has admired Theo for years but is afraid to become dependent again…
Flint thinks he wants nothing more than to stay on the down low and make a career out of riding bulls, but when an altercation loses him his big chance at the pros, he thinks his life is over. It takes a good friend to teach him that there are more important things in life than a career, and most of all, to hang in there because it gets better.


Riding the Rainbow by Kiernan Kelly
Flint thinks he wants nothing more than to stay on the down low and make a career out of riding bulls, but when an altercation loses him his big chance at the pros, he thinks his life is over. It takes a good friend to teach him that there are more important things in life than a career, and most of all, to hang in there because it gets better.
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