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Friday, December 17, 2010

Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition by J.P. Barnaby, K.C. Beaumont, Troy Storm

‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition by J.P. Barnaby, K.C. Beaumont, Troy Storm
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Where stockings are hung with condoms and lubrication, Christmas is the season for manly fornication. Santa is wishing for a gift of his own, while his devious little Elves eagerly bump and groan. Ribbons and bells are hung with care, in the hope that orgasmic cheers fill the air.

‘Tis Christmas for all and to all, goodnight, may you be granted the gift of sexual delight.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, but it wasn’t silent or sleepy. This night rocked.

Let me start off by saying I needed a cold shower after reading this anthology. It’s that Christmas red hot. I like M/M stories and this book didn’t disappoint on the heat meter. Each author has an individual delivery and a unique voice, so someone looking for a new author would love this anthology.

His Heart’s Desire by J.P. Barnaby was my favorite. Hands down. The writing was nice and tight, keeping me right in my seat throughout. I loved the characters from first meeting. Matthew has a unique job—he’s playing Santa for real. I loved the twist J.P. Barnaby put on the idea of Santa. Luca is a fun hero as well. He’s not sure of who he is, but he’s darned sure he wants Matthew. How sweet! I felt all warm and gooey inside when I got to the end because it wasn’t what I expected and it was perfect. A story not to be missed.

Santa’s Helper by K.C. Beaumont piqued my interest. It’s a different way of looking at Santa and his elves in that it’s not fanciful or sugar coated. I have to admit, on first reading, I wasn’t sure I liked Simon. He seemed like a glutton for punishment, But as the story flowed and I got to know him, I understood him and wanted to see him happy. It was like watching a good friend flounder for a bit before learning to be themselves. This story isn’t for the faint of heart though. There are moments of great strife and times I wanted to bop more than one character over the head. Then again, that’s a big reason why I came to enjoy this story—I got emotionally involved. By the time I closed this part of the book, I had a big grin. This story, even with its foibles, is still a solid story.

To round out the collection is Tricksy the Christmas Elf. This story was really hard for me to get into. I don’t mind first person. It’s rather nice to know precisely how a character is feeling. What made it a bit jarring was I wasn’t sure why Tricksy felt the way he did at times. The interplay between Tricksy and Santa was cute and the double entendres funny. I found myself a little confused when I finally got to Santa’s point of view. I liked knowing how he felt and feeling his confusion as well, but it was a bit of a jar. There were also times when another party was added to the mix. It made the story hotter, indeed, but again, I had to reread more than once to make sure I knew what was going on. If a reader is looking for a kinky Christmas story, this one should fit the bill nicely.

Despite the small hiccups this book, the collection is full of Christmas cheer. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I opened this book, but it was worth the read. In fact, I think I’ll go back read it again. If you want a book that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face, then you need to grab a copy of ‘Twas A Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition. I give this collection 3 cherries.

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