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Friday, May 11, 2012

Word Play: Story Orgy Vol. 1 by Em Woods, Lee Brazil, Haven Fellows, Hank Edwards, JR Boyd



Word Play: Story Orgy Vol. 1 by Em Woods, Lee Brazil, Haven Fellows, Hank Edwards, JR Boyd
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length Full Length (251 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play/Intercourse, mild BDSM
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Harper’s Discovery by Em Woods

When Harper finally sees the light and dumps his cheating boyfriend, can Pitt convince Harper to trust him enough to let it all go?

Wicked Reflection by Hank Edwards

A sexy bad-boy neighbor, a handsome detective investigating an unsolved murder, and ghostly warnings help Kirk uncover the deadly secret within his new house.

Harlan’s Ryde: Synchronous Seductions, Book 1 by Havan Fellows

Ryder made a mistake Harlan can't forgive. Will Ryder cross a line no man should cross to obtain a second chance?

Off The Beaten Path by JR Boyd

Best friends and landscaping entrepreneurs Mitch Sterling and Colby Merritt enjoy their comradeship. Can scouting country roads for business opportunities unveil a lifetime of passion?

The Park At Sunrise by Lee Brazil

First they were three, now they are two. Can Jason and Morgan make a relationship work without Paul?


Five wonderfully talented authors prove that rewards come when you lose control, heed timely advice, give second chances, stop for a swim, and keep an overdue promise.

Harper’s Discovery by Em Woods

A sensual dance at a night club is only the beginning of the tango Harper and Pitt are pairing up for. Ms. Wood builds the tempo in this sexually charged short, dials it back down and immediately turns the heat right back up. Not unlike a roller-coaster, you’ll walk away a little breathless. Harper puts up a good front that he doesn’t need a new boyfriend after he tells his ex to hit the bricks. That’s fine because Pitt isn’t looking for a part-time playmate either. I thought Pitt put it succinctly when he said “You are mine. And tonight I’m going to show you why.” Ms. Woods has become one of my favorite M/M writers because of her characterization and clever story lines. Harper’s Discovery is no exception. The story line of Pitt and Harper becoming a couple is hot with some mild BDSM elements but there’s a whole other sub-plot that she sneaks in that gives their novella real substance. Dynamic chemistry is good but it’s how they deal with “life” outside the bedroom that proves their worth.

Wicked Reflection by Hank Edwards

Moving into a house with a history can be an exciting new venture or, in Kirk’s case, a paranormal adventure with potentially deadly consequences. Strange mirror messages are the least of his worries when things that go bump in the night turn out to be flesh and blood who have no qualms with spilling more blood. Who can Kirk trust? The sexy bad boy neighbor, Alan, comes on fast and strong but he clearly has a past. Whereas, Detective Lance is asking a lot of questions but he seems interested in keeping Kirk safe while solving a year old murder case. Someone isn’t telling the whole truth but they both know how best to distract Kirk from digging too deep. Author Hank Edwards doesn’t just tease you with a quick glance into these characters lives even if this is a short story. Wicked Reflection is the longest of the shorts in this collection and the detail is incredible. The minute Kirk receives his first message from beyond I was hooked to see who was communicating with Kirk and why. The story takes several twists and turns but it all comes together in an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

Harlan’s Ryde by Haven Fellows

Who could blame Harlan for wanting to throw Ryder out of his house ASAP when he shows up out the blue seven years after ripping Harlan’s heart into tiny unrecognizable pieces? Too bad it’s that not quite mended organ that also suddenly beats a little stronger when Ryder goes all smirky alpha on him. I had a love/annoyed relationship with Ryder. I couldn’t hate him but I was very upset with the way he stomped all over poor Harlan’s sincere proposal in the beginning. Having said that, they were college kids at the time. They’re expected to do stupid stuff, right? When he puts time, effort and money into finding Harlan, though, I had to give him a pass. Seriously, this guy is so sure (and yet unsure) of himself I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or sock him in the arm on Harlan’s behalf. In the end I decided to simply keep reading and see how Harlan would handle him. I knew it would take a lot more than sweet talk to win Harlan over but as Ryder himself put it “I do love a challenge”. Ms. Fellow’s writing is so fun and vivid it was easy to see that Harlan and Ryder had both matured over the seven year separation. Harlan may be drawn to Ryder like a bee to honey but he didn’t make it easy on him. If you follow Ms. Fellows on the social sites you can hear her vivacious personality come through in her characters dialogue and chemistry. She's mentioned that her first solo project will be out soon. The new story details Harlan's best friend, Ritchie's journey to what's sure to be a snarky but fun HEA. After meeting him here, I can't wait to see how he gets there! You don’t want to miss Harlan and Ryder’s story. It’s clever, heart warming and a delicious sampling of a terrific story teller.

Off The Beaten Path by JR Boyd

Is there a better beginning for a forever relationship than two people who have been best friends since childhood? They know all about one another: The good, the bad and all the reasons to take a chance to see if the feelings are mutual. Mitch and Colby are best buds who have kept their feelings for another a secret far too long. A hot summer day, a dirt road swimmin’ hole and a few beers give them motivation and opportunity to test more than the ponds temperature. Their tentative and teasing touches put me in mind of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. The men have come to a point in the relationship where simple friendship isn’t enough anymore but are they willing to take the steps that can never been taken back? Author JR Boyd is unapologetic in his writing M/M stories. When Mitch and Colby mutually decide to pursue the chemistry between them it’s hot, dirty and graphic…with a soundtrack that perfectly sets the mood for this beautiful story. Even before the men act on their sexual chemistry I could feel their bond that began as children. They way they talk to one another, the joking, the impromptu duets; it all gave an honest sense of realism to their story. I could see myself re-reading this later.

The Park at Sunset by Lee Brazil

One of the more solemn stories of this anthology, The Park at Sunset took me back to happier times for three men who loved each other as youth, never considering the future might not hold plans for all three of them together. Morgan had convinced himself that Jason couldn’t want him if Paul wasn’t with them as well. An invitation to a gallery opening and painting that captured a perfect moment in time, serve as the needed catalyst to send Morgan back home to Colorado and a reunion he never imagined would happen. This is a very emotional and vivid story with a happy, healing ending but fans of Lee Brazil’s writing have come to expect that kind of depth in his writing. Mr. Brazil has a talent for digging deep into a characters psyche and pulling their deepest emotions to the surface in a way that’s almost as heart wrenching to the reader as it is to the characters. I know when I read one of his stories I’ll close the last page knowing my heart has been touched, that my soul has been affected. Bottom line: There is no light and fluffy to a Lee Brazil story. But there is poetry between the pages. One of many poignant lines from this short that was a total awe moment for me was “As a kiss melted into a kiss and a caress to culmination, no words were spoken”. The Park at Sunset is a short story that will be with you long after you finish this anthology.

The Story Orgy authors are a wonderful blend of unique writing voices who compliment one another. You’ll be glad you picked up this newest anthology to sample their writing talent. Do yourself a favor and get your copy of Word Play. You’ll laugh, cry and sigh from page one to two-hundred fifty one!



1 comment:

Debby said...

Sounds like a group of wonderful stories.
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