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Friday, October 26, 2012

Love Unexpected: Manlove Edition by Various Authors

Love Unexpected: Manlove Edition by Penelope Rivers, Erin M. Leaf, Sean Michael, Xondra Day, K. Williams, Rebecca Brochu, Shawn Lane, Giselle Renarde, Chrissie Lee, Alex Bowman
Publisher: Evernight
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Best friends make the best lovers? Indeed they do. There’s nothing more exciting than discovering that the person you already share everything with is the one you want sharing your bed.

Join us for ten tales of sexy and decadent discoveries as these gloriously hot men find all the love, lust and orgasmic delight they could ever want—closer than they expected.

Love can be a tricky bed partner. Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are falling into it or falling out of it. Especially when it sneaks up on you at the most unexpected time. This anthology took me on a journey of interesting affairs that were most certainly unexpected and welcomed.

Squeezable by Penelope Rivers

Squeezable was a very entertaining read that I went through quickly. Andy and Kevin had been friends for as long as they remembered. With a bond so close, the lines can get a bit blurry between friendship and more. I really enjoyed seeing these two create new lines and connectors within their relationship.

A Little Bendy by Erin M. Leaf

I have always been a strong believer that friends can make the best lovers. Josh and Ben discovered this when they decided to test the limits of the friendship. Now that Ben is newly single they have the perfect opportunity to find out if this theory is true. I really like the way they discovered their feelings for one another. The development felt natural, and even included a few uncomfortable moments when neither knew if they were really ready to jump in.

Being Stupid by Sean Michael

Henry and Parson both new they were gay; what they hadn’t known was that they may find what they need in each other. The fact that these two characters were comfortable with who they were made it easy for them to know what they wanted in and outside of the bedroom. Who would have thought that a barbecue to celebrates one's independence may turn into an eternal romantic development that may never be broken.

Quench by Xondra Day

This story mixed things up a bit. Bryan has long believed he is the last survivor until Joel wanders back into his life. Joel’s family has been long gone, and he seeks solace in a familiar surrounding. I think the relationship development within the story is perfect. I really felt like I could connect with Bryan’s sense of loneliness and completely understood why he would be so excited to welcome anyone, especially the boy next door. I also found myself wondering what would be next for this couple, which is always a good thing.

Coming Home by K. Williams

Who doesn’t love a man in a uniform? I am not sure if it is the authority, the tailor of the uniform or what, but a uniform can make a man simply irresistible. Craig has been sporting his marine uniform for four years. Once he finally makes his way home to visit his family and friends he gets the chance to strip the uniform off for something more comfortable: a naked man. I love Craig and Toby’s story from the fact that they had a friendship no one seems to understand down to Craig being Toby’s true hero. My heart went out to Toby at times because he seemed to be a true outcast, and I was so happy that Craig could make him understand how much he was worth.

Between Marriage and an Octupus by Rebecca Brochu

Interesting story about two partners who find love. I have to say at the beginning I was puzzled by Dylan and Tyler’s relationship. The author says they were partners, so I was thinking relationship partner not work partner. Then I discovered the misunderstanding, which helped me to understand. Other than this, I love that these two men find solace in one another. They seem to be the only consistent in each other’s lives so it was good to see that they can really find themselves in each other’s arms.

Getting Wade by Shawn Lane

Getting Wade again shows the strength of friendship and how it can bud into a great romantic relationship. Though I have to question the timing of the development I was happy Neal and Wade can finally share their true feeling. I have to wonder if the timing was right because of Wade’s emotional state when dealing with a recent break up. In the end I know both men truly cared for one another and would continue to for a long time.

Gypsy Psychics Can’t Be Wrong by Giselle Renarde

This was the first story that incorporated a truly dynamic plot in this anthology. I love the added mystery surrounding the Gypsy and her visions. While Marty may not understand or believe that someone out there loves him he respects the Gypsy’s foresight. Sometimes love is truly found in the oddest places and it takes a tragedy for Marty to realize how much he has.

Jay’s Addiction by Chrissie Lee

Sam and Jay’s story touched me on a deep level. Sam has fought hard for his sobriety because he knows that his addiction almost cost him his life. I was in awe about how Jay also discovered his personality flaws when dealing with Sam’s addiction. The personal and romantic development go hand and hand. I could read this story over and over again.

Diamond: The Men of Rock Candy by Alex Bowman

Cass and Damon’s story is my favorite on within the anthology. I love the buildup of emotions Cass feels when having to watch Damon dance for others. Having to watch them get to touch the man he wants. This got my adrenaline flowing to the point where I felt like I was leaning against the wall watching with Cass. It helped to lead up to an explosive encounter that is bound to leave a lasting impression.

All-in-all I really enjoyed these stories and the interesting characters they introduced me too. I would say read this anthology if you want to experience the magic associated with finding love in not necessary the most obvious place, but when and where it I is needed most.

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