Good afternoon my lovely followers,
I’m excited to present you the release blitz of the romantic sweet anthology Love for all Seasons, with eight stories by RJ Scott, V.L. Locey, Annabelle Jacobs, DJ Jamison, Chris McHart, EJ Smyth, C.M. Valencourt, Cathy Brockman.
Read below for my review. 🙂
Happy reading. :3
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Anthologies are a great way to explore new authors or if you wanna get into the writing of those you maybe never read before.
Why I picked up this book was because of several reasons; for one, I wanted to read a cozy romance book with shorter stories, all under the theme of being connected to a special season or occasion (like celebrating Valentine’s Day); I also knew already a few authors and was sure this anthology could only good, even if I just would have read their stories.
The second and maybe most important reason was that there were new authors, especially new debuting writers represented in the book so I took the chance and grabbed it.
You can really read different kind of stories here and where some I loved more, there were other which weren’t bad but could have been longer to be honest; it was a pity to say goodbye so soon.
Starting with Brioche For Two by V.L Locey I loved the May/December theme, also that we have a mixed raced MC with Isamu, half Japanese, half American. The end of the book is promising we get more of it, in fact the author introduced it as one of four short stories about the couple. I am really intrigued to read further and I keep an eye of this author.
The second story in the book was as actually one of my favorites. Sweeter than Honey by C.M. Valencourt had an amazing setting, a great start and I loved how the slightly enemies into lovers theme was fleshed out. This story is sweeter than honey and with the theme of having a hiver and a vegan MC we have some kind of fresh wind in the MM short story collection. 🙂 I also will read the upcoming book by this author; this start was really great and I enjoyed the story utmost. 🙂
That I’m a huge fan of DJ Jamison‘s stories is clearly visible when you read and/follow my reviews, this short story, Special Nights, didn’t disappointed me, and I really was touched by the twist in the story (I won’t name what it is, because of spoilers, but be aware of emotional heavy things, I just say as a TW we have a on page mentioning of Alzheimer). Next to this the MC’s insomina is something which lifts the story up a bit and makes in unique. Very impressive and a skilled writing, I really loved this story although it wasn’t as light as the others.
With Winters Chill by Cathy Brockman we have the only story set in the winter or heavly set on the colder season; this story was sweet because of the start and outcome of the story and it had a solid writing and I am really interested to pick up the next book by the author.
In my opinion a true skilled writer is one who can write both: series, long novels as well as short stories or novellas. Seeing Annabelle Jacobs in the list was a pretty sure bet I would get quality content as I know it, and her story, Beach Boys, was adorable and sizzling hot as the sun. The beach topic, the story set in UK, at the beaches of Cornwall, was not only a nice change from the normally well known Amercian settings, it also let me dream about this nice place on earth, mentioned in the story. The fact that the short story was delivered so skillfully and the character so charming, in fact with a nice ending, that I honestly hope we see more, melted my heart even more. ❤
Who Do You Love, My Valentine by EJ Smyth stood out not only because of having the most explicit sexual content, it was also the only story with paranormal, supernatural elements. But don’t worry, we don’t have shifting wolves or vampires biting at each other’s necks, no, this time we have gods, in fact love gods who are shooting arrows to ignite the spark of love and lust in the human kind. The fact that a god and a human are the MCs in the story was really thrilling and, as I said, it was mixed with a heavy sexual tension between them. I liked it really much because it was something different, refreshing and – for the length of the story – pleaseantly delivered. 🙂
Who doesn’t swoon over when a charming guy is trying to persuade his interest of love with flowers? The adorable MC in Favorite Flowers by Chris McHart does exactly this and the way how dumbsmacked the other hero is, it utterly adorable too. A short story filled with sweet emotions, blossoming feelings and dates and touches as fragile as petals.
The last story in the anthology, The Last Chance by RJ Scott was one I’d set in the YA department and was really charming with the sports topic, having a hockeyplayer trying to win the heart of a nerd. I was especially fond of the side characters, who were remarkable supporting and I enjoyed this story very much.
All in all the stories had their different topics, the authors showed their skills and I have to admit that I sometimes couldn’t tell who’s of the authors was a “newbie” or an advanced writer what shows how well the selection was made in my opinion.
I had so many emotions while reading and I can wholeheartedly say I enjoyed all of them. Of course there are a few favorites but the whole anthology deserves 5 out of 5 starts. It’s really a great collections of romance stories where you find the love for all seasons.
RELEASE BLITZ / REVIEW
Title: Love for all Seasons
Author: RJ Scott, V.L. Locey, Annabelle Jacobs, DJ Jamison, Chris McHart, EJ Smyth, C.M. Valencourt, Cathy Brockman
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2018
Length: 252 pages
Cover Design: RJ Scott
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True love always deserves a happy ending, whatever the season. A charity anthology with all proceeds split between The Matthew Shepard Foundation and The Albert Kennedy Trust.
With characters who find love in a New York park, or on a college campus, in the middle of a snow storm or in the heat of summer, ‘Love for all Seasons’ delivers romance for everyone.
Including stories from five established authors and supporting the work of three authors, new to the world of writing MM romance.
Brioche For Two – V.L Locey
Seasons of Bryant – Spring
Four Seasons. Two Men. One Love.
For struggling film student Isamu Taylor, life’s refrain is about to change from boring documentary about a passionless delivery boy to a blazing and wildly erotic love story.
After spending weeks admiring handsome but older Manhattan executive Brian Gilles while delivering brioche to him in Bryant Park, the man of his lusty dreams has just expressed a desire to get to know Isamu better. A night on the town is just the beginning of a whirlwind romance that will span not only four seasons but countless years.
Amid the beauty and charm of Bryant Park, New York City, two men are about to discover that love knows no age or economic boundaries. This is the first of four short stories in what will be the ‘Tales of Bryant’ collection starring these two amazing men, their one sublime love, and the Park where it all started.
Sweeter than Honey – C.M. Valencourt
Wyatt is a beekeeper, excited for the beginning of his town’s annual farmers market, where he expects to sell his wares and get some hot guys’ phone numbers. But these plans start to unravel when sets up shop next to a sexy vegan baker named Grayson.
Grayson believes that keeping bees is akin to owning a slaughterhouse, and he’ll do anything to run Wyatt out of business. Can Wyatt win him over with his sweet honey and even sweeter smile?
Special Nights – DJ Jamison
Sam’s insomnia drives him out of his apartment in the wee hours of the night. He ends up at a diner, where he meets an intriguing waiter named Hunter. As the seasons go by, Sam and Hunter court over BLTs and OJ, slowly falling in love.
Winters Chill – Cathy Brockman
The ice storm of a century hits Missouri.
Winter savvy Lane Jennings is the only one prepared, thanks to a decade in North Dakota. Too shy to approach his drool-worthy neighbor, he’s left fantasizing about him at night. That is until the storm, when a branch breaks free, trapping him beneath. Now it’s up to Lane to save him from his icy peril and care for him throughout the storm.
It was a near death experience for stunned Jeffrey Nichols. Never had he seen anything as beautifully terrifying as the weather and his neighbor. One threatened his life and the other his secret. He wasn’t sure which was more dangerous, but when Lane gives him a warm shelter through the storm, he quickly realizes he will find out.
Can an ice storm thaw two frozen hearts?
Beach Boys – Annabelle Jacobs
Sea, sand, and hopefully sun, are all Russ expects to find on his week away in Cornwall.
Surfing with his two best mates is all Blake has planned for his short break. With the long drive to get to Penzance, there’s no time for anything else.
With help from Bailey the dog, Russ and Blake discover they might have more in common than they first thought.
Who Do You Love, My Valentine – EJ Smyth
Immortal Nox is subcontracted to love god Eros during the Valentine rush. After he gets distracted by his long-time human crush Matt, his arrows go astray. The second missile finds a pretty young woman who instantly falls in love with Matt. Which would be great, except that Matt is gay. Nox must prevent the unsuitable match before the Gods find out. Yet doing his job may very well break his heart…
Read this steamy, romantic short story by EJ Smyth to get you into the mood for the perfect Valentine’s night.
Favorite Flowers – Chris McHart
Gabe runs a flower shop. He always makes bouquets for everyone, but nobody has ever brought him flowers. His love-life is non-existent. Until Jason walks in and sparks fly.
Jason in the middle of a nasty divorce and the last thing he needs is getting into another relationship. But he can’t resist the shop-owner.
But even if Jason comes back for flower every week, one of them has to make the first step. And even if one does, can favorite flowers lead to anything?
The Last Chance – RJ Scott
It’s the last year of college and Luke can’t forget the captain of the hockey team, or the kiss they shared as freshman.
Justin has to decide if hockey outweighs his attraction to Luke, because this might be the last chance he’ll have of making things right.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
About new author, C.M. Valencourt
C.M. Valencourt is a new m/m and queer romance author. Their first book From the Ashes, an ex-friends-to-lovers road trip novel featuring slam poetry, pink hair dye, and a chase scene through a theme park, will be released in the first half of 2018. They like figure skating, ghost hunting shows, and Carly Rae Jepsen. You can get updates about From the Ashes and more of their forthcoming work by following @cmvalencourt on Twitter.
DJ Jamison is the author of more than a dozen m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight.
DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love.
DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that, and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, two fish and, regrettably, one snake.
About new author, Cathy Brockman
Cathy loves her grandkids, cats, cooking and working to make her patio an outdoor haven.
When she’s not writing stories with sexy cowboys, strong women, and the small towns they live in she’s probably working on expanding her doll collection, crafting, reading, or listening to audio books.
For updates on stories, snippets, contests, games, polls and more fun join my reader group – Cat’s Romance A-Holics
If you like recipes, stories about food or flops, writing, teasers and more you can find that on my Website/Blog Cathy Writes Romance.
Thanks for reading and watch for more Lane and Jeffrey.
You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon and Google plus
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
About new author, EJ Smyth
Hi there! My name is EJ Smyth, I live in Frankfurt, Germany and I’m passionate about romance with other elements mixed in. Paranormal romance, romantic thrillers, gay romance, if it’s got two difficult characters finding each other, I’m on board!
I’m currently working on a series of short stories Keith is Awesome about a young man exploring his sexuality. Not something I’ve ever written before but the research alone was quite a bit of fun. I love to talk to my readers, online and offline, so please feel free to drop me a line!
About Chris McHart
I’m a writer of M/M romance and M/M erotic romance from Germany.
I’ve always had stories in my head, but a while ago I allowed them to get out and on paper. Looks like it has been a good decision, although the more stories I write, the more I have in my head. Maybe I’ll have all of them out someday, and there’ll be nothing more to write, but for the next years, I don’t see that coming.
When I’m not writing, I spend time with my family (I have the best husband EVER) and try to keep all my animals happy. I also enjoy gardening and cooking, although I’m still looking for someone to clean up afterwards. And, of course, I love reading, whenever I have a quiet moment.
Writing and reading is my break from everyday stress and I hope you join me!
RJ Scott‘s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
RJ Scott is the bestselling author of over one hundred romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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