Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Touch of Mistletoe by Megan Derr, J. K. Pendragon, A. F. Henley, Talya Andor and E. E. Ottoman

It's winter time here in Ohio so it is dark super early and some days it is just too darn cold to venture outside.  I was recently sent a copy of an anthology from Less Than Three Press and editor Megan Derr.  A Touch of Mistletoe is an anthology of of LGBT romances that are Christmas themed.  This anthology is the perfect read for a blustery day.  I curled up with a cup of tea in front of the fire to read this one.  Here's the cover and the story blurbs:

Less Than Three Press presents a collection of stories about people brought together by the magic of mistletoe...

Here for You by J.K. Pendragon
Warren's life has been shrinking ever since his wife passed away. Blind, and finding it difficult to adjust to life on his own, it's easier to hide away in his house. When his friend Missy invites him to a Christmas party, an unexpected kiss with a stranger under the mistletoe leaves him confused and wondering...

The Christmas Spirit by Talya Andor
Christmas in Japan is no big deal for Ash Harmon, with his family half a world away and supernatural problems that have no respect for the holidays. When he picks up a bodyguard job for a rising star of figure skating who seems to be encountering trouble with a restless spirit, he stubbornly resists the unexpected attraction to his charge, wary of the risks that come with relationships. But the mistletoe has other ideas...

A Beautiful Thing by A.F. Henley
Sometimes, Fate gets tired of being ignored. And some nights, Fate decides something will just have to be done about it. Enter Drualus, Senior Correspondent for the Collective Assembly of Christmas Fae, working with the Night Before Reach Out Program. He's got a few short hours to change Scott Misener's outlook on life, love, and understanding. Lucky for Scott, Dru knows a tried and true trope that might just do the trick...

Ad Meliora by E.E. Ottoman
It's Christmas Eve and An-An and M.C. have plans to spend Christmas in Texas with An-An's family. But their plans are cut short when M.C. takes on a last minute case. Thankfully, though, it should be an easy exorcism.

Until they arrive at the snowbound lodge where trouble resides, and come face to face with a demon wolf unlike anything they've ever encountered.

Two Parts Mistletoe by Megan Derr
Kingston has worked hard to get where he is: owner of his own shop, master potion maker, well-respected... and lonely, too busy with life to enjoy more than his regular visits to Acacia House. If he wishes his loneliness might be eased by Hux, the man he meets at Acacia twice a month, well, someday he'll work up the nerve to ask. Maybe.

Then Hux unexpectedly visits his shop, distressed and in desperate need of help to save his employer from a love potion...

My favorite story was The Christmas Spirit.  I loved the play of Ash and Yuki.  Ash is so fascinated with Yuki and Yuki sees just what he needs in Ash.  Their story is just adorable.  So sweet and lovely.  I also really enjoyed Here For You.  Warren and Hyung are so cute as they both deal with the idea of being cared for by someone or being a caretaker.  Warren also has to face the idea of being Bisexual.  It's a great story of love through friendship, trust and respect.  Two Parts Mistletoe is an interesting story of a potion master and the guy he can't get out of his thoughts.  I loved it.  Megan Derr paints a lovely picture of a world where potions and magic are real.  Ad Meliora is epic on so many levels.  I found it to be fascinating because it is so visceral and real in the treatment of a trans character.  It dealt with demons, magic, gender identity and proper pronoun usage all in a short story that at it's heart is about one character being afraid to meet their lover's family.  What an amazing short story.  It's something really special.

You can click here to pre-order A Touch of Mistletoe on Amazon. You can also click here to add A Touch of Mistletoe on Goodreads. Author Megan Derr can be found on her website, blog, Twitter and on Tumblr.  Author J. K. Pendragon can be found on their Twitter and website.  Author E. E. Ottoman can be found on their Twitter, their blog and on Facebook.  Author Talya Andor can be found on her Twitter, her blog and on Facebook.  Author A. F. Henley can be found on their Twitter, their blog, Tumblr, and Facebook.  I give A Touch of Mistletoe 3 Fairies for a lovely anthology with a little something for everyone.

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