Title: Reluctant Romance: Guys and Guys
Authors: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: House of Erotica
Characters: Multiple Heroes
POV: 1st and 3rd
Sub-Genre: Anthology, Contemporary Romance
Sometimes true love is reluctant to blossom and needs a little bit of coaxing in order to come out. But a strong will and a heart filled with determination will triumph every time! The authors of the Bigger Briefs present to you these m/m tales of lovers who just need a gentle prod to push them into the relationship they’ve been yearning for.
Reluctant Romance: Guys and Guys is a multi-authored anthology full of sizzling romance and sexy heroes. All of the stories provided me with plenty of fun and hot romance that was perfect for my desire for a lazy afternoon read. All of the stories are well-written for their short length and I really liked every one of them.
Changing His Mind by MA Church
For the past week Neil has been making efforts to talk to and get noticed by the very shy and sexy Zane. Lucky for Neil, every time he approaches Zane, the man seems to open up a little more, but he still remains a mystery. When Neil asks Zane out on a date, to his disappointment, Zane refused to call it a date; instead he calls it a non-date. But Neil decides to let that slide, just so he can be around Zane. As they continue to get to know each other, the attraction and feelings between them continue to build between them. But Neil suspects there is more to the sweet and shy Zane than meets the eye. Zane is obviously hiding something from Neil, and Neil is determined to do what he can to get to the bottom of it and keep Zane in his life.
I really liked this story. I appreciated Neil’s determination to have Zane in his life. Both characters were interesting and the chemistry between them was pretty hot.
The Teacher’s Seduction by AJ Jarrett
For the past four weeks, Professor Kale Noble has been tormented by his student, Dorian Contos flirtatious behavior. Suspecting that Dorian is just flirting with him to get a good grade, he convinces himself that there is no way the sexy and very popular college student, would ever be attracted to a guy like him. But when Dorian flirts a little too much, Kale finds himself confronting Dorian with his suspicions about why he is flirting and pushes him away. But when Dorian misses several classes, Kale feels guilty and takes it upon himself to apologize and convince Dorian to return to class. But once the two men reunite, sparks of attraction fly between them and Dorian becomes more determined than ever to have his professor in his arms forever.
The teacher/student storyline is one of my favorites, and I really enjoyed this one. Both Kale and Dorian have a sizzling attraction between them and I liked watching them work through their differences and so something special could happen between them.
Lamb to the Slaughter by Julie Lynn Hayes
Elliot Lamb has had a crush on co-worker Roy Slaughter for five years. The problem is: Roy is everything Elliot is not. He’s buff and beautiful and Elliot could be blown over by a gentle wind. Seeing that Elliot is getting nowhere with his crush, Elliot’s friend and other co-worker, Tony, sets out to help Elliot get Roy to notice him, but all fall with disastrous results. When Elliot fears he’ll never find true love, he soon discovers the man he’s been dreaming of has been right in front of him the whole time.
I really liked this short a lot. There is plenty of humor and quick banter between Elliot and Tony that kept me chuckling throughout the story. I liked the surprising twist to it and enjoyed watching Elliot find true love.
Laying the Foundation by Lily Sawyer
Chester Jones doesn’t quite know what to think about Dr. Jesse Waters. Chester has been designing the doctor’s dream home, and is frightened of the intense attraction between them. Chester has been hurt in the past, so he is leery of getting involved with a handsome, successful man like Jesse. But Jesse is persistent and as much as Chester tries to push away, Jesse does what he can to pull them closer together. Will Chester be able to work through his fears and take a chance on love with the handsome doctor?
I loved this story. I liked both heroes and immediately was intrigued by the story they told. Neither man is perfect, yet they seemed perfect to each other. It was fun watching these two finally pushing their fear and loneliness aside and taking a big step to have happiness with each other.
Missing Love by Sara York
When Brad’s longtime boyfriend moves out and leaves him heartbroken, Brad’s best friend Thomas comes over and immediately does what he can to get Brad back on his feet. Soon, Brad realizes that Thomas has feelings for him and this confuses him. He misses his old lover, but has come to appreciate Thomas’s take-charge personality. Before he knows it, Brad comes to realize that having a second chance at love, could even be better than the first time around.
I really liked this story. Both Brad and Thomas were really great together. I enjoyed watching Thomas help Brad pick himself up and get himself together after the breakup and thought their sizzling chemistry together was HOT!
Operation: Seducing Jaden by MC Houle
When Mick and Levy see the sexy the new tenant, Jaden, move in across the hall, both men are determined to bring him into their bed. They set out to seduce him, but end up being seduced by Jaden’s charm and attractive personality. Both Mick and Levy want to bring Jaden into their life permanently, but Jaden is worried this arrangement will eventually lead to disastrous results. Will Mick and Levy be able to convince Jaden to have a relationship with them all together?
I’m not a fan of ménage stories, but I thought this one was cute and to the point. Both Mick and Levy are an established couple and they want to bring Jaden into their lives and bed. The story was erotic and I liked fun, flirty feel it had.
Skye Blue by Nephylim
Ben is tired of his best friend’s new boy-toy celebrity obsession, Skye. For fun, he visits different forums that aren’t always very kind of celebrities, when he meets fellow chatter Jay. As the men start IM’ing back and forth a friendship and trust starts forming between them. Soon, Ben finds himself falling hopelessly for Jay. But Jay is hiding a secret and once Ben finds out the truth; will he still feel the same?
Although, I really liked all of the stories in this anthology, Skye Blue is my favorite one. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two heroes. I liked them so much, I found myself wishing this would have been a full-length story. It’s short, very sexy and fun and I hated to see it come to an end.
Reviewed By: Gabbi