Title: Never Say Never
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Book Cover Rating: 5
Stripped by Shae Connor- When Blake O’Leary and Jon Harrisonmeet in a Manhattan club on Valentine’s Day, it’s far from a typical pickup:Blake’s an exotic dancer, and Jon’s one of his customers. A private chat inplace of a private dance piques interest on both sides, and bending any of anumber of professional and personal rules, they spend a hot night together.Afterward, they’re both left wondering if it’s just a holiday fling, or ifthere might be more between them. Could this become their best Valentine’s Dayever?
Valentine 2525 by RJ Scott- In the year 2525, Samekh Taw designation #65572 aka*Sam* is a Companion. A cloned human – a lab creation. Made specifically toorder to serve any and all of the needs of Max Absolom III. A deliberate act ofsabotage adds emotions to Sam that he should never have. Max is the one man whonever wanted a Companion in the first place, only agreeing to the wholeuncomfortable situation because his social standing demanded it. When itbecomes clear that Sam is flawed and he seeks to end his existence before he iserased, it is up to Max to convince Sam to hold his secrets close and that loveisn’t just for one day.
A Secret Valentine by BG Thomas- Knowing that only by being open about who heis will he find happiness, Steve Manchester gets divorced and comes out as agay man. But happiness isn’t fast coming. All Steve finds are cheaters andliars and men who want anonymous sex. Then he meets Bill Cameron, a man who iseverything that he wants. But Bill only wants to be friends. Steve trieseverything he can think of to make “just friends” work, but everytime he sees Bill, his heart aches with longing. Just when Steve realizes hecan’t take it anymore and decides to move to San Francisco to get away from hishopeless situation, Bill invites him to a Valentine’s Day Ball.
A Valentine for Evrain by Xavier Axelson- Evrain runs a chocolate store in asmall town and is not above using the storefront for hot encounters with localguys. But love is definitely not in the cards, at least until he meetsAmbrosio. The Sexy Latino soon teaches Evrain a lesson in love that neither manwill soon forget.
Lets begin this with a small commentary by your friendlyreviewer, the one and only odd ball of this sight, ME… I generally avoidanthology’s for a few different reasons, one of those being just how manystories are stuffed into a 170 page e-book, or print book. Then lets go furtherand say, while I think I’ll enjoy maybe two of them, what about the others?I’ve done that before you know. I bought an anthology because a few of my favoriteauthors have pieces in them and I just have to read everything he/she puts out.Then I get to a story I didn’t care for and it blows my whole mood. Generallyanthology’s bring in a new writer to mix with a more seasoned author to helpwith exposure and sometimes the story may fall flat. Whatever the case, I don’tdo anthology’s often.
HOWEVER…that is now changing. When I was contacted by one ofthe authors in this line up and asked to review the stories I just couldn’t sayno…why? Well, it’s sorta my job AND I don’t know if you’ve noticed this butthere doesn’t seem to be a lot of reviews done on this piece. Then again, Ireally didn’t have time to do an extensive search. So, though I was hesitant Iaccepted the book and loaded it onto my trusty Pandigital Reader. PositiveVibes.
Here we go:
Each of these short stories tells a tale of love and theroads the men in them take to get there. Be it a HEA or a HFN, all of theseshort tales are full of adventure If you’re looking for a sweet love story? TryA Secret Valentine by BG Thomas. In this story you’ll meet Steve and Bill andlearn of how friendship can turn into love, but not before they both experiencea bit of heart pain. I mean, poor Steve recently came out of the closet aftertrying the married thing, is in love with Bill and Bill just wants to befriends. UGH…and get this, they date TWINS…read on and see what theseadventurous twins do.
Perhaps you’re looking for something futuristic? If so, giveValentine 2525 by RJ Scott a shot. Now, let me say that I had a hard time atthe start of this one, remembering tongue twisting names and such but I did it,I held on and was very rewarded with a treat about a tale of a man and his newfound piece of perfection in a uh, well a machine gifted with a humantrait…Emotions. This is a tale of how love works magic in the strangest ofsituations.
Or you just may fancy a bit of time with a dancer, astripper at that. If this is the case, I strongly suggest you give Stripped byShae Conner a try. This juicy number starts off in the strip club wherehandsome Blake meets the man of his dreams over a crisp twenty dollar bill.When Jon, a very single gay actor pays for a private lap dance from the verylimber dancer, they each learn they have much in common and that one chancemeeting changes their whole life. Just wait till you get to the hotel scene.Holy Hot Cakes! Grab your ice water first.
I see you’re probably thinking, well what about that storyby Xavier? Why did she save that for last? I did this for a reason actually. Heis a new comer to the MM writing world. He does have another story in adifferent anthology which we featured not too long ago. Mark this his secondpublished story then. His contribution to this anthology is titled, A Valentinefor Evrain. Evrain is a total player who owns a candy shop in a town where he’sknown by all. I mean, if this man lived here and had that shop, I’d know himwell too. Apparently he is the master of chocolate and with just one taste ofthat yummy confectionery he has men dropping to their knees begging for sex.And get this…he does not like Valentine’s Day. But it’s one of the holidayswhen he’s the busiest so he gives it all he has to make sure he offerssomething special to the lovers that spill into his shop. For this particularday in February he comes across a shipment of fresh strawberries. Awesome! Justwait until you see what comes out of this sweet juicy fruit. I must prepareyou, this isn’t a sweet HEA, it’s mixed with a bit more of a bite. A bit of D/sgoing on with Evrain and I really got into that…yeah, you know how I am…
So, all in all…I really enjoyed this anthology and I promiseI’ll give more of them a shot. The sex in all of these stories? No complaintsthere at all…