A note from Michele about A More Perfect Union’s authors.

Dear, J. Scott Coatsworth,

I’m writing this letter to you to thank you for being persistent. If you hadn’t of taken the time out to find me, I would have missed out on the stories within that anthology. In that, I would have missed out on some amazing characters and I wouldn’t have  read your story, or felt the hurts and the joys, or seen the happenings, none of it. I would have missed talent and true love all rolled up in one book.

Remember when you first contacted me about reading the anthology? I think I said that I didn’t review any more and that Gabbi would find a reviewer and let it go…then you found me again…(Let me say that I’m shocked you know who I am to start with. LOL!) And you asked if anyone had reviewed the anthology yet. I honestly didn’t know because Gabbi takes care of that stuff but I contacted her anyway to see if anyone had selected this book. I had a feeling no one had, we’re very thin right now with reviewers, and when she told me that we are swamped (not shocked.) with a bunch of books and very few reviewers I felt bad. I could feel that excitement by you via FB messenger…So, I took a step I stopped taking some time ago.

See, I stopped reviewing sometime ago. It’s not to say I quit reading because I haven’t, but I don’t read anything sent to us at T2B anymore. I retired to be honest. However, I didn’t think you knew that. And guess what? I’m glad you didn’t. I’m thrilled you stayed on top of it and basically pinned me in the corner over a review….Truly I am.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into here…I didn’t pay attention at the beginning…Remember when I said, “Okay, I’ll see if I can get Roxy to do it?” Well, she’s swamped and couldn’t do it…I sorta put a “time” limit on this one  because I didn’t want to let you down.  I hate to let anyone down actually and that’s part of the reason why I decided to stop reviewing.  So, moving on…Yes, I had Gabbi send me the file and read all of the stories.

Boy oh boy. Here’s what I didn’t know. I had NO idea this was an anthology! I’m serious I didn’t. I didn’t because I didn’t read the blurb or the email. I just downloaded the file and opened it and HELLO…

I don’t want to say I came out of “retirement,” to start reviewing again but I did for you and I’m glad I did. These stories are so much more than stories. They are true words written by each of you and those words came from your hearts, from your very lives. While they are fiction, there is truth behind them, all of ’em. All of you-the authors-are so very talented, incredibly gifted, right out  amazing guys. Humble, each of you. It’s hard to find guys like that in this day and age. I see so many people stuck on themselves they can’t see beyond the tips of their noses, that includes women too. But you all, you all have it going on and I’m thrilled to have gotten the chance to help you all out, even if it’s just by a review.

So, without further blabbering on my part, here you go, Mr. J. Scott Coatsworth, because you asked me for it. I don’t do this type of thing for just anyone anymore….And B.G. Thomas, Jamie Fessenden, and Michael Murphy, this includes you all too…Stand tall, be proud, smile, and remember, we may not know one another, we may never meet in person either(I have met you, Jamie) but you have my respect. I love you without knowing you, the real you’s because you’re truly super sweet men. You are all truly wonderful people and I’m thankful to J. Scott for standing up and bugging me to read this. If he hadn’t, I would have missed out and who knows…maybe we wouldn’t have had a moment to do this review up.

OH! And I want to say: CONGRATS! on your marriages! All is as it should be….I hope that one day I can find the true love each of you have found.


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The Boy Who Came in From the Cold by BG Thomas

Title: The Boy Who Came in From the Cold
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Pages: 284
Characters: Todd Burton and Gabe Richards
Sub-Genre: Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm.
Gabe Richards is a wealthy businessman with enough wounds of his own to make him afraid of ever being intimate again. But when he sees Todd outside his building, freezing to death, he takes pity on him and takes him in from the cold.
To their mutual surprise, Todd and Gabe find themselves drawn to each other. “One night” turns into a week. Maybe letting a man in from the cold can melt the ice around Gabe’s heart—and maybe getting evicted will turn Todd’s luck around.


The Boy Who Came in From the Cold by BG Thomas is a wonderful story of two men with so much baggage they hardly know what to do with it, yet somehow find each other and make it work.

Todd Burton has had enough pain in his short life. He moves to the big city looking for a dream and to search for a brighter future. But it quickly turns out to be much harder than he thought. When he finds himself homeless in the middle of a blizzard he is totally unsure what to do with himself.

Gabe has had horrible luck with men. When he found his partner in bed with his friend, he has stayed away from love ever since. But when he sees the young man in front of his building, he cannot help but to try to help the guy. What starts as “paying it forward” turns into looking forward to the future, and what it can do for both men.

The Boy Who Came in From the Cold is easy to read with very strong characters. I liked how these two characters found love and the journey they had to get there.


Reviewed By: Jerry


Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by BG Thomas

Title: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 95
Characters: Nick St. George, Kit Jefferies
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5+


Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.

Nick is a very unhappy man—he’s achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won’t deter him. That’s when he found Kit.

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit’s personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.


At first I was taken aback by Nick’s swearing and harsh inner thoughts. But I think that was the point because of, not only his horrible original destination, but the tremendous change he undergoes during his trip through the snowy highway with a chatty Kit. Nick’s not an easy person to like, but Kit is the most positive character I’ve read about lately, so no surprise he breaks through the blocks of ice and stone that form Nick’s shell.

This was an absolutely beautiful, life-affirming story. Kit’s in dire straits, giving Nick the chance to show he can be more than the desperate, resigned man he depicts. Characterization and dialogue shine here, so realistic and captivating you can’t help but continue reading. I do wish we had been inside Kit’s head a bit more, but this is more Nick’s story.

The writing, the pace, the plot. All show remarkable depth, hidden in plain sight, effortless and bittersweet. There’s not much sex here, but a slow-burning sensuality and erotic tension that fills the void. It is all too easy to recommend this to everyone who loves the M/M genre in general. When Nick starts to enjoy Kit’s company, the gloomy mood lifts so easily that you’ll be swept away by this love story, I guarantee it.

Reviewed By: Susan


Anything Could Happen by BG Thomas

Book title: Anything Could Happen
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 240
Kisses: 4.5


Moving to Kansas City could be the best thing Austin Shelbourne has ever done. For a start, he can stop living a lie and finally come out of the closet. And there’s a chance, though slim, that he might be able to locate the love of his life, Todd Burton. It had seemed like a good idea when he seduced his friend, but Todd freaked out and vanished. Austin hopes to find Todd, make things right between them, and win his love. But when he meets actor Guy Campbell, things get even more confusing.

The moment Guy sets eyes on Austin, he knows Austin is The One. But Austin makes it clear he feels a responsibility to Todd, and Guy has some dark secrets of his own. He’s found redemption in acting and directing, but worries that if Austin learns the truth, he might not be able bear it. And what if Todd accepts Austin’s apology and the love Austin offers? Guy wants Austin desperately, but he also wants him to be happy. In the play of life, with the happiness of good men in the balance, anything could happen.


There is something so exquisitely inviting about the way in which B.G Thomas writes. From the first sentence to the last you are engaged, invested and involved with all of his characters both major and minor alike. The connection is tangible and is grounded in a sense of familiarity as we are reintroduced to old friends from his previous body of work.

Anything Could Happen is about discovering through those around you exactly who you are.

Growing up in a small town and struggling to silent the increasingly incessant cries of his true self Austin risks it and only to lose it all in one night when all he fights to hide explodes in a moment of passion. He courageously puts it all on the line and when his best friend makes a rapid exit from the events of the night only to return to witness Austin making yet another mistake he is left alone. His best friend flees and cuts off all contact.

Desperate to find his friend Austin moves in with his Uncle Bodied in Kansas City. Although things don’t progress as he plans what Austin finds are comrades, friends who are just like him, and a future independent of his past. Finding support, love and acceptance in those he thought would turn away allows Austin to not only find these in himself but to pass them on to those around him.
I loved getting to know not only Austin but also Guy and especially Uncle Bodie and Lucille. B.G Thomas doesn’t just focus on Austin and Guy but brings great life to all his characters from those just passing through to those bonus few whom give the story extra heart, extra soul and such depth that you feel their life as surely and as fully as you feel Austin’s.

Austin’s story is a follow up to The Boy Who Came In From The Cold and stands up strongly alongside its prequel. As a stand-alone read or as a must read from a favorite author Anything Could Happen is a powerful and moving story that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go.

Reviewed by: Jacks

Bianca’s Plan by BG Thomas

Title: Bianca’s Plan
Author: BG Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 91
Characters: Gavin, Curtis
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Bianca worries that her daddy, Gavin, is lonely and decides he needs a boyfriend for Christmas. So she enlists her father’s best friend, the straight and unattached Curtis. Gavin has a Christmas wish, too, and Curtis setting him up on disastrous dates isn’t part of it! Meanwhile, Curtis finds life becoming complicated as he tries to please Bianca, make Gavin happy, and fend off his own unexpected mixed feelings. Will anyone’s wish come true?


I’ve read a couple books by Mr. Thomas and I must say I really like his voice when it comes to writing romances. There is something very sweet and sexy about his stories that really resonate with me as a reader. In his holiday story, Bianca’s Plan, Mr. Thomas really tells a story that brings all of the things I love when it comes to a warm and fuzzy seasonal romance.

Gavin and Curtis are best friends. Gavin has secretly been in love with his best friends for years, but because Curtis is heterosexual, he believes that his love will always be an unrequited one. Both men are extremely close, and Curtis has always been a strong supporter of Gavin and his ten year old daughter, Bianca. They do many things together and basically have a very stable family unit.

Bianca is tired of seeing her father pine over his best friend, Curtis. She wants both men to be happy and is determined to make all of them happy, and hopes through a Christmas miracle that these two men will somehow see what she’s always known all along…that they are in love with each other. Will some inventive matchmaking and a Christmas wish give all three of them what they want most of all?

I loved this short story! It has a sweetness that I really appreciated without being over-the-top and the relationship between the three main characters really was a pleasure to read. I loved the emotional connection and friendship between Calvin and Gavin and couldn’t help but hope that they would somehow be able to work through their fears and work things out between them. I also loved Bianca, and thought their relationship with her was just as strong and I enjoyed how much they really appreciated and loved one another.

Bianca’s Plan is filled with plenty of warm and sweet moments that lived with me long after I finished the book. I loved these characters and thought Mr. Thomas did an excellent job at capturing the spirit of the holiday season with his story. I’m looking forward to reading more books written by Mr. Thomas and hope one day he’ll revisit these amazing characters in the future. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi


All Alone in a Sea of Romance by BG Thomas

Title: All Alone in a Sea of Romance
Author: BG Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 312
Characters: Jude Parks, Tommy Smith
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.25


I’m Jude Parks, writer of gay romances. Even though I’m good at what I do, the irony is that I haven’t exactly been lucky in love. My friend Jeannie says it’s because I settle for Mr. Right Now instead of holding out for Mr. Forever. I say I’d rather regret what I have done than what I haven’t.

I only came to Romantic Voyages, the biggest romance convention in the country, for business. Yet in no time I got mixed up with a gorgeous cover model, weeping artists, drag queens, and crazy housewives—and became the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Well, they say any press is good press.

Maybe I should’ve stayed home. But then I never would’ve met Tommy Smith, the craziest, most outrageous, silly, sexy man I’ve ever known—a man who makes me wonder if it may be worth holding out for Mr. Forever. A man who might turn my rotten luck around. But only if we survive the weekend and I clear my name….


All Alone in a Sea of Romance is filled with snappy dialog and rip-roaring fun. I enjoyed watching the antics the main character, Jude, goes through. The author has a quick wit and easy style of writing that I enjoyed and I’m looking forward to reading more books written by him.

Although, Jude Parks has had many one night stands and hasn’t had a relationship last longer than nine months, he is basically a romantic at heart. As a forty-one year old man, he’s starting to realize that he’s not the studly young man he once was and is starting to feel and look his age. As a semi-popular romance author he’s attending a romance convention for several days hoping that he’ll actually find someone to hook up with and forget about his sorrows for a few days. While there he runs into a nice looking, funny and flamboyant man named Tommy, who immediately intrigues Jude. Jude is confused by his attraction to Tommy because although he finds him attractive, he’s not really his type. He’s troubled by Tommy’s part time job as a drag queen at the local bar and is determined not to be with someone who is willing to dress up as a girl…even if it is for entertainment.

But things don’t always go as we plan. When Jude ends up hooking up with a gorgeous cover model for the night and the model ends up being stabbed soon after Jude left his hotel room, Jude finds himself in the midst of an investigation. Soon, one victim becomes two and both have one thing in common…Jude was with them prior to the attacks. But with the help of Jude’s best friend and Tommy, Jude tries to clear his name and in the process begins to see Tommy for what he really is. Tommy is a sexy, nice guy who Jude quickly likes and even can fall in love with. But will Jude allow himself to take a chance on love?

I really liked this story a lot. It’s told in first person through Jude’s point of view. This is not my favorite type of POV, but I think the author does a great job at really getting to the heart of Jude’s character and seeing the world through his eyes definitely was a fun experience to be had.

Another reason I liked this book was: I appreciated that both Jude and Tommy were not perfect heroes. They are getting older and starting to show some signs of aging, but they are still sexy in their own right. They are comfortable in their skins like anyone who is forty or approaching forty usually are. I liked their flaws and loved that the author did not wash over the fact they are considered ‘bears’ by gay man’s standards. They were extremely likeable men who lived and breathed off of the written page…flaws and all.

I also thought the chemistry between Jude and Tommy was pretty intense. I liked the slow buildup of attraction, feelings and desire as the story continues and truly enjoyed watching them get to know each other before they fell in love. I thought they were very suited for each other and could easily see them both getting the happy ending they wanted so much, together.

The story itself is pretty smooth and fast paced. I will say it took me a few pages to get into it, but by the time Jude met Tommy, it really picked up and kept my interest until I finished the book. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to reading more books by him and recommend this book if you’re looking for a slow-building romance with some mystery, action and well-written heroes.

Reviewed By: Gabbi


Never Say Never an Anthology

Title: Never Say Never 
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 170
Book Cover Rating: 5
Kisses: 4
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…
Reviewer: Michele