Review and Giveaway: Love Is A Mess Anthology

Blurb:
Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin
When a Valentine’s Day prank goes badly, Paige’s guilt won’t let her watch the victim walk away without a proper apology.
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon
A woman discovers the worst possible blind date scenario when her date turns out to be someone who bullied her in high school.
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey
A politician and a pilot make a steamy connection on Valentine’s Day.
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman
After her roommate blackmailed her into going to an Anti-Valentine’s day party, Vanessa decided to make the best of it especially when the bartender shared that she was looking to have a good time too.
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith
With strange creatures in her path, Faye is determined to get the information she wants no matter the cost.
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy
Will an ancient Greek god give up half his powers to love a mere human? Or will Cupid loose his golden arrow, letting Jeremy fall in love with another man?
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz
With Alex’s sexy boyfriend, Phin, gone for three weeks, there’s only one option: let his best friend’s kids lead him on a treasure hunt through town to find his Valentine’s gift waiting for him to unwrap.
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy
One man seeks salvation over love, death, and ice cream.

Review:
I really liked the premise of this anthology; misfortune at Valentine’s Day. Everyone has some kind of bad Valentine’s Day story to share so everyone can relate on some level to the stories. Some of these misfortunes are pretty bad. Others were turned around pretty easily. None of the stories were truly bad, all were just varying degrees of good. Those kinds of anthologies make me happy!
Overall Stars:
Four
Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin
This story is so cute, it’s “adorkable”. I love how Paige turns Ellie’s worst Valentine’s into the best. I do agree with Ellie that they will have the best “how did you two meet” answer. Would love to see these characters some more to see how they stay together.
Stars:
Four and a half
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon
Martha’s pain was so raw in this story, but so was Connie’s. It was obvious Connie had changed. Martha said it best; “The girl who treated me like shit wouldn’t be tearing herself apart this much. She wouldn’t have cared all these years later.” These two have definite potential to work out after the most interesting first date in the history of first dates.
Stars:
Four and a half
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey
The story is cute and I liked how Kate and Samantha meet. Of all of the couples, I was unsure of the future of this couple the most. I would have liked a more solid standing for the relationship before the end of the story. But there’s enough that you can see the women trying.
Stars:
Four
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman
This is a fun little story. I like how Vanessa didn’t care if she met someone or not, or if she spent Valentine’s Day alone or not. The way Lisa told Vanessa why she thought she was beautiful was the best part of the story. No happy ending, but they have plans to meet up again.
Stars:
Four
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith
I didn’t understand why Faye needed the drugs. It seemed like an afterthought inclusion into the story. The story was interesting, but there were a bunch of things that weren’t explained that left me feeling confused. I really like the world the author created and hope there will be more in the future.
Stars:
Four
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy
The premise for this story was very interesting and would to see it developed further into a full blown novella. Especially with the characters in this story. I loved how Eros was forced to decide the fate of himself and two other people.
Stars:
Four
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz
This story is my favorite in the anthology. The scavenger hunt Phin sends Alex on is adorable! Kind of wish someone would do that for me! I would love to see these two characters in the future. I want to see their happily ever after.
Stars:
Four and a half
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy
Holy moly! I was not expecting how this one ended. Very intriguing, especially his epiphany right before the last line. I hope to read more by this author in the future to see where he goes in other stories.
Stars:
Four and a half

About The Authors:
A.M. Leibowitz is a spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing romantic plot twists and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family at amleibowitz.com.

Adrian J. Smith, aka AJ, loves to write women, and specifically women who are strong, independent and fall in love with other women. She claims bisexuality but is probably closer to omnisexual. She’s a go with the flow type of person. She loves writing urban fantasy and creatures and powers of all different kinds. She also loves writing women in uniform, because let’s face it, a woman in uniform has an irresistible draw. Most of her stories have a romantic element, but if you want action, drama, plot with a hint of romance, she’s the author for you. Find her at adrianjsmith.wordpress.com.

Amber Kinsey is a part-time federal employee, full-time geek, and occasional writer. She lives in a suburb of Nashville, TN with her three cats: one is the light of her life; the other two are just little stinkers.

Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers. You can find her blog at writery.wordpress.com.

Geonn Cannon is the author of On the Air, Gemini, World on Fire, The Following Sea, Tilting at Windmills, Only Flame and Air, Confused by Shadows, Chasing Dragons, What Matter Wounds?, Silence Out Loud, the Riley Parra series, Railroad Spine, Gunfire Echoes, the Underdogs series, Girls Don’t Hit, and The Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary. He also wrote an official tie-in novel for Stargate SG-1 titled “Two Roads” and contributed a Stargate Atlantis story to the “Far Horizons” anthology. An archive of free stories can be found at geonncannon.com. When he’s not writing, he’s asleep.

L.M. Perrin is an English major who writes fiction to break up the monotony of analyzing novels. She lives in Leelanau County, also known as Michigan’s pinky finger, with her dog and the occasional stray cat, and in her opinion there is nothing wrong with spending a night binging on Netflix and pizza. This is her first published piece.

Michael DuPuy, while not investigating epistemological dead ends, cultivates a greater understanding of the folly of man most often by recreating as many of such folly’s as possible through no intent of his own. Michael turned to writing as a method of perhaps extending his sanity and to justify his coffee consumption. If anything this tactic has backfired.

Rachael Orman: Mother by day. Writer by night. I spend a majority of my day with my children and reading while my nights are filled with the sound of the keyboard as I work on my next work.
I have written in F/F, F/F/M, F/F/F and then of course F/M genres…. So, beware, I do not always have the most ‘traditional’ scenes. And one day I will venture into M/M, just have to find the time.
I love to try new things and learn from every piece of work I write. I’ll write just about anything once to learn from it. I’ve even ventured out of my normal erotica genre into Monster Erotica. Doubt you’ll find me writing anything not erotic as you can barely get me to even read something out of that category, but then again, you never know what I might try next.

About The Publisher:
Supposed Crimes, LLC publishes fiction and poetry primarily featuring lesbian characters and themes. The focus is on genre fiction–Westerns, Science Fiction, Horror, Action–rather than just romance. That’s how we set ourselves apart from our competitors. Our characters happen to love women and kick ass.

“Supposed crimes” refers to the idea that homosexuality is outlawed, and that our authors are being subversive by writing. As times change this becomes more tongue-in-cheek, but can still apply broadly to our culture. Christians writing lesbians and men writing lesbians are also subversive ideas in this industry, and we promote people bending the rules.

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