Everyone hears “He’s too young for you.” “She’s too old for you.” Not between these pages. This anthology crosses the age gap with nine enchanting stories of cross-generational relationships. Some are sweet, some are sexy, some are heartbreaking. One is downright murderous. The protagonists are gay men or women searching for true love or trying out what’s right in front of them.
I love stories with an age gap. Some call them May-December romances. No matter what you call it, I like it. This anthology got me excited since it’s nine stories in one place on a topic I enjoy. Not all of the stories delivered, but none of them were terrible. I did enjoy the stories and the age gap aspect.
Verso Recto by Geonn Cannon
This is such a cute story. I really liked that Colleen and Diane bonded over books. I liked that they didn’t just enjoy traditional classic stories either. I envy their relationship where they can sit together and enjoy reading without the need for talking, yet still feel like they spent time together. I’m curious how they’ll manage a relationship while Diane is Colleen’s professor. However, they are well suited for each other and I’m confident they’ll work it out.
A Blizzard’s Blow by Adrian J. Smith
Holy moly! So not what I was expecting at all! I loved how the relationship between Lollie and Andrea progressed. I started to wonder about halfway through and question a few things. Then WOW! Plot twist! I so want to know more about Lollie and Andrea, and what happens next.
Four and a half
Slice by Ralph Greco Jr.
Didn’t really connect with the characters in this story. Germane didn’t seem genuine in her feelings towards Lila or A.J. If she didn’t want to be in a relationship with Lila anymore, she should have broken up with her. I also didn’t feel the love she professed to have towards A.J. I enjoy love at first sight stories. But Germane’s emotions weren’t described well. She came off wishy-washy.
That December by Lela E. DuBois
Wow! Such an interesting story. I didn’t expect how this story to turn out. I really thought Dr. Ward was going to be more important short term for Celia. But her long term impact was so much more for Celia. Her convictions were called into question when she met Dr. Ward and that shaped how she acted and chose in the future. The ending was very interesting despite not being what I expected. Would love to know more about Celia and her future.
The Arrangement by Helena Maeve
This is a fun little story. The misunderstanding between Cyril and August was kind of funny. I was glad the two got back together and worked out their differences. There was just enough information about both guys that I want more. I want to see how they got into the situation that caused the miscommunication, I want to see them after as well.
New York Minute by Stacy O’Steen
Oh my gosh this story ended in a completely unexpected way. Such a huge shocker there at the end. I really want to see Colton and Seth get a happy ending, but I have no idea how that’s going to happen. They’re so good together and both so sweet. I am openly begging Ms. O’Steen for a sequel of some kind to wrap this up somehow. My heart hurts for both of these guys and they need to be together.
The Artist as an Old Man by A.M. Leibowitz
This was such a heartbreakingly beautiful story. I loved the flash back, and seeing Kenny being so gentle with Aaron before the flash back. I loved how Kenny showed that gentleness from the beginning of the relationship when Aaron needed it. Kenny also stood up for himself when necessary too. Their story is so wonderful, I would love to read more of it. I want to see how they survived and loved together. You can feel their lifelong love in the short story there is.
Four and a half
Adjunct Hell by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
I enjoyed this story so much. It took the stereotypical professor/student roles and flipped them. The characters are so fun and just a little bit silly. I liked the Carl was so concerned about his tenure but he and Phil were not as suspect as he thought. Phil could have cared less about rule breaking but was mindful of how Carl felt. I would love to see more of these two. They were fun along with the side characters that brought some humor to the story.
Say You Do by Kassandra Lea
This is a cute little story. I wanted to pull Keegan into a huge hug with how nervous he was. He tried so hard to set the perfect scene and it got away from him. Richard was so gentle with him, you could feel their love for each other. I would love to see how their relationship started, plus a sequel to see them together longer too.
About The Authors:
A. M. Leibowitz
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. Her published fiction includes her first novel, Lower Education, as well as a number of short works, and her stories have been included in several anthologies. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family at amleibowitz.com.
Adrian J. Smith
AJ is a Christian, author, editor, spouse and all around crazy person. She’s constantly doing something at any given time and never learned to practice the word “relax.” AJ loves stories with a dramatic flair, stories that aren’t afraid to take risk and characters that are as real as the person sitting next to her. You can find her on twitter (@AdrianAJSmith) or her website (adrianjsmith.wordpress.com).
Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer (Love’s Labour 1), is from Dreamspinner Press (May 2015). They also have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.
Geonn Cannon has been writing for nearly twenty years. Among the genres he’s written are drama, romance, mystery, western, steampunk, and thriller. The only thing he’s completely against writing are bios. Find him at geonncannon.com
Helena Maeve has always been globetrotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. She can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning away in her trusty little notebook.
Growing up Kassandra Lea wanted to be Batman or a horse, then she discovered writing and the ability to live vicariously through her characters. She lives in southern WI with a gang full of furry-feathered monsters and a ghost that’s infatuated with the bathroom light.
Lela E. Buis
Lela E. Buis lives in Tennessee and is working hard at writing just lately. In past lives she worked at Kennedy Space Center and at a couple of different colleges. She takes care of four cats and a part time dog.
Ralph Greco, Jr.
Ralph Greco, Jr. is a professional writer living in the wilds of New Jersey suburbia.
Stacy spends her days pedaling wares to the masses but at night she’s free to roam and explore the reaches of her imagination. She loves crafting, nerdy things and generally making a mess. Find her at stacyosteen.com
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