“Don’t Shoot the Messenger” by Sean
Dave’s job delivering singing telegrams
can be irritating, especially on Valentine’s Day. The worst
part, however, is when Dave has to do the “truth telegrams,”
like someone breaking up with a man named Mitchell Annen—while
dressed in a bear suit. Will this be the worst Valentine’s
“Don’t Shoot the Messenger” is a very
cute story of finding love in an unexpected way. Dave is a
nice, funny guy and I was rooting for him to get his man.
The ending is sweet and gives the promise of a happy
future. If you need a pick-me-up, “Don’t Shoot the
Messenger” definitely fits the bill!
“The Second Time is the Charm” by Maria
Florist Sean Wycliff is always busy
during the holidays, especially Valentine’s Day. He’s
grateful for the work, because it takes his mind off his
empty personal life and the mess of his last relationship.
Then, after a terrible misunderstanding, he ends up being
escorted home by a sexy police officer, Jefferson Jeffries.
Can Sean get over his fear of relationships and learn to
feel safe again?
“The Second Time is the Charm” had a
nice storyline but I had trouble getting into it. There
were so many secondary characters I had trouble keeping
everyone straight. I also felt like I was coming into a
movie in the middle, because many things were alluded to as
if they’d happened in previous books, but were never really
explained. Sean was a nice character, and his fear was
completely understandable, yet he got over it and fell into
new love way too quickly.
“Better Late Than Never” by Ashlyn Kane
Tattooed party-boy Patrick volunteers
to deliver a package for a friend, and ends up meeting cute,
shy college student Julian Piet. Julian is intrigued
despite their total lack of common interests and his own
lack of time, but he doubts he’ll ever see Patrick again.
Could two opposites attract after all?
“Better Late Than Never” features
likable characters and a sweet storyline. Patrick and
Julian turn out to have more in common than they expect, and
watching them realize that is fun. I enjoyed the story, and
the hopeful ending.
“Indulge on Valentine’s Day” by S.
Glyn loves chocolate more than anything
else, which is why he works at a chocolate shop. He also
likes watching his boss, the sexy owner’s son, but believes
nothing could possibly come of his crush…
“Indulge on Valentine’s Day” combines
two of my favorite things: romance and chocolate. It’s a
quick, fun story with appealing characters and a satisfying
“Hot Dr. Reindeer Antlers Kisses It
Better” by Bethany Brown
Carpenter Seth loves being in a
relationship with Noah, and he loves Noah’s son too. He
wants to make everything perfect for their first Valentine’s
Day dinner, but an encounter with an ex and a mishap with a
knife conspire to wreck his plans. Is his first Valentine’s
Day with Noah ruined?
Apparently “Hot Dr. Reindeer Antlers
Kisses It Better” is the sequel to another story. After
reading this one, I want to read that one too, to see how
Seth and Noah met. Seth is sweet in a shy, needy sort of
way, and even though I occasionally wanted to tell him to
toughen up, I couldn’t help rooting for him. Noah’s a great
match for him.
“Milestones” by Chrissy Munder
Devon and Jeff have been together for a
long time, but lately work has kept them apart. They don’t
seem to have time for each other at all, and Devon hates
that. Can they repair their relationship before it’s too
“Milestones” is a tale of love almost
lost, and found again. Reading about how things had been
between Dave and Jeff in the beginning and how they’d
deteriorated seemed realistic and sad, and I hoped they
could fix things. “Milestones” isn’t a really hot story,
but it’s sweet and left me with a good feeling.
“Under Protest” by G.S. Wiley
Writer Bobby lives in a rundown
apartment with an assortment of protesters and
revolutionaries, including his boyfriend, Mike. At a
protest, Mike goes way too far, and Mike, Bobby, and many
others are arrested. Then Bobby realizes one of the
policemen is his old high school flame, Jim…
“Under Protest” is an interesting
historical tale. The Sixties protest atmosphere came
through well. I enjoyed reading about Bobby and Jim’s
relationship in the past more than the present, but overall
“Under Protest” provided a cool touch of history for the
“A Year-Long Valentine” by Jaxx Steele
Nightclub singer Stephan is good, but
not terribly well-known. Then the new owner of the club
sends Stephan on a tour as headliner at some of his other
clubs. What Stephan doesn’t realize is that the owner,
Julio de la Cruz, wants him as more than a headliner.
I couldn’t get into “A Year-Long
Valentine” at all. Julio’s manipulation of Stephan didn’t
seem romantic to me at all. I couldn’t get a handle on the
characters or why they would fall for each other. If you
like stories in which one character doesn’t know who the
other really is, you may like “A Year-Long Valentine.”
“Meant to Be” by Zahra Owens
Kai and Toby have been keeping their
long-distance relationship going for a long time, connecting
whenever they can for short trysts. They both love their
jobs, and Toby can’t have a home base with his. What will
happen when long-distance isn’t enough anymore?
I really enjoyed “Meant to Be.” Kai
and Toby were both likable, free-spirit types, and reading
about how they got together was interesting. The ending
left me smiling.
“The Wild Side” by Janey Chapel
Ryan isn’t too happy when his friend
Cheyenne asks him to fill in at work with her at a
restaurant for Valentine’s Day, but he agrees to go. At the
restaurant, he gets offers to have a bit of fun with a
coworker. Normally he’d take the guy up on it, but he’s
attracted to quiet waiter Nick, who seems to want nothing to
do with him.
“The Wild Side” is a tale of a party
guy and a guy who’s sworn off sex for a long time, and it
was a lot of fun to read. I couldn’t help liking Ryan, and
I just wanted to hug Nick. I like opposites-attract
stories, and “The Wild Side” is a good one.
“Coming Home” by Nicki Bennett & Ariel
Trucker Tate rescued Mason on a snowy
road one night, and sparks flew. Now they’re in a
long-distance relationship, but Mason longs for more. Will
Tate give it to him?
“Coming Home” is a story about the
difficulties of being apart when you’re in love, and the
lengths two men will go to in order to be together. I liked
the way both Mason and Tate were willing to compromise, and
their solution was perfect.
Overall, Reflections of Love
is a sweet, enjoyable anthology about men finding love
or keeping love on Valentine’s Day. If you’re a die-hard
romantic, like I am, you’ll be sure to find something to
like here. While not all the stories are true keepers,
there are enough gems here to more than justify picking up
Reflections of Love.