“Moor Love” by Carol Lynne
College student Caleb Winters is
excited but a bit apprehensive about the year he will spend
in England, working on the sheep farm of Jon Cook. Jon is
recovering from an injury, so despite his stubbornness he
needs help on his farm. He’s also been unable to speak
since a car accident nineteen years earlier. Once he meets
Jon, Caleb finds he likes the man. The more time they spend
together, the more he likes him. Can Caleb draw Jon out of
his self-imposed isolation?
“Moor Love” is a sweet tale of love and
redemption. I liked the characters and found them very easy
to root for. I also liked the setting. My only quibble was
that a major conflict was dealt with way too quickly and
easily, but overall “Moor Love” is an entertaining story.
“Yin Yang” by Sedonia Guillone
Fifteen years ago, Junichi “Basho”
Sakai was beaten and nearly burned to death by yakuza on a
family trip to Tokyo. Now, he’s living in the gay quarter
at the White Tiger, working as a cook. He’s finally
remembered his life before he almost died, and he longs for
the lover, Timothy, he left in the US all those years ago.
Then an unexpected guest arrives at the White Tiger…
“Yin Yang” might be the most
angst-filled short story I’ve read this year. Fortunately,
I like that sort of thing. I enjoyed this story of love
lost and found again. I think I would have preferred to
have read a few of Sedonia Guillone’s other stories set at
the White Tiger, but “Yin Yang” stood alone well enough.
“Kingsoak” by Willa Okati
Matthew is horrified when his car
breaks down in Kingsoak, the bad part of town, and some
thugs chase him. Then he decides that after the awful day
he’s had, he’s going to live on the edge. He goes to watch
a street fight, where he meets sexy fighter Gale. He
daringly decides to bet on the other guy in the fight. When
Gale wins, it’s time for Matthew to pay up…
Unlike the other stories in the
anthology, “Kingsoak” had a bit of a magical realism thing
going on. There was an almost dreamlike feel about the
story. I liked the characters, and the sex was hot.
Although everything moved almost ridiculously fast, Willa
Okati somehow made me believe their love was true.
“Under the Law” by J.P. Bowie
Singer and aspiring actor Peter
Buchanan isn’t particularly happy to be at one of his jobs
singing at a club. At least until he meets sexy Police
Inspector John Reed. John seems to be hiding something
however, and Peter has his own problems to deal with.
It was interesting to read about London
in the 1970s in “Under the Law.” The relationship between
Peter and John had several obstacles to overcome, and I
enjoyed taking the journey with them.
“Bound Together” by Jane Davitt
Children’s book collector Simon
Weatherly is surprised when a young man comes to his home to
sell him a rare old book of erotica out of revenge. Then he
realizes how the man came to have the book, and decides to
purchase it, knowing he’ll only end up losing money on the
deal. When the young man, Chris Ross, discovers what Simon
has done, he insists on repaying him. Will they come to an
arrangement that will suit them both?
The set-up of “Bound Together” was odd,
yet it worked. The chemistry between wild Chris and
straight-laced Simon was hot. There’s emotion, too,
along with a satisfying ending, making “Bound Together” my
favorite story in the anthology.
“Bull Rider” by Jade Buchanan
Wes Scott has moved from England to
Canada to work as a dj on a British Army base. While on a
getting-to-know-you outing with coworkers at a country
western bar, he meets the incredibly sexy Bull. After a hot
make-out session in Bull’s truck, Wes has to leave with his
friends. Was what Wes and Bull shared a one-night stand, or
could it be something more?
“Bull Rider” is a fun, spicy story. I
liked Wes and big, dominant Bull was yummy. As usual, Jade
Buchanan doesn’t disappoint.
Fabulous Brits is a fun,
hot anthology. The variety of settings and storylines are
enjoyable and interesting, and the British theme was really
neat. If you’re in the mood for sexy British guys who love
other guys, you can’t go wrong with Fabulous Brits.