The Rock Shot
Bartender Sean has been eying musician
Mike all night. When everyone’s gone to watch the fireworks,
he’s hoping to make some fireworks of his own…
The Rock Shot is an
entertaining read. Sean’s distraction as he watches Mike is
amusing, and the sex is very hot!
Shop clerk Chris has the day off and is
spending it going around town speaking to friends and just
hanging out. He gets hungry and finds a vacant spot at a
table occupied by grad student Marshall. Will Marshall take
Chris up on the tour he offers?
PEI Shot had some adorable
characters. Marshall is smart, easily flustered, and often
tongue-tied. Closeted Chris is sweet and much bolder. I
enjoyed seeing these two come together.
Nova Scotia Shot
Experienced Dodge is at a pub, debating
trying to find a man to pick up, when he spots a young man
sitting alone. He joins Sid at his table, and they share an
appetizer. Will they end up sharing much more?
Nova Scotia Shot
has some great character
development for a story of its length. Dodge seems like just
a pick-up artist at the beginning, shallow and out for sex.
As the story progresses, and he talks to Sid, Dodge’s thinking
begins to change. I loved the tenderness Dodge showed the
much less experienced Sid, and it added a nice dash of
sweetness to the story.
Even though it’s Canada Day, Alex is in
the library working on a paper rather than celebrating. He
meets Chad, who’s also working on a paper, and sparks fly. He
and Chad are going to discover something very surprising in
Holy cow, Montreal Shot is
hot! I won’t give away what Alex and Chad discover, but it
surprised the heck out of me (in a good way). This story
shows a bit from both characters’ perspectives, which adds
Quebec City Shot
Thirty-year-old Charlie is backpacking
across Canada when he stops to eat in Quebec City. He meets
younger pizzeria employee Soren and they hit it off. Charlie
would like to teach Soren a few things. Will Soren take him
up on it?
Soren’s initiation into lovemaking in
Quebec City Shot is very enjoyable to read.
Charlie makes a great mentor. This one had a bit of a
bittersweet edge to it, however, as there didn’t seem to be a
happy ending in the cards for these two.
Tyler is roaming the Canada Day
celebration in search of water that doesn’t cost an arm and a
leg. He meets sexy Bobby, who offers to give him a bottle for
After reading Ottawa Shot,
I’m never going to think of fireworks or maple leaves in the
same way! Bobby and Tyler are very uninhibited characters,
and the ending had the promise of more than just HFN.
Parker is at a gay bar for Canada Day
Fetish Night, looking for someone to play with. He meets up
with Ian and his pet, Darcy, and lots of threesome fun ensues.
Toronto Shot is all about
the sex. There’s not much plot or character development
here. Although the sex is very well-written, this wasn’t one
of my favorites in the anthology because the characters were
all out for sex and not much else.
Served in Alberta, Canada
Ranch cook Jimmy is planning to sneak
away and be alone after finishing kitchen cleanup, but it
doesn’t work out that way. To his surprise, big, sexy cowboy
Henry comes in to thank him for making such good food. Henry
also invites him to go sit somewhere and watch the fireworks.
Will shy Jimmy accept?
Served in Alberta, Canada
had two incredibly appealing characters. Jimmy is shy, and
they are both tongue-tied and awkward at the beginning of the
story. Jimmy’s nervous babbling was cute and funny. The love
scenes are sweet and emotional, and this one had a real
happily-ever-after. This was one of my favorites in the
Photographer Dixon Creed is taking
pictures of a Canada Day celebration when he comes across a
guy sunbathing in only a Speedo. Dixon asks if he can take
the guy’s picture, and Brandon agrees. Together, they find
out how much Brandon likes taking direction…
Vancouver Shot shows the
explosive coming together of a voyeur and an exhibitionist.
Dixon is very good at directing, and there are some toys
involved. Not only is this story hot, but there’s also a nice
ending, which I appreciated.
Northern BC Shot
Tree-planter Meat goes off to drink,
smoke, and be alone for a while. Brothers Tim and Terry come
upon him when he’s in a compromising position. To his
surprise, rather than being shocked or disgusted they join in
on the fun.
Northern BC Shot was by far
my least favorite story in the anthology. The brothers’ angle
was nice, but other than that there wasn’t much to like here.
Meat was a thoroughly unappealing character, and the brothers
came off as little more than caricatures. The sex scenes
didn’t do much for me because I didn’t like the people
involved. I think the anthology would have been much stronger
without the inclusion of this tale.
Hudson’s Bay Shot
Watson Green is about to start a week of
camping in the wilderness alone, with only the supplies on his
back. He and fellow camper Geoff Quinn decide to stick
together. What happens when they find out both of them are
Hudson’s Bay Shot was a
very enjoyable story. Although I personally hate camping,
reading about other people camping is fun. I liked watching
the two men work together and then come together in more
important ways. Watson’s inability to read people, or flirt,
made for some hilarious moments. Best of all, there was a
The stories in Canadian Shots
were divided into five chapters based on where in Canada
they took place. Each one was prefaced with a cute fake shot
recipe detailing the “ingredients” of the story, and many of
them are set on Canada Day. Many of these tales are mostly
sex, albeit very hot sex, so be prepared! Drew Zachary does
manage to work in some emotion and sweetness, but if you’re
looking for major character development, happily-ever-afters
in every story, and depth, look elsewhere. What you’ll find
here is happily-for-now at best (although there are a couple
of exceptions), without much character development. However,
if you’re looking for hot, quick, fun, and sometimes
surprising reads, Canadian Shots is the book for