Ergot” by Luisa Prieto
Abernathy is a real witch. Along with his familiar, a
stuffed tiger named Blaise, he hosts a cooking show.
Unfortunately for Dominic, witches aren’t the only things
that are real—so are witch hunters. He’s horrified when his
producer calls and tells him that Carter Brooks, the author
of several satirical cookbooks, will be coming on his show.
Every time Brooks is in a town, witches disappear.
doesn’t believe in witches or witch hunters. He’s tired of
his crazy cousin following him around, insisting he do his
family duty and hunt witches. Then his cousin tries to
shoot him and he’s helped by Dominic Abernathy. There seems
to be an instant attraction between them.
Can there be any
future for a witch and a man from a family of notorious
Ergot”is a fun, action-packed tale of magic
and love. I couldn’t help but like Dominic, whose sense of
humor and caring made him a perfect match for the more
serious, skeptical Carter. The secondary characters,
especially Dominic’s familiar, Blaise, and even Carter’s
crazy cousin, are great. There’s a lot of magic in the
story, and some cool world-building with the witches and
hunters. I hope Luisa Prieto intends to write some more
books in this world. “Cooking with Ergot” is
not a realistic story by any means, but it’s a lot of fun
and well worth a read.
After a very
unhappy experience being the “walk on the wild side” for a
guy, Brandon Williams throws himself into his work as an
erotic chocolatier. He’s determined not to make the same
mistake again. Then he meets David Sterling, the man of
honor for a wedding he is making candy for.
instantly attracted to the sexy candy maker, but the man is
standoffish toward him. David’s best friend Chris, the
bride, isn’t having any of that. She’s determined to get
the two together. What will win out—Brand’s fears or Chris
and David’s hopes?
“Bittersweet”is a cute, quick read. Brand and David are both
likeable characters, despite Brand’s tendencies to judge
people by their appearances. Pushy bride Chris, and Brand’s
friend and employee, Shirlee, were fun secondary characters
whose meddling and advice helped the men as they fumbled
their way forward. The resolution is quick and pretty
simple, but enjoyable nonetheless. If you’re looking for a
fast, fun read with an ending as sweet as Brandon’s
chocolate, “Bittersweet” is a good choice.
“The Shape of a
Heart” by Kimberly Gardner
Jensen lost his lover, he’s devoted his time to his
bookstore and coffee bar. He’s trying to live his life, but
he’s not over his grief. Then his business partner—his
lover’s sister—hires Keith Harte to work the coffee bar.
Zach’s instantly attracted to Keith against his will, but is
determined to resist his attraction.
Keith Harte has
been living with dangerous secrets for a long time now. He
wants to keep his job at the coffee bar and be with Zach,
but he’s afraid. His past could intrude at any minute…
“The Shape of a
Heart” is a sweet story of finding love and
regaining happiness. I could sympathize with the
grief-stricken Zach, even when he was being a jerk. His
guilt over feeling something for someone new was
heart-wrenching. Keith was also likeable. He’s sweet,
caring, and surprisingly strong, despite the secret that has
torn his life apart. The love scenes are hot, and the
conflicts are interesting. The only thing I didn’t like was
the overuse of a certain “s” word meaning promiscuous
person, but that might not bother other readers. Overall, I
really enjoyed “The Shape of a Heart.”
by Maura Anderson
EMT Troy is
relieved to finish a double shift and spend a couple of days
with his lover, Derek. When he gets home, however, he finds
Derek home from work at his family’s restaurant unexpectedly
early. He knows something must be wrong.
Derek has always
feared losing the love and respect of his family, so he’s
hidden his relationship with Troy. When he finally tells
his father he’s gay, his father fires him from the family
restaurant and disowns him. Sad but grateful to not have to
hide his love for Troy any longer, Derek plans a quiet
Thanksgiving dinner for the two of them. Things won’t turn
out quite the way he planned, however…
“Giving Thanks” is a sweet story of love, family, and what’s
important in life. Protective, caring Troy is a great
character. I couldn’t help but love Derek as well. Their
relationship is strong, sweet, and, of course, hot.
Secondary characters—Derek’s family members—are a good
addition to the story. If you like love stories about
families and holidays, as I do, you’re sure to enjoy “Giving
“Devon Cream” by
Steven is a
thirty-one year old cook with a penchant for helping
people. When he meets a new tenant in his building, cute
twenty-two year old Devon, he can’t resist helping the
younger man out. He’s very much attracted to Devon, but
since Devon’s a friend, years younger, and straight, tells
himself nothing will ever come of it. Is Devon only taking
advantage of his generosity, or is something more at work?
“Devon Cream” is a cute, hot little tale of unexpected love.
Generous, caring Steven is a very sympathetic character, and
I couldn’t help but like clueless but eager-to-please
Devon. As always in Jet Mykles’s work, the love scenes are
hot and there’s lots of sexual tension. I enjoyed the
storyline, and Steven’s friend Patty is a fun addition.
While “Devon Cream” isn’t a super-deep story, and I would
have liked to have seen a bit of Devon’s point of view, it’s
an enjoyable read.
is an anthology that delivers exactly what it promises. The
stories in the anthology are full of steamy scenes and a lot
of sweetness as well. Readers looking for a bit of a
pick-me-up will be sure to find something to love here, as
all of the stories are well-written and entertaining.