authors came together for a good cause- to help fund
opposition to California Proposition 8, which eliminates the
right of same-sex couples to legally marry. The courts have
made their decision but the fight is not over. The proceeds
from the sales of I Do! will be donated to the
continuing fight for marriage equality for everyone.
From sweet to
scorching, fairy tale to historical to contemporary,
male/male and female/female love stories, I Do!
Is the best collection of same sex love stories I’ve come
across in a while. Each story is unique and will appeal to
different people. I got reacquainted with authors I know and
met a few new ones as well.
stories were the bright, happy ones but those that touched
me more deeply were the ones that hit me in the heart.
Twin” by Tracey Pennington confused me at first and I wasn’t
sure how I would like it. The more I read, though, the
better I liked it. This twist on The Six Swans gives
the youngest brother a happy ending.
Disguise” by Alex Beecroft was one of my least favorite
stories, probably because it was not so upbeat. It pointed
to the heart of the matter, though. How unfair is it that
some people are not allowed to have what others can?
I found myself
smiling when I got to the end of “The Roaming Heart” by
Charlie Cochrane because of the heroes. The two of them were
so willing to put on a public face so they could be together
Announcement” by Lee Rowan was one of my favorites because I
truly hope that one day no one will be prevented from
marrying the person they love and want to spend the rest of
their lives with.
But my absolute
favorite of the entire anthology was “Outed” by Clare
I love Auntie
Queenie. Happily Ever After is all that matters for her, no
matter who it is. Clare London has done it again. I just had
particular stories stood out for me, all of the
stories in I Do! are gripping and so
emotionally charged that you can’t wait to read the next
one. I Joyfully Recommend I Do!
Twin” by Tracey Pennington
A prince falls
in love with a disfigured young man. A fairy tale with a
Happily Ever After, just as it should be.
Disguise” by Alex Beecroft
An error in
perception leads to understanding for two men who want the
Heart” by Charlie Cochrane
A love triangle
is cover for the real love scenes going on behind the
“Outed” by Clare
In the middle of
her 80th birthday celebration, Auntie Queenie not
only outs her nephew but gives him her wholehearted
Translation” by Storm Grant
policeman Tyler Cage, picks up a young man wandering in a
downpour and takes him home, against his better judgement.
Misconception makes happily ever after seem like a long
by Liasbet Sarai
A blowout leads
Nicole Stewart to Maggie Benson. These two lonely women make
memories to ease their sorrows.
“Swan Song” by
Sharon Marie Bidwell
Richard met Neil
three months after Gloria died. She had told Richard to be
happy and find what he really needs. It’s time to redecorate
and make a life for him and Neil.
“ by Jeanne Barrack
to Boston. Finally making wedding plans. Finally together
“Code of Honor”
In the French
Foreign Legion, twenty year old Joe is taken seriously for
the first time in his life. And finally faces the secret he
is trying to run from.
Temptation” by ZA Maxfield
Tango Master persona brings him lots of clients. One client
makes his heart sing but is off limits. Or is he?
“The Mistake” by
The only reason
Rusty even considered picking up a trick was hunger. The
encounter seemed to be one big mistake.
(and Cheese)” by Allison Wonderland
picture was taken when they were in first grade. The love
has lasted and lasted and lasted.
“The Snow Queen”
As a child Josh
had talked to the Snow Queen. She’d always listened and now
his grief is pushing him to talk to her again. Josh’s frozen
heart is not ready for a new love.
Beautiful” by Zoe Nichols and Cassidy Ryan
In two months
when Charlotte retires, Charlotte and Becca can be together
openly. They won’t have to hide from the public because of
Charlotte’s image. But Charlotte is afraid that she will be
nothing without her job. Becca makes her understand she is
so much more than her job.
by Emma Collingwood
James wants a
home and he wants to make it with Thomas. But Thomas is
having issues with his sexuality. James is not sure how they
will work it out until Thomas starts talking about knocking
“Rules of the
Game” by Mallory Path
Noah has never
bottomed for Charlie and it bothers him. So Charlie talks
Noah into a game where they are both winners.
Love” by Jerry L. Wheeler
Tom and Stan had
been a couple when Templeton stopped playing. That was ten
years ago. Templeton is playing again—for one final
performance. Now Tom and Stan understand that sometimes you
have to go back to go forward.
“True Love” by
Shona and Kai
have a son. But legally Shona has no rights. Kai is Jae’s
mother and Alan is his father. Shona knows that so much has
changed in her lifetime, what might change in Jae’s?
“Salad Days” by
Tim and Jake are
together now and Tim is really tired of hearing about Jake’s
Announcement” by Lee Rowan
Today is John
and Kevin’s wedding day. Kevin finally calls his dad to tell
him, even knowing how the man will react. And despite that
reaction Kevin is ready to make his commitment to John.
Today they will be married.