Second Chances (Anthology)
Author: Anthology (many)
Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications
Blurb: A collection of five male/male contemporary romance short stories, ranging from 10,500 to 16,000 words. Total length: 70,000 words
Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green
Jacob Kerns is due a promotion, but his ambitions are at risk when he learns his next contract will be handled by Alexander Corey, his ex. Jake tries to put personal feelings aside to do his job, but Alex won’t let him. Will they find love again or is the whole thing non-negotiable?
Heart of Glass By L. J. Harris
When Zack Doherty comes to Australia on a working holiday, he is uncharacteristically forward in pushing Heath Connors, a man he barely knows, for a date. Heath, who has only recently begun to live life his way, wonders if Zack will be the one to mend his heart of glass.
Better Together By DaNay Smith
Greyson Welles followed Dominic Nash to Baltimore for his dream job, putting his own on hold. Dominic can see that Greyson’s unhappy, but never expects him to turn down his proposal and return to New York. Will Greyson be gone forever or will he decide they’re better together?
Dirty Martini By Bette Browne
When Daniel Fletcher runs into his ex with the man he caught him in bed with, vodka seems like the answer. Nathan Smith is used to men drowning their sorrows at the bar he tends, so the connection he feels to one is unusual. Will a means to forget turn into something more?
Notice to Appear By C. C. Lorenz
Josh Campbell is handed a notice to appear in court for a traffic offense, but his humiliation is complete when he comes face to face with his schoolboy crush, Carter Sullivan, in the court room. Could this be the start of something with Carter now that age is not an issue.
Review: Who doesn’t want a second shot at a past love? Sweeties, I can think of at least three men in my past I’d love to meet again. …Make that four. That’s what this book explores: the fantasy come true of getting another chance to do things right.
Bottom Drawer is a relatively new publisher and they’re off to a flying start. In this anthology, there are lots of hot men and plenty of scintillating sex, darlings. The editing could have been a bit tighter, but overall, it was good. The subject means there was built-in predictability, but my mind wandered only a few times.
I liked the last two stories best, but all of them were written well. Anthologies aren’t my favorite, but this one offers solid entertainment. If you’re looking for a few stories to take you away from your oh-so-humdrum life, consider picking up this book, lovies.
Reviewed by: Red Licorice