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Like It Or Not

Anthology

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Be it forced seduction/dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, or pre-negotiated fantasy, there is something wickedly taboo about non-consensual sex, where consent is muddled. While rape is a crime of power, focusing on exerting physical control over another person, non-con is all about the gray area where verbal consent is either never given (not a 'yes', but not a 'no' either) or doesn't match the arousal and passion both parties share during the act. In Like It or Not, we push the boundaries of consent without fully breaking them.

When Connor's rent money is due and not even hooking can make up the shortfall, he really is Out of Options. So when playboy Jarrett makes him a very generous offer, he doesn't look too closely at the terms—and lives to regret it. Then, werewolf Trevor is subjected to Obedience Classes when his pack alpha becomes fed up with his rebellion. Dirk, the wolf charged with this task, though, seems more interested in claiming Trevor for himself, by any means necessary. Writer Ian Richards has to decide What It's Worth to get his story when his contact meets him in a private club. In fact, Vincenzo has no intention of letting his information go easily, if at all.

In Blindside, freshman Matt is tired of enduring the hazing by (admittedly gorgeous) upperclassman Dylan, when Dylan ups the ante significantly. And as much as Matt wants Dylan, he can't be sure the whole thing isn't one more bizarre prank. Confessor Isak must resort to Unnatural Means when he is charged with the task of forcing Sain to confess his sins of murder and witchcraft before inevitable execution. Torturing in the name of the Divine is difficult enough, but when Sain's seductive magic takes hold of him, he isn't sure it will be Sain who breaks under pressure to find release. Finally, Salting the Earth becomes Ronan's only choice when he suspects his sister has been taken by the fairies. However, this only draws the interest of ruthless King Finnbheara, who extracts a price for his cooperation that may be too high for Ronan to pay.

The endless river of headlights and taillights flowed through the night.

Connor visited with the girls, griping about vacuum cleaners and bosses who went for blowjobs but not from him. Carlotta was right, it really was a slow night. Babs got called out and left. The little girls wandered off on the arms of some young men out slumming, one wearing his college letter jacket. Connor didn't move from his streetlight.

"You gotta dress hotter," Carlotta said. "Nobody wants Mr. Ikea in this neighborhood. You need a look, baby." She took a long drag on her cigarette, her Adam's apple moving when she swallowed. "Something sexy and slutty, something that says you're the hottest piece of tail on the block and suck better than those shitty vacuums you can't sell."

The red Corvette passed again but slowed down curbside this time. The tinted passenger window lowered. A man's hand, holding a hundred-dollar bill between the index and middle fingers, beckoned. "You, boy," came the low voice from inside it.

"Go on, baby boy. Make the rent." Carlotta waved him into the car as Connor hesitated. Something felt wrong, although he'd done this exactly the same way a dozen times before.

He had to keep living indoors, and this trick would help. Connor got in the car.

-- from "Out of Options" by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks

4.5 - Darien at Pants Off Reviews
"Overall, really enjoyed this anthology. So many different levels of writing and storytelling and all very unique. Another winner by SMP, and I look forward to whatever creative anthology they come up with next. [I]f you have no problems with reading non-con then I highly suggest checking this book out."

4 - Reviewers at Live Your Life, Buy The Book
"This is one of those books I’m okay with a rape fantasy type of storyline... I really enjoyed this short story. It had enough in its 25 pages to both surprise me, engage me and leave me wanting me more!!... I liked this story enough that I’ll be checking out more from this author."

3 - Jenre at Well Read
"Overall, I had a mixed response to the anthology. Looking back, I can see that my favourite stories were those containing the most in terms of romance, and my least favourite those which I deemed too cruel and callous. What I did like overall, was the way that the anthology as a whole made me reflect on my own responses to the story, and maybe I've learned something about myself as a reader as a result.... Can I recommend this anthology? Cautiously... as the sort of book which may appeal to those who like their romance with a dash of cruelty."

0 - Candace at Bending the Bookshelf
"This is one dark and edgy collection of taboo stories, let me tell you! Personally, I love the erotic power exchange of dominance and submission, but not even I was prepared for the extent to which some of these stories pushed the boundaries.... Not an easy read by any means, and definitely not recommended for anybody who is not 100% comfortable with the idea that 'no' can, under the right circumstances, mean 'maybe'. [T]he stories can be cruel at times, but they are always erotic...."

Series

Like It Or Not

Length

68,000 words
161 pages

Release Date

June 01, 2012

Book Type

Anthology

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-937058-60-9 (print)
978-1-937058-46-3 (ebook)

Cover Art

Nathie Block

Keywords

M/M, non-con, werewolf, fantasy, college, religious themes

Contributors

Angelia Sparrow
Gryvon
Heidi Belleau
Naomi Brooks
Sean Michael
Stella Harris
T.C. Mill
Violetta Vane