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Sweethearts and Seduction

Anthology

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Who doesn't love love? From a shyly romantic first date to the settled delight between two long-time partners, these are stories of men falling head over heels in love and riding off into the sunset. What happens between first kisses and strolls off into the sunset? These authors are happy to show us!

Ever since Troy inherited the family roller skating rink, he's been struggling to keep it successful, both for his own sake and in memory of his parents. But on the eve of a loan that will allow him to revitalize the aging rink, his relationship with his boyfriend, Zane, is struggling. It's time for him to prove to Zane once and for all that he's The Best Thing on Eight Wheels, and their relationship comes first. Then, Ish, an archaeologist, and Kabal, a cop, live in different times and on different worlds, but a couple of times a year they can steal some small measure of time together, and their love only continues to grow despite the long silences. So it's with eager joy Ish journeys to meet his lover for A Time Traveler's Valentine, at least until Kabal announces that the nature of their relationship is about to change, forever. Nolan isn't expecting more than a normal date, so when his boyfriend, Sean, goes all out with an open bar and mysterious plans, he's intrigued. Turns out it's Tattoo Day—the anniversary of Sean's tattoo in honor of their relationship—and Sean has big plans to make the day forever memorable.

Jeremy and Bobby have a relationship that is stressed to the max. Working opposite schedules, the two barely have a chance to kiss hello and goodbye as they drop off to sleep or rush out to work. When their days off finally sync up, the two long-time lovers will spend Nights Burned up in Flame as they reignite their romance and rediscover each others' hot spots. Thomas has the hots for fellow dog owner, Anton, but he's Dogged by insecurity, and outing himself to acknowledge his feelings seems like too big a risk. At least until Anton invites him out for coffee, where their bond has a chance to grow. As their dogs Biscuit and Muffin play, Thomas is ready to put himself on the line in the hopes that his friendship with Anton could be so much more. Finally, Phillip, CEO of the company BookTrader, may be openly gay, but he's also not above donating himself to a bachelor auction in the name of a good cause. But when he puts himself on the auction block, the person who seizes the moment is the last one Phillip expects. When the gavel drops, Phillip is Sold! in more ways than one.

Troy closed his eyes as the lock clunked heavily open, and took a deep breath. He could smell the promise of popcorn and the vague tang of funky socks as the door shoved inward, and then that underlying greasy smell of hotdogs despite the fact that they'd taken the hotdog machine out two years ago.

Zane was right; they were absolutely never going to get the scent of those "boiled meat tubes" out of the rink. But as he progressed into the building, locking the heavy door behind him and heading into the rink proper, other smells caught up with him as well. There was the sweet, clean smell of the wax they used to keep the skate floor shining and smooth and the slightly floral shampoo from the steam cleaner that would never quite get that many decades of grime and gum off the carpets—but they had to make the effort.

Though not all of the smells were pleasant, they were, in a way, the scents of home. More so than the house he had been raised in, this place had been his refuge, his claim to fame, his home away from home, and his unwanted summer job since he was too small to remember. It was struggling, but it had held on through a world war and a handful of recessions, passed down from his great grandparents and eventually coming to his hands... He just had to hold on for a few more months until the loan came through, and then he could convert part of the rink and the lot next door into a "fun center" and see it refreshed as a place kids would come for a couple generations more.

-- from "The Best Thing on Eight Wheels" by D.K. Jernigan & K. Piet

4 - Lucy at Hearts on Fire Reviews
"As always with an anthology, there are some I like better than others. These are pretty even for me because they are connected by the theme of sweetness, something I love to read about. "

4 - Shayla at Read The Rainbow Reviews
"This was a wonderful anthology. I loved the fact that all the stories were sweet with little to know angst. All short stories followed two themes (which is why, I personally think, the book should have been divided into two parts), like the title suggests: sweethearts for the established relationships theme and seduction, for the pursuing of a relationship theme. I can't say there was one story I didn't like. All of them were beautiful and sweet, although I have my preferences. ...all stories were really cute, perfect for Valentine's day, which is the major theme of the anthology. They were also very heavy on sexuality, so if you're thinking "Nah, thanks, but no thanks. I prefer my books hot rather than cute," no worries. The stories have plenty of hotness to them."

4 - Monica at World Of Diversity Fiction
"Anthologies are always tricky to review. Individual stories meant to come together as one cohesive collection. A lot of times they fail but not with this set of stories. Some I loved and others were a good little distraction, but overall I enjoyed reading it. Very well done!"

Length

31,000 words
59 pages

Release Date

February 14, 2014

Book Type

Anthology

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-62757-092-3

Cover Art

ThinkSentient Ltd

Keywords

M/M, contemporary, humor, science fiction

Contributors

Blaine D. Arden
D.K. Jernigan
Emily Moreton
Erik Moore
K. Piet
Raven de Hart