Review of Silver Publishing Holiday Short Stories- Someone Like You by L.M. Brown and An Unexpected Gift by Ashlyn Monroe


Review:  Someone Like You by L.M.Brown

Rating: 4 stars

Someone Like You Silver storyTodd Hunter and his boyfriend, Deacon Jones, had been inseparable right up until Todd went away to the university, then all communications from Deacon stopped.  Now Todd is home on break and is determined to find out why Deacon hasn’t called or replied to any of his emails.  For Todd, Deacon is the “one and only” and he thought he was that for Deacon too.

While Todd has been away, Deacon has undergone several major upheavels in his life, and he has held them all back from Todd.  Todd is “the one” for Deacon. Now Todd must figure out what has gone wrong with Deacon if the young men are to find their HEA.

Someone Like You is L.M. Brown’s twist on boy from the wrong side of the tracks storyline, and I think the author did a lovely job with it.  Brown’s two main characters, Todd Hunter and Deacon Jones are vulnerable, likable and very easy to relate to.  Brown’s story is as much about family expectations and obligations as it is about a first love that also is the one that lasts.

Too often when a story has young men finding their “soulmate” early, the notion seems a little too much like a teen crush than a love to build a relationship on, but L.M. Brown does a credible job of making us believe that just perhaps the love Deacon and Todd feel for each other  will be a love to last their lifetime.  And Brown does it all in just 89 pages.

So if you are looking for a sweet holiday story, one that is quick to read and yet leave you smiling into the evening hours, this is one for y0u.

A Most Unexpected Gift by Ashlyn Monroe

Rating: 2.5 stars

Aarika Marshal has a mischievous mind, and when she decides to give her boyfriend, Rafe, a most unusual gift on Christmas Eve.  Aarika decides to give herself a sexy gift too, all in the same package.  The gift in question is her bi-sexual best friend Clara who has long held a crush on Rafe.  When Rafe’s twin brother, Rhett joins in, the shenanigans kicks into high gear and it will be a very smutty Christmas for all.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains multiple sexual situations, including MF, FF, MFM, and MFF. Not M/M

“Clara laughed as Aarika pushed her into the closet. “Shh, he’ll be home any minute,” Aarika warned her best friend. “Push your boobs up so he gets a good look.”

That opening line pretty much indicates how the story, and what little plot there is, will go.  Aarika decides to have her best friend have sex with her boyfriend, Rafe and herself too.  She prepares her “surprise” but is surprised in turn when Rafe turns up with Rhett in tow.  This is our introduction to Rhett, who looks over his brother’s girlfriend’s body:

“You told me she had a smokin’ body, bro, but I think you left out just how nice her tits are.”  Classy, so very classy, and a perfect indication of what little character Rhett has.  In fact, all the people involved come across as mostly one-dimentional characters.  And the plot is as simplistic as the men and women involved.

And from that scene the story goes downhill from there.  For Christmas, we are given wooden characters, silly dialog and a plot that would grace a 80’s porn flick.  If this was  your Christmas wish, then Ashlyn Moore has delivered just the short story for you at 34 pages in length.  But for me, I have higher expectations for  my holiday fare and at 34 pages, this one was 34 pages too long.

Hump Day and Delayed Schedule


It’s Wednesday and that means it is also halfway through the week and Hump Day here in the U.S.  As the mad scramble towards the Holidays continues, it is hard to find some downtime, to take a moment to catch your breath and look at what you need to do for the week.   With only five more days to Christmas, I feeling a little overwhelmed with last minute shopping lists for presents and groceries as well as last minute decorating to do here at the house.  I ran out of yarn for one project I am working on.  I swear I thought there was one more skein of that color in the bag. Sigh.  And of course, I still have reviews to finish.

So here is the “flexible schedule” for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, 12/20:                         Two Reviews for Silver Publishing’s Holiday Stories

Thursday, 12/21:                              Three Reviews for Dreamspinner Press’ Evergreen Advent Stories

Friday, 12/22:                                   Sullivan by Bailey Bradford, and 2 more DSP Evergreen Advent Story Reviews

Saturday, 12/23:                               A  Great Miracle Happens There by Tia Fielding

Next week I am coming out with my Best Covers for 2012.  Really, there are some stunners this year and a welcome trend towards retro looking covers that I adored.   Christmas Day will see a rerun of a review for a favorite 2012 book, and then we will be back on the 26th with new reviews to finish up the year.

If you have a special cover you have loved this year, one that stood out from all the rest, let me know and I will include it as part of the Best Covers post.