Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Make the Yuletide Gay has a number of cute, heartwarming stories for the holidays. Some are just too short, others are just not “holidayish” enough, missing out on some turn of the story that leaves you feeling just a bit let down. here they are with my comments and ratings.
Sleigh bells ring—are you listening?
It’s that time of year again, and we have the perfect way to get you in the mood: A free anthology! Five holiday stories that are guaranteed to warm your heart, heat up your cold nights, and most importantly: Make your yuletide gay.
A Christmas Party to Remember by Nicky Spencer 4 stars out of 5
Last Christmas, Cory and Wes made a connection that left them both thanking Santa. But when Cory doesn’t show up for their first date, Wes swears he won’t make that mistake again. This year, can Santa’s magic find a way to bring them back together?
♥︎Thought this was one of the cutest stories here. Lovers reunited at Christmas time. Short and sweet. Very nice.
Let’s Not Go Crazy by Stephen Hoppa Rating 3 stars out of 5
The holidays are stressful enough without Ethan’s boyfriend Nate trying to kill him with Christmas cheer. But Nate’s found a whole new way to torture Ethan when he reveals that he wants kids. Will their conflicting desires tear their relationship apart, or will they find a way to ring in the new year stronger than ever?
✒︎This one sort of missed the mark for me. It seemed that they brushed the whole discussion away and settled at the end. Sort of sad and unsettled instead of finished.
Captain Jack and the Snack Attack by Addison Albright Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Two men determined to win the same treasure at a charity silent auction, a wayward kitten, grumbling tummies, and a dilemma: what’s the correct gift-giving etiquette for a first date that’s mere days before Christmas, and what could possibly go awry with this merry combination?
♥︎Meet cute and it has a kitten. Heartwarming and sweet if too short.
The Christmas Day Date by Nell Iris Rating: 4 stars out of 5
One rainbow Christmas tree in harm’s way and an afternoon spent eating far too many cookies, equals two men with changed holiday plans. But how does that translate into a date?
♥︎This was my favorite story of the anthology. From the initial meeting to their get togethers around that marvelous tree and discovery about each other. I just loved it. True Christmas! The writing was as great as the story.
The Year of the Monkey by Amy Tasukada Rating 3 stars out of 5
The last thing Aoi wants to do for New Year’s is spend it with his boyfriend’s parents, who were far from thrilled when their son came out. Can Aoi warm their hearts making traditional mochi or will they end up in an even stickier situation?
♥︎I liked this story but for readers unfamiliar with this couple from the author’s series, this might be a little confusing over certain elements about this established couple. It’s far better to have the background than to come at this story cold. With the background knowledge I found Aoi’s path towards acceptance heartwarming and hopeful.
Authors Note: This anthology is free at all retailers except Amazon.com. We have been unsuccessful in all attempts to get Amazon to change the price. Therefore we have decided to donate all proceeds from Amazon sales to the Trevor Project. If you bought your copy there instead of getting a free one, please know your money is going to a good cause.
Cover art is cute and that adorable guy will catch your eye anywhere.
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published November 15th 2017