Snow on the Roof

17234603Title: Snow on the Roof
Authors: Various
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Dreamspinner
Genre: Anthology M/M
Length: 338 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lasha

Summary Review: A good collection of short stories featuring May/December romances.


THE BLURB

“Just because there’s snow on the roof, doesn’t mean the fire’s gone out in the furnace.” There’s something to be said for maturity and experience, and in all of these relationships, at least one of the lovers is over forty. Whether it’s a May/December romance, a second chance at love, or finding a soul mate later in life, these stories prove that it’s never too late for love.

Stories include: Nachos on Saturday by J. Leigh Bailey, Queening Out by Mari Donne, Granddad’s Cup of Tea by Amy Rae Durreson, The Way to a Fisherman’s Heart by Tray Ellis, No Place Like Home by Kim Fielding, Ivory Black, Flecked with White by Laylah Hunter, Loving Again by John Inman, Full Circle by Rhidian Brenig Jones, Straight Shooting by Maggie Lee, Hero Worship by Sam C. Leonhard, Curtain Calls by Pinkie Rae Parker, The Bodyguard’s Dilemma by Chris Scully, Picture This by Dottie Stratton & Linda James, Hunting Season by AC Valentine and Waiting for the Light by Layla M. Wier.

THE REVIEW

There are fifteen short stories in the Snow on the Roof anthology. The theme is May/December, although some are more December/December, but at least one character is over 40-years-old, which is a wonderful change from all the young bucks we normally find in a lot of M/M books. 🙂

As with any anthology, there were stories I loved, stories I liked, and a few that just weren’t my cup of tea. But since I cannot review fifteen separate stories, I am going to pick my top four from the book, in order by rating.

Granddad’s Cup of Tea by Amy Durreson – 5 stars

A wonderful story about two elderly men finding love again after losing their spouses. Ewan and Alex are in their sixties and each has lead a full life. Ewan lives with his daughter and grandchildren, and Alex just lost his lover of many years. When Ewan helps his grandson deliver newspapers, the two men become friends, and it grows into more. A perfect, slow-building sort-of GFY story that shows that love knows no age boundaries.

Straight Shooting by Maggie Lee – 4.5 stars

Cops. Guns. Friend-With-Benefits. Everything I like in my M/M books. The sex was off-the-charts hot, and the combination that one protagonist was the other one’s gun range supervisor made the illicit nature of their relationship even steamier. The author made shooting guns sexy. :pant:

The Bodyguard’s Dilemma by Chris Scully – 4.25 stars

Logan is a 45-year-old bodyguard who is in love with a much younger, former porn star named Tyler. Now Tyler used to be a client, but after the job was done, the two men remained friends. Even though I think the age difference and Tyler’s former profession might be an issue if these two continued their relationship, I loved the chemistry between them and the hope that their love story would have a happy ending.

Hunting Season by AC Valentine – 4 stars

City boy inherits his aunt’s house in the country and when it needs repairs hires the local handyman to do the work. Immediate attraction ensues. Maybe I have a fixation on shifters and handymen? Because even though geeky guy falls for hard-working blue collar has been done before, I adored this story!

To conclude, a lovely anthology that brought tears to my eyes in some instances and in others, made me fan myself as my Kindle exploded from the hotness. Recommended.

Author

I’ve been reading romance books since I was 12 and when I found m/m books a few years ago I fell madly in love with the genre. My favorites tropes are: GFY, police partners in love and May-December romances. I also adore paranormals and in my spare time away from Jessewave, I review pararmormal m/m books at my own blog. Give me a good shifter book and I’m a happy girl!

6 comments

  • This review got me excited about this one. I love May-December stories and had no idea this anthology used that theme.

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  • Hi Lasha

    The system lost my original comment so here’s another version. I love stories with older MCs, which is a change from the twentysomethings we get most of the time. When they are done well that’s a real bonus, so thank you so much for this review. This anthology goes on my TBR today. 🙂

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  • I loved this one . Wonderful, finally the mentioning of a paunch or grey chest hair. MCs in their sixties! Did I like the book?

    Oh yes, I defintely think it was a great collection of short stories and I’m going to check out some of the authors for more of them.
    My favorite stories are:

    Granddad’s Cup of Tea by Amy Durreson
    Well done slow built up, a story like a candle on christmas…about coming out in your sixties and daring to try to love again. I think everybody loved that story most.

    The Way to a Fisherman’s Heart by Tray Ellis
    A wonderfully, sweet and pretty little story, nothing flashy, just a gem in it’s simpleness. It was just beautiful to read.

    Loving Again by John Inman
    The reason I bought the book (yes, Inman-fan here) and did he make me cry. What I like is that you really don’t know what he is writing until you read it – everything is different. I started to get wet eyes at the damn socks and cried nearly through the whole goooood story. Only complaint…a bit to insta love but hey, life is short and if anybody knows it, these two guys do.

    Picture This by Dottie Stratton & Linda James
    This one I liked – man comes back after a lifetime to finally get together with the love of his life. Well constructed conflict and lovable MCs.

    Hunting Season by AC Valentine
    Comfort story, well written, good MCs . Kind of cute built up with the cluelessness.

    Waiting for the Light by Layla M. Wier
    I liked it, it had a strong feeling. Two old men meet at a senior spouse survivor’s meeting. They become friends. Neither is “out”.

    The Bodyguard’s Dilemma by Chris Scully
    Cute, funny, may/december with pushy, a bit broken young man and a very alpha older one.

    Hero Worship by Sam C. Leonhard
    Actually – the love story happens a bit rushed at the end. But it is situated around a wizard in a world with dwarves and other magical creatures and the wizard itself is such a cute grumpy guy – I loved him. May/very december romance.

    No Place Like Home by Kim Fielding
    Nice story, a note in a library book brings two men together. I laughed tears when the son opened the door.

    Nachos on Saturday by J. Leigh Bailey
    Sweet comfort story, well written.

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  • Even though I’m kinda tired of the snow season, this sounds pretty darn good. Thanks for the wicked review! 🙂

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