A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: A good collection of short stories featuring May/December romances.
“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.
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.