Title:All in a Day’s Work
Author: Bru Baker, Holly O. Hale, Therese Woodson, Henrietta Clarke, Jenni Michaels, Amy Jo Cousins, Kay Walker, Shae Connor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:September 22nd 2014
Genre(s):Contemporary, Historical, Dystopia, Sciense Fiction
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
A guy’s got to make a living. He can do it the conventional way—by selling cars, scooping ice cream, or delivering sandwiches—or he can earn his money as a spy, a historical interpreter, or the host of a myth-busting television show. Whether the men in this anthology are working hard to build their own business or performing in drag at a dance hall, every day has the potential for surprises and the chance to satisfy their lust or maybe find something more permanent. For the guys in these stories, what’s all in a day’s work might be anything but what they expected.
Ice Cream Dreams by Shae Connor
My OTP by Bru Baker
The Bet by Holly O. Hale
Not Quite 1776 by Therese Woodson
Extra Mayo by Henrietta Clarke
Short Timer by Jenni Michaels
Dance Hall Days by Amy Jo Cousins
Unmasked by Kay Walker
This was a nice collection of stories with a workpace theme. Most of them are Contemporary, and there is one historical, and one futuristic dystopian.
Extra Mayo, by Henrietta Clarke—3.5 stars
The office employee and the sandwich delivery guy. This was very sweet. Walter is very shy and suffers from social anxiety. When the new delivery guy neglects to put extra mayo in his sandwitch, he is furious (mayo is important dammit!), but can’t pluck up the courage to say something. Imagine when Glynn asks him out!
This was not steamy at all, but it was very sweet. I liked the way the MCs communicated and how understanding Glynn was. It ended kind of abruptly, almost confusing, like a big chunk of the story was missing, since it went from their first date to months later.
Ice Cream Dreams, by Shae Connor —3.5 stars
The chef and the ice-cream scooper(<—yes, the title exists. I checked!) Gage works in his uncle’s ice-cream shop, when famous chef, Loren, walks in, with a business proposal in mind. But he walks out with so much more.
This was a bit insta-love, or maybe insta-lust. It’s a light story with a tentative HFN, and some steamy bits. I particularly liked Gage’s interactions with his uncle, Gordon.
My OTP, by Bru Baker—4 stars
The MythBusters! Troy and Ryder cohost a popular TV show. They ‘re, also, secret fuck buddies, although their fans have their suspicions. Troy wants more from Ryder than just sex, but he thinks the feeling is not mutual. How wrong he is!
It took me a while to get into the story; the third person, present tense narration was a little off-putting at first, but I got used to it. The chemistry between Troy and Ryder is amazing and the hashtags adorable. Right amount of steam too!
Not quite 1776, by Therese Woodson —3 stars
The historical interpreter and the mechanic. This read more like erotica. Very high on the steam and too low on…everything else. I didn’t feel any particular connection between the MCs excpet thair obvious chemistry in bed. The sex was pretty hot, though.
The ending was somewhat unsatisfying. I think I’d like this story more, had it been longer.
Unmasked, by Kay Walker—3.5 stars
The spy and his teck handler. This is a dystopian tale set in the future. The gap between the rich and the poor is bigger than ever. On the outside, Raven is a high society persona, but in reality, he and his handler, Glitch, try to help the poor, one mission at a time.
I particularly liked the world building and the “action”, that kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t really feel the romance here, although I really liked the MCs and their relationship. There is a little bit of steam and a nice HFN.
The bet, by Holly O. Hale—3.5 stars
The business partners. I like stories that take place when the relationship is already established. Jack and Aaron are a married couple and co-own their company. The story is about a bet they made about having sex in the office.
I liked risky Jack and the more reserved Aaron. It was a funny and very sexy little story.
Dance Hall Days, by Amy Jo Cousins—4.5 stars
The singer and the bouncer. This is the historical story of the anthology, set in London 1932, and it also happens to be my favorite.
Frank, the gruff bouncer, and Laurie, the effeminate singer and drag queen are so right for each other. Characters full of surprises and contradictions; Frank is seemingly tough and strong, but in reality he had such a soft side, and the fact that he felt so undeserving of Laurie broke my heart a little. And Laurie might be the one on his knees, crying, when we first met him, but his strength was amazing.
Beautiful writing, amazing setting, and great ending.
Short timer, by Jenni Michaels—3 stars
I can’t say much without giving away the ending, which was half the fun of the story. But it was sexy and surprising, although too short. It was nice.