Title: How We Began
Author: Alexis Hall, Delphine Dryden, Vanessa North, Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, Geonn Cannon and Edie Danford (Editor)
Publisher: Pink Kayak Press
Release Date: November 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Futuristic
Reviewed by: Daisy
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A charity anthology of YA short stories, all proceeds to support The Trevor Project’s work with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
In the spirit of spooky … an anthology of m/m paranormal shorts written by some of the most talented contemporary romance authors. What’s not to like?
Take You Farther by Santino Hassell
Whoa. This was a very interesting read about Brian Watts’ boyfriend who is a newly turned vampire. It definitely whet my whistle. Unfortunately, I was obviously missing some much needed context because I hadn’t yet read Stygian. Fortunately, that gem has been recently released!
Memory Hill by J.C. Lillis
Billy Hartigan died 10 years ago but due to “unfinished business” he’s been stuck in Memory Hill Cemetary. Troubled teen geek Todd Racklin, the last living fan of Billy’s old band, visits Billy’s grave seeking help. I absolutely loved Billy and Todd … and even the mad scientist. But waaaaaah! Be forewarned: this was a tear-jerker about missed opportunities and lost love. Bring tissue!
Grave Circumstances by J.R. Gray
1.5 (2.0) Stars
This was about Jess, George, secret agendas, guns, ghosts, and a tour through a haunted graveyard. The story had potential but the sloppy use of pronouns made it hard to decipher the POV at times. Truth be told, I was mostly lost with this story. It didn’t work for me.
Boyfriends in the Boneyard by Kris Ripper
In a perfect world, Truman Jennings would be spending Halloween with both his husband and his boyfriend; alas, in this one he’s on a ghost tour with his husband, and his boyfriend is probably watching scary movies and eating pizza rolls. That plot summary says it all: m/m/m fans take note! I enjoyed this entertaining m/m/m (husband/husband/BF) Halloween short. BUT, an unfinished sexy smexy scene is just wrong and left me grouchy.
Mayfair by Roan Parrish
2.5 (3.0) Stars
Jocelyn, her best friend Bethany (who she’s been secretly in love with for a year), and a Devil’s Night ritual in a Detroit cemetery made for a creepy tale. This story was very well-written with incredible descriptions. But for me, the story was a little disturbing and felt unfinished.