Title: The Wild and Precious Collection
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Paperback Only
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Anthology
Page Count: 314
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
If you knew you had one wild and precious life, would you jump in and live it fully?
This band of lively characters isn’t afraid to take a chance on themselves or their dreams. Creativity runs through their veins—they’re writers, poets, singers, guitarists, and even beautiful drag queens. Some are young and just beginning to find themselves. Others have lived through tragedies. Each one discovers that living a wild and precious life means opening up to love and taking a risk to find their happy ending.
The Wild and Precious Collection is a paperback only anthology from Dreamspinner Press including CJane Elliott’s previously released novellas Wild and Precious, There You Are and Sand-Man’s Family.
Wild and Precious – Brent Granger is a bi-curious writer very attracted to his “gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford.” Brent starts dating bisexual musician Cody Bellstrom who gladly helps him explore his sexuality, but still harbors a strong interest in Graham. Belen, in her 2016 review of the Wild and Precious audiobook, shares why this story didn’t work for her, and I’m in agreement. Brent is basically a bad boyfriend, and at the end of the book, you definitely want Cody’s story (and a HEA for him). My rating is 3 stars.
There You Are – Have no fear – Cody gets his HEA in this sweet novella. Cody is heading out to Portland to join the funk band Da Beat and meets Sandy Nixon, a runaway 18-year-old, on the train. Bisexual Sandy is running away from parents who want to send him to a “pray the gay away” camp. But, it’s a small world and as they arrive in Portland, it turns out that Blaine, Cody’s friend and Da Beat band member, is also friends with Phineas, Sandy’s uncle. Sparks fly between Cody and Phineas and before too long, Phineas is thinking of resurrecting his fabulous drag persona – Phanny Hill – and is starting to move on from the loss of his first-love Allen, who died four years prior. I liked the romance between Cody and Phineas, and we see Sandy starting to find his way as a bisexual, and finding a boyfriend, Dare Tyler. 4 stars.
Sand-Man’s Family – Phineas, Cody and Sandy have become a strong family unit, and as they are heading back to Rockford, Illinois for Thanksgiving, Sandy runs into Jade, the boy he had his first sexual encounter with in high school. Sandy returns to his parent’s house only to encounter more of the same anti-gay propaganda, but adds more branches to his supportive family with the addition of Jade’s father and Uncle. This is more a YA story, with some drama and a HFN. 4 stars.
On the whole, I liked the Wild and Precious Collection, although the first story brought down the curve a bit. The strength of the stories is the family unit that develops between Cody, Phineas, Blaine and his wife, Sandy and Jade. There’s a lot of “tell” vs. “show” but I liked the relationships Elliott creates in the series, and I would welcome another novella about Dare, who deserves a HEA of his own. 3.5 stars overall.Buy Link