Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology

The following books are now available as a separate short stories on Kindle Unlimited. All have been re-named.


Title: Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology
Author: A.E. Wasp, Alison Hendricks, Charlie Cochet, Chris Owen, Hailey Turner, Lily Morton, Lucy Lennox, May Archer, Poppy Dennison, Ruthie Luhnow, Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: SKLL Books LLC
Release Date: February 5th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Anthology
Page Count: 595 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Once upon a time, a bunch of M/M authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!


Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology is a collection of short stories that are all based around a new matchmaking app that has a glitch in its “guaranteed” love matches by basically pairing everyone who tries it up with the person they’d least likely think would be their fated soulmate.

But fate is a fickle bitch and she’s come around this Valentine’s to serve up a sweet and delicious portion of opposites attract. Quite a few of the couples are set up by their nearest and dearest – without their knowledge – and only agree to go on the dates because the app is footing the bill for dinner and/or they don’t want to be the dick to ditch a desperate on V-day.

Most are told in a dual POV, and all but one (Lily Morton’s The Tattoo Artist and the Writer) is based in a United States location, though they’re all over the map, giving a delightful difference to each of the stories.

There was lots of age gap (yum!), insta-love (sometimes well-done, sometimes…not), spontaneous combustion chemistry (some of the sexy times are explicit and others are off page), all were opposites (including Ryder and Bailey from The Set-up & The Fallout), and a whole lot were sweet, sweet, sweet with some truly lovely HEA’s.

My personal favorites were The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet, The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner, The Uber Driver and the Phone Sex Operation by Lucy Lennox, and The Baker and the Seal by May Archer.

Here’s a little bite into each for you to mull over:

The Set-up & The Fallout (The Set-Up Continued)
Rating: 3 stars
Thoughts: For two straight days a window washer hangs outside matchmaking app “Heart2Heart” programmer Bailey’s window hoping the little cutie would notice him. When he finally does acknowledge him, the window washer convinces Bailey to leave work a little early and meet up for a date.

Ryder and Bailey are polar opposites, but their chemistry is real (and off page). Epilogue with an HEA.

The Heart2Heart matchmaking algorithms would be just fine without a final round of testing. Probably.

The Magician and the Mortician by A.E. Wasp
Rating: 3 stars
Thoughts: Sweet, if a little melancholy (but in the right places) at times, love at first sight romance with a HEA about a widower on his first date in 5 years (but what was he doing for 5 years? He didn’t work all that time?) and the man who believes in magic.

“Do you believe in love at first sight?” Alberto asked, turning to Mikey, his face completely open and vulnerable.
“I do now,” Mikey answered. “Right here, right now, I choose to.”

The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer by Alison Hendricks
Rating: 2.5 stars
Thoughts: I thought this one dragged a little, and though it’s not something I see myself yearning to re-read in a few weeks or months, it was okay, you know what I mean?

Maybe Lawrence and I weren’t matched up by some perfect algorithm. Maybe we don’t share the exact same interests or believe the exact same things. But as my eyes meet his, it’s hard not to think that we’ve got something special; something an app never could have predicted.

This is also the first indication the reader gets that Bailey’s algorithm might have a bug. Dun da dun!

The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Thoughts: Fun, funny, with some action and sexy times.

“And what do you do?”
Lymond’s eyes never left mine, his expression impassive. “I’m a professional assassin.”
I couldn’t help my snort. “Well that explains a lot.”

The Criminal and the Sommelier by Chris Owen
Rating: 3 stars
Thoughts: You like wine? You like menu tastings? You like somewhat snobby men falling for a bad boy? Check it out.

“I can’t imagine a life without interest, to be honest. You bring the adventure. I’ll bring the level head and advice on how to avoid trouble.”

The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner
Rating: 3.5 stars
Thoughts: Cute and sweet with a bit of heat.

“When we’re done, we’ll go home and I’ll fuck you against the wall like it’s our first date all over again,” Damian promised in a low voice when they broke apart.

The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lily Morton
Rating: 2.5 stars
Thoughts: Friends to lovers with both always wanting each other but neither admitting it.

He pushes his hands into my hair and cradles my skull, staring at me with bright, warm eyes. “About time,” he says slowly. “I’ve been waiting for you to catch up.”
“You’ve always waited.” My voice is full of the wonder and dawning realisation that floods my body.
“You’re worth it,” he whispers, reaching up and drawing my head down to him. His lips touch mine, and we both pause as if amazed that we’re finally here.

The Uber Driver and the Phone Sex Operation by Lucy Lennox
Rating: 3.5 stars
Thoughts: Cute, with a bit of an age gap (which is a recurring theme to most of these shorts – and thank God for it because I love age gap!), an almost-25 virgin, and the guy who encourages him to fly.

“You deserve more than just sex, Az,” I said. His eyes widened.
“Are you willing to give me more than sex?”
“You’re too young for me. I’m almost ten years older than you are. You need someone young and fun, not old and overworked.”
“I disagree, but if that’s how you feel, then sex is all I need from you.”

The Baker and the Seal by May Archer
Rating: 3.5 stars
Thoughts: cute and sweet, I just wish the was more than one positive female character.

Then he pulled me to my feet and kissed me, while the snow fell outside, just like in those sappy movies… But better.
Because this happily ever after was mine.

The Event Planner and the Electrician by Poppy Dennison
Rating: 3 stars
Thoughts: I thought this was really sweet, and the HFN had me smiling.

“Okay, just so we’re clear on this,” Theo said, “I like you. A lot. No one has looked at me the way you do in a long time, and I like it. And I want to get to know you better.”
Harvey breathed out a sigh of relief. “I’m so glad to hear you say that.”

The Lawyer and the Lobsterman by Ruthie Luhnow
Rating: 2.5 stars
Thoughts: Buttoned up meets dressed down – but this one didn’t hit it for me.

“I am definitely still into our original plan. If you still want that, I mean.”
And there it was again, that soft and hopeful look in Will’s eyes, as if Isaac’s presence was somehow a gift to him. “That is exactly what I want,” Isaac said, kissing Will once more.
“That settles it, then,” Will said. “Let’s get out of here.”

The Florist and the Lawyer by Sloane Kennedy
Rating: 2.5 stars
Thoughts: Unfortunately, it took me a long while to warm up to Harrison, which didn’t really work for me considering how short the story is.

Nate made life more interesting.
No, Nate just made life… more.
And he was all mine.

Note for the sticklers: There are some editing/proofing errors (misspellings, mixed up character’s talking, etc.). Now, some of the stories didn’t have any, while others were rife with them, but given that I got this “free” on Kindle Unlimited – and that this is for charity – I mostly looked past them and just enjoyed the stories.


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Author Websites and Links to more reviews!

A.E. Wasp Link More A.E. Wasp Reviews Alison Hendricks Link More Alison Hendricks Reviews Charlie Cochet Link More Charlie Cochet Reviews Chris Owen Link More Chris Owen Reviews Hailey Turner Link More Hailey Turner Reviews Lily Morton Link More Lily Morton Reviews Lucy Lennox Link More Lucy Lennox Reviews May Archer Link More May Archer Reviews Poppy Dennison Link More Poppy Dennison Reviews Ruthie Luhnow Link More Ruthie Luhnow Reviews Sloane Kennedy Link More Sloane Kennedy Reviews

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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