Authors: Various, see below
Forward by Alex Beecroft
Edited by Kris Jacen
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press (MLR Press)
Publish Date: 2009
Length: 307 pages
Reviewer: Sassy Brit
"I Do" is an anthology in support of marriage equality. Not only do 100% of the proceeds go to the Lambda Legal fund, to help in their fight against the passing of California's Proposition 8 (a vote to make only a marriage between a man and woman legal), but you also get twenty erotic stories of love and commitment from an elite and popular list of M/M, F/F and GLBT writers. Now that's putting your money where it counts!
Included is a table of contents which provides a heat rating for each story - sweet, spicy, or scorching - so you can go directly to your favourite type. Talking of favourites, I would love to mention all twenty stories, they really are all very good, and here are some thoughts on a few.
When Nicole's car breaks down, she turns to Maggie, the owner of Bellweather Inn, where memories are made, as the two women make the most of a chance meeting in Making Memory by Lisabet Sarai. A tender f/f read, where sparks fly. And I'm not talking spark plugs.
After the death of his wife, Gloria, Richard is having to deal with severing past connections. Luckily for him, love finds no bounds in the guise of a patient and understanding, Neil. A sad, yet heart-warming story of one man's insecurities and his struggle to learn to love again. And this time it feels so right in Swansong by Sharon Maria Bidwell.
Joe, once an unemployed drop out from a council estate in England, has a new future as a soldier in the disciplined military world of the French Legion. But is he running away from what he is - what he hates about himself - straight into the arms of Sergent Roux? Perhaps now he will stop fighting against what he really wants in life. Code of Honour by author Marquesate, is a wonderful tale which makes you wonder how far Joe will go just to prove to himself he is a man.
In Tango and Temptation, author ZA Maxfield, writes about Gabriel Aimar, who is selling himself as a time stepping Tango Master. Xander Farmington and his fiancee request Tango lessons in preparation for their wedding, and out goes everything Gabriel has tried to hide as he pours out his heart and soul on the dance floor. But he is not the only one who at first is putting on a show, hiding his true self from the world. How should he play this - Slow…slow…quick-quick-slow…?
They say a happy trick is a generous trick, but when handcuffed to a bed and the police walk in one cop, Rusty Donaldson, has a trick of his own up his sleeve. When one door shuts another one opens, or should that be, when one cuff opens another one shuts? Great fun for an unlikely couple awaits you with this story, The Mistake, written by P.A. Brown. Not so much a mistake, but a blessing in disguise, if you ask me. This cop is certainly not as "Rusty" as his name leads you to believe.
A few lines about these tales is really not enough to fully portray the sensitivity, love, vulnerability, and adoration the couples in these stories show for each other. It's a big book, which covers a variety of flavours with elements of conflict, emotion and surprise to keep you flicking through the pages at top speed.
From a fairytale theme, to the contemporary lives of two housemoving lovers, we take a stroll down Sodomite's Walk, meet the stars of Landseer Studio, have tea with the not-so-silly, Aunt Queenie, and envisage snowy scenes in The Ice Queen, by Erastes. Incidentally, the latter will warm the cockles of the most coldest of hearts. This selection of well-written stories is for a good cause, and like many of the characters, this book is well worth getting your hands on.
Includes stories by ALEX BEECROFT, CHARLIE COCHRANE, FIONA GLASS, JEANNE BARRACK, P.A. BROWN, ERASTES, TRACEY PENNINGTON, CLARE LONDON, SHARON MARIA BIDWELL, LISABET SARAI, STORM GRANT, MARQUESATE, LEE ROWAN, ZA MAXFIELD, MOONDANCER DRAKE, MALLORY PATH, EMMA COLLINGWOOD, ALLISON WONDERLAND, JERRY L. WHEELER, ZOE NICHOLS AND CASSIDY RYAN
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"I Do". An anthology in support of marriage equality GLBT #REVIEW Reviewed by Sassy Brit on 11:38 am Rating: