Okay, I know I said this came out last week, but yesterday was the official publication date when it goes on sale internationally, even though it’s been available on the UK Xcite site for a week. Confused? I am . . . .
As I’ve now had time to read the anthology, I thought I’d give a short “review” of the six stories (more like a guide of what to expect because I can hardly be objective).
The anthology divides rather neatly into three, giving a sample of three different styles of m/m erotica. My story and Zee Kensington’s represent erotic romance; the ones by Landon Dixon and Michael Bracken represent hard-edged erotica and can be uncomfortable reading; and the ones by Tabitha Raine and Patrick Myers occupy the middle ground of playful, light-hearted erotica. There is a range of writing styles, from the more literary to the comedic. Landon Dixon’s style is very earthy, Tabitha Raine enjoys her colourful adjectives and Micheal Braken offers a very sparse, terse narrative from the perspective of an emotionally distant cop.
My favourite story was the title one by Zee Kensington. This is a sweet story that manages to pack a surprising amount into such a short space (all Xcite anthology stories are less than 4000 words). Obviously, you can’t have a huge amount of character development and plot in such a limited word count, but I though Zee did a great job of showing the relationship’s gradual transformation from casual sex to love.
To read an excerpt from my story, “Without Words”, please visit my website.