As a reader who enjoys reading May-December romances I'm excited to introduce you to an anthology that depicts all the emotional ups and downs of these couplings that are made even more difficult by being told from a m/m perspective. Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Age Is Just a Number and its ten romances set amidst a sci-fi, contemporary, paranormal, and historical background then add it to your bookshelf. You'll also get my impressions of this collection. In honor of this anthology make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $10 WIP GC too!
There’s something to be said for life experience, a little gray at the temple...
And then there is the appeal of youth.
And then there is the appeal of youth.
When it comes to what the heart wants, Age Is Just A Number.
TWENTY LIGHT YEARS BETWEEN US by Eric Gober
An alien encounter...
An unfortunate misstep...
A lightning fast journey through space...
The laws of physics are about to wreak havoc on Walt and Michael’s May-December love.
ALL ROADS LEAD WITHIN by Layla Dorine
When James spotted Rogue, a young man for whom wandering is like breathing, half-dozing on the hood of his car, he never expected that warning him about the dangers of sleeping out in the open would lead to a weekly visitor at his door.
NORTH PASTURE by Lily Velden
Upon the death of his grandfather, up and coming Fantasy author, Thomas, returns home.
A place he left four years earlier to get over his unrequited love for Sam Fletcher, his older, straight, and very much married neighbor.
Thomas soon discovers, however, that things are much changed with Sam...
AMERICAN MASTER BAKER by Dale Cameron Lowry
Baking is a way of life for Joey, a young pastry chef vying for first place in the popular reality show American Master Bakers.
But the judges have been showing favoritism to Terence, an aggravatingly attractive older man with more experience under his belt.
When the competition gets hot, so do the two men. Can a relationship that started in hatred end in love?
ALPHA AND OMEGA: THE CLAIMING by Eddy LeFey
A young Omega shifter meets a much older Alpha.
Will Elliot let Issac help him be who he is too afraid to be?
STAND AND DELIVER by Asta Idonea
Necessity has forced former soldier Captain Keen to assume the occupation of gentleman highwayman. His fortunes take a turn, however, the night he stops the Marquis de Beaumont's coach and gets more than he bargained for when he utters the words "Stand and deliver!"
LOST AND FOUND by Louise Lyons
The loss of his best friend leads Phil to find love.
TRAIL TO LOVE by Kassandra Lea
There's only one thing Kit Conley likes more than horses and that's Roman Meadery.
But will the elite rider ever notice him?
CRUISING WITH LOVE by Carol Pedroso
Gus is under the thumb of a controlling father. Can meeting his mate give him a reason to make a break for freedom?
Nelson is twice Gus’ age, and very protective of what is his.
What will happen when Gus’ father tries to split them up? And what surprises does Nelson have up his sleeve?
Nelson paced the deck, waiting and checking the air until he smelled the familiar scent from the dining hall. Following it, he found his mate standing by the door leading to the cabin stairs. He was so young. Was he even of mating age? He smelled nervous, not terrified though. That had to be a good start; right?
The young man turned as he approached, and Nelson held out his hand. “Hi. Gus?"
Gus took his hand, sending sparks rushing up Nelson’s arm; and by the widening of hiseyes, Gus felt it too.
“Yes, and you must be Nelson.” Gus’ voice was low, and Nelson shivered as it seemed to caress him in the low light of the moon and stars.
“Um. Do you want to walk with me?” Nelson asked, fumbling for something to say. He mentally kicked himself. He was forty years old; he’d had plenty of lovers before. However, he’d hadn’t found his mate until now. The good opinion of the young man in front of him meant everything to Nelson. that was making him nervous as hell.
Gus chuckled, though the sound had an edge to it. “Sure."
Nelson held out his arm, and when Gus took it with a shy smile, he led the way toward the fore of the ship.
“So, what’s it like being related to Lord St. John?” Nelson asked, plucking the first question that came to mind. He cursed when Gus stiffened beside him.
“Hmm. That depends. If you like to do as you’re told and live by someone else’s rules, it’s great. Otherwise, not so much.”
NEAR MISS by Aimee Brissay
A few seconds, that's all it takes to make a difference between life and death.
Between killing someone and stopping on time.
But is it enough to turn yourself around when you've hit bottom?
Or to make you recognize something good when you have it?
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Fans of May-December relationships will find much to like in this collection of ten m/m-fueled romances. With its various settings of sci-fi to paranormal and from contemporary to historical there's a bit of something for everyone. Though most of the stories are short there's still enough substance in them to engage readers into each story. Those that are longer created an enticing world that readers will want to revisit. As with any anthology, some stories are more polished than others and more fleshed out too. One of my favorites is American Master Baker for its fun and flirty dialogue and dirty talk revolving around food and cooking techniques. It was an enemies to lovers tale and put a smile on my face as the two bakers waged a steamy war to win the ultimate prize of love. Another favorite was Lost and Found where mutual loss, and a love of dogs, brought two kindhearted men together. It's a heartwarming story that let the connection grow slowly, immersing readers in their recovery and journey to HEA. On a whole this was a well-crafted collection that nicely balanced steamy encounters with engaging storytelling that will leave readers wanting more from these authors.
My rating for this is a B+
*I got this book from the authors in exchange for my honest opinion.
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