Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: 'Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition Anthology

'Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition Anthology

Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Alternative Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Where stockings are hung with condoms and lubrication, Christmas is the season for manly fornication. Santa is wishing for a gift of his own, while his devious little Elves eagerly bump and groan. Ribbons and bells are hung with care, in the hope that orgasmic cheers fill the air.

‘Tis Christmas for all and to all, goodnight, may you be granted the gift of sexual delight.

Be Warned: hot m/m sex

Ren's Review

Unique, diverse, and enjoyable anthology with an overall 4 Tea Cup Rating.

His Heart’s Desire by J.P. Barnaby

Teacup Rating: 5 teacups
Heat Rating: 3

Throughout time, male descendants of the Kringle Family have been chosen to fulfill the iconic role of Santa for a period of one hundred years. At the end of each century, Father Time would grant the wish of that century’s Santa before choosing the new one.

Matthew Carpenter is on his last night as this century’s beloved Santa Claus. He has spent much of his time feeling lonely and sad for all that he has given up. He’s never regretted being Santa. It was just the loneliness.
Right now, he’s worried that when Father Time arrives, he won’t have an answer to the question: What is your heart’s greatest desire?

Father Time, on the other hand, has already set things in motion with someone special from Matthew’s past…Luca.

I can’t begin to say how much I’ve truly enjoyed this story. It’s fresh, original and so damn heartwarming that I was blubbering in my tuna sandwich. Seriously.

The intimacy between Matthew and Luca is so tender and loving that you can’t help but feel for them. Oh and the ending? The ending is just too sweet for words, trust me on this.

It’s just a wonderful, wonderful piece of work.

Santa’s Helper by K.C. Beaumont

Teacup Rating: 3.5
Heat Rating: 3

Simon is questioning his sanity when he applies for a job as a department store elf. Being around a bunch of screaming and crying kids is one thing, but having to face his ex-lover is another. Kevin dumped him months ago, declaring that he was straight. Simon couldn’t believe it, especially when the heat between them is enough to melt the holiday village in the Cypress Bend mall. Kevin acts like the typical manager in front of everyone but behind closed doors, he takes advantage of Simon’s weakness for him. All that is about to change when Santa steps in…

I wasn’t too sure what to think about this one at first. I read it again, thinking that I might have missed something. Simon was an emotional young man that was having a hard to saying no, even though it was making him feel like a piece of meat. Once he realized that he was worth so much more than that, he was able to let go of Kevin and move on.

Santa is a surprise in his maturity, his intelligence and how he makes Simon feel. This is what turned it for me. I was left feeling that there was an HEA for the two of them and that’s always good in my book.

Tricksy the Christmas Elf by Troy Storm

Teacup Rating: 3
Heat Rating: 4

Santa and Tricksy the Elf are right on each other with the sexual innuendos and the outrageous flirting. It didn’t even take a day before they were checking out Santa’s South Pole (their words, not mine)

This is pure RAUNCHINESS. It doesn’t let up from the moment they lock eyes until the end of the story. Santa and Tricksy used every word associated with the Christmas Holiday, be it their colorful descriptions of their, ahem, male parts to their costumes. Goodness gracious.

Somewhere in there, Tricksy has a thing about the idea of Santa. He can’t separate the two and when he tried, he freaked out. Santa, on the other hand, is smart enough to realize what’s going on with Tricksy and lets him know that it’s okay, that it will work out between them.

I don’t know what to say about this one other than I won’t be able to look at any Holiday Village in the mall without thinking about this Santa and his Number One Elf.

This story is fast, hot, raunchy and just all over the place if you are looking for a quick erotic read. Make sure you have a fan, too.

4 Tea Cups!

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