Batteries Not Included
by JL Merrow
How would you react if you woke up one morning to find you were in bed with your favorite pop star? More to the point: how would the pop star react? Sam's celebrity crush, Cain Shepney, isn't so pleased to wake up with a stranger, but that's far from the worst shock the day has in store for them both! Sam's used to his mother messing with his love life, but this time, Lilith may really have gone too far.
A tasty piece of magical realism, which turns into a mini roadtrip as the boys try to figure out what's going on.
Better With Sprinkles
by Chrissy Munder
College student Tom Molina isn’t too interested when his roommate Derek tries to convince him to leave his books and help out with the campus LGBTA Center’s annual Christmas cookie sale. But Derek has an ace in the hole to score the center Tom’s grandmother's sugar cookie recipe: fellow volunteer Jeanette’s cousin just happens to be the organic chemistry T.A. Tom’s been dreaming about. Now Tom just has to hope Isaac is as interested in baking cookies as he is in chemistry and HIV awareness.
This story is almost as sweet as the cookies, and it ws fun working out who was in on which cunning plan to get the boys together.
Mariah the Christmas Moose
by Andrew Grey
Kyle’s mother thinks he’s crazy. He’s just moved from Florida to Anchorage, Alaska for an elementary school teaching job. In December. She may not be far off base. Spooked by a “monster” outside his new house, Kyle calls for the police, only to discover that his attacker is a moose named Mariah. More visits from the moose yield more visits from the same sexy policeman, and the two men explore ways to stay warm in the frozen North.
This was a sweet 'only gay in the village' type story, but told from the point of view of the newly arrived 'second gay in the village'. Recommended for anyone else that misses
by Clare London
Jack's stressful, high-powered life leaves no time for anything except a casual friendship-with-benefits with his neighbor Henry, a laid-back, outdoors type with excellent computer skills. It's the perfect arrangement for two men who are attracted to each other but don't have much else in common. Then a few days before Christmas, Jack's holiday plans are thwarted, leaving him home with just his volatile PC for company while Henry—his usual tech support—is on his way to a secluded Christmas hideaway. So what’s Jack to do when, to his horror, weird pop-ups start appearing?
This made me giggle in a most unbecoming manner when I read it in Caffe Nero. Fun.
The Reason for the Season
by Chrissy Munder
All college student Adam Everett is trying to do is get to his sister’s house for holiday break. First his car breaks down, then his ride takes off to Vegas with his gas money, forcing Adam to come up with a Plan C. His last hope is a campus ride exchange, where he ends up with the reluctant Michael Brennan. When a “snowpocalypse” forces them to share a motel room, they soon find out there's more than one reason for the chance happenings of the season.
Not being familiar with how US college students generally travel, I still found this amusingly believable. After all, I once gave a lift to a friend who'd hitched a ride in a giant orange to get to where I was. And for once the misunderstandings that ensued at various point got fixed fairly quickly by people actually talking to each other.
by Josephine Myles
Recently moved back to his home town alone, Dr. Tom Berriman isn't looking forward to Christmas. The only decorations he appreciates are the attractive pair of legs belonging to the electrician working on the emergency room ceiling. When the electrician comes crashing down and requires treatment for electric shock, Tom's mortified to realize the legs belong to a guy he most definitely wasn't friends with at school.
But newly hunky widower Vince seems willing to bury the hatchet—and Tom starts to think maybe the holiday won’t be so lonely after all!
This one was very cute, and very British. I may have to reread it at unseasonal moments.