Title: Bedtime Stories (Anthology)
Author: Anna Martin, B Snow, Blaine D. Arden, Kit Mullender, Liam Livings, MJ O’Shea, Tia Fielding
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre: m/m romance
Rating: overall rating 4 stars out of 5
Source: a copy provided by one of the authors
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Blurb: From supernatural tales of intrigue to a curious modern romance, a thoroughly British relationship and a classic fairytale all twisted up, Bedtime Stories is a collection of short stories designed to be read one at a time, at bedtime. Let us wish you goodnight with gay romances that are sure to leave you ready for a night of sweet, lingering dreams.
Review: Anthologies are hard to review. Sometimes they are full of fun stories set around a certain theme. Sometimes there is only one or two stories you really like. While I found Bedtime Stories to be a well collected and edited anthology. Some of the stories I liked better than the others. I’m not going to review every story individually, but look at the overall quality of the anthology.
This anthology contains stories that are mostly contemporary with two odd ducks that are fantasy and paranormal romance, which makes a nice change of pace. As you may have guessed from the title, this anthology has that feel of bedtime stories, though not the ones you’d read to kids. For a lack of a better description, it has a dream-like quality that is not quite fairytale. You still following me?
The themes range from “gay for you” to ordinary men meet and opposites attract. The stories are set in different countries (and world for Ms. Arden). It is a nice mix that blends well in this anthology. It’s an anthology that has a bit for everyone, but the stories are not so much that same that it gets boring after reading two or three stories.
I found the writing for all stories to be good. Of course there were a few better than others, but there wasn’t a great gap between stories in terms of “quality”. It’s very clear from all stories than an editor went through them.
All the stories are short, but well done for short stories. Personally I much prefer longer stories and there are a few stories here that I would have love to see expanded, but for an anthology with a length such as this one, it fits.
Why you should read it: Bedtime Stories is an anthology for people who love to read short stories…before going to bed. This is an anthology with a little bit for everyone and good variety. Some stories you will love more than others, but it’s an anthology worth reading.