‘Threesome: Him, Him and Me’ edited by Matthew Bright #MultiAuthor #Anthology #LGBT #Review

MtSnow reviews ‘Threesome: Him, Him and Me’ Edited by Matthew Bright, Redfern Jon Barrett (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), N.S. Beranek (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Steve Berman (Contributor), Evey Brett (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Lawrence Jackson (Contributor), Dale Chase (Goodreads Author) (Contributor) , Chris Colby (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Shane Allison (Contributor), Jeff Mann (Contributor), Nathan Burgoine (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Rob Rosen (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Renardin (Contributor), Jerry L. Wheeler (Contributor) – published by Lethe Press March 1st, 2016. 210 pgs

Why MtSnow reviewed this story: It’s Multi-Author week at RGR, and this anthology looked interesting. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by authors from Lethe Press in the past, so looked forward to this new set of stories by new-to-me authors.

Note: a copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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BLURB:

Few sexual fantasies are as potent or lasting as “the threesome” – as an adolescent, the first time you saw a hot couple walking hand in hand and you wanted to follow them back home and into their bed, as an adult when you discover that your partner has been fantasizing also about the bartender at your favorite club.

1+1+1 = sensual delight!

Editor Matthew Bright, no stranger to threesomes himself, has invited twelve authors to write stories that range from the sweet and romantic to erotic and playful and even a bit depraved.

 

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This was a well-written collection of short stories, giving the reader a nice variety and taste of new authors. I’m not much of a fan of the book cover, but other than some proofreading errors, I did enjoy the collection overall. The following is a synopsis of each story included in this anthology.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION – N.S. Beranek – An author and his longtime lover do a bit of ‘will he or won’t he’ when the author is asked to write something a bit more daring from his editor. Nice how they were able to spice up their committed, long-term relationship. Good short story.

TIME TO DANCE – Matthew Bright – Small town, prom night, misfits, a touch of pagan and extreme right religion, but no real angst. Three boys and three girls. A very sweet coming of age story with 3 boys. Loved this one a lot.

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE – Evey Brett – Two guys in a relationship for 10 years. One is still hung up on the one that got away, but he comes back into his life, so the other is getting ready for him to choose his long lost love over their established relationship. Sad parts, but ends with some revelations, both good and bad. This one was a bit melancholy for me.

THE BIG MATCH – Lawrence Jackson – Very creatively done with a bunch of email exchanges. It’s about two best buds, straight, each married to a woman, and lots of kidding around via email, initiated by one of the wives. Something must’ve happened one night when the wives were having a girls’ night out, and an email exchange with a male friend of one of the wives opens up to possibilities, and then a surprise. I liked this one.

DR. DAVE – Dale Chase – This particular story confused me a little. The 2 main characters are in a ‘partnership’ with each other, and they each have a boyfriend on the side. All parties know about the other. It includes a ‘party of three’ including his ‘partner’s’ dentist, NOT one of their boyfriends and has a surprise ending. It was okay, but not my favorite.

FANCY DRESS – Chris Colby – College campus during Halloween. Three roommates, all very different. The narrator, at first, thinks they are all straight. Then he overhears a phone conversation of one of them, and finds out at least one isn’t. But, he has a tendency to say and/or think the wrong thing at all times. Until he dresses up in drag for Halloween. On a dare. Becoming a catalyst. And then everything seems to go right for him 🙂 I enjoyed this one.

THE GUARDS OF GOVERNOR SQUARE – Shane Allison – A couple mall cops give a trespasser a fair warning, and more. This one was pretty, um, how do you say … dirty-ish, and a bit disrespectful. But, it seems someone gets what they want in the end. Not my cup of tea, but I’m sure some will like it.

SPRING ON SCRABBLE CREEK – Jeff Mann – Okay. This one had an obvious typo, as when you begin to read the story, and each page header is displayed, it reads ‘Spring on Saddle Creek’ NOT Scrabble Creek. But, the story takes place at Scrabble Creek, so hopefully the typo was fixed. Hope this was just due to it being a review copy. This particular story was very descriptive, and I enjoyed the botany and nature aspects. The author definitely has a thing for ‘bears’, ‘daddies’ and nipple play.*grins* And a touch of paranormal in this one, too. The West Virginia colloquialisms like ‘ain’t’ and ‘highfalutin’ are used in the writing, but not too much as to be hard to understand. There seems to be a birthday surprise. This is another story that isn’t really to my taste. But written well.

VANILLA – Nathan Burgoine – This one has a touch of Magic. A statue. Some chocolate. And an inherited chocolate shop. And Vanilla for honesty, and chili powder for passion. Choices, choices. But does he really have to choose? This one made me think of the movie ‘Chocolat’ with Johnny Depp. It was hot, and I very much enjoyed it!

INVASION – Rob Rosen – Imagine an Alien Invasion…A hot German, a voyeur, and an alien wanting to study human sexual behavior. All in the interest of science. This one had me chuckling. ‘Two heads are better than one’. Ha!

SEA GLASS – Robert Russin – Very poetic, with a lot of sea synonyms. Beautiful imagery. But a bit of darkness, and sharpness. Shells encasing steely bodies. Necessary to shield from hard and rocky seashores. Tentacle-sex at its sweetest. But a sad tale all told. I enjoyed the lyrical words used throughout this one.

STRAWBERRIES – Jerry L. Wheeler – Ski bum turned farmer. A big-city land developer. 500 acres. A blessed cornfield. And a touch of Magic. But how to find out the farmer’s True price? This story was a serious head trip. To me it was like a sexy Ray Bradbury or Stephen King horror. Done very well.

Finally, there is a nice ‘AFTERWORD‘ titled ‘Greedy, Deviant and Perverse: Living and Writing a Trio Relationship‘ by Redfern Jon Barrett – I LOVED this bIt of autobiography that shares a glimpse into an author’s life who chooses to share his thoughts and hopes that the more authors that write about polyamorous relationships, the richer society will be with understanding and acceptance, and maybe even envy of the lucky person that has two or more lovers. Very nice closing words to this eye-opening anthology.

Overall, I feel comfortable recommending this anthology, thinking it especially good for those that enjoy their stories with the spice of variety, including contemporary, young adult, taboo, fantasy and horror. I’m glad I got the opportunity to give new-to-me authors a chance. There were some hits and misses for me, but there is something for everyone here. Steve Berman’s publishing group takes a chance on ‘off the beaten path’ stories, and they are a refreshing change from the norm.

8.5 of 10 pots of gold – Equivalent to 4.25 of 5 stars or recommended 85% out of 100%

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Where to Purchase/Info links:

Goodreads ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Amazon

 

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

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Lethe Press is an independent publishing house specializing in speculative fiction, books of gay interest, poetry, as well as classic works of the occult & supernatural. Named after the Greek river of memory and forgetfulness, Lethe Press is devoted to ideas that are often neglected or forgotten by mainstream publishers. Founded in 2001 by author Steve Berman, Lethe Press has grown steadily to become one of the larger gay presses. In fact, we are the number one publisher for LGBT speculative fiction having won the Lambda Literary Award for that category not only five times but five times in a row. We know our fantasy, our science-fiction, our horror.

Website: http://www.lethepressbooks.com

 

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