Title: Take a Chance
Sub-Title: A Collection of Gay Romance for New Adults Authors: Various
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow '
Release Date: December 15th, 2016
Genre(s): Anthology, M/M Romance, New Adult Words: 93,500
A single moment can change everything.
A university student preparing to confront the adolescent crush who betrayed him. A demon embroiled in a battle against his very nature. A soldier, mentally scarred after fighting in The Great War, torn between propriety and his heart. Though separated by time and distance, culture and reality, these young men all have one thing in common: they each stand at a crossroads in their life and face a choice that will alter the course of their future.
The twelve tales in this collection of gay romantic fiction range from sweet to erotic, contemporary to historical, paranormal to grittily realistic. Whether centred around the fear associated with coming out, the thorny issue of trust, or the struggle for survival, each story explores in its own way the courage needed to overcome personal obstacles and take a chance on love.
Reflections by Chase Potter Stranger than Stars by J.A. Rock Another Story by Jamie Deacon Howl by Kelley York A Boy Named Khwahish by Dee Aditya Want You Bad by Lynn Michaels Far From Texas by Eric Gober The Right Words by Elinor Gray Class-A by Debbie McGowan Lockdown by Kari Jo Spear Dream Infected by Melissa E Costa Cheese and Pickle by Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Just as I sat, Mr. Keno hit the lights. Everything went black. It hadn't been so dark in my old school. The blinds over the windows must be heavy enough to be bombproof. Comforting thought. Nobody believed the worn-out phrase "it can't happen here." We all knew it could.
"Keep your phones put away," Mr. Keno said. "It's going to be OK." Those would be the last words we'd hear until it was over.
An instant later, someone pushed in next to me, between me and the file cabinet. Just my luck. I squished over against the wall as tightly as I could. Even so, our hips touched. It was so dark I couldn't tell anything about the person, except that he or she smelled pleasantly of some herbal shampoo. Since I'd only been in the classroom a few minutes before the lockdown started, I hadn't gotten a chance to really look at my new classmates.
I pressed against the wall as if I might become one with it. What I really wanted to do was curl into a ball. I settled for bending low over my legs, crossed at the ankles. I had too much imagination. It did crazy things when I was afraid. I closed my eyes in the darkness and willed myself to be calm, but every nerve was so keyed up that my pounding heart refused to slow down.
First thing in the morning was the perfect time for a gunman to attack. Kids would be in their classrooms for attendance, so he could move freely in the halls without people hanging around to either jump him or run. Since the classrooms would be full, the gunman could find victims behind every door.
I focused on what I could hear. The fan in the ceiling that I hadn't noticed before became an insistent whir, so loud I couldn't believe I hadn't been aware of it the moment I'd walked into the room. It covered the sounds the kids on the other side of the filing cabinet had to be making—little sounds people couldn't help but make, like scraping a shoe across the floor when they shifted position, or a stifled cough. I listened so hard it hurt. Only the fan. Nothing in the hallway.
Surely, if this were a real situation, there would be turmoil somewhere in the building. Unless the administrators were expecting something to happen that hadn't happened yet. I imagined a man prowling the corridors, intent on his destination. Or perhaps he hadn't chosen his victims yet. He might be waiting for something to speak to him, like the tone of a cell phone from behind a door, or the thump of a backpack falling off a chair. It might only take some little thing like that for him to burst in here and…
Taken from Lockdown by Kari Jo Spear
Take A Chance Anthology by Jamie Deacon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The exciting thing about reading an Anthology is the fact that there are so many books to read and enjoy! This collection is from a dozen authors and offers a range of reads. From sincere first loves - to hot shapeshifters to swoon over.
I found many stories within that I enjoyed. Even one, that I wish had been longer, since the book was so compelling! This collection has something for everyone. Available right now for preorder, this is a book full of stories that give you pause, as well as the feels.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
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Choice of backlist title by Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon
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Of the Bauble by Debbie McGowan
Cupid’s Christmas Arrow by Lynn Michaels
The Race for Second by Chase Potter
Choice of backlist title by J.A. Rock
Under the Willow by Kari Jo Spear
Suicide Watch by Kelley York
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