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I Do [Paperback]

Kris Jacen
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Jan. 1 2009
Do you support the right of any human being to marry the person they love? The right to say 'I Do' to a life of commitment and sharing with that one special person? We do. We hope that marriage will soon be a dream that everyone can share. That's why the following authors of LGBT fiction have donated stories to this anthology, in aid of Lambda Legal Fund's fight for marriage equality: Tracey Pennington, Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London, Storm Grant, Lisabet Sarai, Sharon Maria Bidwell, Jeanne Barrack, Marquesate, Z.A Maxfield, P.A Brown, Allison Wonderland, Erastes, Zoe Nichols and Cassidy Ryan, Emma Collingwood, Mallory Path, Jerry L. Wheeler, Moondancer Drake, Fiona Glass, Lee Rowan. All profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense to fight Prop 8 in support of marriage equality for all.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Joe Evans is 20 years old and the youngest member of the 2e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie (2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment) of the French Foreign Legion. Joe survived eleven months of grueling training but as he puts it "he'd prevailed." As an unemployed school dropout in his native England he did not have much of a chance for anything in life - no hope, no future. But he was now part of something bigger. "He'd become someone. He was a soldier." Joe joins his regiment in Nimes where he meets his Sergeant - Henri Roux. Sgt. Roux is French Canadian and all military - a man of few words but of action. Joe has managed to hide the fact that he's gay very well until the moment he meets his new Sgt. At first sight Joe falls hard cursing his fate - his Sgt Roux is "perfection." While on jungle training with his regiment Joe rescues his Sgt. Roux from a fall and gives in to temptation. Much to his astonishment his Sgt. takes decisive action in response. And so they begin their clandestine trysts from military base to Paris and back, where Sgt. Roux mentors Joe in many things, continuously challenging and teaching him and Joe experiences, learns and grows and along the way begins to proudly accept who and what he is - soldier and man.

This is a gem of a short story.

If you are familiar at all with Marquesate's work you will recognize the style immediately - writing that is passionate, meticulous in detail, rich, textured and multi-hued. You will also recognize her ability to write and communicate a multi-dimensional character (Sgt. Roux) all the while ascribing an economy of dialogue to him and through the point of view of another (Joe). Sgt. Roux is a man of few words, yet he is not hidden from the reader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say, "I do!" to "I Do - an anthology in support of marriage equality." Jan. 23 2009
By Leslie H. Nicoll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"I Do" is an anthology of 20 stories which was compiled as a direct result of the passing of Proposition 8. Many of the authors do not live in California and in fact, do not even live in the United States, but had a wish to do something to demonstrate their outrage at the passing of this proposition. As noted in the foreword, "...we can at least make money...if we can't march at least we can march for the cause."

From this brainstorm came this book and we as readers are the happy beneficiaries. This is a wonderful collection of stories, by turns happy, poignant, funny, sweet, and sexy that is full of interesting and intriguing characters. Several of the authors were familiar to me while others were new. You can be sure I'll be seeking out their other books to read now that we've been introduced! Most importantly, this collection achieved a rare goal: there isn't a dud in the bunch. Of course I have a few personal favorites but I know I will be be happily re-reading the entire collection in months and years to come.

The Kindle version is nicely formatted. You can switch between left and full justification and there are links to move back and forth between the table of contents and the stories, a particularly important feature in a collection such as this.

In sum, highly recommended. As a bonus, all proceeds will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense Fund to support their efforts to fight Proposition 8. I can't think of a better win-win for anyone who buys this book: money for a great cause and several hours of very entertaining reading.

Enjoy!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and enjoyable to the end Jan. 26 2009
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished I Do, and let me tell you. I had all the emotions that are possible. Some brought tears to my eyes. Other stories made me laugh, even giggle (yes giggle) and others made me want more, and then some more on top of that. Truly worth reading again. To close, this anthology gave me pause to reflect and it made me feel a lot.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile cause and a worthwhile read Jan. 29 2009
By Ms. A. Brooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a nice mix of stories, some erotic and some not, though I do think that the first one in the collection, The Lindorm's Twin, is rather weak and shouldn't have been included at all, let alone be in pride of place. It rather put me off and I was desperately skipping it. However, that said, the collection picks up again once you get to the second story and from there on it's fine.

Particular favourites include Outed by Clare London (a witty tale of an unexpected coming out moment which includes a brother/sister conversation that made me laugh out loud. It's my joint favourite and a classy read), Lust in Translation by Storm Grant (where a hooker isn't entirely what he seems and a cop gets rather more than he bargained for), Making Memory by Lisabet Sarai (a moving encounter between two very different women) and Code of Honour by Marquesate (my other joint favourite in the collection - a short story with considerable depth set in the Foreign Legion with two very strong leads. I couldn't put it down, in a virtual sense).

And special mention has to go to gay fiction stalwarts, Alex Beecroft, Sharon Maria Bidwell, Fiona Glass and Erastes (whose story of grief relived actually had me crying at the start), all of whom can always be relied on to produce a good solid tale well told. Worth a read for sure and of course it's a very good cause.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Code of Honour" by Marquesate in "I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality" Jan. 20 2009
By Indie Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Joe Evans is 20 years old and the youngest member of the 2e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie (2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment) of the French Foreign Legion. Joe survived eleven months of grueling training but as he puts it "he'd prevailed." As an unemployed school dropout in his native England he did not have much of a chance for anything in life - no hope, no future. But he was now part of something bigger. "He'd become someone. He was a soldier." Joe joins his regiment in Nimes where he meets his Sergeant - Henri Roux. Sgt. Roux is French Canadian and all military - a man of few words but of action. Joe has managed to hide the fact that he's gay very well until the moment he meets his new Sgt. At first sight Joe falls hard cursing his fate - his Sgt Roux is "perfection." While on jungle training with his regiment Joe rescues his Sgt. Roux from a fall and gives in to temptation. Much to his astonishment his Sgt. takes decisive action in response. And so they begin their clandestine trysts from military base to Paris and back, where Sgt. Roux mentors Joe in many things, continuously challenging and teaching him and Joe experiences, learns and grows and along the way begins to proudly accept who and what he is - soldier and man.

This is a gem of a short story.

If you are familiar at all with Marquesate's work you will recognize the style immediately - writing that is passionate, meticulous in detail, rich, textured and multi-hued. You will also recognize her ability to write and communicate a multi-dimensional character (Sgt. Roux) all the while ascribing an economy of dialogue to him and through the point of view of another (Joe). Sgt. Roux is a man of few words, yet he is not hidden from the reader. He jumps off the page and the words he does speak deliver a powerful punch.

Joe: "I wanted to be someone."
Roux: "Someone who was tough and an elite soldier, or someone who wasn't a fag?"

If we are using gem stones as an analogy for the quality of this story, then enigmatic Sgt. Henri Roux is a sapphire - deeply rich in colour, exuding elegance and demanding respect. Despite his taciturn exterior he houses a wealth of emotional depth that is slowly revealed to us.

The character of Joe is not in the least overshadowed by Roux - he is a diamond-in-the-rough. The most precious of gems. He does not chip or break easily and holds his own in this story. He may be young and inexperienced on many fronts, but he is also intelligent, courageous and is willing to take chances in order to experience, learn and grow. As a reader, it is very easy and natural to feel compassion for Joe. It is also not difficult to want Joe to have everything he needs and deserves in life - and this most definitely includes his Sgt. Roux.

Marquesate has done it yet once again!!! A wonderful short story that has a richness and depth usually found in a full-length novel, yet masterfully achieved in some 30 pages that, without doubt, leave the reader wanting more!!! Thank you Marquesate!

Twenty-one authors, including Marquesate, have donated their works through 20 stories to the I Do anthology and I plan on reading all of them. If you haven't purchased this anthology, I encourage you to do so NOW.

ALL profits from the sale of I Do will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense to fight Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court in support of marriage equality for all. The added bonus is that you'll be treated to some great writing and stories by some equally great authors.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO! No, No, No Aug. 19 2013
By Xanlthorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought I would help support a cause and get a few stories in return but the first two tales were so bad I returned the book. How this made it into M/M romances is beyond me. There was nothing in the first two stories to make me want to continue.
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