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Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology by [Cannon, Geonn, Perrin, L. M., Kinsey, Amber, Orman, Rachael, Smith, Adrian J., LeFoy, Eva, Leibowitz, A. M., DuPuy, Michael]
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Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology contains eight stories from eight authors on the topic of misfortune at Valentine's Day. The topics range from the fun of the moment to the power of the eternal. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters star in their own love and lust stories--Erotic, playful, and thoughtful.

Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
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  • Publisher: Supposed Crimes (Jan. 2 2015)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RQX9P3C
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I enjoyed this anthology, but I do wish that these stories were a little longer, but the stories were great! Steamy, sometimes funny, sometimes emotional (especially that first one – I could feel the embarrassment!) I love when writers get together to compile their stories. Everyone has a different style and it makes it that much more fun to read. It also helps me as a reader to find new authors that I might not read otherwise.

Because the stories are so short, it does make it slightly hard to really dig in to a story line – I am not a big lover of “insta – love” stories, so some of these did not fit great with what I enjoy. However, even with those quick connections, these authors put together a great anthology.

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3b664ec) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3940744) out of 5 stars I enjoyed this anthology Jan. 9 2015
By InkedRainbowReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this anthology, but I do wish that these stories were a little longer, but the stories were great! Steamy, sometimes funny, sometimes emotional (especially that first one – I could feel the embarrassment!) I love when writers get together to compile their stories. Everyone has a different style and it makes it that much more fun to read. It also helps me as a reader to find new authors that I might not read otherwise.

Because the stories are so short, it does make it slightly hard to really dig in to a story line – I am not a big lover of “insta – love” stories, so some of these did not fit great with what I enjoy. However, even with those quick connections, these authors put together a great anthology.

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e8ec0c) out of 5 stars My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars (Based on Short&Light Category) March 7 2015
By johanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith

Oh my. Hot! Hot! Hot! scary, but HOT!

AJ Smith wrote this not so pretty story of Faye who sucks the energy off of Tainted or witches. She needs their energy so she could go on living. It's a hard job to live with but someone's got to do it and Faye does it well. Thing is, this Valentine's Day, she is not so lucky finding the right energy and today she is in need. She spends hard and fast to get the information and she gets it, for a hefty price, from a Troll who also needs the same witches to get him out of his frozen predicament.

The troll gives the information to Faye and she does what he needs her to do to get it. Along the way, she meets twins who just managed to divert her attention (and mine, oh my) for a minute or two before going on to get what she needed. After she gets her much needed energy, we are left feeling that this is not the end of Faye. Nope, this is not the last we see of her.

Faye is such an awesome character and she truly surprised me. Okay, so I read MM but wow, the MFM, FF and FMF elements and scenes in this story was beyond scorching. So you think, erotic. okay. period.

Hep hep! No! Go back and read for yourselves the story of Faye and come back to honestly say she did not rock. This was fantastic.

Need I add: Hot!?

Read!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f45ac) out of 5 stars Team Review March 9 2015
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.75 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

Viral Valentine by L.M. Perrin (Ameliah)

Rating 5*
I liked this cute story. A woman tries to make right a mean prank. Light and well paced an excellent first piece!

Date Blind by Geonn Cannon (Ameliah)

Rating 5*
This is my first Geonn Cannon story and I was pleasantly pleased. I enjoyed this well written tale of a blind date with a twist.

The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey (Ameliah)

Rating 5*
Hot, NSFW. Written in present tense, something I am not very familiar with, but I would think it would make writing more difficult, so in that respect I am Impressed. I enjoyed the story and would love to read more from this author.

Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman (Ameliah)

Rating 1*
I just did not like this story. There was very, very little character description, nothing to tell what time of day, or year it is… nothing to connect to and no one to really care about. What did the bar look like? What did the people look like? Where were they? The words bisexual and straight were put in as if to add some spark of taboo to the story and spice it up, it doesn’t. There was a sex scene that seemed to be the point of the story, but even that felt flat and fake, totally unrealistic from word one. I am really sorry, I have never given a bad review before…but there is just nothing I can get excited about here.

Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith (Teresa)

Rating: 2*

I was approached by Brandilyn to see if I would be interested in reading part of the Love Is A Mess anthology for review. I said sure and she assigned me Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith, as well as one of the m/m stories, knowing I like the occasional m/m/f book and having assumed bisexual meant this. Imagine my surprise to find that this short story featured an m/f/m scene and a m/f/f scene with nary a m/m to be seen.
Although neither of these groupings are my preference, it wasn’t that which lead to my rating. This anthology is billed as “on the topic of misfortune at Valentine’s Day”. The only thing that this had to do with Valentine’s Day was that it occurred on it, although there was definitely misfortune for some of the characters. The story of the vampire seeking out blood was confusing as to who was tainted and who wasn’t. I never really understood the conversation with the troll as it seemed like they contradicted each other constantly. The sex scenes were not sexy and had no romance and only a perfunctory eroticism to them.
By the end of the story I wasn’t sure what I had read or what was really going on, only that I didn’t like it. It felt raw and dark and ghoulish. I also lacked a connection to the characters; I didn’t like any of them.
If you are into sex without meaning mixed with a little bloodshed plus some girl on girl action, you may enjoy it more than I did.

Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy (Teresa)

Rating: 3.5 *

Though I felt this story started a little rough – I wasn’t sure I was going to like Eros at all – it won me over in the end. Eros is the God of Lust and has a demon side as well as his Cupid side. To keep the demon at bay he needs a virginal sacrifice to sate the demon’s lust. Luckily only the virginity is to be sacrificed; no bloodshed here. Jeremy is a nobody, or so he thinks, but Eros thinks he’s perfect. Commence the wooing and sexing.
There are a few niggles here and there where I went, “huh?” with the whole demon/Eros/Cupid split personality thing. I also wondered at Jeremy always using the word “top”; it just felt like the wrong word and context.
Overall, it is a cute story and I loved the ending. I would happily check out more from this author.

Private Dance by A.M. Leibowitz (Beverley)

Rating: 3.5 *

I read the anthology title incorrectly and thought it was about Supposed Crimes, so initially, I read this sweet interlude waiting for the other shoe to drop, however I was wrong. This is a true Valentine’s story about an established couple, Alex and Phin, who are starting to lose their way, due to one partner having to travel a lot with his job. A romantic plan on Valentine’s Day sets all issues to rights. I don’t want to spoil the surprises. No mess just ‘sweets’.

The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy (Beverley)

Rating 4.75*

This is a very intriguing short story. One which is short on love and probably high on mess. Garrett is Jewish and attending the Mitzvah of a friend’s child…as the child seems to be transgender there is a cute exchange discussing a bat mitzvah turning into a bar mitzvah. Garrett is on his own having very recently broken up with his boyfriend, Josef. Garrett’s calm attitude concerning this split is misleading, and as we hear his thoughts his discomforts and anxiety become clear. Garrett is waiting for the mysterious, Frederick to arrive…and…well, I will leave it there with a quote from the story.

I hate to outsource sin.

A marvellous short story.
HASH(0xa39612ac) out of 5 stars Five Stars May 30 2015
By Robin Abess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
One of my friends has a story published in this anthology, which was my reason for purchase. Very enjoyable.