Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Star Dust Award: Of Virtue and Vice by Various Authors

Title: Of Virtue and Vice
Authors: Amy Rae Durreson, Andrea Speed, Sean Michael, J.S. Cook, Carole Cummings, John Inman, Serena Yates, Pearl Love, J Tullas Henning, Rhys Ford, Clare London, Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dream Spinner Press
Genre: MM, fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Horror
Pages: 355
Reviewer: Redz
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/7-Andrea-Speed-ebook/dp/B01DRIXN8M/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8#navbar

Publisher's Blurb
Humankind possesses a dual nature, the ability to rise to the brightest heights—or sink to the darkest and most perverse depths.

What inspires some to reach the pinnacles of virtue while others cannot resist the temptations of vice? Is it something innate, or a result of destiny and circumstance?

Delve into the minds and spirits of saints and sinners alike with a collection of stories that explore the call toward good or evil—and the consequences of answering it. For while rewards certainly await the righteous, there are also pleasures to be found in the darkness. Venture off the expected path with some of the most innovative voices in LGBT speculative fiction as they present their unique takes on the classic vices and virtues.

Many authors including: Andrea Speed, Brandon Witt, Sean Michael, J Tullos Hennig, Carol Cummings, Rick R. Reed, John Inman, Rhys Ford, Clare London, Pearl Love, Jamie Fessenden, J. S. Cook, Amy Rae Durresson, Serena Yates

Of Virtue and Vice anthology has stories by authors Andrea Speed, Brandon Witt, Sean Michael, J Tullos Hennig, Carol Cummings, Rick R. Reed, John Inman, Rhys Ford, Clare London, Pearl Love, Jamie Fessenden, J. S. Cook, Amy Rae Durresson, Serena Yates. Each author has taken a Virtue or a Vice and written a short story around that theme. I love anthologies, they allow me to sample the works of authors that are both new and old to me. Maybe even find some new favorite authors along the way. I will say some of the Vice stories in this anthology really creeped me out. One in particular will forever stand out in my mind in my nightmare category.
Pearl Love her story is Covetous, and her Vice is Envy. This is a new to me author, and I will look for more from her. As much as this short story scared me I can recognize that means she told it very well!! to scare me that much. Jonathan has always wanted what others have, so what happens when he meets someone who can give him everything he has ever desired? What would you pay for your greatest wishes to come true? That old Chinese curse comes to mind for me. May you get what you wish for… Jonathan learns the hard way all that glitters is not always gold. The ending I am forever going to have nightmares about this ending. Shudders thinking on it now…. Okay now on to a fluffier story hahah thought I was gonna tell you more didn't you… these are too short for full reviews so your gonna get some teasers in this review.
One of my favorite authors is also in this anthology. Clare London. She has a modern day story called Traitor and her Virtue is Fortitude. Aiden and Cam were once lovers, now Cam is being interrogated by Aiden because he is a suspected terrorist. Is he really one? And can Aiden find out the truth about the man he still loves. This one has a great balance to. There is a true full short story here. Nothing feels rushed or out of place. I feel like these two have a new start and they are meant to be together. I loved this one. I love when true love wins the day, this story has that.
Another author I felt did an amazing story in this anthology is Serena Yates Her virtue is Temperance. The name of the story is Beyond the Temperance, I liked this one because it is really well done. I do not always love scifi but Ms. Yates really made me want more of Captain Jago and Pierce his quiet scientist doctor. There is a lot to this short story and I feel it could be flushed out to a full length story as well. Very well rounded and just the right amount of sizzle to it.
Over all there is not a story in the bunch that is not amazingly well written. I loved getting to know some new to me authors, and having my old favorites together. When you want an anthology that has a lot of different short stories to offer with MM flare, this is the one to pick up. 

      recommended read and five shooting stars


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