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Release Day Review: Simmer - A Dreamspinner Press Anthology

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Release Day Review: Simmer - A Dreamspinner Press Anthology
There’s no denying preparing and eating food can be a sensuous experience and an experiment in pleasure. The men in these stories are about to find out just how satisfying it can be. From spicy to sweet and everything in between, things are heating up in the kitchen… and in the diner, on the food court, over the Internet, and even at a breakfast booth beyond the stars. Join them as they touch, taste, sample, and savor their way to steamy romance and maybe even a happy ever after that will last long after the dishes have been cleared.

  • The Cake by Ann Marie James 
  • All Is Well by Dale Cameron Lowry
  • Another Saturn Monday by R.A. Thorn
  • Man of Steel by Rob Rosen
  • Breakfast at Timothy’s by T.J. Masters 
  • A Second Season by Tali Segel 
  • Kneading You by C.S. Poe 
  • If You Give an Incubus a Cookie by Ki Brightly 
  • Moon Cakes by T. Neilson
  • Tortilla Pie by Rick R. Reed 
  • Taste of the Forest, Dark and Sweet by Charles Payseur 
  • Operation Wild Thumb by Tray Ellis 
  • And Everything Nice by Ada Maria Soto

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Tempted by taste
(Updated: February 24, 2016)
Simmer is a tasting platter of authors and sub genres found under the umbrella of M/M. It is a great way to revisit authors you already know and love, whilst being introduced to some new ones to add to your 'to buy' list. 

I love a good short story, particularly in a themed anthology. Writing them is a skill in itself and these authors have certainly mastered the art. Drawing the reader in quickly and having them invested in the characters and their journey, requires a deft hand, and Simmer is full of such stories and characters. The concept of an Anthology linked by food related stories is a great one. Food brings people together and.... "Theres no denying preparing and eating food can be a sensuous experience and an experiment in pleasure." 

From Cambridge to Saturn, from sci fi, paranormal and magical creatures to contemporary, there is no denying Simmer has something for every reader. Ten of the thirteen books are contemporary, but if you haven't tried the other sub genres, or haven't enjoyed them in the past, then this is an opportunity to try them again, with possibly new authors. I personally enjoy contemporary the most but loved those three stories so much I'm going to be looking for more in the future. 

Simmer is a lovingly assembled group of short stories that will leave you salivating (and copying down recipes) as you urge the men on to their, hopefully, HEA's. I was easily able to project the characters lives far into the future, even in the shortest of these stories. That's the real skill in this style of writing; not leaving the reader frustrated and demanding to know what happens next. We are given enough information to guess, without the need for an epilogue. 

Reviewing an Anthology can be very difficult. All reading is subjective, but good story telling is recognisable by the pleasure it gives and the quickness with which you are sucked into the authors world. Many of these stories were a clear 5 star read, for me, but I found a couple to be less than absorbing. The characters and dialogue didn't ring true and I found myself watching on critically rather than joining them on their journey. Only two misses out of thirteen is hardly a deal breaker, though, and other readers may not have the same issue. 

Simmer, is a book you can pick up and put down at your leisure, enjoying one delicious nibble at a time, or feasting on the whole book in one sitting. Yes. I'm full of puns, but this book just begs for them! A thoroughly enjoyable 4.5 star read. 
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