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Title: Best Gay Romance 2015
Author: Felice Picano
Publisher: Published February 17th 2015 by Cleis Press (first published February 10th 2015)
ISBN: 9781627780926
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Gay romance is coming into full bloom in the wake of the Defense of Marriage Act’s fall, and the literary world is giving this full expression. New series editor Felice Picano is one of the top gay writers in the world with many awards and much critical acclaim to his credit. Picano has written novels, plays, and major nonfiction works and he is at his finest when it comes Gay romance is coming into full bloom in the wake of the Defense of Marriage Act’s fall, and the literary world is giving this full expression. New series editor Felice Picano is one of the top gay writers in the world with many awards and much critical acclaim to his credit. Picano has written novels, plays, and major nonfiction works and he is at his finest when it comes to the subject of love. In Best Gay Romance 2015, he gathers a sweepingly romantic collection of short fiction that is long on love (and sex).

30 review for Best Gay Romance 2015

  1. 4 out of 5

    Neil Plakcy

    If you’re a fan of gay romance stories, then Felice Picano’s new anthology for Cleis, Best Gay Romance2015, is well worth the price of admission. Sure, there are a bunch of very short hook-up pieces and a few “WTF” moments, but the best stories in the book are deeply romantic and beautifully written. “Discodemius,” by Jerry Wheeler, is a real hoot. A present-day twink casts a spell that conjures up a demon. But instead of the Azmodeus, whom he expects, he gets “the unholy terror from the seventie If you’re a fan of gay romance stories, then Felice Picano’s new anthology for Cleis, Best Gay Romance2015, is well worth the price of admission. Sure, there are a bunch of very short hook-up pieces and a few “WTF” moments, but the best stories in the book are deeply romantic and beautifully written. “Discodemius,” by Jerry Wheeler, is a real hoot. A present-day twink casts a spell that conjures up a demon. But instead of the Azmodeus, whom he expects, he gets “the unholy terror from the seventies, Discodemius,” wearing a hot pink leisure suit and a “mass of medallions on gold chains that clacked against his scaly chest.” Be careful what you wish for, right? When Kevin wishes to be “entertained,” he has no idea what he’s getting into. I read this one eagerly, wondering how a time-travel story could have a happy ending, and I was delighted by the twist at the end. “The Great Masturbator” by Daniel Jaffe is another story that kept me puzzled, about a man who has an out-of-body experience at a circus. It’s a very clever twist on the idea of a romance, as well as full of great little details and very evocative writing. I was also delighted to see one of my favorite romance authors, Michael Thomas Ford, represented in the anthology, and “Reader, I Married Him” did not disappoint. When you get to the end of the story, then go back and look at the story’s title, and you’ll understand how a master works. As an English major myself, I loved the romantic allusion here. Go Charlotte Bronte! One of the sexiest and most romantic stories is by two women, Erin MacRae and Racheline Maltese, the story of a date that starts out to be a huge screw-up, as Pete tries to remove his wedding ring (his husband has died three years before) in preparation for a big date with Isaac. Olive oil, lube, and Windex make for a sweetly erotic encounter that has the reader rooting for both men. All in all, this is a can't miss book for fans of the M/M romance genre. And of course, there's another can't miss coming out June 9 from Cleis -- my own Take This Man: Gay Romance Stories,

  2. 4 out of 5

    Koozebane

    There's an intriguing array of themes and heat levels here, though I notice the stories tend to get a little more downbeat in the second half. My favorite is Jerry L. Wheeler's "Discodemius," which successfully blends paranormal, time-travel, humorous, erotic, and touching elements!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lavoie

    Reviewed for The Novel Approach. Anthologies of short stories are always great, because when you’re in the mood to read but not wanting to commit to a full novel, you can take your pick of stories. It’s also a great way to discover new authors. This anthology was a special treat to read for several reasons. First, it’s a Cleis Press anthology, so I knew it was going to have a good selection. I had enjoyed their BGR books from other years and have yet to find one that disappoints. Second, the edit Reviewed for The Novel Approach. Anthologies of short stories are always great, because when you’re in the mood to read but not wanting to commit to a full novel, you can take your pick of stories. It’s also a great way to discover new authors. This anthology was a special treat to read for several reasons. First, it’s a Cleis Press anthology, so I knew it was going to have a good selection. I had enjoyed their BGR books from other years and have yet to find one that disappoints. Second, the editor is Felice Picano. I’ve read his works before, and it’s always high quality, so I knew that this collection would have excellent selections. And finally, many of the authors in this collection I’ve already read before and enjoyed, so I knew even if the unknown authors were a miss for me, I was sure to have several fantastic stories that made up for it. Lucky for me even the unknowns were chosen with care, and this anthology really does have a bit of everything. From a novel with demon-induced time travel to a story with Jane Eyre appearing in it, you’ll find at least one—but most likely several—stories to enjoy. Normally when I review an anthology, I like to review each story, but there’s just too many to do with this one. I will say that each story was enjoyable, but I’ve pulled my top three for review. In “Discodemius” by Jerry L. Wheeler, Kevin attempts to summon the demon Azmodeus, but gets a different one instead, that sends him back to the 70s. Trapped there for two months, he finds love, only to have it ripped from him when the demon, Discodemius, sends him back to his own time. It seems like that’s it for his love, but is it? I enjoyed this story because it was so unexpected. I’ve read Jerry Wheeler before—and had the wonderful opportunity to meet him and hang out—and he has a great sense of humor that translates well into his writing. I had been expecting another traditionally romantic story, but this one had elements of the fantastic that sucked me in. I laughed at the demon Discodemius, and laughed when Kevin was “entertained” by being sent back to the era of the disco. There is tension when his time is up, but a twist at the end had me laughing again, this time at the demon! “Reader, I Married Him” by Michael Thomas Ford was perfect. If you’re an English major you know where that line comes from, and as soon as I saw it in the table of contents, I knew I would love the story. I was not mistaken. Though the story itself takes place during a single night, the title clearly lets the reader know that the story of Adam and Jay is far from over. And I really wish I had the entire book to read! I love that Adam is into Jane Eyre, and Jay is referred to as Bertha Rochester by his lady landlords (he lives in their attic apartment). The two of them just click so well, and it felt authentic reading it. Too bad there isn’t more! Finally, “The Kingdom of Haeven” by Eric Andrews-Katz. This story is not what it appears to be. It seems, on the surface, to be a sci-fi story, but after reading it—and bursting into tears—I went back to reread the beginning and was hit with the beautiful intricacy of the story. It gives the brief glimpse of General Tyler and Captain Wilyem as they discover whether or not Tyler has been named the new king of Haeven after the passing of the previous king. After massive over-population on Earth far in the future, two new planets are settled with gay men moving to Haeven and lesbians moving to Minervite. I was deeply touched after reading this story. The twist at the end was as unexpected as it was heartbreaking.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I picked this book because it's from Cleis press, and I very much enjoyed their previous Fool for Love collection. I liked many of the stories in this new edition, I was entertained and occasionally wowed by a beautiful passage, but I wasn't destroyed with amazement as I was with Fool for Love (then again that collection has one of my favorite short stories ever, so maybe I was expecting too much?) By far my favorite story in this collection was To Dye For by Jay Mandal, it was cool, smooth, int I picked this book because it's from Cleis press, and I very much enjoyed their previous Fool for Love collection. I liked many of the stories in this new edition, I was entertained and occasionally wowed by a beautiful passage, but I wasn't destroyed with amazement as I was with Fool for Love (then again that collection has one of my favorite short stories ever, so maybe I was expecting too much?) By far my favorite story in this collection was To Dye For by Jay Mandal, it was cool, smooth, interesting, funny, sexy, effortless, natural, and cracked like a whip!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Stories I didn't care for in this anthology: Jury Duty: Not really sure how this qualifies as a romance. Two guys at the last couple pages meet when they're both on jury duty, and cuts off right before they have hotel sex. The Kingdom of Haeven: biphobic, and I personally do not enjoy having all gay people (or all *any* people in LGBT communities) labeled as "queer" as a whole. Corydon 13: Long, and not at all a romance in any way; just a chapter in a young gay man's life. All in all, there are seve Stories I didn't care for in this anthology: Jury Duty: Not really sure how this qualifies as a romance. Two guys at the last couple pages meet when they're both on jury duty, and cuts off right before they have hotel sex. The Kingdom of Haeven: biphobic, and I personally do not enjoy having all gay people (or all *any* people in LGBT communities) labeled as "queer" as a whole. Corydon 13: Long, and not at all a romance in any way; just a chapter in a young gay man's life. All in all, there are several cute and sexy stories, a couple sad endings. A decent read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    willowdog

    Well edited romances that attempt to raise the bar for genre. Attempt to include a number of different settings, people, nationalities.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judebelz Belz

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hugo

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ramayrat

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Allen

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Fulton

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madelyn

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary Carnivele

  17. 4 out of 5

    Will

  18. 4 out of 5

    william blayney

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dany Reginold

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve Perry

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rattikan Moradok

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tshidi Mogano

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Burgoine

  25. 4 out of 5

    jdl

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eli Summers

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bala

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bernard A McCann

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