Since ancient times, humankind has looked into the night sky and wondered: Are we alone? Are there other civilizations beyond the stars? Will we ever encounter these beings? Who are they, what are they like, and what might they want with us?
These questions are about to be answered, but those who discover the truth might wish they had never asked. On the other hand, some might find salvation in visitors from other planets. For while some aliens are hostile, others are benevolent. Some have little in common with humans, but for others, the need for love and acceptance is universal. Lives will intersect and otherworldly passions will ignite as four acclaimed authors of gay romance explore first contact—and where it can lead.
Aliens. Travelers from outer space. Others. Typically I avoid these stories – they’re just not my interest. But these stories are amazing! (All the covers for this series have been amazing but isn’t this one just GORGEOUS?!)
Refugee by Kim Fielding
When World War II ended and army medic Walter Clark returned to Chicago, he discovered that although home remained the same, he had changed. Unable to fit comfortably into his old life, he spent a year gradually making his way west. Now he’s gone as far as he can—the shore of the Pacific—but old memories make ocean views intolerable. He turns inland and finds himself in the hidden hamlet of Kiteeshaa, Oregon, where the locals are surprisingly friendly and the café serves food exactly like his grandmother used to make.
Martin Wright runs the Kitee Motor Court Inn and offers Walter a place to stay for a few nights. Later, Martin offers him a great deal more. But while Martin is a delight, he also harbors secrets—and there’s something not quite right about Kiteeshaa. No matter how far the two men have traveled, they can’t run away from their pasts.
I just love Kim’s characters. She’s so good at giving us “real guys”. They all have things that make them unique and superlative (but don’t we all?) but at their core they’re just guys making their way through life.
This is historical – but you really couldn’t tell it beyond the stories they share. I loved the glimpse at this simple, sweet place on the Oregon Coast. The skill set Martin and his other refugees share. The way that they opened up and all of them embraced Walter whole heartedly.
It’s sweet, a little sexy and really just gave me this very warm and contented feeling. Lovely!
(The Ester Lee still exists on the Oregon Coast!)
5 of 5 stars
Abducted By Jamie Fessenden
One night, Marc receives a frantic call from his friend, Cody. When he arrives at Cody’s isolated farmhouse, Cody is filthy, half-starved, and under the paranoid delusion that aliens are abducting him and implanting things in his body.
Marc agrees to stay one night, as long as his friend will go to the hospital in the morning. But Cody isn’t mentally ill. Aliens have been abducting him, and in the process of trying to stop it from happening again, Marc is abducted himself. But that’s just the beginning of his nightmare.
Marc learns of two alien races at war. To make matters worse, the Alzhen have Marc and the evil Karazhen have Cody. Marc’s only ally is Dalsing, the Alzhen security chief he feels an unexpected attraction to. They’ll have to learn to trust each other if they’re going to rescue Cody… and prevent the creation of a deadly biological weapon.
Man I was a bit worried about this one. Alien abduction, intergalactic war. Ugh. Not my thing. But…
Wow, I was pleasantly surprised!
Those things did happen. Sure. But the aliens weren’t too scary and were very human like. (That’s important to me J ) I loved the “Ken Doll” analogy and the smexy times were very hot.
I also liked how Marc ends up being a pseudo shrink for his fellow abductees. The love story was really sweet and the world building really interesting and did not skeeve me out at all. Very enjoyable!
4.5 of 5 stars
My Final Blog By F.E. Feeley Jr
George has never stood out. In fact, the only thing that’s ever been special about him is his sexuality—a source of torment throughout his high-school career. Like many others, George found solace and an outlet for his creativity online. Through his blog, he met kindred spirits, allies, and even someone special—though the only thing George knows about his longtime friend is their screen name: Universal47.
George never pushed for more, but over the years, he couldn’t help developing feelings for Universal. He’s always been there when George needs him most, and when George finds himself trapped in an abusive relationship, Universal steps up once again to help him break free. But the ordeal has left him devastated, and he needs more from Universal. George threatens to cut off contact unless Universal reveals his identity. The truth might be much more than George is ready to accept.
This was really fascinating. Totally unique and different from anything I’ve read before. It’s very low steam and sort of existential. I liked the message and the love story very much.
4 of 5 stars
Unusual Attention By B.G. Thomas
Until recently, Adam Brookhart has led what he considers a relatively uneventful life. His biggest problem is that he can’t let his guard down and allow himself to get close to anyone, emotionally or physically—until he meets Shane Farmer.
Shane lives in a small town many miles from Adam and is his complete opposite. In fact, he’s just about the last person Adam can imagine himself in a relationship with. But Adam is drawn to the man, and neither distance nor their differences can keep him away.
Late one night, while driving home from Shane’s house, something very strange happens. Adam loses two hours of time and has no idea how or why. But as he digs for clues, the answers he finds are totally crazy… and the man he is falling in love with might be crazy as well.
Well. This was my least favorite. The writing was good and the story was compelling – don’t get me wrong – but it is exactly the “Alien” stuff that I DON’T like. It was a little dark and spooky and though it has a very happy ending – VERY happy – it wasn’t all lightness and fun either.
I appreciated the turn it took, like I said, it was really interesting. I also appreciated the “moral of the story” as far as the romance went, too. But it was darker than I expected and definitely the darkest of the bunch.
So… if you did the more authentic Alien type stories – abductions, probing, floating lights, etc – this one is right for you. For me – not so much.
3 of 5 stars
Overall this was a really neat collection and I enjoyed ALL of the stories immensely.
4.5 of 5 stars
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