Three of us on Prism have produced a team review for this anthology. Compiled and published by Supposed Crimes, Love is a Mess comprises of eight varied short stories set around Valentine’s Day…
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
Overall a rating of 3.75* for this diverse anthology.
Author: Supposed Crimes
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
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 (Ameliah)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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