Simmer by Various ~ Book Review by Teresa

SimmerLGTitle: Simmer

Author: Various

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/24/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Blurb:

edited by Tricia Kristufek

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.

My View:

I loved the food theme and all the stories fit the anthology well. There were a variety of chaste and sexy reads for all tastes, though most fell to the chaste side. I don’t like to harp on short stories for being short, length is not always needed to convey an idea or emotion, but I felt that many of these stories were incomplete looks at the characters and needed more to be satisfying. These tales were just teasers and starts of relationships, some just the promise of things to come. I prefer more to my stories. However, it was well edited and easy to read. I loved the recipes provided for each story and think I may try a few!
The Cake by Ann Marie James, 3.5 Stars

Very sweet, very short. It is really more of a vignette or interlude of them making their first connection and of the possibilities in a relationship. I really liked the recipe at the end, though, and think I will try it!

All Is Well by Dale Cameron Lowry,

This is a hard one for me to rate. The religious aspect is always touchy for me, and this struck a chord as I am a former Mormon. I could see both sides of the issue and felt for Tanner and his struggles. It reinforced as to why I am a former Mormon, and yet both Tanner and Kyle’s faith in their religion never wavered despite their feelings conflicting with some of their teachings. In the end, I think my own personal feelings on the subjects got in the way with my enjoyment of a sweet, chaste story. I must note that I highly appreciated that this story remained chaste due to the setting and subject.

Another Saturn Monday by R.A. Thorn, 3.5

I liked the description of Hirculians, they were unique! What we got was well written and engaging, it just wasn’t enough. There is so much more story there! I would love to see this made into a longer story.

Man of Steel by Rob Rosen, 3

It was interesting to learn about Jewish cuisine and the characters had good chemistry. Not much happens, but it was an interesting interlude.


Breakfast at Timothy’s by T.J. Masters
, 2.5

It was interesting to see all the different breakfast choices, and it fit the anthology theme beautifully, but I’m not sure about the appropriateness of this pairing. Teacher and student is often done with great effect and it is clear that Conner is a fully grown man able to make his own decisions, but the manner in which Timothy puts the moves on him felt creepy to me. Others may love this story, and I liked that they had a ton in common, but parts of it just left me feeling uneasy. Plus the rush of feelings at the end seemed too much too soon.


A Second Season by Tali Segel,
3.5

Good characters and I liked where it was going. It wrapped up nicely with a hopeful ending. I loved all the food descriptions; it made me hungry!


Kneading You by C.S. Poe,
4 Stars

This is my favourite so far. There was good chemistry, a problem to solve that was resolved in the end, books and bread! I really liked both Chris and Miles as well as the library. It was a little feel good story.


If You Give an Incubus a Cookie by Ki Brightly,
4 Stars

I liked how these two supernatural creatures complimented each other, they both were able to help one another. I loved the idea of a “life giver” in Porter – helping the plants grow and how difficult it was in winter – and the a fact he was from India.


Moon Cakes by Tam MacNeil,
3.5

Cute and sweet. There is a little tension which adds some drama. I liked the setup and the name of Connor’s show. I liked the interaction between the characters and would love to see more of them.


Tortilla Pie by Rick R. Reed ,
3

It was interesting to see how a homeless man and a man with a home would interact and how they would make a romance work. Unfortunately this story stopped before we could fully see this. The lead up was great and I appreciated all the detail and thought that went into it but was ultimately disappointed.


Taste of the Forest, Dark and Sweet by Charles Payseur,
3.5

I liked the mystical feel of this and the promise of more; it didn’t feel unfinished but hopeful. The little bit of action and mystery was nice but I would have liked to know more about Colin’s backstory.


Operation Wild Thumb by Tray Ellis,
3.5

This was a cute beginning to a relationship. I would love to see more of them and the results of Operation Wild thumb though.


And Everything Nice by Ada Maria Soto,
3.5

I liked this one, though I had a feeling as to the problem right off the bat. It was sweet to see Angelo striving for Simon’s notice. I would have liked to see them together more.

Links

Simmer on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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