Author: Matthew Bright, Jack Fritscher, Jeff Mann , Jerry Rabushka , Charles Ov Lyons , Jay Starre , Hank Edwards , Nathan Burgoine , Jay Neal , Dale Chase , R. Jackson (Editor)
Publisher: Lethe Press
Cover Artist: Inkspiral Design
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/14/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
We have all heard the term Rubenesque as a compliment for plus-sized women. The baroque painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens was fond of painting women of the day that were curvaceous and full-figured. The men in his art were not. What is the comparable term for men? Because not every gay man is obsessed with twinks who list the number of visible rib bones on their Grindr profile. Or men who can remember the number of reps at the gym but not their phone number. Some of us appreciate buying in bulk and that includes looking for love. Or just plain sex. Thank goodness for Bear culture which embraces girth. During Bear Week in Provincetown the stores do not even bother to sell clothes smaller than an XL and a man’s virility is often like the potency of moonshine: the more Xs on the jug the better, so XXXL is a chub in high demand.
It has taken too long for an erotica anthology to feature such men. As Girth & Mirth founding father Reed Wilgoren stated, “Just as people are coming out every day—men and women realizing their sexuality—new Bears and new Chubbies and new chasers are also evolving in the world. There have to be people waiting to embrace them and show them the way, much as who helped me to become what I am and who I am today.” It is our hope that readers who felt denied of attention and affection will read these stories and realize that love has no weight limit, no threshold, and neither should self-esteem.
One thing I wish there was more of in the M/M genre is chubby guys. There’s nothing wrong with the sculpted hunks of course, but the bigger men are far more realistic.
This book collects more than a dozen stories centered around tubby guys and the men who desire them. This anthology has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy their men with a belly instead of a six-pack. There are a couple centered around romance and others that are more erotica based.
I preferred the romantic ones, especially Furball by Hank Edwards. The story involved a couple of guys who live near each other and the use of a cat to get to know each other.
Other stories are more fetish based with hot scenes of fucking and making love.
As in with any anthology the stories are hit or miss and by the time I was nearing the end I was glad it was over. There are a lot of stories here and read from beginning to end the book can be a little tedious.
I recommend you read this book the way the stars of the stories don’t eat. A little at a time.
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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