A print reader's delight. Thirteen short stories, five never before collected in print, written between 2007 and 2013. Sexy, sweet, and occasionally strange, these brief but emotionally powerful stories encapsulate everything readers of Male/Male romance have come to love most about Josh Lanyon's work.
©2013 Josh Lanyon (P)2013 Josh Lanyon
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This is a collection of maybe a zillion of Mr. Lanyon's short stories. Every one I wish was longer. This author just has an amazing gift for creating MCs that are smart, witty, vulnerable, endearing and any other adjective you can think of. There are different narrators for each story and they were all fantastic; not a bad one in the lot. How is that possible?! Does he have a stable of great narrators on retainer? Mr. Lanyon, please share them with the rest of the audiobook world!! Anyway, as I said, my only complaint was that the stories were not longer and were all HFN endings. Josh Lanyon doesn't believe in HEA; he just leaves you satisfied, but still wanting more.
Josh Lanyon portrays "real" people. I always feel like his characters could be a friend or neighbour.
I often forget I am reading/listening to fiction...
I have read many of the stories in this collection, but I enjoyed several of them more this time due to great narration.
"An exceptional group of stories..."
This is a book of short stories by the fantastic writer, Josh Lanyon, and he continues to entertain and enthrall me with his story telling. I'm hoping to meet up with Chance someday and try some of his chocolate's. Almost 14 hours of storytelling and the narrators did a fantastic job. They credit four narrators but with the mix and mingle of the characters in the various stories, I would have suspected even more. A definite must read/listen. Lanyon is an excellent writer and he does it again with this culmination of intriguing stories...
"Excellent, and the narrators are well chosen"
Josh Lanyon is one of the best writers in M/M, but more to the point here, he does the best audiobooks in this genre. I don't see a list of narrators with their stories in this collection, so here it is:
JM Badger: Perfect Day, In a Dark Wood, Other People's Weddings, Critic's Choice
Rob Granniss: A Limited Engagement, Until We Meet Once More, Sort of Stranger Than Fiction
Adam Chase: In Sunshine or in Shadow, In Plain Sight, Just Desserts
Michael Oaks: The French Have a Word For It, Heart Trouble, Slings and Arrows
All of the narrators are really excellent, but I particularly impressed with Michael Oaks, who captures the intensity and determination of some of Josh's younger protagonists.
The stories - i love these stories! I've read and reread them and now i can also listen to them which is lovely.
Plus, the narrators are very, very good. I also liked the fact that the narrators alternate so that each story has a new voice, and I like the short story format - i can fit these stories between daily tasks and it's relaxing and satisfying to hear a story from beginning to end.
One of my favorite characters is Ford from Heart Trouble. This is such a sweet little story and he's such a sweet guy.
Also, Angelo Faust's butler from Critic's Choice. I like how he amuses himself greatly.
Rick from In Sunshine or In Shadow surprised quite a few laughs out of me, it was delightful to listen to the narrator's (Adam Chase, i think) take on this character.
I'm really enjoying this collection of short stories. It really has a story for every mood - funny, sweet, suspenseful, spooky, romantic, mysterious. I love it.
Awesome narrators ftw!
A few standout new stories, like In Plain Sight but some were so deliciously good to revisit, like the wedding planner story from the Petit Morts series. All stories were made memorable by the awesome narration. Kudos to Lanyon for handpicking his actors so thoughtfully. Shows real respect for the medium and his fans.
They help add another rich layer to the characters and story. These narrators did a wonderful job at keeping each story unique and conveyed the angst, humour and the atmosphere in each of the fifteen different shorts masterfully.
"A nice collection of short stories"
Always a fan of Josh Lanyon, I like this collection of short stories. Perhaps there's a longer book somewhere in there - Sweets for the Sweet?
"Hope 2 Young Hearts & Chicken Soup 2 Old Souls"
There are thirteen stories. Two stories I liked better then the rest. But my choice should not be yours. Choose your own favorites.
I found some scenes rang less true then others but they were all plausible enough on the surface. I recommend you don't question the logic of each story too closely or you will spoil it for yourself. These are romantic confections not rocket science.
This collection of works would not work as a movie.
This book is a collection of 13 man on man, bodice ripping genre romance stories, all bound up in a confectioners sampler box of individually created, supplely seasoned, palate pleasing chocolates, straight from the authors favorite chocolatier shop, “Sweets to the Sweet” and his chocolatier Chance. Actually only the last five short stories contain the reoccurring location of Sweets to the Sweet chocolate shop and its proprietor and owner Chance. But as a sampler box of the works of this author I think it is fair to extend the metaphor to the entire work. The first eight stories seem to be drawn from other works the author has written.
What a joy it is to be able to read, or listen to, these sweet charming preposterously romantic, happy ever after ending, fantasy stories. If there were such books in my youth they certainly were not widely available or accessible in the Midwest. Man to mam relationships stories available then, were generally tragic in their endings of death, suicide, or stoic bitterness of submission into the salvation of heterosexuality or closeted avoidance. Only in Hellenistic historical novels, like Mary Renault, “The Persian Boy”, could authors hint that there was a time long ago and place where man to man relationships were considered socially normal and on occasion admirable or even noble. Thank goodness stories like these are now commercially successful enough to exist in their own right for their target audience; without a socially disapproval mask being riveted over its simple plain and beautiful face of love in bloom. Once more out of Pandora’s Box of pestilence and evil the butterfly of HOPE can emerge and inspire ones heart for a better world. Are these stories great literature? No! However, they will be hope to young hearts in need of it and provide chicken soup to old souls who thought it would never happen.
This author pseudonym Josh Lanyon conceals a much more experienced author. One can sense it from the workman like construction of the stories and the tool box favorite phrases; tools skillfully employed to tweak and shape the story as flawlessly as a professional writer’s workshop show piece. It is filled with a virtuoso performance of here we need a plain descriptor to set the mood; there we need a sensory phrase appealing to smell or taste or sound; and here we climb inside the character to tell the listener what the character is feeling. With a little googleing the interested reader/listener can find this mystery chocolatier and see what other genre kitchens in which he labors under other names.
Like any sampler box of chocolates not every one of them will totally please the readers’ or listeners’ palate. Yes, they are all sweet and expertly rendered but not everyone will like a hint of mint, or a dash of cinnamon or the heat of cayenne or wasabi or a cream filled center reeking of coconut or lemon. However, there is enough variety in this box for most any, and all but those with the most exotic fetish tastes, to find something to please their literary taste buds. If the reader/listener, after finishing the box finds a longing for a more developed and in depth experience as in grand literature and starts tugging at the loose threads of the stories demanding more; I beg them to remember, after all, this is only a box of chocolates. If you want that kind of a feast you will have to visit a different genre. As for me, I found the box very satisfying even the one with the coconut cream center. I highly recommend it.
Funny, mysterious, moving. I love all these short stories. They are so delightful and very satisfying dosage of the many ways love comes. the narrators did such a wonderful job! Josh's characters are further brought alive by the extraordinary narrations.
Since discovering this author I have endeavoured to read as many as I can of his works. That says it all, he is a fabulous writer.
"A mixed bag of M/M"
There are lots of really entertaining M/M mystery and suspense stories to choose from. Some have characters that over lap, and the narrators are all really good.
Chance, a chocolate shop owner who appeared mysteriously in a handful of the stories. I know he's actually a Jordan Castillo Price character, rather than a Josh Lanyon creation,
The narrators are American, and the stories are set in American, so they were authentic sounding.
Its a long book, listening in one sitting would be difficult. It was good that they were short stories, so i listened to one before bed each night.
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