Here are 3 gay scifi romance stories, and if that s your thing you should definitely get it The first story, Better Than Cola, I think is absolutely brilliant There is a real SF genius at work here and the concept world could have been made into a book or even a whole series by itself I d buy it The second story is Insta Love which I had read before That was OK, I knew it wasn t going to be new to me, and I enjoyed reading it again.The last one seemed like a shifter story than aliens, but I guess it wasn t because the character was permanently a cat All the same it seemed like shifter without the human element I enjoyed it but the first story was still my favorite. Out next week, and up for pre order on This book contains two stories by JL Merrow and one by me, all of which have been previously published but which have been out of print for a while now I hope you enjoy our foray into sf Love And Desire That S Out Of This WorldIt S Time To Suit Up, Take Those Protein Pills, And Boldly Come Where No Man Has Come Before Take A Trip To The Future, Or Do Your Bit For Inter Planetary Relations With Some Close Encounters Of A Very Unusual KindIn This Erotic Science Fiction Triple Feature You Ll Meet A Cat That S Anything But Cute And Cuddly, Take A Pill That Ll Make You Fall In Love For A Night And Discover Desire That Transcends The Limitations Of A Human Body It S A Brave New World As You Explore The Unknown In Three Short Stories That Push The Boundaries Of Love In Ways Both Thoughtful And Tongue In CheekThese Stories Have All Been Previously Published, But Are Now Available Exclusively In This AnthologyBetter Than ColaHuman Social Etiquette Physical Contact Pronouns They Re Not Easy To Handle, When You Re A Swarm Creature With A Composite Mind, Newly Fitted Into A Male Human Body Especially When You Find Your Body Reacting To The Human Man Assigned To Help You Acclimatise Insta Love Skip Likes To Party, And He Likes Loving Men What He Doesn T Like Is The Morning After, When The Effects Of The Insta Love Mood Patch Have Worn Off And He S Left With An Awkward Social Encounter So When He Wakes Up Next To A Naked Bear Of A Man, His First Instinct Is To Kick The Stranger Out But Wildman Has Other Ideas, And Skip May Have To Learn How To SnuggleGifted In TonguesSpace Pilot Torvald Spitz Spitzbergen Wakes Up In An Alien Jail With A Hangover, No Clear Memory Of The Night Before And A Six Foot Ginger Felid As A Cell Mate How Is He Going To Get Out Of This One And Importantly, Will He Get A Chance To Check Out The Felid S Legendary Talents First This is another mini anthology by me and Josephine Myles in the Mad About the Brit Boys series where we play around with different sub genres of mainly MM this one s our sci fi collection Although the stories 2 by me 1 by Jo were first published a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away okay, not that last bit they re now exclusively available on Kindle in this little collection I had huge fun in very different ways with my 2 stories Gifted in Tongues I like to think of as capers in space, whereas Better than Cola is a serious exploration of how a human could have a relationship with a truly alien creature Jo s story Insta Love, on the other hand, is a brilliant, sly take on how hook ups might evolve in the future Enjoy D Help, My Boyfriend s an Alien is an anthology composed of three short stories in a brief eighty pages Once again, authors JL Merrow and Josephine Myles have dusted off their archives and come up with a fun collection of flash fiction stories, all previously published though of the three stories, Myles Insta Love is the only one I d read before, and, in fact, is the first Josephine Myles story I d ever read back to January of 2011, beginning my long held love of and appreciation for her writing.Bookending Insta Love are JL Merrow s Better Than Cola and Gifted in Tongues, and, given the title of the antho, you can clearly guess that all three stories have a sci fi theme, but each are unique and wonderful in their own right Better Than Cola truly has a beauty all its own, though, as it not only takes on the obsession with outward appearance but gender assignments, as well, all wrapped up in an alien species that are light than substance but can wear the shell of a human and, for all intents and purposes, appear human but must be trained in the art of doing so I loved the twist of something so banal as a handshake taking on a rather interesting connotation to Summer Storms, and I loved that the species themselves took on a collective identity outside of gender norms With a sweet humor and unbridled warmth, Merrow brings Nathan and Summer Storms together, and I loved everything about this story s message, as well as the beauty of its ending.Insta Love is Josephine Myles tongue in cheek take on, what else, the insta love trope, set it a futuristic world where the chemically and cosmetically enhanced Skip meets his match in Wildman, a Gaian natural who s on his Fallow year, which is something like the Amish Rumspringa, just to give you a frame of reference.In a morning after setting, one in which Skip has woken up without the benefit of the right emoti chems, and to what was supposed to be a one night stand with Wildman, the story becomes Skip s education in sex and love, about confusing sex with love and the natural chemical high they both inspire , and about taking the time to let a relationship grow from the seed of connection Of the three stories in the collection, this one offers the most food for thought.Closing things out is Merrow s wild and crazy and a little bit kinky Gifted in Tongues, in which Torvald Spitz Spitzbergen wakes up in a prison cell with a Felid named Tao, and I would say the fur flies, but mostly it s the sparks between Spitz and Tao that are out of this world There s a little prison sex, and, of course, trying to figure out how to get themselves out of the predicament they ve found themselves in And, somewhere along the way, the discovery that maybe they aren t quite done exploring each other a little This story is full of imagination and clever dialogue, and is a sexy and imaginative way to close out the anthology, for sure.It s kind of hard to go wrong with either of these authors, individually Put them together in one place, with the right combination of stories, and you re bound for an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours with a book.Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approachhttp www.thenovelapproachreviews.co 3.5 stars Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.ANTHOLOGY REVIEW I usually enjoy science fiction stories a lot so I was than willing to give this one a try The concepts were all great and while the stories were, on the whole, enjoyable, they didn t seem as well developed as others I ve read by these same authors which was a little disappointing If you re looking for a quick sci fi read with a side dose of romance, this may be something you want to check out but if you want some short stories with depth to them, I d probably look at something else.Better Than Cola by J.L Merrow 3 I found the idea of this story intriguing but was just left wanting so much There wasn t a great deal of information about Summer s people, which was a bit disappointing, but with a short story I still found that acceptable The interactions between the two main characters were fine but again, I wanted I ve read short stories that read as complete tales and the length was never a detriment before but here it just really was things just happened way too fast to get much enjoyment out of it but the concept was still really good If it was expanded this could be a great story.Insta Love by Josephine Myles 3 This one was just kind of okay for me Skip doesn t really know how to feel anything without the help of some sort of drug to help him get there and while I found the idea of the upgrades and various products kind of interesting, it was also fairly sad as well I like that Wildman was than willing to help Skip feel and do things without something in his system messing with his emotions but regardless of the connection he said he felt between them, I wasn t really feeling it The connection just wasn t there for me and the short length was a real detriment to the enjoyablility of this story as well.Gifted in Tongues by J.L Merrow 3.5 The best story in the anthology, this one also felt the most complete to me I really liked how you got to see so many different aliens and the entire setting really brought home the sci fi aspect for me While I still didn t feel as much of a connection between the main characters as I would ve liked, I do think they paired well together The ending was great and made me smirk a little but I still wanted It would be easy to write a sequel with these characters if the author were ever so inclined, and I would totally read it if that ever were to happen, but the story ended well and while I would like , I wasn t as disappointed with this story as I was with the previous two.http lovebytesreviews.com 2016 08 1 Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review Better Than ColaSummer Storms is a composite creature that has been assigned to Nathan Chambers, so Nathan can help him acclimatize to dealing with humans They re than a little overwhelmed by all they ve been experiencing, but can t stop themselves from being drawn to Nathan and surprisingly it seems Nathan is equally drawn to them This was an interesting story Short and sweet, I loved Summer s reactions to all they were experiencing and well, how could you not love Nathan He s just awesome Really enjoyable Rating 4.5 Stars Insta Love Skip wakes up the morning after partying with a naked bear of a man, who doesn t seem as inclined to leave as Skip would have liked Wildman is set on showing Skip that he doesn t need an Insta Love mood patch to relate to him I adore Josephine Myles writing and this short story was not the exception It was sweet and kind of awkward, just like Skip and both Skip and Wildman were great and very hot together Very recommendable Rating 4.5 Stars Gifted in TonguesSpitz wakes up in an alien jail with a hangover, no clue as to how or why he is in jail and a six foot ginger Felid as a cellmate How is he ever going to get out of his plight This story was my favorite of the three There s just something about a sarcastic fun character like Spitz that draws me in like nothing else Even in the worst of circumstances he just couldn t or wouldn t shut up, pushing and pushing and pushing some Never mind that I just loved Spitz and Tao together, they were definitely hot A definite must read Rating 5 Stars Yup It s official I have a thing for these two authors.Though, honestly, I m an easy sell Put a book in front of me with the words aliens and gay and I m nose first into it.This anthology was a wonderful mix of sci fi, naughty, and outright fun From aliens that look like cats, to emotions in a patch, there s a little something for everyone.Better than Cola 4.5 stars was hands down my favorite read of the three Like all good porn, it has a hot guy in an authority position showing the ropes to the newbie In this case, Nathan Chambers is a human, assigned to Summer Storms an interesting alien who is wearing a human body, and adapting to life on earth amongst humans Nathan s job is to assist Summer Storms in their acclamation.And boy, does he ever.But it s than just a hot read There s an innocence and vulnerability about Summer that just draws you in, and a depth to this story that will surprise you.The author did a great job at creating a complete story packed with feelings in such a short amount of pages If you re going to try any of the three stories in this anthology, I highly recommend this one.Insta Love 3 stars reminded me of a Doctor Who episode In a future where we experience our feelings through a patch rather than the good old fashioned way, it s easy to confuse synthetic emotions for the real deal.Skip wakes up from a one night stand and wants nothing than for the hot guy in his bed to go home But hot guy Wildman is not having it He thinks their night together was fantastic, and if Skip would allow himself to experience his own emotions and vulnerability, than he d be opening himself to a real relationship and genuine connections It was a short, sweet, happy for now read.Gifted in Tongues 4 stars started out with our MC waking up in a jail cell, naked from the waist down, and ended with a budding kitty on man, sexual relationship It s a short, fun, crazy little story, that you ll at least find humorous, if not a little hot What else can you expect from a day in the life of a pilot, known for getting into trouble, who has an acidic blob for a jail cell neighbor, a Felid for a cell mate, and a bit of a kink for a very talented tongue All in all, three entertaining stories from two great authors Recommended for anyone who is looking for something a little out of this world.Read this review and others at 3.5 stars overall This is an enjoyable anthology by two stellar authors All the stories are extremely short, which is both a positive and a negative We re left wanting, yet they pack bang for your buck, getting right down to the nitty gritty I love sic fi so this anthology was a sure thing for me, but I liked the wide range we got Unusual beings from another planet growing accustom to Earth Futuristic humans so far gone on new tech that they ve forgotten how to interact with each other And space traveling cats with talented tongues There s a little something for everyone Better Than Cola by J.L Merrow 4 stars This was my favorite of the bunch I loved the slow reveal of figuring out what and who exactly Summer Storms was I loved their tentativeness and curiosity Merrow was able to convey a complex world with entirely different social, sexual, and moral codes, through just a few conversations The ending was perfect All three of these stories are extremely short, so all of them felt like they could have continued and been full books But this one felt the most complete I felt a strong connection between Nathan and Summer Storms, and knew that they had genuine affection for each other and would continue on from this point That, and the big reveal and subsequent sex scene was Freaken.Awesome view spoiler We were given hints with the plural pronouns and with Summer s reference to being afraid of being perceived by the humans as repulsive in their natural form, since wouldn t you feel that way if mammals were exterminated like vermin on their planet but the subsequent swarm was still hide spoiler
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- Help, My Boyfriend's an Alien!
- J.L. Merrow
- 03 June 2017 J.L. Merrow