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Winter Warmers

By: Chrissy Munder | Other books by Chrissy Munder
      Clare London | Other books by Clare London
      JL Merrow | Other books by JL Merrow
      Josephine Myles | Other books by Josephine Myles
      Lou Harper | Other books by Lou Harper
Published By: Pink Squirrel Press
Published: Nov 28, 2011
ISBN # PNKSQR0000001
Word Count: 38,000
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Eligible Price: $2.99

Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.mobi), Epub

Categories: Romance>LGBTQ>Gay Romance>Anthology/Bundle Romance>Erotic Romance

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Winter Warmers by Chrissy Munder, Clare London, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Lou Harper - Romance>Anthology/Bundle eBook

Baby, it’s cold outside! Beat the chill with Winter Warmers—a seasonal anthology.

Mulled wine. Butterscotch kisses. Hideous sweaters. Candy at the beach, or a trip to a sex shop in Amsterdam. And the man of your dreams, wrapped around you...

Winter warmers come in many shapes and sizes, from the tongue-in-cheek to the hot-as-hell. Enjoy a quintet of heart-warming tales of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.

One thing’s for sure—it’s going to be a red-hot Christmas!
 
Reader Rating:   4.3 starstarstarstarstar (10 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   liplipliplip
 
Editorial Reviews:
From Brie at Romance Around the Corner
Winter Warmers is filled with great stories that albeit short, pack a lot of punch. I liked every single one of these stories and I want to read more by every single one of these authors. I thoroughly recommend this book to fans of romance in general and of m/m in particular. You get five entertaining stories by five fantastic and talented authors.
From Kassa at 3am
This collection is exactly what I wanted to get me in the mood for the upcoming Holidays and it's short, sweet, and to the point. Each story is obviously different with their own tone and mood. I like the variety offered and each author is clearly talented. I'd recommend this one for holiday themed readers.
From Lisa at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
A collection of short stories that range from poignant to comical to sexy to just a little bit kinky, but will surely make you believe there's something special about this time of year. If you're in the mood for a yummy yuletide collection, Winter Warmers just might be the perfect holiday treat.
From Cryselle at Reviews by Jessewave
Winter-themed, hot stories with an English flair. Good with cocoa and peppermint schnapps... The quality here is high overall, and the last two stories alone are reason enough to buy the book. As a lovely bonus, the formatting is pretty, with snowflakes as scene breaks.
From Serena Yates at Queer Magazine Online
If you are looking for a heartwarming, nicely uplifting and positive read, these five short stories fit the bill. Each of them contributes to the whole in their own way, but taken together, they make a wonderfully warming whole.
From Tam at Tam's Reads
When you're in the mood for something that leaves you feeling light and positive about the season it's a great selection. All of these authors are ones I can rely on to give me a good story with strong writing and appealing characters, so you can't go wrong with this collection.
From Darien Moya, Pants Off Reviews
A perfect Christmas read, about the joys of the holiday. It could have been all "happy love is all we need" but each story had a little something more. Every story has a uniqueness that stands on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.
From Jenre at Well Read
Often when I read anthologies, I can select a favourite story. Not so with this one because all the stories were equally as entertaining and well written. If you're looking for a set of stories to chase away the cold winter weather then this anthology of contemporary stories will be perfect.
From JayHJay at Joyfully Jay
Winter Warmers is a holiday anthology by five great authors. Each one is short story length making for a solid novel-sized book. I really enjoyed the anthology and would definitely recommend it. The stories have a nice range from sweet and fun to hot and sexy.
From Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos
This m/m romance holiday collection is perfectly titled--these are heartwarming, cozy tales that will help you find your holiday spirit as you curl up on your couch with your ebook reader.
Excerpt:
I didn’t even try to sneak out on Christmas Eve, just headed straight into the living room. The coven was lined up on the sofa, all three of them with expectant looks on their faces, as if they’d known I was on my way.

Then again, they’re witches. They’d probably known before I had.

“Come on, Mum,” I challenged her. “I’m ready for you. Do your worst.”

“It’s all for your own good, young man, so don’t you forget it. Happy Christmas, love, and here’s hoping it’ll be keeping you warm long after I’m gone.” She heaved a sigh.

“Are you off to the bingo, then, Mum?” I asked innocently.

“I’ll be off to your Aunty Gerry’s church in a minute, to pray for some respect from the fruit of my womb. Now open it, love.”

Mum’s present was all done up in recycled paper, tied with string. I opened it up—handing the wrappings back to Mum so she could use them again next year—and shook out the brightly-coloured woollen thing inside.

“It’s a cardigan, love,” Mum said, before I could ask.

“I knew that, Mum,” I lied. “It’s …great.”

I was lying again. The sweater was so garish it threatened to make the Doctor Who scarf look staid. It had more colours in it than I thought there were colours, all clashing madly in an abstract pattern. If Joseph from that book of Bible stories Aunty Gerry bought me when I was little had seen it, he’d have been sick with jealousy. Or maybe just sick. It was that bad.

“Well, go on, love. Put it on.”

“I, uh, I don’t think it’ll go with my leather trousers,” I protested weakly.

“Your trousers are black, Liam. Black goes with everything.”

I pulled on the cardigan. It came down to about my knees, had pockets I could have fit my head in—mohawk and all—and was so thick and bulky there was probably a whole flock of sheep somewhere walking around shivering. “You won’t need to wear a coat with that—just your scarf,” Aunty Des decreed smugly. She didn’t wait for an answer, just looped it around my neck half-a-dozen times.

“And your hat,” Aunty Mags added, making to get up, so I pulled it out of my pocket and shoved it on my head quick, before she could jam it down tight and maim the mohawk for life.

The skies were clear as I walked to the Tube station, showing more stars than there were last-minute shoppers hurrying through the streets with bags in their hands and desperate looks on their faces. A pity; a bit of torrential rain—or maybe a small tornado—would’ve given passers-by something else to think about than my ridiculous get-up. As it was, I had to endure the stares and the shouts of “Oh my God, there’s been an explosion in an Oxfam shop!” I didn’t answer; just held my head up high and prayed my silver fox would turn out to be colour-blind.

I was halfway through "Your Latest Trick" by Dire Straits when I saw him. There were snowflakes on the shoulders of his trench coat—it seemed the weather had turned wintry again—and there was tiredness in his eyes, but maybe just a little bit of anticipation, too? Our gazes met and held each other. I steeled myself for action. It was Christmas Eve: my last chance. After tonight he’d likely be off work until the New Year. I couldn’t wait that long.

I launched into Billy Ocean’s "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" and gave it all I’d got, never breaking eye contact.

And maybe there was a little bit of magic in the air, as time seemed to slow, making that escalator ride last almost as long as the song. I let the last notes fade as he stepped off and walked up to me, his hands in the pockets of his trench coat, the crowd parting before him like he was Moses. A kind of tension in his jaw, he waited until I’d finished before he spoke.

“Look, if I’m wrong about this, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t bash my head in. But I was wondering if I could buy you a drink. At a bar, I mean,” he added hastily. “Or, you know, a café—whatever’s your poison.”

A smile rolled out across my face in a slow crescendo. “There’s a pub around the corner that does great ale. Let me pack my stuff up, and I’m all yours.”

His face lit up. “Promises, promises.”

“My aunties would have my hide if I went around making promises I didn’t keep,” I said, scooping the coins out of my case so I could put away my sax. “I’m Liam, by the way.”

“Neil,” he said. “That’s my name, not an order.”

“Oh?” I said, pouting just a little. I shouldn’t do that, I know. Doesn’t really go with the whole punk image. “Still, the night’s young.” I put my saxophone in the case and snapped it shut.

As we rode up the escalator side by side, Neil shook his head. “I must be off my rocker, you know. Either that or you are. It’s the only explanation.”

I gave a pointed look down at my get-up. “Well, I know who most people’s money would be on.”

We stepped out of the station and a blast of icy wind blew straight through us. Neil shivered. “Hey, put this on,” I told him, unwinding my scarf from my neck and wrapping it three times around his. Widdershins, in case you were wondering. I’m left handed. It’s easier that way.

“Hey, you don’t have to—”

“Haven’t you heard?” I interrupted him. “Misery loves company.”

He looked down at the ridiculous scarf, and chuckled. “I’ve always preferred A problem shared is a problem halved. You know, if we halved this scarf maybe it’d be something approaching normal length.”

“Ah, but then we’d have two of the things. They might start breeding, and then where would we be?”

“Come across a lot of sexually active scarves in your time, have you?”
Reader Reviews (9)
Submitted By: suze10m on Jan 29, 2014
This anthology definitely lived up to its name, Winter Warmers. Nice, easy reading stories.
Submitted By: choccygrl on Jan 16, 2014
An impressive, ultimately sweet (although often sexy) anthology of well-written stories. Not a duffer amongst them and they saved the best for last, leaving me with a huge smile on my face. I especially liked 'A pint of beer...', it's quirky.
Submitted By: enjoy on Jan 11, 2014
If you want a book that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face, then you need to grab a copy.
Submitted By: enjoy on Jan 11, 2014
If you want a book that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face, then you need to grab a copy.
Submitted By: trix on Jan 9, 2014
Not as steamy as the title would have you expect (except for Myles' story), but consistently good writing throughout.
Submitted By: jen.f@mac.com on Jan 8, 2014
This was a fun holiday/winter anthology with a nice variety of stories. I enjoyed it quite a bit, my only complaint was that I wish the stories were longer! Here is my breakdown: Lucky Dip by Clare London - 4 stars Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder - 3 stars Wintertide by Lou Harper - 4 stars When in Amsterdam by Josephine Myles - 5 stars A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow - 4 stars
Submitted By: Fehu on Jan 7, 2014
That christmas collection has some great author and lovelly stories, the first one is my favorite. But I have to confess second chances are one of my favorite themes for christmas stories. The story is about a primary school teacher who has to work toghere with his ex-boyfriend, who dumped him, on a fundraising project.
Submitted By: firefly2518 on Jan 26, 2013
3.5 stars - all pretty good stories; very sweet romances.
Submitted By: dozyllama on Nov 28, 2011
As Anthologies go this was an OK read. My favourite story was the one by JL Merrow. I was also introduced to Butterscotch Schnapps and raced out to see if it is on the market shelves. I can happily say that I found some and it is very nice mixed with Bailey's over crushed ice.
 

Winter Warmers

By: Chrissy Munder, Clare London, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Lou Harper
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