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Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology

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Published 05 Feb 2018
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Publisher SKLL Books LLC

Once upon a time, a bunch of M/M authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.
Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.
And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

"Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology" Reviews

- Port Penn, DE
Wed, 07 Feb 2018

Average rating 3.5★'s rounded up.
The Set-up
Date Started: 02/09/18
Date Finished: 02/09/18
Rating: 4★'s
I guess this isn't really at story, it is just the set-up but I liked it and figured I'd rate it anyway. Super cute and fun idea for the stories to jump off from. I love that there will be more at the end.
The Magician and the Mortician by A.E. Wasp
Date Started: 02/09/18
Date Finished: 02/09/18
Rating: 2★'s
I hate this. This is my year of positivity! Gah! Anyway...I don't know what the etiquette is in reviewing an Anthology that was written for charity. We are probably supposed to rate a little differently. I dunno. This was a brand new to me author, actually, I have never even heard of her and she has written a lot of books! Anyway, this just didn't work for me. So many things about it. I hardly ever mention editing unless it is bad and unfortunately this was not ok. The names kept getting messed up! It is so confusing trying to figure out what is going on when the names are wrong. There was a lot of other errors too and it was hard to not fall out of the story. Some of the stuff that happened made me a little uncomfortable as well. Overall I get how the story was supposed to be a love at first sight sweet story, and it mostly was, unfortunately the bad just outweighed the good and it just didn't read that way to me. Sad face.
The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer by Alison Hendricks
Date Started: 02/09/18
Date Finished: 02/10/18
Rating: 4★'s
Oh, how can this end right there? This is exactly how a well written story should make you feel, wanting more. I need to know more about the pictures! Seriously! This was very enjoyable. To quote my friend Meags, the relationship felt natural and real. First blind dates can't all be love at first sight after all. I just loved watching them see. The app twist was a nice touch as well. Sweet!
The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet
Date Started: 02/13/18
Date Finished: 02/14/18
Rating: 4★'s
I really liked this one. I don't know what exactly it was about it but I was really charmed by it. I'd love more in this world, hint, hint. I think I have a thing about assassins. I'm weird, I know. Plus dogs! Favorite so far.
The Criminal and the Sommelier by Chris Owen
Date Started: 02/14/18
Date Finished: 02/14/18
Rating: 3★'s
So, this is another brand new to me author who it seems has written a ton of books, none of which I have heard of. So weird how that happens. So, this little story. I swear I had to re-read the beginning a few times because I think the names got switched or something. Once I decided to just let it go and read on I was ok with the story. The snobbishness was a little odd, talk of lines of his jacket etc. was weird and so much time on the meal I guess set the tone. Once that was over though I was invested. They seemed cute and fun and hopefully it all works out for them. That's the problem with shorties, you never really know.
The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner
Date Started: 02/19/18
Date Finished: 02/19/18
Rating: 2★'s
I read this yesterday throughout the day whenever I'd get a moment. Reading a shorty in pieces is probably not beneficial to the story. I kept forgetting and just don't think I ever got into it. What I do remember is that they didn't go on a date, right? I think I need at least a tiny bit of romance. Plus head injury! Ouch!
The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lily Morton
Date Started: 02/20/18
Date Finished: 02/20/18
Rating: 5★'s
Gah! Just more and more evidence pointing to the fact that Lily Morton is making her way to the top of the favorites list! This was absolute perfection! The story felt complete. So much packed into so little and it was done with expertise. I loved it. I will for sure revisit this one when I need my heart to swell. LOVE!
The Uber Driver and the Phone Sex Operation by Lucy Lennox
Date Started: 02/20/18
Date Finished: 02/20/18
Rating: 4★'s
Very, very cute. I felt this story was pretty complete for its length too. Very sweet HEA.
The Baker and the Seal by May Archer
Date Started: 02/20/18
Date Finished: 02/20/18
Rating: 4★'s
Very cute and very sweet HEA. I love small town settings and I love how this was described. I wouldn't mind another visit!
The Event Planner and the Electrician by Poppy Dennison
Date Started: 02/21/18
Date Finished: 02/21/18
Rating: 4★'s
Ok, first things first. Just no with the broken nose description and sound effects. I cringed and I mean really cringed while reading. I could have totally done without that. Ugh. Anyway, once we got past that I really enjoyed this one. I did start to pick up on quite a bit of name dropping with businesses and shops and there was quite a bit of talk in regards to all these cousins. I now see. Poppy's new book just came out and this is in that same world. Now I'm anxious to read it! Looks like she's building a nice little small town feel. Anyway, this one was cute and sweet. I liked it a lot.
The Lawyer and the Lobsterman by Ruthie Luhnow
Date Started: 02/21/18
Date Finished: 02/21/18
Rating: 3★'s
Was anyone else a little disappointed he wasn't an actual Lobsterman? I think I had that so stuck in my head I couldn't wrap my head around him being The Lobster Man. Anyway, so, this one was probably the most opposite of opposites meeting. Almost to the point I didn't buy it. It was ok, just not a favorite. Another thing, I am surprised there are two Lawyer stories. Very interesting.
The Florist and the Lawyer by Sloane Kennedy
Date Started: 02/21/18
Date Finished: 02/21/18
Rating: 4★'s
This one really got me in the beginning. Quite a different twist and I didn't know where it was going. I liked this one a lot. I am not that familiar with this Author but this was very enjoyable.
The Fallout
Date Started: 02/21/18
Date Finished: 02/21/18
Rating: 4★'s
I love how this wrapped up and tied everything together. I don't normally read Anthologies but I really enjoyed this.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018

Heart2Heart have launched their new upgraded app, guaranteed to pair you with the perfect partner.
So was it a case of....You look like a really bad decision, get the fuck over here - I so need to make that mistake again, or was it a case of.....Butterflies? I feel the whole dam Zoo when I’m with you..........
Well, I’m pleased to report that were no wolves eating unsuspecting lambs, all these lambs were more than ready to be eaten 😉
Every story was readable, all delivering something different, so I’ve based my ratings purely on my own personal enjoyment -
How Bailey the Geeky Programmer, Lost his Focus...3* - in two parts. By the time I got to the second part, I knew where this story was heading.
The Magician and the Mortician....2* - As soon as a third was mentioned it went fast downhill for me. If the author thought it would add a bit of spice? she thought wrong.
The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer...3.5* - Did the app get it so wrong, or was it a bit of paranormal interference?
The Assassin and the Dog Walker...4* - Surely this is going to be made into a Series? (hint, hint Author)
The Criminal and the Sommelier...3* - I felt that the Author lost a great opportunity on this one, less food and more focus on the criminal activity was what I wanted, but didn’t get.
The Superhero and the NSA Agent...4* - great read.
The Tattoo Artist and the Writer...4* - another great read.
The Uber Driver and the Phone Sex Operator...4* - really liked this one
The Baker and the Seal...3* - Weddingzilla time, but didn’t really feel the zilla
The Event Planner and the Electrician...4.5* - my surprise favourite!
The Lawyer and the Lobsterman...3* - too short for me to feel anything
The Florist and the Lawyer...3.5* - considering the calibre of this author, I have to say that I was left unfulfilled, I expected more and was slightly disappointed

Wed, 07 Feb 2018

Possibly the best anthology I’ve read
Usually an anthology full of stories from various authors is hit or miss for me. I got this one because I have read and loved most of the authors involved, and figured it would be worth it even if I didn’t like them all. Besides, it’s for charity, right?
But then I was blown away by how FUN it all was. There was not a single story in this that I didn’t enjoy, and some had me laughing out loud. The whole premise was great, and I loved all the unlikely pairings. It left me with a huge smile on my face, and a determination to read more from the authors I wasn’t as familiar with.

- Wigan, Wn5 , The United Kingdom
Thu, 08 Feb 2018

Well I have finished it. It's took me days but I read every single story. Some I've liked and some i didn't but still gave it a 5 stars rating, (just because I'm too lazy to go through every single one to rate ).

- Edmonton, AB, Canada
Thu, 08 Feb 2018

The Set-Up:
Awkward, sweet, memorable meet-cute. Ryder is the hot guy in the window everyone is drooling over, especially Bailey, the compassionate geek responsible for the algorithms of the dating app. Skipping the last test won't hurt anything, right? I mean, when was the last time a hot, built man of awesome took a second look at the lanky, nerdy computer programmer in a bow-tie? Loved the meet-cute and am really looking forward to seeing where they go from here...
The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer, Alison Hendricks:
Slow, sweet, and simple. The passion was super mellow and more like something you'd see in real life. It's not always about excitement, electricity, and intensity. Sometimes it's more about taking a second look, trying to see why someone likes what they like, why they live like they do, and building on a little spark instead of trying to tame an inferno.
That being said, I didn't really feel it going anywhere. I like where they were headed, but beyond that I wasn't really drawn into the story and the characters both felt slightly dull, just not dynamic and captivating. 2.5 stars.
The Magician and the Mortician, A.E. Wasp:
The age gap worked here with Beto needing another chance at happiness, love, and magic, and Mikey who had more than enough youth, wisdom, energy, and love for both of them. They each find something they were missing and were captivated by one another right from the start.
Incredibly sexy, tremendously sweet, there was a lot of hope, love, and healing here. The themes of death and life were woven throughout the entire story. I liked these two men together and the end scene in the funeral parlor was both awkward and sweet. It was a bit over the top but worked for the pair. 3 stars.
The Assassin and the Dog Walker, Charlie Cochet:
Mostly good. I was annoyed that Lymond became the bad guy. Yes, he said hurtful things but he was doing it to give Daniel the last reason he needed so he could leave. He made it easier for Daniel to do what he was going to do anyway: run. Daniel was the one to shut them down first, to do and say what he did because he had a moment of panic. It was understandable but to be so aware of Lymond's heart and needs during sex and the intimacy that followed and even recognizing the vulnerable need to be loved while he was panicking and to still hurt Lymond in a much worse way than Lymond hurt him doesn't make it okay.
Overall the story was sweet. It was Lymond's tenderness, thoughtfulness, and confession that made the relationship and story work. Daniel started out feisty, witty, charming, and likable but he very quickly paled in comparison to the quality of man Lymond was. It was like they switched places instead of both growing to be a good pairing. 3 stars.
The Criminal and the Sommelier: Chris Owen:
I honestly wish there were more. Something to keep them from ending on such a cliff-hanger kind of moment and to redeem the men from their pomposity. I'd like Angel's POV from here though. To get to their HEA from their maybe/possibly/kind of/not really HFN would certainly be an adventure. While the story didn't sink deep it was certainly intriguing. A sommelier and a theif wouldn't be a normal pairing, no, but the men were interesting and could have been complex if we were allowed to know them more, more deeply. 2.5 stars.
The Superhero and the NSA Agent, Hailey Turner:
Immensely sweet and hot. Shane is funny while being uber serious. Damian is absolutely endearing while being shy, sweet, and super hot. The beginning manages to be exciting and funny right from the get-go and the interest is maintained despite the lack of explosions once Damian enters the scene, well, just the RPG variety. The explosions thereafter are the ones between Shane and Damian behind closed doors. Around their awesomeness is a stellar cast of people we get to know quickly and like just as much as the MC's. Surprising, for such a short story. 4.5 stars.
The Tattoo Artist and the Writer, Lily Morton:
This friends-to-lovers story was super cute. I liked both men and the years between their realizations and the actual coming together made for some intense steam. They were sexy together and the way they knew so deeply about one another was apparent. But knowing one another also makes them prone to making unilateral decisions based on assumptions. And we all know what assumptions do...
They certainly don't get the asses in the same bed, that's for sure. When they finally get it together with a little help from alcohol and a bitter ex I couldn't have been happier for them. I did get quite tired of the many instances of bowing out and deciding for the other person regarding their feelings but the end was worth the wait. 3.5 stars.
The Uber Driver and the Phone Sex Operator, Lucy Lennox:
Sweet and hot. Travis is filling in for his deaf brother who's an Uber driver. When what to his wondering ears should he hear but sexy moans, groans, and "Harder, Daddy, harder!" from the man in the rear.
...Yeah, forgive me for that...
Immediately intrigued and turned on, Travis is surprised but very pleased that his Heart2Heart date is none other than the phone-sex operator, Azrael. He also gets the surprise of his life when Azrael is more than interested in having Travis be his first. Chemistry galore, here, and they are incendiary from the word go. But they have more in common than they think and with some family drama and hidden identity issues to overcome it's those commonalities that give them the tentative and tender beginnings of what will be a spicy HEA. 4 stars.
The Baker and the SEAL, May Archer:
Absolutely sweetness upon sexy sweetness. I loved this couple. The humility, attraction, affection, and acceptance of everything they are to and for one another was wonderful.
Ash, the SEAL, is at the mercy of his soon-to-be sister-in-law and finds himself in a vanilla-scented heaven and staring into the bourbon colored eyes of a man he could see himself obeying. Cal is a fiery tempered red head who is fast approaching his last nerve until a blond Adonis walks in and quotes Nietzshe. A couple misunderstandings bank the spark Cal feels until he finds out that his date is none other than the philosopher-quoting hottie. When the discord is settled and they give into the draw they feel for one another their romance moves very, very quickly.
The passion is intense, quick, and very, very hot. Their relationship is on its way to a forever-kind of happiness but since it's a short, sweet, insta-love story the reality is suspended a little bit under the guise of Valentine's Day magic. The epilogue is full of sexy tenderness and gives them the beginning of the forever part of their happily ever after.
4 out of 5 stars. Side characters mentioned hinted at a sexuality situation that seemed important and yet not addressed. I wish there were a bit more depth, but wasn't unhappy with what was included. Full of squee-inducing sweetness, one hot bedroom scene, lots of connection and potential for the MC's. Really, really enjoyed this short story. (I got an ARC of the book from this author, hence the longer review.)
The Event Planner and the Electrician, Poppy Dennison:
Perfect, sweet, silly. Love, love Theo with his silliness, never-ending chatter, honesty, awkwardness, and his enthusiasm. I loved Harvey with his earnestness, the way he's captivated and charmed by Theo despite the elbow-meets-nose incident. His eagerness to make amends for something he's unsure he did wrong because he's unwilling to let his connection with Theo go. I wish there were another chapter or two, maybe even an epilogue, the story definitely needed it. With the ridiculous amount of cuteness, desire, and connection, if this were a longer story it'd be HEA city all the way and a full 5 stars. 4 stars.
Theo pushed the phone toward her with a scowl. "I cannot be bribed."
She arched a brow and Theo pulled the phone back and held it cradled to his chest.
"Okay, I can totally be bribed..."

The Lawyer and the Lobsterman, Ruthie Luhnow:
An awkward, unpleasant beginning to their date but the end was simultaneously hot and tender. These two men have lots of potential together and I enjoyed them. BUT I WANTED MORE! Both the promised bedroom scene and from the relationship. They have a great connection once they realize there's more, much more, beneath the surface. I'd like to have seen more than just the beginnings of what ended up being an awesome night. 3.5 stars.
The Florist and the Lawyer, Sloane Kennedy:
It got super deep super fast here. These men were complicated and multi-faceted. To develop them in such a short story was a pleasant surprise. They had so much that was different but so much that the other person needed. Seriously hot and full of heart with funny moments too. The absurdly perfect epilogue tied the whole thing together. 4 stars.
The Fallout:
Cute, sweet, full-circle. Tender and definitely a bunch of insta-love goodness. I like the casual mentions of a few of the couples at the end, some of my favorite couples in the anthology too, so that's a bonus. But my favorite bit is the shared love between seemingly opposite men that started out awkward, sweet, and sexy and ended the same way. 3.5 stars.

- Israel
Wed, 07 Feb 2018

This is a fantastic Anthology by amazing authors!
first of all I LOVED the concept, even thought these authors are so different and unique the use of the “dating app” as a common thread really pulled everything together and was a lovely little touch in each story. Thoroughly enjoyed these stories and will continue to read more as we get closer to valentines.
“The Baker And The Seal” by May Archer:
May Archer is a new author in the MM genre. I had the pleasure of reading her debut book “The Easy Way” and the two books following it. it was an amazing experience to watch her writing improve and evolve (and it was pretty darn good to begin with) so I was happy to ready another story by her.
The characters were so unique, sweet with a funny, geeky vibe and it felt very complete to me. It’s a funny thing to say about a story, complete, but as short stories go it’s not so easy to get it just right and not have things feel left out. Cal was so endearing, and I love the twist with Ash- the Big Tough Seal- not being a top. This story had many little layers to discover and unfold, was super sexy and still vanilla sweet. It had everything I was looking for in a short, especially a valentine story, and left me feeling warm and fuzzy with a distinct craving for something sweet.
“The Uber Driver and the Phone Sex operator” by Lucy Lenox:
in true Lucy style, this book had a crazy, hilarious scenario when a sex phone operator, AZ, receives a call while on an Uber he believes is driven by a deaf driver. This unlikely coincidence leads to some very heartfelt confections the next day when the two meet again- on a blind date set up by the Heart2Heart dating app. This story was more about the laughs, a very steamy relationship, and had the usual drama we know and love from Lucy’s books. Her ability to write funny banter and explosive chemistry really shines and this was a delight to read through and through.
The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turtner:
This was a really sweet book! I was thinking and hoping it would be a real super-human but as soon as I realized that it’s a cosplayer, it just made the story more romantic in my view. The only issue I have, and it’s a small one, is that Shane is injured, and it was a bit of a stretch to believe he could have had the sex he had with no discomfort. But the writing was great and the characters fun and cute.
The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lilly Morton:
This book had my favorite trope, Friends-to-lovers, and I enjoyed the story but did feel like it was dragging out a bit at times. Sage was sometimes a but vague, I wished he would have just come out and said what he feels and get it over with. I also felt the characters where sometimes inconsistent.

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