Review: My Haunted Gay Blender’s Love Affair and Other Twisted Tales anthology

My Haunted Gay Blender’s Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales by Agibail Roux, Andrea Speed and Anne Tenino
Release Date: August 10, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 276
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 

Die Laughing.

A collection of not-so-chilling tales of love and laughter from three of the genre’s masters of pulp.

In The Bone Orchard by Abigail Roux, Pinkerton investigator Ezra Johns and US Marshal Ambrose Shaw have a lot to learn about life—and the afterlife—in their quest to bring a vicious murderer to justice. Fortunately, they’ve got all the time in the world to figure it out.

In City of Monsters by Andrea Speed, an ex-investigator turned some-kind-of-shifter (he doesn’t know, but with his luck, it’s probably nothing cool) is hired to find a missing reverse tooth fairy in the hellish dimension of Dev. But even simple things aren’t easy for a guy with more vices than virtues, and his situation gets even more complex when a hot newcomer to Dev with a taste for danger joins him on the case.

In Horny by Anne Tenino, a group of supernatural law enforcers enlist the help of a human, Ryan Caulfield, to catch Zeus: the god voted Least Likely to Keep It in His Pants. But there’s more to Ryan than even he knows, and the satyr searching for Zeus is tempting him with far more than simple justice.

 

Review: When I saw the title of this book, I couldn’t resist. Add to that authors Anne Tenino, Abigail Roux and Andrea Speed, it had to be a win. I was so very right.

Roux takes us back to the Wild West days of San Francisco where a Pinkerton agent falls in love with the ghost of a US Marshall. I loved how the friendship and trust built between the two before they were able to actually have sex and build on the physical aspect of their relationship. There was a camaraderie that arose long before the love made it so much sweeter when they finally were able to have sex. I also loved how the story transcended generations, beginning in the 1800’s and coming to present day, involving Ezra’s great-great-great nephew.

Let’s face it. City of Monsters has the best gimmick with the blender that shimmies across the counter saying, “Can I make you a frappe?” and “Bring home fruit.” On the human aspect, Hunter is perfectly wonderful as the slightly nerdy, slightly paranoid, slightly pessimistic shifter in the foreign land of Dev. He befriends hunky new shifter Sakari and the lusting (and doubt) begins. Sakari was a perfect offset to Hunter – handsome and self-assured. Together they make an unbeatable team and it would be great to see more stories about them in the future.

Anne Tenino is one of my favorite writers and is the main reason I jumped at the chance to review this book. Horny featured a loveable bar owner who’s bar is taken over by mythical Gods on the hunt for one of their own. Ryan immediately falls for one of the satyrs, Leander. While their relationship starts a little rough, when it finally takes off, it’s a white-hot flame of passion.

Each story stands on its own merit and all three stories were well-written with a good, solid storyline – something that is not always easy to achieve in a short story. For a variety of paranormal, m/m romance, this is a perfect book to fill your afternoon.

Favorite Quote: From Horny: Lowering his head, he pinned his man against the floor with hands on his shoulders, until one of his horns was right in front of Ryan’s mouth. The left horn – the more sensitive, achy one. “Suck it.”