Book Review – Stocking Stuffers Anthology

Publisher: Sister Publishing
Pages: 619
Characters: Various
POV: Various
Genre: Contemporary holiday romance, Anthology

A romantic MM collection of December-holiday-themed stories by ten authors!

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Fix Me Up by HQ Kingsley is a sweet story about 2nd chance love and opposites attract. Some of the non-consequences of an injury stretched credibility a little, but still an enjoyable story.

I loved the world building and politicking in Jingle My Bells by Meredith Spies. It’s a cute story with likeable characters although the time jump in one part of the story was a little confusing. I’d love to read more in this universe with these characters.

Jake’s Heart For Christmas by Angelo Diaz has a lovely small town feel where everyone knows your business. I loved the supporting cast and how they encouraged Declan and Jake to get together.

My favourite character in Rebel Without a Claus is Nick’s flatmate Sarah. She totally rocks. The two leads took a while to warm up to, especially Kris, although he redeemed himself by the end of the story.

Crispin and Roan are two clueless guys in All Wrapped Up by Megs Pritchard. I liked that their marriages ended for different reasons and they came to their realisation about themselves through different paths. I also liked Crispin’s mother Josephine and her reaction to him coming out to her, and that the girl Roan was going to pick up the party was too.

I enjoyed A Christmas Wish by JP Sayle and was very happy to learn that there are more stories to come about Potters Creek. I thought this was a sweet small town romance, and I liked the supporting cast too, especially Roman’s brother Gabriel. I hope he gets his own story and HEA.

I thought Colette Davison did a wonderful job in portraying a true MMM relationship in One Room at the Inn. Ellis, Zev, and PK’s relationship and friendship felt very real, and came across as a true romance all around. I loved the descriptions of the characters and setting—they sucked me right into the series, and I thought the game they played was a clever way to advance the plot. I enjoyed this sweet, feel good story about old friends who love each other.

Alie Nolan is a new author to me but one I will be keeping an eye out for. I loved Until After Christmas. Henry and Cal’s story is a lovely sweet, feel good story, and I particularly enjoyed the family vibe, and Cal’s family’s reaction to Henry, and how they make him feel part of their family. The epilogue was the perfect ending for these guys.

I enjoyed this anthology of Christmas themed novellas, and how all the stories were quite different. 4 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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