Stygiophilia yHe way it depicted HIV I find it dissappointing when authors depict positive people as living with a death sentence People living with HIV who have access to treatment are living full and flourishing lives I find it strange and some what unrealistic to find a character in the book who had been positive since 1991 and was living as if he could die at any time even though the story was published in 2010 That s nearly 20ears of living as a positive person Why then would this character still be living as if he was about to face death Those pieces in the story just didnt make sense for me and felt uite unreal given the huge advances made in treatment Had the story been set in a country where treatment is not readily available then it would have made senseAll in all it is a nice volume of stories but not a great favoutrite for me I didn t really care for this anthology After reading I realized that angels just aren t my thing However there were a few stories that stood out for me and were enjoyable I liked the following threePatric Michael A Voice in the DarknessMary Calmes SarielMatthew Vandrew The Platypus Learns Astrophysics Diana Copland The Archangel of Castro this is my definite favourite in the anthology a romance so perfect it made me smile the whole way through Brilliant can not recommend it enough 65 sniggerPatric Michael A Voice in the Darkness one single line in this book will probably stay with me forever but I can t write down what it is because it will give everything away Lovely story strong committed partners and an angel who I adored 55 Mary Calmes Sariel brilliant the imagery is so intense Jacob Gray is a strong man and Mary s angel is a monster with a grace that has eroded over time love it 55Matthew Vandrew The Platypus Learns Astrophysics how can something that had such a thread of humour in it turn my emotions inside out The goodbye sniff I didn t want this story to end 55cornelia Gray The Angel Blues This angel was so sweet loved the descriptions of him and Morgan as the man on the edgeWould love to see what the punishment was would it mean Spencer had to leave Really good story 45Clare London Redemption I read this one with a lot of hope for Ziba i wasnt disappointed lovely 45 I really wanted to read Sariel by Mary Calmes and I did Fucking Loved It 45 StarsIt was Mary Calmes goodness wrapped together with history I love history Yep there s an alpha angel who possessed the hell out of Jacob a regular grad student who almost raped by bad guys We don t know a lot of Jacob s back story I didn t think it was needed so I am happy It s instalove but it surpasses it because for angels in this story there is no in between They can see The Moth Diaries your inner most desires and wants it s either black or white No gray So I won t gripe with the binding declarations made because it was inevitable But also made from free willHot stuffAngels are not my fave paranormal read I lump them together with psychics Bottom of the totem pole for me I might read stories from the anthology I might not shrugs AND THE OSCAR GO TOTHE PLATYPUS LEARNS ASTROPHYSICS by Matthew Vandrew This story was perfect Hilarious romantic and so well written that I search for and read also a free story of this writer And now for each story the vote and some times a uick comment that s the order on this anthologyMORNING GLOW by Taylor Lochland 5 stars A TRAIL OF FEATHERS by Sarah Ann Watts 2 stars HEART S SALVATION by Reve Garrison 5 stars HOTTTTTTTT This story is veeeeeery HOT IN THE HANDS OF THE GODS by Jana Denardo 3 stars Hot scenes but annoying Latin terms and I speak Italian some Latin I understand just to tell that if annoyed me maybeou will be bored to death A VOICE IN THE DARKNESS by Patric Michael 5 stars OMG Looooove this story Made my cry so much SOME COMFORT by S Blaise 3 stars Too much hush too uick but is not bad ACENSION by RJ Scott should be ascension no Writer or editor distraction 2 stars SARIEL by Mary Calmes 0 star Sorry but I hate it Was creepy and I don t like it I like horror books I looooove Stephen King for example but this story was gross not scary THE PLATYPUS LEARNS ASTROPHYSICS by Matthew Vandrew 5 stars if this story #Was A Movie Would #a movie would my Oscar THE ANGEL BLUES by Cornelia Grey 3 stars REDEMPTION by Clare London 4 stars Marvelous writing HERBAL TEA by HJ Blues 4 stars Great story lovely end huge flawif Justin has his cloths ripped nieeeeeece that part how could he get dressed again But is a great story almost got 5 stars THE TENTH AVATAR by Roland Graeme 5 stars and made me cry So beautiful story SANTANGELO by Zahra Owens 5 stars This writer touch deep in my heart My applause THE ARCHANGEL OF CASTRO by Diana Copland 5 stars Wonderful story to end this amazing anthology As ou notice the most of the stories got my 4 or 5 stars but I ll not give a general vote would not the fair give less to the ones that deserve and vice versa LeaderboardSariel by Mary Calmes 5 of 5 starsThe Angel Blues by Cornelia Grey 4 of 5 starsRedemption by Clare London 4 of 5 starsAll others not so muc. By Clare London Ziba is a fallen angel working as a sponsor of lost men helping them find genuine repentance after a life of sin Banished to the Arrivals Hall between worlds
He Offers Them Work During Their Journey To A Better offers them work during their journey to a better But for him personally that option is closed His position was so exalted and his sin so great that he is imprisoned in Arrivals forever Until he meets Abdiel an angel who also fell from grace but whose love and self sacrifice offers both of them a new hope of redemption Herbal Tea by HJ Brues Douglas a world weary cynical agent of a very special kind of law enforcement is sent to recruit Justin a oung herbalist for a uniue assignment Considering the lies and betrayal in his past Douglas can’t help but look for hidden intentions behind every selfless act and he doesn’t trust easily But Justin will show him that a simple man can have the courage to offer his protection his love and even his life for those he cares about because it’s not the wings that make the angel but the readiness to reach out to others with Hollywood Education your whole heart in the tips ofour fingers The Tenth Avatar by Roland Graeme When a relative dies and beueaths to Arun a family heirloom an old bronze statue of Kalki the tenth avatar or incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu the delivery of the statue coincides with the arrival of a new man in Arun’s life
JACK IS EVERYTHING ARUN HAS EVER is everything Arun has ever in a lover and Arun will have to face his parents’ pressure for marriage and Jack’s unknown opinion on commitment to move forward to a loving future Santangelo by Zahra Owens Michael isn’t the type of man who needs rescuing but after he’s attacked by a group of skinheads he’s glad Gabriel Santangelo is there to help Four stitches in his forehead later Michael is introduced to Gabriel’s severely disabled baby daughter and jumps at the chance to get to know Gabriel better But Gabe has issues than he's willing to share and when he keeps Michael at a distance Michael starts wondering who is rescuing who The Archangel of Castro by Diana Copland What do Steps Through the Mist you get whenou mix a former real estate agent turned diner owner; a sweet unassuming movie star handsome runaway; selfless generosity; and unreuited love You get Nick at Nick’s on Ninth; his live in friend Brian; a treasured friendship; and two very nearly broken hearts until the unlikeliest Archangel ever notices the need for a bit of divine intervention. .
review A Brush of WingsNgel stereotype creating an angel in a form the reader wouldn t expect and also writing some incredibly sexy scenes Jake faces his trial with courage and earns his happy ending A great storyThe Platypus Learns Astrophysics by Matthew Vandrew 25 starsJonas is an ass who is paid a visit by an angel who has been commanded to touch him but cannot He doesn t realize God means he has to emotionally touch JonasAnother cliched story about an angel falling for a human and then becoming human to stay with his partner on Earth Almost skipped this one as it was overly long and brought nothing new to the tableThe Angel Blues by Cornelia Grey 4 starsMorgan loves the blues He s a cop who can t believe he s having hallucinations of an angel The angel falls in love with Morgan and saves his life when a bust goes badI liked this one Fairly typical but interestingly written with strong characterizations that make it stand out from the othersRedemption by Clare London 4 starsZiba is a fallen angel whose arrogance led him to be cast out Unable to be forgiven he has spent eternity trying to redeem others Finding a fallen angel just like himself in the Arrivals Hall Ziba takes in Abdiel and the two form a bond that can t be broken by Abdiel s true missionThis was a great story with a strong sense of place It didn t rely on the usual angel tropes and the ending was somewhat surprisingHerbal Tea by HJ Brues 35 starsFBI agent Douglas goes into a tea shop and falls for the owner Justin even though he s been hurt before and betrayed by his partner Justin is very protective of others and it leads him into trouble but luckily Douglas has a job for him that s perfectA short story with a surprising twist My only complaint was that it felt somewhat insta love with Douglas falling for Justin almost at onceThe Tenth Avatar by Roland Graeme 3 starsArun has a friend Efrain who is helping him adapt to life in the US Torn between family and his sexual orientation Indian born Arun meets Jack and finds his perfect partner at the same time a statue of a Hindu god is delivered to his houseA well researched Indian flavored story to which the ending was somewhat obvious but still worth a read It would have rated higher if Arun didn t sleep with his friend after he started dating Jack it felt a little too much like cheating even if they hadn t agreed to be exclusiveSantangelo by Zahra Owens 4 starsMike is attacked by a group of thugs and rescued by a doctor who is well known at the hospital because of his adopted daughter Mia who is slowly dying from a terminal illness Gabe is reluctant to date again and Mike slowly weans the truth out of him Gabe is HIV positiveA very sweet story I had to suspend my disbelief that a man diagnosed with HIV in 1991 would still be around today to enjoy antiretroviral drugs and a viral load of zero but I m no expert on HIV I can t imagine authorities would grant him custody of a child either but this was a lovely story regardless that really moved meThe Archangel Of Castro by Diana Copland 45 starsNick is a different kind of angel who helps The Missing Brides (Missing, young homeless gay kids by giving them a place to stay One suchoung man Brian has become the object of Nick s affections but he has trouble believing that such a handsome Jan, Jans en de kinderen 11 young man would want his average looking forty twoear old self until one of his stranger customers a man who dresses as an angel and calls himself Gabriel tells him that Brian is crazy about him and the two finally come togetherA really nice story to finish off the anthology about a man taking in homeless GLBT outh and falling for one of them He doesn t believe he deserves love but Brian shows him otherwise This story was full of powerful repressed emotions that finally come out into the open with a happy ending This story left me with a warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the bookThis review was cross posted to Infinite Love A pretty darn good anthology with an angel theme Full review on Boy Meets Boy Reviews will be posted on Christmas Day Average rating a little below 35 stars Morning Glow by Taylor Lochland 2 stars A Trail of Feathers by Sarah Ann Watts DNFHeart s Salvation by R ve Garrison 2 stars In the Hands of the Gods by Jana Denardo 35 stars A Voice in the Darkness by Patric Michael 4 stars Some Comfort by S Blaise 45 stars Ascension by RJ Scott 2 starsSariel by Mary Calmes 2 stars The Platypus Learns Astrophysics by Matthew Vandrew 5 starsThe Angel Blues
by Cornelia Grey 3 stars Redemption by Clare London 25 stars Herbal TeaCornelia Grey 3 stars Redemption by Clare London 25 stars Herbal Tea HJ Brues 3 starsThe Tenth Avatar by Roland Graeme 35 starsSantangelo by Zahra Owens 4 stars The Archangel of Castro by Diana Copland 4 stars I found this anthology to be pleasant enough but I cant say that it was exciting for me All the stories were ok and I really enjoyed The Tenth Avatar I particularly liked this story because of the way it handled culture and religion and showed how the two main chracters found love despite their differences It would be really good to read a full story about Jack and ArunI didnt enjoy Santangelo because of H him Landon must find a way to rescue them both before the rest of the mountainside breaks free and crushes them along with their dream of adopting a son Some Comfort by S Blaise Dale is having a hard time adjusting to everyday reality after returning from combat when he runs into Mal a fellow soldier who’d saved his life during a missile attack Mal seems determined to continue to watch over him even though Dale knows very little about the other man Why does Mal have such faith in him And will it be enough to drive the darkness inside Dale away Ascension by RJ Scott When Sabrael visits Adam Riley the last remaining descendant of the family under his protection the angel finds a man consumed with grief after the death of his father and the decision to sell the family bookstore Sabrael is surprised by a connection to Adam strong enough to redefine his entire purpose something Sabrael has never felt for any mortal in his charge Now he wonders if it is part of the Divine plan if his time to live a mortal life has come A mortal life with Adam Sariel by Mary Calmes Jacob Gray is on the trip of a lifetime with his employer only to have it turn into a nightmare Drugged and taken to an underground catacomb Jake is forced to make a life or death decision face torture by the men who kidnapped him or confront a ferocious beast Much to his captors’ surprise Jacob casts his fate into the hands of an unknown creature instead of surrendering himself to sure death with only hope as his salvation The Platypus Learns Astrophysics by Matthew Vandrew Hardworking businessman Jonas Mason is the last person expecting a visit from an angel Yet Micah angel of the Divine Plan shows up in his office absolutely certain of his mission to enlighten Jonas’s #days and fill his heart with love all by simply touching him And when nothing happens Micah will have #and fill his heart with love all by simply touching him And when nothing happens Micah will have wing it act human rein in the grumpy and generally unpleasant Jonas and figure out how to bring Jonas and himself lives full of joy The Angel Blues by Cornelia Grey It’s a nondescript depressing night when Morgan a seasoned cop finds a witty stranger perched on his windowsill who shares his appreciation for the blues Worried for his own sanity Morgan mostly ignores the man who insists on materializing at the most inappropriate of times until a life threatening experience forces Morgan to see just how much the stranger who claims to be an angel means to him Redemption. Specifically for Mary Calmes I wasn t going to leave a review since that was the only one I read but General Spoiler WarningLook it was dumb It was so very dumb The worst kind of insta love the majority of it was one character s sad sack monologue and for the love of ok well the end had me cackling Also MC can t remember his name already with his bland ass first person perspective is not afraid of bugs That s the grand act of bravery or whatever to earn Sariel s trust And then Sariel turns into the most beautiful non human MC is the most beautiful human btw and they have sex monologue sex monologue I think out of the constant eye rolls the largest eye roll had to go to the part where MC thinks dying like this would be alright when Sarial is choking the air out of him Lol No Sariel decides no because MC is willing to die for whatever non apparent reason then he has passed the test and has earned the One Gay Angel sTM loveAlso MC starts speaking like a child which creeped me out This conversation where Sariel basically says he ll commit spousal murder if MC tries to leave him MC is like tee hee It is the only kind to be made A covenant with an angel must be one of life and death all else binds not Just as I took our oath from Drittes Reich und Zweiter Weltkrieg your lipsour life freely given to me there can be no rescinding of Locas your promise I will takeour life should Smoking Lovely you try and take flight from myside I smiled at him It s scary whenou say it like that In the end MC welcomes Sariel into his home assSpare me Just Spare me A Brush Of Wings is a short story anthology from Dreamspinner Press that focuses on stories about angels I found all of the stories in this book worth reading some than others I ll talk about each short and rate them individuallyMorning Glow by Taylor Lochland 4 starsBen is a nurse and works long hours He s just been through a rough breakup that has taken its toll on him His friend Alan always shows up in his life when he needs someone to talk to but disappears just as fast Ben confronts him and finds the reasons for his disappearances are complex than Alan simply being a drifterThis was a sweet story about old friends becoming lovers and a good way to start the anthology The writing is strong the story is sweet and sexy but not too heart wrenchingA Trail Of Feathers by Sarah Ann Watts 35 starsDaniel is mourning the loss of his lover Luke at the dawn of a new ear He meets Leo a stranger who wants to take him home and melt away the layer of ice that Daniel has encased his heart inA sweet heartwarming story about loss and moving onHeart s Salvation by Reve Garrison 35 starsA statue comes to life in the form of an angel to help a mourning man move on from the tragic loss of his wife and daughterThis sad but sweet story introduces the cliche of the angel becoming human to stay with his earthly lover It s a good story about moving on from tragedy and finding new loveIn The Hands Of The Gods by Jana Denardo 45 starsSet in Ancient Rome Tiberius is a devout man who offers presents to his family gods Meeting a stranger called Priscus he falls in love and takes up Priscus offer to leave Pompeii Just as well since a well known disaster is about to unfoldIn The Hands Of The Gods looks at a different kind of angel from the ones ou know from Christian theology It was a very clever historical story and it was a welcome break from some of the typical angel stories in this collectionA Voice In The Darkness by Patric Michael 4 starsLandon is involved in a car crash with his husband Bryce The two are about to adopt a child and have suffered much heartache Dan guides Landon through the danger of their situation and reveals happy news to the coupleA wonderfully sweet tale mixed
with fear and heartache as landon and brycefear and heartache as Landon and Bryce trapped in a terrifying situation The flashbacks are well written detailing "The Couple S Difficult Journey Towards Adoption " couple s difficult journey towards adoption the ending is a wonderful twist which made me smileSome Comfort by S Blaise 25 starsMal saved Dale s life in the Ira war and Dale remembers a picture of an angel that hung on his wall when he was smallThis was a very short story compared to the others that didn t really get off the ground for me I didn t connect with it as well as some of the othersAscension by RJ Scott 25 starsSabrael visits a closing bookstore to see the last in the line of the family he d been watching for generations and falls in love with himI would have liked this story better without the others but by this point in the anthology I was starting to predict some of the tropes that would show up in this story Ascension wasn t bad but didn t stand outSariel by Mary Calmes 4 starsJake Gray is invited on a trip to Italy
But When He Getswhen he gets he finds that Dr Pierce plans to offer him up as a sacrifice to a fallen angel Jake is stronger than Pierce expects and forms an unlikely bond with the fallen angel freeing him from a tortured existence at the hands of the wicked DoctorThis story was a breath of fresh air in an anthology that was starting to become typical Calmes really plays with the Guardian spirits walk among us They are heavenly beings who grant courage unknown benefactors who offer help best friends who lend their strength and celestial beings who embody inspiration You might not recognize these everyday angels or messengers of mercy but the men in this anthology are touched by their purity and light and sometimes blessed by love Morning Glow by Taylor Lochland Benjamin and Alan have been friends since high school Though they often drift apart Alan always seems to come back when Benjamin needs him the most like when Ben is grieving over a bad breakup As always Ben feels better just from spending time with Alan but then he realizes he’s in love with Alan This time when Alan takes off again Ben isn’t going to let him go without a fight A Trail of Feathers by Sarah Ann Watts Alone on New Year’s Day Daniel is aware than ever of the self destructive despair consuming him since his lover’s death Then he meets a stranger shedding feathers in the street and despite the risk he takes Leo home with him But Leo is not the hustler or drug addict Daniel suspected him to be He’s there to give Daniel a gift a gift Daniel might not know how to accept Heart's Salvation by Réve Garrison After losing his wife and daughter in a car accident a distraught Nathaniel approaches the church for comfort seeking the statue that is said to heal emotional distress When the angel embodied in statue feels the depth of Nathaniel's pain he makes the unusual decision to assume human form and comfort the grieving widower But soon the angel must decide between returning to the statue to comfort others and retaining his humanity for the hope of love In the Hands of the Gods by Jana Denardo The only business that concerns Tiberius Aelius Rufus is how to extend his olive oil trade from Pompeii to Rome and how to sort out a family when his tastes do not run to taking a wife Expanding his oil trade is easy enough but a man of his station can’t exactly dally with another man But when he meets Marcus Lartius Priscus at a party Tiberius is enchanted and falls hard hard enough to consider risking his business and his reputation to follow Priscus to Rome A Voice in the Darkness by Patric Michael Landon Hargrove wakes in darkness and pain to find he and his unconscious husband Bryce are trapped in their car after a landslide With no help but the moral support of a man named Dan who can speak to him but not reac.