Reading anthologies can be tricky. Most of the time when I read a multi-authored anthology there are several stories that might be good and usually a couple that I don’t care for very much at all. I was happily surprised when I read Best Gay Romance 2010 edited by Richard Labonte. I really liked every story, and there were some that I really loved. There wasn’t one story that I felt I had to skim over, or one that didn’t resonate with me as a reader.
One of the things that I really think is great about this book is there will be a little of something for everyone's different tastes. Best Gay Romance just about covers every aspect of love and romance which I believe fans of gay romances will appreciate. I felt a range of emotions while reading each story. There was laugh out loud moment as well as bittersweet moments that has stayed with me long after several of the stories were over.
There are several stories that ended up being my favorites. I adored the rapport and the chemistry between Mark and Scott in the story Worlds Greatest Dads by Peter Puterbaugh. I think it ranks as my favorite story in the book. I also really enjoyed Make a Wish by Rob Rosen. His story does prove that birthday wishes really do come true. I experienced a full range of emotions when I read Trunk by Trebor Healy. Bobby and Jeremy are star crossed lovers who I hope will really be able to work things out in the end.
From the bittersweet introduction by Mr. Labonte (which I loved) to the very last page, Best Gay Romance was truly an amazing book that will have a permanent place on my keeper shelf. When I’m in the mood for a variety of romances, I know I’ll reach for this book every time. I’m looking forward to reading more stories by all of the authors in the book as well as more books edited by Richard Labonte.
Best Gay Romance 2010 covers every romantic possibility – first love, true love, wake-up sex, makeup sex, and everything in between. Trebor Healy's star-crossed lovers in "Trunk" encounter plent of voodoo, hoodoo, and an unexpectedly sweet surprise in New Orleans. David Holly's "Guy Sydney" is a thoroughly modern "meet cute" love story. An Englishman on holiday finds romance with a friend stranger in Jay Mandal's "The Food of Love."
Whether happily ever after or a happy ending, Best Gay Romance 2010 raises the bar on gay love stories with compulsively readable tales of true romance.
Including: Jamie Freeman, David Puterbaugh, Jerry L. Wheeler, G.A. Li, David May, David Ciminello, Trebor Healey, Michael Bracken, L.A. Fields, David Holly, Jay Mandal, Doug Harrison, Rob Rosen, Natty Soltesz, and Simon Sheppard.
RICHARD LABONTÉ lives on small, friendly Bowen Island, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. One of the founders of A Different Light Bookstore, he has edited the Best Gay Erotica series since 1996. He reviews 100 books a year for Q Syndicate, which distributes "Book Marks," his fortnightly column; writes the "Books to Watch Out For/Gay Men's Edition" newsletter; and writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly. Husband Asa and canines Percy and Zak are his constant companions.