Book Recommendations

Short Story Sunday

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than lazying around, having a cup of tea, and reading a good book? If there is, I sure haven’t found it.

So if that’s how you plan on spending your day, I thought I’d help you. And since I’ve made it my life’s mission to spread the word of how great short stories are, here are some of my favorites. I’ve read all of them more than once, and I adore them. One–or all–of them are perfect for a slow, lazy day.

So make a cup/glass of your favorite hot or cold beverage, check out these gems, and relax! You deserve it! ❤️

war paintWar Paint by Sarah Black

There’s an art to love.

Mural artist Ben has come from Tel Aviv to Atlanta to work on a commission. A successful artist, he’s still lonely and isolated after his family’s rejection. Ben is charmed and surprised when local soldier Eli mistakes him for homeless, and brings him a cup of coffee and a biscuit. This gesture opens the door. Eli is lost, trying to make sense of a future without the Army after a combat injury ends his career.

Art gives them a new language and a path forward. But lost men can reach out, desperate to hang on to anyone close. Is what they find together real, and the kind of love that will last?

26610 words / MM Contemporary

Buy link (Dreamspinner Press)

peachesPeaches & the Shadow by K.L. Noone

At twenty-four, Ethan Aur has a lot to prove. He’s the youngest member of his family, the academic one, and the latest heir to the tradition of supernatural quests and spells and enchanted swords. The family’s always protected him and worried about him, and his older brother keeps calling to check in.

But this particular quest is Ethan’s quest, and this ghost is his problem. He’s going to solve it on his own. By any means necessary. Even if that ghost is a very handsome man, charming and confident and dominant and kind.

Jake O’Malley took one look at the newly arrived Knight and that magical Sword and those determined eyes, and now he’s aware he’s in trouble — as if he didn’t have enough problems, being the trapped and ghostly version of his 19th Century brothel-keeper bastard self. But the Knight who’s come to help is everything Jake could’ve ever wanted: brave and generous and sweet, vowing to find a way to solve Jake’s stuck-between-worlds predicament, no matter what it takes.

Even if that involves a mutually pleasurable ritual involving sexual magic.

7023 words / MM fantasy

Buy Link (JMS Books)

permanently leglessPermanently Legless by JL Merrow

Only half the man he used to be — but maybe that’s enough

The Taliban may have taken both Chris’s legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence is meeting Josh, the one-night stand from before his tour of duty he hasn’t been able to forget.

It turns out Josh hasn’t forgotten Chris, either. He spent the time they were apart fearing the worst every time a soldier was reported killed in action — and wishing Chris would use the number Josh gave him, and call.

Josh’s delight on seeing Chris again quickly turns to shock on seeing his injuries. With Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?

7015 words / MM Contemporary

Buy Link (JMS Books)

paint it blackPaint It, Black by J.D. Walker

Engelbert Trentworthy — dear God, call him Trent — is a bit of a slut. Most people don’t take him seriously, and really, neither does he. Trent keeps things simple and doesn’t allow others to get close for reasons he never shares with anyone. Then he meets photographer Elias Lane at the customer service desk where he works.

Elias is captivated by Trent’s appearance and asks him to be part of a photo shoot. Unfortunately, Trent’s image ends up in a shop window near his job and causes all kinds of havoc. To make it up to him, Elias buys Trent dinner. But when Elias tries to push for more, Trent backs away.

Somehow, between the coworker who’s harassing Trent for sex and the specter of Trent’s black past, Elias is determined to get Trent to give him a chance, in every possible way.

13244 words / MM Contemporary

Buy link (JMS Books)

of rats and catsOf Rats and Cats by Addison Albright

All he wanted to do was retrieve his newspaper, but Raymond is panic-stricken when a rat dashes through his open apartment door. No worries, though. Pandy is on the job! Except Kevin doesn’t want Raymond’s cat to eat his beloved pet…mouse.

Can Kevin rescue Corky before Pandy gets to her? Will Raymond’s upturned box of…um… personal toys and videos drive Kevin away, or will the pile of filigree undies Corky has burrowed into turn Kevin on?

5822 words / MM Contemporary

Buy link: JMS Books

Now available on Kindle Unlimited, too, if your book budget is as strained as mine. And after you’ve read this fabulous story, you should immediately run over to Addison’s blog and check out the bonus content. The beginning of the story written in Kevin’s POV is almost funnier than the original 😀