Friday, January 15, 2010

Melting The Slopes

Title: Melting The Slopes
Author: William Maltese, Jason Edding. Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-085-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Sno Ho - Ethan Day 4 Nymphs
Boone Daniels arrives at Summit City lodge in Colorado, expecting to celebrate their one year anniversary with his boyfriend. Instead he receives a phone call from said boyfriend informing him that they are no longer a couple. Not one to dwell on bad news, Boone makes his way to a cozy bar. There he meets Wade Walker, a ski instructor and they spend the night together.

Sno Ho is a humorous first person commentary of the night before events, which had elapsed from Boone’s memory and the budding romance that followed Boone’s remembrance. Boone is a vivacious guy with a quirky imagination that is perfectly suitable for a promising writer. Wade is a notable ski instructor and prominent resident of Summit City. Both men are intuitive and personable. They have excellent chemistry between them and good interaction with the town’s people. The characters and plot are developed and the setting is descriptive. My impression is that the story is a cliff hanger, meaning that I must endure waiting for more of these wonderful characters.

Bottoms Up - William Maltese 5 Nymphs
British agent referred to only as” Buddy”, is on a covert assignment to obtain information needed to complete his agency’s political agenda. However, the more time he spends with his target Alain Rollenbatski, the more difficult it becomes to separate job from his feeling for Alain.

Bottoms Up is an emotional rollercoaster that spans a three year period. The intriguing plot takes place mostly in Europe. The agent is an honorable man more than willing to serve his country, yet his integrity is at odds with the agency’s methods used to gain information. Alain is a forward-thinking wealthy man who has no desire to follow in his dying father’s footsteps. The chemistry between the two men that is almost idyllic. All the well developed elements of this story are realistic and the sex scenes are marvelously sizzling.

One Fire, One Ice - Jason Edding 4 Nymphs
Grant has secretly loved his best friend Babhru for years, yet neither has openly indicted their desire to be lovers. However, at the age of twenty one and with Babhru leaving for college, Grant plans to seduce Babhru during a weekend stay at a ski lodge.

One Fire, One Ice is an emotionally charged story of Grant’s memories of his past. Still mourning his parent’s death, Grant’s future is in limbo. He is depending on Babhru to set their path the same way as he always followed Babhru’s lead. Grant is wealthy and very giving. Babhru is honorable and independent. The story has a descriptive setting, the plot is interesting. The characters were not quite believable in that Grant seems to lack any incentive for his future beyond the seduction of Babhru.

Overall, Melting The Slopes is an engaging, and at times, humorous anthology by three very talented authors. Well written plots with interesting characters and intimate details that provide a full voyeur effect visual.

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