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The leading authors of GLBT fiction have donated their talent and their heart warming thought provoking life affirming stories to this anthology in aid of Lambda Legal Fund's fight for marriage eualityRuth Sims; Alex Beecroft; Lee Rowan; Gillian Pa. Even Guys Cry by DC JurisThis short story stands out in the I Do Two anthology It is a touching and tendor love story of self acceptance DC Juris has written it with a sublime balance of vulnerability strength sex humor I found myself laughing and then crying within the same paragraphs It unveiled the mysteries of a transgender male as the character was laid bare and revealed in a loving moving story I look forward to reading by DC Juris

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I Do Two

Love is at the heart of all we want for ourselves so why shouldn't any human being be able to say I Do to a life of commitment and sharing with that special personWe hope that marriage will soon be a dream that everyone can shareThat's why some of. When I ordered this anthology I had a sneaking suspicion that it would be a set of stories about weddings a subject I ve never found terribly interesting gay or straight Instead I was treated to a set of twenty two short stories about partnership and some of the issues around it like dealing with step families and deciding how long to stick with a less than satisfactory relationship There is a wonderful mix of the historic and the contemporary of romances and comedies of erotica and bittersweet tales to stir the emotions The stories mostly deal with gay male partnerships although there are three involving lesbian relationships and two with transgendered protagonistsThe uality of the stories was so high that it s almost impossible to decide which ones to pick out in detail I can honestly say that I think every reader would be able to find a handful that they really love if not Rather than attempt to review all twenty two I will give my own highly subjective account of the five that made a particularly strong impression on me Home Cooking by Brian Holiday The setting and time period is deliberately vague giving this romance a timeless uality David a drifter is given first a meal then a job and home by the good natured Scott owner of a small town diner Holiday concentrates on all those little details that really make the diner and the characters come alive in plain yet elouent prose The account of their gently growing love despite the tragic losses in their pasts makes a deceptively simple yet touching story Two Men A Fugue by Sophia Deri Bowen Told in dreamlike flashbacks from the perspective of the day before their wedding the romance of Steve and Adam has an almost unbearable poignancy Punky artist and part time drag ueen Adam doesn t understand at first why he s been set up with solid steady Steve but they soon fall for each other Steve being HIV positive isn t an issue for Adam but it gives the reader a sense of looming tragedy Despite this it is one of the most life affirming stories in the whole anthology and the couple s love is palpable in their affectionate banter Stripes by Nigel Puerasch I fell for the self effacing narrator of this story right from the first paragraph Told in James Australian surfer dialect the prose is captivating and every line seems perfectly in character This is another romance story where James meets the delectable Mattie on the beach but nearly messes everything up because of his low self esteem The combination of na vety gentle humour and urgent lust is a winning one and I just love the payoff in the final two paragraphs Aim Higher by J L Merrow Of all the comic stories in the anthology this one delighted me the most Told from the perspective of a young teenage girl this story is narrated in first person present tense which gives it an immediacy and charm Simone is bothered by her invisible friend who just happens to be the Greek god Eros and is intent on finding her a boyfriend whether she wants one or not I don t want to give away any but suffice to say EricEros ends up very happy when he finally manages to bring a couple together Ganymede by Lenore Black A stunningly sensual tale of enthusiastic American winemaker Michael s pursuit of the chance to learn from Italian master vintner Carlo Every word paints a vivid picture of the charms of Italy and Michael s mysterious host the luscious language giving the whole story an erotic charge I can see why it was chosen as the final story in the anthology as it leaves you with such beautiful images and a sense of wonderful possibilities for the two menIt seems so unfair to single any of the stories out as there was so much to enjoy in all of them from the delightfully characterful narrators of Alex Beecroft s Inner Truth and Bruin Fisher s Work Experience to the bitter sweet beauty of Ruth Sim s The Legend of Mountain Ash L J Baker s Mallory s Gift and Jamie Freeman s Ships That Pass There were exuisitely erotic moments in James Buchanan s Touche and D C Juris Even Guys Cry and sophisticated comedy in Lee Rowan s Turnabout and Charlie Cochrane s The Uneven Chance I also loved the sweetness of the relationships shown in The Song Inside by Nexis Pas and Nathan Burgoine s Cakewalk Indeed the only two stories that didn t work so well for me were the vampire story Morbidly Obese by Rick R Reed and the comedy by Michael Gouda Hitched My problem with the first is that I will always find it difficult to have sympathy for a cold blooded murderer and with the second that it seemed like a seuel or a second chapter rather than a story in its own right They were both perfectly well written though and I m sure other readers will enjoy themIn short I can t recommend this anthology highly enough and it s given me a tantalising taste of many authors I intend to read from

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Lmer; Brian Holliday; Rob Rosen; Sophia Deri Bowen; Nigel Puerasch; Rick R Reed; Nexis Pas; Michael Gouda; Nathan Burgoine Jamie Freeman Bruin Fisher DC Juris James Buchanan L J Baker Charlie Cochrane Neil S Plakcy Julia Rios JL Merrow Lenore Black. I skipped stories from authors that rate all their books It s not the case with those that only rate antologies I still don t like it but I can understand it like a recognition to their co authorsThe Legend of Mountain Ash by Ruth Sims 3 stars Inner Truth by Alex Beecroft 2 stars Turnabout by Lee Rowan 25 starsUnder the Shadow of Your Wings by Gillian Palmer 2 stars Home Cooking by Brian Holiday 4 stars Mister Right by Rob Rosen Skipped Two Men A Fugue by Sophia Deri Bowen 5 starsStripes by Nigel Puerasch 4 stars Morbidly Obese by Rick R Reed 2 stars The Song Inside by Nexis Pas 35 starsHitched by Michael Gouda 15 stars Cakewalk by Nathan Burgoine 4 stars Ships That Pass by Jamie Freeman 2 stars Work Experience by Bruin Fisher 3 stars Even Guys Cry by DC Juris 2 stars Touche by James Buchanan 2 stars Mallory s Gift by L J Baker 3 stars The Uneven Chance by Charlie Cochrane 3 stars Honolulu Hula by Neil S Plakcy SkippedElephants in Her Tea by Julia Rios 15 stars Aim Higher by JL Merrow 3 stars Ganymede by Lenore Black 25 stars


10 thoughts on “I Do Two

  1. says:

    When I ordered this anthology I had a sneaking suspicion that it would be a set of stories about weddings a sub

  2. says:

    “Turnabout” by Lee RowanIt’s Christmas morning and Lord Robert Scoville finally has a chance to relax and enjoy the day with his lover Jack Darling But can a relationship between a nobleman and his servant

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    I Do Two is the seuel to the successful and popular anthology to benefit the Lambda Legal Defense New and repeat authors have joined forces to offer a packed collection of stories celebrating all facets of LGBT Included are 22 stories of love sex and marriage from historical to contemporary with humor whimsy sadness and hope Above all this anthology is a celebration of love and passion between LGBT people There is sure to be some

  4. says:

    Even Guys Cry by DC JurisThis short story stands out in the I Do Two anthology It is a touching and tendor love story of self acceptance DC Juris has written it with a sublime balance of vulnerability strength sex humor I found myself laughing and then crying within the same paragraphs It unveiled the mysteries of a transgender male

  5. says:

    The second in the wonderful euality project created by Alex Beecroft Less explicit but with a wonderful mix of GLB and the oft neglected T characters by writers of all persuasions and many nationalities Real diversity in the service of euality

  6. says:

    Full disclosure I'm in this book but let me further preface a little to chat a bit about the purpose of I DO TWO Right on the bright cover it subtitles itself with An anthology in support of marriage euality I'm going to say it once again before I begin I am truly blessed to live in a country where my husband and I are just that hu

  7. says:

    It's always a puzzle how to review a book in whichyou have a story Naturally any author worth hisher salt is going

  8. says:

    I skipped stories from authors that rate all their books It's not the case with those that only rate antologies; I still don't like it

  9. says:

    I loved this anthology Each story was uniue and well written There was also a good mix of FF trans teens storiesPOVs LGBT families with childr

  10. says:

    Some real gems; while the anthology is not a style of reading I particularly enjoy both Alex Beecroft's lovely slice of life and Neil Plakcy's dip into his protoganist's partner's point of view made this whole book a very pleasant read

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