On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made a monumental decision, and at long last, marriage equality became the law of the land. That ruling made history, and now gay and lesbian Americans will grow up in a country where they will never be denied the right to marry the person they love.
But what about the gay men who waited and wondered all of their lives if the day would ever come when they could stand beside the person they love and say, “I do?”
Here, four accomplished authors—married gay men—offer their take on that question as they explore same-sex relationships, love, and matrimony. Men who thought legal marriage was a right they would never have. Men who, unbelievably, now stand legally joined with the men they love. With this book, they share the magic and excitement of dreams that came true—in tales of fantasy and romance with a dose of their personal experiences in the mix.
To commemorate the anniversary of full marriage equality in the US, this anthology celebrates the idea of marriage itself, and the universal truth of it that applies to us all, gay or straight.
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Flames by J Scott Coatsworth 5 meows 0 Purrs heat index (no on page sex)...
Gio and Alex have been together for over 10 years. Gio wants marriage but Alex sees no reason. They argue and Alex storms out. There is a fire leaving Gio in a coma and Gio's mom refusing to let Alex see Gio.
This is such a beautiful, poignant story. I cried. It is written in mainly Alex's POV as he tries to see Gio, bring him out of a coma and get through the tragedy. Then there are small sections in Gio's view in his darkness and light and how he finds Alex again. I absolutely loved this style and the story is brilliant.
Tom and Jeordy by Michael Murphey 4 meows 2 purrs heat index...
Tom and Jeordie have been together a few months, but when Jeordie is in an accident, his parents refuse to let Tom into the hospital to see him. They are "Christians" and not accepting the relationship. Jeordie wonders why Tom hasn't been to see him, but eventually learns the truth. When they decide to get married after the law is passed, they find out that even though the law has passed, not all court houses will issue the license.
This is another lovely story of two men trying to live their lives normally. I loved how they find friends in unusual places. You really need to read this.
Destined by Jamie Fessenden 3 Meows 1 purr heat index...
Jay and Wallace seemed destined. They met once, then again they still didn't get together yet. Later, Jay went looking to find the cute guy he couldn't get out of his mind or remember his name.
This started out very good with the two guys looking for each other. It slowed down bit in the middle after they got together and began the mundane life stuff. I did like that they dated so long and didn't marry until they found the perfect home. It is a beautiful story of two men destined to be together and they seem to be such a perfect match.
Lucan and Dalton by BG Thomas 5 meows 1 purr heat index...
I loved how this story started on Lucas' first day of kindergarten with him telling his mom he was going to marry that boy someday. The story showcases Lucas and Dalton growing up and on through high school, with many surprises along the way. I absolutely loved this story!! This should have been a full length book!
TO SUM IT ALL UP...
I loved two liked one and the other was an okay read.
If you like anthologies,are fans of Michael Murphey, Scott Coatsworth, Jamie Fessinden and/or BG Thomas you'll enjoy this book. If you are looking for new authors to read, need some short stories to fill a bit of time, support gay marriage or love a good romance, this is must read for you!
^ the men behind the stories ^
Guest Post with Scott Coatsworth...
It’s not every day that you’re asked to participate in a groundbreaking project.
Sometimes, though, you just get lucky.
About a year and a half ago, BG Thomas came to me and two other MM romance authors – all of us married gay men – to propose a new project – the stories of gay couples on the way to the altar as told by those who know it best.
I have spent the last eight and a half years fighting for marriage equality – attending rallies, donating to the cause, and running the Marriage Equality Watch blog, where I chronicled the fight every day.
And I still remember that fateful day, a year ago this morning, when my husband Mark and I sat by the computer waiting for the final word from the US Supreme Court.
“A More Perfect Union”, our new anthology together, is a way for us to personalize this grand story, the civil rights fight of our time. My own story, Flames, is near and dear to my heart – set in my old home town of Tucson, Arizona, using some of my second language, Italian, and even featuring my own Mom (well, a version of her) in a starring role.
All four tales are very different. I hope you enjoy them all, and that you savor this day, when we won marriage equality in the USA.
Thanks Scott for stopping by the blog today and letting us help celebrate the release of what looks to be an amazing book of stories!
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