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Cross Bones (English Edition)

Cross Bones (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Cohen , Jana Denardo , E.S. Douglas , K.R. Foster , Cornelia Grey , Ellen Holiday , K.J. Johnson , Juan Kenobi , Maggie Lee , Anne Regan

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Ahoy, me proud beauty, shiver me timbers! I ask ye to sail me jollyboat on the high seas, lubber, but will ye dare to accept? On offer be a pirate's life full of danger and risk, and not just to yer neck, but to yer very virgin heart! There's many a bodice to be ripped--or perhaps I should say many a codpiece to be snapped--and should ye be graced enough to cross bones with a corsair, don't be an addlepate! Heave ho, lad, handsomely, and show him how ye bury yer treasure!

Pirates didn't only sail the high seas in historical times. Modern-day renegades and futuristic rebels are just as ripe for adventure and plunder. No matter the time, place, or circumstances, bad boys steal affection as often as they salvage treasure, and in these stories of romance, a rogue's black heart always conceals a center of gold.

Stories included:

Captain Merric by Rebecca Cohen
Rough Trade by Cooper West
Touched by the West Wind by Ellen Holiday
The Winds of Change by Maggie Lee
My Hand in Yours by Emily Moreton
Ghost of Jupiter by Jana Denardo
The Golden Galleon by K.R. Foster
Objectivity by K.J. Johnson
Worth the Price by Cornelia Grey
Peter and the Lost Boys by Juan Kenobi
Officer and a Gentleman Pirate by E.S. Douglas
On the Wings of Lir by Riley Shane
From a Simmer to a Burn by B. Snow
Irish Red by MJ O'Shea
Black John by Piper Vaughn


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 827 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Dreamspinner Press (14. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005HEIGA0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A mixed bag m/m anthology, but there are some real winners inside 13. Januar 2013
Von T. Gray - Veröffentlicht auf
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3.5 stars - Cross Bones is a pirate-themed m/m romance anthology, and like many anthologies, is a mixed-bag. Some stories were great, some were just okay, some I couldn't wait until they were over.

Rather than do my breakdown of each story as they appeared, I'm going to do it in the order that I liked them.

Objectivity by K.J. Johnson - 4.5 stars: Very well-written and tense contemporary story about a journalist who is shadowing/tagging along with a pirate who plunders ships off the African coast. Great chemistry and back-and-forth as Matthew and Achmed disagree over Achmed's raids, and Matthew worries if he'll survive his expose. Really well done story that balances characters, story, and yes, even sex.

Rough Trade by Cooper West - 4.5 stars: I really enjoyed this sci-fi space story about a gunner on his sentient ship who makes a deal to rescue an imperiled doctor from a dicey space port job. Great chemistry, fun dialogue, and neat world-building. The short story format worked, but I could have read a full novel of these guys. Fans of shows like Firefly would especially like this one.

On the Wings of Lir by Riley Shane - 4.5 stars: Steampunk Pirates! Yay! Very fun adventure romance story set an AU Victorian times as young Hugh takes it upon himself to capture the famed air pirate Captain Kelly, but as usual, not everything is as it seems. I love steampunk adventure romance, and this was a very fun ride with great character chemistry, and I liked how the author switched POVs between the MCs. Good times.

Captain Merric by Rebecca Cohen - 4 stars: Nice short story about two men who were once lovers and are reunited fifteen years later at sea--one now a pirate, and the other a British Navy Captain who was left adrift by his mutinous crew. Good atmosphere and enjoyable character interaction. I'm always a fan of the reunited lovers trope.

My Hand in Yours by Emily Moreton - 4 stars: I liked this one a lot. Set in an AU world where magic exists, this story tells of an affair between a young peacekeeper and a pirate who visits him every few months. The world-building was minimal, but the hints were enough to be interesting. It was a good read, and I wouldn't have minded following along for further adventures with them.

From a Simmer to a Burn by B. Snow - 4 Stars: Well-written as well as an interesting historical story of Sule, an escaped slave who works on a pirate ship, and who directs his never-ending anger at the large, young Norwegian carpenter working on the ship. Sule was a fascinating character, especially as he battles within himself over his feelings for sweet, open Olaf.

Irish Red by M.J. O'Shea - 4 stars Although too short for much development, and the plot didn't blow me away, a tale of a barkeep on a faraway island and his gentleman pirate caller that comes around every few months, I did like the characters and the romance between them, so this was an enjoyable read.

Black John by Piper Vaughn - 3.5 stars: A companion story to O'Shea's Irish Red that is set two years later with a different MC. (Irish Red's MCs are in the background though.) I wasn't as attached to the main couple in this one, but it was a nice read.

I did really like how O'Shea and Vaughn played in the same world though and made me wish that they had taken that concept further, maybe have more writers work with "the island" that these two had created.

Ghost of Jupiter by Jana Denardo - 3.5 stars: Interesting sci-fi story of a privateer raiding a ship, only to find a group of enslaved chimera fighters as part of the cargo. There was some good sci-fi world building, but the short story format didn't lend a lot of time to build the relationship between the captain and one of the freed fighters. I think this would have worked better as a longer story with more development, but I liked Talek, the chimera, and his fascination with new things, especially freedom.

The Winds of Change by Maggie Lee - 3 stars: The last story in the anthology is another traditional historical, this one about two longtime friends who take a commission on a pirate ship. The characters were nice, as is the writing, but I'm not always a fan of multiple liaisons with other people in order to understand who your one true love is.

Touched by the West Wind by Ellen Holiday. 3 stars: A pleasant read about two young men on a pirate ship who grow from fast friends to something deeper. Nice, but a little emo with the internal struggle over all the feelings the narrator was going through.

Worth the Price by Cornelia Grey - 3 stars: Another traditional pirates story. This one of a British Navy Lieutenant who is captured by an infamous pirate that he's been chasing, only to be swayed by that pirate, and then when the tables turn, is faced with a hard choice. Even though I like swashbuckling stories, this one just didn't reel me in, and I started to skim to finish it.

The Golden Galleon by K.R. Foster - 2.5 stars: A short contemporary romance about a couple who run a pirate-themed restaurant together. The writing was fine, but it felt like everything, characters included, was mostly there to build up to the sex scene at the end. So, just an okay read.

Officer and a Gentleman Pirate by E.S. Douglas - 2.5 stars: Very over-narrated historical story about a soldier who captures a wily and charming pirate. Wasn't too drawn in to this one.

Peter and the Lost Boys by Juan Kenobi - 2 stars: This contemporary story isn't really a romance, and accomplished the feat of creeping me out as I waited for the eventual shoe to drop. Peter is looking for work; the bearded and cheery "Kap" is looking for assistance at his film company that he bases at his house boat. Even though the tone of the story wasn't at all dark, "Stranger Danger!" kept blinking in my head. And yes, it's easy to figure out Kap's business. Even though it read like the beginning of a stereotypical porn film with all its poly possibilities (just need the pizza boy to knock on the door), things fade out before any possibility of a porn can began. I was so thankful.

Anyways, very much a mixed-bag, which was sometimes disappointing since I really do love adventure stories, and the lack of consistency made this book somewhat a slog to get through.

But with that said, the stories that I liked, I REALLY liked, and I did find a few new authors to look out for, so that's a plus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen New to M/M 30. August 2011
Von Lanae Tatman - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Thought the stories were all done well. Would read it again. Love the different views of pirates. Won't be giving up any spoilers here!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Gay erotica is not my "thing" 15. September 2011
Von Christina C. - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I agreed to read this book so that I might do a review. I was kind of excited about it, because I hadn't read any pirate books before, and thought it would be nice to try something different. Unfortunately, it was TOO different. Each story was, of course, written by a different author and was a completely different story, with two exceptions--they were all in some way pirate-related and male/male "romance".

Because I had agreed to read the book, I gave it my best shot. However, I admit I only read three stories; the first three, and I just could not read any more. As for writing style, story-telling, I suppose they were all OK. The first one had several errors, and the whole book had a lot of formatting errors (on my Kindle), but that isn't the fault of the authors, of course. The first story struck me as just silly, and not in a good way. The second & third stories were well written, subject matter aside, and I imagine a lot of the other stories were too. This is the best I can do for giving it a review, since I did not expect, nor do I enjoy, male gay erotica. If you like that kind of thing then this book may be for you, but all others...stay away.

I give credit to any author that finishes a story, so good for you, and I hope you all make it in the industry. I just wish the book description had been more...informative.
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