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- Print Length: 189 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Open Ink Press (4 Feb. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B06CAEG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hurricane by Santino Hassell
On a Mardi Grass night, wallflower Zay decides to take the chance offered by dangerous and bohemian Keegan, and their crazy night takes them from the tomb of Marie Laveau to a decadent party in one of the luxurious mansions of New Orleans. But all nights, even the most special ones, are bound to end, and Zay knew Kee was not to be trusted….
This was so good! So really good! A short story which manages to give a complete psychological insight on both characters, and takes you from indifference to infatuation, despair and finally hope… There is only a drawback, though. Zay and Kee deserve more. A whole book! Please!
If We Be Friends by J.C. Lillis
Seventeen years old Bonaventure Clarence Bell, Ven for his friends, a young actor playing Hamlet in a TV drama, abandons his mourning mood pining for his ex boyfriend, to face the challenge of fellow actor Farley, the Horatio to his Hamlet. After an intense duel in a Mardi Grass party, Ven finally discovers there are different ways of remembering, and some of them are not bad…
Another amazing story, it perfectly describes the anguish of a heart broken for the first time, the intensity of feelings in the teens and their ability to heal. There is some anguish in this story, but also some hilarious moments and a secondary trope of enemies to lovers… A delicious piece.
Masked by J.R. Gray
On a Mardi Grass night in Brasil, Heath comes back home pondering some important decisions through an alcoholic haze, when he comes upon a man being beaten by three thugs… When he decides to intervene, he finds out the victim is his lost love, Javier, and all those feelings he's been trying to forget come back as vivid as before...
So far, this is the odd one out. I did not enjoy it as much as the previous ones. There is too much change in moods, inconsistencies in the character's attitudes, lack of explanation everywhere, and this very annoying I-love-but-I-hate-you-but-I-love-you…
The Queen’s Reflection by Kris Ripper
Isah is the queen, but her life is suffocating in a golden cage where all his movements are watched over and cared for. Only a night a year she runs away from the castle in search of some real emotion. But this year, Mardi Grass will bring a liberating experience that will probably change her attitude forever
Another really sweet story, about the discovery of the real self and the relief and happiness of being accepted the way you are. It includes F/F/M scenes.
Touched by Roan Parrish
Philippe Rondeau has the sight, a gift which allows him to get glimpses at the future of the people who touch him. It is Mardi Grass and Philippe is happy, enjoying life and sex and looking forward to the night at his bar Le Corbeau. Meeting Claude, a highly talented musician who seems as besotted with Philippe as Philippe with him seems to make the world perfect. But suddenly his visions turn into the dramatic. It is February 1929 and their world is about to change…
Another charming story about that Carpe Diem feeling… Philippe knows something bad is coming, but meeting Claude turns despair into an overwhelming need to enjoy everything good he can get, and he decides to enjoy every single moment he has of happiness before everything comes to an end…
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Santino Hassell's Hurricane is set during Mardi Gras in modern day New Orleans and perfectly captures the rowdiness, recklessness and romance of a quintessential Mardi Gras night. I ended the tale with a big sigh and yearning for more; Hassell had somehow managed to describe the Mardi Gras night I never knew I wanted, in his funny, biting but somehow romantic way.
While staying true to the masque theme, If We Be Friends by JC Lillis is really a loving tribute to theatre and especially to Shakespeare. I never imagined a Bard-off on paper could leave me stunned and breathless, but she pulls it off with finesse and flair. It was especially beautiful to watch the MCs dynamics change from hate to grudging respect to flirtation overnight.
Masked by JR Gray is set in steamy Rio during Carnavale and brings together two old friends who parted ways as teenagers. There is undeniable sexual tension and a lot of chemistry between the two men, but what really struck me was that unlike the other stories (in which masks are removed, so to speak), their tale seemed to end with the unspoken promise of them donning masks in hopes of being together.
The Queen's Reflection by Kris Ripper is a beautifully written tale set in another world where a desperately lonely queen dons a disguise to enjoy her annual day of precious freedom amongst the commonfolk. Against her better judgement, she risks revealing her identity to a couple who are also incognito and they an intimate night together. I really enjoyed this story as it left me hopeful for the queen, who is little more than a prisoner of her husband the king and the high expectations of the court.
If you're a fan of Roan Parrish's debut book, the short story Touched reveals a whole other side to her ability to string beautiful and powerful words together. She portrays 1920 New Orleans so hauntingly, and effortlessly and evokes such a sense of nostalgia but there's also a realness in her prose even when depicting impossible scenarios. The story of the psychic and the musician is tragic in its beauty, much like the city of New Orleans.