How does love begin?
A glance, a gesture, an unexpected offer of help from a stranger…or from a good friend. A smile across a counter at a coffee shop or video store. A secret revealed in a song from another place and time. Or in a love ballad crooned at a high school dance.
In this anthology of never-before-published sweet LGBTQ+ stories, six authors explore the beginnings of love between young and new adult couples. All proceeds will support The Trevor Project's work with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.
This volume includes stories by Alexis Hall, Delphine Dryden, Vanessa North, Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, and Geonn Cannon. Edited by Edie Danford.
|Publisher:||Pink Kayak Press LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review All proceeds of this book go to The Trevor Project. Long and short of it, I enjoyed this anthology. You can read the full review here: https://blowpopsbooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/review-how-we-began/
4.5 Stars for the complete anthology TruNorth Alexis Hall 3.5 Stars I realize Noah's thoughts and actions are meant to reveal his inner turmoil at having to pretend to be something he isn't. However, it came across as thoughts of a drug-addled mind to me. He seemed somewhat out of touch with reality. Even after he met Aisling and quit pretending. I felt his revelation was that he wanted to go back to a simpler time when he played his guitar and music touched his soul. Not about "coming out of the closet." The story is well-written. Since it is set in a dystopian society, it is dark and broody. If you like dystopian stories, TruNorth is a book you should definitely read. Unexpected Dragons Delphine Dryden 4 Stars This is the first story I've read with dragon shifters. I liked the positive feel of the story. The message from this story is follow your heart in everything you do. Don't settle for someone else's idea of what you should do in order to lead a fulfilling, satisfying life. That message is one we should all take to heart. The author states she wrote a fantasy world "where the gender and sexuality assumptions weren't stacked against the characters from the start." She accomplished that but her fantasy world still had segregation and shame. The kin felt superior to the non-kin and banished them to the grasslands. Why couldn't they all live happily together? I recommend reading Unexpected Dragons. A Song for Sweater-boy Vanessa North 5 Stars Two seemingly opposite teenage boys become friends and discover they aren't really so different after all. I felt Jamie's sexuality took a backseat to his autism. It was refreshing to read about a character with autism who was realistic. While autism caused him to be somewhat different, Jamie was portrayed as a fully functioning, intelligent young man. Jamie and Ash made a cute couple. They empowered each other to become a better person. They had a healthy relationship where friendship came first and love evolved naturally. Definitely read A Song for Sweater-boy. The Taste of Coffee and Cream Amy Jo Cousins 3.5 Stars This story starts out bleak and depressing. Then, through the kindness and caring of one stranger, it becomes a story of hope, love, and belonging. If only every troubled soul could be so blessed as to come in contact with someone who believed they were worth fighting for. I can't imagine the pain and confusion Jude experienced before Owen came into her life. Or how difficult it was to let down her guard and learn to trust. A moving story. First In Line Annabeth Albert 5 Stars Annabeth has written another sweet romance. She is so good at expressing the angst, hope, shyness, intensity, and everything else involved in first crushes/loves. Annabeth once again beautifully details a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and putting his heart on the line to another man. If you like well-written, engaging romances you really need to read First in Line. Actually, you need to read all of her books. If you do, you'll find yourself with another must-read author to add to your list. Extinction Level Events Geonn Cannon 5 Stars The essence of this story is: Too often the things we worry about aren't, in reality, nearly as horrible as we imagined them to be. Don't close yourself off and let fear rule your life. Face down your dragons and be true to yourself in all ways. Well-written. Entertaining. Recommend read