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Rating: out of 5
Reading Like Magnets, We Attract is like having a really great box of chocolates. You are never sure
what flavor the next bite is going to be, but you know you are going to like it. These stories range through the flavors ~
tangy, sweet, pungent, nutty, tart ~ but they all have one thing in common: the heat will melt you.
The premise of the
anthology is 'opposites attract,' and in ten very different scenarios, they certainly do.
King Kong vs. The
Skinny Pirate, by Addison Albright
I always like Addison Albright's stories, and this one is no exception. It starts,
"Blaine sat down on an empty barstool between a likely prospect and King-fucking-Kong." Cruising for a hook-up, preppy Blaine
would never have considered a blue-collar working guy like George unless he was desperate. Sometimes desperation (and a Skinny
Pirate) lead to surprising outcomes.
I usually have trouble rating an anthology because even if there are some
great stories, often there are some also-rans. Not here. While I have my favorites in Like Magnets, We Attract (who wouldn't?),
for once, all of the stories are genuinely appealing. Most are from authors with whom I was not previously familiar, and it
was great to be dragged outside my box of 'favorite authors' and 'favorite sub-genres' into some truly delightful vignettes.
I now have some new names on my 'watch-for, must-read' list!
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This is a ten-story anthology all catering to the delicious theme
of opposites attract. Ranging from fantasy to contemporary, each story glimpses into fascinating characters and the opposite
worlds that collide when two hot men can’t stay away from each other. Whether it’s a happy ever after ending,
an isolated interlude, or lovers denied, this collection offers something for every reader. The lineup of strong writing,
tight storylines and smoking hot characters (sometimes literally) combine to create a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining
selection of stories.
Most anthologies offer a range of stories with an equally diverse level of writing. Pleasantly
surprising, almost all of the offerings in “Like Magnets, We Attract” ranged from solid and fun to highly entertaining
and wonderful. Included in this are a variety of steaming, explicit sex scenes from sweet and charming, to tender and all
the way to rough and raunchy.
King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, by Addison Albright
This has a laugh
out loud hilarious introduction with great characters of a fussy corporate lawyer and a bear-like mechanic. The opening scene
at the bar sets the fun and light tone that is carried through effortlessly. Their story was delightful and highly entertaining
with a heavily romantic ending that is sure to please new and die hard fans alike.
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“King Kong vs. the Skinny Pirate” by Addison Albright
lawyer Blaine is disappointed in the slim pickings at a bar, and not terribly interested in the huge, hairy man on the barstool
next to him. Still, he’s desperate enough to take the man, George, up on his offer to go home with him.
Blaine doesn’t think he’ll enjoy himself very much, but he’s got a surprise in store for him…
Kong vs. the Skinny Pirate” is a fun tale about first impressions and the error of judging based on appearances.
Both George and Blaine discover how wrong they were about the other, and it’s a lot of fun to learn it along with them.
Magnets We Attract is a widely varied anthology based off the opposites attract theme. There are a few
keepers here and some that I didn’t enjoy so much, but overall it’s an interesting anthology with lots of different
takes on the theme.