4 Stars for Stitch (Gothika #1) by Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Sue Brown #MM #Paranormal @EliEaston @KFieldingWrites @JamieFessenden1 @Dreamspinners

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Title: Stitch (Gothika #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 21, 2014 – 294 pgs

Synopsis

Stitch is an anthology of 4 novellas by m/m romance authors, each with a Frankenstein/Creature theme. It is the first in a series of gothic m/m romance anthologies called gothika.

The stories in this volume are:

Made For Aaron by Sue Brown
As a teenager, Aaron Fox was sent to an asylum by his parents because he was gay, leaving him emotionally fragile after the treatment. However it gave him Damon Fox, the nurse he later married. For over twenty years, Damon’s devotion and strength has never faltered. When Damon is killed in a car accident, Aaron’s devastation soon gives way to confusion when he is shown Damon walking away from the hospital. Despite a desperate search, Damon isn’t seen again, and if Aaron can’t live with Damon, he may not want to live at all. But forces beyond Aaron’s understanding work behind the scenes, and if he can find the courage to unveil the secrets, he might get a second chance at happiness.

Watchworks by Jamie Fessenden
Harland Wallace made his name as one of the premiere watchmakers in Victorian London, so he isn’t surprised when a handsome young gentleman named Luke Prescott comes to his townhouse to hire him for a repair job. He is apprehensive when he discovers it is not a watch Mr. Prescott wants repaired, but a complex prosthesis he has in place of a hand.

As further repairs are needed, Harland begins to wonder how much of Mr. Prescott is real and how much is mechanical, but he cannot deny the growing attraction he feels toward him. When he learns Prescott’s household servants pose a threat to the man they see as a monster, Harland must choose between what his culture tells him is wrong and what his heart tells him is right.

The Golem of Mala Lubovnya by Kim Fielding
In a small, 17th-century Eastern European town, a rabbi creates a man of clay—a golem—to protect the Jewish people from the threat of pogrom. Awaiting a call to duty, the golem spends a long time confined to an attic, lonely and sad. His only joys are watching the stonemason at work across the street and listening to a lovely voice singing prayers.

When the golem meets the mason, Jakob, the two become friends, and Jakob names the golem Emet. But devout Jakob struggles with his attraction to Emet, and Emet dreads being used as an instrument for violence. Though Emet’s name means truth, honest love between a faithful man and a golem will only survive if they risk everything for a miracle.

Reparation by Eli Easton
On the harsh planet of Kalan, weakness is not tolerated. When young spore farmer Edward suffers an carriage accident that kills his mail-order bride and his factory manager, Edward has little chance of survival, until Knox—an enormous “reconstitute” labor slave—plucks him from disaster.

Recons are part machine, part human remains from executed Federation prisoners. But Knox is different from other recons. He can read and has flashes of brilliance. With no one else to rely on over the bleak winter, Edward forms an alliance with Knox, and against social taboos, they become friends. Edward struggles against his growing lust for the large humanoid, and while Knox thrives in his new life, memories of his past torment him.

A twist of fate brought Knox and Edward together, but there will be a price to pay in blood when they learn how deeply their lives truly intersect.

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Review

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The Golem of Mala Lubovnya by Kim Fielding-  5 stars
This story was so good.  I felt so bad for Emet the Golem.  To have all those feeling and not have many people understand or treat you like anything other than a man made of clay.  Then there was poor Jakob to know he was a gay man and never be able to tell anyone because his religion would never understand or condone it.  Those two together were so sweet then something awful happened and what Emet had to do and live with himself after.  My heart broke for him.  Then I cried.. This author wrote the perfect ending to this story.
Watchworks by Jamie Fessenden-  3 Stars
This story has a very strong steampunk vibe.  Now I tell myself is it weird that I was not freaked out about a robot and a man being together.  Which I really was really not.. Which kind of makes me wonder what is wrong with me lol.  Just something with this story did not sit right with me and I can not put my finger on what it was.  I did really enjoy the way the author wrote this story and were it was going.  If anything the only way I can really explain it was Harland treated Luke like he was almost just a sex bot if that makes sense and more like he was his butler at the end then he was his lover.  At least that was the feeling I got from this which as weird as it is to say, like I said the robot and man aspect did not creep me out but that did.
Reparation by Eli Easton-  5 Stars
Wow!!! I absolutely loved this story!  I have always been a huge fan of cyborg story’s and sci-fi romances.  This one was so good!  You get Know who was a prisoner sentenced to death along with another prisoner’s body who had also been sentenced to death and some robot parts put together to make a recon.
When you find out who Knox’s brain really belonged to… All I can say without giving away spoilers is wow!! Then you get Edward who is a farmer on the planet he lives on when he finds out what he is really faming the spores for all is not what it seems.  The love between these two will have to overcome obstacles when secrets are revealed.
Made For Aaron by Sue Brown-  2 stars
So I want to be completely honest with you about my feelings on this story.  There were so many times parts of these that just came off just so hard to believe.  I know this is a Sci-fi / fantasy book but so many times I would stop and think really. Let me explain why.. the thought process of having to make someone because humans were not meant to be alone.  Then there was the locking him up because he was gay at 16  and then them deciding to make him a partner so he would have someone and be let out of the asylum at 18 okay… Then Aaron came off as needy and irritating.  I could not even tell you anything about Daemon because he was in a accident then you don’t see him until the end for one small part. What you learned about him from Aarons memory’s made him seem abusive and controlling.  Now the ending was just not good at all because what happens is just one of those moments you can’t help thinking what was that.  So all together this story was not for me.
So all together I did like most of these stories and I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara

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AuthorBio

Eli Easton

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a game designer, an organic farmer, an avid hiker, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an addicted reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

Sue Brown

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

Kim Fielding

Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Jamie Fessenden

Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010.

After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.

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