Three Is Not A Crowd: Review, Promo and Giveaway

Authors: Lily Velden, Asta Idonea, Eric Gober, Alina Popescu, Kay Ellis, L.V. Lloyd, Eddy LeFey, Aimee Brissay, Rian Durant

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Genre: Gay Romance

Synopsis

Why would anyone think three was a crowd?

No. No. No. No. No.

Three is a triangle…

and did you know it’s the strongest geometrical shape?

All the best things come in threes…

Musketeers, primary colors, three-ringed circuses, stooges, blind mice, little pigs. The list goes on.

Of course they say trouble comes in three too…

but we won’t go there… or will we?

**giggle** There’s three sheets to the wind.

And **sigh… drool** there’s three piece suits.

And trust us, it’s no coincidence that there are three ingredients in a BLT.

Or only three elements to the game Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Want to get physical???

Well, there’s… three-legged races… (what were you thinking?)

Political? Of the people, by the people, for the people.

Or creepy? Hear no evil. Speak no evil. See no evil.

Why, three has so much going for it we don’t even need to mention a…

1…………          2…………          3………… sandwich

(substitute your own dream guys)

And of course, there’s: On your Mark. Get Set. And Go!

So Go! Read the short stories in…

THREE IS NOT A CROWD

My Review of the Whole:

4.5 Stars

To be perfectly honest, I have been involved with the creation of the anthology. I wrote one of the stories featured in it. I thought the concept was great. I wrote my short story thinking most people would be going in one direction, so I took another. I wasn’t the only one to think that. There were several innovative stories, ranging from secret identities to body sharing/identity splitting. There were also the traditional three-guys-getting-it-on stories.

Overall, I found the stories to be quite well written, although not every story was my cup of tea. I would highly recommend this anthology.

Following, will be a brief review of each story, except of course The Proposal by Eddy LeFey. I’ll let others review that one.

LilyV

Brad has a thing about elevators. He’s also had a tough week.

An accidental encounter with Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome Aiden, and sweet, shy, and innocent Danny, will turn his elevator ‘thing’ into something very B.A.D.

 MY Review: 4.75 Stars… oh alright! 5 Stars for goodness sake!

This story was sexy, funny, and actually quite believable. It was written in the character Brad’s point of view as if Brad was telling the story himself. The author did a great job of also expressing the other two main characters points-of-view by using some very witty dialogue. This would be one of the three-boys-getting-it-on stories, and they do so because they get into a stressful situation.

asta

I’m every bit the Everyman.

Or at least I was until I started my current relationship.

You see, there are three of us in this couple: me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend’s alter ego

My Review: 4 Stars

The story was an interesting take on a three-way relationship. I was initially disappointed by the fact that it wasn’t truly m/m/m, but the writing was so well done it disappeared very quickly. The main character, Matt, discovers, after thinking his lover is having an affair, that he is actually a superhero. The story revolves around how Matt copes with this news.

Eric

Three college cheerleaders are bound together by unrequited love, secrets, and lies.

That is until dangers on a road trip threaten their lives.

Who will survive?

My Review: 4.5 Stars

This is an interesting take on a three-way relationship. It involves friendship, camaraderie, and possible love. The story is complex, and full of angst, yet very real. It is also beautifully written. I don’t want to say much more about it. Readers should just experience it for themselves. Amazing!

alina

Plagued by nightmares of a lost twin, David struggles to uncover the truth of his past.

 His family insists he never had a brother, enlisting therapist after therapist to cure him.

David’s only happiness is his boyfriend Terry.

Is the dream-visiting twin real?

Or is he a symptom of a mental disorder?

And real or not, will David and Terry’s relationship survive his presence?

 My Review:  4 Stars

This is an endearing, yet somewhat disturbing look at a “what if” situation that is as close to being m/m/m without actually being it as could possibly be. Again, readers need to experience this for themselves. Brilliant!

kay

Flynn Jacobs is small, eccentric, and neurotic. He’s spent his whole life being ridiculed and bullied.

On a rare night out with work colleagues, Flynn finally meets Riley, a man he has admired from afar.

Riley isn’t looking for anything special. His boyfriend Mitch is out of town and Riley is bored. Shy Flynn is a challenge. He’s meant to be a one night stand but Riley finds he likes Flynn more than he should…

What will happen when Mitch returns from his business trip?

My Review: 5 Stars (more than that if I could)

I have reread this story many times. This is my favorite of all the stories in this anthology (B.A.D. Boys being a close second). My first impression was “Wow!”

This is a beautifully written, angst-ridden story with a quirky character named Flynn who just spoke to me. The other two characters were amazing, in that they cherished Flynn for his quirks as well as his beauty. The story was believable, and touching. To love someone for their differences, perceived by others as being bad, is an amazing thing.

LV

Richard believed his friendship with Laura was based around their passion for writing.

He didn’t realise he was falling in love with her, until it was too late. 

After all, how could he possibly be falling in love with Laura, when he still loved Bill?

My Review: 4.5 Stars

To be honest, when I first realized there would be a woman in the romance, I was disappointed, but that quickly faded. The story was different. The expression of the relationship, the development of the characters and the ending, make this a must read.

eddy

Malcolm has a decision to make.

His two best friends, Jack and Thomas, have just given him a very interesting proposal to mull over.

His mind, his heart, and his Little Malcolm need to agree.

The decision could change his life forever…

 My Review: (Crickets chirping…. and me biting my nails)

As always, I’ll leave it up to others to review this one. I liked writing it, if that counts for anything.

aimee

Daniel and Michael go shopping for sex toys.

Michael believes their relationship is complete.

That is, until he lays his eyes on the gorgeous shop owner.

Perhaps things are better in threes…

 My Review:  4 Stars

Getting the fact there were several spelling errors and missing words out of the way, I must say this was a beautiful, sensual, erotic, and sexy story. It was told with sensual compassion. The characters were portrayed well. The situation was plausible.

The characters, even though they were very aroused, expressed doubts, internally and externally. The communication between the three characters was breathtaking. It was actually quite realistic.

rian

Chrissie is a very smart Rottweiler who has never shifted until now, enjoying his life as a dog.

What happens when he and his owner, Simon, fall for the same guy?

My Review: 3.5 Stars

The story was written in the point of view of Chris, the shifter.  I was a little disturbed, in the beginning, when I realized the shifter was having sexual thoughts about a human while he was in dog form. I got over it, but then I became disturbed when Chris was basically being treated like a dog by the other two characters. This didn’t sit well with me, at all. I may not be into the shifter type of story as much as I thought.

My misgivings shouldn’t take away from the fact that the story is well written. I simply can’t highly recommend it, but I can recognize that some people will enjoy this story immensely.

Buy Links

WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/three-is-not-crowd-a-wayward-ink-publishing-anthology/

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01526M8

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01526M8EM/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01526M8EM/

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01526M8EM/

Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B01526M8EM/

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-threeisnotacrowdawaywardinkpublishinganthology-1885654-166.html

Watch the Trailer

Link: https://youtu.be/0P3WgfyGOKw

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