Heart2Heart Anthology: Volume 5
With Stories By AM Arthur, Daryl Banner, Tal Bauer, SE Harmon, Riley Hart, Kate Hawthorne, Lucy Lennox, EM Lindsey, Louisa Masters, Mia Monroe, Jodi Payne, Spencer Spears, K Webster, Neve Wilder, Alice Winters
About the Book
Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… what would happen if Heart2Heart, the dating and community app responsible for bringing together couples from all over the world, encouraged people to do something they’d never done before?
#NeverHaveIEver is trending on H2H, and fourteen authors who’ve never before appeared in a Heart2Heart anthology (and one who’s never left) have come together to show how funny, hot, and heartwarming it can be when H2H app users challenge themselves to do something outside of their comfort zones–from singing in public, to skinny dipping, to getting their first real kiss–while they manage to fall in love along the way.
As always, all proceeds from this anthology will benefit LGBTQ+ charities to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!
And don’t forget: this volume of the anthology will only be available for 90 days, after which time it will never be offered again!
All Proceeds Go To Charity!
About the Heart2Heart Anthology Series:
Since 2018, and across four volumes, the Heart2Heart anthology has donated more than $100,000 USD to LGBTQ+ charities around the world. From large organizations such as Rainbow Railroad and the Trevor Project, to community programs like Kind Space and One-n-Ten, we’re honored to support their work.
A true passion project, Heart2Heart wouldn’t be possible without the incredible efforts and generosity of our support teams:
- Cover design by Kelley Fox at Sleepy Fox Studios
- Beta reading, editing, and proofreading by the team at LesCourt Author Services and other incredible volunteers
- Promotion by Gay Romance Reviews
- The readers who never fail to bring their creativity when offering suggestions to inspire the authors.
And of course, the author’s time and efforts and the organisational overlord of the project; Leslie Copeland.
As with previous editions of the anthology, we’re honored to be donating our net profits to three deserving charities.
More information on the Charities chosen for Volume 5:
🌈 Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children.
The “coming-out” process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family members, and the results can be devastating, even fatal.
🌈 The CHEW Project’s vision is to provide frontline support, opportunities for health and wellness, and to help find hope for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and emerging adults facing barriers related to:
- Mental health
- Substance use
- Sexual health
- Sexual exploitation/sex work
- And others
🌈 The Pride Centre of Edmonton provides a non-judgmental, welcoming space where people of all attractions, identities, and expressions can be themselves, find support, meet new people, and be part of a caring community. The Centre offers resources, education, volunteer opportunities, counselling, and sensitive and expert information and referrals for those seeking help. The Centre also organizes programs to help improve the social, mental, and physical health of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
These are all great Charities and we need to take care of our youth and the next generation. Love is Love. Be safe and kind. No one should have to suffer for who they are or who they love!!
Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology Volume 5
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love the theme of this one – #NeverHaveIEver!
Never Have I Ever…by Lucy Lennox
I’ve only read one book by Ms. Lennox, and I was a bit underwhelmed. I know she’s popular so maybe I just missed the mark with that one because I really liked this story, even as short as it is. Her story bookends the rest of the short stories in the anthology.
The short story conundrum remains – too short for story and character development, but short enough to get to the good stuff fast. Pete and Jonah are great together and there are a couple of ‘aw’ moments. I do wish we could have seen the article he wrote though. The setting of this story is AMAZING and there is potential for follow-up stories with Pete’s brothers, and maybe more about these two. I did a little bit of looking on her GR page and her website but don’t see info yet. Here’s hoping!
Never Have I Ever Cold Called a Stranger’s Phone Number by A.M. Arthur
OMG I floved this story! Such a cute idea…and elaborate planning by Jasper! The small taste of them together we get is adorable. They bumble around each other and can’t get out of their own way. I would have liked to see these two together a little more, but this is a great taste of this author’s writing.
Never Have I Ever Ridden a Bike by Alice Winters
What did I just read? I felt like I was on speed reading a slapstick comedy, but I didn’t laugh one time. I’m a big fan of Ms. Winters’ work but that was not what I expected. I can’t tell you anything about the characters except they’ve known each other their whole lives and they love each other. And there was some kind of mix up but I’m not sure how it started or why or how their neighbor was involved. This was a bit of a mess.
Never Have I Ever Dyed My Hair Flaming Red by Daryl Banner
First time reading this author…not bad. It felt like a complete short story, although I’d like to learn more about what happened after opening night.
Never Have I Ever Worn That for Halloween by E.M. Lindsey
Man, oh man I’d love to read an extended version of this one. It’s heavy on the feels and a little bit angsty. What little bit I learned about the characters I liked, especially Shiloh’s family. I’m interested in reading more from this author.
Never Have I Ever Flown on an Airplane by Neve Wilder
This is a meet-cute where the characters have already seen each other, one unknowingly. I loved their time together but would have loved to see what happened between the end of the story and the epilogue. This is a great taste of this author’s writing!
Never Have I Ever Gone Skinny Dipping by Riley Hart
This is a perfect example of this author’s writing. I loved this story so much! Yes, I would like more time with the characters, but it was a great story even without more. The shy nerd and the out and boisterous flirt getting to know each other, discovering fantasies, and breaking through barriers.
Never Have I Ever Been on a Date by Tal Bauer
This story is Discovery Channel meets gay romance. It was good, just not what I expected, and I learned more about Antarctica than I maybe ever wanted. As with all short stories, there is very little character development, but they have a history, so we missed the getting to know you phase. This would be a great thriller as a full novel.
While I didn’t read every story (although I may go back and finish those I didn’t), I can definitively say this is a great collection of stories by some amazing authors!
Connect with the Authors:
IG: @darylbanner – FB: https://www.facebook.com/darylbanner
IG: @talbauerwrites – FB: https://www.facebook.com/tal.bauer.7
IG: @rileyhartwrites – FB: https://www.facebook.com/riley.hart.1238
IG: @kate.hawthorne – FB: https://www.facebook.com/authorkatehawthorne
IG: @lucylennoxmm – FB: https://www.facebook.com/lucy.lennox.37
IG: @emlindseyauthor – FB: https://www.facebook.com/elaine.lindsey.5602
IG: @authorlouisam – FB: https://www.facebook.com/louisa.masters.31
IG: @miapensromance – FB: https://www.facebook.com/mia.monroe.359126
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IG: @spencerspearswrites – FB: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011781943689
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IG: @nevewilder – FB: https://www.facebook.com/nevewilderwrites
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