New Release Reviews ~ Short Stack by Lily Morton (Excerpt)


New Release Reviews & Excerpt:

Short Stack by Lily Morton


A Short Story Collection

What happens after the happy ending?

Drawn together for the first time, this is a collection of Lily’s short stories about the much-loved men from her Mixed Messages and Finding Home series. Follow them through awkward marriage proposals, birthdays, a fraught babysitting job, and a very drunken Eurovision Song Contest party.

It includes stories previously written for her website and readers’ group, along with deleted scenes and four brand new and exclusive short stories – Bad Valentine, Marrying Jude, Babysitting Billy, and House Hunting.

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Dylan comes towards me, and before I can duck, he sticks something on my head.
“What the fuck is happening?”
Dylan pulls something over my shoulders, unfolding a flurry of bright fabric before tying it around my neck. He decorates me with a few more things and takes a step back. As if synchronised, he and Jude burst into peals of laughter. I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I’m wearing a white tabard with a red cross on it and a Union Jack flag that he’s tied around my neck like a cape. He’s accentuated the outfit with a bright red wig with pigtails.
“What am I supposed to be?”
Dylan blinks in quite a disbelieving way. “You’re Saint George, the patron saint of England.”
“Was he a lawyer?” I fiddle with my cape. “And a part-time superhero?”
He tuts and reaches out to straighten my cape. “I tried to get you another costume, but it didn’t come in time, so I’ve improvised.”
“And where does the wig come in?”
He shrugs. “It was the only one they had left in the shop.”
I’d like to point out that they’re not wearing wigs, but by now I know the wisdom of not arguing with Dylan when he’s got that look. I glance in the mirror again. “Dylan, really? Are you angry with me in some form or another?”
“No, why?”
“Because why else would you do this to me?”
“For fun,” he says and nods his head emphatically. There’s a somewhat messianic gleam in his eyes which usually only occurs at festivities like Christmas and birthdays.
“Oh, okay. Fun. Is this the Mitchell brand of fun where there’s a vague threat of violence if I don’t enjoy myself?”
He steps closer, and I inhale the scent of his shampoo. “It’s not a vague threat,” he whispers and sticks a piece of cardboard in my hand.
“What is this?”
“Eurovision Bingo,” Jude says earnestly. “I hope I win. There’s a bottle of Advocaat for a prize.”
“You were a supermodel. Didn’t you save enough money to buy your own?”
“Pfft,” he says dismissively. “It’s not the same as winning one.”
“Or drinking it. Have you actually tasted Advocaat? There’s a reason why it’s always a prize in a raffle.”
“Don’t listen to him, Jude,” Dylan says briskly, pushing me down into a chair and straddling my lap. “It’s easier if you don’t take any notice of the words.”
“I knew you never listened to me,” I say, my hands coming up to cup his hips. “It was blatantly obvious with the amount of errors I had to live with at work.”
“You’re so funny,” he says sweetly. “I wonder how much funnier you’ll get before I won’t sleep with you tonight.” I shut my mouth with an audible snap, and he laughs before kissing me gently. “That’s what I thought, lover.”



5 Stars!

Oh, what fun this collection of short stories was to visit.

I adore Lily’s books, so these little snippets of the lives of the couples I have grown to love was an absolute treat. The book was broken up with bundles of short tales revolving around Gabe and Dylan, Jude and Asa, Henry and Ivo, Oz and Silas, Milo and Niall, and last but not least, Gideon and Eli. If you haven’t read about these couples, I highly suggest you read their stories first or you won’t be able to appreciate the witty and fun glimpses into these men’s lives.

Who hasn’t wondered what happens with our favorite literary couples after you finish their story? Not only does Lily provide these extra tidbits but she interjects little glimpses of what happened between some very crucial scenes and I appreciated how these added to the original stories! I must confess I am a Gabe groupie so I was in heaven with the incredible selections she started out with. My favorite short was Scrambled Eggs and Lemsip which sums up how perfect and healthy his relationship has become. This little slice of happiness gave me goosebumps! Told you I was a groupie.

Some of the stories have been posted previously and I joyfully reread them. One of my favorites was Green-Eyed Monsters that is a series of miscommunications and manipulations that in the end seemed to solidify Asa and Jude’s relationship even more. There were new stories that I never read before, so the visit with all of Lily’s amazing men was a major success. I highly recommend these sweet slices of lives not perfect but perfectly ordinary which makes the couples strong and secure. The men find that life is indeed very simple, you find someone you can trust to be your best friend and then fall in love. Happy Reading!

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.***

~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

If you are a fan of extended epilogues and follow-up stories, Short Stack is the perfect compilation for you. Spanning six couples from 2 series, this collection of 20 shorts offers a great way to catch up with your favorites over deleted scenes, side stories that take place within the books’ timelines, and stories timed after the close of the books.

The stories in Short Stack all contain great writing and the author’s well-known wit and humor ensuring I smiled a lot while reading them. I loved that each story highlighted the physical and emotional intimacy the partners share, bringing those warm fuzzy feelings to the forefront. Not to mention that the overlap of characters within the series includes plenty of fun and banter between friends and family. And while we all know these men secured their happily-ever-afters, I was happy that many of the stories had at least a bit of conflict to propel the plot and make the stories interesting.

Although the majority of these shorts were previously available through the author’s reader group, newsletter, and website, I had yet to read most and it was a lovely reminder as to how much I enjoyed these couples. I’d recommend Short Stack to readers who are looking for some quick reads and have previously read and enjoyed the Mixed Messages and Finding Home series. The cute vignettes are sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

LilyMorton-Logo-TaglineAbout Lily:

Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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