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If the Fates Allow by Interlude Press Authors


An anthology of LGBTQ+ romantic stories, all taking place during the holidays. Each of the five stories follows one young adult through the holiday season, and each one has a satisfying, heartwarming ending.


AGE RANGE TEEN or ADULT


THEMES

Romance

LGBTQ+

Christmas

Short Stories


OVERALL RATING 7/10

This book was enjoyable to read, and I really loved a couple of the stories. I did find it a bit lacking in some areas, though. The first issue is that, though it is advertised as an LGBTQ+ holiday anthology, it really only represents gay and lesbian characters. All five stories are rather similar - sort of like watching five hallmark movies. All the stories were about Christmas, too, so it wasn't particularly culturally diverse, either. I also found the first story a little sexist. It was an entertaining and delightful read, I just think that, for an LGBTQ+ set of stories, it should have had more diversity!


PROS Happy endings

Represents same sex relationships

Gets you into the holiday spirit!

Violence and Scariness 0/5 Not present! Sex and Romance 2/5 Kissing, cuddling, etc. No sex scenes.



CONS Only represents gay and lesbian

Stories are repetitive

Only represents Christmas

One story is sexist


Emotional Intensity 2/5 Each character has an emotional struggle during their story but, since they are short and sweet, they are resolved quickly. Drinking and Drugs 1/5 Technically present, but not glorified.


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