Sue Brown; Jamie Fessenden; Kim Fielding; Eli Easton
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
April 2014
Book 1 of gothika
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

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 s

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Jun 05, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
171 people found the following review helpful
STITCH is an anthology of stories written by Sue Brown, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding and Eli Easton. Rather than write an overall review for the entire book that won't do the four unique stories justice, I thought it might be better to rate and review each one.

The Golem of Mala Lubovnya by Kim Fielding: 4.5 stars

There was such depth created by the author for such a short story. It had a dark, gothic and gritty feel and yet, the relationship was loving, sweet and very real. It felt like a folktale with this giant creature that was created to ensure the safety of the town. As the tale develops, we find out there's a lot more depth to golem's character than his master had intended.

Oh, how I adored Emet and Jakob's slow-building relationship and their discovery of each other. Everything about them felt real and believable. From Emet's secret admiration of Jakob to the way they slowly built a friendship that turned into more.

Watchworks by Jamie Fessenden: 5 stars!

This is my first read by Jamie Fessenden and it certainly won't be my last! The steampunk worldbuilding was fantastic. I could see and feel the era and atmosphere without a lot of time devoted to the descriptions. It was all shown through the characters' dialogue and interactions.

Harland and Luke's romance was full of emotion and discovery. The way Luke 'required' Harland's help weekly was cute since we know that he knew exactly what he was doing. Even though he was pretty innocent, he found something that he wanted and he went for it. He was just a great character.

Reparation by Eli Easton: 3 stars

Another good story for this anthology, although not quite as good as the others. I loved the sci-fi setting and how the recons were made and used. Some interesting stuff right there!

What I wasn't feeling was the relationship. Knox and Edward were on their way to being a great couple before they had their big fallout. I guess I didn't like how things were resolved between them. It all seemed rather melodramatic and caused some major eye-rolling. It didn't fit with the rest of the story.

Made For Aaron by Sue Brown: 3.5 stars

I keep going back and forth on my rating here. I'm waffling between 5 stars and 2 stars. Not too many warring emotions, right?

I loved that this story was so different. All the stories are outside my norm, but the plot in this one really struck me. I can't even begin to imagine how Aaron was feeling seeing his husband of 10 years walk away from him willingly, but the author captured his emotions perfectly and I could really feel his devastation. I don't agree with Aaron's choices but can see where he was coming from.

On the other hand, Aaron had no one else besides his husband in his life and would keep telling people, 'we didn't need anyone but each other'. Uh, dude, yeah ya do. He was very immature when it came to other relationships in his life, or lack thereof. He really rubbed me the wrong way sometimes.

But it ended up being a great ending to a fabulous collection of dark and gothic love stories.
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