Teacher's Pet Anthology
The cover and title of Teacher’s Pet slightly misled me. It’s a collection of nine stories by different authors, and while it looks like it might be erotica-centered, it’s definitely not. It’s an interesting grab-bag of sorts, serving different tastes and reaching different heat levels. I enjoyed it, as it exposed me to nine writers I’d never read before.
I particularly liked Hudson Lin’s Lessons for a Lifetime, about an Ethiopian immigrant and his English teacher. I enjoyed the conversations about cultural differences and their mutual respect for one another; it was mature and sweet and the prose style fit the mood of the story perfectly. I’m currently reading Hudson Lin’s novel Into Darkness and recommend that as well. Her stories seem to center around refugees or people involved in refugee work, which is an interesting and unexpected niche to have within the already-niche world of m/m.
I also loved Arden Powell’s The Botanist’s Apprentice. Powell is an incredibly strong writer, and the utterly beautiful prose left me eager to read more by the same author. The story also had great world-building considering its limited length. I actually assumed Powell was a seasoned author, but it looks like their work is only just now entering the world. Powell and Lin are both promising writers I'll be keeping my eye on.
This was overall a fun collection to dip into, and I recommend it.