It’s that time of year again people. The time where we, the voracious and obsessive readers of LGBT romance, look back and reflect on what an amazing year of books it’s been. If you’re anything like us then you’re already compiling your 2017 “To Read” list, but first, let’s share some of our favourite books from the year just gone.
Over the two weeks we’ll be posting our top reads of the year. Please feel free to tell us your own favourites, or simply comment on our choices.
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This book was not my usual reading fare at all. It was raw and dirty and pushed all of my boundaries and I loved every damn sentence written. When I needed to make this list, Hades was the first book that came to mind. It is definitely my top pick of 2016.
From my review – ” Renae Kaye creates complex characters, without making them obscenely angsty. Characters whom others see as weak, or lesser, but they prove that they are strong. None of them are perfect, and I love that these men didn’t need to overcome their fears to demonstrate that strength, they just learned to deal with their limitations.”
Bryan Ellis delivered a truly insightful look into the mind of a severely depressed and suicidal young man. I was blown away by the intensity packed into these pages. And of course, there was a perfect side serving of romance to balance the darker emotions.
Nick might be my favourite character all year. His thoughts are just a brilliant mess of hilarity and horniness. This book kept me thoroughly entertained from the first word to the last and was an obvious pick for my “best of” list.
Somehow this book combined a horrendously tortured/raped teen with a fairytale-esque YA romance, a wedding , a funeral, and some homophobic violence and damn if the author didn’t make it work. I was certainly impressed.
I loved the immersion into a completely different culture that this story delivered. The characters had amazing depth and it was great that the author continued their story after the “ride off into the sunset” moment. Because I always want to know…what happens next.
This is the first book in what became one of my favourite series this year. Normally I’m not overly impressed with big alpha men who meet their smaller helpless partners while saving their lives, but… Damn, even I couldn’t resist this one!
I think everyone likes a romance between a criminal and a cop, and this story was a shining example of that particular storyline this year. The attention to detail as the author created the awesome town of Hog Mountain around us was flawlessly executed.
Jaime Reese has yet to produce a book that has failed to impress. I believe she is one of the most talented storytellers in the genre and as always her release this year earned a spot on this top-reads-list.
This story was pure magic! I’m not a big fantasy fan but the blurb of this book called to me, and the author’s excitement poured from the pages. This was one for the magic loving child inside all of us.
Oh dear. I’m cheating by adding an eleventh book to my list, but I just finished this one before Christmas and it really must be included. For a story that is fairly slow paced it easily kept me riveted from cover to cover. And that ending…my god, it was just perfection!