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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Book 1 (A Kind of Romance) Book 2 (A Kind of Truth) really stayed with me after listening to Seth Clayton’s narration. There is a reason why I decided to call the team of Lane Hayes and Seth Clayton “The Perfection Coalition”. The stories evoked such visceral reactions from me, and honestly (see what I did there? *waggles eyebrows* The next book in the series is titled A Kind of Honesty) rocked me to the core.
This book hit me in the feels so hard. I love a good friends to lovers story, and this is one of the very best, in my opinion. The push and pull between the two best friends who turn lovers is palpable and simply lovely.
Books 3 (Prince of the Playhouse) and 4 (Lord of a Thousand Steps) were absolutely brilliant. I laughed, I cried, I even yelled at the stupid decisions some of the MC’s were making. Ultimately tho, Tara Lain knows how to masterfully weave a tale so engaging, so very real, that you get completely sucked into that world and never want to leave it.
This is a steamy gay romance that revolves around a shifter lynx who finds out he has a human mate out there, after moving from his tribe’s lands. Chock full of action, intrigue, Romance, and some very naughty bedroom antics that are sure to make your temperature skyrocket.
In true Rhys Ford form, Absinthe of Malice is packed full of action, romance, and a bit of comedy. There is even a surprise or two along the way. The combination of Rhys’ magnificent writing, and Tristan’s fantastic narration make me a very happy camper indeed.
Tara Lain totally knocked it out of the park with this book. Honestly, Death Dancer was fantastic! I simply could not get enough of this book and found it exceedingly difficult to put down.
Hnnnngh, right in the feels with this one. It is a second chances book, masterfully written. I felt the pain they felt, the joy and elation they experienced, and the utter sadness at the prospect of potentially losing your rekindled heart after all these years due to outside forces. Again. It just got to me.
Sexy cowboys, set in Hawaii, super hot and steamy bedroom scenes. This book is fantastic, and I have already read it twice since its December 7, 2016 release. It’s too good not to read and reread many times over.
Yes, I know, the market is quite saturated as of late with modern day retellings of well known and loved fairy tales. But, Tara Lain’s modern day take on the well loved fairy tale that is Beauty and the Beast is wonderful!
This debut book by Lucy Lennox is phenomenal. Sexy beyond belief, well written, highly engaging, and at times makes you want to throw your ereader across the room and against a wall because the characters drive you crazy. Yep, the whole package. I am now an instant fan of Lucy Lennox.
Okay, so it is very hard for me to narrow down my list of favorite reads to be under even 15 books. From Spell Cat, to Tackling the Tight End, to Taylor Maid, my library has been full of spectacular reads by Tara Lain that absolutely deserve to be in the spotlight as well.