It’s that time of year again people. The time where we, the voracious and obsessive readers of LGBTQ 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 2018 “To Read” list, but first, let’s share some of our favourite books from the year just gone.
Over the next few 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.
One commenter from each of these posts will win a $5 store credit with Dreamspinner Press.
I think the first book of this year for me is Runner by Parker Williams. Anything by this man to me is nothing short of amazing and I was wowed once again by this book. There was such a message of hope and love and learning to let go. It was beautiful.
The next for me comes from The Den series by Kiki Burrelli called His Baby to Protect. Farley became my favorite in these two series because you have this imperfect man, a little overweight, and such who has the ‘perfect’ alpha to love him. I love alphas and omegas anyway, but to show a main character as just being one of the norm instead of being the perfect bodied person just hit with me. Plus for all of Farley’s ‘imperfections’, he actually is quite….perfect.
Of Our Own Device. This one hit me because of the struggle back in the 80s with Russia and such and how hard it is to be a gay person. I’m not one so I don’t have any idea on that level but I do know what it is like to be ridiculed. The things that people had to go through. The lie and deceit just to be with someone you loved is overwhelming and it hit hard. Excellent book.
The Boy Who Fell to Earth. This book sent me on a roller coaster of emotion. But it’s an amazing book. About a boy who is homeless for being gay and how he does everything he can just to survive. When he’s beaten almost to death he meets a boy who becomes his lifeline, and eventually his best friend, his partner, his lover and everything in between. It is brutal though in its honesty about how life can really be. Very powerful.
Trinkets I didn’t expect to hit me as it did. I don’t know what I was expecting but I figured something lighthearted. And it’s such a story of hope. But you have to get through the abuse and the heartache. But the hope is what is so amazing. And the chance for a new life and a new beginning.
Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings meant so much to me. It’s a story of what is important. Love. And family. Not necessarily the family you are born with but the family you make. It doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have at the end of the day if you have someone you love with you. Makes it all worthwhile.
Haven’s War was just….wow. It is not for the faint hearted. It is dark and heartbreaking and shows a lot of the cruelty the world can be. But it also shows that there is hope and love in the most unexpected places. Parker has a way of writing that just reaches to your soul. And this book and series is no exception.
This book, Satin, is special to me because it was all about the beauty of love. Even when Ross thought he was loved for who he was in drag, he soon learned he was loved for him. For all of him. No matter if he was himself or dressed as a woman, he was special because he was him. And that is perfect.
If you haven’t read the Collars and Cuffs series by these two, you don’t know what you are missing. K.C. and Parker have quite spoiled me with these two series. This is the start of the second series, featuring Jarod and Eli, who take over this series with their club. The series is about Wayne and Ellis and them finding each other and learning secrets they didn’t know they had (in a good way). But is also about trust and love. And how it’s ok to have both.
Finally, S.C. Wynne’s My Omega’s Baby. I didn’t know much about mpreg books until Kiki Burrelli and S.C. Wynne. And between the two of them they have gotten me hooked. This one hooked me, because one, it was hot. Two, because it shows that you can love who you’re meant to love. And it’s ok to love who you love. Plus, I’m a sucker for alpha/omega relationships. It was my first of S.C.’s books to read and I was very impressed.