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Everytime I finish a book and think of what to start next, Glitterland always comes to mind. I’ve read it 5 times already and never get sick of it. Made me laugh, cry, think…and has stayed in my heart.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
“Try” by Ella Frank – kudos for the effort. I get the feeling fans were applauding that more than anything. The book, in my opinion, was not great.
“Lover at Last” by JR Ward – I love that this was a NY Times Bestseller and opened up M/M to the masses. But this was NOT an M/M book…and it felt like Qhuinn/Blay were hidden among all the other stuff in the book. BIG DEAL for sure, but not what it could’ve been. Still…loved the Qhuay parts…
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
The Borders War Series (“One Breath, One Bullet” (book 1) / “Dominant Predator” (book2)) by SA McAuley – if you’ve read Special Forces you will love this series. High action, mercenaries, and enemies-to-lovers. SO HOT!
Also, “Blessed Isle” by Alex Beecroft – This book is just EXQUISITELY romantic and a short, easy read!
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
The ending of “Fade” by Santino & Ais (holy shit did that just happen? x100)
The extra chapter of the published version “Captive Prince Volume 2” by CS Pacat (hubba hubba) …I read the originals in 2012 so it’s not on my list above. But read the pub’d version in 2013 so adding this bit here…
“Touch & Geaux” by Abigail Roux (did anyone really think that she’d go there? Heartbreaking…)
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
Jordan Castillo Price
On my radar: Eli Easton, KJ Charles, Alexis Hall
This was my first FULL year of reading M/M (almost exclusively). After having gone through the painful, heartwrenching (but so WORTH IT) journeys of Special Forces and In the Company of Shadows last year, I think I shied away from angst as much as possible this year (only read a few tear jerkers). I discovered a love for Historicals (which I still haven’t quite admitted to yet), found some amazing new authors (this was a great year for 1st time pub’d authors!), finally took the PsyCop plunge (yes, I’m late to the party…BUT I’M NEVER LEAVING) and then stalked JCP mercilessly, and pretty much stuffed to overflowing my “read” folder with cops, cowboys, contemporaries, YA’s, and single-handedly overhyped (UNASHAMEDLY) Glitterland.
I really want to know more about what YOU GUYS think are the most overhyped/underhyped books, the best surprises, your auto-buy authors and your 5-star reads of 2013!!!! Tell me your answers to any or all of the questions above in the comments section (by 11:59pm, January 2, 2014)! I’ll pick a winner at random to win FOUR BOOKS (winner’s picks) from my 4.5/5 star reads listed above OR a $20 gift certificate to an online book retailer of choice.