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2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Susan

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**Scroll down to the bottom to check out the GIVEAWAY I am personally hosting at the end of this post**

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

Glitterland by Alexis Hall

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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.

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2013:

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Overhyped book of the year

(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…

Underhyped book of the year

(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!

Best surprise of the year

(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…)

Auto-buy authors

(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):

Jordan Castillo Price

Harper Fox

NR Walker

Josh Lanyon

On my radar: Eli Easton, KJ Charles, Alexis Hall

My reading experience in 2013:

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.

What I’m hoping for/looking forward to in my 2014 reading journey?

I just want more from some of my favorite series:
  • Captive Prince 3 (and please dear lord don’t let the big bad publishing house ruin it!)
  • If we’re lucky, another PsyCop book…and more and more and more
  • The Administration #8
  • Book 3’s of the Enlightenment series by Joanna Chambers & the Charm of the Magpies series by KJ Charles
  • Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8)…duh
  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid #3…surprisingly, but true
More from Alexis Hall & Santino Hassell.
Some surprising breakthrough Contemporary and YA books that will knock my socks off  (and maybe a historical too!)…and some new authors I can fall in love with.
Next year’s “Glitterland”…a standout book that I’ll just know for SURE when I read it that it’ll be my favorite of the year without a doubt.

SUSAN’S GIVEAWAY

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.

65 comments on “2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Susan

  1. sharpark
    December 30, 2013

    Overhyped: Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
    Underhyped: Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
    Best Surprise: Glitterland by Alexis Hall
    Auto-buy Authors: Abigail Roux & Aleksandr Voinov

    Thanks! This was fun! Very cool questions and more interesting than just the normal “favorite books” type posts. I’m going to add Blessed Isle and Almost Like Being in Love to my TBR list!

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I’m reading Widdershins now and loving it! Backup Boyfriend is in the queue.

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  2. kalreads
    December 30, 2013

    Reblogged this on kalreads and commented:
    Cool year end review

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    • kalreads
      December 30, 2013

      I loved Glitterland BUT…I also think it’s the most overhyped book of the year. :)

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      • syleegurl
        December 30, 2013

        this overhype is probably my own fault. ha!

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  3. Natalie M.
    December 30, 2013

    Favorite book of the year: Learning Curve by Kaje Harper. Satisfying in every way, and a great sendoff for one of my favorite series ever.

    Underhyped: Re-Entry Burn by Katey Hawthorne. This author is one of the few writers in m/m who can pull off realistic twentysomething guys. It’s part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

    Overhyped: Plan B by SJD Peterson. A good idea, poorly executed.

    Best surprise: His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor. PWP elevated by great writing and endearing characters.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I haven’t heard of Re-entry Burn. I’m looking it up now…thanks!

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    • Kim W
      December 30, 2013

      Re-Entry Burn was great! I loved it!

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  4. s0ph1ar0s3
    December 30, 2013

    I love several that are on your list. Alex Beecroft, MJ O’Shea, Cardeno C. and Kim Fielding are favorites of mine too.

    I’m not sure about the best of the year. So many stuck with me it seems. I have probably close to fifty that made the 4.5-5 star ratings. Not sure about the over/under hyped either. Here is sampling of what I enjoyed or found really moving this year: Unhinge the Universe by A. Voinov, The Good Boy by L. Henry, The Fight Within by A. Grey, Never a Hero by M. Sexton, Strength of the Pack by K. McKenna, In His Command by R. Warren, Something New Under the Sun by L. Witt, Mark of the Gladiator by H. Belleau, Touch & Geaux by A. Roux, Catch a Ghost by S. Jakes, Dirty Laundry by H. Cullinan, Christmas Kitch by A. Lane.
    I look forward to the next book in many of the series listed above and finding more new to me authors/books to love.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      yay! I think there need to be MORE Alex Beecroft fans! :) I haven’t read a few on your list. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  5. Jen
    December 30, 2013

    overhyped: Touch & Geaux
    underhyped: Too Stupid to Live
    the best surprises: Too Stupid to Live, Theta Alpha Gamma series, Rough Canvas, Blind Faith series
    auto-buy authors: JR Ward, NR Walker, Anne Tenino, Andrea Speed
    5-star reads of 2013: Rough Canvas, Almost Like Being in Love, Undertow, Lord of White Hell Book2, and Lover at Last

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I loved Too Stupid to Live. it made me LOL!

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      • mjade2
        December 31, 2013

        :-) I love how well she delivers a serious lesson underneath all of the humor in her books.

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        • katinka
          December 31, 2013

          I’m looking up TSTL!

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  6. trishaharry
    December 30, 2013

    Overhyped: I don’t really have one that I read.
    Underhyped: The Place Where They Cried by Rose Christo.
    Best Surprise: Glitterland by Alexis Hall and Lets Hear It For The Boy by T.A. Webb.
    Auto-buy Authors: Kendall McKenna, Rose Christo, and Tinnean!

    I have so many favourites… Kendall McKenna’s books released this year, New York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall, Worlds Collide by RJ Scott, Captive Prince by C.U. Pacat, Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux, A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Mayfield, Intervention by Mia Kerick. Those are a few anyway. This was fun! :D

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I’ve been eyeing those Rose Christo books for SO LONG! I have to read them, I KNOW! Tracy’s post (it will go up today…) lists Rose Christo as well.

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      • trishaharry
        December 30, 2013

        You should! She is an amazing author. :D
        Awesome! :D

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  7. deirdre
    December 30, 2013

    I do not know where to start with making a list! But so many great reads this year. Many rec’d by you!! Thank you!! I see a few on your list I have yet to read, so I need to get on that! Thank you :)

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      If you haven’t read the historicals by Joanna Chambers and Alex Beecroft, you must! SO GORGEOUS!

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  8. Jen
    December 30, 2013

    I don’t really have a list either – have read a lot of good books this year. But one book that touched me and I have not heard too many people talking about was Silent by Sara Alva. I still think about it often.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Oh, I loved Silent. Sara Alva is so good. We’re highlighting her in our New Author Spotlight week in January.

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  9. HJ
    December 30, 2013

    I’ve only just found your blog (because Josh Lanyon and Harper Fox are my autobuys too), so forgive me if you’ve already covered this in an earlier post. I just wondered if you’d found The Shadow of the Templar by M. Chandler yet? These books were among my first m/m reads and I loved them. You can buy them now, but they’re free to read online at http://mooncalf.org/sott/ where there are also some extra short stories. Simon Drake is an up-and-coming young FBI hotshot, and Jeremy Archer is the brilliant and unpredictable scion of a long line of international art thieves. The best thing about the series is the dialogue (both internal and between the various character). Just thought I’d tell you about them since we seem to have quite similar tastes!

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      That’s so timely that you commented today! I just made plans with someone to buddy read Morning Star (book 1) soon! I’ve had this on my TBR forever. We did a Freefic Week not too long ago and this came up. https://boysinourbooks.com/?s=freefic+week&x=0&y=0

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  10. Debra E
    December 30, 2013

    So hard to choose these things but here is some of my list for 2013 releases.
    Most Overhyped : Ethan in Gold — really did not work for me as well as the other two Johnnies books.
    Underhyped: KC Wells Collars and Cuffs books
    Surprises (books I didn’t expect to love): Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan, His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor, Broken 1 & 2 by Kol Anderson.
    Auto Buy authors this past year: Abigail Roux, KC Wells, Jacob Flores, SJD Peterson, Lisa Henry/JA Rock and Damon Suede.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Great choices, Debra! Can you believe I have yet to read KC Wells? I’m not big on BDSM, but I love her (as a person) to pieces so I know I have to give her a read at some point. When I’m braver… :)

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      • Debra E
        December 30, 2013

        She doesnt do just BDSM. Making it Personal is probably a good start then. Also the Island Tales books are not BDSM at all.

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    • Ami
      December 30, 2013

      Lana McGregor’s was one of my surprises too!! And I don’t usually read D/s for romance :)

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  11. Kim W
    December 30, 2013

    I have loved everything by Jordan L Hawke. Other keepers are Bone Rider, The Good Boy series (I hope there will be more). I liked A Casual Weekend Thing a lot, it had a good mystery. Glitterland was really great. I have someone with mental illness in my family that had to be hospitalized this year and I felt like Alexis Hall really got it. It wasn’t the romance that got to me, it was the MC and his struggles. Love Lessons was another favorite. The Magpie Lord was great. I can’t wait for the sequel. How I Met Your Father was a lot of fun but I wish it had been longer. I loved The Haunted Heart Winter. Josh Lanyon needs to hurry up with sequels (please!). Same with the Enlightenment series. More please! I think the hottest thing I read l year was Shock & Awe. I was a little disappointed with Touch & Geaux but still can’t wait for the next book.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Wow, Kim. Your note about Glitterland…just wow. I’ll pass the word along to the author. I know he’d appreciate hearing that.

      And I loved Lanyon’s Winter and I agree…we need the next book(s) in The Haunted Heart series immediately! :)

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  12. Jenni
    December 30, 2013

    I can’t believe I *still* haven’t read Glitterland, but I will before the end of January, hopefully. I completely agree with your thoughts on Lover At Last. You have several others I need to add, too. Awesome list, Susan! :D

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      JENNI!!!! I will put MONEY DOWN that you will LOVE Glitterland! I just KNOW you will!!!!!

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  13. Ana
    December 30, 2013

    This have been a new and amazing experience for me.
    My n1 book of this year would be Soldiers.
    My favorites: Listening to Dust, Memorizing You, Fade, Stockholm Syndrome.
    Overhyped book: Training Season.
    Underhyped: Listening to Dust.
    Auto-buy authors: A.Voinov, Brandon Shire, T.A.Webb, Kaje Harper, Richard Rider, Sonny&Ais, Abigail Roux, Taylor Donovan, Lisa Henry.
    Next year I want to read the Captive Prince Series, the Administration Series, and many other authors that I haven’t read anything yet, like J.C.Price, Josh Lanyon, and many many more:)

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I think you’ll really love Captive Prince, Ana! AND definitely read PsyCop by Jordan Castillo Price! (I’m going to tackle her Channeling Morpheus series this year!) Her books are short and easy to read.

      I’m a TVD fan too. Can’t wait for more of her Six Degrees books!

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      • Ami
        December 30, 2013

        Channeling Morpheus … Wild Bill (yumm). Man, I get all tingly thinking about that series.

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        • syleegurl
          December 30, 2013

          It’s Sonny’s favorite too! ha! He’s obsessed with Wild Bill. I’m excited to read it!

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  14. Giulio (@blu972)
    December 30, 2013

    I’m a newbie in the M/M genre, and I’m loving it sooo much. There are so many wonderful books and Authors as good as the “mainstream” ones.
    I have loved the Icos series, by Sonny&Ais, Fade above all.
    Best Surprise: Blame on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton
    Auto-buy Authors: Josh Lanyon & Nicole Kimberling (they were my first, and will always be my favourites).
    And I love the community of readers and reviewers!!

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Yes, big fans of ICoS here at the blog. :) So welcome to the genre…I think many of us are fairly new too! If you want any recs for books, let us know. Not a lot out there like ICoS, but if you like epic series reading, definitely read Special Forces, The Administration, and Captive Prince!

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  15. Ami
    December 30, 2013

    I seriously surprised that you just started this genre last year, Susan. You have a very strong presence in the community, and your enthusiasm sells books (really, you should be someone’s agent or something), that I thought you’ve been here longer than me!!

    Having said that, we actually shared some favorite books!! It’s nice to see that :)

    Let’s read more historicals next year!

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Yeah…I have an obsessive personality. ha! If I get into it, I’m ALL IN. :) And YES to more historicals next year. I’ve finally admitted to myself I’m a fan. ha!

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      • katinka
        December 31, 2013

        Historicals, woot! Say yes to uncut men who pull off ruffles, wigs and white stockings! Bwhaha

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  16. Peasblossom
    December 30, 2013

    Well, since I do a good chunk of my reading WITH you, it’s not surprising that our lists should align so neatly, though there are a bunch on your 4.5/ 5 star list that I haven’t read, so those are going straight into my TBR!

    Overhyped- Yep, Lover at Last, JR Ward. I liked it, and was thrilled to see m/m romance on the NYTimes Bestseller list, but the HYPE! I almost didn’t read it out of sheer cussedness.

    Underhyped- Who We Are, by TJ Klune. I stumbled across this sequel to Bear, Otter, and the Kid on Audible, and hadn’t/ haven’t heard a thing about it otherwise! I loved it. It’s a beautiful follow-up to a splendid book. I’m actually thrilled at the prospect of a third!

    Autobuy Authors: Jordan Castillo Price, Damon Suede, Alexis Hall, Aleksandr Voinov, Manna Francis, JC Lilli

    5 Star Reads- Well, as I suck at rating and reviewing in a consistent and timely fashion, here are a few that jump to mind from this year: Cut & Run Series, PsyCop Series, Glitterland, ICoS, Catch my Breath, American Love Songs.

    Here’s to a fantastic 2014 and LOTS more reading together! :)

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Anna,
      You have to read this sweet short that TJ wrote after book 2. I have to admit, I didn’t love “Who We Are” but this short story brought me back around to the series. :) Enjoy! http://tjklunebooks.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-new-boatk-short-just-breathe.html

      Oh and definitely read Provoked/Beguiled by Joanna Chambers! Book 3 comes out next year. They’re SO good (historicals! ha!)

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      • Peasblossom
        January 4, 2014

        Awesome! I love me some historicals. :) You’ve definitely put Joanna Chambers on my radar.

        Love to talk about ‘Who We Are’ sometime, interested to hear your take- and YAY! Thanks for the link!

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  17. LegeArtis
    December 30, 2013

    Great list, Susan!

    Majority of my fav reads this year are from debut authors, so that’s surprising comparing to last year…
    My fav include: Bone Rider, Chance Assassin: A Story of Love, Luck and Murder by Nicole Castle, Line and Orbit, The Foxhole Court and Raven King by Nora Sakavic, Magpie Lord, Glitterland… debut authors rocked this year for me. ;) The Place Where They Cried introduced me to wonderful Rose Christo. My all time favorite authors delivered: Josh Lanyon, Alex Voinov, Harper Fox…Spook Squad was awesome and I want to live inside JCP brain since her imagination is endless and I think she writes some of the hottest sex scenes in genre…

    Overhyped: Hell or High Water series by S.E. Jakes
    Underhyped: Rose Christo. Seriously, she deserves more credit.
    Biggest surprise for me this year was Nora Sakavic- I ordered the Foxhole Court because it was a freebie and cover looked nice and I was in mood for sport romance- boy, was I in for a trilling ride…

    Happy Holidays to all! :)

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Bone Rider and Foxhole Court…if I don’t read those soon, Shelley is going to disown me as a friend! ha!

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  18. KatieMc
    December 30, 2013

    Overhyped: Cut & Run series

    Underhyped: The Definitive Albert J. Sterne by Julie Bozza… I have a penchant for odd characters, and Albert is odd. I also enjoyed the 70s/80s pre-cell phone and internet setting.

    Best Surprise: Stockholm Syndrome series by Richard Rider. I thought I was going to read a crime thriller with mm, and got something completely and wonderfully different. These three books make a perfect story-arc for the relationship of Pip and Lindsay. Good kinky fun too!

    Biggest Surprise: I was shocked at how I took to the Falls Chance Ranch series by Rolf & Ranger. This is a series of free online fics about an extended *family* of gay men who live a domestic discipline lifestyle, brat and top style (not BDSM). At the core of this family are 5 men who are essentially married to one another. Sound sexy? Too bad, the sex is mostly off screen and fade to black. There are so many reasons why I should not like this series, yet I do. I am thinking of seeing a therapist to understand my attraction to FCR.

    Auto-buy Authors: Manna Francis, C. S. Pacat

    PS – I have really been enjoying everyone’s end of year recaps!

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I love Julie Bozza. The Albert J. Sterne stuff is one of the few things I haven’t read of hers. I started Falls Chance Ranch…very briefly…and then set it aside. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the DP stuff. And the off-page sex. BUT…man, I’ve heard such good things. It’s just…long! :)

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  19. Jennifer
    December 30, 2013

    Overhyped: (and please don’t shoot me) Bad Idea by Damon Suede, Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
    Underhyped: Chance Assassin by Nicole Castle (excellent book)
    Biggest Surprise: Memorizing You by Dan Skinner and His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana MacGregor
    Auto-Buy Authors: S.A. McAuley, J.R. Ward, Abigail Roux, G.A. Hauser, S.E. Jakes, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt
    Favorites of 2013: Yes I’m slow, but Special Forces & ICoS ruined me for just about everything. The Flesh Cartel series has me on the edge of my seat. Metal Heart by Meredith Shayne was awesome. But After Midnight by Sonny Hassell was probably my favorite book of 2013.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I knew from the get-go that Bad Idea would be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book. And I’ve seen that to be true with the reviews. No shooting here! ha!

      Memorizing You…I’m…SCARED! I’ve heard it’s very emotional and heartbreaking. And, as I mentioned in my recap of the year, I avoided angst as much as possible. That may need to change in 2014.

      And I have to say…more people need to be reading SA McAuley. I love her books!

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  20. Andrea M
    December 30, 2013

    Most overhyped – Glitterland
    Underhyped – everything m/m by Neil Plakcy
    Auto-buy Authors – too many to list them all but some are Mary Calmes, Jacob Flores, Amy Lane, Neil Plakcy (m/m), Eli Easton, Rick R. Reed, Con Riley, Shira Anthony, N.R. Walker, Josephine Myles, J. L. Merrow, Sarah Black, James Buchanan
    Best surprise, both book and author – Back-up Boyfriend by River Jaymes
    I’ve read about 800 books this year and absolutely cannot pick a favorite but these posts make me want to read a lot of new ones so, thank you all!

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      I’ve never heard of Neil Plakcy before! I just checked out his page on Goodreads. I’m going to have to add something of his. Thanks for the heads up!

      …and…800 books this year????!!!! Wow…just…wow! *slow clap*

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      • Ami
        December 30, 2013

        YOU ARE KIDDING ME!! You never heard of Neil Plakcy??! Man, Suze, he’s like, one of the ‘classic’ especially in mystery, along with Lanyon, Buchanan, P.A. Brown, JCP, Victor J. Banis, etc, etc. I got recommended of Neil Plakcy early on my reading MM mystery…

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  21. One Breath, One Bullet – Added! Thanks, and thanks for a fun post. Lots of info here.

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    • syleegurl
      December 30, 2013

      Lisa, the Borders War books are very fast-paced. I think you might like them since you’re such a fan of SE jakes. They feel a bit like a modern-day (or sci-fi, actually) version of Special Forces. I’m really enjoying them. Only 2 of the series is out so far and I believe there are going to be a handful more. I hope you like it!

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  22. Carolyn
    December 31, 2013

    I’m going to start first with my auto-buy authors because you can find my favorite reads of this year within this list, too. They are: Damon Suede, Sarah Black, Lou Sylvre, Alex Beecroft, and Isabelle Rowan. I haven’t been let down by anything these authors have written, and I have more re-reads racked up with these five than anyone else.

    Authors who will probably make the list once I read more of their books: Kim Fielding (I absolutely loved Brute and a few of her short stories, but I haven’t gotten to the Bones series), Rhys Ford (Sinner’s Gin got me, but I haven’t read her Dirty series), and Catt Ford (her stuff has just delighted me).

    I had a few lovely surprises this year. Chris Scully’s Inseparable and When Adam Kissed Me. I couldn’t believe how much the story of these two guys got me. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if I enjoy future stories from her as much as I did these two. Also, I did not expect the impact Sarah Madison’s Boys of Summer would have, but it’s definitely something that just worked all the way through for me. Sam Burke’s City of Soldiers took me on a ride I did not expect, but one I’m glad for. Vona Logan’s Return to Destiny was like The Boys of Summer, something that just felt made to please me.

    What I’m looking forward to in the next year is exploring some authors who’ve captured my attention but that I haven’t really gotten to yet: Alan Chin, Eric Arvin, TJ Klune, Max Vos, B.G. Thomas, Edmond Manning, and Josephine Myles. They’ve come up on my radar for something short they’ve written that intrigued me, and I’ve bought books of theirs to dig into, but they didn’t make it into this year’s heavy reading. I’ve also got the Jordans (L. Hawk and Castillo Price), ZA Maxfield and Lou Harper. I’ve bought books based on recs but haven’t read a thing by them.

    It’s so hard to write these kinds of things because a million more names and book titles pop into your head for so many different reasons. I haven’t even gotten into the YA books, so I can’t say how much I wanted to go out and buy Openly Straight and just hand them out indiscriminately. But this is long enough, so I’ll stop there.

    Thanks for sharing all your lists, Susan (and the rest of the BiOB crew). It’s been great reading all the different opinions and finding more books to check out. I don’t need ’em, but I want ’em.

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    • syleegurl
      December 31, 2013

      You have a great list of ‘to try’ authors for 2014! I’m excited for you!!!!!

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  23. Allison
    December 31, 2013

    Overhyped: Lover at Last…just argh.

    Underhyped: Transgression by Theo Fenraven, people NEED to read this book.

    Biggest surprise (that probably shouldn’t have been): Hainted series by Jordan L. Hawk

    Autobuy authors: Edmond Manning, AJ Rose, Theo Fenraven, Jordan L. Hawk

    Favorites: King Mai, Safeword, Transgression, Threshold and Safehaven, The Sky is Dead, The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men, and Glitterland. Really though there are plenty more but these are books that stayed with me long after I read them (the 2nd and third or more times).

    Happy New Year!

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    • syleegurl
      December 31, 2013

      I’m reading Jordan L. Hawk’s Widdershins right now and love it!

      I read King Perry this year but have to read King Mai (which I’ve heard is even better than book 1)

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  24. Trish
    December 31, 2013

    IMO. Underhyped King Perry by Edmond Manning Love! Under hyped Out of the blackness by Carter Quinn, it’s angst Susan but goooooood angst. Happy new year, love the blog :)

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    • syleegurl
      December 31, 2013

      I’m so scared of angst. But since I avoided it in 2013, I feel like I need to…embrace it?…in 2014. I do have the Carter Quinn book on my TBR. I’ll have to give it a read. The reviews have been amazing.

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  25. Otila
    December 31, 2013

    I discovered m/m in May of this year and I haven’t looked back since. My first book was Cut & Run and just fell in love and read finished the series in about a week. My reading experience for 2013 was just awesome. Almost everything I read was a 4 or 5 star read for me but my favorite read of the year was Special Forces. I have never read anything like it. It was such an emotional journey. I still talk about it to anyone who will listen and I still hate Jean with a passion.

    I had so many great reads but some that stand out are the Adrien English series, Life Lessons series, Psy Cop, Johnnies series by Amy Lane, Rough Canvas, Six Degrees series by Taylor Donovan, Bad Boyfriend, Shades of Grey, Dance with Me, Safeword, Latakia, Cut & Run series, The Good Thief, I could go on and on…

    I agree with you on Lover At Last being overhyped. I mostly skimmed or skipped the parts without Quinn and Blay and although I loved their parts, I just wanted and expected so much more. Overhyped for me was A Matter of Time. I read Volumes 1 & 2 and Jory just aggravated me to no end. And that ending to Volume 2, Uhhhhh, I’m still upset about it. The whole second book was about how Sam had changed and then that!!! And his family just going along with it was just so out of character, especially for Sam’s mom. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the relationship between Jory and Sam, and I have Bulletproof on my TBR list but I need a little more distance before I tackle it.

    Underhyped book: The Return by Brad Boney. I just loved this book

    What I’m looking forward to in 2014: I want to tackle In the Company of Shadows. I started Evenfall and got to Mexico but I just know that this Happy Place isn’t gonna last and so I put it aside for a while. I wasn’t ready for it but I think I am now. Of course I can’t wait for Ball & Chain. Theres also the next Cole McGinnis book and the next Sinner’s Gin book, The boy with the Painful Tattoo. I’m just really looking forward to continue reading great m/m books. Give me cops or soldiers in a book and I’ll probably love it.

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    • syleegurl
      December 31, 2013

      Wow…for only having a little over half of year under your belt, you’ve certainly read a lot this year! Amazing!

      Yes, ICoS is one of my all-time favorite series. If you’re only at Mexico, girrrrllll, you got some hard times ahead. But, man, it’s all worth it by the end. It’s emotional, LONG, and taxing…but so so good. Enjoy!

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  26. Joanna
    December 31, 2013

    So, the main reason I’m entering and leaving a comment is because of your views of the Captive Prince trilogy that exactly mirror mine. I absolutely can’t wait for CP 3, the series has blown me away with the quality of writing and the tension coming off the page and the clear visuals in the books. I also loved the extra chapter which I found later and hope that her style and art are not constrained by a mainstream publisher.

    I was also disappointed by JR Wards MM offering but I think she’s grown tired of the series and can’t maintain the shock value of the first few books.

    I’ve also enjoyed reading Harper Fox this year, particularly scrap metal. As I’m exploring this genre with enthusiasm I’ll enjoy taking up some of your recommendations on my iPad ! Happy reading in 2014!

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    • syleegurl
      December 31, 2013

      CP3!!!!!! Gah…I just CANNOT wait! I so so so hope it’s going to be amazing. I need to reread the first 2 books before it releases.

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