Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Boooooo-yah Books And Some Scary Good October Reads!

 The lovely Lisa from The Novel Approach is here again to bring us another installment of Booyah Books

The month of October was awesome, not only because I discovered some really outstanding new-to-me authors, but also because I had the chance to attend GayRomLit 2012, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I misbehaved, had more fun that should be legally allowed, and got a little squicky-fangirlish on more than a few authors I adore! I was fairly harmless...sort of. :-D I didn't get arrested, so I'm counting it as a success. Recovery from the weekend is still an ongoing process. :-P
So, without further ado, here are some of the outstanding books I discovered in October.
Aaron by J.P. Barnaby: I'm going to start off by saying this is not a story for the squeamish, so if the idea of the off-screen rape of a minor and the aftermath of that brutal attack isn't what you would normally gravitate to in your reading, this probably isn't a book you'll want to pick up.
This is the powerful and emotional story of a boy who believes he's doing little more than taking up space in a world in which he no longer belongs, suffering not only from survivor's guilt but also from post traumatic stress disorder. He's a boy who's been disfigured by both the internal and external scars that have crippled him socially and emotionally, leaving him an outsider who wants neither to be seen or touched.
Aaron meets Spencer Thomas through fate, fortune, it doesn't really matter how. What matters is that it happened at all, because Spencer becomes Aaron's hope for a life that might someday approach something that resembles normal. Spencer carries burdens of his own, not the least of which is his inability to hear, and it's through his disability that he and Aaron find a way to connect.
It's a story of recovery and promise, not only for Aaron but for his family, as well as for Spencer's father, as Aaron's affliction becomes the catalyst for Dr. Thomas's own redemption.
This is one of the most moving stories I've read in quite some time, and in spite of its tragic conflict, it left me with a feeling of cautious optimism.
Buy Aaron HERE.

The Gravedigger's Brawl by Abigail Roux: If you're looking for something a little lighter that's also a perfect pick for this time of year, this might be just the right choice.
The Gravedigger’s Brawl is a spooky/sexy/sublime ghoulies and ghosties story that throws in a little romance on the side. Or maybe it’s a spooky/sexy/sublime romance that throws in the ghoulies and ghosties on the side? Either way, Abigail Roux has delivered. I was going to go on there, but that’s really all there is to say. Seems to be my opinion of all the books I’ve read by this author, which is why she remains a favorite.
This is the story of museum curator Dr. Wyatt Case and sexy flair bartender Ash Lucroix, and all the things that go bump in the night at Gravedigger's Tavern. It's an opposites attract story that pulls together a dreadful evil from the past that threatens Ash, with a new and interesting relationship that's having a difficult time getting a decent start, and mixes it altogether with the author's trademark humor and finessed storytelling style.
The trick to this treat is hoping both Wyatt and Ash survive to the end.
Buy The Gravedigger's Brawl HERE.

A Reason to Believe by Diana Copland: One man’s twisted obsession turns to murder in Diana Copland’s tautly written and immensely suspenseful A Reason to Believe, the story of Detective Matthew Bennett and his involvement in the investigation of missing six-year-old Abigail Marie Reynolds, on Christmas Eve.
There are things that are horrifying; then there are things that are so utterly beyond comprehension, things that defy reason and sanity, the sorts of things that give you nightmares and haunt you through your days, that leave you scarred and scared to believe in anything good anymore. In the life of a cop, that’s a little truer than for most. In the life of Matt Bennett, it seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Left devastated by the murder of his partner and lover, in a sad case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Matt is the detective who discovers little Abby’s body. But it wasn’t jarring enough to have made the gruesome discovery. No, it was made even more disturbing by the fact that it was little Abby herself who led Matt to her dreadful hiding place in the basement of her own home.
Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures, and sometimes desperate people—even those who are jaded and those whose job it is to deal in tangible proof—will do whatever it takes to get to the truth. That’s where renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick comes into play, and it’s when he and Matt begin to work together to solve Abby’s murder that things take a turn for the incredible. It’s a race against time, as Abby’s spirit becomes more agitated that her father is in danger of being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. It’s a race against the odds as the physical danger to both Matt and Kiernan escalates, the closer they get to the ugly truth and the more evident it becomes they’re fighting against men who’re supposed to be the good guys.
A Reason to Believe is the perfect blend of murder mystery, romance, and the supernatural, and if you look closely enough, you might make some connections to the case of another murdered six-year-old girl; though in the book, unlike in real life, justice was served. This book was an edge-of-my-seat, couldn’t-put-it-down read, with a red-herring or two thrown in just to keep me guessing at the identity of the killer, all the way to the big reveal.
Buy A Reason to Believe in Epub HERE and in Mobi HERE.

The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles: I'm a long-time fan of Josephine Myles. I love her thoroughly British wit and her delightful and sometimes quirky characters. I love that her characters are never generic reproductions and that she always gives the men and women who populate her book their own unique styles and senses of self.
The Hot Floor is the author's foray into the world of ménage and the story of three men, two an already loving and committed couple and one who is trying to navigate his way around the boundaries of what it means to enter into a relationship with them.
The story is narrated by Josh Carpenter, a lonely man who is starving for the sort of bond that Evan Truman and Rai Nakamura share. He is a man who yearns for simple and ordinary things: someone to love, someone to love him in return, to be a part of something bigger than himself, to find someone to embrace him for nothing more than that he’s willing to give everything of himself, and all he wants in return is to hold a place of value in that relationship. Never would Josh have imagined that he’d find all of that and more within the hierarchy of a partnership between himself and a couple who don't seem to have any reason to want to include him in what they already have.
While this story is undeniably erotic, I found it to be much more provocative in its exploration of the whys and hows of a couple who seemed perfectly content in what they had but were willing to rebuild themselves around a man who brought another layer of something to their relationship they didn’t even know was missing. Within Josh’s passive submissiveness, the three men found something that strengthened their foundation, a natural spectrum in the sexual order that completed them in a way they hadn’t thought possible. In a world that embraces monogamy, Evan and Rai and Josh break the rules; Josh isn’t merely a placeholder in a relationship that was missing something or was broken. No, he becomes a necessary component in the completion of a picture that now makes perfect sense.
Of course, this is all presented in the author's most charming and clever way, with all the witty banter and loveable characters that I’ve come to expect from her stories. This book made me want to imagine these men far into the future and hope they were still finding their happily-ever-after together.
Buy The Hot Floor HERE.

And that's it for the Spooktacular October edition of the Booooo-yah! I'll be back again in November, at which point I'm certain I'll have much for which to give thanks.

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