Can you believe we’re already heading into the midway point of 2014? And with that, we’ve got a list of some of our favorite books to share with you from the month of May. It was another one of those months when some of us ::coughs:: me ::coughs:: had a hard time narrowing our choices down to just one, but we’ve managed to come up with some excellent reading recommendations for you once again.
So, without further ado, here they are, our top reads for the month of May:
Tina – The Perfect Place by Kol Anderson
“I will not spoil the end of this story. I am dying to share how it ends, but I want everyone who reads it to be as shocked as I was and to love it every bit and as completely as I did. It is an ending that had me saying, out loud, “What. The. F**k!?” That was the e-mail I sent to Kol immediately after I read this wonderful gem of a book. It is a finale that would make M. Night Shyamalan proud. As an avid reader, I am usually able to see surprises coming from around corners. Well, I couldn’t have found these corners with a map and compass.
Read this book. It will make you smile and laugh, all the while breaking your heart. It will make your head spin. It will make you curse Kol Anderson for his brilliance and his willingness to, no, his glee at, tightening the screws on our thumbs. You won’t be able to look away, he won’t let you. I expect nothing less from Kol.”
Jackie – Love You Forever by Amelia Bishop
“Amelia Bishop has done a fabulous job showing how “forced” closeness can eventually push two people apart, no matter how much they love one another. As human beings it seems that we need free will, even in love, if we expect any relationship to grow and prosper. Cole and Rick find this out the hard way.
This book truly caused me to stop and think about how two people in love can grow apart yet find their way back to each other. It is a true example of letting someone you love go and knowing they will find their way back if it is meant to be.
I have to say this is one of the best books I have read so far this year, and I am going out on a limb and calling it a “must read” for 2014. I don’t believe you could read this and not cry for these two, as well as celebrate the full circle of their relationship.”
Lynn – Spring Affair by B.G. Thomas
“I am absolutely in love with this book. The reader is thrown into the lives of the two main characters, Sloan and Max. I loved being inside both of their heads, knowing what they were thinking throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading the journey these two men take together. Their deepening friendship as the story progresses is beautiful and endearing. The self discoveries are at times earth shattering, but necessary.
The secondary characters were phenomenal. It was interesting to watch their interactions with each other, and read their dialogue. At times they were hilarious and other times just downright aggravating. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book. Max’s wife started out being the typical bitchy character we come to expect in this genre, but she turns out to be someone who will surprise you in the end. I’m told the author is planning for some of these characters to have their own books. I will definitely be reading those. I’m hooked.”
Lana – Spinning the Top Anthology by Torquere Press
“While all the stories were exceptional, one stood out in my mind because my mind started to fill in between the lines of what was not written! A Taste of Sin by Kassandra Lea was just that and more. The story is about the Archangel Samuel, who can’t stop himself from visiting a demon named Flynn, and giving himself over to him. The dynamic between Samuel and Flynn was perfect. Samuel is the powerful warrior who commands other angels. He’s always in control and obviously, works for God. Flynn is the demon who is also powerful and commanding, but works for Satan. We’re not told what kind of demon Flynn is. But Flynn is not all bad; there is some goodness in him, and love. Oh, how I wanted to know more about Flynn! For some reason Samuel trusts Flynn to give him what he needs, he gives up control and power to Flynn, and Flynn takes that power and protects it.”
Kim – Dirty Kiss (Audio) by Rhys Ford (Narration – Greg Tremblay)
“What I found interesting was Jae himself, his culture, and his sense of family. It kind of reminded me of that saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. I may not have understood his obligations to his family, but I, too, like Cole, had to respect them.
Again, Greg Tremblay did an excellent voice characterization for Jae and surprisingly, Scarlet too. I wish I could have heard more of Scarlet singing.
So, if you loved the book, you’re going to love the audio version of Dirty Kiss. I’m giving it a high 5 star rating, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment, hoping that Greg is the man for the job!”
Sammy – Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon
“A good mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat and has you silently rooting for its heroes. Griff, while reluctant to wear the mantle, is every bit a hero. He settles down amidst a company of players and an opulent world that is both so familiar yet so foreign to him and his rather strange and humble upbringing. So many things about little Brian Arlington’s disappearance haunt Griff. He feels driven to find out what happened to the boy so keenly that when “Brian” suddenly reappears, Griff fears he has immersed himself so completely in the pursuit of answers that he has tricked himself into believing he is somehow a part of the very mystery he is investigating. With every turn of the card, Josh Lanyon pulls us more deeply into Griff’s psyche and, in doing so, invests us emotionally in Griff’s well being.
With an amazing cast of secondary characters and the coolly aloof yet intensely smoldering love interest, Pierce Mathers, Mr. Lanyon once again produces an intricately woven plot with mayhem and murder afoot that captures your imagination and leaves you breathlessly racing toward the finish.”
Jules – The River Leith by Leta Blake
“I absolutely love how Leith’s discovery of his feelings for Zach is handled. His brain “itching” at certain smells, looks, feelings. His gradual realization that the relationship is much more, at least for him, than friendship. And, the scene in the hospital garden…THE scene – when you read the book, you’ll know the one I mean – could not have been more perfect. Their connection and chemistry are amazing, and I’ll tell you what… Leta Blake writes some beautifully steamy sex scenes.
Honestly, the writing style overall just really spoke to me. I could say so much more about how much I loved this book, but I’ll let you all, discover it for yourselves. I will say, though, that I’ve been looking for a long time for a book to recommend as a first time M/M read to one of my best friends, and I think I might have finally found it. I highly recommend this book, folks. And, I plan to rush out and get Leta’s other stories!!”
Traci – Chase in Shadow (Audio) by Amy Lane (Narration – Sean Crisden)
“Of course, Sean Crisden (my fav) is the narrator, and you could not have picked a better person to tell Chase’s story. Sean makes you feel every one of Chase’s emotions and choices throughout the story. He plays the fake, happy Chase, the apathetic Chase, the cocky Chase, the scared little boy Chase, sad Chase, and finally, the at peace Chase. He does an excellent job with the other characters as well. Tommy became one of my favorite characters, and I loved his voice throughout the audio. I wanted to skip work to finish this audio, so plan to listen to this in one sitting.
I have read, probably, all of Amy Lane’s books, and I have to say this is my favorite. I love this series and will definitely buy the whole series on audio. You will not be disappointed. Again, it has my two musts: an interesting story, along with great narration that made me not want to stop! Enjoy and bring tissues!”
Me – Necropolis (Whyborne & Griffin #4) by Jordan L. Hawk
“In Percival Endicott Whyborne, Jordan has created the perfect narrator because he’s both reliable and unreliable, and we know when to trust him and when to scoff at how very un-self-aware and blind he is to his worth where Griffin is concerned. There are some powerfully emotional moments in Necropolis that bring a lump to the throat, all while you’re trying to catch your breath from the Indiana Jones style action that delivers a promise of death if Whyborne, Griffin, and Christine can’t stay more than a few steps ahead of it.
As has become the norm with Jordan L. Hawk’s books, Necropolis isn’t anything so simple as a book filled with words that tell a story. Necropolis is a book filled with imagination, with love, and with the bonds of something powerful. There’s so much imagery in this installment of the series to fill in the shadows of your own headspace that it draws you in and makes your heart beat just a little faster as you bask in the fear and embrace the romance between these two men.”
And that does it for the month of May. Until next time, happy reading!