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And now, here they are, our favorite books for November.
Carrie: Cross to Bare by Susan Mac Nicol – “I cannot say enough about Susan Mac Nicol. When I am in a reading slump, I go and pull out a Men of London book from my archives, and suddenly my world is okay again. You would think that with each new book in the series, the author would have to finally hit one that just didn’t work – but NOPE! This book is just as amazing as the rest of the ones in this series. Each book is so unique – yes, they have crossover characters, and the cameos these secondary characters play in the other books is like cinnamon sugar on your oatmeal: sweet with a hint of spice. (Yes, Leslie, you are still amazing!) Cross to Bare is a brilliant read with tight writing and a sharp dialogue that catches you from page one and doesn’t let you go until the HEA.”
Carrie’s Full Review Is HERE
Karen: Out of the Blues by Mercy Celeste – “There is a lot of drama going on in this book, multiple difficult issues addressed, and crazy family to deal with, but it is done so wonderfully. And, boy oh boy, can Mercy Celeste write some hot scenes. As much as I enjoyed all of the developments and the relationship between Mason and Kilby, the relationships they had with other characters were almost more enjoyable at times. The relationships with their siblings were sweet and made me even more grateful I am close to mine.”
Karen’s Full Review Is HERE
Maryann: Shiver by Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott – “Shiver was a surprise, a fast paced page turner filled with danger, suspense, wild fight scenes, and a crazy descriptive car chase. And, was not without humor. Oh, and the passion will tug at your heart strings. Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott are just amazing with the written word. I seriously think this will be an exciting series. It left me hungry for more!”
Maryann’s Full Review Is HERE
Sammy: The Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe – “For those of you who doubt there could be much to discover in a story whose ending is already a sure thing, think again. Marguerite Labbe thrusts the reader into events in history that reshaped generations of people and her two boys grown into men would be both flint and stone in this story. Sparks of anger and cries for justice would flow from Hal as surely as he breathed. Seeming to float from one cause to another, Hal was there in the front lines of both anti-war rallies and gay pride parades. With seemingly inexhaustible strength, he would rise above bigoted parents, bolstered by the love and fierce loyalty of a younger sister and the steady guidance of the best friend he would ever have, Caleb.”
Sammy’s Full Review Is HERE
Lynn: Pent Up by Damon Suede – “I really liked the mystery aspect here. It wasn’t front and center, but was always lurking in the background. The further we get into the story the more layers are peeled away. With confessions, revelations, and a little snooping, it all comes to an action filled climax. I enjoyed the little twists and turns the story gave me. And the great reveal…well, I didn’t even see it coming. I loved it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely call Pent Up a GFY story. I loved going on the journey with Reuben as he comes to realize that, yes, he is attracted to a man. His struggle to keep sober was real and, at times, heartbreaking. I really liked seeing two men at total opposite ends of the spectrum getting together and literally saving each other. It may be cliché, but it worked.”
Lynn’s Full Review Is HERE
Lana: Children of Noah by Neil Plakcy – “I’m not going to go into the plot of the book, but I will say that all the strings get tied up nicely in the end. It’s a satisfying story that’s juicy and is in line with Kimo’s development as a character. We grow with him from the first book, where he’s kicked out of the closet, to this one, where he is in a committed relationship with Mike. And, by the way, I love Mike. Kimo is taking on a new assignment with the FBI, and most importantly, he is a father. It’s great to experience his expanding ohana, family. Reading this book felt like visiting with my favorite friends, seeing their success and feeling their insecurities. I just can’t say enough how much I loved this book.”
Lana’s Full Review Is HERE
Angel: Love Comes Unheard by Andrew Grey – “For this particular book [in the series], the disability is deafness, and while this has been touched on in a previous book, I liked that Grey went more in depth with these particular characters. Wilson and Garrett were fun to watch as they built their relationship. In addition to the disability aspect of the story, there was also an age disparity issue and one of homophobia, all of which was handled just as delicately as the disability.”
Angel’s Full Review Is HERE
Jennifer: Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale – “I loved this book. Reading it, I was nervous because I realized this relationship didn’t seem safe or sane. Consensual, yes, but there was no discussion about what either man wanted, when they would stop, and what their relationship actually was. Watching Avery come to these realizations was a breath of fresh air. He struggled to understand himself, but he still kept pushing. The secondary characters who tried to guide him were great, but ultimately, they could only advise and then back off.
If you enjoy rocky relationships, BDSM, and employee/employer relationships, give this book a shot. However, be warned, the sex is rough and at times pretty forceful, so if that will bother you, maybe check out a different book instead.”
Jennifer’s Full Review Is HERE
Jules: Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan – “The MCs in this book are both incredible. I don’t think I can adequately convey how much I love Kyle. Siiiiiigh. What is there to say about Kyle? Oh, I know what… He. Is. So. Perfect. Like, amazingly, wonderfully, swooningly – BUT, also believably – perfect. I say ‘believably’ because he is also completely genuine, and, well, believable. He is so well grounded and confident in himself, and his heart is just immense. But, he is also a bit unsure of the future, and can admit that he doesn’t handle every situation as well as he could. He’s real.”
Jules’ Full Review Is HERE
Lisa: Playing for Keeps/Playing to Win by Avery Cockburn – “Honestly, I can’t begin to do these books justice in words. I devoured them. Cockburn’s storytelling is rich, smooth and burns with the intensity of a good Scottish Whiskey. These characters, all of them, ooze an irresistible charm and draw the reader into not only their stories but their lives thanks to the author’s attention to detail, all the way down to the language of the country in which the series is set. Pure and unadulterated love is the only way to describe my feeling toward these books.
With each book Cockburn steers us toward the climactic arc with a deft and clever hand. By the time I got to the make-or-break point for the couples, I was so thoroughly invested in the relationships that their pain was my pain, and I don’t mind admitting I got a little choked up when everything seemed as though it was going to come crashing down around them.”
Lisa’s Full Review Is HERE
And that does it for November! Stay tuned for our Best of 2016 picks next month, and until then, happy reading!
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