Posts filed under ‘M/M romance’
I’ve fallen a little behind (what else is new?) but I’m really excited about some of the releases that came out at the end of May, and wanted to share them!
May 17, 2011: Graveminder by Melissa Marr
This is Melissa Marr’s first adult novel, and if it’s half as great as her faerie court series, I’ll be thrilled. The story is about Rebekkah, who returns to Claysville, her hometown, after her grandmother’s death. She comes to realize there is more to Claysville than she thought, and that her grandmother played a key role in keeping the peace between the living and the dead. And, it falls to Bek to uphold the family tradition.
I’m on the library waitlist for the audiobook, and can’t wait to listen to it!
May 18, 2011: America Pacifica by Anna North
I think I’m at the point with YA (which I love) that the first thing I’m looking for in a story is originality. And, when I read the description of America Pacifica, I knew I had to read it.
North America is in a second ice age, and Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica. It’s a place of haves and have-nots, and is ruled by a mysterious dictator. When Darcy’s mom disappears, she searches for her mom, and finds much more than she bargained for.
May 24, 2011: Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost by ZA Maxfield
ZAM is one of my favorite m/m authors. She always writes with so much heart, creating characters I really care about.
While gifted pianist Fritz is studying at a conservatory and looking for a little peace, he finds himself surrounded by family and friends (possibly including a couple of well-meaning imaginary ones) who complicate his life.
It sounds like this story is told with ZAM’s trademark sense of humor.
May 29, 2011: Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton
I’ve recently discovered Marie Sexton’s Coda series, and LOVED every one of them. Her new release is a stand alone, and sounds like it’s as angsty and will pull at my heartstrings as her Coda books.
Bartender Levi is has left behind his Mormon roots behind and encounters Jamie, a loner who is haunted by his past. It’s an opposites attract love story (one of my favorite kinds) and of course the heroes find common ground, healing, and love.
May 31, 2011: Kiss of Snow (PsyChangeling series, book 10) by Nalini Singh
Need I say more? I do? Oh, ok.
Well, I’ve already read it, and it’s as awesome as all the hype led me to believe.
Read it. You won’t be sorry.
May 31, 2011: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels series, book 5) by Ilona Andrews
I always say this about the Kate Daniels series, but here we are at book 5, and it’s still true: each subsequent book in this series gets better (and I really liked the first book).
I’m really interested to see where the author goes with Magic Slays, especially since we are sort of moved to the post HEA part of the story line with Kate and Curran.
I’m looking forward to see the new life that they will build, what Kate is going to do with her new business, and what will happen with the bigger story arc involving Kate’s background.
May 31, 2011: Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith quartet, book 1) by Julia Quinn
The legendary Smythe-Smith family (and their notorious musicales) has always been the comic relief in Julia Quinns more recent books. The poor Smythe-Smith girls are now getting their own stories, and Lady Honoria is the heroine in Just Like Heaven. Another of my favorite romance tropes is the younger sibling/older sibling’s friend pairing, and Marcus (Honoria’s brother’s best friend) starts out keeping an eye on Honoria in her brother’s absence, and finds himself falling in love.
I always enjoy Julia Quinn’s historical romances. They’re light, funny, and romantic. I’m currrently listening to Just Like Heaven (narrated by Roslyn Landor) and so far it’s exactly what I expect.
May 31, 2011: My Dangerous Pleasure (Witches/My series, book 4) by Carolyn Jewel
This is one of my favorite parnormal series. I love the unique world, the strong heroines, and the sexy demons.
My Dangerous Pleasure is Iskander’s story. The author has really put him thru the mill in this series, and I was excited that he finally gets a HEA. And, Paisley is a worthy heroine.
If you haven’t picked this series up yet, I highly recommend that you start with book 1, My Wicked Enemy.
My review for this book will be posted in a couple of days.
That’s a lot of books, isn’t it? Lots of good stuff, here. What’s recently been released that you’ve been looking forward to?
She requested that many, sexy cowboy pictures be used. Now, I’m not a big cookie poster here on the blog, but what immediately came to mind were the number of sexy, wonderful cowboys featured on the covers (like the VERY nice one, above) of some of my favorite read books and books on my tbr.
So, here’s a stroll through some of my books…
The Tin Star (The Ranch series, book 1) by JL Langley
One of my all time favorite cowboy books! Jamie is the little brother to Ethan’s best friend, and he has come back into Jamie’s life, all grown up. (One of my favorite themes.)
Ethan lives a quiet life running his ranch, and when Jamie shows up on his doorstep, he throws Ethan’s life into confusion. Jamie’s unapologetic attitude is something Ethan both admires and worries about. It has already alienated Jamie from his father, and the small ranching community that Ethan is a part of could be next.
I love how Ethan and Jamie come to love and support one another, and stand together against some bigoted members of their community.
Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders series, book 1) by Lorelei James
This is on my tbr, and I was lucky enough to win it from the author! (Yes, I REALLY need to read it!) I was so happy when I won a DABWAHA prize pack that included 3 of her books. I loved No Mercy (written as Lori Armstrong). And, I’ve heard great things about the Rough Riders series.
Channing, a woman looking to shake up her life, gets more than she bargained for with Colby, a cowboy on the rodeo circuit. Especially, when he comes as part of a package deal with Trevor and Edgard.
Bareback by Chris Owens
Another one on my tbr!
This story sounds SO good! I love 2 strong heroes together, and this romance has that. It’s the story of Jake, a ranch foreman in Arkansas, and a cowboy named Tornado.
Here’s a quote from the book that I found at Goodreads:
Jake wasn’t about to be seduced like some schoolgirl. Not by a man who went by the unlikely name of Tornado, not by anyone. He stood as firmly as he could in the mud and tore his mouth from the kiss, staring into too dark eyes. As his hands made their way into Tor’s wet jeans he said, “This doesn’t mean I like you, you know.
Works for me.
Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
This real-life cowboy romance is told by “heroine”, Ree Drummond.
Also known as The Pioneer Woman, Ree tells the story of meeting her husband, Marlboro Man, when she returns from California. She’s a single city-girl who finds herself thrown into life on a cattle ranch. Her engaging style sucked me in one Saturday afternoon, and I spent hours reading her story. Be sure to check out her amazing pictures of life on the ranch, as well.
Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann
Another upcoming release!
This story is a fish out of water, cowboy-meets Hollywood story. And, it’s by Suzanne Brockmann. WIN!!
I blew through Suze Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series over the last year, and was so excited to see her come out with this new stand alone.
What’s not to like about a brash cowboy with a mission? AJ is set on confronting Alison, a history professor about the movie on which she’s acting as a consultant. I’m willing to bet that sparks will fly.
I’ve already got Infamous on request from the library. I’m sure it will keep me satisfied until Izzy’s book comes out next year.
Oh, OK, if you insist, here are a couple of pics, just for your enjoyment:
A Classic Cowboy done Hollywood style: James Dean
A Cowboy Cookie
Be sure to visit Sayuri’s place to see where you can find other cowboy posts! And, don’t forget to check out Corralled. It’s already on my list of Upcoming releases. Here’s an excerpt for Corralled. It’s really good!
Congrats to LB Gregg for today’s release:
In and Out (Men of Smithfield series, book 4)
Here’s an excerpt. Enjoy!
I know what I’ll be reading this weekend. ;-)
Continuing to shake things up around here, I’m breaking up my monthly releases post. Part 2 to come next week!
May 4, 2010: White Cat (The Curse Workers series, book 1) by Holly Black
Here is a book description:
May 4, 2010: Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires series, book 8 ) by Rachel Caine
Here is a book description:
Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he’s been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael’s all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell…
May 14, 2010: In and Out (Men of Smithfield series, book 4) by LB Gregg
Here is the description from the author’s site:
Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden’s dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out—by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything—including Holden Worthington—into the open.
May 18, 2010: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy series, book 5) by Richelle Mead.
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won’t join him, he won’t rest until he’s silenced her…forever.
May 18, 2010: Shade (Generation Ghost series, book 1) by Jerri Smith Ready
Here is a book description:
OK, so I totally averted my eyes while formatting the descriptions for Kiss of Death and Spirit Bound, since I’m behind on both those series. I think I may have to take a page out of Tracy’s book, and have my own “finish the series” challenge.
I’m really excited about White Cat, about which I read such great things at The Book Smugglers. I’ve got the audiobook on request from the library, and hope it comes in soon!
The book I know I’ll be buying today (on its release day) is In and Out. I can’t get enough of the Men of Smithfield! :-) ETA: As Chris has pointed out in the comments, I seem to not know what date it is. I think the kid’s little league dramas have drained what’s left of my tenuous hold on sanity.
Did I miss any books coming out this month that you’re looking forward to?
For information on other future releases, check out my Upcoming Releases page. For information about other previously released books, check out my Released in 2010 page.
By Degrees by J.B. McDonald
This review cross-posted from Goodreads.
My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars
View all my reviews at Goodreads >>
Orphaned at eleven and bounced around the foster system, Tim learned young that the only thing he could control was himself. It was a lesson he took seriously, and it’s the only thing that keeps him safe from more heartbreak. Conner doesn’t understand this desire to control things, but he doesn’t need to. He loves everything about his control-freak friend, even the way he quirks just one eyebrow. He has for years.
With Con’s arrival, everything starts unraveling in Tim’s life. He’s questioning his sexual orientation, wrangling with emotions from his past, and fending off questions from Con’s well-meaning family. Drowning in a world out of his control, his one hope is to let go and trust that love will save him. But after so many years of burying his feelings, he’s not sure it’s possible.
This book was recommended by Orannia (Walkabout blog) in her post which inspired my If You Could Give a Book to Someone post & giveaway.
By Degrees was a wonderful romance that really developed the characters of both Tim and Con. The book did not gloss over the issues that Tim was dealing with, nor did it take the easy route of “love heals all”. The book explored the development of Tim and Con’s relationship and really showed them working through their challenges. This was a wonderful friends to lovers story, and I’ll definitely be reading the companion book to By Degrees, In the Rough.
Here are a few things I’ve come across recently:
Gail Carriger unveiled the cover for Blameless, the 3rd book in her Alexia Tarabotti series.
There’s also an awesome YouTube video of the cover’s creation. Being the complete non-artistic person that I am, I love seeing creative processes like this one!
Last week saw the release of the first of a four excerpts for Jim Butcher’s Changes (Dresden Files, book 12) to be released April 6, 2010. I’m really excited about this book, especially given the surprising developments in this one!
It feels like this will be quite a pivotal book for Harry, given the title and subject matter.
I somehow missed this awesome excerpt for Patricia Briggs’ Silver Borne, until I saw it posted somewhere (I forgot where) last week. It’s a really good excerpt, and I can’t wait for the book, which will be released March 30, 2010. I was hoping to see Patricia Briggs again on her book tour, but unfortunately she’s going to be in my area on April 6 at the Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach. It’s on a Tuesday night, which just won’t work for me. Last year, I was able to talk my guy into making a day trip and we drove down to San Diego for her book signing at Mysterious Galaxy (an awesome SFF/Mystery bookstore). But, since this tour’s San Diego appearance is also mid-week, it won’t work either. Maybe next year!
There’s no cover yet, but Josh Lanyon has also released an excerpt for his spec fic novella, The Darkling Thrush to be released by LooseId next month (April 2010). Also, did you know that Josh Lanyon has an upcoming stand alone with Carina Press (Harlequin’s yet to be debuted ebook division)? Fair Game looks to be an m/m romantic suspense, and he’s already got an excerpt posted on his site. Carina Press is due to begin releasing books June 2010, so hopefully Fair Game will be released about that time.
Last weekend, I read the really fun and sexy Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg. I won’t say too much here about it, since I’m planning a review of it for later this week. Caesar was charming and feisty (Dan’s word for him, which was so apt). It cracked me up how mad Dan made Ce when he’d say that! Caesar’s chemistry with Dan was wonderful, and I just loved how Dan revealed so much of himself emotionally during their love scenes.
Currently, I’m really enjoying the audiobook of Carrie Jones’ YA novel, Need. I’m loving Zara’s voice, which drew me into the book right from the beginning. Her way of using different types of phobias to mediate her world (and feel like she has some control over it, to my mind) is brilliant, and gives some great insight into her character. I won’t mind the Tues drive across town when I take the kid and his friend to and from choir practice during rush hour, half so much as usual this week!
Polar opposite to Need is Manna Francis’ Mind Fuck, an m/m futuristic dystopian novel. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, after reading Lesley’s post about it. (She didn’t steer me wrong about Jane Seville’s Zero at the Bone, so I listen closely to Lesley’s recommendations!)
Mind Fuck‘s protagonist Val, is a fascinating character. He works for the Orwellian-type government in the Investigation & Interrogation division. He is a professional torturer, and he loves his job. Yet, not in a serial killer ott way. He’s just a man who has lots of pride in being good at his profession. The moral implications abound. This is not a typical m/m or futuristic story. It’s not a romance, though it is about a relationship between Val and Warrick, a coolly composed corporate executive. The novel is dark and complex. It’s the type of book that needs a chunk of time to really delve in to, which I haven’t been able to do over the last few days, but I’m planning on rectifying that shortly, since I’m getting back to it as soon as I finish writing this post!
So, how is your week going so far? What are you reading or hoping to read that you want to share?
Well, actually I didn’t just finish either of these books. However, this is another post I’ve been dying to finish now that I’m able to type again!
Cover Me (Men of Smithfield series, book 3) by LB Gregg
Here is the book description:
Because it had been a while between reading and writing this review, I decided to re-read it this past weekend, and I really enjoyed it for a second time.
The Men of Smithfield is a fun, smart series and Cover Me has the best story, so far. There is much more of an emphasis on the mystery/suspense element, and while the “whodunit” wasn’t hard to guess, the “how” made for an absorbing read.
Though, in the end it is the romance in the romantic suspense that make the book. I loved the outgoing, but slightly insecure Finn. He’s a bit of a smart-ass, but I always have a soft spot for the guy whose wisecracks and quick mind sometimes get him into trouble. I had a bit of a harder time warming up to Max, who used his job as a security consultant as a shield between himself and Finn. Sometimes, I just wanted to smack him! lol
However, when Max finally does unbend, and allows himself to show Finn how much he cares about him, it’s all worth it.
Actually, my favorite part of the book (aside from Finn) was the setting. LB does such a great job evoking autumn in New England, as well as prep school culture. I loved getting those glimpses into a place that is so different from my workaday life.
While David from Happy Ending is still my favorite guy in Smithfield and his story my sentimental favorite, I really enjoyed Cover Me. I can’t wait for Men of Smithfield 4, which will be out early 2010.
- LB Gregg’s site.
- Cover Me excerpt.
- More posts on the Men of Smithfield series: Cover Me release day post; Just finished reading . . . Happy Ending post; Just finished reading . . . Gobsmacked post
His Convenient Husband (Innamorati series, book 1) by JL Langley
Here is the book description:
When I heard that JL Langley had written this book in the style of a category romance, I was really intrigued. I find the idea of an m/m romance using some of those well loved tropes a wonderful way to interpret the category genre.
Also, books with a “marriage of convenience” plot are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. ;-)
JLL’s strong suit is creating characters that touch the reader on an emotional level, and make her care about what happens to them. With Micah, she does just that. He’s vulnerable and honorable, trying to do the best he can for his adopted family.
The story itself was sort of a mixed bag for me. It was hard for me to understand exactly why Tucker felt he had to cut himself off so completely from both Micah and his family once he and Micah spent their night together. Also, the rationale for the marriage was confusing for me. I kept wondering things like: was the book’s “world” written so that they could get married in Texas? did they have to go somewhere out of state to get married? would a Texas court acknowledge their marriage based on the will’s terms? I found that these questions kept pulling me out of the book.
This is sort of nitpick-y, but . . . the phrase “convenient husband” popped up more than once, and its insertion felt a little too heavy handed. I wouldn’t have minded seeing it once or twice in the story, but when it showed up at least 4 times in the 76 page novella, it was a bit of overkill.
However, there was enough in the story that ultimately I enjoyed it, and will read more of the Innamorati series. The family ties between all the men on the ranch was really touching. I also really loved the plot twist at the end of the book, which left me with a smile on my face.
The next book in the series, The Greek Tycoon’s Paramour, doesn’t yet have a release date, but I will be keeping my eye out for it. I can’t wait to see what JL will do with this category romance plotline.