Best of 2013 – Part 2 (Pre-2013 releases) and Giveaway

These are all books I read for the FIRST TIME in 2013 (Sorry to my perennial favorites A Matter of Time, Bear Otter and the Kid, Hot Head, and Cut & Run you were read first in 2012, never mind that I re-read you each multiple times in 2013).

I had a hard time narrowing it down to 10 titles.  First of all, there were those books I love and re-read often, but weren’t initially read in 2013.  Secondly, there were just a lot more pre-2013 release books that I read this year than 2013 releases (go figure…).  Did it have to be 10? No it didn’t.  However, you don’t want to read a summary of all my 5* reads from this year, and, frankly, I didn’t want to write that much.

I once again invite you to comment to tell me if I missed your favorite.  (Keep in mind there is a part 3 coming with my top 10 books from 2013 I haven’t read yet).

I will, once again, give one lucky commenter a e-book copy of their choice from this list 🙂  See below for rules. (this is not a sponsored giveaway, this is just because I want to spread the love of these fabulous books)


Who We Are by TJ Klune – Okay so this is cheating just a wee bit.  Who We Are is the sequel to one of my perennial favorites, Bear Otter and the Kid.  I love these guys.  I am at a loss in how to describe them so I will let my (Bad) poetry do it for me… Just kidding.  No, I don’t have the talent to write even BAD poetry, but Klune (by way of The Kid, of course) does, and it is funny as hell.  This book is not all humor; it takes on some serious and heart wrenching topics, but it has enough snark to keep you coming back for more.  I actually own both the eBook and Audiobook of this title (and BOATK) and can highly recommend both.  Klune recently finished BOATK #3 (The Art of Breathing) which will be Ty and Dom’s story.  Looking forward to that one in 2014.

Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis – This is one of the first books I put on my to-read pile back when I started reading M/M romance.  For some reason, it never got picked up.  I finally was convinced to read it in September of this year and had to ask myself why on Earth I waited so long.  It is a slow burn romance.  You watch two guys who are perfect for each other but have no idea about it.  Then you break your heart as they finally get a clue and can’t seem to do anything about it.  I love Aaron.  Jake needs to get his head out of his ass, but you fall in love with him as well.

Stolen Summer by SA Meade – This was the first book I read in 2013.  I then made it my mission to tell all my Goodreads friends to read it, too.  I adored this book.  I will let my initial review do the talking for me:

I loved this book. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into this book. It was my first full story from SA Meade (My only other experience with Meade was her chapter in The Party ). Stolen Summer dealt with some very heavy issues with love, respect, and tenderness. I truly was touched with how she dealt with Evan’s PTSD and Depression issues. As a sufferer of depression, myself, I can attest that her portrayal was spot on. I will certainly be reading more from Ms. Meade in the future.

Latakia by JF Smith – This book made me fall in love, not just with a story but with an author.  After I finished it, I immediately bought Falling of the Face of the Earth and wishlisted The Last Days of Summer and The Sticks.  Smith is not the most prolific writer, but what he writes, I want to read.  I have said before that I would prefer 1 or 2 well thought-out and quality books in a year from a favorite author than 10-15 mediocre ones.  I will wait for quality and Smith delivers.  Latakia is the story of a gay man stuck in a rut that gets thrown into a life or death situation and his journey back… literally.  He is rescued by the US Special Forces team and they all go on a journey of discovery and brotherhood.  I recommend this book every chance I get.

Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane – I thought I was going to have to include this one in my perennial favorites that were read too soon list, however… I read it for the first time this past January.  I don’t know how I held out so long!  I have since read it 2 more times and am getting read to read it again in the coming months.   This is a long-time friends to lovers story that will both rip out your heart and make you soar.  Crick and Deacon on some of the best men you will meet and they surround themselves with an awesome cast of characters.  They are a shining example of a family you choose instead of one you are born into.  They don’t always make the right choices, and you have to watch them struggle through some bad ones… but you see that with the help of that family, they can weather any storm.

The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux – Thought you were going to get away without an Abi Roux title in the mix?  Not bloody likely (sorry, I read a lot of British authors…) .  I think I have said before that Abi Roux is an Auto-Buy for me (if you haven’t heard that, check out my Authors I Love page).  So… I auto-bought Gravediggers Brawl as soon as it came out… then it languished on my TBR pile for a while.  Finally one of my Goodreads friends kicked me in the butt and told me to read the damn thing, and I did.  I couldn’t put it down in fact.  The characters were lovable and interesting.  The banter was fabulous.  The setting was unique.


Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper – I actually debated which Kaje Harper title to include.  I thought about including Life Lessons, but since the 4th book in the series, Learning Curve was on part 1 of the list, I refrained.  I do love that series, however.  I chose to include Into Deep Waters because it is one of those books that I avoided reading for the longest time because it was in a genre of which I am not a huge fan.  However, the story transcended the genre and pulled at my heart strings.  It is above love between two sailors when such things weren’t even the thing of jokes.  It is about love that lasts through time.  Just don’t read the last couple of chapters while you are in public… This is another free read and was part of Goodread’s M/M Romance Group’s 2012 Don’t Read in the Closet event, Love is Always Write.


Change of Heart (series) by Mary Calmes – Some people call Ms. Calmes a bit formulaic, but if it is a formula that works for you, she is a wonderful read.  She is great at pairing the Uber-alpha male top with the twinkish bratty but fiercely independent and somewhat snarky bottom.  The Change of Heart series does follow this formula, but she uses it to create a world of were-panthers that I just never wanted to leave and have returned to many times over.   There are 4 books in this series and they really must be read in order to completely understand the world.  I couldn’t pick just one to feature here.

Fantasy/Spec Fic/Sci-Fi/Dystopic

Woke Up in a Strange Place by Eric Arvin – When I first read Arvin, I read his M/M Romance novel Simple Men.  I enjoyed it, but there wasn’t anything that just screamed out to me, so I read more of his stuff kind of in that mind set.  Then about 6 months went by and I picked up Woke Up In a Strange Place, again.  When I gave it a second chance, I got it.  Arvin is a genius.  His mind is definitely a twisted place, but he can translate it to the page and make you see what he is seeing.  It is a magical and moving journey.  Underlying the entire journey is a story of a true and lasting love.  Another of my favorite authors called it “the most romantic book [he’s] ever read” and I can definitely see where he gets that opinion.  Buy it.  Read it.  You can read my full review here.


Power Exchange by AJ Rose – If you read Part 1 of this little literary love fest, I am sure you saw this one coming.  Gavin and Ben are definitely one of my favorite pairings of the year.  (and again, that cover GAWH!)  Gavin is a police detective investigating a series of very graphic murders within the BDSM scene.  Specifically, he is investigating very degrading murders of otherwise well-loved Doms.  Ben is the psychiatrist and Dom brought in as a consultant in the case.  When Gavin chooses to learn the ways of BDSM first hand, Ben is there to teach him… but there is so much more than just that.  The investigation is number 1, but the love is felt throughout the book (which is something I often find missing in BDSM-themed novels).

Giveaway info:

Comment to be entered to win.  Answer the question: “What is your favorite GLBTQ book you read this year?” Final selection will be made randomly. Make sure I have your email address (if you put it in the little box labeled “email” that is sufficient).  Must be 18 or older, void were prohibited, etc, etc, etc.  You must be able to receive e-book gifts from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or All Romance eBooks. Contest ends on 10 Dec 2013 at 11:59pm CST.

Don’t forget to enter to win a book from Part 1 of the list (You have until 6 Dec to enter that one).

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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16 thoughts on “Best of 2013 – Part 2 (Pre-2013 releases) and Giveaway

  1. If you expect me to pick only one, you’re crazy. But I do think I can narrow it down to two, if I stop looking now. 😛

    First, Winter Wolf by S.P. Payne. Adorable and sweet and snuggly and just plain awesome. I loved it to death.

    And Prey by Andrea Speed. How have I not read this series before now, you ask? I have no idea, but you can bet I’ll be reading the rest of them very, very soon.

    • Hehe, I had a hard time picking 10… I haven’t read Winter Wolf (though I have heard great things about it).

      Prey, however, only didn’t make it because I put Undertow on Part 1 of the list. I absolutely adore the entire Infected series.

  2. My top 3 favorite reads of 2013 are: Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux, Six Degrees of Separation by Taylor Donovan and Point of No Return by NR Walker. Sorry I couldn’t just choose one 🙂

  3. This is hard. I really liked Shock & Awe. I also liked Leather + Lace by A.B. Gayle. I loved the free story by Lisa Henry The Last Rebellion. And two books that I loved, but they are more than just m/m. There is some m/m/f and m/f/m and m/f, well just a mix of everything, are FrankenDom (Robin Rotham) and Beyond Eden (Kele Moon).

  4. Okay, my 3 favorite books, read in 2013? Isn’t there a harder question you could ask? I’ll just answer it for the last quarter of the year to narrow it down!

    I have to put down FayJay’s “The Student Prince”, because I loved it so much that it turned me into a giddy and bouncing fool, The YA “Gives Light”, because it felt really, really special. And last but not least… uhm… can I just create an anthology with the rest of my faves? No? Darn *pouty face*
    Well, then I guess I will go with “Rough Draft”. The book’s format is fresh, with a relationship developing through handwritten letters between former boyfriends. This book surprised me by the sheer emotion and honesty and I really loved every page!

  5. It’s hard picking just one favorite GLBTQ book. But it is all about Ty and Zane for me. Close 2nd & 3rd is Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels and Keeping Sweets by Cate Ashwood.

  6. a YA story called ‘The Benefits of Ductwork’ by Kira Harp was one of my favorites.

    Another very funny short story was “Caged” by Tam Ames. It’s about a hamster shifter which I found hilarious ^_^

  7. Wow, that is a tough question. I have read so many great books this year. Can’t pick just one, but here are a few: Silent by Sara Alva, The Lost Prince by Harper Fox, Just Between Us by JH Trumble, Something Like Autumn by Jay Bell and Forever Promised by Amy Lane

  8. Sixty Five Hours by N R Walker and Promises by Marie Sexton were my top two but thee were tons that I enjoyed reading and there are a bunch my friends say I have to read there just isn’t enough time or money. Lol

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