My Top 10 in LGBT Fiction:
I was hard-pressed to decide on my choices for Top 10. It is nearly impossible to choose only ten titles among the multitudes I have read and enjoyed. However, here are ten that get “that reaction” from me. You know the one I’m talking about. When you hear or see the title, your heart does a little flip, and you sink slightly (or maybe not so slightly) into yourself. You might utter a quiet little “Oh, my god…” while your face morphs into swoon mode. Yeah, here are the titles that do that for me, in no particular order:
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
This edgy romantic thriller about a hardened hit man falling for his mark is touching, suspenseful, and loaded with action and heat. I could barely put it down and ached for an HEA for the mismatched characters.
Power Exchange series by AJ Rose
I fell in love with AJ Rose’s writing upon reading the first book of the series, a well-crafted BDSM story with a crime thriller plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. The relationship between Ben and Gavin is hot and delicious, and they are two of my favorite m/m characters ever. Ever.
Gorgeous prose, rich characters, and a beautifully detailed setting make this one of my all-time favorites. This unusual and passionate romance set on a sheep farm in Scotland is an absolutely stunning piece of writing that captures the heart and soul of the reader.
A BDSM favorite of mine, this series follows the relationship between Tobias and Noah and is hot, steamy, and thick with emotion. Some heartbreaking scenes make this a re-read for me, simply because of their honesty and the trust built between these two gorgeous men. Yum.
One of the most impactful books I’ve ever read, this story boasts lovely prose and dynamic characters while shedding light upon the plight of homeless youth. Gut-wrenchingly emotional yet poignant and hopeful, it is truly a breathtaking novel. Oh, and by the way, it is a love story. 😉
This first book of Edmond’s “King” series knocked me off my pins with its twists and turns, its incredibly quirky and lovable main character, and its fabulous sense of adventure. Technically, it doesn’t boast an HEA, but a wonderfully satisfying conclusion truly justifies the means. Pick it up and prepare for a wild ride!
This little sleeper of a novel drew me in with its tenderness, engaging characters, and powerful call to the need in all of us to belong and to be loved. So many elements set this precious gem apart, particularly its busker/sometimes-pickpocket MC, Trip. It is an unforgettable, beautifully written story that needs to be savored and treasured.
I simply couldn’t pick between these two, so I am going to choose both. No one crafts quirky characters in quirky small towns like TJ Klune. Add into the mix lush, touching prose and tender and unusual romantic relationships, and you’ve got a winner. Both of these titles provide all of that and more. Into This River I Drown brings together two sweet souls: one longing to protect, the other longing for answers amidst grief. A mystery/romance with a touch of paranormal, it is engrossing and heartwarming. In How to Be a Normal Person, an obsessive/compulsive video store owner meets a laid-back hipster, and then… well, you can imagine. Full of laugh-out-loud moments, wisdom, and heart, this story is both fun and moving, evoking tears of mirth and tenderness.
Angst. Lots of it. Yet this heartbreaker of a book stands out as one of the most powerful I’ve ever read, focusing upon the debilitating burden of keeping one’s sexuality a secret. The first of the Johnnies series, it sets up the characters and the tone for the rest of the installments, standing firm in its messages of love, courage, and healing.
Gutting in its raw honesty and unflinching look at brutality and its aftermath, Aaron is one of those stories whose title character remains with the reader long after the last page is finished. No one writes internal turmoil like JP Barnaby, and no one can drag their reader through it, coat them in it, and then haul them, clean and changed, over to the other side. I loved all the books in this series and highly recommend them.
Happy Reading, Everyone!
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