Hibernation and Comfort Reads: A Rec Post ~ Outside the Margins with CJane Elliott

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Okay, all. The world just keeps getting darker and more disturbing. So I’ve been hibernating lately. And with hibernation must come comfort reads.

Comfort food is also required. Here’s a comforting berry tart made by my husband:


Here are some of my m/m romance comfort reads and I want to hear from you what yours are.

Kaje Harper:  Life Lessons series.  A closeted cop and a teacher find each other and have to change their lives to let their relationship happen. Each comes with a child and so the whole parenting challenge is part of it. I normally don’t like to read about children in romance (because, duh, NOT romantic) but these children are realistic yet don’t overtake the narrative. We follow our guys through 4 novels and watch their relationship grow.

KJ Charles: Everything she’s written. Such a satisfying, near-perfect writer. My favorite of hers is Jackdaw, which is a side story in her Magpie series. It can be read as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the others. I think it’s the most intensely romantic of all her books, and when the village rises up to help our heroes… keyboard smash. Note that the Magpie series is historical/paranormal, but she also writes wonderful regular historicals. Her A Society of Gentleman series is another favorite of mine.

Sarah Black: Hardly anyone knows about Sarah Black, which is a shame. She’s a magnificent writer. I love her novel about ex-military guys: The General and the Horse-Lord. These men have loved each other for years but always on the downlow. When they both retire, things change. Older characters living real lives. I love how they help and support the kids, teens, and college-age characters in the story.

Eli Easton: Howl At The Moon series. I enjoy everything Eli writes but her Howl series of a town of dog shifters is so fun. It also has a sheriff and cops and a whole host of memorable townsfolk.

Charley Descoteaux: Buchanan House series. Charley always has unlikely, interesting characters and she’s now got a series set at an LGBT retreat house on the Oregon coast. I love this series!

What are your comfort reads? I would especially love to hear about less-known authors who should be added to my TBR list.


~CJane Elliott

About CJane Elliott

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
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12 thoughts on “Hibernation and Comfort Reads: A Rec Post ~ Outside the Margins with CJane Elliott

  1. I love Sarah Black – “The General and the Horse Lord” is my favorite, but “The Legend of the Apache Kid” and “Anagama Fires” are also 5 stars for me.

    Other comfort reads: “Frog” by Mary Calmes
    “Sidecar” by Amy Lane
    “Love Lessons” by Heidi Cullinan
    “Think of England” by KJ Charles
    “Louder than Sirens, Louder than Bells” by KD Sarge (free)
    “The Student Prince” by Fayjay (free)
    “Butterfly Hunter” by Julie Bozza
    “A Prairie Dog’s Love Song” by Eli Easton
    “My Cowboy Heart” by ZA Maxfield
    “The Queen’s Librarian” by Carole Cummings
    “I probably Shouldn’t Have Done That” by Edmond Manning…

    My comfort reread list on Goodreads has 190 books 🙂

  2. I have some comfort reads, one of my favourite is Muscling Through by JL Merrow. Also, the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon, Think of England by KJ Charles, the Enlightenment series by Joanna Chambers, or the Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk My last addition is Hottie Scotty and Mr. Porter by R.Cooper. I recommend any of them 😉

    • I just read Muscling Through recently and enjoyed it. Love Whyborne and Griffin! I’ve never read R. Cooper and someone else was rec’ing them recently. Will check those stories out. Thanks!

  3. Cjane hit a lot of my favorites, and I was particularly glad to see Sarah Black among them. I don’t know how many times I’ve read The General and the Horse Lord. And KJ Charles’ Think of England and Magpie Series. And Frog by Mary Calmes, the Promise Rock series by Amy Lane, the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. I’ve been rereading JL Merrow lately and Alexis Hall. Too many to go on. I’m going to check out some of the titles listed or mentioned that I haven’t come across. Good lists.

  4. Ansleigh’s Grotto by JT Cheyanne
    Any of Carol Lynne’s Cattle Valley
    More Than What They See by JM Dabney

  5. LIsts of Books I love:

    Annabeth Albert – Portland Heat series
    N.R. Walker – Spencer Cohen series
    Lynn Kelling – Twin Ties series
    Alexa Land – The Firsts and Forevers series
    Laura Harner – Willow Springs Ranch series
    Amy Jo Cousins – Bend or Break series
    C.J. Bishop – Phoenix Club series
    Jaime Reese – Men of Halfway House series
    A.M. Arthur – Cost of Repairs series
    Sean Michael – Chess series
    Nicki Bennett – Exploring Limits series
    Cardeno C – Family Collection and Home series
    Kylie Scott – Stage Dive series
    Nicola Haken – Souls of the Knight series and Rock Solid Construction
    Riley Hart – Crossroads series
    Kaje Harper – The Rebuilding Year series
    Sara York – A Southern Thing series
    Nicole Colville – Manchester series

  6. Here’a n author no one knows a thing about. His name is M. Kei and he writes passionate Age of Aail books. When I say passionate I mostly mean for ships and sailors. These boks take place mostly in the pre-Nappoleonc era and stars a dashhing British navel officer who falls in love with the swahbucklingest pirate of all. There are several books that show the main character defecting to the snking ship the captian is a prisoner of and follows him and the captain through a number of adventure and lovers as Kei understands and demonstrates his own tall ship knowledge… he’s part of the crew of a 16th century Dutch ship.. no he really is. THE SALLEE ROVE andthere several more. Kei became sienchanted with publishers so he published his own books independdently.

    Kit Moss

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