Hopefully all the nerves have calmed down and the nail biting has stopped now our voting is finished on our Reader’s Choice Awards. This means back to business as usual and as always the Sinfully team brings you our Hotpicks. Check out our favourites for December and don’t forget… five lucky readers get the chance to win a Kindle eBook from our list of December’s Hotpicks. Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Keep up with all our Hot Picks –> HERE.
The Deepest Blue by Christina Lee
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Lee exchanges skyline for swampland in the next book of her male/male romance series, Roadmap to Your Heart.
Rugged and conventional Callum Montgomery enjoys running Shady Pines hunting preserve, except for the secret that’s eating him alive. When his sister brings a date for a family wedding, he can’t stand the arrogant city slicker with the stick up his perfectly fine ass. He doesn’t understand his draw to Dean, who pushes his buttons at every turn, but he’d never dream of betraying his sibling over some lust fueled fantasy.
Handsome and conscientious Dean Abbott is a research assistant in his university’s biology lab. When his roommate, Cassie, begs him to be her pretend date in front of her meddling family, he begrudgingly agrees to help. He doesn’t anticipate being enchanted by the countryside, the colorful cast of characters, or her sexy and brooding straight brother.
When contempt turns to passion and leads to stolen moments in a sugar cane field, Callum can’t help longing for the kind of connection he believes he can never have. But not even the world’s most heart-melting kiss can bridge the vast philosophical differences between the men.
Dean’s return to his urban lifestyle leaves him restless, his mind continually wandering to the charming setting that spoke to something missing deep inside him. Because you can take the city boy out of the country but you can’t make him forget the intriguing man he left behind.
Lisa: "The Deepest Blue is the second book in Christina Lee’s series entitled Roadmap to Your Heart. This first installment to this series somewhat of a spin-off from the book There You Stand where the two protagonist appeared as secondary characters. This book is very loosely tied to the first book in this series and takes place far away from the MC world featured in There You Stand and The Darkest Flame. This author has proven to me that she can write some seriously awesome M/M contemporary romance. In my personal opinion, I think that Ms. Lee once again did a great job penning a low-angst and tender-hearted tale about two young men who find their sizzling connection too hard to ignore.
This author has delivered a sweet love story that also managed to keep me intrigued as I rooted for our two sexy protagonists. As they begin to discover one another and explore what they could share, you could unquestionably feel the palpable and profound bond they shared. The Deepest Blue turned out to be an enjoyable read. I can’t wait for more in this series!"
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Vanished 3 by Carter Quinn
Rating: 5 Stars
It’s been five months since Henry Cooley woke up to find that his husband, Tom MacKinnon, had vanished. Henry has gone through hell and back since then trying to uncover what really happened. But nothing could prepare him for the truth.
Mark: on my lord! I can’t tell you how long I had waited to get the final book of this heart stopping trilogy in my sticky little fingers. Oh boy, was I relieved to know what happened to tom. I have never been so relieved to get to an end of a series in my life. Carter has written three wonderful books that will keep you on the edge of your seat, will keep your heart wrenched in knots for Henry and his loss and his fight against all odds to get his husband back. In the first book I cried buckets and then things didn’t let up from there. this is why even though it is a third book in a series I have featured it as my December Hotpick. I can only highly recommend you buy these three books and expect to be thrilled from start to finish.
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Dom of Ages (Collars & Cuffs #7)
by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Rating: 5 Stars
Collars and Cuffs: Book Seven
Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. When he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. So what if Jarod is probably twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? All he can see is what he’s always wanted—a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-four years with his Master before Fate took him. Four years on, Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughingstock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub?
After several missteps, Eli realizes that in order to find happiness, they will need friends who will understand. At a friend’s insistence, he visits Collars & Cuffs, where they are met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently and he dares to think he can have it all. Until a phone call threatens to take it all away….
Debra: As if the gorgeous cover wasn’t enough to draw me in, the authors had my heart breaking within the first chapters, then they shattered it before putting it back together with the help of both old and new characters. Jarod and Eli make a great couple and the older sub/younger dom dynamic was a nice change and works very well. That’s not the only difference at play between the two men and there are a number of obstacles they need to overcome. There were tears, heartache, joy and lots of kink, but also plenty of love and romance. This hurt/comfort story and the pairing of Eli and Jarod quickly became favorites of mine in a series with many good pairings, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the prior books, you can jump in here since both Eli and Jarod are new to the series. Highly recommended for anyone who loves an emotional love story that requires the men to really work for their very happy ending.
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The Proofs In The Pudding by Nic Starr
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Steve never expected making a Christmas pudding would bring him the man of his dreams.
Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He's determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away. Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he's been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there's no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.
However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true
Freya: I have chosen this for several reasons. On a technical front, it was very well written, and there was a good balance between dialogue and other forms of storytelling.
Then there came the Christmas tale itself. It’s a story of a group of friends who spend the festive holiday together because, for one reason or another, they have classified themselves Christmas orphans. So, instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they all get together at a holiday house.
From the very first paragraph, I was smiling. The sense of humour used was one I totally related to, and the author wrote in such a way that I could picture myself with them. The range of characters too was a good mix. I found The Proofs In The Pudding, an entirely engaging, heartwarming Christmas story, whose heat factor would have quickly roasted any Christmas turkey.
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A Seditious Affair by K J Charles
Rating: 5 Stars
Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He’s not lovable, or even likable. He’s an overbearing idealist, a Radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution . . . and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged—or spare his life.
A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the Radical week after week. In the bedroom, everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other’s deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas’s politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.
Sally: Such a fabuous historical set in one of the most interesting periods of British history, where many of the foundations of modern society were being painfully manhandled into position. But also a very touching romance. I took a great deal of joy in seeing Silas and Dominic, two men with such diametrically opposed views yet immense mutual respect, go from squabbling, to listening, to comprehending each other’s views, their love increasing with their sympathy, but without either of them giving an inch in their personal beliefs of what is right and true. But when Silas’s immoveable object meets the irresistible force of the law something has to give. My heart broke. I’m not one to sob over a book, but I’ll admit to having a tight throat on a couple of occasions. It’s all glorious.
The third part of the series, A Gentleman’s Position isn’t out until January, but at least that gives me something to look forward to in the darkest month of the year.
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Alan’s Hot Pick
Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire
Rating: 5 Stars
Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.
He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.
But does he have the strength to let go and really grieve?
When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.
Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?
Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.
Alan: My December Hotpick is Symphony by Brandon Shire because I give him great credit for refusing to fall back on any and all gay fiction memes and conventions. There has, to my knowledge, never been a book about music as original and unexpected at this one. And I defy any reader to finish this book with a dry eye. “Summer Symphony” moved me profoundly. The author’s deep understanding of the nature of music, its effect on the human soul, and the liberation of creativity is unparalleled. The love between the men is almost irrelevant compared to their inspiring flight into the power and passion of great music, music they create, music for the ages.
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