Monique and Mark have already shared their Fav's, so read on for;
Macky’s Favourites of 2015
Well, it's THAT time again when I have to look back and ponder what, who and which books, covers and authors made into my top favourite categories of the past year. Not an easy job when there have been so many amazing reading experiences to choose from. I can't tell you how often I've changed my mind on every single category that's in the list! But it has to be done, so here are my eventual winners. But in my heart every book, series, cover and author I'll be mentioning (in no particular order I might add) all hold equal footing in my eyes.
And we're off...!
Book of the Year
Such a hard choice this one, because I read some jaw droppingly good books last year. Stand out memories include Immortal by Amy Lane, Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan, Payback by John Inman, The Captains Pet by Samantha Cayto, Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell, Bound by Devon McCormack, Song of the Lonesome Cowboy by Lynn Kelling, Mocker of Ravens by Jordan L Hawk, Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain, Crossroads by Riley Hart...the list goes on. But the book I've finally settled on is…
The Grand Ballast by J.A. Rock
This dark, disturbing but totally engrossing tale, elicited one of the strongest emotional responses I've ever had to a story and simply blew me away with its ingenuity, visual dreamlike/nightmarish quality and shock inducing individuality. SO different...SO good!
Author of the Year
Gah! I hate this category!!! I wanted to plead the fifth on this one, but apparently (*Pouts pathetically*) that's a no no. Lol. So before the final reveal—which I've agonised over for days...agonised I say…here are some of the truly fabulous writers who thrilled, delighted and awed me during 2015, and who I'm sure, will continue to do so throughout 2016:
Riley Hart, Eli Easton, Lynn Kelling, Devon McCormack, Bey Deckard, Heidi Cullinan, Lissa Kasey, Santino Hassell, John Inman, Alicia Cameron, Tara Lain, Maris Black, Cardeno C, Kim Dare, Lex Chase, DP Denman and Lane Hayes to name but a few. And the winner is...**drumroll**...Jordan L. Hawk!
Jordan L. Hawk
Looking back over last year, I realised this particular author took up a lot of my reading time, both for Sinfully and personal reading material. I re-read the whole of her stupendous SPECTR series to get me up to speed for the release of Mocker of Ravens #Spectr 2, which left me panting for more Gray, Caleb and John; fell in love with her ghost hunter crew from the Spirit books all over again, and itched to re-devour the whole of her delectable Whybourne and Griffin series from the beginning, when Maelstrom was released (a marathon read I'll definitely be rectifying sometime this year!). Reaffirming why this author is nothing less than a five star read for me every time I pick up a book of hers.
Debut Author of the Year
Actually this was probably the easiest choice for me. There have been some fantastic new authors. Exciting, talented writers who have hit the gay romance scene with promise of great things to come and more new readers for the genre, which is brilliant. Avon Gale, Roan Parish, Nealy Wagner, Megan Erikson, Karen Stivali, Zane Riley...all shining examples of what's fab about this genre. My choice was a no brainer though…
This new writer totally grabbed me with his first novel. A book that might not have got the perfect score but it's two MC's, Fin & Matt, stole my heart with their uncomplicated, sweet but still tender love story. Thank you Charlie Winters for the delightful experience of discovering your book, which I proceeded to buy in paperback too! Can't wait to see what comes next! .
There have been some amazing new series, some brilliant additions to ongoing favourites and of course, thinking of our much loved Ty & Zane, some sad but fond farewells! John Inman opened the doors of the inimitable Belladonna Arms again with Coming Back, a series that never fails to put a smile on my face. There was a new season start for Jordan L. Hawks SPECTR and additions to her highly enjoyable Spirits series and Whyborne and Griffin, and a brand new offering from Santino Hassell, who gifted us two awesome books in his delish Five Boroughs series. Lissa Kasey took her fantastically plotted Hidden Gem series a step further with Cardinal Sins and I got totally immersed in the utterly unputdownable slave fic Demoted Trilogy by Alicia Cameron. Not forgetting Maris Black's drool worthy Kage trilogy, which kept me constantly on pins and of course the much anticipated Cael and Ash book from Charlie Cochet's THIRDS. What a year! But my top spot, with his follow up novel Bound: Clipped 2, goes to…
Clipped Series by Devon McCormack
Huge dongs, lubeless butt clenching sex, hot, studly, warring angels, a possible apocalypse to end all apocalypses and unadulterated excitement coming out the wazoo! This irreverent but massively entertaining series is going from strength to strength, and Devon McCormacks genius vision and fresh, take no prisoners writing style, is ticking all my boxes... big style. Love Devon! I can't get enough of this ongoing saga and need book three NOW! Bloody brilliant!
Favourite Character Couple
Emmet and Jeremey from Carry The Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
I thought long and hard about this but kept coming back to this lovable young couple; not only because they got under my skin emotionally, but because Heidi Cullinan's beautifully written, sensitive and realistic handling of autism and depression made them even more endearing. No maudlin, pity party here. Heidi embraced these boys idiosyncrasies and so did I. Making it an absolute pleasure meeting the unforgettable force that is "Train Man" Emmet David Washington, and sweet, gentle Jeremey (with an 'e') Samson. Two beautiful souls who made a lasting and memorable impression and I adored them!
Cover of the Year
There are some super talented cover artists out there and 2015 gave us some gorgeous covers. Here's a selection of the ones that either took my breath away artistically, or had me drooling... because let's be honest there's been some gorgeous boys and some mighty fine tatted torso's to worship...haha.
But it was the power of art that won me over this year, so my cover of 2015 goes to:
Stygian by Santino Hassell
Cover Artist: Damonza
Mesmerising and otherworldly, I fell in love with this haunting picture the moment I saw it. A stunning piece of art work that pulls me into it every time I set eyes on this stunning cover!
Here are just a few of the other covers that also caught my eye.
Favourite Read of 2015 NOT Published in 2015
Lots to mention here. Bey Deckards Caged and Sacrificed are way high on the list, as those two books thrilled the pants of me with the sheer excitement, action and sensuality they encapsulated. Balsaros, Tom and John were top contenders for my fave couple (or three) of 2015. Bound by Lies and My Brothers Lover by Lynn Kelling were both reads that kept me glued and enthralled, and the re-release of Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan, a book that I love with a passion, was a treasured re-read. Absolutely amazing! But I rediscovered my love of slave fic in 2015 and discovered some absolute gems that somehow, over the years I'd missed. Out of the Woods and Twice Caught by Syd McGinley were a real welcome surprise and all the books in the Slave Breakers (free online) series from Maculategiraffe knocked my socks off; I LOVED those stories! However, It was on my search for more slave fic that I found the winner of this category..
At His Throat, A Promise by Lilith Grey
This fairly long book had me at the words slave, master and ménage so expectations ran high...but this story surpassed them all. Once I started reading I was absolutely hooked and couldn't tear myself away. Hot, sensual, emotional and intriguing in its world and society building, this was a perfect read for me in all ways possible and I could just dive right back in as we speak. Sublime!
Favourite Audio Book Published in 2015
I do slip the odd audiobook in here and there but I hit the Kindle more, so there's only a few contenders here. Blame it on the Mistletoe, a favourite story of mine by Eli Easton, was just as lovely and feel good in audiobook form; it's narrator, Jason Frazier, an absolute delight to listen to, and Pray the Gay Away by Sara York, also narrated by Jason was another compelling audiobook that tugged my heartstrings. But my fave listen of the year was…
Owning Corey by by Maris Black
A book I loved when I actually read it; voiced superbly by another awesome narrator: J. F. Harding, who brought the book alive with his brilliant characterisations and emotive storytelling. He nailed this audiobook! A highly recommended listen.
Favourite Audio Book Narrator of 2015
Well, you've probably gathered that for me it's between J. F. Harding and Jason Frazier and I really am torn by this choice, as both these men are exceptional narrators. Each worthy of the title, I will listen to anything these guys put their voices to!
But having given kudos to J.F in Owning Corey, I'm going to go with…
Simply because having now listened to a couple of his narrations, I'm a bit in awe of his amazing voice acting, which includes an uncanny ability to make even female characters sound authentic! And when it comes to the 'romantic' bits...well let's just say his sensual, sexy, whispery tone has me melting! Oooh.Tingling just thinking about it!
So that's it! All done. My favourites of 2015, and it's been difficult choosing, but a pleasure reliving all the amazing reads (and listens) from this awesome genre. A heartfelt thank you to every author I've read from the m/m world, who has brought the joy of reading into my life.You are all winners to me!
Happy New Year to all of you wonderful peeps who love and support the gay romance community as much as we do at Sinfully. Thank you so much for your (always) appreciated support! You guys Rock!
Now it’s YOUR turn, if you haven’t already voted for you favourite’s of 2015, pop along to our Readers Choice Awards: Round One nominations to have YOUR voice heard.
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Ah-ha… Christmas may be over but I have a little gift for one lucky reader, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list! All you need to do is answer my following question in the comments below:
There are books I treasure and adore so much, I've just had to physically purchase the paperback as well as the Kindle edition. Which much loved books have compelled you to do the same?
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::: And the winner is…. Jenny B ……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::