While the voting continues in our Readers’ Choice Awards 2016, we thought we would take this opportunity to share with you our personal favourites for 2016. It’s always such a difficult choice with so many wonderful books and narrowing it down always seems such an impossible task but it is a task that we have now completed with a lot of soul searching.
Now Cheryl will let us take a peek at her choices. Take a look and see what or who impressed Cheryl the most as she reveals her 2016 favourites……….
Book of The Year 2016
The Pillbugs of Time by Angel Martinez
Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.
But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.
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“My 2016 favourite is filled with sophisticated and quirky humour, remeniscent of my favourite author, Terry Pratchett, solid world building and unique but well rounded characters.”
Favourite Author in 2016
Introducing Gillibran Brown, a houseboy with the gift of the gab.
Gilli shares a unique relationship with his men folk, Dick and Shane. His memoirs deal with everyday life, love and consensual CP in a gay ménage à trois.
Gilli’s observations and anecdotes are entertaining, sometimes hilarious and often moving.
If you think this houseboy’s life might interest you, then welcome. Step over the threshold, but wipe your feet first, as he’s just polished the parquet.
Funny, tender, insightful and sexy books about men in a complex relationship.
“The Memoirs of a Houseboy series is without exception, fabulous. Gillibran is a brat. There’s no getting around that. He drives his Daddies mental, but he’s quite prepared to admit his flaws and presents them in such a way you can’t help but love him. His humour is dry and intelligent and won’t be to everyone’s liking but he just cracks me up!!”
Favourite Series with a Book Published in 2016
Memoirs of a Houseboy by Gillibran Brown
“See above. Some of the books are novels, some novellas and some short stories. Every one of them is a golden nugget.”
Favourite Character Couple in 2016
Ollie and Kade
Sequel to Model Citizen
Haven Investigations: Book Two
Things are going well for androgynous model Ollie Petroskovic, ex-Marine Kade Alme, and their business, Haven Investigations, until rock star Jacob Elias shows up in need of their services… and trouble follows.
Jacob is a playboy with a serious penchant for kink, slaves, and sex toys. He’s also Ollie’s ex—and all that implies. With the media exploiting his personal life, a stalker sending blood-soaked “gifts,” a bumbling security team, and a family he can’t trust as far as he could throw them, Jacob is in desperate need of a bodyguard for his latest tour, and Kade can’t refuse.
While Kade deals with new doubts about his partnership with Ollie and struggles with reminders of his war injuries, Jacob’s stalker escalates from blackmail and threats to murder. As Kade and Ollie work to keep Jacob safe and find the culprit behind the attack, a web of family secrets, lies, and abuse slowly emerges, leading up to a final confrontation that they might not walk away from—and that will have lasting repercussions for Kade and his relationship with Ollie.
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“Jeremey (with an e) and Emmett in Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
From the moment autistic Emmett announces to Jeremey he’s going to be his boyfriend, through the traumas of mental illness and fighting against everyone, including themselves, to be together, right through Emmett’s extensive research on the right way to do sex, these two characters are flawed, damaged, sometimes helpless, but always funny, sweet and oh so brave. “
Favourite Book Cover of 2016
Callum’s Fate by Dianne Hartsock
Cover Artist: 8th Floor Studio
In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father's farm in the hopes of finding work.
But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.
Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae.
Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.
Yet there's something wrong in the nearby forest….
Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight.
Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?
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“Because it’s just beautiful and absolutely evokes and encompasses the atmosphere of the story. “
Favourite Read of 2016 NOT Published in 2016
Strength to Let Go (Tales of The Werewolf Tribes #1)by Alina Popescu
After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.
Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.
Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.
Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.
Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?
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“I loved this book even before it was published, following the role play between the two MC’s on Facebook. The book didn’t disappoint and the only disappointing thing is that there hasn’t been a sequel.”