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 Debra will reveal all to us. Take a look and see what or who impressed Debra the most as she reveals her 2016 favourites……….
Book of The Year 2016
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
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“Not even a question that this was my favorite book of the year. I still think of it months after reading it. An epic tale of love, loyalty, friendship and family. I am so glad TJ Klune is planning more for the wonderful cast of characters he created.”
Favourite Author in 2016
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
“From two men stranded on a deserted island to two men in the frozen Arctic, baseball players to ice skaters and my favorites, a werewolf and his human lover in the zombie apocalypse and two young Amish lovers celebrating their first English Christmas, Keira Andrews’ varied stories were all hits for me this year.”
Favourite Début Author in 2016
Tal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian and disaster relief work to create dynamic, strong characters, intriguing plots, and unique, exotic locations. Tal's stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.
“Thanks to Freya’s reviews I discovered Tal Bauer’s Executive Office books and fell in love with the storytelling and Ethan and Jack as they fall in love and try to save the world. Three books in and I’m ready for more!”
Favourite Series with a Book Published in 2016
Collars & Cuffs by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
“I was sad to say goodbye to a series I’ve loved for years. It came to a close this year with Endings and Beginnings (Book 8) but opened the door for a whole new series to come.
This was the toughest category by far for me and I can’t list all the great series entries I read, so I know I'll neglect to mention many, but honorable mentions to these series: THIRDS by Charlie Cochet, Five Boroughs by Santino Hassell, Scoring Chances by Avon Gale, Twin Ties and Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling, Don’t… by Jack L. Pyke, Tease and Denial by Joseph Lance Tonlet, Bound Gods by Adrienne Wilder, Southern Scrimmage by Mercy Celeste and The Executive Office by Tal Bauer.”
Favourite Character Couple in 2016
Will and Patrick
“Throughout the series these two brought a smile to my face, a tear to my eye, hurt my heart and may have caused me to overheat once or twice. The unlikely pair make a perfect couple as they fall for each other under less than ideal circumstances.”
Favourite Book Cover of 2016
Bare by Lynn Kelling
Cover Artist: Siol na Tine
Ev Myers is a former high school football star and Republican State Senator's son, raised in a strict Southern Baptist household where his only option was to be silent, behave and, no matter how he might be feeling, to put on a happy smile. Desperate to escape the pressure to be the man his family insists he become, Ev has fled Kansas to attend college and is working to find out who he really is beneath the lies and carefully composed public image.
But when he applies for a job as a nude model for a life drawing class out of a desire to be seen in a way that shatters all of his family's taboos, it's just the first step on a path that leads him away from everything he's ever known. Handsome and headstrong adjunct arts professor, Adam Buchanan, is the first person to recognize Ev's potential, and his determination to have Ev realize the importance of truth and stark honesty, as well as the beauty of flawed vulnerability provides the hope Ev needs to escape a world rife with kidnapping, brainwashing and deadly determination cure homosexuality, using whatever means necessary.
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“Simple yet striking, the cover caught my eye when I first saw it and represents the story beautifully.”
Favourite Read of 2016 NOT Published in 2016
A Forced Silence (Zero Hour #1) by Cate Ashwood
For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn't gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn't enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other's arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
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“Although I didn’t read many books that weren’t newly published this year, this was one of those stories I would have read in one sitting if I could have. I loved the characters and the storyline. It was hot, it was sweet, with a bit of mystery that had me moving on to the second book right away.”