What we loved in 2017

Favorites of 2017

The books we just couldn’t put down this year, in no particular order!  Click to see reviews (where available).


Sanctuary (A Tale from the Mercy Hills Universe) By Ann-Katrin Byrde

This was by far my favorite book of the year, and since Ann-Katrin always makes my favorites lists that’s no big surprise.  A friends-to-lovers book that follows two shifters, Ori and Patton, this book is full of sweetness and adventure.  Ori and Patton have always been best friends and in their heart of hearts they know they’ve always loved one another, but … Continue reading

Review: B.G. Thomas – Sometimes the Best Presents Can’t Be Wrapped

Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

Author: B.G. Thomas
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Holiday

Summary: Ned Balding used to be a decent man—until the stress of seemingly countless responsibilities changes him, and he becomes cold and driven—the kind of man who considers firing an employee days before Christmas. The kind of man who kicks a dog…. But Ned’s transgressions haven’t gone unseen. A Salvation Army Santa witnesses his misdeeds and decides Ned needs to be … Continue reading

Review: Anyta Sunday – Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3)

Author: Anyta Sunday
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self
Genre: Mm Contemporary

Summary: Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.

Wesley loves annoying his RA, Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.
Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred.

Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down … Continue reading

Review: B.G. Thomas – Getting His Man

Author: B.G. Thomas
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Contemporary

Summary: A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.

Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.

August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s … Continue reading

Review: RJ Scott – Love Happens Anyway

Author: RJ Scott
Reviewer: Lucy
Genre: Mm Holiday

Summary: Hiring a boyfriend for Christmas; what can go wrong?

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke.

Luke is … Continue reading

Review: Rick R. Reed – Open Window

Author: Rick R. Reed
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary Holiday


Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. … Continue reading

Review: Chris Scully – The Mature Man’s Guide to Surviving Change

Author: Chris Scully
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Holiday

Summary: In the sunny playground of Palm Springs, growing up was something confirmed bachelor and bad-boy chef Joel avoided at all costs—until a close friend’s death made him reevaluate his priorities. Ever since, he’s been dedicated to helping his widowed friend Perry get back on his feet by teaching him to cook and providing a shoulder to cry on. But when Perry announces that he’s ready to start … Continue reading

Review: Christina Lee and Felice Stevens – Last Call

Author: Christina Lee and Felice Stevens
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM

Summary: Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA seemed a natural progression—even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.

Hoping to score an easy … Continue reading

Review: Nina Rossing – Mick and Michelle

Author: Nina Rossing
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: Contemporary


Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. … Continue reading

Review: Nicky Spencer, Addison Albright, Amy Tasukada, Nell Iris, Stephen Hoppa

Author: Nicky Spencer, Addison Albright, Amy Tasukada, Nell Iris, Stephen Hoppa
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Mm Holiday

Summary: Sleigh bells ring—are you listening?

It’s that time of year again, and we have the perfect way to get you in the mood: A free anthology! Five holiday stories that are guaranteed to warm your heart, heat up your cold nights, and most importantly: Make your yuletide gay.

A Christmas Party to Remember by Nicky Spencer

Last Christmas, Cory and Wes made a connection that left them both thanking Santa. But when Cory doesn’t show up for … Continue reading