1) Aleksandr Voinov – Incursion
This was a great Sci-Fi adventure story, realistic as far as those things can go, and it merged many elements to a harmonic whole. Most of all, though, this was a beautiful enemies-to-lovers story and yes, a romance too. –Feliz
Voinov’s worlds are not for the faint of heart. –Jamie
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 7, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Incursion
When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can’t refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs—those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs. Kyle’s best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the Scorpion’s pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He’s everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he’s from the same home world. He’s also of the warrior caste—half priest, half savior. But Grimm’s been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle’s stuck undercover as a criminal on the run. That doesn’t stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he’s more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns—like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone’s face. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, Kyle can’t tell if Grimm is part of the solution . . . or part of the problem.
2-tie) Luke Hartwell - Atom Heart John Beloved ()
A refreshing novel which made you feel alive again, and horny, too. Beautiful parts where the two boys make love, actually ‘fuck’ because it was raw, filthy enough to get me hard, if only for an instant, I can imagine what it can do to a much younger reader. Bravo to the author! Welcome to the ranks of truth tellers and seekers. –Mick
This was the book I liked most of all the ones this year. Only the cheating in the middle got on my nerves and I would have loved to hear Nathan's voice as well. --Anke
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Antinous Press, USA (October 26, 2012)
Amazon: Atom Heart John Beloved
Atom Heart John Beloved chronicles the lives of two boys who become friends at age thirteen. The story is told by eighteen-year-old John, who quietly whispers to his best friend one night in bed, "Do me." This novel is a breathtaking love story and an intense coming of age story that resembles no other book. John's narrative voice is one of the most unique in gay literature. Atom Heart John Beloved is literate, intimate, erotic, and delightful, delivering unexpected moments of grace.
Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth - The Slipstream Con
I like this book very much. At first glance I expected it to be a routine ménage sci-fi adventure. And it’s all those things, but done with a deft touch to the material; I found myself staying anchored in the story and not speculating ahead. The authors took a relaxed approach to the pacing – not forcing the action, or using heavy foreshadowing to make their points, but also not allowing the story to lag or wander off. –Linda E.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6, 2012)
Amazon: The Slipstream Con
Is love the biggest con of them all? A Ylendrian Empire story. For three years, Kellen Frey has led bounty hunters Tal and Vanya on a merry chase, evading capture with flair and style. Now, just when they finally have their pet project—and object of their mutual fantasies—cornered, the elusive con artist turns the tables and gives himself up. A sudden attack of conscience, perhaps? Tal and Vanya know better. Their suspicions are confirmed when a crime lord comes dangerously close to killing them all, and the rapidly sickening thief is forced to confess the truth—he’s been accidentally dosed with a highly illegal form of nanotechnology. If Kellen can’t get his hands on another dose, he’s finished. The problem is, the only thief who’s ever broken in to Slipstream Labs is his ex-girlfriend, and she’s allergic to bounty hunters. As he does his best to play both sides, he struggles with his growing desire to be more than a prisoner to Tal and Vanya. Without trust, they won’t survive long. The clock is ticking as they race to uncover a conspiracy that spans the Ylendrian Empire.
3-tie) Giselle Renarde - The Red Satin Collection ()
The lesbian and trans were the most important characters but when the drunken father started talking about the Cree Indian spirit world it brought the entire novel into focus, that you had say, “Ah hah!” –Mick
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: loveyoudivine Alterotica (November 28, 2011)
Amazon: The Red Satin Collection
When coming home means coming out. The Red Satin Collection brings together all three transgender lesbian romance stories in Giselle Renarde’s erotic holiday trilogy. Red Satin, The Night Before Red Satin Christmas and Red Satin Christmas all previously published as individual eBooks by loveyoudivine Alterotica. In Red Satin, mall magic inspires love and soon lust in the hearts of Regan and her transgender friend Maisie. Maisie’s family hasn’t seen her since she began her transition from male to female—not until she and Regan head home for the holidays in The Night Before Red Satin Christmas. Regan figures she’s just along for the ride, lending her girlfriend support, until Maisie’s mother surprises her with a special dinner guest in Red Satin Christmas. Regan hasn’t spoken to her hard-drinking Cree father in years. Can she finally trust the man who’s once again claimed to have changed for good? Together, Regan and Maisie face drama only Christmas can create. How will their well-meaning families impact their blossoming relationship?
Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid - Le Jazz Hot ()
Because this story sucked me in so much I thought like was right there in the rooms with them. It made me laugh and in parts brought tears to my eyes… this was just an excellent book and I will definitely looking for more of their work. –Norma
I really liked this. I have a soft spot for boys discovering the joys of gay love, and another for drag queens who live their role. Sure, it was a bit far-fetched, but the boys were hot and the story turned out to be very romantic. I would definitely read more about Julia(n). –Candace
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (March 26, 2012)
Amazon: Le Jazz Hot
Handsome Julian Larson is a talented singer and dancer who performs in drag to make ends meet. So when his best friend needs a burlesque act at the last minute for a fireman's birthday party, he calls Julian. There, Julian dances for the birthday boy, Trent Fitzgerald; a too-good-to-be-true heartthrob who is too nice to keep a woman in his life. Falling hard for the leggy, blond singer--but believing that she's a woman named Julia--Trent tracks Julian down to his apartment where Julian poses as "Julia's" twin in a desperate, doomed ploy to win over the sexy firefighter. When Trent inevitably uncovers the truth, will it mean the end of Julian's chances or a brand new opportunity?
6) Aleksandr Voinov & Amy Lane - Country Mouse
These 2 authors work very well together. London seemed to come alive at certain moments. Both main characters were complex and a joy to read about, especially Malcolm. –April O.
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 21, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Country Mouse
Bambi L. Lobdell - A Strange Sort of Being
This is a well done examination of the life of Lucy Ann Lobdell with a thoughtful examination of past accounts and the suggestion to re-examine Lobdell's life in light of modern understanding of transgender norms. –Victoria
This was a very interesting book that was different than the other books that I've rated before. I felt like it was something that could be used for an Anthropology course in college. –Mitzie
Paperback: 239 pages
Publisher: McFarland (December 12, 2011)
Amazon: "A Strange Sort of Being": The Transgender Life of Lucy Ann / Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1829-1912
8) Darcy Abriel – Silver
Every time you think the story has reached its height, every time you figure the sexual innovations have reached their peak, Darcy insists on taking you a bit farther. And, just when you think you've figured out where the story is going, Darcy exposes a few satisfying twists that force yet another compromise - this time, with the your expectations. –Sally
Very interesting story. Loved the characters, especially Silver. –Tammy
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
Amazon: Silver: Humanotica, Book 1
9) Beth Burnett - Man Enough ()
A beautiful understanding thoughtful novel about people trying to live as best they could. Normal everyday people getting out of bed, yawning, scratching themselves and living life as best as they could. Was a perfect novel at that, bravo! No, triple bravo!!! –Mick
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Kindle: Man Enough
Kaitlin Maitland – Encore ()
The book was SEXY. The sex scenes and interaction of the characters was very well done. –Mariana
After the first chapter I did not want to read more, expecting the same crap about fucking and sucking but I’m certainly glad I did, the book changed drastically and I loved it! It became a very rich and rewarding novel, one of the best sex novels I’ve read this year. –Mick
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (August 13, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Encore (Boston Avant-Garde)
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