elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions

Waiting for the list of finalists to be announced beginning of October, I will post daily the 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions: an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn't mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it's important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals. So please, congratulate with me this year honorable mentions:

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Hostile Ground by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (January 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626491240
ISBN-13: 978-1626491243
Amazon: Hostile Ground
Amazon Kindle: Hostile Ground

"Good plot, exciting, fast moving  & original, partly created by the writing style. Characters had lots of detail."

Gay Romantic Comedy
Walk with Me (Homes Series Book 7) by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985468
ISBN-13: 978-1627985468
Amazon: Walk with Me (Homes Series Book 7)
Amazon Kindle: Walk with Me (Homes Series Book 7)

"I loved this book. Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny, with wonderfully drawn characters I really cared about from the start. My favorite book so far this year. The only missing elements here were more of the setting in the town and a bit more connection to the temple, given that one MC is a rabbi. It didn't feel very Jewish to me, and I think she missed out on adding just a few touches that would have made that feel more complete."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Perfect Imperfections by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988777
ISBN-13: 978-1627988773
Amazon: Perfect Imperfections
Amazon Kindle: Perfect Imperfections

"This was an excellent book. Great, engaging writing style that kept my attention riveted throughout the novel. "

"I am a big fan of this author and loved this story. The characters are great; I loved how they met and the way Jeremy and Reg form such a close bond so early. I also love the way Reg is so protective of Jeremy, especially when it comes to those trying to take advantage. Great story to start with if you have not given this author a try yet."

Gay Paranormal Romance
In Your Eyes (The Mates Series Book 3) by Cardeno C.
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632160684
ISBN-13: 978-1632160683
Amazon: In Your Eyes (The Mates Series Book 3)
Amazon Kindle: In Your Eyes (The Mates Series Book 3)

"Absolutely loved this book. I read it all in one day. It turned the mate trope on it's head and came from a different viewpoint. Great world building with lots of detail re pack lore and traditions. A real emotional growth for the MC. Loved his father's wisdom as well. Very engaging story."

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Holding Out for a Fairy Tale (Least Likely Partnership Book 2) by A.J. Thomas
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987053
ISBN-13: 978-1627987059
Amazon: Holding Out for a Fairy Tale (Least Likely Partnership Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Holding Out for a Fairy Tale (Least Likely Partnership Book 2)

"What an amazing book! I love crime books and the plot had me hooked from the beginning. I loved the characters because they were real and imperfect. 10 for all categories."

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Rest Home Runaways by Clifford Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626391696
ISBN-13: 978-1626391697
Amazon: Rest Home Runawayst

"Wow - this woman can write! I read it in one sitting."

"I was blown away by this book. Henderson weaves a masterful story mixed with raw emotion and humor. Simply wonderful."

Gay Contemporary Romance
Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985549
ISBN-13: 978-1627985543
Amazon: Not Just Friends
Amazon Kindle: Not Just Friends

"This is a delightful novel full of sexual tension. It wasn't un-put-downable, but I did find myself thinking about it throughout the day and looking forward to reading it in the evening. The beginning was a bit slow, without a strong hook. Since the novel was solely in Lewis's POV, I didn't get to know Max as well as I would have liked. A little more information about the layout and style of the dorm suite would have helped me visualize it better, although there was sufficient detail to immerse me in the novel. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would buy more from this author."

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Not in the Stars (Mischief Corner Anthologies 4) by Toni Griffin, Freddy MacKay, Mathilde Watson and Angel Matinez
Series: Mischief Corner Anthologies
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (April 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499284675
ISBN-13: 978-1499284676
Amazon: Not in the Stars (Mischief Corner Anthologies 4)
Amazon Kindle: Not in the Stars (Mischief Corner Anthologies 4)

"The beautiful cover was the first thing that caught my eye and then each and every story held me entranced. To be honest I would have quite willing bought these 4 stories as single titles."

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608209199
ISBN-13: 978-1608209194
Amazon: Rarely Pure and Never Simple
Amazon Kindle: Rarely Pure and Never Simple

"This book was a delight to read. Ms Martinez has an extraordinary ability to bring the reader into the story and become a part of it. These two men, although imperfect, are perfect together, even though Damien just wants to be left alone. He doesn't think he deserves to have a lover because of who/what he is. Then there is Blaze. A tough, 'I don't give a damn' sort of man who, after meeting Damien, all he wants is to protect the more fragile man. I enjoyed the way Ms Martinez built the world in the story, how the Variants were developed, the great pace the story carries and of course, the MC whom one can't help but fall in love with. The characters, although as they are in a dystopian/fantasy world, seem real to me."

Gay Fantasy
Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde
Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (May 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193556028X
ISBN-13: 978-1935560289
Amazon: Highfell Grimoires
Amazon Kindle: Highfell Grimoires

"Very classic steam punk. Impossible words, Victorian phrase and tone, aether, and a proper gentlemanly protagonist. Beautiful. A fair amount of the beginning was explaining how the world worked. But it was done in an interesting way, so wasn't an issue. It was a very slow build to the conflict and well done. I liked that there were plenary of small problems for the characters, adding some realism. Also the same sex attraction between the two main characters was very secondary. It was a steam punk story with a gay romance, not a gay steam punk story. I enjoyed that was how the focus was written. Biggest disappointment is that this seems to be her only book."

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