Hello everyone! A bit later than usual we present you our Picks from the Bottomless List! There are a lot of awesome books coming in November! Are your picks on the list? Tell us in the comments which books you’re looking forward to read!
Wow this was a great month for me, reading-wise. I probably detoured into books more than I should, considering I keep falling behind in schoolwork (oops!) I think Annie and I both will agree that we loved Off the Ice by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn, as we both have a soft spot a mile wide for hockey romance AND both of these authors.
The real star of the month for me was Spectred Isle by KJ Charles. It is far and away my favorite book that she’s written. It was captivating and well paced and the characters were rich and had meaty stories really well blended that informed these personas they’ve attached to themselves. I can’t wait to see this unfold in other stories. And Sam! Oh man I need his story like fire.
Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense…except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.
Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfil his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there’s something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.
Saul hasn’t trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he’ll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul’s life—or his soul.
My review for Finding Home is forthcoming, but this book was a lovely October gift as well, and highly recommended for everyone.
I am very much looking forward to Sierra Simone’s conclusion to the New Camelot series, American King. This series has been AMAZING and I am so excited to read this. Confession: this pick is a slight cheat. It came out October 31st, but Annie is letting me count it as my November pick. I’m just so excited!
They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.
I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.
And I will survive this.
Long live the king.
I have two books I read in October that I absolutely loved. One is a reread and I’m not sure if that qualifies as per my own rules for this post. lol The book I’m talking about is Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox. I read this one because I was looking for a comfort read and Jonah and Vaughn never fail to pick me up. I reviewed it last year and what I said there is still true. The ace-rep is just amazing and something I can identify so much with and I love that neither of the protags had to change who they are to get their happy end. If you haven’t read this yet I strongly urge you to! The other book I loved, that one a new release, was Changing Colors by Elyse Springer. Springer has fast become one of my favourite authors and I loved the conclusion to her Seasons of Love series. Tony and Gee were such a pleasure to read about and while I was sad to say goodbye to the series I also can’t wait for what the author has in store for us next.
I do agree with Jude regarding Off the Ice, but since I didn’t read that in October I can’t gush about it here (though, really: READ IT!)
Tony Quinn has a knack for figuring people out. He likes labels, likes to be able to put everyone and everything in tidy boxes. As a theater director, it allows him to run a production without too much drama. But when he meets Gentry—“call me Gee”—in a bar one night, he discovers that some people aren’t so easily defined.
Gee Parnell is unlike anyone Tony has ever met before. He refuses to conform—to Tony’s expectations, or to society’s gender roles. He’s sexy and flirtatious, unapologetic and unashamed. And Tony isn’t sure he’s okay with that. So he breaks things off and escapes back into his well-ordered life.
But then an attack leaves Gee bloody and bruised, and Tony realizes that he isn’t ready to lose him. Not only is the passion between them off the charts, but Gee shows him a different way of understanding people. However, an exciting new job opportunity means that Tony has to decide between hiding his sexuality and his relationship with Gee, and his newfound appreciation for the color and beauty Gee brings to his life.
There are several books I am really looking forward to in November. One is the next installment in Tamryn Eradani’s Daniel & Ryan series. Jude’s excitement for these stories is infectious and I am very much looking forward to Tournament of Champions! Of course I also have to mention the new releases by Santino Hassell (Citywide), Roan Parrish (The Remaking of Corbin Wale) and Keelan Ellis (Everything I Have). Each of those sounds absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. The book I’m most excited about though is Tactical Submission by Ada Maria Soto. I first heard about this yesterday (and got lucky enough to get an ARC!) but that blurb just sounds awesome and yay for an MMF with an open relationship. I’m very excited to start that one!
SWAT commander Jack Burnside is haunted by his craving to kneel before another man. Of all the things he hates about himself – his overtly masculine size and strength, his blue eyes, his insecurities – it is the need to submit that he fears will destroy him.
Doctor Isaac Bard is close to achieving his perfect life. He has a great job with the Coroner’s Office and an open marriage to a loving wife who understands his needs better than he does. The only thing he is missing is a handsome young man to dominate, spoil rotten, and love.
Jack and Isaac might be a perfect match in the back rooms of the exclusive Windsor Club, but will the outside pressures of perception and duty tear them apart?
Jude Sierra is a Latinx poet, author, academic and mother who began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”. Jude began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007.
Jude is currently working toward her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, looking at the intersections of Queer, Feminist and Pop Culture Studies. She also works as an LGBTQAI+ book reviewer for From Top to Bottom Reviews. Her novels include Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary LGBT romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her upcoming novel, A Tiny Piece of Something Greater will be available in May of 2018.