I’m always on the look out for something new to me whether it’s authors, sub-genres or (fingers crossed) plot lines and world building. Here’s a few books I enjoyed in March that I couldn’t wait to recommend you guys. Each are from new to me authors who I will definitely be reading more of in the future.
This science fiction romance kind of took me by surprise. While it reminded me a bit of one of my favorite television series, Firefly (still one of the best sci/fi series to EVER hit network TV, I’m still a bit bitter about it being cancelled) it had enough differences to seem fresh. There was also the small matter of it having a second chance at love trope and as everyone knows that shit is like catnip to me. I couldn’t keep my fingers from one-clicking when I realized there would be reunion sex and angst. Then I picked it up and read straight through.
The main protagonists are Fixer and Zed. They haven’t seen each other in NINE years because Zed thought Fixer was dead. But now they are reunited on Fixer’s ship and are in deep trying to figure out their feelings while dodging a nasty space cartel and rescuing an old friend who has gone crazy because of some experimental program that makes super soldiers. The same one Zed was in and now has changed him into a completely different man than the one Fixer fell in love with. The secondary characters are brilliantly fleshed out and add so much depth to this story. So much so that at one point I tweeted one of the authors asking if this five book series would feature an ongoing arc of just Zed and Fixer or would it ping around with different characters. Seems it’ll only be Zed and Fixer, but guys that’s seriously okay because these two… I’ve already put in my request for the next book in the series, Lonely Shore, which has a release date of 5/25/2015. That means you guys have plenty of time to read this one.
Nessa looked over at Zed, who despite the trouble he’d caused, seemed to be sleeping peacefully. Lucky bastard. “I can see the man you love in there.”
“Oh, hush. The pair of you are like a goddamned romance novel. Star-crossed lovers. I look at you together and I get the feeling that the galaxy is going to tip on its edge.”
Megan Erickson had a post last week on FV where she recommended her favorite M/M reads and this was on the list. I looked it up and the blurb mentioned modeling bondage gear. For extra money. To buy a new guitar. Yes, that’s right, bondage gear. How in the world do you not one-click after that? HOW? It takes a much stronger person than me I tell you.
Anyway, this is a new adult m/m featuring Shane and Derek. Shane has to switch rooms because of something traumatic that happens right off the bat as the story opens. He moves in with Derek, an upperclassman who is all leather jacket, drives a motorcycle and makes leather goods to sell on ebay and etsy to support himself while he’s in college. The usual stuff… belts, wallets, gags, harnesses and cuffs. Shane is completely controlled by his parents. They have decided his choice in major and what classes he will take, if he works and whether he has time between studying to play his guitar. Which he hates. (As a mother of two high school aged kids, one of which will be going to college soon, and when I was reading this I actually had the thought that I NEVER wanted to be anything like Shane’s parents. EVER.) Back to the bondage gear, ahem, I mean story, Shane comes up with the bright idea to model Derek’s creations so that there are pics of it on a live model on his seller’s pages. Of course, one thing leads to another and they are sexing each other up.
One would think Derek would be the super alpha dude in this relationship and have the most angst about starting up a same-sex relationship with his roommate, but no, that person would be wrong. Derek is awesome, he has no embarrassments or doubts about Shane. He was just easy. Most of the drama and conflict come from outside Shane and Derek’s relationship, but they really don’t let it get between them and that was very refreshing. I loved these two.
“Maybe I should add a note about unintended side effects to the listing.”
“Maybe you should,” I say hoarsely. I drag his face toward mine with a grip on his warm nape.
Of course after reading Ms. Erickson’s recommendation I had to also pick up her newest about two best friends going on a road trip to celebrate the life of a deceased parent. It’s labeled as New Adult romance and is very much a coming of age story.
Justin is deeply in the closet at the start of his and Landry’s cross-country trip, but he does realize he’s been in love with his best friend for years. He has no idea how he is going to survive a whole summer in an RV with just the two of them and very limited space without giving himself away. His mother has all but mapped out his life for him. As much as he loves the photography that he learned from his father, his career as his conservative mother’s campaign manager is what looms ahead for him. I won’t get deeply into the reasons why Justin has remained in the closet, but suffice it to say there are many.
On the other hand, Landry is gay and out and proud. He’s never made any bones about who he is and never will. He’s also had a thing for his best friend for forever, but has never made a move because he believes that Justin is straight. But they have always been supportive and loving toward each other and have never hidden the fact that they are an essential part of each others lives. It’s just the way it’s always been since the first time they connected. But then the truth comes out. Justin has always wanted Landry, always. There’s never been anyone else for him. For either of them really. They truly are soul-mates.
The angst is intense as these two work through their feelings and Justin learns how to let the attitude and opinions of others go. Landry gets his feelings hurt more than once by Justin’s callous behavior. Justin is confused and gets angry at himself repeatedly as he is coming to terms with his truth, and at one point even drives the man he loves away. But rest assured they do come out the other side and have a lovely happily ever after.
This was a very touching and heartfelt romance. Even if you aren’t a big fan of NA romance, this love story will definitely tug on your heartstrings. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this series.
This was us. Landry and me. Together in a way I’d dreamed about more times than I could imagine. It was more than just the feeling of being inside him, it was the feeling that being with him, this way, was right. His head thrown back. His legs and stomach quivering with effort. His lips red and shiny.
We were always meant to do this. This had always meant to be us.