December 22

It turns out I read around 450 books in 2013.  Crazy.  Let’s say it was a stressful year, and I found myself better able to relax with a cup of hot tea and my iPad than with TV or anything else.  Losing myself in romance works for me!

I went through all the books I rated 5 stars this past year and pulled out my favorites.  I loved all these books and highly recommend them. Note these books were not necessarily published in 2013, that’ s just the year I read them.

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Books with Hurt/Comfort or Disability Theme

I love books in which love comforts and heals.  These were my favorite this year:

Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden – One MC is a therapist and the other is man with a deeply abusive childhood he’s buried but not gotten over. Everything about the story feels very authentic

Blind Faith by NR Walker – Acerbic, reclusive blind Isaac is wooed by the vet who cares for his guide dog.

The Boy Who Came In From The Cold by BG Thomas – A homeless youth is rescued by an older man.  This trope has been done before, but I particularly liked this story.

Clear Water by Amy Lane – Patrick is a sort of ADHD spaz who is rescued from drowning by a marine biologist and is taught to love and accept himself. Brilliant Amy Lane writing.

Hidden Away by JW Kilhey – One of my favorites of the year.  Kurt is a holocaust survivor, a gay musician who was in a concentration camp and now is a janitor at Berkely. The other MC, John, is a student there.   A secondary storyline tells Kurt’s story as he went through the holocaust—educational and deeply moving.

How to Raise an Honest Rabbit by Amy Lane – Drifter and grifter Jeremy has never had a stable home until he finds one at an alpaca farm and fiber mill.  Co-worker Aiden wants a relationship with Jeremy but will Jeremy stay?

Never A Hero by Marie Sexton – My favorite Tucker Springs novel. Two rather underdog MCs – one who is missing part of an arm due to a birth defect and one with a dark secret – find love.  Wonderful.

The Tin Box by Kim Fielding – A man in denial of his sexuality takes over custodianship of an abandoned asylum and meets a local gay shopkeeper.  There’s a  heart-wrenching story-within-a-story of a young man sent to a mental asylum in the 30’s for being gay that underlines how our current ‘freedoms’ should not be taken for granted.

NEXT:  M/M Romances with Kids/Pets/Families