My favourite reads of 2015

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As my Year in Review post was all about me, I wanted to do a post to celebrate some of the many authors who entertain me with their words.

Like all authors I’m an avid reader too. I read a lot of LGBT romance books and am focusing on those for my list, as they’re more likely to be of interest to my followers.
These are in no particular order of preference, but are all books (or series in some cases) that I read and loved in 2015.

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy:
Hockey romance FTW ❤ I loved this story.

Vespertine by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn:
I have to confess they had me with ‘priest’ in the blurb. I *love* forbidden love. But I got so much more than I expected with this story. It’s utterly beautiful.

The Glasgow Lads series by Avery Cockburn:
This series was another case of getting so much more than I expected. I went in hoping for Scottishness, fun, and hot guys in kilts. I got all that, but it came with a side order of cracking storylines, great writing, some interesting Scottish politics and a healthy dose of angst.

The Enlightenment Series by Joanna Chambers:
I branched out from my more usual contemp reads into some m/m historical because I’d heard so many good things about this series. It didn’t disappoint. Beautifully written, I adored Joanna’s characters and thoroughly enjoyed the historial setting.

In Front of God and Everyone by Nealy Wagner:
Another forbidden love story with two boys who escape a religious cult in the US to make their own life together. Well-written, easy to read and really heartwarming. I was expecting more angst, so I appreciated that most of the conflict was internal once they make it to the outside world because I felt like these boys deserved a break.
I also loved the 2nd book in this series and am impatiently waiting for a third!

Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan:
This book was amazing. Angsty, brave and beautiful. A new adult story about two young men, one with autism, one with severe anxiety, and how they overcome the obstacles they face to being together. Heidi knocked it out of the park with this one.

How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton:
This cute and quirky story about dog shifters is such a fun read. I loved the audiobook version too. I have the 2nd in the series to read and am really looking forward to it. Damn my life for being too busy and stopping me from getting to it yet!

Breakaway by Avon Gale:
Another hockey story (I can’t get enough of them) by a new-to-me author. I loved this sweet story of socially awkward Lane and older, more experienced (but emotionally vulnerable) Jared. A great feelgood read for anyone, but particularly for those who are partial to hockey boys.

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I hope you found lots of great things to read in 2015 too. Here’s hoping 2016 brings us more amazing stories!

photo credit: El rincón secreto de Nidia via photopin (license)

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About Jay Northcote

Author of LGBT romance. Trans (he/him), Parent, cat herder, professional procrastinator.
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