Books I’ve Read and Loved Recently
by Anna Zabo
In August this year, I did a post on my own blog about what I’ve been reading. I’ve been reading a lot more this year than I have in the past. Partly because I find that reading refills the creative well, and partly because reading reduces my stress.
And 2017 has been stressful. For everyone, I think.
So! Since August, here’s what I’ve read and loved:
Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park by Santino Hassell
Yes, I’m way behind on this particular bandwagon. And now I understand the love. I really really do. Gritty and sexy and emotional, these books made me want to throw things at the characters and reach in and throttle them at times, but man, by the end I was rooting for them and so very happy. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the series!
Risky Behavior and Suspicious Behavior by LA Witt and Cari Z
I’m starting to become a romantic suspense junkie, and I LOVE the way these two authors write together. I actually don’t know which MC is my favorite. (I lie. It’s Darren. No one tell LA that.) I’m so excited and apprehensive for the third book, ‘cause these guys have been through a lot (dirty cops, drug dealers, personal revelations, injuries, family crises) and are poised to go through even more!
It takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian
I just finished this book and it’s delightful. I know a lot of folks won’t read regency because it’s all the ton and buttons and stiff upper lips. This book is none of that.
It’s got a cheerful gay vicar who isn’t all that upset about being gay, a grumpy sea captain who finds that home isn’t so bad, the vicar has delightful freckles, an older man who gleefully scandalized his neighbors by having a plural marriage (and fathered said vicar), children who are actually well-rounded beings and aren’t props, and ducklings. Ducklings on the vicar’s head.
It’s fairly low angst, and reads well and fast and I want to chuck my laptop out my window every time I read a book by Sebastian, ‘cause she’s that good.
So that’s what’s really caught my heart these past couple months! What have you read that’s captured yours?
Title: Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo
Bluewater Bay Universe Book 22
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Erotic, Romance, Menage, Female/Male,
Length: 260 pages/Word Count: 68,900
Miniature artist Ian Meyers has one week to rebuild his damaged set. Needing help, he goes to End o’ Earth, the local comic and gaming shop. Owner Simon Derry pushes all of Ian’s buttons, and he also has steady hands and the skills Ian needs.
Before they can even grab a beer, Ian meets Lydia Derry, Simon’s wife. If Ian had any interest in women, he’d suggest a threesome, but then Simon explains that he and Lydia are polyamorous, and if Ian wants Simon, neither of them will complain. If anything, Lydia encourages the relationship.
Ian’s all in, and it’s fantastic working with Simon to piece together his set and then take each other apart at night. His friendship with Lydia grows too. The only problem is, the more time he spends with Simon, the more he wants everything Simon already has with Lydia: A house. A cat. A commitment. So Ian runs, and shatters the trust he has with them both—right when they need him the most. Piecing their relationships back together might prove harder than a smashed set.
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About Bluewater Bay
Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landingmedia empire.
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Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.
Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania. As a child they were heartily disappointed to discover that they couldn’t grow up to be what they wanted (a boy, a cat, a dragon), so they settled on being themself whenever possible, which may be a combination of a boy, a cat, and a dragon. Or perhaps a girl, a knight, and a writer. Depends on whom you ask. They do have a penchant for colorful ties and may be hording a small collection of cufflinks.They can be easily plied with coffee.
Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where they fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. They also have a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
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16 Responses to Tour Stop, Guest Post & Giveaway: Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo
Congrats on the new release, Anna. This year’s been an interesting one for me, book-wise. Among what draw my attention is LA Witt & Cari Z’s Bad Behavior series, Cordelia Kingsbridge’s Kill Game, Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn’s Off the Ice and Santino Hassell’s The Barons series, and many more. I really hope my good fortune in reading continue to the next years! 😉
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I just finished Kill Game last night, and I am *dying* for the next. OMG, so good. (See, I *am* becoming a romantic suspense junkie.)
I hAven’t read the Santino Hassell books you mentioned but I do have Insight (The Community) to read – sure I’ll be a convert then!! Have also enjoyed the Behaviour books and have put the regency on my buy list!!
Thanks for the info and good luck with the release
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I also LOVED Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park. And I think all of Cat Sebastian’s romances are brilliant! I swooned over both of the lead characters in It Takes Two to Tumble. Congrats on the new release; I am looking forward to reading it.
There were so many great books this year! I really dove into M/M romance this year. Three of my favorites were The Queen and the Homo Jock King by TJ Klune, Heels over Head by Elyse Springer and One Life to Lose by Kris Ripper. I also loved The Art of Three by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese.
I agree about Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn. Another series I just re-read is Minnesota Christmas by Heidi Cullinan.
And as a regency reader, I enjoy Cat Sebastian combining my 2 genres – m/m and regency.
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Santino’s books are always a great choice. I have not read Risky Behaviour yet but it is in my TBR pile.
Congrats on the release. It sounds really good
I like your reading choices.
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In the Blood by Hailey Turner
True by Ella Frank
Thanks for sharing
I’ve been wanting to read all of those! I really loved Cale Dietrich’s THE LOVE INTEREST this year…
Thanks for sharing your reads. I haven’t read any of them. I love regency stories so I think I’ll be giving It takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian a read myself.
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Thanks for the post. Because I read by challenge picks, I rarely am reading the latest releases unless I happen to luck out & get chosen for someone’s ARC. So I’m one of those few who’ve just started the Five Boroughs series as well. And those are the only ones on this list I’ve even gotten a chance to get to so far.
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I’ve read all those books. Cat Sebastian was a geat discovery.
Congrats, Anna, and thanks for the post. I have to get started on Santino’s series. And your new book sounds like a great penultimate addition to this entertaining collaborative series. – Purple Reader,
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