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Annabel by Kathleen Winter

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Annabel
Author: Kathleen Winter
Genre: Historical Fiction
URL: Grove Press/Black Cat
Price: US $14.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kathleen Winter’s luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment.

In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret—the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and their trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina. Though Treadway makes the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women continue to quietly nurture the boy’s female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within the hypermasculine hunting society of his father, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as “Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished.

When Wayne finally escapes the confines of his hometown and settles in St. John’s, the anonymity of the city grants him the freedom to confront his dual identity. His ultimate choice will once again call into question the integrity and allegiance of those he loves most.

Kathleen Winter has crafted a literary gem about the urge to unveil mysterious truth in a culture that shuns contradiction, and the body’s insistence on coming home. A daringly unusual debut full of unforgettable beauty, Annabel introduces a remarkable new voice to American readers.

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Stealing Serenity by Tami Veldura

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Stealing Serenity
Author: Tami Veldura
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Bottom Drawer Publications
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Serenity, a photograph worth four million dollars, was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder, and stealing it will represent the largest payday Daniel will have ever had. To make that happen, he poses as a photography curator to attract the attention of Kearin, the auction house owner.

Kearin takes Daniel under his wing to work in the non-profit branch of his business, but it’s a cover for his desire to see Daniel naked, bound, and needy for the camera. Kearin has a client interested in a very specific portfolio—filling the request would put him at the top of his field.

Daniel thinks he can use the modeling to get closer to Serenity. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for Kearin’s brand of intensity instead. So does he go for the photograph or Kearin’s heart? He wouldn’t call himself a master thief if he couldn’t steal both.

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Canes and Scales by S.A. Garcia

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Canes and Scales
Author: S.A. Garcia
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Serpent Prince Linden of Ardaul is determined to drag his barbaric, power-hungry country into the modern age by encouraging learning, advances in the sciences, and tolerance. His insane brother Edward, the King, delights in making him pay for his efforts.

Long years of watching his back, fighting wars, and solving conflicts started by his cruel brother have taken a toll on Linden’s body and mind, and he needs a respite. When Linden meets an alluring young bed slave named Alasdaire, his weary heart responds. Alasdaire is an exotic mix of southern royal Totandian elf and human, and, although he’s also suffered hardship most of his life, his loving personality captivates the Prince.

Despite their differences, Alasdaire—canes, and Linden—scales, unite in body and soul, but their romance is nearly shattered by betrayal. When Linden becomes King, magical assassins, treachery, and threats plague them. They narrowly escape death more than once. The lovers must discover who wants them dead and more importantly, where they can turn for aid. Neither enemies nor allies are what they seem. Only time will tell who means to harm Linden and Alasdaire—the elves, the imprisoned Edward, or something even deadlier—and time is one thing they don’t have.

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Mr. Jaguar by K.A. Merikan

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Mr. Jaguar
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: M/M romance
URL: Amazon
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Mike Miller’s life has gone to shit. The formerly popular high school quarterback now works at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. The last thing he needs is meeting the guy he used to bully at school and seeing him all sorts of polished up. James is now the proud owner of an amazing silver Jaguar and a self-made millionaire. It seems that the day couldn’t get any worse for Mike, but James ‘Lovelace’ Austin might just turn out to be his golden ticket out of the job he hates.

When James Austin meets Mike Miller, his high school crush and tormentor all in one, working at an old, dirty gas station, it feels as if the stars have finally aligned in his favor. He wants to finally get his revenge on the guy, but when Mike turns out to be gay, the whole afternoon takes a turn for the surreal. Instead of just humiliating Mike at his workplace, James decides to hire him for a weekend at a conference he’s attending. A hot guy by his side is the only accessory James needs to rub his success in the faces of his frenemies.

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Diversion by Eden Winters

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Diversion
Author: Eden Winters
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Rocky Ridge Books
Price: US $5.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
There are good guys, bad guys, and then there’s Lucky.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter flaunts his past like a badge of honor. He speaks his mind, doesn’t play nice, and flirts with disaster while working off his sentence with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. If he can keep out of trouble a while longer he’ll be a free man–after he trains his replacement.

Textbook-quoting, by the book Bo Schollenberger is everything Lucky isn’t. Lucky slurps coffee, Bo lives caffeine free. Lucky worships bacon, Bo eats tofu. Lucky trusts no one, Bo calls suspects by first name. Yet when the chips are down on their shared case of breaking up a drug diversion ring, they may have more in common than they believe.

Two men. Close quarters. Friction results in heat. But Lucky scoffs at partnerships, no matter how thrilling the roller-coaster. Bo has two months to break down Lucky’s defenses… and seconds are ticking by.

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Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas by Bey Deckard

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas
Author: Bey Deckard
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.78
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content; some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sheltered and lonely, Jon’s life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbour of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love and jealousy, treachery and revelation, this first installment of the Baal’s Heart trilogy brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

Deckard’s first novel is a masterful portrayal of sorrow, hope, and passion, with a narrative that twists the reader through a world set in the Golden Age of Piracy. A thrilling look into the darker side of human nature, Caged effortlessly melds serious historical fantasy with five star erotica.

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The Dark Collector by Vanessa North

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Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: The Dark Collector
Author: Vanessa North
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Jeffrey Kuyper was a once-in-a-generation talent and I was his muse.

Jeffrey’s death shocked the art world and upended my life. His last portrait is an intimate reminder of our final weeks together. Now it’s up for auction and I want it more than anything. When a cold-mannered man in a dark suit outbids me, I’ll agree to anything to buy it from him–even a weekend in his bed.

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Measured Doses by T.T. Kove

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Measured Doses
Author: T.T. Kove
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Less Than Three Press
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: This story contains subjects that may be triggers for some (abuse)
Summary [from the publisher]:
After his father beats him, Chad escapes to the only safe haven he can think: his former teacher, Dion. But when he arrives at Dion’s door, it’s opened by a stranger—who promptly finds himself catching an unconscious man.

Unable to turn away the broken, battered Chad, Jeremy takes him in and tends his wounds, even if he would much rather have nothing to do with the student that his ex, Dion, cheated on him with.

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How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
Contributors: Francesca Lia Block, David Levithan, Ron Koertge, Eric Shanower, Julie Anne Peters, Jennifer Finney Boylan, William Sleator, Emma Donoghue, Jacqueline Woodson, Ariel Schrag, Margo Lanagan and Gregory Maguire
Genre: Young Adult
URL: HarperTeen
Price: US $16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister’s skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy’s love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had “an accidental romance.” And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn’t seen for fourteen years.

Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today’s multifaceted and quickly changing world.

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Sprout by Dale Peck

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Sprout
Author: Dale Peck
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Price: US $16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, it proves impossible to hold. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he’s gay, and the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.

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