Top of the Stack: November

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Welcome back to Top of the Stack!

Looking forward to the next book month? You’ve come to the right place then. Here are the top titles that we’re most excited about in November. So work on enhancing the to-read piles and enjoy…

romancing the inventor gail carriigerRomancing the Inventor, by Gail Carriger
A Supernatural Society Novella (Stand-alone)
Release Day: November 1, 2016
Tags: F/F, Steampunk

Michele: I am an unashamed Parasol Protectorate-verse addict, the series is my happy place where I go to revel in delightfully witty, deliciously clever and fun supernatural adventures with characters I adore. This novella stars Madame Lefoux, the beautiful, broken-hearted engineer who (hopefully!) finds love again with a most daring parlour maid. I can’t wait to read this!

Mel: Oh my… Why haven’t I heard of this sooner? This sounds absolutely great!

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve’s heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

Look for surprise appearances from popular Parasolverse characters and the occasional strategic application of cognac.

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luchador-erin-finneganLuchador, by Erin Finnegan
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Day: November 3, 2016
Tags: M/M, YA, Mexican, Wrestling

Rafa: I don’t read much YA, but I am really, really excited and intrigued by Luchador by Erin Finnegan. The author is new to me but I’ve heard good things. It’s an m/m coming of age story about a young Mexican orphan who is drawn into the world of lucha libre. I am so here for this!

Each week, Gabriel Romero’s drive to Sunday mass takes him past “El Ángel,” the golden statue at the heart of Mexico City that haunts his memories and inspires his future. Spurred by the memory of his parents, Gabriel is drawn to the secretive world of lucha libre, where wrestling, performance art and big business collide.

Under the conflicting mentorships of one of lucha libre’s famed gay exótico wrestlers and an ambitious young luchador whose star is on the rise, Gabriel must choose between traditions which ground him but may limit his future, and the lure of sex and success that may compromise his independence. Surrounded by a makeshift family of wrestlers, Gabriel charts a course to balance ambition, sexuality and faith to find the future that may have been destined for him since childhood.

From the award-winning author of Sotto Voce, Luchador is a story about finding your identity from behind a mask.

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take-me-home-lorelie-brownTake me Home, by Lorelie Brown
Series: A Belladonna Ink Story
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Day: November 7, 2016
Tags: F/F, Contemporary, Tattoo Artist, Novella

Rita: Pink-haired tattoo artist? Ah, where do I sign up? I’m a sucker for forced proximity tropes and that includes stories where fake relationships turn into the real deal. Brown is a new to me author so I’m hoping this little novella packs a big punch!

Thanksgiving arrives in one week and one day. Feeling hemmed in by parental expectations? Are they disappointed by your sapphic proclivities? I can help! The only pay I want is the holiday meal!

I didn’t know what I was looking for until I saw her Craigslist ad.

I love my family. I’m lucky to have them—well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.

Only . . . Brooke turns out to be cuter and more complicated than I expected. And before you can say “yorkiepoo,” we kiss . . . and abduct a dog together. I want to keep them both—but Brooke isn’t the kind to be kept. Lucky for me, I’m the kind to chase what I want.

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blank spaces cass lennoxBlank Spaces, by Cass Lennox
Series: A Toronto Connections Novel, Book #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Day: November 14, 2016
Tags: M/M, Ace, Contemporary

El: My reasons for wanting to desperately read this book go far beyond the awesome title (which shares its name with one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs!). It’s a romantic comedy about a series of art thefts, a gallery assistant, and the insurance investigator who’s on the case. Plus ASEXUAL MAIN CHARACTER AHHHHH! I think that’s how I first heard about this book, but now I’m eagerly clawing at the screen for this AND the rest of the series (2017 why you so far away?). Cass is an amazing author, super talented, and I think this book is going to alternatively have me in riots of giggles and clutching the book to my chest because of a gorgeous romance!

Absence is as crucial as presence.

The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave’s life infinitely simpler: he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves. That’s all he really needs, especially since sex isn’t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection. But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision.

Jonah wants his men like his coffee: hot, intense, and daily. But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn’t do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer. No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is.

When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock. Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences. Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work—right? Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them.

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daring fate megan ericksonDaring Fate, by Megan Erickson
Series: Silver Tip Pack, Book #1
Release Day: November 14, 2016
Tags: M/M, PRN Shapeshifters

Gillian: A wolf shifter book by Megan? Yes please!! Megan has a way of making us really feel for her characters, playing on our sympathies in a way that isn’t pandering or overdone. She really knows how to give them a full and satisfying arc, plus she’s really good at the hawt, sexy stuff  ;-) I think this book will be outstanding.

Kristie: I concur! This is at the top of my stack too. I’m on a good roll with PNR books lately, so I’m excited to see how this plays out.

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world.

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

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maze born trouble ginn haleMaze-born Trouble, by Ginn Hale
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Release Day: November 15, 2016
Tags: Science Fiction, Novella

Mel:  Ginn Hale is one of my favourite authors and it’s been way too long since I’ve read something new by her, so I’m really excited about this. Can’t wait to see what she’s doing with this book, in space  😀

 

A dead girl, a cop he can’t forget, and a price on his head. All on a space station at the edge of a black hole.

Just another day’s work for P.I. Lake Harmaa.

P.I. Lake Harmaa escaped the darkness and intense gravity of Sisu Space Station’s Maze Sector by turning traitor and spying for the Feds during the war.

He has no intention of risking his neck by going back down into those depths, where there’s a price on his head and more than a few souls who wouldn’t mind him turning up dead.

But when he’s framed for a brutal murder, Lake realizes he must return to the Maze and settle old scores.

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when-the-dust-settles-mary-calmesWhen the Dust Settles, by Mary Calmes
Series: A Timing Story
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Day: November 16, 2016
Tags: M/M, Western

Kristie: I’m super excited for a new book in this series. I have so much love for Ms. Calmes, and the thought of getting back to this series is making me wiggle in my seat!

 

Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on, to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

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Honorable Mentions

(aka Mel only let us choose one each, but none of us listened… including her)

Tru Smoke, by Edie Danford, Nov 3 (M/M, Contemporary, Cowboys)
Murder Between the Pages
, by Josh Lanyon, Nov 8 (M/M, Mystery, Short Story)
Time Keeper, by Tara Sim, Nov 8 (M/M, Steampunk, YA)
Life Within Parole, by RoAnna Sylver, Nov 11 (SFF, Antho (Chameleon Moon Universe))
The Painted Crown, by Megan Derr, Nov 15 (M/M, Ace, Bi, High Fantasy, Romance)
Labyrinth, by Alex Beecroft, Nov 21 (Gender Non-Binary, Ancient Greece, PNR)
Just Drive, by L.A. Witt, Nov 21 (M/M, Contemporary)
Frostbitten, by Charlotte Stein, Nov 28 (M/M/F, Vampires, Christmas)
A&B, by J.C. Lillis, November (F/F, YA, Music, Rivalry)

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Now it’s your turn:

What are you excited to read in November?

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