Top of the Stack: February 2017

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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 February. So work on enhancing the to-read piles and enjoy…

half eli langHalf, by Eli Lang
Release Day: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Tags: M/M Pairing, Romance, Paranormal, Illness

Mel: I’ve already read Half and loved this debut novel by Eli Lang very much. It is an extraordinary reading experience and I hope it will find many readers who will love it, too.

Kristie: I’m excited to have people read this because I think we could all use an urban fantasy these days. A little bit of multi cultural and interracial reading, some legends and comfort.

Living between worlds has never been comfortable, but it’s where I’ve always fit: between human and fey, illness and health, magic and reality.

I’ve spent the last six years looking for a cure for the nameless sickness eating me up. If I believed there was one out there, I would keep searching. But there isn’t, so I’ve come back home, where my past and present tangle. Come home to live . . . and to die.

But my father insists I meet Kin. He’s a healer, and determined to help, even though I’m not so hopeful anymore. But Kin isn’t what I expected, in any way. He sees me, not my illness. He reminds me of what it’s like to be alive. And I can’t help falling for him, even though I know it isn’t fair to either of us.

Kin thinks he has the cure I’ve been looking for, but it’s a cure that will change everything: me, my life, my heart. If I refuse, I could lose Kin. But if I take it, I might lose myself.

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hard wired megan erickson santino hassellHard Wired, by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Series: Cyber Lover, #3
Release Day: February 13, 2017
Tags: M/M Pairing, Contemporary Romance

Rafa: At the top of my stack for February is Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell. I adore their Cyber Love series so far, and I’m dying to get my hands on Twitch mods Cherry and Garvey’s story. I’m expecting lots of hot con action, hilarious (and in turn honest and heartbreaking) chat transcripts and another sexy, addictive read by my favorite writing duo. I’m off to reread the series!

My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.

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peter darling austin chantPeter Darling, by Austin Chant
Release Day: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Less Then Three Press
Tags: M/M Pairing, Trans Character, Romance, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Enemies to Lovers

El:  I think Austin is incredibly talented, and I’m over-the-moon excited for this queer trans retelling of the Peter Pan story! Plus, it’s enemies to lovers with Captain Hook, and… doesn’t that just sound freakin’ incredible?! I have very high hopes for this one, and am eager to get my hands on it later this month 😀

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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charles-kj-unseen-attractionAn Unseen Attraction, by KJ Charles
Series: Sins of the Cities, #1
Release Day: February 21, 2017
Tags: M/M Pairing, Romance, Historical, Mystery

Rita: A mystery was all my curious mind needed to hear to have me jumping at the chance to read K.J. Charles’ An Unseen Attraction, the first in the new Sins of the Cities series. Charles is the master of m/m regency romance so I’m excited to see how these characters get their HEA.

Mel: A new KJ Charles series SQUEEEEEE. What can I say, I am a newly converted fangirl ;-P

Michele: I will forever be SHOUTING JOYFULLY FROM THE ROOFTOPS how much I adore Clem and Rowley and cannot wait for everyone to fall in love with them too.

Gillian:  If KJ Charles writes it, I read it because everything she writes is awesome and interesting and never ever basic. An Unseen Attraction is my top pick for February too and I can’t wait to get my grabby hands on this gem.

Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship . . .

Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.

Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.

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until-you-tj-kluneUntil You, by TJ Klune
Series: At First Sight
Release Day: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Tags: M/M Pairing, Contemporary Romance

Kristie: I need this book like I need air. I need to laugh, and I know that when it comes to the wedding of Paul Auster and Vincent Melody Taylor, I will be guaranteed laughs. Probably tears as well, but I’m okay with that because I know TJ won’t leave me hanging and I’ll have a wonderful time getting to the happy ending of this book.

Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends
Paul Auster
and
Vincent Taylor
request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Our Own Private Universe, by Robin Talley, Jan 31 (F/F, Bisexual, YA, Contemporary)
Witches of London – Eagle’s Shadow, by A. Voinov, Feb 4 (M/M, Contemp, Faith)
Working It, by Christne d’Abo, Feb 6 (M/M, Contemporary, Illness)
Amberlough
, by Lara Elena Donnely, Feb 7 (M/M(/F?), SFF, Spy Thriller, Cabaret)
The Lawrence Brown Affair, by Cat Sebastian, Feb 7 (M/M, Historical Romance)
Daily Grind, by Anna Zabo, Feb 21 (M/M, Bisexual, Contemporary Romance)
As La Vista Turns, by Kris Ripper, Feb 27 (F/F, Bisexual, POC, Contemporary Romance)
Single Malt, by Layla Reyne, Feb 27 (M/M, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary)

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Now it’s your turn:

What are you excited to read in February?

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3 thoughts on “Top of the Stack: February 2017

  1. OMG, am I excited about the Kris Ripper. And the last Cyber Love book – somehow I missed that they was coming out. And the KJ Charles.

    I have a very long plane trip coming up at the end of the month and my plan (if my will power cooperates) is to load up on all these lovely new releases for my trip.

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