Top of the Stack: April 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 April. So work on enhancing the to-read piles and enjoy…

loose cannon sidney bellLoose Cannon, by Sidney Bell
Series: The Woodbury Boys, #1
Release Day: April 3, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press

Rita:  Every once in a while you happen upon an author whose books feel like they were written just for you. Bell’s style allows the reader to get lost in the fiction of the story, and yet, relate to the characters on a very real level. She’s fairly new to the romance scene and a new-to-me author but I’m already excited to read anything I can get my hands on by her.

Don’t miss this brand-new male/male romance series from Sidney Bell, author of Bad Judgment 

Released after five years in the system for assault, streetwise Edgar-Allen Church is ready to leave the past behind and finally look to his future. In need of a place to crash, he’s leaning on Miller Quinn. A patient, solidly masculine pillar of strength and support, Miller has always been there for him—except in the one way Church has wanted the most.

With his staunchly conservative upbringing, Miller has been playing it straight his whole life. Now with Church so close again, it’s getting harder to keep his denial intact. As they fumble their way back to friendship after so many years apart, Miller struggles to find the courage to accept who he really is. What he has with Church could be more than desire—it could be love. But it could also mean trouble.

Church’s criminal connections are closing in on the both of them, and more than their hearts are at risk. This time, their very lives are on the line.


Imagines, by N.R. Walker
Series: Imago, #2
Release Day: April 10, 2017

Kristie: My top pick for April is Imagines, by N.R. Walker. The first book, Imago, was gifted to me by another blogger friend who told me “Omigosh it’s so, so lovely, Kristie”. So I read it and promptly fell in total love for Lawson and Jack. Finding out that there would be a book 2? It made me jump for joy. I don’t know what it’s about, and I really don’t care. Right now, I’m just really excited that I’ll get another chance to know these two amazing men better.

Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic.

When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.

Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies.

But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it’s not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance

A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand, if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two.


the upside of unrequited becky albertalliThe Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli
Release Day: April 11
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

El: Becky checked every one of my boxes with Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which is the kinda of YA book that I crave. Her writing is funny and witty, and her characters are teenagers who act like teens, hitting the perfect balance of “readable” and “relatable” without crossing into “emo” or “ohgodwhy” (aka me every time I’m around an *actual* teenager). Upside has been on my radar since it was announced, and I can’t wait to devour more of Becky’s glorious writing. (Also, I hope there are Oreos in it.)

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.



forgotten paradise shira anthonyForgotten Paradise, by Shira Anthony
Series: Dreamspun Desires, #32
Release Day: April 15, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Natalie: My top pick for April is Forgotten Paradise by Shira Anthony. It promises to be sweet & light-hearted – something to escape into while I’m waiting for summer to return. Plus amnesia and corporate drama? I’m hooked.


It’s dangerous diving for secrets.

When a megacompany threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.

But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?


how to bang a billionaire alexis hallHow to Bang a Billionaire, by Alexis Hall
Series: Arden St. Ives, #1
Release Day: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours

Mel: So there is not much – if anything – that gets me more excited than a new release by Alexis Hall. I’m looking forward to this book and new series because I just love when he queers tropes and I expect this to be touching and beautiful as always.

Gillian: As someone lucky enough to read the arc for How To Bang A Billionaire, I can’t wait for everyone else to get a chance to read it! *excited flailing*

Rules are made to be broken . . .

If England had yearbooks, I’d probably be “Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire.” So far, I haven’t. I’ve no idea what I’m doing at Oxford, no idea what I’m going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he’s brilliant, beautiful . . . oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It’s impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he’ll be through with me.

I’m good at doing what I’m told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian’s shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it’s him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn’t have the power to give me.


preacher prophet beast harper foxPreacher, Prophet, Beast, by Harper Fox
Series: Tyack & Frayne, #7
Release Day: April 20, 2017
Publisher: FoxTales

Gillian: This is the seventh book in the Tyack & Frayne series, and I’m both anticipating and dreading what’s in store for Lee and Gideon. They’ve been through so much already and I just want to see them being able to settle into their lives and be happy. Still, it wouldn’t be a Harper Fox novel if there wasn’t a certain amount of angst 

This is the seventh book in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.

Lee would gladly trade all his psychic gifts for a chance at ordinary life with his husband and his little girl. Three years into their marriage, they’re settled in their new home – but the House of Joy can’t shield them from an oncoming threat with the power to uproot their whole world.

Lee can’t define it further, and even his beloved Gideon can’t unmask a monster with no face at all. Gideon is mired in problems and secrets of his own as he struggles to adjust to his new rank and the complexities of plainclothes police work with CID, and for once the devoted Tyack-Frayne partnership is failing to communicate.

Turbulent times in the world at large reach deep into the Bodmin heartland, and the village of Dark is without its guardian constable. More than Lee and Gideon can possibly know has been depending upon their rapport, and as the summer rises towards the longest day, a new and unfathomable kind of Beast is afoot on the moors…


Honorable Mentions

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

At Attention, by Annabeth Albert, Apr 10 (M/M, Contemporary, Military)
For A Good Time, Call…, by A. Tenino & E.J. Russell, Apr 10 (M/M, Contemp, Bluewater)
Huntemen, by Michelle Osgood, Apr 13 (F/F, Paranormal, Shifters)
Wake Up Call, by JL Merrow, Apr 17 (M/M, Contemporary, Porthkennack)
A Gathering Storm, by Joanna Chambers, Apr 17 (M/M, Historical, Porthkennack)
A Day Makes, by Mary Calmes, Apr 19 (M/M, Contemporary)
Darkest Hour Before Dawn, by Charlie Cochet, Apr 25 (M/M, Paranormal, THIRDS)


Now it’s your turn:

What are you excited to read in April?

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3 thoughts on “Top of the Stack: April 2017

  1. I’m looking forward to the new Annabeth Albert. I’m not as enthusiastic about SEALs as I am about her usual geeks and hipsters but I liked the first in this series.

    Alexis Hall is a bit hit or miss for me but I am curious about what he’ll do with the billionaire Dom trope (one of my least fave tropes)


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