Back in my bookstore days, one of the absolute most wonderful things was when a customer came in and said, “I really liked…” and told us a title they’d just finished and enjoyed. It was such a great place to start, and often meant we could talk about the specifics of why they liked a particular book and in no time, we booksellers could suggest other things they might like to try. Which, to be clear, was the absolute best part of the job: connecting readers to things they liked.
Now, I’m not a bookseller any more, but I still love helping people find new-to-them books, and this year wasn’t exactly a banner year for me writing-wise, but I got some solid reading done in between the physiotherapy and all the other stuff that was 2020. Also, if you’re reading my blog, I imagine you already know what I’ve written, and more to the point, likely if you were at all interested, you’ve already read what I wrote.
So I’m going to put my bookseller hat back on and make some recommendations the way I used to, and hopefully connect you with some new (or new-to-you) books to check out.
If You Liked Rear Admiral…
“Rear Admiral” was the only brand-new piece of writing I released this year, an erotic short novelette. A gay nurse who has a crush on a former porn star, a life-sized toy based on said former porn star, and a self-imposed deadline to, uh, “handle” said toy before meeting the man who inspired it, “Rear Admiral” is funny (I hope), sexy (I hope), and ends on an up-note (I hope) nudging it into erotic romance. I had a blast writing it, wanted to release something that was ultimately positive and sexy as heck.
Russ is on a deadline. Okay, so nobody else knows about it, but the thing is, he and the ‘Rear Admiral’ (the crowning glory of the High Seas Anal Pleasure Set) are at a standoff, and he’s running out of time to achieve his goal before he meets the real-world inspiration for the toy face-to-face.
The thing is? The ‘Rear Admiral,’ like everything else about Matteo Rossi—a.k.a. the former Dom Masters—is big. A wine tasting party, some snooty friends, and a brief interlude on a balcony later, and Russ and Matt have an actual conversation. A conversation that opens the door to something bigger.
Can one average nurse and his way-more-than-average crush make it work? Russ figures there’s one way to find out: go big or go home.
If you liked it, I need you to read Suliekha Snyder’s Prem Numbers. This collection of erotic shorts is beyond sizzling, and the scenarios play to so very many wonderful tropes and/or pop culture moments I cannot tell you. More, Snyder’s Indian heroines are flipping brilliant, and if you hadn’t considered a kind of Rogue-and-Gambit dynamic for a superhero-ish erotica piece, or, say, Roadhouse (the Patrick Swayze movie) but have the bouncer in question and Sam Elliot and the heroine end up all together in a sincerely hot ménage? Well. As I said. Go buy this collection.
The cocky charmer at your local bar…the awe-inspiring U.S. Vice-President you’d lay down your life and your love for…the mysterious stranger who comes to your rescue one night…the beautiful woman you can’t touch, because to do so might literally kill you…the smokin’ hot roadhouse bartenders who take your troubles away, only to add new ones. These are the prem numbers. They almost always add up to passion.
In this collection, find previously published stories like “In Her Service” and “The Pick-Me-Up” as well as steamy new material like “She’s So Lovely,” a small-town ménage set in the same world as Tikka Chance on Me.
Also, If you’re in the mood for something, uh, longer, then how about the novella-length “A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day” by Jackie Lau? Here we have a fellow who, much like the love interest in “Rear Admiral,” is above-average in many ways (but definitely in that one way). I loved this whole series from Lau, but you can definitely read them in whatever order you like. This one starts with a condom-buying heroine bumping into the fellow in question doing the same thing, and aiming some snark his way when he buys a brand of condoms she sees him buying are of a larger size. He pushes back. They spark. And they decide some no-strings attached fun could be just the thing. But you know how those tend to end up in romance novellas, right? Ah, feelings.
Amber Wong has landed her dream job at the Stratford Festival, and life is looking good. Sure, she hasn’t had sex in so long that her condoms have expired, but she’ll just pick up some new ones, along with some discounted Christmas chocolate, at the grocery store.
And that’s where she runs into Dr. Sebastian Lam, the son of her parents’ close friends, whom she hasn’t seen in years. He’s moved back to Ontario, newly single, and… Oh my God. He’s really hot.
The attraction is mutual and no-strings-attached sex is the perfect arrangement for both of them, since Amber has sworn off dating after a string of terrible boyfriends.
But what if their families find out they’re spending time together and start interfering in their lives? That would be a disaster.
Even worse? If they develop feelings for each other, given a relationship is the last thing Amber wants right now…