Price.

As I was making my top reads of 2011 list, I noticed that the prices of some books are pretty steep. When you’re buying books that end up rubbish reads, price must surely start to come into what you’re buying. Nearly 9$ for an ebook? Wow.

I reckon you cannot beat Smahain when it comes to price. I think they’re still the most reasonable out of all the online publishers I buy from. AND the quality of what they publish is pretty damn good. Yay you Samhain.

Grown Men

While I did skip through parts of this book, the last third included a freaking hot sex scene that made me think it was early onset menopause. Hello hot flush. It made the $4.99 @ ARE for this VERY short book worth it.

2011 Top Reads.

Books and reading have been a godsend this year, and while I’ve probably read less GLBT romance this year, I’ve picked up a few more urban fantasy and paranormal novels.

I did get a LOT of books I just couldn’t finish, and it wasn’t just bad editing. It just seemed as though these books needed more polishing and depth. Nothing worse than a book you cannot get into, rubbish storytelling and a novel that feels underdone.

But, there were loads that were just brilliant and below are my top reads for the year.

Marine Biology by Gail Carriger was a cute, short read about a werewolf and merman. Her Parasol Protectorate series is amazing and her first foray into gay, paranormal writing makes me hope she writes more in this genre. Get it at Smashwords for .99c.

Harper Fox has been a little hit and miss for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Salisbury Key. It was just a little different and the writing was pretty gripping. $6.50 at Samhain.

Room at the Top by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow was a smutty piece of goodness that I thoroughly enjoyed at the end of winter. Plenty of sexy, spanky threesome goodness and I am a huge fan of work that these two produce. $7.99 at Loose Id.

I liked Basic Training by Marquesate quite a lot. There were parts I felt that needed to be a little tighter and near the end there was a couple of cheesy bits. But, it was cool, sexy and I love the almost military procedural tone of the text. Very entertaining. $7.99 from MLR Press.

I always enjoy James Buchanan’s writing, and it was brilliant to read another Deputy Joe novel this year. Spin Out was great. Sexy, hot and emotional reading. $8.99 from MLR Press.

Hot Head by Damon Suede was super entertaining and while I thought it needed some tightening up editing wise, it was a cool read that I’ve re read twice now. Maybe it was the fireman sex? heh. $5.59 at Dreamspinner Press.

The Locker Room by Amy Lane had some uber angst going on, more than I usually enjoy! But I have a total jones for sport romance and this was a delight to read. $6.99 at Dreamspinner Press.

Bad Company by KA Mitchell, was kinda gay for you and kinda not. Hard to explain… I love this authors writing. Solid story telling that’s emotional and packs a punch. I have all her books in paper back, one of the few! She is made of awesome. $4.50 at Samhain.

My absolute favorite book from this year and 5 plus star read has to be Bad Boyfriend by KA Mitchell. I just finished this fab book and it was just magic. Not only was the storytelling brilliant, but it’s probably one of the hottest books that I’ve read in an age. Eli’s mouth alone is a reason for reading this! Highly recommended! $3.15 at Samhain.

Feel free to mention your top reads in the comments section!

Eli and his mouth???? Nom.

Weekend

Off to see Weekend tomorrow. I’m such a fiend for happily ever after though, that the tagline, ‘… It is a brief encounter that will resonate throughout their lives’ has me nervous that someone will pop his clogs before the movie ends. Ack. But, it looks like it will be cool and I loved the trailer. Reminded me a little of In Their Room. The stills, which I’ve ganked off the website, were done by http://quinnfordandscout.eu/

BSS.

One of my favourite bands is Broken Social Scene. I finally saw them live last year and it was defnitely one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. They were magic. Just saw the movie This Movie is Broken last night and loved it. A hot summer night and kissing. So good!