I was extremely honored this year when Jay asked me to review for Joyfully Jay. I have been a huge fan of m/m romance for a couple of years now and finding Joyfully Jay as a reader was a god-send. Then to be able to give readers my thoughts on books…to be honest I was a little nervous. But once I got into it, I discovered how much fun it is.
You can ask just about anyone who knows me, my genre/sub-genre/trope (whatever you want to call it) tastes vary. A good book, to me, is one that draws my attention rather quickly with relatable, likable characters, exciting new worlds, and a book that takes hold of me emotionally – whether it be funny, sad, somber, joyful. I like a little bit of everything depending on my mood. I laugh. I cry. I get mad and threaten to throw my reader against the wall…although that’s always an empty threat.
2012 has been a great year for the m/m romance world. More readers are discovering the genre that I have fallen in love with. More writers are emerging with amazing works. And veteran authors continue to release fresh, creative, fantastic tales. There have been such a variety of stories in 2012 – controversial, heart-wrenching, funny, action-packed, sweet, dirty, sexy…need I go on?
I’ve read so many outstanding books this year. It’s been a difficult process narrowing them down to my favorites, but, alas, I think I have done it! I tried not to repeat titles throughout the list although some books do fit under more than one category. So, without further ado, here are my favorites of 2012 (in no particular order…because, really, it was hard enough choosing favorites.):
Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
To Catch a Fox by Geoffrey Knight and Ethan Day
Favorite Young Love:
Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Favorite Cover Art:
The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C.
Cover Art by Paul Richmond (I’m still obsessed with this cover and the story it alone tells. It’s such an amazing cover by such wonderful talent.)