2019 Round Up-Top 10 MM Books Pt. 1

I’ve read MM for years, but this year, it seemed to ramp up even more. It ramped up enough that I’m giving it its own Top 10 list this year. Remember, these are in no particular order.

K. Webster-Wicked Lies Boys Tell

Once a year or so, K writes an amazingly, overwhelmingly emotional book that rips you apart and puts you back together. Her books My Torin and The Day She Cried fall into this category. So does Wicked Lies Boys Tell. This is a friends to enemies to lovers kind of story with some coming of age tossed in. The relationship between Penn and Cope is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I will fully admit that there were times that I cried during this. K really just knows how to create characters that break me down and stick with me for a while.

Nicky James-Long Way Home

Long Way Home was beautiful and devastating. It’s the story of Gavin and Owen. They were high school sweethearts, but when they turned 18, they ended up being split up, and the story spans many years of their lives. We get to see what happens to each of them. It sounds like it could be nothing but a heartbreak, but I promise that it’s not. It really is a beautiful story. It was the first Nicky James book that I read, but not the last.

Susan Hawke-How to Heal

Susan Hawke is also Susi Hawke, but she writes contemporary under this name. Her first series was the Lovestrong series, and How to Heal was the last book in that series. It’s a great series, with a lot of humor and love. There is also a lot of pain, especially in this book. This is my favorite book in the series. It’s a hurt/comfort, redemption, Daddy/boy kind of book, and it works so perfectly together. Clark had been a bully in the first couple of books, but this one takes place several years later, after he has changed, but he still thinks that he has to pay a penance for what he did. His journey is a hard one, but a beautiful one. I have all these books signed, and I ARCed most of them. How to Heal is also the book I’m currently listening to in my car when I’m alone. I’ve read it at least 2xx this year.

Lucy Lennox-Wilde Love

Lucy Lennox has two main series that she’s written. They are the Made Marian and the Forever Wilde books. The two series are interconnected. Marian came first, but I read the Wilde books first and I fell in love with Grandpa and Doc, because it’s totally impossible not to. I, like all of Lucy’s readers, was desperate to find out all of their story, and thus Wilde Love was born. I own both an e and an audio copy of this. I took a mini-vacation this year and listened to this on my drive. It starts with when the guys first meet, during Vietnam while they were both serving, and runs through the current day. There are so many beautiful little moments in here and so many heartbreaking ones at the same time, and sometimes they are the same moments. This book made me just love Grandpa and Doc so much more.

Alice Winters-The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

I laughed hysterically the whole time I read The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love. Leland is a hitman, no really, a real hitman, and Jackson is the PI who is trying to help catch him. Leland is so fucking snarky and may or may not have a gun fetish. I mean, honestly, Alice writes a damn good story that keeps you interested, while letting you laugh at the most ridiculous stuff possible. I swear that Leland just has no filter at all, and it’s glorious.

Tune in for part 2 tomorrow!

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Alice Winters-The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

Oh my ducklings, have I got the most wonderful treat for you today. It is the most ridiculously wonderful and wonderfully ridiculous book I have read in a while. I was initially attracted to it because of the title, I mean, The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love, what’s not to like about that? But once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down. I laughed until I cried more than once. My poor long-suffering husband gave me funny looks. I’m definitely going to have to read more Alice Winters if this is the way that all her books are.

Leland is known as the Sandman. He’s a notorious hitman, and he always leaves a little note with his kills. Right now, he’s staking out a house so that he can kill a scummy human trafficker. Then, he sees a guy jump over a fence, get his pants caught on the fence, and dangle, bare-assed, for the world to see. Leland pretty much decides he’s in utter love, right then and there. So, he does what any self-respecting assassin does, and leaves a love note on his car.

Jackson is a very by-the-books PI. He was in the military and now he has his own PI agency. Right now, he’s trying to find the guy who is a terrible human trafficker. The father of one of the girls that want missing hired him. Jackson also works with the police, when he can, and the local police chief is his friend, in fact he sees him as a father figure. So, when he goes down to his car and sees a note from the Sandman, the first thing he does is talk to Henry. He tells him that he thinks he might have a lead on the scuzzball, and then shows him the note. Henry warns him about the Sandman and says he might be a target. Well, he totally is a target, but Leland doesn’t want to shoot him with his gun, if’n you know what I mean.

Leland and Jackson are so funny together. Jackson works so hard to ignore Leland no matter what. Leland just flirts heavily with Jackson. Of course, his way of flirting involves doing things like shooting a soda can sitting next to Jackson when they are both on a stakeout or breaking into the backseat of Jackson’s car, surprising him and sticking his finger in Jackson’s ear. Leland is really like that 10 year old kid who likes you, but he isn’t quite sure how to let you know, so he’s just terribly awkward and over the top. But funnier. Much funnier. So much funnier.

Of course, this book isn’t all fun and games. There are serious bits. People get hurt. Things happen. There’s a bad guy who has to be stopped. There’s a relationship to build and vacuum cleaners to kill.

I just loved this book so much, and I’m really hoping that there are going to be more in the series, because it really was a perfect mix of humor, love, action, suspense, ridiculousness, and wonderfulness. Just a great book. I’m going to have to check into more Alice Winters books to see if this is her typical touch, because if it is, I’m going to enjoy myself a lot.

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OMG, the family reunion is just soooooo funny. Jackson’s mom really got what she deserved there. I never liked her, the bitch.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out. I guarantee that you will laugh. Happy reading!