Reading Round Up: The Best in Gay Fiction for 2009

Virtually all the books I read this year are in the area of gay fiction (erotica, romance, horror, suspense, urban fantasy, western/cowboy, young adult, etc.), and as the year draws to an end I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite books and stories for 2009.

The two books that standout the most and I consider my #1 reads for 2009 are Amnesic Nostalgia by Zea Miller and Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction by editors Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane. These two gems rightfully take their place as part of the list of some of my most favourite books.

Best in Gay Fiction for 2009

Anthologies:
Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction by editors Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane (Cleis Press) – Review

Precipice by Jay Mandal (BeWrite Books) – Review

Rough Cut: Vincent Diamond Collected by editors Vincent Diamond and Richard Labonté (Lethe Press) – Review

Backdraft: Firemen Erotica by editor Shane Allison (Cleis Press)

Erotica:
La Playita by Gavin Atlas (Lethe Press) – Review

Only Words (Max and Skyler 1) by Acer Adamson (M&V Tailz)

Any Excuse (Max and Skyler 2) by Acer Adamson (M&V Tailz)

Historical:
Deliverance by Aleksandr Voinov in Forbidden Love by editor Jill Noble (Noble Romance Publishing) – Review

Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis (MLR Press)

Dona Nobis Pacem by Willa Okati (Torquere Press) – Review

Horror:
StarCrossed 2: Opposite Ends of The Spectrum by Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine (M&V Tailz) – Review

Bashed: A Love Story by Rick R. Reed (MLR Press)

Romance:
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield (Loose Id) – Review

The One That Got Away by TC Blue (Torquere Press) – Review

Love & Loyalty by Tere Michaels (Loose Id)

VGL Male Seeks Same by Rick R. Reed (Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure)

NEG UB2 (sequel to VGL Male Seeks Same) by Rick R. Reed (Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure)

Short Story:
The Snow Queen by Erastes in I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality by editor Kris Jacen (MLR Press) – Review

Suspense/Thriller:
Mute Witness by Rick R. Reed (MLR Press)

Urban Fantasy:
Sins of the Messiah by Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine (M&V Tailz) – Review

Western:
Stonegate Stables by Gabriel Morgan (free online novel)

Young Adult:
Amnesic Nostalgia by Zea Miller (BookSurge Publishing) – Review

Desert Sons by Mark Ian Kendrick (iUniverse Star) – Review

Into This World We’re Thrown (sequel to Desert Sons) by Mark Ian Kendrick (iUniverse Star) – Review

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