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.
Tristan’s got issues; he knows he does. So when his most recent girlfriend dumps him but he’s preoccupied with the fact that he can’t stop staring at, and lusting after her brother Tristan figures it’s about time he make some changes and take the plunge into something he’s been wanting to do for a while – have sex with a man. Tristan’s got a plan. He sets up shop at his local Borders bookstore, collects a pile of gay lit titles as bait, sits himself down in the bookstore’s coffee bar and waits for a hook-up, someone who can show him what he’s been missing — Until who should crash his little stake-out but none other than Officer Michael Truax, a.k.a. Officer Helmet, the man who’s been a persistent pain in his skate boarding butt, dogging him with expensive tickets for not wearing a helmet.
Michael has been trying to catch Tristan for years…to give him a second ticket, or so that’s what he tells himself. Suddenly he’s faced with his ‘Sparky’, all grown up — and looking to get laid. The habit of protecting him isn’t gone completely, but the opportunity is too much to resist. He figures the kid must know what he’s getting into, so he takes him home. There, they carry on a cautious affair, only to find out that neither is what the other expected at all.