10th Blog Anniversary $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorites!
We all have our comfort reads, books we reread over and over. We keep going back to the same books because they’re written by a favorite author, or they make us feel a certain way when we read them. Some make us sad. Others make us smile or even laugh out loud. What they have in common is they know how to pull the feelings out of us in just the right way. With our favorites we keep going back because they have the special something that brings us back when we need them – maybe other books aren’t cutting it or we need a break and don’t need to overthink anything with our comfort read in our hands. We know we’ll always go back to this book or that when we want something familiar, they’re like beloved and comfy slippers.
To help us celebrate our 10th year, we want to know about your favorite go-to rereads. It doesn’t matter what genre. Just tell us all about your favorites.
By joining in the conversation on here, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards we’re giving away to help celebrate a decade of reading to reviews at On Top Down Under Book Reviews. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. We’ll even throw in 10 bonus entries if you tell us why you keep going back to those books.
You can check out ours below.
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Good luck, and thank you all for helping us celebrate our 10th year!
The books below have been reread by me so many times over the years that I know most of the lines by heart. The first two were introduced to me by my late sister, with my youngest son being named after the main male character in Perfect. The top three listed aren’t in the M/M genre but will always be all-time favorites.
I love books that make me laugh, so there’s a lot of humor in my rereads. I also love books that give me ‘aww!’ moments and even a few that make me shed a few tears. These cover all the bases for me.
With the exception of One Of Those Days by Zathyn Priest that’s available for free on Smashwords, the links take you to the individual book/series pages on Amazon.
High Energy by Dara Joy. I want a Tyberius Augustus Evans for myself. 😉 This is one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ books.
Perfect by Judith McNaught. Dated but still an all-time favorite and frequent reread.
Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts, especially Born in Ice.
The Curtis Reincarnation and One Of Those Days by Zathyn Priest.
Frog by Mary Calmes.
The Missing Butterfly by Megan Derr.
More by Sloan Parker.
Firm Hand and Gentle Hand by Nora Phoenix, for when I need something a little more emotional.
All of the books below are on high rotation on my Kindle. I reread every single one of them often and love being back with the characters every time. Links are provided to Amazon for those that are still available otherwise it’s to a review.
More, Sloan Parker. The best gay ménage book ever written.
A Fostered Love, Cameron Dane. My first in the genre. It’s Cameron Dane.
Falling, Cameron Dane. Nice and brooding as only Cameron Dane can do.
The Alpha’s Warlock, Eliot Grayson. THE best snarky PNR. Ever! Love it as an e-book. Love it as an audiobook. Love the series. Chris Chambers OWNS this series in audiobook narration.
The One Decent Thing, Eliot Grayson. Fabulous heartstring-pulling contemporary gay romance. Wonderful storytelling. I want to cuddle Aidan and Sebastian every single time.
A Very Armitage Christmas, Eliot Grayson. My god, the fun, the shenanigans, the zombies, and clever use of snowblowers. *Note. If you are looking at grabbing a copy, you really need to have read the first two series books.
A King Awakened and A King Undone, Cooper Davis. The latter finishes up the romance arc between King Arend Tollemach and Julian Baribeau. Sumptuous alt-historical gay romance.
The Dangerous Seduction, A N Bond. Ooh, what a guilty, morally ambiguous pleasure. *No longer available in e-book format
Bone Rider, J Fally. Sci-fi gay romance brilliance. * I’m not linking to it as I’m unsure whether the author has been paid.
Vampire With Benefits, E J Russell. Fun PNR with the best characters. Casimer and Rusty *Sigh. Love it as an e-book. Love it as an audiobook.
The Vampire Academy Series, Richelle Meade. YA 6 book series with my favourite female lead of all time, Rose Hathaway. This one is a mother-son favourite. We do an annual buddy reread.
Arctic Absolution, Lynn Kelling. Dark. Compelling, pure Lynn Kelling. My Book of the Year in 2014. How I miss her. *Don’t buy this book until Lynn gets paid/her rights back.
Raphael and Jabril, Vampires in America books #1 & 2, D b Reynolds. PNR het romance. Just wonderful world building and MCs. Full of action and powerful vampires. The latter book finishes up the original romance arc between vampire lord Raphael and Cynthia Leighton
The Thieves Series, Lexi Blake. PNR that starts out as a het couple, then ménage, then a bi ménage. The best world building. Adventure for daaayys. Humour up the wazoo. So much entertainment.
Beyond Complicated, Mercy Celeste. One hot mess contemporary quasi taboo sandwich, and I love it to this day. It was my first blog Book of the Year.
When All the World Sleeps – Lisa Henry and J A Rock. Dark. Disordered. Beautiful. Gay romance but more a love story – yes, there is a difference. Love it as an e-book. Love it as an audiobook
Paradise at Main & Elm, Barry Brennessel. Gay coming of age/romance/gay genre fiction. All the feelings. My Book of the Year in 2013.**No Longer available in e-book format
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Karen October 1, 2022 at 7:53 am
OMG, Cindi. You are right, that Dara Joy book cover is… eesh. I’ve read books like that. The cover is heinous so you don’t want to read it but the book is SO good and you’re like, where’d that come from? Good list and of course More is on both our lists independently. What a book. I miss Sloan Parker
Cindi October 1, 2022 at 8:05 am
You know how I am about covers. It took awhile for her to convince me to finally read it. She named two of her cats Zanita and Tyber after the two main characters. It’s silly but it’s funny. I know I’ve read it a hundred times or more. I think it’s time for another reread.
I’m so not surprised we both have More on our lists. Such a great book.
Your list is great, and a lot of them look really good. It’s sad to see the authors who may or may not be getting paid. That’s a rant for another day.
There’s not much better than having books that you love for different reasons that you can go back to again and again.
Dee October 1, 2022 at 9:10 pm
Wilbur Smith’s When the Lion Feeds series they have dogeared pages to boot! Christine Feehan’s Dark books are a romance staple too. Dark Prince still my favourite. I also reread Mary Calmes Acrobat. Happy birthday On Top Down Under Book Reviews! Thanks for the great reviews and giveaways.
Matt October 2, 2022 at 6:04 am
Aidan Chambers Dance on My Grave. Plenty of autobiographies, including Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Leaming, and Katharine Hepburn. I also reread K J Charles The Magpie Lord and any Gregory Ashe series is pored over. Happy 10th anniversary. 🙂
Ana October 2, 2022 at 6:26 am
At the moment my comfort book is Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
LaurenK October 3, 2022 at 6:48 am
I reread a lot of Mary Calmes books. Usually not much drama. Loved Frog too.
Kelly D October 3, 2022 at 2:34 pm
The Project by R.L. Mathewson or any of her books are my favorite.
Clementina October 3, 2022 at 3:35 pm
Blood Sports by Daniel May is the latest on my re-reading-again-and-again list. Two amazing MCs, plenty of humour with just the perfect amount of darkness. Love also Mended with Gold by Lee Welch, a wonderful character piece, the Red Dirt Heart sweeping saga by N.R Walker and the complex shifter psychology created in Axel’s Pup by Kim Darè. Other favourites, the Forbidden Desires series by V. Kelly and P. Scott and M. Katz’s Smoke Signals..hilarious dragons in love!
Sara Zielinski October 4, 2022 at 12:55 pm
My favorite re-reads are James patterson books, any of them.
flchen1 October 4, 2022 at 7:40 pm
I agree that humor is really important in my keepers—even if the overall tone is serious, I really appreciate when authors are able to incorporate moments where the characters don’t always take themselves so seriously and can make me laugh. A few rereads—Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series; Jeannie Lin’s PingKang Li Mysteries; Julie James’s FBI/US Attorneys series; Shelly Laurenston/GA Aiken; Annabeth Albert; Beth Bolden; Erin Nicholas; Kimberly Kincaid…
susana October 8, 2022 at 4:56 pm
I have plenty of favourites, one of my comfort reads is Muscling Through by JL Merrow, also Hottie Scotty and Mr Potter by R. Cooper… the widdershin series by Jordan L. Hawk or Sebastian by Sam Argent… so many favourites!
bn100 October 10, 2022 at 9:05 pm
don’t have any
Sandra Dufoe October 11, 2022 at 9:12 am
I love to re read any Mary Calmes books depending on my mood. Love her books she was the author that got me started reading MM.
pj October 14, 2022 at 6:28 am
Cardeno C Perfect Imperfections.
ls October 21, 2022 at 8:37 am
The Twilight series books. I love them in all their gloriously cheesy ways. Muahah. 😀
Karen November 1, 2022 at 9:01 am
This giveaway is over, congrats to Sandra D
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