Guest Reviewers’ Top Books for 2009

Many of the books on the site in 2009 were reviewed by the Guest Reviewers so I asked them to come up with their lists of top books for this year. In alphabetical order here are the books rated by Christian, Erastes, Jenre, Kassa, Kris, Leslie, Lynn, Maddy, Val and Victor J. Banis:

Christian’s Top 3 Books for 2009

  1. False Colors by Alex Beecroft
  2. Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane
  3. The Witch’s Boy by Alex Beecroft

Erastes’s Top 4 Books for 2009

  1. An Improper Holiday by K.A. Mitchell
  2. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
  3. The Green Manby M. King
  4. The Golden Horse by M. King

Jenre’s Top 10 Books for 2009

Kassa’s Top 5 Books for 2009

  1. Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley
  2. The Morning Star by M. Chandler
  3. Taming Groomzilla by EN Holland
  4. Geography of a Murder by P.A. Brown
  5. Second Thoughts by Steve Berman

Kris’s Top 5 Books of 2009

  1. Hero by Perry Moore
  2. Vintage by Steve Berman
  3. Angel Land by Victor J Banis
  4. A Face Without A Heart by Rick Reed
  5. The Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara

Leslie’s Top 3 Lists for 2009


  1. The Rest of Our Lives by Dan Stone
  2. Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
  3. The Lonely War by Alan Chin


  1. The Golden Age of Gay Fiction edited by Drewey Wayne Gunn
  2. American Hunks edited by David L. Chapman and Brett Josef Grubisic
  3. (tie) The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard
    (tie) A Report From Winter by Wayne Courtois

Aunt Lynn’s Top 10 Books for 2009
Making a list for 2009 was a challenge for me because, first, there were so many good books released — and ones I had the honor to offer an opinion — but also because I consumed and reviewed a high number of great series books this past year that must be taken into consideration. As such, and perhaps a bit differently than the other reviewers, here is my list:

  1. Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon (as part of his Collected Novellas, Volume I)
  2. Dreaming of You by Ethan Day
  3. Lee Rowan’s Articles of War series (Ransom, Touch, Trilogy No. 109: Sail Away, Winds of Change, Eye of the Storm)
  4. Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows Mysteries series (Lessons in Discovery, Lessons in Power, Lessons in Temptation)*
  5. Richard Stevenson’s long-running Donald Strachey Mystery series, particularly and most notably the latest installment The 38 Million Dollar Smile**
  6. Sticks and Stones by Jamie Craig
  7. The Phoenix by Ruth Sims
  8. Admit One by Jenna Hilary Sinclair
  9. by Neil Plakcy
  10. Warrior’s Cross by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

* Note: I did not review the first two books (Lessons in Love and Lessons in Desire) in this wonderful series, though I would consider them as part of the package

** Note: I did not review Book One of this series, Death Trick, but again, the whole package is definitely worth the read.

Maddy Cain

The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren

Val Kovalin’s Top 6 Books for 2009

  1. Border Roads by Sarah Black
  2. Glad Hands by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
  3. Uneven by Anah Crow
  4. A Dangerous Man by Anne Brooke
  5. Shell Shocked by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
  6. The Curse of the Pharoah’s Manicurists by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks

Victor J. Banis

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx


I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball

Steve Berman

Most flattering.

Z.A. Maxfield

What wonderful lists! I’m thrilled to find a couple of my titles on them. Thanks to everyone who listed their favorite books, I found some I haven’t read yet and they all look so enticing.

I’m also thrilled to see Steve Kluger on so many of them, I am a HUGE fan of his, and loved “Almost Like Being in Love” and his other novel, “My Most Excellent Year,” to BITS. “The Last Days of Summer,” and “Changing Pitches,” are high on my TBR pile, somewhere in my terribly messy stack of things I’m planning to read soon.


Lots of great books there! I read and loved many of them there. I am rubbish in prioritising favourites, but the following are definitely on my top 10 list:

The Dark Tide – Josh Lanyon
Out of the Blue – Josh Lanyon
Strange Fortune – Josh Lanyon
Shades of Gray – Brooke McKinley
Admit One – Jenna Hilary Sinclair
LA Boneyard – PA Brown
Zero at the Bone – Jane Seville
Whistling in the Dark – Tamara Allen
Regularly Scheduled Life – KA Mitchell – Neil Plakcy
Lovers and Other Strangers – Josh Lanyon


Hey Eve
You have some of my faves on your list. You have to check out my list which will be posted later today. I still haven’t read Regularly scheduled Life – too angsty. 😀

Ruth Sims

Thanks to all the reviewers for their lists because it’s always a delight to find new books and new authors, as well as to find friends and familiar favorites listed among other peoples’ favorites! Sharing books is such a cool thing.

And big thanks to Aunt Lynn, who listed my book The Phoenix! And also big thanks to Victor, who kind of jumped the gun by a few months (g), but who listed Counterpoint.

What a great way to end the year.


I am furiously taking notes and adding to my “to read” list.


You’ll have to get out your notepaper and pen again later today when another list will makes its appearance. 😀 Just give that credit card a workout!!

Jenna Hilary Sinclair
Jenna Hilary Sinclair
So thrilled that my novel Admit One is mentioned by Aunt Lynn! Thanks so much for that. Have to mention that the link from my title doesn’t go to the review but to an entirely different book mentioned, The Phoenix. Please, any chance that could be fixed? The link to the Admit One review by Aunt Lynn (I so appreciated the detail she went into) is here: Thanks for the help in fixing this. I especially loved False Colors, The Bones of Summer, and Zero at the Bone from these lists. Lots of great reading here!
Aunt Lynn

Fixed. Sorry, my bad.

Yes, Tam, Wave asked us to select only books we had reviewed here at the site, which is why I kept my list short (I’ve only been reviewing here since September). – This is my complete and total top 10 list, which I’ve posted in a few places, so I will share here, too: – 1. Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger 2. False Colors by Alex Beecroft 3. Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft (included in the Hidden Conflict anthology) 4. Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg 5. Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo 6. The Rest of… Read more »

I am also limiting myself to those books that I reviewed on the site – there are many others that I read which I didn’t review, but like everyone else I’m not including them in my official list.


This way the readers have an incredible list of great books from which to choose if they want to buy any of those on the list, rather than have almost identical lists of books.


My list of best reads for 2009 are in no particular order:
Carol Gray: A red tainted silence
Madelein Urban/Abigail Roux: The one that got away (1&2)
Victor J. Banis: Longhorns
Catt Ford: A strong hand
ZAM: Drawn together
Jane Seville: Zero to the Bone
Lex Valentine: Fire Season
Evangeline Anderson: Broken Boundaries
Lynn Lorenz: Edward Unconditionally
Josh Lanyon: Dark Tide
Of course there are some more, but these spring to mind immediately when making a list


That’s pretty amazing that all those people have nearly all different books, which is also very cool. Means that there is something out there for everyone no matter what genre or style you prefer. Lots of those I agree with and many I’m unfamiliar with. Lots to explore. I could never narrow it down to 5 or 10. Too difficult.
Great job guys. Hope you enjoy the 2010 books as much. (Which I’m sure we all will.)


The deal was that we could only rate those books we reviewed, which is why everyone’s list is different. Mine will be totally different as well when I publish it tomorrow.

I knew these lists were going to be great! I actually have read most book recommended, but there are a few I need to get my hands on! Thanks to all you guys for taking the time to compile your lists…as I said in an earlier post my list has about 100 on it, cause I am extremely indecisive and have a hard time narrowing any kind of “best of” or “favorites” down to a mere 5 or 10…and now my list grows again *winks*….off I go to the e-book store and book store to get myself a little (or… Read more »

Ooh, so lovely to be on these lists twice for different books – thanks for that! Also great to see Admit One (which I loved) and Zero at the Bone (which I also loved) up there! And of course Alex’s False Colors is fabulous too 🙂


Erotic Horizon

Thanks for the list – I see I have a lot of reading to catch up on…


Great lists! God, so many great books. Here’s my list. Also in no particular order. ~ Steve Kluger – Almost Like Being In Love (It was published 5 years ago, but I read it this year, after your review. It’s a MUST on the list. Great, great book!) ~ Josh Lanyon – Adrien English 05 – The Dark Tide (Any of his books published this year – Out of the Blue, Strange Fortune or The Dickens with Love, for example – can be on this list. But, the last of AE books has a special place in my reading universe… Read more »

I perhaps should just say that my 10 are in no particular order. Sorry Wave I should have specified that when I sent you the email :).


Would you like to prioritize your list then? If you send me an email I could re-arrange them in order.


I’d rather keep them as they are, just randomly arranged. All the books are really good and it would be difficult to place them in order of merit. 🙂

Aunt Lynn

Pretty much mine, too. Though SIH is my favorite…

%d bloggers like this: