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

  • The Bones of Summer – Anne Brooke
  • Zero at the Bone – Jane Seville
  • The Elegant Corpse – AM Riley
  • Hemovore – Jordan Castillo Price
  • InDescent – KZ Snow
  • Like Coffee and Doughnuts – Elle Parker
  • Sindustry anthology Vol 1
  • St Nachos – Z.A. Maxfield
  • Transgressions by Erastes
  • Personal Demons – James Buchanan

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


  • 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. 😀

  • 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.


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