Top of the Stack: March 2018

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Spring is finally on the way (or fall, for our antipodean friends), and we’re looking forward to rain on the windows, flowers blooming, and lots of exciting new books! So it’s time again for our Top of the Stack!

Here are our most anticipated releases of March!

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Twisted and Tied, by Mary Calmes (Marshals, Book 4)
March 13, 2018
Dreamspinner Press
Pre-Order | Goodreads

Tags: M/M, gay, romantic suspense, law enforcement

Kristie: EASY! Marshals 4, Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes. It looks like this is not the end of the Marshals series, but it is the end of the books as narrated by Miro Jones. I can’t wait for all the die hard fans to read this book. Miro and Ian and Chickie Baby are easily some of my all time favorite characters. While I’m sad to see them go, I’m so happy with how it goes down. Love Love Love these guys. Love their team of Marshals. Love Sam Kage. Love it all.

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he’s going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.

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Please note this book was chosen prior to the revelation of author’s identity and actions. Please read this statement from Riptide Publishing for more information. [Note: Per the other authors, Hassell’s story will be removed from this anthology upon publication.]

Exposed (Anthology)
March 13, 2018
Pre-Order | Goodreads

Rafa: I’m really looking forward to Exposed, a romance anthology featuring mixed pairings (M/F, M/M, F/F and menage) by a bunch of my favorite authors including Annabeth Albert, Amy Jo Cousins and Tiffany Reisz!

Hot. Naked. Guys. Reading.

When the sexiest Top 30 Under 30 men agree to pose naked for the “Expose Yourself To A Good Book” charity calendar, their hot bodies aren’t the only thing that gets EXPOSED. Ten brand new romances with M/F, M/M, F/F and menage pairings from bestselling and award winning authors, there’s something for everyone in this limited release anthology.

Authors: Karen Stivali, Annabeth Albert, Karen Booth, Amy Jo Cousins, Robin Covington, Santino Hassell, Vanessa North, Tamsen Parker, Roan Parrish, Tiffany Reisz

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Tomboy, by Janelle Reston
March 19, 2018
NineStar Press
Pre-Order | Goodreads

Tags: F/F, lesbian, historical, high school

El: This YA romance looks adorable and brilliant! The school tomboy and the most popular girl in school, secretly dating, in the 1950s? Throw in some background space race geekiness and you’ve basically got my dream book!

Some kids’ heads are in the clouds. Harriet Little’s head is in outer space.

In 1950s America, everyone is expected to come out of a cookie-cutter mold. But Harriet prefers the people who don’t, like her communist-sympathizer father and her best friend Jackie, a tomboy who bucks the school dress code of skirts and blouses in favor of T-shirts and blue jeans. Harriet realizes she’s also different when she starts to swoon over Rosemary Clooney instead of Rock Hudson—and finds Sputnik and sci-fi more fascinating than sock hops.

Before long, Harriet is secretly dating the most popular girl in the school. But she soon learns that real love needs a stronger foundation than frilly dresses and feminine wiles.

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The Magician Murders, by Josh Lanyon (The Art of Murder, Book 3)
March 27, 2018
Pre-Order | Goodreads

Tags: M/M, mystery, law enforcement

Gillian: I am most looking forward to The Magician Murders by Josh Lanyon. I love Lanyon’s writing and any time she has a new release, I’m all over it. This third instalment in the Art Of Murder series will hopefully see Sam and Jason solidify their relationship while tracking down a murderer in the magician community. I can’t wait!

Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder…

Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he’s asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest.

When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magician accused of revealing the highly guarded secrets of professional illusionists, it seems clear this must be a simple revenge killing—until Jason realizes an earlier suspicious death at the trendy magic club Top Hat White Rabbit might be part of the same, much larger and more sinister, pattern.

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Honorable Mentions

  • Bishop’s Move, by Santino Hassell and Piper Vaughn (Goodreads): M/M, sci-fi — Please note this book was chosen prior to the revelation of author’s identity and actions. Please read this statement from Riptide Publishing for more information. [Note: Per Piper Vaughn, this book has been pulled from publication.]
  • A Wish Upon the Stars, TJ Klune (Goodreads): M/M, fantasy
  • When Red Cried Wolf, by Nash Summers (Goodreads): M/M, new adult
  • Invitation to the Blues, by Roan Parrish (Goodreads): M/M, contemporary

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Now it’s your turn:

What are you excited to read in March?

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