Sometimes it’s really worth checking out backlists. There are some marvellous books out there but with hundreds of new titles every week it can be very hard to find them.
Authors – have you got a title a year or more old that could do with a little love?
Readers – have you got a favourite book that you think deserves some attention?
Message or email me and we’ll set something up.
My guest this week is one of my favourite historical authors, someone whose work is a joy to read and who has recently returned from a bit of a hiatus. Please join me in welcoming Tamara Allen, whose book The Only Gold was one of my favourite reads of 2011. This story based in wintry New York, at a time of flux in the banking industry with the mother of all winter storms blowing is excitement from start to finish and in Jonah and Reid offers two memorable MCs. Very highly recommended for everyone who likes their history detailed and precise but likes a romp along plot to go with it.
Jonah Woolner’s life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It’s a satisfying life until he’s passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who’s convinced Reid’s progressive ideas will be the bank’s ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there’s more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid’s charms-but unlocking the vault to all of Reid’s secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.
Losing his promotion-and perhaps his heart-is the least of Jonah’s difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.
I asked Tamara for a backlist recommendation and this is what she had to say:
I would love to recommend Social Skills, an m/m romance by Sara Alva. It was published in 2013 and the story has stayed with me ever since. I have a huge affection for quiet, gentle stories. They may not get the attention flashier books generally receive, but they’re often the more powerful read and they stay with you longest. Social Skills has that kind of impact. It’s honest, smart, tender, and real. I wish we had more m/m of that quality.
Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.
Jared’s attention opens Connor up to a new realm of emotional and physical intimacy. But as Connor’s self-confidence grows, so does his fear that everything will fall apart. Because in this socially stratified world, how long can a relationship between an introverted violinist and a closeted football player really last?