2019 Round Up-Top 10 MM Books Pt. 1

I’ve read MM for years, but this year, it seemed to ramp up even more. It ramped up enough that I’m giving it its own Top 10 list this year. Remember, these are in no particular order.

K. Webster-Wicked Lies Boys Tell

Once a year or so, K writes an amazingly, overwhelmingly emotional book that rips you apart and puts you back together. Her books My Torin and The Day She Cried fall into this category. So does Wicked Lies Boys Tell. This is a friends to enemies to lovers kind of story with some coming of age tossed in. The relationship between Penn and Cope is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I will fully admit that there were times that I cried during this. K really just knows how to create characters that break me down and stick with me for a while.

Nicky James-Long Way Home

Long Way Home was beautiful and devastating. It’s the story of Gavin and Owen. They were high school sweethearts, but when they turned 18, they ended up being split up, and the story spans many years of their lives. We get to see what happens to each of them. It sounds like it could be nothing but a heartbreak, but I promise that it’s not. It really is a beautiful story. It was the first Nicky James book that I read, but not the last.

Susan Hawke-How to Heal

Susan Hawke is also Susi Hawke, but she writes contemporary under this name. Her first series was the Lovestrong series, and How to Heal was the last book in that series. It’s a great series, with a lot of humor and love. There is also a lot of pain, especially in this book. This is my favorite book in the series. It’s a hurt/comfort, redemption, Daddy/boy kind of book, and it works so perfectly together. Clark had been a bully in the first couple of books, but this one takes place several years later, after he has changed, but he still thinks that he has to pay a penance for what he did. His journey is a hard one, but a beautiful one. I have all these books signed, and I ARCed most of them. How to Heal is also the book I’m currently listening to in my car when I’m alone. I’ve read it at least 2xx this year.

Lucy Lennox-Wilde Love

Lucy Lennox has two main series that she’s written. They are the Made Marian and the Forever Wilde books. The two series are interconnected. Marian came first, but I read the Wilde books first and I fell in love with Grandpa and Doc, because it’s totally impossible not to. I, like all of Lucy’s readers, was desperate to find out all of their story, and thus Wilde Love was born. I own both an e and an audio copy of this. I took a mini-vacation this year and listened to this on my drive. It starts with when the guys first meet, during Vietnam while they were both serving, and runs through the current day. There are so many beautiful little moments in here and so many heartbreaking ones at the same time, and sometimes they are the same moments. This book made me just love Grandpa and Doc so much more.

Alice Winters-The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

I laughed hysterically the whole time I read The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love. Leland is a hitman, no really, a real hitman, and Jackson is the PI who is trying to help catch him. Leland is so fucking snarky and may or may not have a gun fetish. I mean, honestly, Alice writes a damn good story that keeps you interested, while letting you laugh at the most ridiculous stuff possible. I swear that Leland just has no filter at all, and it’s glorious.

Tune in for part 2 tomorrow!

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K Webster-Wicked Lies Boys Tell

Wicked Lies Boys Tell is the latest K. Webster book. She tends to write in a cycle, and at a certain point in the cycle, we get these really intense, emotional books. This is one of them. Lies is a very emotional and intimate book. It’s a new adult, friends to enemies to lovers, coming of age kind of thing.

So, the heroes of our story are Penn and Copeland. They are next door neighbors, and were best friends for years and years and years. They had a falling out 2 years ago, when they were 16, and they have spent the last 2 years apart. Copeland is furious with Penn, and pretty much hates him. Penn wishes that they could be friends again, and basically punishes himself by watching Cope. So, what happened? Well, Penn, who knows that he’s gay and has known that he’s gay for a long time, kissed Cope one night when they both drunk.

So, up to present day. Cope is angry at the world, especially Penn. He misses his best friend too. But, he has a girlfriend, one who is a total bitch may I add, and he’s doing everything he can to ignore any feelings he may ever have. Penn is the toast of the school, but he’s slowly falling apart.

One night, they both end up at the same party. And it’s a party where Penn gets into a fight and ends up breaking his golden football hand. Cope rescues him, takes him to the ER, and they get his hand casted. And this presents a problem. Penn’s dad is a huge fucking prick who is abusive toward him and his mom. He counts on Penn to reflect well back on him, and Penn no longer being a big football start doesn’t reflect well at all. Penn knows that he’s going to have a lot of problems with his dad, and his coach, who is also a prick. Luckily, Copeland has decided that he’s going to be in Penn’s life again.

I feel sorry for both guys. They are stuck between terrible rocks and even worse hard place. They both have terrible fathers who are only out for themselves and who don’t think anything of knocking their kids around. Penn’s mom is a junkie, which I don’t blame her for it, considering what her husband is like. The boys are trapped in horrible lives, and their fathers just want to make it worse and worse and worse.

Poor Penn. I mean, he took a chance and lost his best friend ever. He took a chance and boom, everything exploded in about a millisecond. It had to be so hard on him to lose everything all at once like that, especially when it comes to something like sexuality.

I was kind of mad at Cope because he didn’t really give Penn a chance to explain or anything. Yeah, I totally get why he was mad, but they had been best friends for more than a decade and he wasn’t willing to give him a chance to talk about it? I think part of that is the whole societal expectation thing. If Penn had been a girl instead of a boy, I don’t think that there would’ve been the same issue.

I loved watching the two of them together. There’s a whole great place where they are rebuilding their friendship as well as building their new relationship. It’s all familiar and different and new all at the same time. You get to see how much they were both torn apart by the things that had happened over the past couple of years.

I spent a lot of the time just close to crying because the guys were really pulling me apart, in the best way possible, if that makes sense. I don’t think that anyone else could’ve written this story. It’s a very K. Webster story, and it’s just a beautiful one.

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I can’t believe Penn’s father and what his plan was. Because damn. What a fuckhole.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!