Picks from the Bottomless List: September
“Wake me up, when September ends…” Kidding! Looking at all those amazing books that are to be released this month we feel like someone should keep us awake & only let us sleep the bare minimum, so we can get as much reading time as possible!
Which books are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!
The one book that absolutely stood out and was just everything to me was His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto. I’ve probably said everything I could in my review. Both protagonists are on the asexual-spectrum and as asexual reader I found the rep to be one of the best I’ve read. I don’t want to repeat everything I already said in my review, so just go and read that. And then read the book. 😉
Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubical writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.
Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.
There are SO many September releases I’m looking forward to that I really can’t choose one I’m looking forward to the most.
One of them is Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley. I love the sound of the blurb, even though I’m not sure about the love-triangle part, but I definitely want to give that a try.
At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be the perfect man for Damien—if Damien wasn’t already in a relationship. It isn’t long before Damien is at the center of a love triangle, forced to choose between hot, punk John and his secret affair with his professor, Levi. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because something impossible is happening to Damien—and it’s having a drastic effect on his health as well as his perception of reality.
Each time Damien goes to work, things grow more bizarre, starting with Sam—an artist who has been dead for years and now somehow… isn’t. Damien’s unusual circumstances also free him from the restrictions of monogamy—or so he thinks. Levi, who cannot believe Damien’s claims, fears for his sanity. John also has strong doubts when Damien reveals knowledge of a catastrophic event looming in John’s future. Whether the men he loves believe his wild claims or not, neither can deny Damien is languishing, and if they cannot save him, he’ll be lost. More importantly, they must convince Damien to save himself.
Goodreads | DSP Publications
Release Date: September 12
I’m currently reading Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke and even though I thought I’d really like it, I didn’t expect to be sucked in like this. I love Aiden and have probably highlighted half of what I’ve read so far (I’m about 60% through) because it’s so beautifully written. I love the prose and it’s definitely on track to become one of my 2017-favourites.
After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate.
Fate is now a calculation.
But loving someone isn’t.
When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice—love one another or defy fate.
Goodreads | Interlude Press
Release Date: September 21
I also have to mention The Love Song of Sawyer Bell because that story is fantastic! Avon Gale’s first F/F (of hopefully many more to come) that just comes to live on page. I read an early draft of it and can’t wait for everyone else to read it! We have two kickass MC’s who burn up the sheets!
Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.
Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.
But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.
Goodreads | Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 25
I gotta split my love for August between two incredible books.
Permanent Ink by Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale took me by such surprise! I knew I would like it because I love these authors’ work so much, but I wasn’t expecting my reaction to this one! I think I ignored my kids in order to devour this one, and as soon as I was done (like, probably within half an hour) I was clamoring at the authors on twitter for more. A+
At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.
Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.
Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.
Goodreads | Riptide Publishing
Blended Notes by Lilah Suzanne is a book I’ve been waiting a long time for. It’s the final book in her Spotlight series trilogy, and it brought together so many very lovely things. The series brings character arcs to these beautiful conclusions that don’t feel contrived, but that feel like real love, in real life. We finally got a book in Grady’s perspective, which was a joy as well. I’m so happy with the way this trilogy ended, I know I’ll be treasuring all three for years to come.
Grady Dawson’s future looks bright. He’s at the top of his country music career, has a close-knit group of friends who have become his Nashville family, and has found solid ground in his personal life as he plans his intimate, private wedding with Nico, his stylist turned lover turned love of his life. It seems Grady has finally left his difficult childhood and tumultuous youth behind. That is, until his past shows up on his doorstep, news of his upcoming nuptials is leaked to the media, and his record company starts issuing demands that challenge his integrity as an artist and as a person. The foundation Grady built his new life on begins to crumble and fast. Can he have his future if he’s haunted by his past? Can he continue making music if it means comprising his convictions? Must he make the ultimate choice between a private life with Nico and the public demands of his career?
September is looking to be a hella promising month! (That’s right, I said hella). Like Annie, I’ve started (okay, okay, I couldn’t help myself I devoured it) Fortitude Smashed and like Annie, I can say it will definitely be a 2017 highlight. I am also excited about all the great things I am hearing surrounding The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens. Also, my level of squeeeeeee over the fact that the next Tamryn Eradani (Caught in Between) is coming out in 12 days cannot be contained. I cannot wait to get my greedy hands on it!
Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but it’s pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town.
When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch. The realm of myths and magic is growing increasingly unstable, and it is up to Bridger to ascertain the cause of the chaos, eliminate the problem, and help his boss keep the real world from finding the world of myths.
Goodreads | Interlude Press
Release Date: September 7
MORE books we’re looking forward to:
Dirty Mind by Roe Horvat; September 1
Her Hometown Girl by Lorelie Brown; September 4
Circle by Garrett Leigh; September 5
Be My Best Man by Con Riley; September 7
The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair; September 11
Whitecott Manor by Emma Jane; September 11
Caught In Between by Tamryn Eradani; September 11
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren; September 12
Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z.; September 18
Figure Study by Suzanne Clay; September 25
Rank & File by L.A. Witt; September 25
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