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[Fridays with Favorites] Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter

wp-1484934443504.jpgThis is not the first time I talk about Came Upon a Midnight Clear. The last time it was back in September 2015. In my post, I mentioned wanting to re-read this book, and I did in December 2016. Make that two times for someone who doesn’t  re-read. I wanted to read it last Christmas for the third time but got other pretties in the way. I did buy a paper copy, though. The only MM printed book I own. I don’t even have any of my stories in print. Sad, I know… lol 🙂

See, as I reader, this book is everything I love. Angst, second changes, beautiful settings, steamy scenes, lovely moments, and many other things. I have read over 1,500 MM romance stories, but this one still my favorite. Yes, there are other I like, but this one is special. In almost four years, it had stayed on top of my list.

And as I writer, that’s what I want to accomplished. To write THAT one book that makes a special read for someone else. It doesn’t have to be a bestseller or have a high rating. I just want the reader to remember my characters and their story. In the end, that’s what writing is about. It’s about giving someone a happy ending to cheer for.

If you want to share your favorite book, it doesn’t have to be MM, go ahead. I love to talk about books.

Fridays with Friends & Favorites is a weekly post featuring authors, designers, editors, and anyone else brave enough to show up. And sometimes, my favorite book of the week might take the spotlight.

Best Reads of 2016

Nothing better to send 2016 packing that keeping the best reads and forgetting about the rest. I read 237 books this year and some of them were memorable enough to make this list. Enjoy!

Favorite Book of 2016

Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean


Favorite Short Stories

Pride Weekend by Charlie Descoteaux

Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

Guardian by Jordan Taylor

Favorite e-Books 

Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

The Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr

Favorite Audiobooks

The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy

Good Boy by Anne Tenino

Trust by Ella Frank

Worth Mentioning

Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

Risk Aware by Amelia C. Gormley

Ghosts by Jackie Keswick

Murderous Requiem by Jamie Fessenden

To the Highest Bidder by Caitlin Ricci

Murder Once Seen by J.T. Hall

The Scholar’s Heart by Antonia Aquilante

The Assassin’s Pet by Nana G.

Favorite Covers

Horsefeathers by Caitlin Ricci – Designed by Natasha Snow

I Love You More Than Pierogi by K.A. Merikan – Designed by Anna Sikorska

Heartscapes by M.J. Williamz – Designed by Sheri [Graphic Artist 2020]

horsefeathers   i-love-you   heartscapes

* List originally created for Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


My Favorite M/M Romance Story is…

I read this book back in 2013. It was only my third M/M book and I don’t remember how I ended up getting it, but I’m glad I did. I’m a sucker for young love and unexpected reunions and this book has both. In Goodreads the book has an average rating, but I still remember how I felt when reading it and for me, that’s worth a five stars review.

What I love the most is the balance between eroticism and romance this story accomplished. The authors (Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty write under one pen name) did a great job showing the reader the couple’s back story without pushing their present relationship to a secondary plot. It’s smexy, hot, and at the same time, fun and loving.

I don’t re-read books, but I did go over their reunion scene again. It sets the pace for the rest of the book and let us see how much they still love and want each other.

The holidays are around the corner, Came Upon a Midnight Clear is a nice book to get into gear for the festivities since it features a snowy London Christmas.


15728462Born to old Virginia money, film producer Kyle Wakefield’s conservative upbringing kept him in the closet. Only once did he venture outside: for a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. When Nathan’s self-destructive streak landed him in prison, Kyle slammed the door on youthful hopes. Despite Hollywood successes, he still hides his true self.

He thought he’d moved on, until his production company hires Nathan and his Second Chances stunt crew to work on the London set of a big-budget action flick. Watching Nathan risk life and limb with fellow ex-cons looking for a fresh start makes it tough for Kyle to keep his desires hidden.

Thirteen years have passed since Nathan’s teenage self-doubt led him to sabotage any chance of a future with Kyle. He’s come a long way since then, but despite their explosive sexual chemistry, Kyle treats their attraction like a deep dark secret.

Their matched Hollywood ambitions and a pain-in-the-ass director make cooperation essential. As the London holiday season casts its spell, the two men find themselves on the verge of falling in love again—even as old secrets and pain keep them shackled. The only hope of unlocking their hearts is a Christmas miracle.

The First M/M book I read was…

Plan BI don’t remember why I started reading M/M Romance books exactly, but I’m guessing it had to do with being tired of reading about helpless, short, curvy, blonde/brunette heroines falling in-love with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome Millionaire (still one of my pet peeves). Probably another reason why I’m not much into books about Twinks.

According to Goodreads, the first M/M book I read was Plan B by S.J.D. Peterson. That was back on June 20, 2013. In two years I have read almost 1,000 M/M stories.

The same day I had finished Confessions of a Girl in the City by Angelina King which is an M/F book that I rated 4 out of 5.

As for Plan B, I rated it 5 out of 5. I’m still happy with that rating since I really enjoyed Danny and Lance. Jo still one of my auto-buys and I had read most of the author’s backlist.

S.J.D. Peterson new book is Ruin Porn (Resonator, #1).