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And the Rainbow Award goes to:

1. Broken Blades by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523448040
ISBN-13: 978-1523448043
Amazon: Broken Blades
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1) A strong book set at a time that to me is still more the dominion of history lessons and horror and those childhood stories that my grandparents never, ever tell. So not exactly a time that lends itself to romance, and I admit I was sceptical when I first picked this book up. Happily my scepticism was misguided. Instead of the wartime romance I was half-dreading, this book is the story of two men struggling to stay human in an increasingly inhuman world; remembering that the enemy soldier is a human being, too, is just one part of it. Very well done. But then, everything about this book is well done: The plot is solid and gripping and although it jumps ahead in time twice, it doesn’t seem episodic; the characters are all complex and layered, even the secondary characters – even the obligatory super-Nazi was interesting from a meta perspective! – and the protagonists have a depth that is sometimes more hinted at than revealed fully; the setting was evocative and done right – at least, this German reader was very pleased to come across genuine German names as well as properly spelled and grammatically correct German sentences; the writing, finally, flowed smoothly, at a good pace, and managed to keep me up way past my bedtime because I simply could. Not. Stop. Reading. Last but not least, I quite enjoyed seeing the Germans from the American character’s perspective, all those little comments and observations on manners and language, and I couldn’t help grinning at the bit where Mark wonders at Armin’s mood because from his tone of voice he can’t tell whether Armin is annoyed or not, what with German sounding the same all the damn time. :-)

2) Writing as you wish it do be when you look for this kind of reading; well-developed characters; perfect research; and some very little flaws are covered by a gripping story, although dark, mesmerizing.

3) One of the most touching, heartbreaking beautiful story I ever read. Set in a German POW camp at the end of WWII, it is not a easy reading, the covered topics certainly leave its marks on the reader. But you won’t be able to put it down, you need to know how the main characters get to their well deserved happy ending. Be ready to cry, a lot, be ready to get angry, to feel relieved. The authors managed to engage the readers describing the environment and every action with such powerful attention to detail that you can almost see yourself there. There must have been a lot of reserch behind it, a very good job. A book to read at least once in a lifetime.

4) This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The setting is about as dramatic as it gets, but the story itself, the development of the romance and the tightly-written scenes between Armin and Mark are surprisingly easy to read. It was so engaging I couldn't put it down.

5) Full marks from me on this excellent story of two men who meet at the 1936 Olympics, have one night of passion and eight years later are reunited during World War II. Armin is the POW camp Commandant where Mark, an American airman is brought when his plane crashes. The men at first are wary of one another, but as time passes the attraction they felt eight years earlier is rekindled and their purpose becomes to save each other's lives, as the Allies close in on a defeated Germany. Couldn't put this down until I had read and savored every word. Without a doubt my favorite book of this year.

2. Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) by Kaje Harper - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
3. Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
(tie) The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance




Runners Up:
4. A Second Harvest by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Across Your Dreams by Jay Lewis Taylor - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical
5. Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Blow Down by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
(tie) Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
6. A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
7. A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Malachite by Kirby Crow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
(tie) Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
8. The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
9. Insurrection (Interscission Project #3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
(tie) Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
10. Foxes by Suki Fleet - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
11. Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) Unnatural by Joanna Chambers - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
12. A Gentleman's Position by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
13. The Italian Word for Kisses by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
14. A Solitary Man by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
(tie) The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) How to Walk like a Man by Eli Easton - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
15. To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
16. Tempest by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
(tie) Come Back To Me by Edmond Manning - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
(tie) Once Upon A Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish, Don’t Let Go, Kitto, Guardians Of The Haunted Moor, Third Solstice (The Tyack & Frayne Mystery Series, 6 novellas as 1 submission) by Harper Fox - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
17. Private by Matthew J. Metzger - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
(tie) The Necromancer's Dance and The Necromancer's Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
18. Witches of London: Lars by Aleksandr Voinov - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance
(tie) Winter Ball by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Comedy
(tie) Selfie by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes - Gender: Gay - Genre: Erotic Romance
(tie) Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
19. The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) In Deep by Adam Fitzroy - Gender: Gay - Genre: Mystery / Thriller
(tie) ’Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Lollipop by Amy Lane - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
(tie) Where There's A Will by Cari Z. - Gender: Gay - Genre: Sci-fi / Futuristic
(tie) Ringed Love (Sentries #6) by Elizabeth Noble - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
(tie) Strong Medicine by J.K. Hogan - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick - Gender: Gay - Genre: Romantic Suspence
20. Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy
(tie) Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles - Gender: Gay - Genre: Fantasy Romance
(tie) Sire by Kate Pavelle - Gender: Gay - Genre: Young Adult
(tie) Under the Knife by Laurin Kelly - Gender: Gay - Genre: Contemporary Romance
(tie) Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling - Gender: Gay - Genre: Historical Romance
(tie) Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett - Gender: Gay - Genre: Paranormal Romance

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