Countdown to a New Year, December 27: Jay, Owner of Joyfully Jay

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This is a fun time of year as a blogger because I am thinking about the fabulous books I have read this year, as well as looking forward to new ones to read in the coming year. I have already shared my Best of 2017 on my blog, Joyfully Jay, so you can check that out here (along with Best of 2017 lists from many of my reviewers). So I thought today it might be fun to look ahead to some books I am anticipating for next year. These are all sequels to stories I have loved and I can’t wait for the next installments.

Down by Contact by Santino Hassell (January 16) – I went totally crazy for the first book in this series, Illegal Contact. There is a nice opposites attract vibe, as well as a fun insider look into the life of a professional athlete. Plus I totally loved the vibe of the story and the two guys together. We meet Simeon in that first book and he is one of the MCs in the second story. I am definitely intrigued by him and can’t wait to check it out!

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian (July 15) – Sebastian’s debut book, The Soldier’s Scandal, just blew me away (me and everyone else it seems) and the series as a whole was just fabulous. I wondered if she could repeat the feat with her newest series, Seducing the Sedgewicks, and its first book It Takes Two to Tumble. So I am happy to say I went crazy for this one too and found it a delightful historical with a great dynamic between the MCs. The Sedgewick men are really fascinating and I am highly looking forward to Hartley’s story coming next.

Agent Bayne by Jordan Castillo Price (January 2018) – I get excited every time I hear there is a new story coming in Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCops world. This is one of my favorite series in the genre and I adore Vic and Jacob beyond reason and I love the blend of romance, suspense, and paranormal. I was lucky enough to hear the author read an excerpt from the book at GRL this year, and it just whet my appetite for more (you can check the excerpt out here on her blog). So I am dying to follow along for this latest adventure.

Ravensong (July 2018) and A Wish Upon the Stars (March 2018) by T.J. Klune – I am a huge T.J. Klune fan and these series highlight how well the author can move from comedy to dramatic intensity so well. Ravensong is the sequel to the fabulous Wolfsong, a shifter story that sucked me in and left me emotionally wrung out but totally happy at the end. I loved Klune’s unique take on the common shifter trope and I am looking forward to getting back into this world. A Wish Upon the Stars is the fourth book in Klune’s Tales from Verania series, a completely hysterical fantasy featuring an apprentice wizard, his best friends (a hornless unicorn and a half giant), and his dreamy knight commander boyfriend. I am currently listening to book 2 in this series, A Destiny of Dragons, in audio, and it is laugh out loud in the grocery story funny. I can’t wait for more in this fabulous series.

Breaker of Chains by Jordan L. Hawk – Hawk is perhaps best known for her phenomenal Whyborne & Griffin series (and I am an enormous fan). But her urban fantasy/paranormal SPECTR series is another one of my favorites, so much so that I read the first six books in the serial in about three days. Once I started, I could not put it down! Not only that, but while I was visiting Charleston this summer I gave myself the SPECTR tour of the city and visited a bunch of spots that are featured in the books. We are now on to the second season and I love the suspense and paranormal elements here, but particularly the fascinating dynamic between the three main characters, John, Gray, and Caleb. They have such a unique relationship and I can’t wait for the next step on their journey.

Arden St. Ives series, book 3 by Alexis Hall (February 2018) – I just finished the second installment of this series, How to Blow it with a Billionaire, and was once again blown away by this story that combines a fabulously quirky and humorous narrator with his reserved billionaire not quite boyfriend. The ending of this second book leaves us hanging and I am DYING to see how it all resolves. These books are full of both intensity and playfulness and I can not wait to read the conclusion.

So there you have it, seven sequels that I am looking forward to for 2018. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these series, I can highly recommend them all. And I’d love to hear what you are looking forward to reading next year!


Jay is a wife, mom, blogger, and cat wrangler. She is an avid reader and lover of beaches, lazy days, and all things chocolate and peanut butter. Jay loves m/m romance and has been reading the genre for about 8 years. She averages about 4 books a week and loves to talk about them with readers.

You can find Jay over at her blog, Joyfully Jay.  We review all subgenres of GLBT romance, focusing primarily on male/male stories. Joyfully Jay runs about 20 reviews per week, as well as hosting daily guest posts from a variety of authors.  

Jay also hangs out on Twitter or Facebook and always loves meeting fellow readers!


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9 thoughts on “Countdown to a New Year, December 27: Jay from Joyfully Jay

  1. I’ve enjoyed Alexis Hall “How to blow it with a Billionaire” which left me anticipating next in the series. I also loved Santino Hassel latest “Illegal Contact”

  2. I’m looking forward a couple of those books, too, Jay (the one by Cat Sebastian plus Ravensong). Lyn Gala’s series featuring Liam and Ondry was a favorite of mine this year; the series began in 2013 but it was new to me.

  3. Anyone who loves Alexix Hall has got to have excellent recommendations. I will look into a number of books on this list for that very reason. Tx Jay!

  4. What an amazing list! I’m also looking forward to all of them! I haven’t read SPECTR series yet even though I have it in my TBR list. The order/name of the series got me a bit confused.

  5. Thank you for the post. Several of the books you’ve mentioned are also some of the books I’m looking forward to in 2018 too.

  6. Yay, Jay’s here! I loved Cale Dietrich’s THE LOVE INTEREST, and still hope Damon Suede’s HARD HEAD will appear in 2018…

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