june reading: gay adult

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater - Jude Sierra
Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness - on their own and with each other

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Coffee Cake - Michaela Grey
Bran Kendrick never expected to fall in love. What chance does he have of finding someone who'll see past his asexuality? So when Malachi Warren catches his eye, Bran tells himself his crush will pass. Malachi disagrees. Suddenly Bran finds himself juggling a new boyfriend, a demanding job and a college degree he's not sure he wants, but he couldn't be happier - until a series of seemingly random accidents befall Malachi.  When they escalate, Bran realises someone is trying to take away the best thing that ever happened to him and he must scramble to keep him safe while they search for the would-be killer.

What Belongs to You - Garth Greenwell
On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the following months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates he's forced to grapple with his own fraught history.

The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere - John Chu
In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie.) This makes life difficult for Matt as he manoeuvres the marriage question with his lover and how best to come out to his traditional Chinese parents.

A Separate Peace - John Knowles
Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.


Time Was - Ian McDonald
A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it. In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found.  Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their disparate timelines overlap.

Whiteout - Elyse Springer
Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where - or who - he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tried to fill in some of the blanks; they're in Colorado on holiday, Noah slipped on some ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.. Trapped alone in a cabin with a man determined to make this the romantic get-away they'd apparently planned Noah's slowly returning memories hint at secrets and lies forces him to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty and about love.

Call Me By Your Name - Andre Aciman
The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

At Swim, Two Boys - Jamie O'Neill
Jim Mack is a naïve young scholar and the son of a foolish, aspiring shopkeeper. Doyler Doyle is the rough-diamond son—revolutionary and blasphemous—of Mr. Mack’s old army pal. Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the nude, the two boys make a pact: Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, on Easter of 1916, they will swim to the distant beacon of Muglins Rock and claim that island for themselves. All the while Mr. Mack, who has grand plans for a corner shop empire, remains unaware of the depth of the boys’ burgeoning friendship and of the changing landscape of a nation.

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After The Parade - Lori Ostlund
Sensitive, big-hearted, and achingly self-conscious, forty-year-old Aaron Englund long ago escaped the confines of his Midwestern hometown, but he still feels like an outcast. Soon after establishing himself in San Francisco however, Aaron sees that real freedom will not come until he has made peace with his memories of Morton, Minnesota: a cramped town whose four hundred souls form a constellation of Aaron’s childhood heartbreaks and hopes. Aaron hasn’t heard from his mother, Dolores, in more than twenty years, but when a shambolic PI named Bill offers a key to closure, Aaron must confront his own role in his troubled past and rethink his place in a world of unpredictable, life-changing forces.

Shaking the Sugar Tree - Nick Wilgus
Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous—and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbours and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone’s throw away from Dumpster-diving. Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humour. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making. When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears, but, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.

Two Gentlemen Sharing - William Corlett
Bellingford is a typical English village. Genteel vices and unspecified dramas occasionally occur but always behind closed doors and carefully laundered lace curtains - until the news breaks that the new occupants of Hall House are "two gentlemen sharing." With the arrival of Rich, a producer, and his much younger lover, Bless, a model, the scene is set for mayhem. Tossed into the mix are a homophobic, retired general; a maniacal lesbian Italian biker in pursuit of a neurotic, inadvertently drugged Bellingford woman; an addled ex-ballerina; and assorted other native weirdness - all leading to a roller-coaster ride through the sexual mores of life.

The Brighton Maverick - Scott Chadwick
As Rick Matthews sat shivering on the midnight train to Brighton three things dawned on him. He had a lover who resembled a Hollywood celebrity and had the money to match. He lived in a penthouse apartment and had a walk in closet the size of a designer boutique. And he had to get as far away from his life as he could.  It was just a pity it had taken him two years to realise it. Beset with problems from his past, Rick had only intended to escape to the coast for a few days. Yet life has a funny way of throwing you a curved ball; and the one thing he had not counted on was meeting her. Set in the heart of Brighton's Lanes, a chance meeting with a kindly old lady and her idiosyncratic neighbours soon draws Rick into a series of adventures that would not only prove impossible to resist but would change his life forever.

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Spy Stuff - Matthew J. Metzger
Anton never thought anyone would ever want to date him. Everyone knows nobody wants a transgender boyfriend, right? So he's as shocked as anyone when seemingly-straight Jude Kalinowski asks him out, and doesn't appear to be joking. The only problem is ... well, Jude doesn't actually know. Anton can see how this will play out: Jude is a nice guy, and nice guys finish last. And Anton is transgender, and transgender people don't get happy endings. If he tells Jude, it might destroy everything. And if Jude tells anyone else ... it will.

Outcast - Stuart Thorogood
This is Mark Holly's story. Mark is twenty years old. He doesn't want to admit he's gay; not even that he's bisexual. He comes from a normal, working-class family. His dad's a plumber; his mom's a housewife. He pays in a rock band and wants a normal life just like his friends, so he finds himself a girlfriend, Grace. Things seem to be under control until Mark meets Andrew, a gay bartender, and sex and love suddenly come alive for him. Mark learns that being gay is nothing to be ashamed of, but when his family finds out all hell breaks loose in this small English town.

Maurice - E. M. Forster
We meet Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father's firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, except that he is homosexual. Maurice is heartbroken over unrequited love, which opened his heart and mind to his own sexual identity. In order to be true to himself, he goes against the grain of society’s often unspoken rules of class, wealth, and politics. 

The House Martin - William Parker
Ben is learning to keep secrets. No one must know about his mother and her addiction to sherry. No one must know about the bedwetting that so bewilders him. And no one must ever know about the blue folder that he'd stumbled across in Stuart England's car at the end of the previous term. Stuart England is the charismatic young master-not long down from Oxford-who makes life possible for Ben in the emotionally sterile environment of his prep school in Gloucestershire. This is the story of Ben's long struggle to be free of the demons that have chased him since childhood. Will he ever find the courage, like the house martins that fly high above the school, to accept life on life's terms?

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