Authors Sidney Bell and Sally Malcolm Share Their 2019 TBR Lists


At their core, writers are just readers who can’t stay on the sidelines, and that means that they get just as excited for new books as anyone else.

Here are the eight titles that Sidney Bell and Sally Malcolm are most excited to read in the new year!

What’s on Sidney Bell’s TBR list?


Untitled by KJ Charles

Publication date: TBA

What it’s about:

This one’s coming out later in the year, so there’s not as much info on it yet, but here’s a blog post in which Charles discusses the origins of her idea about an unorthodox lady who joins an all-male shooting party in Victorian England, only to come across the already engaged love of her life. The book is still in the early stages and plot elements are subject to change, but whatever she comes up with, I have complete faith in Charles’s ability to knock this out of the park.

Why I’m looking forward to it…

KJ Charles is the first and last word in excellent M/M historical fiction, and if you haven’t read her books, you need to get on that, pronto. It’s her upcoming F/F story that I’m going insane waiting for, however. There’s a lack of good F/F in the romance world, which is a shame, because sometimes you want to read a great love story without having dudes muddying up the waters with their dude-ness.


Blood and Bitcoin by L.A. Witt

Publication Date: April 2019

Blood & Bitcoin - Criminal Delights: Organized Crime by L.A. Witt What it’s about: Chris Emmett has a talent for screwing up and landing on his feet. As a SEAL, he managed to evade bullets and court-martials alike. As an FBI agent, he dodged danger and disciplinary action—right up until he didn’t.

With his career and freedom hanging in the balance, he’ll do whatever it takes to clean the slate…including an off-the-books deep-cover solo mission. The objective: infiltrate the Hive, a complex crime syndicate operating on the dark web, and find out who’s trying to kill Piker, the organization’s enigmatic and strangely alluring modern-day Mob boss.

The moment he’s pulled into the Hive, Chris enters a world where no one is what they seem, including the man he’s there to protect. Lines blur between moral and wrong, legal and criminal, ally and foe, and—as Piker’s seductive magnetism draws Chris in—straight and queer.

Chris is running out of time to stop a killer. He has dangerous feelings for a dangerous man, and the deeper he moves into the realms of modern-day organized crime, the less he knows and the fewer people he can trust.

And that’s before he learns the truth about Piker’s assassin.

Why I’m looking forward to it…

Did you read that blurb? The criteria for my favorite kind of read are all there: complicated suspense, complex characters and a morally ambiguous situation where I can’t begin to guess how we’ll get to a happy ending. I love novels where every element of the plot is trying to force two people to be enemies and they somehow manage to find each other across that distance anyway. I especially love watching a fear of vulnerability gradually turn into a willingness to open up. That slow build of trust and heat is better than cookies for me (well, better than oatmeal raisin cookies, at least), and Blood and Bitcoin looks to have that kind of dynamic in spades.


Sacred Son by Robin Covington

Publication date: Fall 2018 

What it’s about: It’s about a man who has spent his life fighting for the rights of Native Americans and a single father who wants to get his son back from his non-Native foster parents.

Why I’m looking forward to it…

This is technically a rerelease, but that’s a good thing, because it means otherwise I might never have heard of this m/m romance. Sacred Son has the added benefit of being an #ownvoices book, so if you’re looking for something with cultural honesty and complexity to enrich an already-intriguing plot, give this one a try when it comes out.


What’s on Sally Malcolm’s TBR list?


Wolfstone by Joanna Chambers

Publication date: Spring 2019

Wolfstone is the first of a two-book historical werewolf series. Yes, you read that right—a historical paranormal from Joanna Chambers. Squeee!

What it’s about: Set in 18th-century Scotland, Wolfstone focuses on Lindsay Somerville, a werewolf who was once enslaved to his cruel werewolf sire. Sent back to his old home city of Edinburgh by his pack, Lindsay’s mission is to acquire a set of papers it’s hoped will help find a long-lost ancient werewolf. But in Edinburgh, Lindsay unexpectedly meets his mate, Drew Nicol, a stubborn architect who hates his attraction to other men and struggles with guilt over his tragic past. Ignoring his instinct to flee Edinburgh, Lindsay stays to try to win over Drew, but also finds himself drawn into a plot that threatens his hard-won freedom…

Why I’m looking forward to it…

First of all, it’s by Joanna Chambers, author the Enlightenment series, one of my favorite m/m historical romances. I adore her writing and am especially excited that, like the Enlightenment series, Wolfstone is set in the magnificent city of Edinburgh—Joanna’s Scottish narrative voice is one of the many things that makes the Enlightenment series so special. Secondly, there aren’t a huge number m/m historicals with paranormal elements, and I can’t wait to see what a writer of Joanna Chambers’s talent does with the genre. One thing’s for sure—it’s going to be a dramatic and emotional ride. I simply can’t wait!


A Chip and a Chair by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Publication date: March 2019

A Chip and a Chair is the fifth and final book in the gripping Seven of Spades romantic-suspense series. And. I. Can’t. Wait.

What it’s about: Las Vegas has never seen a serial killer like the Seven of Spades.

The self-styled vigilante is on a mission to cut down the wicked and treacherous, and Sin City has no shortage of targets for their bloody wrath. What happens in Vegas…ends with the Seven of Spades’s calling card on a grisly corpse.

Standing against the killer are Levi Abrams, a dedicated homicide detective locked in a constant struggle to restrain his own dark side, and bounty hunter Dominic Russo, a charming rogue with a heavy secret weighing on his shoulders.

The hunt for the Seven of Spades sends Levi and Dominic on a collision course, igniting a passionate relationship forged in conflict and sealed with blood. Together they’re stronger than the sum of their parts, but a wily, elusive serial killer isn’t the only threat that will strain their bond to the breaking point.

Ante up, because the Seven of Spades is all in. Are you?

Why I’m looking forward to it…

This is an amazing series. Each book ratchets up the suspense around the identity of the Seven of Spades, with their connection to Levi Abrams growing more personal and creepy as the story unfolds. Add to that a poignant, passionate romance between the two leads, fantastic writing and page-turning tension, and you’ll know why this series has been such a hit. I won’t be the only one chomping at the bit for the release of the final instalment in this outstanding series. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense and haven’t read it yet, put book one, Kill Game, at the very top or your TBR pile. You can thank me later.


Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Publication date: March 2019

Heated Rivalry by Rachel ReidHeated Rivalry is the follow-up to Rachel Reid’s scorching debut, Game Changer. If you’re looking for a fun, sizzling read, this could be the one for you!

What it’s about: Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, not even the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. Their legendary rivalry has made their careers, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…

Why I’m looking forward to it…

Everyone loves a sports romance, right? Rachel’s fun, flirty style makes for a page-turning read. Her characters are cute, larger-than-life and totally aspirational, and they deliver a good measure of romantic and sexual tension along the way. I loved Rachel’s debut and am eagerly anticipating this delicious enemies-to-lovers follow-up—the kind of book you read with a big smile on your face.


Untitled by Dal Maclean

Publication date: Autumn 2019

Although it doesn’t have a title yet, I can’t wait for the third book in Dal Maclean’s series of m/m romantic-suspense novels that began with the Lambda Award nominated Bitter Legacy. 

What it’s about: While the first two books are standalone titles, book three follows on from Dal’s 2018 release Object of Desire in which we meet Tom Gray, one of the world’s top models, and police detective Will Foster, the man Tom brutally dumped two years earlier. When Tom is implicated in the death of his lover’s ex-wife, he has to persuade Will to help him find out who’s really responsible… Although Object of Desire concluded with a happy-for-now ending, the book hints that Will may still have some issues to work through in his relationship with Tom. And in book three, written from Will’s point of view, we’ll get to see him confront and overcome those final obstacles to his happy-ever-after.

Why I’m looking forward to it…

Dal Maclean is a new-to-me author and I devoured her first two books early this year. She writes gritty, eloquent and absorbing romantic suspense, high on the angst scale. And I mean HIGH. If I say fanfic levels of angst, you’ll know what I mean. Very much recommended for lovers of books that give you a delicious twist in the pit of your stomach. I’ll be booking a couple days off work to glom this in one sitting…


The Monuments Men Murders by Josh Lanyon

Publication date: Winter 2019

The Monuments Men Murders is the fourth book in Josh Lanyon’s The Art of Murder series, the third of which ended on something of a cliffhanger early in 2018. 

What it’s about: Special agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI art crime team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “man hunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as the Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.

The Huntsman is still out there. The killing has begun again.

Why I’m looking forward to it…

Josh Lanyon is my go-to author for a cozy mystery read and, like all her books, The Art of Murder series delivers that great blend of suspense, humor and romance that’s perfect for snuggling up with on winter evenings. The two FBI special agent heroes of this series, irascible Sam Kennedy of the BIU and hotshot Jason West of the Art Investigation Team, are still finding a way to make their long-distance relationship work, and it’s that, as much as the intriguing suspense plot, that will have me one-clicking this as soon as it’s available.



What are your most-anticipated reads in the new year?

Be sure to add Rough Trade by Sidney Bell and Between the Lines by Sally Malcolm to your TBR list!


ROUGH TRADE by Sidney Bell

ROUGH TRADE by Sidney BellEven the hardest criminals need a soft place to fall.

Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?



BETWEEN THE LINES by Sally Malcolm

I loved this book. It’s a reading highlight of this past year…gentle and lyrical but also engrossing and sexy.” – Cat Sebastian, author of the Seducing the Sedgwicks series

BETWEEN THE LINES by Sally MalcolmTheo Wishart has given up on finding love.

Luca Moretti doesn’t want to find it.

A handful of summer days may change their lives forever—if they’re brave enough to look between the lines. 

Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they’re all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn’t do relationships and he certainly doesn’t do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent “embracing beach life” while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell.

Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca.

Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family’s hotel is on the verge of ruin and there’s nothing Luca can do to save it. He’s given up on the Majestic, he’s given up on his family and he’s given up on his future.

Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo.

No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama—that’s the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, it’s clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves—and to each other?


2 thoughts on “Authors Sidney Bell and Sally Malcolm Share Their 2019 TBR Lists”

  1. Teresa says:

    They all sound like goods reads…

  2. Shosh says:

    Was Sacred Son published? I’ve been having trouble finding it online. Thank you!

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