According to my Goodreads that has not been updated in over two years, I have read well over two hundred m/m books. I started searching out other books after my fascination with all things Twislash started to dwindle. I needed more. I needed a break from fanfiction, rare as that is.
Before I went to m/m books, I would read the novels/novellas over at Literotica when I wanted original characters. Once I had weeded through all the good original fiction there, I got restless and needed something else. I think I did a google search for the top m/m books and wham, Collision Course appeared at the top of the list.
This series of books has made me cry, laugh, rage, and most of all, live. The words on the many pages came to life for me and kept me going, kept my head above water. They have put a smile on my face and a jump in my step. They are the words I read in my monthly rotation of books, the words I fall asleep to nightly. It isn’t because the books are predictable after reading them 8819 times, but because they are my comfort zone; they settle me down and ground me.
Diving In Deep by K.A. Mitchell.
You never forget your first time.
Cameron Lewis loves his job as an instructor/trainer for a water safety firm that inspects water parks. He gets to travel from March through September, always moving on to something different. When a strange emptiness starts plaguing him, he chalks it up to turning thirty.
He manages to shake off the feeling—until he walks into a classroom and discovers that the eye candy in the front row is actually a very grown up version of his best friend’s kid brother.
Noah Winthrop never forgot his first time. Scary, painful, and then absolutely amazing—and with Cameron, the guy he’d always wanted. He’s had a crush on his brother’s best friend since puberty and now nothing will keep him from finally getting Cameron Lewis to notice him.
Even though Cameron once rejected him, Noah is determined to get it right this time.
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell.
Immovable object? Meet the irresistible force.
Paramedic Aaron Chase doesn’t have anything against love. It just comes with a lot of responsibility, like when he had to raise his sister and brothers after their drug-addicted mom took off for good. Now that the last one is off to college, Aaron is anticipating enjoying life on his own terms. He certainly wasn’t expecting Joey Miller to accidentally drop into his life.
Joey’s sexy, funny, and annoyingly optimistic, and his tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aaron’s way. Even the fact that Joey works for the hated social work system isn’t reason enough to keep him out of Aaron’s bed.
Joey knows all about love. He’s fallen in it ten times—he thinks. It’s not that he can’t tell the difference between sex and love. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron it’s different. Maybe because there’s something to fight for.
This time Joey’s fallen for good. He’s not going to let number eleven get away.
No Souvenirs by K.A. Mitchell.
A vacation fling. No complications. No connections. And no regrets.
Trauma surgeon Jae Sun Kim has just lost the job he wanted more than anything else in his life. Looking for a way to hit the reset button, he takes a scuba vacation. He didn’t plan on seasickness, or a dive master who is sex-on-the-beach personified.
Shane McCormack’s tendency to drift away from complicated situations has landed him a job as a dive master in Belize, which isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. But with the big three-oh looming, asking his parents to bail him out again isn’t an option. The job isn’t without its perks, though, and as soon as he figures a way to keep that hot but arrogant ass of a doctor from tossing his cookies over the side of the boat, he plans to flirt the control freak out of his brittle shell.
The close quarters on the ship generate more heat than either expects, but a vacation fling is all that’s in the plans. An unexpected adventure leaves them changed in ways that make it impossible to go back to their old lives. The risks they’ll both have to take could leave them with nothing but more scars, or the best souvenir of all.
When I found this series, I read Collision Course first because I hadn’t realized there was a book before it and was pleasantly surprised once I realized I could go back and read all about Cameron and Noah who I met in Collision Course. If I could do it again, I’d still read CC first because I fell very much in love with Aaron and Joey on the first go, and, to me, they’re the glue that holds everything together – Cameron and Noah are just the icing on the cake. That is how I would recommend reading the series.
The second book is set up well enough that you can get a feel for their characters without needing their back story. Jae Sun and Shane’s book spoke to me in ways I could not even imagine. I don’t know if it was what was going on in my life the first time I read it or what, but it helped me through some of the darkest moments of my life. It put certain things into perspective for me and made me hope, made me want to get better. Every single time I read that book, I have tears painting my cheeks.
Cameron and Noah. Aaron and Joey. Jae Sun and Shane. Their stories are all very different, but the journey they take is very much intertwined, and will leave you breathless.
Have you read any of these? If not, do you have any books that have affected you like this? What are they?