A lot of the other posts in this hop have been heartfelt, informative, inspiring. I was going to try with my post, but pfffft, let’s face it that’s not me. I’m here for the hot, sweaty man love. Slap a little angst on it, maybe someone not sure if they are making the right choice, or even if they are gay, and I’m there. I love referring to my ButtSecks Books and get a kick out of telling other writers “I write boys who like boys. A LOT.” But that wasn’t always the case.
I discovered erotic romance and couldn’t get enough. I inhaled them at a rate that made my bank account wince and my bookhelves groan. I remember reading my first ménage and being all “ohhhh, more!” I remember the allure of my first BDSM and being all “people do what with their what now? Who knew it could be so hot?!” And yet I avoided m/m for the longest, felt it had nothing for me. And I’ve never been happier to be more wrong.
I read my first m/m in the Spring of 2010 and I remember liking the sex scenes – There’s twice as much hot man flesh! – but ultimately not liking the story itself. I decided to try one more book and I’m glad I did. Evangeline Anderson’s “Broken Boundaries” was a sci fi, a m/m and if you had asked me before I started, 100% not a book I would have picked up, but it BLEW. MY. MIND.
There was love, there was sex, there was aggression, there was angst, there was everything I love about romance and it was wrapped in the strong embrace of two very strong, very determined men, very compelling men. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting, hunger and bathroom breaks be damned.
There’s a very different dynamic in m/m romance that is lacking in m/f. I’m not knocking m/f, as I write/read that as well, but a lot of those books – mine included — rely heavily on societal gender norms at their core and m/m finds its conflict elsewhere. What happens when two men who are used to do things their own way meet up? *shivers*
I also let my heroes be darker, edgier with each other. I let them do things, say things that would make me raise a brow if a hero said it to a heroine, but makes me lean forward and whisper “More” when Hero 1 does it to Hero2.
Shane Willet has been crushing on his roommate Jake for as long as he can remember with no relief in sight. But as studious as Jake is explosive, Shane has given up hope of catching his friend’s eye. In an effort to get over him, Shane allows Jake to drag him to a Key Party—a sex party where men are thrown together by chance. Shane can only hope that hot sex with a virtual stranger will help him forget.
Key Parties are nothing new to a player like Jake Ritter, but tonight he has his own agenda. It involves leaving all other men behind and finally getting Shane in bed. Unbeknownst to Shane, Jake’s rigged the party for them to end up together. Under the cover of darkness, he will indulge in every kinky act that he’s been imagining over the past few months in a bid to bind Shane to him with sex.
Reality more than lives up to fantasy, and both men are left raw in the aftermath of their night of pleasure. Jake may think he knows all there is to know about men and sex, but Shane is going to teach him a thing or two about love…
With every m/m book I write, I try to recapture the feeling I had when I read “Broken Boundaries.” I think, what in this work would entice someone to the m/m side of the fence? The broken but still proud men? The fight not to fall in love with someone who you always thought was forbidden to you? Twice the hot, hard man flesh and the fight for dominance in the bedroom?
For real. I cannot stress the twice the hot, hard man flesh enough. *fans self* And just like that, we’re back to square one. I will always make it about struggle to fall in love, but I will never, ever skimp on the hot, hard man flesh.