Hola and a big smushy WELCOME to our LGBTQ event which is here for the month of May. We have reviews, Guest Posts, Top Ten List and lots and lots of prizes all with a LGBT theme. The posts will be indexed on the side and I do hope you hop through … I have been so lucky this year!
Today, we have the lovely j. leigh Bailey giving us some MM recommendations for every type of genre. She is also giving away a copy of her eBook Nobody’s Hero to one commenter on the post (comments must give LGBTQ recommendations).
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First, I’d like to thank Nix for inviting me to join in the LGBT Event this month. Any chance to help spread the word and share the appreciation for LGBT fiction—especially romance—is a worthy cause.
LGBT romance, particularly M/M romance, has been gaining a lot of momentum the last several years. More and more publishers are publishing them, more writers are writing them, and more readers are reading them. Like any new subgenre, the question “Where should I start?” is a common one. There are a lot of choices, and word-of-mouth recommendations and reviews are key components to a person deciding to try something new.
Like most authors, I’m a voracious reader. So, when someone asks me “Where should I start?” I’ve got some thoughts.
These are some of the books I recommend to readers new to the M/M genre:
Collision Course by K. A. Mitchell. This was the first M/M novel I ever read and it rocked my world. It’s got some serious angst, it’s seriously sexy, and is, to this day, one of my go-to comfort reads.
Crossing Borders by Z. A. Maxwell. This was the second M/M novel I ever read. In today’s vernacular, this would be considered a New Adult novel. I love the elements of discovery, the family dynamic, and the depth of characterization.
For the paranormal lovers, no one can beat J. L. Langley’s “With or Without” series. I love her werewolves. The stories are sweet and funny, with just enough drama to keep it going. Then, to top it off, she has a “Sci-Regency” series that is the coolest combination of space opera/Regency romance that is just awesome. That’s right: space opera/Regency romance. Killer combination.
If you like sports romance, I’d check out Tara Lain’s Long Pass Chronicles. Outing the Quarterback is great, but Canning the Center is outstanding.
Heidi Cullinan is definitely one of my go-to authors. If you like a little kink in your sexy-times, I’d check out her Special Delivery books. They break some romance’s rules, but do it beautifully.
For those who like a little military/spy action in their romance, SE Jakes’ Men of Honor and Hell or High Water series are great. They’re gritty, dirty and full of high stakes action and adventure. Equal parts adrenaline and hormones.
One of the categories I haven’t mentioned yet is New Adult. Since my own M/M New Adult romance, Nobody’s Hero, just released, I’d be a fool not to recommend it. That being said, and since I suck at self-promotion, here are a few of my favorite New Adult M/M romance authors: Heidi Cullinan, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Karen Stivali and Annabeth Albert.
Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.
Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.
As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.
This is just a short list, and seriously, there are so many amazing books that I could go on forever, but, depending on your sub-genre interests, I’d bet there’s an M/M romance out there for you.
There is more to LGBT romance than just M/M. I haven’t read a whole lot of F/F or Transgender romance, and I’d love some recommendations. I’ve got a free electronic copy (epub, mobi or pdf) of my book Nobody’s Hero. I’ll do a drawing from any commenters who recommend their favorite LGBT romances (in whatever section of the LGBTQ spectrum).
leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.
Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.