When I posted that m/m fiction was one of my best discoveries for 2008, I added some comments about one of the first m/m romances I had read (Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill) and how it is now a fave of mine. Thea asked me if I would recommend it as a novel to try out this genre and, as much as I loved it, I replied I didn’t think I would (m/m and BDSM together might be a bit full on for a first timer… hmmm, sounds like I’m giving out sexual advice lol), but would have a think and come up with some recommendations for m/m (fiction) virgins.
First, a warning: If you are offended by homosexuality for whatever reason you shouldn’t try this type of fiction because (obviously) you will not like it. If you are open-minded, curious and a fan of romance fiction – as I was/am -, I would definitely suggest you try reading m/m romance. If you are still a bit hesitant, read this post by Wave. It gives some insight into why readers have come to like this genre so much.
Second, the books below are straight m/m (ie no girl involved with two guys in a ménage) so it’s sink or swim for newbies.
Third, it’s romance; of course there are sex scenes… enjoy!
Fourth, these are all stories I have taken great pleasure in and have re-read a number of times. I have provided links to reviews (nope, still too lazy to do these myself) for anyone interested in reading what others thought.
Now, without further ado, here are a four recommendations for m/m first timers~
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (contemporary): A great story about a geek and a jock, who now teach and coach at their old high school, dealing with their preconceptions about each other, discovering the people behind the ‘facade’ and falling in love. Reviewed by Sarah here.
Without Reservations by J L Langley (contemporary paranormal): Another of the first m/ms I read, which explores the building of a relationship within the context of different kinds of prejudice and with a little bit of danger thrown in! Reviewed by Wave here.
No Going Home by T A Chase (contemporary western): There are a number of stories in this genre about prejudice against homosexuality. This one I particularly liked because the courage and strength of the characters are beautifully portrayed. Reviews here.
True of Heart (The Draegan Lords Book 1) by M L Rhodes (fantasy): This one is for the fantasy fans, who have a soft spot for dragons as well as soul mates finding each other against the odds. *sigh* Reviewed by Wave here.
Most of the book title links go to the All Romance eBook website. You can buy them directly from the publishers, but I thought I’d link to a one-stop shop which also happens to give you a discount whenever you buy 10 books. Tis the season for giving after all. *grin* Another great ebook store is Fictionwise; they do discounts too!
If you do end up trying out m/m romance by reading any of the above feel free to drop me a line to either abuse me for (a) recommending crap or (b) giving you another outlet to spend your hard-earned $$.
Coming up with these books was a lot harder than I thought so I’m interested to know, if you read m/m, what would you recommend to a virgin of this genre?