It’s the Mumma’s birthday tomorrow/Tuesday and I want to get her another m/m romance book to try. *Yes, I’ve got her other pressies and no, this is NOT that last minute.*
Here’s the thing though, I don’t think it should have too much smexing in it just in case it squicks her out and I don’t think she’s ready for anything hardcore like BDSM, fisting, etc so I need recs that a more… romancey.
In a galaxy far, far away, when Jen
was the only person and sometimes Tracy were the only people who read my blog :), I posted about m/m for virgins, but I’m not certain any of these will appeal to the Mumma. *ponders*
So, the long and short of it is, I need some other suggestions and I need them NOW.
Will a cookie help do you think??
*whispers* I got this cookie from Tam. She sends ’em to me specially. She’s nice. How come the rest of you don’t send me nommy stuff like this?
JL Langley or Claire Thompson should be a nice pressie for your mum. Both authors write wonderful loving romances between 2 men.
Also LB Gregg is a good one because she writes some great stuff and she is my friend, so there.
ooohhh… but no happy trail on the cookie. *munchmunch*
Lynn Lorenz's Edward Unconditionally
Josh Lanyon's Adrian English mysteries
Cameron Dane's A Fostered Love
Payne & Owen's Rough Draft
Elle Parker's Like Coffee and Doughnuts
Books by Charlie Cochrane, Ethan Day and yeah, LB Gregg
Loved loved loved the cookie. Where do they get all these treats? If I knew, I'd share with you *crosses fingers behind back*
Katiebabs chook: Hmmm, friendotism might be a possibility.
It was a toss up between Mr Cutie-with-a-biteable-upper-butt-curve or Mr Unzipped Hottie-lying-on-a-bed-and-playing-peek-a-boo. The butt won for today. 🙂
Wren: Elle Parker you say…
You. Crossed. Your. Fingers. *trout stare* I'm not telling you where the pretties can be found now!
Okay, okay *uncrosses fingers* I'm sorry! Don't know what got into me. I would share. Honestly.
Well, she did call me rotten, so I think Chris Owen's Deviations series and Sean Michael's Velvet Glove series would be good for your mum . . .
I'll second Wren's suggestions of Adrien English mysteries, Rough Draft, and the Lessons series by Charlie Cochrane.
Also really good but not too much sex are Zero At the Bone, A Note In the Margin, and Whistling In the Dark.
Thanks for the cookie! Mmmm
Wren: Some people can be SOOO selfish. *Hmpf!*
I'd say Langley if she likes shapeshifters, Lanyon if she wants a good mystery…maybe even the Heaven Sent series if she likes the rockers (I jusst read a couple so they're on my mind right now).
And HEY! I was reading your blog back in Nov. of 2008 too….sometimes. 🙂
Richelle, that would be mean (although very fucking funny).
I'm not letting her read the Adrien English series just in case she falls for scumball Jake and gangs up on me with the rest of the majority.
Lessons (now that I think more about it) and A Note in the Margin might be winners too.
I don't know this Rough Draft of which both you and Wren speak. What's that all about??
Tracy: She doesn't like paranormals or any type of spec fic. Yaoi like Heaven Sent might be a little… out there for her.
NO ADRIEN ENGLISH!!
“And HEY! I was reading your blog back in Nov. of 2008 too….sometimes. :)”
You're right, but it was so infrequently that I forgot. 🙂 I will amend the post appropriately.
Hi, Kris, yes definitely Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen. Other suggestions with de-emphasis on sex scenes:
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims. Historical
Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling. Fantasy
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. Fantasy
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. Historical.
Scarlet and the White Wolf Book 1 The Pedlar and the Bandit King by Kirby Crow. Fantasy.
Rough Draft by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne is about 2 college friends who begin to reconnect years later through letters. Much of the book is letters back and forth between the two (though they do spend actual time together as well). Very well-done/well written and sweet and romantic. There is a brief foursome late in the book, but by then your mum will probably be too invested in the story to worry much about it.
Here's the GR blurb. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4955748.Rough_Draft (wow, that GR thing is really useful and FUN!)
Val, thanks for the suggestions. I think the historicals may interest her so I'll have to go check out their blurbs.
Me, I'll be checking out Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. I'm always up for recs for good fantasy. 🙂
Richelle: Ha. Ha. Aren't you friggin' funny. *muttersmartarsemutter*
Well, I think the Charlie Cochrane books would be a good choice. I'm not an historical fan but I really enjoyed the first two, haven't got the last one. Not much smexin' and a good mystery.
I get my cookies from my friend who USED to post tons of cookies on his site but his computer crashed so he can't access all his pictures anymore. Not that I couldn't go back through the archives and get a hundred or more if I was so inclined. 🙂
I'm reading Barb Sheridan's Beautiful C*ocksucker II- Such A Good Boy…some super hawt scenes in it.
If she likes Josh Lanyon, I just read Out of the Blue.
Other recent reads I liked…
The Lost Books 1&2 by Evangeline Anderson (fast forward to book 2. The first one was so sweet, my teeth fell out)
Beautiful Boys by Anne Cain for something light and fluffy and no-thinky
Gaven by JC Owens
Oh yeah, I liked Gaven!
Rough Draft surprised me cos I didn't think I'd enjoy the letter writing aspect of it. But it really sucked me in.
Kris – are you saying I'm selfish? Moi? I said I'd share, I uncrossed my fingers. Hey, how many of my books on Goodreads did you steal, huh?
No, really, if I had two cookies, I'd give you one.
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ok, yeah, infrequent…I've gotten better. 🙂
I actually wasn't thinking Adrien English for the Lanyon. More like Somebody Killed his Editor – lots of humor and not too much sexin for her delicate eyes. 🙂
Oh yeah, LB Gregg – good ones.
Oops – was under alter ego – ignore jeny – you never heard of her.
Dare To by AKM Miles
A Note In the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
It's All Relative by JM Snyder
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest
Loved the cookie, thanks!!
Emmy: Haven't read Beautiful C*cksucker. Is it smutty is it??
Re: JL – Hmm, could go for something other than Adrien and dickhead.
Re: The Lost Books and Beautiful Boys – I thought exactly the same.
Re: Gaven – Only reason I bought it was cos of your review. The blurb didn't really appeal at all. I liked it muchly so thanks!
Jeny, who the fuck are you and what are you doing commenting on my blog?! Oh wait.
Wren: You should give me both cookies cos you owe me for being rude, and I didn't 'steal' the books. I 'appropriated' them.
Tracy: She might get a laugh out of “Somebody Killed His Editor”. Plus, it will remind her a little of Agatha Christie so she should like that.
Lily: I don't think I've read that J M Snyder… I'm begining to think that this may have been a very bad idea in terms of my tbb list. LOL.
Oh, and you're very welcome. *g*
Tam, my comment to you was eated.
The CC books are going on my short list.
PS – I think you should become VERY inclined and share them with me. Us being bestest buds and all. *GRIN*
Kris: If I ever get any cookies, I will give you three, how's that?
And I'll never be rude again.
Or, you know, not.
Not is right. *coughcowcough*
BTW, if you were really sorry you would give me the three cookies now, not later.
I would suggest Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels.
Hardly no smexing, just a great story about 2 gay virgins themselves.
Thanks Ingrid. I think that's actually one of the books that Jen suggested in post from last year. Definitely one of the better GFYs I've read. 🙂
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen would be perfect. I defy anyone not to fall in love with the two characters. And who can resist 1920s New York? Tasteful and sweet (no graphic anything) with a touch of angst. As a bonus, the cover's gorgeous.
Didn't I do this already? Was funny looking at that old post. It was back when I hadn't realised that I could freely insult you and get away with it ;).
I'd second most of the suggestions that have been mentioned (those I've read, obviously) but have a few more.
Does your Mumma like Fantasy? have just read Ghost Star Night by Nicole Kimberling and it was very chaste but had fantastic world building.
Anything by Josh Lanyon would do – does she like comedy? What about Someone Killed His Editor?
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by RW Day.
Good luck! I hope your Mumma'll do another taster when she's read it.
Merwan: I don't read historical, but the Mumma does and I've heard rave reviews about WitD. It definitely goes on the short list. Thanks!
Jen: The Mumma doesn't like fantasy or spec fic so Ghosts and Thaw are both no goes. The JL might be an option though. It was one that Tracy suggested too. 🙂
“I hope your Mumma'll do another taster when she's read it.”
But of course she will. That'll be part of the deal. *Mwahahaha!*
I did not read yr old post Kris.
You made me think of my mother and I don´t think she will ever read m/m. She reads alot but never ever anything “racy”.
Hey Kris! If you want to preserve your Mom's innocence… ehm, if you want to introduce her to the m/m bookverse one step at a time then go for Whistling in the Dark or Charlie Cochrane's books: they have a very delicate touch to them I think, and I've loved them all 🙂 And I don't know if you have already tricked her into reading Caught Running, but it's a great beginner book too (as I see now you obviously already know, it was in your list). Oh, and one of my personal fav: The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by JL. Or yeah, SKHE is really good too. Let's see.. what about By Degrees by JB McDonald? There's sex in this one, but every sex scenes is important, and the characters are complex (well, Tim is) and adorable.
BTW, your cookie is… interesting *willing the gravity force to do its thing* 😉
What about an anthology? That way she can get a taste of all different styles and types of m/m stories.
I just thought of The one who got away from Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux.
Romance drips from the pages and yet not much happens.
Ingrid: Racy? I haven't heard that expression in ages. LOL. The One That Got Away definitely builds up in terms of smokiness. Hmm, I'll think about this one.
Hey Sara! What do you mean tricked?? *snicker* I've decided to give her a stack of books including the first of CC's Lessons. I'll probably include SKHE as well.
Yanno, I think I'm gonna have to try Whistling. I'm really intrigued by how it's come up time and time again… even if it is historical.
One good tug, Sara. Just one good tug. *G*
Jen: Were you thinking maybe one of DP's anthologies or someone elses?
Aw Kris, I wish I knew you when and your lovely cookie giving ways. *sniff*.
I knew Jen and Tracy way back. They are total freaks! 😛
Its Tuesday for you now so….
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMMA!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Why do I get the feeling, Katiebabs chook, that you just want me for my cookies. LOL.
Thanks Tam. I'll make sure the Mumma reads your message. 🙂
hmmm chocolate round cookie balls with creamy filling inside.
I used to be very tame until I found you. Now the things I say!
Smutty girl by association, hey?? *Mwahahaha!*
The Mumma Speaks:
Thanks for the good wishes. I have had a really good day – both my babies rang before I left for work this morning – it was lovely to receive their 'happy birthdays' before I made contact with my year 7s. Min you, once they left we got stuck into the white wine and I was late getting home to the girl child and the pater. Ho, Hum!
I really love the fact that you have all taken my innocence in hand and are handing me a list of books that I should read as an introduction to M/M fiction. Should I remind you that I loved Sean's book and perhaps I need to continue to read “light” M/M as opposed to “shmexy” (is that what you girls call it?) fiction? I hope that Sissy has copied down the list, 'cos my head is starting to rattle a little!!!
Gotta go to bed… Thanks for thinking of me.
You´re welcome Mummua 🙂