A November blog post by an American practically writes itself — and indeed, fans of m/m have much to be thankful for this year, with many real life advances in the fight for marriage equality, as well as a flourishing genre. But there's so much more to November than just American Thanksgiving, and plenty of interesting themes in upcoming books to highlight.
Remembrance Day/Veterans Day
Semper Fi by Keira Andrews
The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.
As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.
But when Jim’s wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn’t know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he’s determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend’s support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?
Andrews follows up her angsty Amish m/m romance, A Forbidden Rumspringa, with another poignant forbidden love story. The narrative shows a great deal of respect for those who served, as it moves back and forth between Cal and Jim's emotionally wrenching battle experiences during World War II, and their unexpected romance six years later.