M/m romance (male/male) is a romance sub-genre that has recently exploded in popularity. With some not as well-known authors, it can be hard to find books to cover your reading needs so here is a list of the top ten m/m romance novels.
This list isn’t necessarily a best of the best list, but it is one that I think encompasses several themes within the m/m romance genre. Hopefully, I gathered some that would appeal to many different people, but please tell me what I missed. Like everyone else, I am always on the lookout for more books to add to my TBR pile.
Any number of books by either of these authors could go on this list, but this one is one of my favorite. The Market Garden series features the subject of rent boys and the things they will do for their clients—and what their clients want to do for them. L. A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov can write the heck out of a sex scene, and the book is very dirty and very sexy.
9. Rowan Speedwell, Illumination
The hero is a rock star and in the closet. Most of us can’t resist that bad-boy rock star, but this one struggles with having it all but not being able to truly be happy. The other hero is agoraphobic and also suffers from a debilitating social anxiety, two issues in direct conflict with the lifestyle of the man he loves. Illumination also deals with the topic of addiction and the struggle to overcome it.
8. Ava March, All In with the Duke
All In with the Duke is a great historical m/m romance. This book is steamy and leaves you wondering how a duke in a historical setting will make this HEA work.
7. Marie Sexton, Strawberries for Dessert
Opposites attract, or do they? Cole is flamboyant and out there and Jon is straight-laced and corporate. This one is a must-read if you like this trope.
6. Josh Lanyon, Death of a Pirate King
Josh Lanyon writes Agatha Christie-style quirky murder mysteries. His main character is never a cop or PI, yet always manages to get wrapped up in solving crime. The Adrien English series is a perfect example of a witty narrator and self-deprecating hero who can’t stay out of trouble.
5. Anne Tenino, Frat Boy and Toppy
As the title states, Frat Boy and Toppy is about college-aged guys. Normally I like to read about couples in their late twenties to early thirties but Anne Tenino made Frat Boy and Toppy work, even with younger protagnoists. This book is an example of how a younger romance can work and provide a lasting HEA just as well as older more established couples do.
4. Mary Calmes, Bulletproof
Bulletproof is book five in Mary Calmes’s A Matter of Time series. It focuses on a relationship between Jory and Sam and one that finally has them in a relationship. Jory and Sam are on my list because they are opposites in demeanor and personality. Sam is hard and disciplined while Jory is happy and free. They have a fascinating dynamic that really works when paired together.
3. Joey W. Hill, Rough Canvas
Joey W. Hill has some of the sexiest writing out there and this book is no joke. Rough Canvas is a look into the BDSM side of a m/m relationship. If anyone can do BDSM it is this writer and it is quite interesting to see the power dynamics between two men as opposed to a m/f relationship.
2. Damon Suede, Hot Head
Hot Head was my second foray into m/m romance and it has stuck in my head. Our heroes are burly firefighters and best friends. Not only do they have to navigate the prejudice that will come with being a gay firefighter, but one of the most popular tropes, friends to lovers, is also in play.
1. Abigail Roux, Stars & Stripes
Without question, the Cut & Run series is my favorite m/m romance and Ty & Zane are my favorite romantic couple. Stars & Stripes is the sixth book in the series and the one where they are finally in a happy place. Readers of the series know that a happy place is a precarious one for this couple, but the book shows us what we ultimately want for them. I chose this book (series) not only because it is my favorite but also because it focuses on military and police life and the effect it has on a gay relationship.
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