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Nov 19 2014 3:45pm

Horn of Plenty: Male/Male Romance Roundup for November 2014

Semper Fi by Keira AndrewsA 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.

A Chaotic Range by Andrew Grey“In November's gusty gale”

A Chaotic Range by Andrew Grey

Most of the time ranchhand David rescues stray cattle, but this time he and his fellow cowboys Wally and Haven save a stranded motorist. David is surprised to find his former high school classmate nearly frozen in his car. After learning that Brian Applewright’s boss fired him from his ranch for being gay, they invite him back to theirs to take a job.

David and Brian moved in different social circles at school, but working together brings them closer. However, David has a rocky history on the ranch. The foreman is his ex, and he only recently returned after a heartbreakingly unsuccessful attempt to find greener pastures. He can’t risk his heart getting close to anyone.

But on a ranch, nature has a way of forcing an issue. When a snowstorm threatens, David and Brian head out to mend a fence and round up some stray cattle. David gets injured, and they must survive in the snow, cold, and wind. It might be the start of a relationship… or the end of their lives.

A snowbound couple sounds exciting! This is the seventh in a popular cowboy series; David is a returning character from previous books.

National Novel Writing Month/NaNoWriMo

To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon

Three years ago, Cohen Brandwein was “Ireland's Favorite Daughter”, a popular teenage author and internet celebrity. But ever since he came out publicly as trans, the media's treatment of him has been less than golden, and these days, Cohen is desperate for escape.

When he inherits an old house in the country, Cohen sees it as a perfect opportunity to escape the press and work on his new book. What he doesn't count on is becoming embroiled in a small town murder mystery and falling for the primary suspect, a man whose reality makes Cohen's fantasy books seem like child's play...

This short novel is fantasy and horror rather than genre romance, so be prepared for anything to happen. Romances fans will still appreciate its tender, empathetic portrait of a young trans man.

Hot Off the Press by Becky Black, Jack Byrne, Kim Dias, et al.

Words hold the power to hurt as well as heal, and choosing them is a complicated and delicate process. No one knows this better than the men who work with them every day. Authors, reporters, reviewers, and publishers struggle to balance truth, art, long hours, and stressful jobs. Whether they’re trying to write a novel or advance a career, it can leave little time for love. The men in this anthology are seeking romance on and off the job, in print and online, against backdrops of fact, fiction, and even fantasy. Their tales are different but have one thing in common—there’s a happy ending waiting on the last page.

An anthology by 16 authors, from various places around the world.

Lucky Strike by Jane DavittAviation History Month

Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt

Death’s a heartbeat away, but love is even closer.

Flying a traveler to Leap celebrations on the luxury planet Crestal is no problem for intrepid partners Jake and Rill, even if they have to navigate a deadly meteor shower to get there. But their fresh-faced, privileged passenger is carrying more than Leap gifts: Lian has a message to deliver, treachery and murder to avenge, and a killer close on his heels.

Lian thought he was ready for independence from his overbearing extended family, but his first solo trip off-planet has landed him in a nightmare of deadly intrigue. Though he’s devastated by betrayal, and no longer able to tell friend from foe, he’s fascinated by the gruff pilot and scorchingly handsome first mate who’ve become his reluctant rescuers.

With a dazzling fortune at stake and the fate of the United Protectorate of Planets in their hands, there’s no time for the three men to fall in love. But with their future measured in hours, crew and passenger may have just enough time to discover that three can become one, and that together they are strong enough to beat any odds.

Science fiction, suspense, and m/m/m: a triple threat! This is also listed as a holiday story.

Family Togetherness

There's Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg

Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.

But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.

ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress—the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.

Second in a new, multi-author series about the town of Bluewater Bay, Washington, which has been revitalized by a television crew filming a popular paranormal television series. Although the same characters show up throughout the series, each book stands alone.

Blue Mountain by Cardeno C.

Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home.

A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness.

The start of a new series for lovers of fated mates and possessive Alpha shifters. There's a strong emphasis on the pack as family, and even a Thanksgiving dinner.

Fair Play by Josh LanyonGame and Puzzle Week

Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is—arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it's not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who's obsessed with Elliot and can't bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much—“opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement—but they're united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won't be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI's resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.

The long-awaited sequel to Fair Game combines mystery with romance, as the heroes of the first book investigate crimes while working out issues in their relationship.

National Sleep Comfort Month!

Saving Crofton Hall by Rebecca Cohen

Benjamin Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, has no intention of giving up his beloved ancestral home without a fight. Faced with his mother’s gambling debts, forgery, and the possibility of foreclosure by the bank, Ben vows to make Crofton Hall pay for herself. But opening an Elizabethan manor house to the public isn’t a one man job. With time running out, Ben needs help—and fast.

Ashley Niven has experience managing events, and he also loves history. Being in charge of opening Crofton Hall is a dream come true. As he works with Ben to prepare the house as a venue for lavish weddings and receptions, Ashley finds himself drawn not just to the charm of the house but to the dashing Earl of Crofton. Even if Ashley can look past Ben’s playboy reputation, he fears an affair could prove too much of a distraction.

But Crofton Hall has many secrets, and something hidden for over four hundred years is about to change all their lives.

What romance fan wouldn't want to sleep in a stately home? This is the first in the “Stately Passions” series, which is a spinoff of Cohen's Elizabethan “Crofton Chronicles.” If it follows the pattern of the previous series, all the books will focus on one couple.

What's your favorite aspect of November? Is there a favorite or upcoming book that goes with it?

To find out more about each book mentioned:

Semper Fi by Keira Andrews

 

A Chaotic Range by Andrew Grey

 

To Summon Nightmares by J.K. Pendragon

 

Hot Off the Press by various authors

 

Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt

 

There's Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg

 

Blue Mountain by Cardeno C.

 

Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

 

Saving Crofton Hall by Rebecca Cohen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Willaful has been diligently reading and reviewing romance for the past seven years, but for some reason just can't seem to catch up. She blogs at A Willful Woman and Karen Knows Best.

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Andrew Grey
1. Andrew Grey
Thank you so much for including Chaotic Range. :)
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