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autumn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:17 am    Post subject: Looking for some really good male/male romances Reply with quote

Hi, I've been having a bit of a phase with m/m romances atm and I was hoping for some good recs, especially anything with these elements:

I prefer blue collar heroes, especially those that live/work in a macho environment (e.g. cops and cowboys are good). Someone who would drive a truck rather than a sports car! Rich and flashy are not my thing.

I really like damaged, insecure heroes. I also like quiet, solid, kind heroes.

I would probably prefer one or both to be relatively inexperienced. I really like first love stories.

I'm quite happy for the sex to be very explicit (and plentiful!) as long as it's not kinky, and it must be based on love. That said, I'm also happy to read ones without much sex.

Oh, and just to add to my list of demands Embarassed, definitely no paranormals.

I hope its ok to keep posting asking for recs, as I'm relatively new to romance I don't feel like I have that many recs to give to other people, but I don't want to seem like a diva!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autumn, have you read anything by Alex Beecroft? She writes historical M/M romance, set during the Age of Sail. Several of her books have been reviewed at AAR (here's an example) so you can look at the reviews to get a better idea if they sound like your cup of tea.

I couldn't figure out if historicals were okay for you, but Beecroft's books are definitely not paranormals! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite m/m erotic romances are

Shady Ridge & Neon Sky and
Bareback,

both by Chris Owen. The sex is really steamy, but what's much more important is that you get to know and root for the protagonists.

911
by the same author gets a qualified rec because I felt the novel was too long due to too many redundant, very detailed hot sex scenes between the three men, and because I just don't care for m/m/m relationships.

Beware
The most boring, repetitive, ridiculous m/m novels I've come across are those by Carol Lynne (I'd say she's the Lynne Graham of porn, but without the emotional gratification that LG at least sometimes delivers at the very end). Don't waste the money and time.
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autumn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Yulie and Enny for your suggestions.

I'm not against historical recs, but in general I find the contemporaries tend to grab me more. I have been a bit put off historicals having read 'Transgressions' (or read about half of it) because I just really didn't enjoy it. It's not that it wasn't a good book, but I found the whole romance side of things really unsatisfying for some reason. I wonder if I associate a certain campness with historical male/male? (And I don't find anything camp about gay cowboys - hmmm, go figure, lol Laughing ).
Also, was really disappointed with the lovin', couldn't for the life of me understand why it was listed as Burning.

The Chris Owen ones sound good, and I'll give them a go, although I'll give any m/m/m ones a miss.

I had a little search for Carol Lynne, and they actually look quite good! I will be a good girl and resist temptation after your warning!
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lorif



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for some really good male/male romances Reply with quote

autumn wrote:
I prefer blue collar heroes, especially those that live/work in a macho environment (e.g. cops and cowboys are good). Someone who would drive a truck rather than a sports car! Rich and flashy are not my thing.

I really like damaged, insecure heroes. I also like quiet, solid, kind heroes.

I would probably prefer one or both to be relatively inexperienced. I really like first love stories.

I'm quite happy for the sex to be very explicit (and plentiful!) as long as it's not kinky, and it must be based on love. That said, I'm also happy to read ones without much sex.

Oh, and just to add to my list of demands Embarassed, definitely no paranormals.



Maybe some of these will work for you:
Josh Lanyon - many of these books involve cops, and might sometimes be considered more mystery than romance, but I love them. The Adrien English books get the most mention it seems, but don't stop with them.
Charlie Cochrane - Lessons in Love - first relationship, insecure hero, not a lot of sex, great relationship, two academics,
Marie Sexton - Between Sinners and Saints - insecure hero, first relationship
Sedonia Guillone - Acts of Passion, cop and academic,
Tere Michaels - Faith & Fidelity - two cops (one ex), widowed,
Damon Suede - Hot Head - firefighters - first times
Tamara Allen - Downtime - this is historical time-travel, but it is a cop that gets sent accidentally sent back.

Happy reading!
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CD



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for some really good male/male romances Reply with quote

Well, I definitely second the Charlie Cochrane's books but I'm not sure if they're what you're looking for given that they are historical (turn of the century Cambridge). They are, however, really well written and (speaking as someone who who studied at The Other Place) felt like the author really did her research.

I also really liked JL Merrow - both "Pricks and Pragmatism" and "Camwolf". They are both contemporary but the latter is a paranormal [sorry] although a great spin on one. I think you'd like the first one though - one hero is fairly damaged and the other is kind but inexperienced. Both set in Britain BTW.

You probably wouldn't go for my favourite M/M romances as they're actually in fantasy not romance. There's Ellen Kushner's classic SWORDPOINT with Richard and Alec being so screwed up in their different ways to be so right for each other. And then, there is Seregil and Alec as a pair of rogues who become best friends and literal partners in crime, and then fall in love in Lynn Flewelling's NIGHTRUNNER series.

What's strange about M/M romances for me is that the actual sex in them leaves me completely cold and I actually read it more for the romance. I like the fact that it's a romance between two people without the baggage of traditional gender roles. And because culturally, it's still less common to see men talking about their feelings and being "romantic" - I love the fact that you now have TWO of them doing it Wink!

Just to end on an uplifting note, here's Stuart and Vince finally getting together in the British version of QUEER AS FOLK (start from 9:30) to the tune of "It's raining men". If you're into the love lives of gay blue collar workers, that's a fantastic series - haven't seen the American version so I don't know how that measure up. The first time I saw this scene though, I was laughing and crying at the same time...
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbvfpc_queer-as-folk-uk-original-series-1_shortfilms
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lorif



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for some really good male/male romances Reply with quote

CD wrote:


What's strange about M/M romances for me is that the actual sex in them leaves me completely cold and I actually read it more for the romance. I like the fact that it's a romance between two people without the baggage of traditional gender roles. And because culturally, it's still less common to see men talking about their feelings and being "romantic" - I love the fact that you now have TWO of them doing it Wink!

Just to end on an uplifting note, here's Stuart and Vince finally getting together in the British version of QUEER AS FOLK (start from 9:30) to the tune of "It's raining men". If you're into the love lives of gay blue collar workers, that's a fantastic series - haven't seen the American version so I don't know how that measure up. The first time I saw this scene though, I was laughing and crying at the same time...
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbvfpc_queer-as-folk-uk-original-series-1_shortfilms


I agree completely about reading m/m to get away from the gender stereotyping. Just a great change of pace, and another angle on romance. Although some m/m books do seem to incorporate the same problems, it is like they just changed the gender of the heroine to male but didn't really change much of anything else. They end up on my dnf pile.

Thanks for the video link, that is great. I love watching British tv, but hadn't seen this show previously.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brooke McKinley: Shades of Gray (closeted FBI agent and criminal)

Tere Michaels: Faith & Fidelity (cop and former cop - first gay relationship for both)

Kaje Harper: Life Lessons and it's sequel Breaking Cover. A school teacher and a closeted cop

Felicia Watson: Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela (Domestic Abuse counselor and the deeply closeted mechanic who pushed and injured his wife. Difficult subject matter handled sensitively and intelligently)

Abigail Roux, & Madeleine Urban: Cut & Run - an action adventure/mystery series of four books and growing. Two screwed up FBI agents. They also have a lighter book Caught Running with wo closeted school teachers (biology and baseball coach) in the south

Sarah Black: Fearless. A sheriff and a Dr. Border Roads: returning vets though the book has several storyline. Most of her writing is short stories and novellas though she unlike most is excellent in the shorter form. (Murder at the Heartbreak Hotel, The Lincoln County Wars, Memories of a Colorado Sky, Idaho Battlegrounds, Murder at Black Dog Springs etc) She has a new one out Marathon Cowboys that I haven't read yet.

James Buchanan: The Good Thief (thief and cop) and his 3 book series starting with Cheating Chance though there is some kinky stuff with ropes it's not hardcore. One's a closeted cop the other is a casino agent - both are goths.

Josh Lanyon: [The Gold standard in mm IMO] Most of his books have at least one character in law enforcement though the other is usually an intellectual, writer, artist etc. Fair Game - mystery/suspense with Prof (former FBI) and his former FBI partner. Dangerous Ground series of novellas with two agents. The Adrien English series is his tour de force. Lead character isn't blue collar - he comes from money and owns and lives over a bookshop but the love interest is a blue collar detective who is deeply closeted and self loathing.

Susan Roebuck: Perfect Score. It spans decades starting in the 60s as kids. It is not a conventional romance but is romantic and has an eventual HEA. One hero is a musician (born to scrabbling ranchers but with a wealthy abusive uncle) and the other a street kid turned rancher/jack of all trades who is brilliant but has communication issues.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend 'Caught Running' by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban.

Two 'in the closet' high school teachers, one a science teacher the other the baseball coach, get together. They attended high school together but weren't friends because they were in different social groups - one was a science nerd the other a jock.

I would also recommend books by K.A. Mitchell. 'Collision Course' - a paramedic and a social worker. 'No Souvenirs' - a trauma surgeon and a dive coach. 'Diving in Deep' - a water safety instructor and a ? (can't remember Very Happy )
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autumn



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for some really good male/male romances Reply with quote

Thanks so much lorif, CD, PWNN and Jean J, for all the help and recs - my wish list is now full to bursting! The paranormals and fantasy I won't be going for, but I'm sure someone else will find those recs helpful. I don't know why but I just can't read anything that isn't based in reality, it just makes me feel silly!

CD, thanks for the Queer as Folk link, my connection keeps timing out so I haven't been able to watch the clip yet, but I did watch this series when it first came out (the uk one) and I remember enjoying it.

Just in case anyone else is looking at this post for any m/m recs, then I would thoroughly recommend Wrestling with Love by DH Starr, it is incredibly steamy, but also very romantic - it's a first love scenario and its just sooo sweet.

I'll start working my way through some of these recs, and let you know how I get on. Please keep 'em coming though, you can never have enough manlove! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autumn - RRR Jessica has posted today to ask readers for M/M recs, and there are already quite a few suggestions. You might want to keep an eye on the comments.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Yulie, I will definitely keep an eye on this, it looks like it will be very helpful.

Just started Faith and Fidelity (Tere Michaels) - it's pretty good so far Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amy Lane's books tend to make me laugh AND cry, usually in the same book. She tackles some heavy, dark stuff, but I really enjoy her voice. Her main failing, imo, is that she can fall into melodrama, especially in longer works where she has more time to critically injure someone or several someones. Her more recent stuff hasn't grabbed me as much, so maybe try her Promise Rock series or The Locker Room.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yulie wrote:
Autumn - RRR Jessica has posted today to ask readers for M/M recs, and there are already quite a few suggestions. You might want to keep an eye on the comments.


Thanks for the mention Yulie! This thread is also super helpful. I think I could do a month of daily m/m reads with the recs so far. Smile
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autumn



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks aiven, the Amy Lane ones look good, I'll definitely give them a try. When I had a search, the cover of one of her books made me laugh out loud:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Not-Shakespeare-ebook/dp/B00654CTEU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322264419&sr=1-1

Did they actually have to have the guy's arse hanging out to make it clear to readers that there might be some man on man action? And the guy lying down has some weird 'thing' going on above his pants - I can't work out what body part it is! I actually wish I could buy this book in paperback just so I could read it on the train and see what looks I get!

Jessica, I'm glad you're finding this thread helpful, I'll definitely be stealing a few recs from your blog. The amount of books I want to read now I'm thinking I might have to make 2012 an exclusively m/m year!
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