I knew it was going to be a big year for m/m when I saw J.R. Ward's "Lover at Last" on an end cap at Target. More readers are discovering the genre and more writers are entering the game. That's not always a good thing. I ran up against a fair bit of flotsam; uninspired writing, sloppy editing, and implausible plot lines. Overall, though, the growth in sub-genres brought me further out of my contemporary romance cave. Historical romances have improved in quantity and quality. There are authors striving to innovate in the trope-heavy B&D sub-genre. The biggest growth I saw was in YA. There are some talented writers working in YA and they should be supported by the entire m/m community. Their books not only are entertaining, they can save lives by showing LGBTQ youth they are not alone in the world. That's a cause that can bring us all together.
Filth by M. King
An authentic love story with a taunt, ominous plot that left me rooting for the atypical MCs who really needed a break in life.
Ash is a relatable mess and Darian is the most genuine, spray-tanned bloke you'll ever meet. The writing is top quality in this debut novel.
Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux
It may be a novella, but there is nothing skimpy about this sexy story, a spin off from the Cut and Run series. Kelly and Nick have the best chemistry of the year
Captive Prince Vol.1 & 2 by C.S Pacat
Fabulous writing, court intrigue, a massive twist... I NEED volume 3!
Ghouls Gym by T.J Klune and Eric Arvin
Zombie apocalypse as allegory for the transformative power of love, bloody and beautiful.
Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
A first historical novel by Harper Fox, and hopefully not the last. The world is richly drawn, the tragedy and the redemption deeply felt.
I laughed my way through this book and immediately began recommending it as a "bad day" cure. It's light-hearted and lovely and ripe for a movie adaptation. .
Brute by Kim Fielding
This fairytale was simply perfection. There is such grace in a love discovered under horrific circumstances and the conclusion left me sobbing.
Dirty Laundry by Rhys Ford
This addition to the Cole McGinnis Mysteries series is heavy on the relationship development and introduces new characters sure to shake things up. Poor earnest, unlucky Cole just gets more endearing as he falls deeper in love with his Jae.
The fan boy culture was lovingly and meticulously depicted in this perfectly constructed novel. The characters and the world of Castaway Planet were so detailed I was tempted to Google the show and the related YouTube commentaries.