With the coming of one of the biggest, most anticipated books of the year by the #1 New York Times Bestselling author, J.R. Ward, LOVER AT LAST will finally gives readers the story of Qhuinn and Blay. The long awaited book has readers rabid for a chance to finally read the HEA for two of the most tortured and well-loved members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. For some readers, this will be their first venture into the M/M genre while to others, it’s simply one of the books on their Most Anticipated of 2013 list.
If LOVER AT LAST turns out to be a success – as I’m sure it probably will be since pre-orders were sold out TWICE within a few hours – readers may be interested in looking for other M/M titles to appease their appetites.
The first M/M title I can remember reading is Tere Michaels’ FAITH & FIDELITY about a New York City Vice Detective named Evan Cerelli and a Former Homicide Detective, Matt Haight. Since then, I’ve moved on to Marie Sexton’s Coda Books and found my absolute favorite series, regardless of any genre in the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux. I love Ty and Zane so hard that at this point, I love them more than Blay and Qhuinn. Shocker, I know. Between those obsessions, I’ve read other spectacular M/M books so that makes me ready and eager for Qhuay’s book.
While Ward’s big release may be the most talked about book that could potentially bring M/M Romance to more mainstream audiences, Ward certainly isn’t the first author to do this. Suzanne Brockmann touched on it in HOT TARGET. Since then, times have changed and more and more readers are becoming more accommodating, even going as far as demanding that Blay and Qhuinn receive full treatment and not have their story published as a novella or by an indie publisher. More recently, other Romance authors have tried their hand at it. Lori Foster gave fans what they wanted with WHAT CHRIS WANTS while Karina Cooper penned a novella for Jonas and Danny from her Dark Mission series called WICKED LIES. Several Erotic Romance authors are adding M/M scenes and romances into their series as well, such as Olivia Cunning in her Sinners On Tour series.
So this brings me to my question: Do you see M/M Romance finding a place in Mainstream Romance in the close future? Do you see M/M Romance as strictly erotic?
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