Under the Covers is happy to be participating in the second Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (also known as IDAHO). Groups around the world will be celebrating the day in various ways and you can follow it all through the IDAHO page: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/
So we’ve decided to list some of our recommendations for this genre and hopefully you will find something that catches your eye.
1. Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux
It’s no secret that I am in love with this series. Ty and Zane are hands down my favorite couple and they never cease to break my heart at the same time. Make no mistake, this series will put you through the wringer and give you the ride of your life. Your emotions are a toy, and Roux mercilessly manipulates them. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Be prepared to be blown away by the epic romance, the intensely hot sex scenes and the laugh out loud moments. Soon you’ll come to love Ty and Zane as much as I do.
2. Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon
I thought it was nearly possible to find another series that I would love as much as Cut & Run, but when I read the first book, FATAL SHADOWS I knew I had found another obsession on my hands. These books are like crack!
Adrien is such a fun and intriguing character. I loved being inside his head. Never once did it feel boring or redundant and his sarcastic quips always made me smile. Jake, on the other hand, is confusing to understand which also making him infuriating, but what’s a book without some angst and drama? I tried to pace myself, but I ended up knocking back this series like a lush. This is definitely one of the best M/M mysteries out there.
3. Promises by Marie Sexton
This book was one of the first books I’ve read of the M/M genre and it still remains as one of my faves. Sexton’s writing is no stranger to strong emotions and even strong romance.
I know many people favor STRAWBERRIES FOR DESSERT, but there was just something about Jared and Matt that resonated with me. I loved the slow-burning sexual tension and the conflict that arised between them. PROMISES is a story of how Jared overcomes his fear of being stigmatized by society and how Matt learns of a different side of himself. I love the slow progression of the words, “I’m not gay” from Matt to the “I love you” at the end. It’s simply perfect!
My first M/M I can remember reading was Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels. Within the first chapter, I was crying. There is so much soul poured into these books that I find Matt and Evan’s romance to be one of the strongest I’ve read. The reason why I say this is a good place to start for new readers is because there’s a huge focus on the romance and character development, so it will ease people in as they come to love M/M.
Another one I would recommend for the same reason is Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy. Simon and Declan are polar opposites, but their chemistry is amazing. The book is filled with laughs and fun times with some angst thrown in, so there will be something for everyone in it.
1. My One True Love…..DAMON SUEDE
It is no secret how much I love this man. I can’t recommend his work enough and not just because of how moving I thought HOT HEAD was. Yes, it’s emotional and real. But if you take the time to find out more about the story behind the story, you’ll find out it IS real to a point. But in real life, these characters didn’t get an HEA and Damon set out on a mission to give them one.
2. Theta Alpha Gamma Series by Anne Tenino
I like humor in my books and Anne Tenino has a wonderful sense of humor, while delivering a story that can be both sexy but also emotional. The two books out in this series managed to win me over from the very first page, her characters were endearing and their internal struggle was heartfelt and believable. And yeah, I might’ve laughed a bit as well.
3. Really Anything by Heidi Cullinan
Yes, that’s pretty much true. I loved everything I try by her! They always touch my heart and are beautiful stories. Standing out from the crowd I’d recommend DANCE WITH ME, SECOND HAND and FAMILY MAN.
For Newbies: I think something fun to start with would be the BALLS TO THE WALL series by Tara Lain. Some characters are over the top, but the stories are always light and entertaining and I think great to test the waters.
Another great one to start with is STR8TE BOYS by Evangeline Anderson. This was such a cute and enjoyable read, I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
I think our message here is that love is love. No matter the sex of the parties involved. Respect that and embrace that, in life and, why not, in your reading. I recently got a t-shirt at RT that says the only ones that don’t enjoy reading LGBT stories are the ones that haven’t tried them. Give it a shot 🙂