Most Highly Recommended M/M Romance Reads

by Maryse on November 18, 2013 · 135 comments

in Book Recommendations

Since we’re on a bit of an m/m roll right now, I thought I’d put this up ’cause I’ve been getting requests for more!

Anne: Hey Maryse – loving the m/m reads that you have recommended recently. Do you think you could put together a ‘Top Ten” list fir those of us looking for more? Thanks!

Dee: My first M/M and I am loving it! I will be looking for more.

Sara: I’m seriously addicted to m/m genre right now.. and I’m running out of books!!

Tracie:  This list makes me happy!

Tanya: I am so glad you put up this list. I was actually going to ask you if you had one. I don’t know why I love the m/m genre so much but I do. Im glad to see I’m not alone.

Rebecka: I will now proceed to look up all the other books and authors you’ve mentioned in this thread because to my utter suprise m/m romance might just be my new addiction. (<— side note: on a past discussion we had about a favorite m/m book – so many of the recommendations show up below!)

Now, I’m still a total “newb” (noob?) to this genre, ;) but it seems that every m/m book I’ve read so far, I’ve loved! And since I’m on a bit of an m/m kick I’m gonna rotate them in to my reading schedule. Not exclusively, mind you (I still love my bossy alpha males that love their women and drive ‘em crazy) but the m/m’s are totally doing it for me, too. I haven’t hit a bad one in the bunch.

Of course, it helps to have such adamant “m/m experienced” fellow readers recommending only the best to me. ;) So thank you guys for making my “taste-testing another romance genre” such a great reading experience. I’m dedicating this list to you! Plus, the list-lover in me is thrilled to have your recommendations all on one page, so I can click my heart out, whenever I’m in the mood for another one (see it below)!

I always knew there was a large and dedicated readership for gay romance, but what once surprised me was that so many of the readers are women! In fact, many of the books are written by women, too. Who knew!?? I was curious and certainly titillated ’cause the reactions and enthusiasm for these books were akin to my HUGE reaction and love of my own m/f favorites. The only difference? The readers were falling in love with the men that were falling for each other.

Elaine: Love my M/M romances

Tracie: I love my m/m too. Almost too much!!

Traci B. Maryse I blame you for my m/m romance addiction…ever since you recommended the cut and run series I have been hooked…my friends probably think I’m weird when I told them I read these types of books.

Jill: I finished Try by Ella Frank last Thursday morning but have been mourning the ‘loss’ of those characters ever since as well. I tried to start an NA book on Saturday, but it wasn’t doing it for me.  So went back to this genre last night.

Jennifer: … I hadn’t read m/m romance before recommendations on your website….opened a whole new world!

I even asked my friend Jackie (way back when I first discovered this)… How? I mean, how can a female reader fall in love with a character who could never love her back in that way? I mean I know book characters can’t “really” love us back ;) but the “realistic feel” of it is still always there. I guess the “fantasy” of it could be real, right? But with gay romance, I wondered, where’s the fantasy for women? The thought of women falling so hard and becoming so addicted to these love stories about these gay heroes blew me away. But I wanted in. I had to know!!!

And I found out. It’s soooo easy to fall in love with them and it became so obvious! I realized, when I read, I become one with whoever the main character is. Man, woman… whatever. It doesn’t seem to make a difference if the writing is good and I’m into the story. I go along for the ride, and whether the character is a he or a she, if they’re falling in love (or scared, sad, or antsy or crushing hard… whatever the feeling is), I’m feeling it too!

It never fails, my friends! If you’re needing a new reading “genre” change, a refresher, and/or a whole new perspective on love, give these a go! Although in the end, my perspective has come to the conclusion that love is love. It’s intense, exciting, emotional and heart-wrenching. It’s scary and wonderful no matter who’s experiencing it. And I LOVE loving them… as they love each other.

So while I’m still going to be reading my awesomely sexy/angsty/alpha/Dom’s and their women that “feel like me” romance reads, I’m also going to be throwing a few m/m’s into the mix, too. These have done my reading enjoyment a whole lotta good, and I have so many to look forward to, below!

And it would appear so many of you are with me on this!

MY TOP TEN (well so far these are the only one’s I’ve read so I’ll have to add more to this list… ;) but OMG they’ve all been SO great!!!! And I’m *thinking* my favorites are going to the “gay for you” books, ’cause they have that added touch of angst/forbidden love angle. “Gay for you” you ask? Yep!! I just learned that term, too. These are the ones where one of the guys has been straight, never had any inclination towards another man but suddenly (or slowly) realizes his feelings for one (usually a best friend) is feeling a whole lot like attraction. Like a crush. Maybe even love. And ohhhh the angst and drama that comes from that realization. Gay? He still insists no. But “gay for him“? Er… maybe… yes. And I’m loving those!!!)

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune <— my first official m/m romance read and I LOVED it (and them) like crazy. Another “gay for you” read. Best friend’s older brother… straight guy crushing and confused, etc.. etc.. Sure… it had a few very detailed moments that had my inexperienced m/m self blushing but I felt like these guys were my family. And I was equally crushing on Otter and totally felt like I was “Bear”. As I described it to a fellow reader: “BOATK is funny and had me laughing like crazy (Bear’s thoughts…) … it was super steamy for me in terms of that delicious tension between the two. Now, don’t be put off by the odd title and cutsie cover… this book is AWESOME and if you love m/m it will rock your world. Hilarious, angsty, the romantic tension is INTENSE… and it’s super sexy steamy!!!!”.  (here’s my review – you’ll see) and Tracie agrees saying: “I just read Bear Otter and I loved it hard!!!”

Who We Are by TJ Klune <— the sequel to the first and just as perfect!! I can’t say anymore here, ’cause ya gotta read the first one for this one to have that *oomph*, too. This series has that perfect amount of angst, indecision and intense want. A warmhearted feel in all wrapped up in funny! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Here’s my review. And see, Lauren agrees: “These books have been on my TBR list for awhile and I have held off, honestly due to the covers being a bit cheesy (i know, Iknow don’t judge a book by its cover, I couldn’t help it). But I am so happy you recommended them and therefore I read them. I loved them and think they have made my list of all time favorites. I am now sharing how great they are with everyone I work with so they can enjoy in the fun and angst.

Collide (Blackcreek Series) by Riley Hart
<— A “gay for you” romance and I loved it. Super sexy (and detailed *waggles eyebrows*), angsty too, but nothing too over-the-top. I could see this… perfectly. And of course I fell for both of them! A very modern, contemporary romance feel to the writing and I didn’t feel “lost” or out of my element in the least. Here’s my review.

Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane <— this was one of the most adamantly recommended m/m books by some of the m/m enthusiasts in my crew and I sat on it for a year and a half. What the heck was I waiting for?? *sigh* No matter, I read it yesterday and spent an AMAZING day with friends, loving them, and in love with them! (Here’s my review)

Beyond Eden by Kele Moon <— I don’t know just how much this one counts in the m/m category, because they are both involved (sharing) a female, but let’s just say, this is some of the most INTENSE m/m love I’ve ever read, and so I think it fits perfectly. In fact, had I been the girl… I think I would have been jealous. ;) They are a definite threesome (and it gets hardcore BDSM at times for one of ‘em), but I couldn’t figure out where one started and the other… well, you get the picture. ;) And Anna agrees: “I loved Beyond Eden sooooo much! The intensity in that book was definitely felt by me!” Here’s my review. P.S. I haven’t read this one yet (Finding Eden (Eden, Book Two), but it’s the prequel even thought it came out after, and it’s JUST the guys.

Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward <— my VERY first experience with potential m/m romance was with this author (back in 2009). BUT, it wasn’t this book. It was Butch and V’s titillating attraction to each other that kept teasing us as the series ramped up. I had never experienced something like that before but privately, I was so excited at what I might run into. ;) And she still kind of teases us with them (I’m thinking another version of “gay for you”), but alas, “the WARDen” gave them “shellans” (wives) instead. ;) No worries. She provided us with TWO more male characters that had all of that delicious m/m angsty potential and teased us over the course of a few more books. And then she wrote this one! Not entirely m/m because it involves other characters and romance side-stories, but still had plenty of full-on m/m love! Maybe not enough in comparison to the other books on this list, but it fits, I’m sure there’s more to come with these guys! (here’s my review)

M/M READER RECOMMENDATIONS: (P.S. most of these also have an insane amount of awesome reviews on Amazon – I suspect we can’t go wrong with any of ‘em)

  • Rough Canvas: 6 (Nature of Desire) by Joey W. Hill <— Lynne HIGHLY HIGHLY recommends this one, and I’m thinking I HAVE to read this ASAP!! She is quite passionate and I’m excited! “Oh Maryse, the BEST M/M book EVER has to be Rough Canvas by Joey Hill. I just can’t put into words how absolutely BEAUTIFUL it was. Read some of the many 5 star reviews on Amazon, they say it so much better than I can. I don’t mean to sound corny, but I think it was just a Masterpiece. Please give it a try, I really think you’ll agree.” And Carrie LOVED it like crazy, too: “My fav m/m read is Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill.  The last 1/3 of the book… I locked myself in a room and forbid anyone to interrupt the roller coaster ride.  Oh the angst!  BDSM-lite, btw.  The romance was the focus and so intense!  Sigh.  Love Marcus and Thomas.” She also confirms that while the WHOLE series is awesome, this one can be read as a standalone: “Some previous characters appear briefly in the book but Rough Canvas stands alone. ” and Bitchie seconds that: “Rough Canvas can totally be read as stand alone, it’s the only book I’ve read in that series, and I wasn’t lost at all.
  • The Locker Room by Amy Lane <— recommended by Kele who says: “Have you read Locker Room by Amy Lane ? One of my fav books of all time! I cried for days! Lol.” (Side note from Maryse: I’ll take it!!!!) Kele also mentions it’s a great intro book for m/m newbies and Sara agrees: “Another favorite of mine is Amy Lane’s Locker Room. I have so many I love….”
  • Cut & Run (Cut & Run Series) by  Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux: Tracie says: “I swear on all that is holy Maryse you will FALL IN TOTAL LOVE will all things Ty and Zane”. And Brittany agrees: “Ty and Zane are the ultimate torchered alpha males!” Jackie warns: “Cut and Run starts off with two guys who really don’t like each other. Their relationship develops gradually over the books. i much prefer the latter books, but you’d need to read the early ones first to appreciate their relationship.” and I’m so happy she said that ’cause I was struggling a touch with book #1 (but I barely gave it a chance). Considering how many times this series comes up as an absolute m/m favorite, I’m going back in!! Oh and here is the Cut & Run Series Reading Order
  • Tigers & Devils by Sean Kennedy <— Jackie recommends this one saying: “Did you read Tigers and Devils by sean Kennedy? – totally different story from BOATK but has the same feel – lots of humour and ‘real’ characters.  Another of my favourite m/m books. xxx”
  • Conquest (Conquest Series) by S.J. Frost <— and I think this is Jackie’s all time favorite m/m series. She recommends it, too saying: “I read quite alot from this genre.  Have you ever read the Conquest Series by S J Frost.  Its about a rock group – similar feel to ‘Sinners’ but m/m. I adored that series – easpecially Evan and Jesse.  That will be my next ‘nag the ass off Maryse’ project.” <— hehe. Yeah… I know. I take my time with this genre, but I’m loving it! (and here’s the Conquest Series Reading Order) and “Bitchie” agrees: “Jackie, I love SJ Frost, her conquest books are some of my favorites, especially the very first two!” Yep, and Lisa just chimed in, too! ”Absolutely LOVED The Conquest series by S.J. Frost, I have re read the Conquest series many times. Love Jesse and Evan”
  • Try (Temptation Series) by Ella Frank <— Maria says: Ladies don’t forget about Try by Ella Frank one of my favorites this year!! and Tracie agrees: “Maria I read Try and am in love with Logan and Tate!!” and Jessica triple agrees! “Try by EF got me hooked on M/M.” and Dee loved it too! “So I checked out your list and picked up “Try” OMG. I cannot put it down and it certainly is pulling me out of that book funk.  My first M/M and I am loving it! I will be looking for more.  This is right up there with my rock stars :)
  • Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water) by SE Jakes <—- Brittany recommends: “For those of you who love Cut and Run, you have to try Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone by SE Jakes. They are great!!” and Maura agrees! “I also enjoyed SE Jakes Hell or High Water series immensely.”
  • Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water ) by SE Jakes
  • Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon <— Kristen suggests this one: “If you’re seriously going to try another m/m book, then I have to recommend “Starfish and Coffee.”  It’s by one of your favs, Kele Moon!” (yep! I’m on it!!)
  • Eight Second Cowboy by Piper Kay <— Cristiane says this one was her first and she’s got the m/m bug! “I have never read one until you recommended Eight Second Cowboy…by Piper kay. I enjoy a lot it was short but sweet.I actually loved it. So I totally will read others M/M I got the bug too.
  • The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney <— Brittany recommends this one and…
  • The Return by Brad Boney <— this one and…
  • Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander <— this one saying: “The Nothingness of Ben and The Return by Brad Boney are great as well as anything by Kindle Alexander (Texas Pride has a cowboy and a famous actor–yummy!)”
  • Promises (Coda Series) by Marie Sexton <— Kindlelover popped in to recommend this one (and wants more recommendations, too!) “Ever read Promises (Coda series)? I loved it!! Excellent love story.” and Christy agrees: “One of my first M/M, but the slow build up to their relationship made it my fav!”
  • Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders) by Lorelei James <—- Selena went NUTS for this one! “I read this book back in like 2006 or something & it was the first M/M book I’ve ever read. I LOVED IT! I couldn’t get enough. I’m pretty sure I read it like 10 times. The Male/Male sex scene was raw & hard & primal. Nothing like the beautiful Historical Romances or sexy Eroticas I’ve ever read. That book introduced me into a new type of Romance. I’m a M/M junkie now! Read M/M all the time!” —> Christine just added this little note: “The Rough Rider series, which is SO fantastic in its own right, has a bit of the MM in the first book of the series…a truly hot scene. The actual book dedicated to it in the series is Rough, Raw and Ready. It is actually a relationship between a woman, a man who is bi and a gay man. It is a great story and, true to the series, is soooooo hot. Enjoy!
  • Rough, Raw and Ready (Rough Riders) by Lorelei James <— this is the one Christine points out: “The actual book dedicated to it in the series is Rough, Raw and Ready. It is actually a relationship between a woman, a man who is bi and a gay man. It is a great story and, true to the series, is soooooo hot
  • Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson <— Siana liked this one: “Str8te Boys by Evangelina Anderson is a good gay for you (straight friends falling in love) novella, if you like steamy M/M books.”
  • Chase in Shadow (Johnnies) by Amy Lane <— It made Jazz cry! “I read a book a few months ago that was M/M but a real tear-jerker called Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane. It’s one of those books that stay with you.”
  • Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune <— Rebecka liked this one: “M/m? Have you read TJ Klune’s new book Tell Me It’s Real? It was a sweet read.” I love TJ Klune!
  • The Island by Lisa Henry <— recommended by Jane: “The most emotionally intense book that I’ve read in recent months, was The Island, by Lisa Henry. It’s M/M. It grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the end and even then, it stuck in my head. I was still thinking about the characters a week later – and now, having skimmed the reviews again, I’m right back in that headspace. It’s not an easy read, it takes you to dark spaces. Morality is blurred. Fear is real. Like reading Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas, it messes with your head a little – and that’s what makes it such a compelling read.  Don’t just take my word, check out the glowing reviews on Goodreads :-) I hope you read it – I know you’d ‘get’ it :-)
  • A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan <— recommended by Dee who says: “I recently read a book that was by a new author and I would love for you to review it. I have no connections to the author. I am just one of those readers that when I find a book that rattles my world, I want to shout it to the rooftops. This book grabbed my heart, squeezed it dry and then inflated it until I thought it would burst. The authors name is  Isabelle Rowan and the book is called “A note in the margin”. I don’t know if the authors have to send you a copy or what but this is one of the best ( the best in my opinion ) of this year. It is an M/M story that has sooooo much more that erotica …when I got to the final 3rd of the book I wept so hard I couldn’t see the pages, it’s THAT good.”
  • The Forbidden Room by  J. P. Barnaby <— Sara loved these: “I couldn’t get the characters out of my head.  these books definitely give you a roller coaster of feelings throughout the two books (not including the short story) Happy, Sad, Frustrated at the lack of communication.” (here’s the series reading order)
  • Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love and Devotion) by  Tere Michaels <— Bitchie suggests this one: “And since you are opening your minds to a “different” sort of romance read, and you like angsty reads, might I recommend Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels to you all? It’s about a single father, who recently lost his wife, the only woman he has ever loved, in a tragic accident. He is just getting by, going day by day, when he meets another man- a cop. Both men are straight, both men are depressed and just down on life, and they form a friendship in their sadness. And then it becomes more, and it’s just so sweet and romantic and angsty and GOOD.
  • Love & Loyalty (Faith, Love and Devotion) by Tere Michales <— And Kele agrees with the “Bitchie” (for the book above) saying: “That one consumed me! Another one of my all time favorites. The sex is tamer than some. . . but the tension. The story. All three books are awesome. I really loved it. . . I’d HIGHLY rec it. . . and it’s a good. . .tame. . . starter series. . . It’s one of the ones I’d put on a MM noob starter list. . .
  • Duty & Devotion (Faith, Love and Devotion) by Tere Michaels <— and here’s the other one in the series. Now I gotta figure out the order. I *think* I’ve got it right, here but I’ll double check.
  • Cherish (Faith, Love & Devotion) by Tere Michaels <— and another!!! :D
  • Bareback by Chris Owen <— Jackie recommends this one and I totally remember her (and a few from our crew) freaking out over something in this… she says: “I also loved Bareback and Natural Disaster by Chris Owen (though be prepared to hurt real bad with ND)
  • Natural Disaster by Chris Owen <— this is the one she says is gonna hurt!
  • A Matter of Time: Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes <— Sara says: “I’m excited you are *exploring* this new genre, Maryse.. I’m addicted actually. … another awesome series is “Matter of Time” by Mary Calmes.. Jory is the best character. Things come out of his mouth and it’s SO funny, but everyone loves him.. too much sometimes. I love this character and series.. check it out!” She also adds: “Sam is so up your Alpha Alley.”
  • Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling <— Alicia recommends it saying “Love the characters” and Tracey says: “I agree with Alicia above^^^. Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling …so good!”
  • Hot Head by Damon Suede <— Raelene says: ““Hot Head” by Damon Suede is SOOOOooo hot and a gorgeous love story! Read it now!” and Maura agrees! “Damon Suede’s Hot Head is killer”
  • Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville <— Anna recommends it saying: “…it’s a GFY (gay for you) plus an awesome hit man turns protector story.”
  • Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain <— Anna also recommends this one: “I also loved Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain- it’s an MMF, story ultimately, but the M/M portion of it is very strong, and one of the guys is straight only for the female in the story, so it’s an interesting reversal of the GFY. ” (gay for you)
  • Thomas’s Choice (Scanguards Vampires #8) by Tina Folsom <— Sarah loved this one: “You should read Thomas’s Choice by Tina Folsom. I loved it.”
  • The Parting Glass (In a Dark Wood) by Josh Lanyon <— I chose this one ’cause I liked the cover ;) but Catherine recommends any by this author saying: “Any book, series or short story by Josh Lanyon. Not always a true HEA but always a good story. M/M romance with a mystery or two on the side.”
  • Aftermath by Cara Dee <— Tracie suggested this book saying: “Aftermath by Cara Dee is excellent.” and Tracey (different one!) says: “I am also reading Aftermath by Cara Dee. Just started, but loving it so far!”
  • Chase the Storm by V.M. Waitt <— Tracie says “…also great”
  • Second Chances by T.A. Webb <— and she also recommends this one saying: “Second Chances by T A Webb also one of my faves. It appears as though GFY is my favorite theme and like you I had no idea what that meant.”
  • Fall For Me (The Rock Gods) by Ann Lister <— and one more recommendation from Tracie: “You should also check out Fall for Me by Ann Lister. Definitely in the GFY category and it was awesome!! Thanks for the list!”
  • Six Ways from Sunday (Southern Scrimmage) by Mercy Celeste <— and Tanya loved this one: “…really need to check out Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste. It hits you where it hurts, but in a good way ;) Very emotional read.”
  • Aaron (A Survivor Story) by JP Barnaby <— Recommended by Rebecka: “Aaron by JP Barnaby is heartbreaking and wonderful. I cannot decribe how good this made my heart hurt. I follow her (stalk her writing progress) on FB so I know the follow up is in the works.
  • 3 by Jacob Flores <— Also a suggestion by Rebecka: “3 by Jacob Flores had the affair thing going but with a twist. It was surprisingly deep and thoughtful and I loved every page.”
  • Chaser by Rick R. Reed <— Rebecca likes this one, too saying “… it was an unexpected.”
  • Power Exchange by AJ Rose <— Jackie adds these to the list: “Be sure to add Power Exchange and Safeword to your list. They are both by A J Rose. You will love them. The covers alone are enough to sell the books, but they are great reads. I LOVED them!”
  • Safeword (Power Exchange) by AJ Rose <— and Amy agrees with Jackie! “Power Exchange and Safeword by AJ Rose were really really good.”
  • Travis (Alluring Indulgence) by Nicole Edwards <— Melissa loved this one: ” would recommend the Alluring Indulgence series! The 3rd book is Travis and it is totally HOT.”
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander <— Pam’s suggestion! “You should also check out Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander”
  • The Trap by Indigo Wren <— and she suggested this one, too!
  • Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton <— Here’s Cheryl’s suggestion: “I found another m/ m that you didn’t mention it is Love the sinner by Avril Ashton… I cried all the way through it”
  • Six Degrees of Lust by Taylor V. Donovan <— Maura says: The By Degrees series by Taylor V. Donovan is hot!” and Mehrnaz agrees: “you’ve got to read By Degrees by Taylor V Donavan”
  • Gold Digger by Aleksandr Voinov <—Mehrnaz also suggest this one! “Gold Digger by Alexander Voinov- …in this genre and brilliantly written.”
  • Where You Are by J.H. Trumble <— recommended by Paula, and it’s a student-teacher, too!!! “Maryse, I just read a really good student/teacher romance that was m/m. It is called Where You Are by J.H. Trumble.
  • Rain and Whiskey by BA Tortuga <— Leslie recommends these: “The Rain and Whiskey series is fantastic. As is the Hammer series, the Roughstock Sweethearts series, and the Mannies, Inc. series. Just those 4 series have all the genre you can handle. The stories are full of love, and sex (of course!), and show relationships for what they are: Work. Work that, for the right person, is well worth the effort.”
  • Sean Michael <— Leslie also recommends this author!


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{ 133 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynne November 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I’m SO HAPPY to hear that you may read Rough Canvas, by Joey W. Hill. I can’t wait to find out what you think, it’s just a Beautiful, Beautiful Love Story. <3

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

You guys have me CONVINCED!!!!!! I was thinking of going on to a m/f contemporary tonight but that one is SO calling me right now…

Catherine November 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Any book, series or short story by Josh Lanyon. Not always a true HEA but always a good story. M/M romance with a mystery or two on the side.

Mariah November 18, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Thanks for the list. I read Collide and I’m reading Try right now. I don’t know if I can ever go back to m/f romance. Hahaha.

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

LOL!! I’m hearing that a lot these days. After Bear, Otter and the Kid… I was wondering how I would get that kind of intense romantic angst to that level again… Yep. I get you!

Alicia November 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM

“Bound by Lies” by Lynn Kelling
M/M loved the characters

Tracie November 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM

So glad you out up this list!!! I’ve read around 50 or so m/m books but lots of these I haven’t heart of, so thank you!!

Sarah November 18, 2013 at 6:23 PM

You should read Thomas’s Choice by Tina Folsom. I loved it.

Anna November 18, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I loved Beyond Eden sooooo much! The intensity in that book was definitely felt by me! A couple others that I’ve really enjoyed were Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville- it’s a GFY plus an awesome hit man turns protector story. I also loved Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain- it’s an MMF, story ultimately, but the M/M portion of it is very strong, and one of the guys is straight only for the female in the story, so it’s an interesting reversal of the GFY.

Tracey November 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I agree with Alicia above^^^. Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling …so good! I am also reading Aftermath by Cara Dee. Just started, but loving it so far!

Raelene November 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

“Hot Head” by Damon Suede is SOOOOooo hot and a gorgeous love story! Read it now!

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Ohhh YES!!! I’m adding these onto the list right now. They sound perfect!!

Tanya November 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I am so glad you put up this list. I was actually going to ask you if you had one. I don’t know why I love the m/m genre so much but I do. Im glad to see I’m not alone. Kindle Alexander has a few good ones and your really need to check out Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste. It hits you where it hurts, but in a good way ;) Very emotional read.

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 7:28 PM

We are up to 42 HIGHLY recommended m/m reads!! YAY US!!! So many yummy ones to choose from.

kerry November 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Love all the recommendations and have read half of them. May I recommend the Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon and if you’re in the mood for a paranormal m/m read try the With or Without series by J.L. Langley. Enjoy

M. Pierce November 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I don’t really read m/m romance, but in high school a friend convinced me to read the Wraeththu trilogy by Storm Constantine. TOR has a nice omnibus edition, and I think book one (The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit) is available as an ebook. Anyway, those books are like crack. Very readable — great storytelling. They come with my highest recommendation.

Melissa November 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I just finished reading Try! Holy Batman was it HOT! I loved it and can’t for the next book in the series. Thanks for the referral. I would recommend the Alluring Indulgence series! The 3rd book is Travis and it is totally HOT.

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM

OMG It’s M. Pierce!!! ;) Okay *phew* I’ve been missing Matt so, you know… I’m very happy to see you again!

Now I shall look up your suggestions!!

P.S. Those of you that love the super-steamy reads but with a surprising twisty love story, y’all gotta read his. Or… hers? Er? You’ll see if you read “Night Owl”. hehe. That’s my review and everyone is lovin’ it! —>

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Thanks Melissa and Kerry! I’ll be adding them here, shortly!

Linda November 18, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Haven’t read an m/m romance yet. Thinking I might start with Beyond Eden because I’m a sucker for m/f/m love stories. Any recommendations would love to have. Table for Three was sooo steamy and really worshipped their woman. I dunno that genre just makes me happy.

Sara November 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

By degrees series Taylor Donovan,

Pretty much all of C. Cardeno series. There’s even a paranormal one that I really enjoyed.

Newer author Rhys Ford sinners series.

ANYTHING by Mary calmes.

M.J. O`shea one small thing. One true thing… Sweet stories.

This one is short but there’s just something about it.. Tymber Dalton More than make believe.

Another newer author.. Kindle alexander

There’s some comedy in this book.. J.A. Rock .. Wacky wednesday I think there’s another one like this too.

Kristal November 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

How is the Cut and Run series by Abigal Roux not on this list?!? They are my fav m/m books! I haven’t read the most recent, Touch and Geaux yet because I’m waiting for book 9 :)

Kristal November 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Oops never mind I see it now

Jennifer November 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Think you so much for additional suggestions! I one clicked so many….I agree with judging a book by its cover… I didn’t read otter because I’m not so sure about the drawings I like alpha males even in m/m romances and the drawings definitely don’t scream alpha male to me but I’m giving “otter” a try I’ll let you know what I think!

Maryse November 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Jennifer… “Otter” is an alpha. ;)

amy November 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Power Exchange and Safeword by AJ Rose were really really good.I didn’t see it on anyone’s rec lists.

Sara November 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Oh YES, Hot Head was awesome! I’m in the middle of Try right now and LOVING it. Yowzers it’s so freaking hot! ;)

Tracey November 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Just released this week is the first spin off from the cut and run series called Shock and Awe. Which is a Sidewinders book ( you need to read the main cut and run series first not to be read before Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run) and its really good. :)

MM Jaye November 19, 2013 at 3:44 AM

I’m new to the m/m sub-genre and like you I was gradually introduced (and convinced that it’ll work for me) through J R Ward’s BDB series. Lover At Last was a breakthrough to me and I’d like to take it a bit further so thanks for the awesome recs! I also love your effort to analyze why women go crazy over m/m books. I guess what you say is right: we’re suckers for a good love story, no matter who or what or how.

Wishes from Greece!

lisa November 19, 2013 at 6:25 AM

OMG so many ! ;) what should I start with ?

Jackie November 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Be sure to add
Power Exchange and Safeword to your list. They are both by A J Rose. You will love them. The covers alone are enough to sell the books, but they are great reads. I LOVED them!
And to you, I can only say….Finally!!!!!!!!!!
jack xxx

Sara November 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

BTW, Maryse. Matter of time series by M. Calmed. Sam is so up your Alpha Alley.

Shanda November 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM


Try by Ella Frank was my first M/M and I LOVED it. Finished it last night!!!! I will admit that I was apprehensive but thought I would “Try” because I love all of Ella Franks other books. So glad I did and I am glad you are recommending similar reads.

Rebecka November 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

OMG there are so many good books on your list that I’ve read and loved and some that I’ve never heard of which is awesome cause the “man Love” collection on my Kindle could use a few more books lol. I feel bad for you cause there are so many good books on here your TBR collections is gonna be out of control. But I’m going to add a few more suggested reads cause I’m evil ;)

Aaron by JP Barnaby is heartbreaking and wonderful. I cannot decribe how good this made my heart hurt. I follow her (stalk her writing progress) on FB so I know the follow up is in the works.
3 by Jacob Flores had the affair thing going but with a twist. It was surprisingly deep and thoughtful and I loved every page.
Psycop Series by Jordan Castillo Price is really good. Think m/m EIT with a bit less terror. (I didn’t have to sleep with a night light)
Chaser – By Rick R Reed because it was an unexpected.

Holy goodness there are so many!! And Bear Otter and the Kid 3 is coming soon! TJ “finished it” at GRL. Did you see the video? He also proposed to his cute writer BF Eric Arvin. So adorable. You have to watch their videos on youtube.

Maryse November 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

They are toooo cute Rebecka!! I follow TJ on Facebook, so I’m anxiously awaiting his next book! Thank you guys SO much for all of the awesome looking suggestions. I’ll be adding them in today, and will be selecting one out of this bunch to read within the next few days. I’m actually reading a student/teacher romance right now (Better which is after “Good” that I loved so much) *eeeep* I’m so excited for all of my wonderful choices!!!!

Maryse November 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

hahaah Jackie!!!! I’m so glad you made it over and… I’ll be adding those for sure! And… did you SEEEEEE all of the awesome choices I have. I’m like a kid in a candy store and i have NO clue what to select next. I’m thinking it’s going to be the one from Joey Hill, but then Rebecka just told me about “Aaron” so I’m all in happy knots right now!

Anne November 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Fantastic! Thanks so much for the list Maryse! Just finished Try by Ella Frank followed swiftly by Collide. Both were amazing! Great to have so many recommendations for when I need that little m/m kick!

Annie November 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

just finished Try by Ella Frank last night…..I loved it! Tate and Logan sexy, adorable, endearing and definitely worth reading about….again!!!!!!

H. Anne November 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I agree with Amy and Jackie! I recently read power Exchange and am reading Safeword now. Absolutely *love* Gavin and Ben! And I’m dying to dive into some of the recommendations on this list!

kerry November 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I agree with all the recommendations. If you’re looking for a good one from Kindle Alexander, read “The Current between Us” it’s great. Another great one is from author is Mercy Celeste, her “Behind Iron Lace” is very good. God! I loved “A Matter of Time” series, Jory is so adorable and Sam is such an Alpha. If anyone is looking for cowboy/ranch stories try “Texas” series by R.J. Scott or the series by A.J. Llewellyn, “Orgasmic Texas Dawn”

Thanks for all the great reads and thank you Maryse for giving voice to the genre

Paul Berry November 20, 2013 at 1:38 AM

I just love your blog so much! I came upon it and love the M/M section. You recommend the hottest MM books. Excellent!

Maryse November 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Hi Paul! I’m so glad you’re here. We have so much awesome reading to look forward to. I’m so excited, I don’t even know which one to pick first!! :)

Maryse November 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

We’re up to 56 books on this list, and that doesn’t even include all of the rest of the books in some of these series that were suggested… ;)

Melinda November 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

I am 90% through Aftermath and so do not want it to end. Beyond the romance, it is just a great story. Highly recommend.

Crystal Marie November 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Have you checked out The Replacement Guitarist and Home for the Holidays by Lori Toland?? She just re-relased both of them and added a bunch of new stuff to them!! Shes actually running a sale on them on amazon right now in honor of the release!

Sherryl November 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Have you read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller set in Ancient Greece? It tells the story of the love between Achilles and Patroclus. Won the Orange Prize or Fiction last year. My favourite read of the last 12 months. Really is entrancing and very sad.

Melissa November 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

I just finished reading Collide and I’m in love! What a great recommendation! Thank you! Being a newbie in this genre is great! So excited. I’m going down your list! :D

Sara November 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I am so addicted to m/m too! Memorizing You by Dan Skinner was really good. Also, I haven’t seen anyone recommend the Deviations series by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne. Soooo good. I’m actually re-reading them right now after just reading them last month! They are older books (series started in 2005 I think?) but it is really worth it to search them out on Amazon. Totally loving those characters right now and even dream about them!

Traci B. November 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

So I just read Bear Otter and the kid…what took me so long to read it????I’ve seen it before but it looked too mushy for me lol. How wrong I was. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Bear is hilarious. So is creed and the kid……and I just love Otter…5 stars for me I’m on book 2 now..

kerry November 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Sara if you like the Deviations series try the Hammer series by Sean Michael or the Russian Bear series by C.B. Conway

kerry November 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Not sure if anyone has mentioned this great series by Z.A. Maxfield, but the St Nacho’s series is very angsty with heartache and HEA

kerry November 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM

If you’re looking for military story lines, I recommend Recon Diaries by Kendall McKenna.

Sara November 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Kerry. I will check those out.

Melissa November 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

I would also recommend All the Kings Men Series. The 2nd. Book Heart of the Warrior is an amazing m/m read. It was full of emotion and drama. The sex scenes were so frkn Hot. The story of them was beautiful.

Holly Tilling December 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Ethan is the new Alluring Indulgence novel and will be m/m….we got a sneak peek of what it will entail in the holiday edition and I cannot wait!!! Love te series so far. Highly recommend for readers who enjoy erotic novels with alfa males :-)

Maria Majeed December 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

I have a question for all of u. I was reading review for another m/m book the other day, I don’t remember which one though. It was about a straight college guy who gets a speeding ticket from a cop. The cop has been watching him for a while now and is very much interested in him. When this younger guy decides to explore his sexuality and leaves his girlfriend he asks this cop to show him the ropes.
So the cop takes him under his wing and soon falls in love with the guy. Now for the life of me I can’t find this book. Any ideas guys? Help!

Dawn December 10, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Just finished Bear, Otter and The Kid. Why did I hold off reading it before?!? It was amazing! I honestly never thought of reading m/m books before but Maryse, you are right– you lose yourself in the story and the characters and that’s all that matters. This is a wonderful book :) I am downloading the next one now!

Melissa December 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I just finished reading The Backup getting over heartbreaking relationship, straight guy enters picture.. Well you’ll have to read to see what happens. It was so good. It’s was hilarious..(like I laughed until I cried a lot during this book) tThe sex was super frkn hot. I can’t wait for the next book to come out it will be Tyler’s story. I love Noah to so I hope she does his Story too.

Rachel January 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I am reading the Acclamation series by Vee Hoffman and they are excellent. They are amazing! It’s a teacher/student story. (Teacher is 28, student is 18 but it isn’t creepy) It is beautifully written. The first book in the series is a little slow, but the 2nd, 3rd and 4th books are excellent! I have read a lot of m/m books and these are some of my favorite. Highly recommend!

Melissa January 9, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Ethan book #5 in Alluring Indulgence just came out. It’s an M/M read… I’m telling you if you’ve not read this series you should. The Walker brothers are frkn HOT!!! You will be wondering what took you so long to read it. Guarantee you will love Them.

RieN January 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

WOW! I just read Dancing with the Daffodils by Tarion Keelan. It is beautifully written… and hot… and sad… and funny… Evidently, it won the steam e-reads “some like it hot” competition, and it is amazing.

Tara January 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Hi! I have read several of the books on your list and thouroughly enjoyed them. I wanted to make a recomendation. It’s a free online read called starfish, and follows two boys from highschool way into adulthood. I’ve read it twice. The author is grasshopper. Honestly do not know why this isn’t in print! Hope you take a chance on it, and if you love it spread the word.

AMO January 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Marsye, thanks so much for the list! I’ve been working my way through these books. So many great ones! My latest book hangover is from Finding Eden by Kele Moon. I read it out of order because they were both available & I decided to start at the beginning. I’m glad I read it that way. I had such a strong connection to Danny Boy & Paul Guy. It made the really intense moments in Beyond Eden that much sweeter. You should go back for a visit and read Finding Eden. :)

angelina January 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

If you like ty and zane You should try captive prince
the first vol is a bit slow but second vol will wow u its really ur thing if u like slowly building up romances
cant wait for vol 3!!!

Carrie February 17, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Tymber Dalton Love Slave for Two series. It’s another sharing a girl but the love between the men is strong.
And the trip they take in the RV is hilarious!!!

Christy February 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Kim Dare writes some great mm love stories. My favourites are Duck and Magpie, I highly recommend reading them.

Bobbi February 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Brad’s Bachelor Party is my fave M/M read so far!! Short, but so so so good!

Raye April 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I didn’t see him listed here so I am going to add the Adrien English Series by Josh Lanyon is brilliant. The main character is acerbic and genuinely confused about how the owner of a book store that sells nothing but gay mystery novels could end up in the middle of a murder mystery himself. I laughed and rooted for his relationship with the deeply closeted cop who hounds him. The entire series is well worth a read and, best of all, has a happy ending!

Mischa June 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Aleksandr Voinov’s Special Forces series are ridiculously angsty M/M novels. Don’t start unless you have some serious time because once you start you will not be able to stop. A GFY storyline with rape, military, and redemption. Books are free PDF files on his website.

Jennifer August 4, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Thank you Mischa…. Have been sucked in by Special Forces…nothing else accomplished today…so good!

Sara August 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I read Any Closer by Mary Calmes a few months ago it’s short yet fun to read, every time I have some time and need something for a laugh i either read this or One of those days by Zathyn Priest or Gambling on maybe by Fae Sutherland but I just Love Faith & Fidelity it’s very sweet.
Also if any of you is a fan of Sherlock Holmes/John Watson you should totally read kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney

mischa August 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander is LOL funny! Easy and enjoyable read. I have a new appreciation for bunny slippers

Moriah September 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I’m late to the party, but this is amazing. You don’t know how thrilled I am to have found a great m/m romance rec list! I’m going to have to cordon off some time for myself to get through these, they sound perfect.

Maryse September 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Hi Moriah!! Better late than never… I was blown away when I found ‘em, too! :D

mischa September 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Just finished Full Disclosure by Kindle Alexander. It is a great follow-up to Double Full. Kindle Alexander was my first M/M author and I have devoured all of his/her? books now. Good writing, editing, and storylines. OBTW, the cover model for Full Disclosure is so yummy!

Melani September 21, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Try reading “baby boy” love this story.

Serena October 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Your blog is my go to site when looking for a new read. You never let me down. Thanks for all the work you put in, its greatly appreciated. I’ve been reading M/M since I stumbled on this page. Try & Bear, Otter, Kid were favorites of mine you turned me on to. I thought I’d add a few of my own that have made my top favs list.
Dangerously Happy ranks up there with Try for me. A very sensual GFY story about exploring boundaries & finding healing. The first encounter alone at the beginning of the book took my breath away, very sexy! I recommend the sequel as well (different characters. Note: There’s BDSM in both books)
When all the world sleeps is another story with dark undertones, again BDSM involved but for a reason youll need to find out on your own.
The truth about Riley is a sweet love story between 2 men who connect & carry on a relationship over the phone beginning when Riley (a lonely withdrawn man) calls a phone sex hotline only to find out it’s a wrong number.
Blue Moon 1 & 2: lots of action (Navy SEALS, Gay friendly nightclub owner, DEA agent) and some steamy sex. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Let me know if you like any of these. Keep up the good work!

Serena October 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I almost forgot Stay with me – omg, this writer is amazing! The main character (a surfer type, private investigator) is so witty and kept me laughing throughout. The sex was well done and I was disappointed to see the author has only this one book available.

Serena October 3, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The 3rd book from power exchange series is out. Just started it, pretty intense. Okay, I’m done hijacking your page ;)

Jennifer October 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Yakuza Pride and Yakuza Courage by H.J. Brues are good books with a different alpha male description as these are Japanese gangsters interacting with American males. Good stories from a different cultural perspective.

LoniDeene October 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

If you want a dark m/m story and one that stays with you try Violence Begets. When I finished that book I just sat there, I couldn’t handle stating a new book. I thought the author did an amazing job

Kate October 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Just finished Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane. OMG this one… This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Mackey and Trav are maybe my favorite couple of all time (sorry Keira and Kellen). The story gave me the same feel as the early relationship between V and Butch in BDB, really intimate. I loved, loved, loved this book.

Nastassia November 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

The book that Maria Majeed is talking about sounds like Crossing Borders by Z. A Maxfield, this is one of my favourite books form one of of my fav authors.

mischa November 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Dark and disturbing but addictive: Fallocaust series by Quil Carter. Really innovative storyline that sucks you in and makes you want to forget. Books have cliffhangers and thus far no happy endings. Next book debuts on 15 November and I cannot wait

Jennifer November 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Avril Ashton’s latest series “watch me” are really good. Different descriptions of characters falling in love but each book is better than their synopsis. Two books out so far.

rose January 12, 2015 at 3:33 PM

Love this genre! You should check out the Spy vs. Spook series by Tinnean.

Amy January 14, 2015 at 4:41 PM

I have read many of these. A couple I have never heard of so I need to check them out. Thank you for the suggestions. My favorite M/M series is The Texas Series by RJ Scott. I have read the first 4 a few times.

Ashley Dugan February 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

You should definitely try The Captive Prince series, by C. S. Pacat. There are two books in the series, with a third coming out soon. Also, there are two independently published authors who are terrific: Harper Fox and Jordan Hawk. Harper Fox’s m/m romances are set in the British Islands and have a beautiful sense of place. Hawk’s stories are also paranormal mysteries; her Widdershins trilogy is one of my all-time favorite reads. Thanks for the recommendations!

Helen February 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Loving this list, but there’s this book I’m sure I saw here about a wife who dies and comes back reincarnated as a straight man. Then the husband and him meet. Don’t know the name or the author but I think it has tall in the title. Help.

Maryse February 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM

I’m on it, Helen!! :)

Kishta February 17, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Hey Maryse! I loved this list and made it through the whole thing. I was wondering if you’ll be doing an updated version or if you can give me some recommendations.

Jennifer February 19, 2015 at 11:34 PM

The Straight Guys series by Alessandra Hazard are quick, easy reads with a GFY theme…this is my favorite in M/M romance.

Jill February 21, 2015 at 9:51 PM

I’m just going to jump in here quickly just to say that I totally was with you on not feeling the first book in Cut and Run series. I mean not at all. I thought Tracie was crazy. ;) But she convinced me to read the second book. If I didn’t like it I could be done. Well it had me hooked! Loved it! The lack of connection that I was completely feeling between the two of them was there. It honestly was like it was written by someone else. It was perfect from all aspects – suspense, the feels, romance, tension, and love. I read the rest of the series straight through and am now anxious for the final book in March. *OK. Sorry. Long ramble. Just had to get that out there.* :D

Beth Knipple March 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

I just read a really good m/m paranormal book that just came out. I think you would like it.

Axel’s Pup by Kim Dare

It really gets into the psychology of BDSM/and pack hierarchy. Very well done.

Katie March 18, 2015 at 8:12 AM

I love this genre! “Curious” by RG Alexander just knocked my socks off – GFY between two alphas with dirty mouths make for some STEAMY scenes. Wowsa. Also liked “Hot Head” by Damon Suede, and the “Try” series by Ella Frank. Thanks for the recs, Maryse!

Kika April 16, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Hi everyone. I love the mm genre and have been almost entirely devoted to it for the past few years. If anyone loves amazingly well written stories with quirky humour and characters you never forget you should try Ethan Day. I swear by his books ( my all time favourites are Sno Ho and its sequel Life in Fusion). These books just m a me my day every time I read them.

Kika April 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM

And for the ones who love “gay for you” stories you should read Straight Man Gay and Straight Man Gay Two by Danny Culpepper. It’s soooo good. Full of adorable and unforgettable characters.

Mischa April 27, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Latakia and The Fence and Then the Trees are both awesome. No steamy sex scenes but slow build with great story lines.

Jennifer April 30, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Just discovered a new me…with great stories. They are relatively short..about 150 pages but great stories. Some GFY genre by T. Baggins or S.A. Reid..same books are attributed to both names. Protection is set in 1930s British prison. Well fleshed out characters, steamy scenes and true love story…also Something Different. Highly recommend.

damilola May 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Don’t mind the name, am nigerian and female and yes aficans read books too. Just found this list and was so pleased, started reading m/m almost a year ago out of curiousity and haven’t been able to read a m/f ever since. Have read over 80 m/m books since, have read most books on this list but would have to read some that were recomended. Just very resently read my 1st vampire m/m and boy was it super hot, its called “cronin’s key”. Should definitely be added to this list. Have read a lot of less than awesome m/ms along the way but am really addicted to this genre.

Jennifer May 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM

Kora Knight’s Upending Tad series is HOT! Novellas, about 5, with a GFY theme…addicting and did I say HOT?!

Peter June 12, 2015 at 1:49 AM
Mischa June 22, 2015 at 10:46 PM

Jennifer, thanks for the T. Baggins Protection recommendation. I’m looking for some new material that doesn’t cost $6 for 100 pages. Recommendations?

Jennifer June 27, 2015 at 11:56 PM

Mischa Erin O’Quinn has two great historical series…the first is a 2 book series set in Roman times and the second the Gaslight mystery series set in the 1800s. Not a fan of her Nevada series. Anything by S.E. Jakes but especially the Hell or Highwater series. Shades of Gray was a good one by Brooke McKinley and I think I got it for $.99… I like a good price M/M in general seems to be more expensive but sometimes worth it. Kinndle Alwxander has some good ones, Always was a great full, lifetime love story.

Jennifer August 5, 2015 at 8:53 PM

More recommendations: HIM by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowmen is amazing. Hockey players. And Crossroads by Riley Hart…GFY x2…awesome sexy stories.

Teresa August 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Highly recommend the Infected series by Andrea Speed. It is a m/m series I discovered this year that has a different take on Shifters. In this series being a shifter is the result of a disease. Each book in the series has 1-2 mysteries to solve. The secondary characters add great dimension to the series. First book in the series is Infected: Prey.

Male September 8, 2015 at 5:37 PM

As someone who enjoys both m/m and m/f romance (though in case of m/m, I’ve only read lots of fanfiction for a couple of years now, so I was looking for some actual books since now I do prefer them over hetero romance), I’ve always found weird women that project themselves onto the heroine. Like honestly, the best part of reading romance is to feel both characters, the relationship itself. Whether it’s the man or the women, whether the two of them are women or men. Feel in love with the actual characters and their dynamic and not just with the idea of finding a man like that. And I feel like women that only read for the first reason, miss the point which is a shame since it’s what most women who read explicitly hetero romance, do… “why would you read about a men who wouldn’t love you back” is a line I read already by another women and is sooo w t h??!

Mischa October 8, 2015 at 8:53 PM

I’ve been reading the best of dreamspinner press. 5 books for $10. All bundles have been super awesome so far. Plus lots of different types and storylines since multitude of authors. Highly recommend!

Aida November 12, 2015 at 9:58 AM

Hi Thank you so much for the list!
you should also add The administration series by Manna Francis
it’s one hell of series amazing!

Cristy January 9, 2016 at 4:58 AM

MY FAVORITE SERIES: More Heat than the Sun by John Wiltshire. The whole series has an average rate of 4.4 (Goodreads). Here is the link:

It is a story about Ben and Nik, and they’ve been sleeping together for the last 4 years. At first, it is only for sex but as the story goes on, IT IS SO MUCH MORE. There story plot and twist is fantastic! It will blow your mind. You will not regret reading these books and the characters are SOOOO unique in their own ways. Read this please, it is worthy of your time!! It is insanely good!

Maryse January 9, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Thank you Cristy! This sounds amazing!! :D

Katia February 10, 2016 at 7:55 AM

I highly recommend Captive prince trilogy by C.S.Pacat. This is historical romance with very intriguing plot and so captivating caracters! It is slow burn but very very worth it! Chek it out!!!

hope February 16, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Captive prince trilogy!

Sacrati by Kate Sherwood

In the company of shadows by Ais and Santino.

Misty April 10, 2016 at 7:33 AM

“Nothing Special” Series by A.E Via is an awesome read for those who love cops stories. I enjoyed it a lot and you’ll love the characters. It’s a feel good reads so you should check it out :)

Rhonda April 16, 2016 at 3:08 AM

Have read Nicholas Bella New Haven series.. OMG . Once you start you don’t want it to finish. It will grab you. Highly recommended.

Ashley May 1, 2016 at 1:11 AM

Where is Heidi Belleau? The absolute best m/m author, in my opinion, and I’ve read extensively in this genre.

Leslie May 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

It is an unacceptable shame that these lists continue to leave out authors like Sean Michael and B.A. Tortuga. The Rain and Whiskey series is fantastic. As is the Hammer series, the Roughstock series, and the Mannies, Inc. series. Just those 4 series have all the genre you can handle. The stories are full of love, and sex (of course!), and show relationships for what they are: Work. Work that, for the right person, is well worth the effort.

Maryse May 30, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Thank you for recommending them, Leslie! :D I will add them right now. They were certainly not left off the list on purpose.

Barbara August 13, 2016 at 9:04 PM

I’ve read most of these and a lot of my favorites are listed. Some of my favorites that are not on the list is Beyond Complicated and the Southern scrimmage series by Mercy Celeste. They are so freaking good! I could not put Bootleg Diva down!!

Morgana November 27, 2016 at 12:07 AM

I definitely recommend the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. It’s a genre all on it’s own, deals with two princes, power play, complex characters, slavery, hidden identities and a great freaking plot.

Hal January 18, 2017 at 10:31 PM

I highly recommend Danny Culpepper’s Straight Man Gay series. There are 3 books so far, and I love all of them.

Dianne January 27, 2017 at 6:37 AM

Hi Maryse. I know I’m like more than three years late but I can’t help but feel happy that Frank’s Try is included! I was scrolling just know and actually looking for it, hehe. It was my first m/m and I love it. I love the characters and their lines, especially the lines. I laughed and cried a lot. It was amazing. Now, I’m going to download a few from your list. Haha! Thank you and have a great day x

gea February 21, 2017 at 1:13 AM

desperately looking for new awwsome mm reads so this is helpful. I havent seen Tiffany Reisz The Angel anywhere and as it is my very first mm read and it has Reiszs masterpiece writing I wholeheartedly recommend it though the series should be read in order. The Understatement of the Year also exquisite. Captive Prince trilogy, Him&Us and Ella Franks Try. A matter of time series…so many awesome books out There

Robyn April 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Hi….I recently started reading full on m/m romance books and have come across some fantastic reads. Probably one of the 1st authors I read was Sloane Kennedy. I inhaled her Escort series then went on to start the Finding series. After the last story in the Escort series I paid for and downloaded ALL of the Finding series and also the next lot of crossover stories in the Barretti Security series. I got a tad pissed with her because all of these series cross over and she changes her writing style. She changed from the 3rd person to 1st person and for a long time (2 weeks….well it’s a long time for me) I decided to continue on with the series…And I’m so damn glad I did….LOVE THEM!!!
So other authors and their series are Riley Hart. Her Crossroads, Black Creek and Broken pieces series are great. Loved Ella Franks Temptation series and no word of a lie as I’m typing this now I just found out she has a 4th book in the series to be released May 9th..I must say the new book covers are soooo much better then the previous too..Her Sunset Cove series I am listening to through youtube. Well worth a listen or read.
So just some other authors now…
A E Via
RG Alexander
Sara York
Aimee Nicole Walker
Ann Lister
Cara Dee
Jenna Byrne
Tere Michaels
Anna Zabo

So a lot of these authors write in the 1st person which I may have mentioned…But after I got over my hissy fit and aversion to that style of writing I must admit I love the stories… I have never cried so damn much reading romance books (and I’ve read a bloody lot in my nearly 50 years) as I have since reading m/m romance books. I also just started reading with Kindle and a lot of these books you can get using a Kindle Unlimited account… Well worth it. So thanks for listening to me waffle on and please add other authors as I seem to be running out of material to read.

Maryse April 20, 2017 at 8:04 PM

YAY!!! Thank you SO much Robyn!!!! I’ll be adding these in! :D

l smith June 12, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Him and Us by Sarina Bowen are also great reads!

Nancy Lynn Houser September 4, 2017 at 12:03 AM

The entire mm Texas series by RJ Scott (I get mine through Amazon) I would highly recommend There are seven books total and I would read them 1…2…3….and so forth. The first book tells how Jack and Riley get together….Jack is a cowboy and very very gay, while Riley is a very rick playboy and straight, and maybe even bi. Riley’s father gives him an ultimatum, get married or lose your inheritance. So he blackmails Jack to marry him for one year…. excellent love story with lots of mystery and drama.

Moureen November 23, 2017 at 7:57 AM

In The Company of Shadows by Santino Hassel…..This series got me twisted in so many ways.I’m still trying to find my way back.It is actually my best read so far,and trust me,I have read quite alot.This is a must read.The storyline is amazing!!
I must say I have read all of Santino’s books and this author is just something else.It’s like he reads my mind in every book.

Christine November 26, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Hey Maryse!

IDK if you will see this but I just stumbled upon a book and a movie (favorite at Sundance) that is pretty sensual in the M/M genre . . . . “Call Me By Your Name: A Novel” by Andre Aciman. Set in an Northern Italian Resort town in 70’s or 80’s . . . . The place becomes a character in the novel as well. About a 17 year old boy and a summer house guest . . . Very sensual . . . . One drawback is that it’s slow

Maryse November 30, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Hi Christine!!!!

Thank you for the find! I’m looking it up… :D

Tomi June 5, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Hi, just discovered your blog and it has been a treasure trove! I have read some of the books suggested here and I’m reading my way through those I haven’t. I have found some really interesting and others, not so much.

I usually do not recommend books because what one finds interesting might not be to someone else’s taste. However, my one true favourite all time MM author is Alessandra Hazard and I cannot help but recommend her. Her books are hot, her characters are memorable and they will leave you with a happy feeling.

Sharon July 29, 2018 at 10:53 AM

When are you going to update your M/M recommendations, they have been the same for a very, very long time?

beth palacios March 10, 2019 at 11:38 AM

I love the mm recommendations of your blog thanks to them I hooked into this genre totally

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