10 Books for People Who Want to Try M/M Romance
I’m not sure how obvious it is, but I try to read a wide variety of genres. It’s always been something I’ve done for my own comfort. I love many different types of fiction, but I find that when I read too much of one back to back I get burnt out. It’s like a palate cleanser, I guess. Starting fresh. A reset.
Still, I find myself frequently coming back to M/M romance and I’ve had a couple people ask me for recs, wanting to dive in but not knowing where to start. I feel like there maybe be other people who are also interested, but maybe intimidated. (I know I was when I read my first M/M book, Among the Living.) I thought maybe this would be a good nudge, full of books that I would swear by all in one place. Full of all my favorites.
I’m sure you’ve already seem me rave about some of these a million times, so be prepared because I’m doing it again.
1. Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price
If you’re looking for an M/M, Among the Living is a good choice. It’s got a strong world and plot, and the first few books are considered novella’s, with this first book at only 89 pages. It was my first M/M read ever, and to this day it’s one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Victor Bayne is one of the most honest characters written.
2. How to be a Normal Person by TJ Klune
How to be a Normal Person is another great starting point for anyone wanting to read M/M. First, it’s one of the funniest books ever. TJ Klune is the king of writing comedic dialogue. It just comes naturally to him. On top of being hilarious, it also has a main character that’s asexual, and so there’s no sex scenes at all. Just incredibly romantic epic hugs.
3. Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
Carry the Ocean is another of my favorites, because of Emmett and Jeremey, but also because it’s so much more than their love. It’s also about disabilities. It’s about Emmett’s fight to be seen as a capable man, and Jeremey’s fight to control his anxiety and depression. It’s a good first read because you can’t help but root for them. You have to love them.
4. Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune
Bear, Otter and The Kid is probably the best place to start. It’s heartwarming, funny, honest. It is intimate, but tender. It’s a coming of age story about a boy taking care of his baby brother and falling in love. It’s TJ Klune… I mean, if I want to be honest, you could just start with anything by TJ. This isn’t the last time you’ll see him on this list.
5. HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
This one doesn’t hold back. It’s not going to go easy on you. Him is a love story that just hits you over the head. Wes and Jamie’s connection was so powerful that you find yourself turning the pages, for hours, until the book is finished. You’ll be out of breath, and your heart will be beating. You’ll be in love. That’s why you should read this one.
6. Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Another TJ Klune! All of the TJ reasons still stand. Wolfsong is an Urban Fantasy story, and it is a love story. However, it’s a love of family, and a love between a mother and her son. It’s a love story about childhood friends, and yes, those friends grow up and fall in love. Basically, everything TJ writes is about more than sex, it’s about connections.
7. Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon
Somebody Killed his Editor was another M/M book that I read early on. I think it’s a great pick for anyone interested simply because it is a romance, but it’s more of a cozy mystery. The mystery portion is done very well, with twists and turns and a Murder She Wrote type ending. Even better, it’s funny. I love both Kit Holmes and J.X. Moriarity.
8. Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet
You know how those big, sweeping, romance novels are so popular? The ones with multiple characters, with each character getting a focused story? Like Black Dagger Brotherhood? That’s what THIRDS is. It’s got a wonderful, slow burning, romance but it also has a cast of characters that you can’t help but adore. You can’t go wrong with THIRDS.
9. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
These last two picks aren’t for the fainthearted. Captive Prince is one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read. I’m not just talking M/M, I’m talking ever. It’s an enemy to lovers story that you aren’t sure you’ll like in book one, but by the end of book two you’ll realize that you’re addicted. It’s not an easy story, but it’s one that’s definitely worth it.
10. Special Forces – Soldiers by Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate
IF you make it through the Captive Prince trilogy, and you’re ready for something even harsher and more volatile… and by volatile I mean seriously violent, then maybe think about reading Special Forces. The followup installments weren’t nearly as good, but this first book incinerated me. This was enemies turned lovers to the extreme. These men brutalized each other in the beginning, and the road to love was rough, but also kind of beautiful. It’s FULL of trigger warnings, so please check that out before you read it. People either love it, or they hate everything about it. I fall in the first group, but I won’t be surprised if you fall in the second. If you want to start easy, don’t look here. Scroll back up to the top of this list.
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