The Top Summer Holiday M/M Romances

“Italy. Summer. The noise of the cicadas in the early afternoon. My room. His room. Our balcony that shut the whole world out. The soft wind trailing exhalations from our garden up the stairs to my bedroom. The summer I learned to love fishing. Because he did. To love jogging. Because he did.”  –    ‘Call Me By Your Name’ by Andre Aciman

We’ve had some unexpectedly sultry weather here in the Scottish Highlands, so I wanted to put together a review of my favourite M/M novels that have a summer setting and make great holiday reading. There’s a mixture of historical novels, comedies and teenage love in this collection, with locations in England, America, Thailand and Italy, so I hope there’s something for everyone to try and enjoy.

The Other Guy” by Cary Attwell – After being dumped at the altar by his fiancee, Emory James gets away from his life by taking the planned honeymoon trip to Thailand. There he meets Nate who helps him move on from the past. This is a witty novel that made me laugh aloud in places and the holiday location in the first half of the novel is so well written you can almost imagine yourself there. Emory is a likeable main character, who you can’t help but root for after the events at the start of the novel and Nate is a perfect partner for him, if he’ll just realise it in time.

Call Me By Your Name” by Andre Aciman – This is a story of first love between Elio and Oliver, a summer guest at his family’s home. This beautiful, bittersweet romance is set in Italy, the heat and details of the setting described vividly. While I wanted to shake Elio sometimes during the first part of the book for being so passive, there’s a raw honesty to his shyness and fear, that also makes him very relatable. This is a novel that stays with you long after you finish it.

Arson” by Cap Iversen’s is the first book in a fun historical trilogy about gunfighter, Dakota Taylor, and while he has a number of gay flings, it’s Ben Colsen who wins his heart here. Ben’s family have been murdered at their cattle ranch in Arizona and he hires Dakota to find out what happened to them. While this isn’t a holiday novel, the heat of the Arizona setting is well described and it’s full of action and excitement.

Discreet Young Gentleman” by M J Pearson – This is a light-hearted historical romance where Dean, an impoverished new lord, meets Rob, a male prostitute, and goes on a summer journey with him through England to win back his fiancée, something he grows increasingly reluctant to do. Between the travelling, the ghost-stories and the mysterious woman following them, there is plenty going on to keep the novel moving at a good pace. Dean’s insults about Rob’s profession grew annoying at times but he made up for it in the end, making this an entertaining and satisfying read.

Something Like Summer” by Jay Bell – This novel begins with a romantic meeting over the school summer holidays in Texas between teenagers Ben and Tim, but takes place over more than a decade, with Ben later getting involved with Jace before Tim reappears to confuse matters. While I have to confess that I found the first half of the book, covering Ben and Tim’s teenage lives, more compelling than the later part, it’s an engaging novel that’s well worth reading.

Do you agree with my novel choices or have others you loved?  If anyone wants to talk about these books or recommend other summer romances, please get in touch via the comments box.

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April M/M News

M/M Articles

Judith of Binge on Books has written a new article for USA Today on the friends-to-lovers trope in M/M novels here.

LGBT Characters on Television

There’s an interesting article in The Guardian on the changing portrayal of LGBT characters on TV here.

TV Guide has an article on 25 Great LGBT Characters in Pop Culture Right Now here.

Popular M/M Novels Released in April

Paranormal

Tell Me the Truth” by Lisa Oliver
Wild Ride” – by Preston Walker
Forbidden Love” by D. J. Heart

Contemporary

Let’s Pretend We’re Married” by Edith Scott
FU: Fixer Uppers” by Devon McCormack
He’s Worth It” by Jerry Cole
Playing Daddy” by Aiden Bates
Cocky” by Sean Ashcroft
Rescue Me” by K. M. Neuhold
Red Dirt Heart Imago” novella by N. R. Walker
Sound of Us” by A. M. Arthur

M/M News for March 2017

M/M Articles

Judith of Binge on Books has written a couple of new articles for USA Today with recommendations for M/M novels with military men here and ones with hockey players here.

LGBT E-Mail Newsletters

LGBT Romance Deals is a great newsletter you can sign up to here to get details of free and discounted LGBT novels.

You can also sign up to the Gay Romance Readers’ Club here to get a free M/M book by a well known author every month.

Popular M/M Novels Released in March

Drinker of Blood” by Jordan L Hawk (I love this paranormal series!)
Moving Maverick” by Lucy Lennox
Together Again” by Aiden Bates
Wedlocked” by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
Deliver Me” by Aiden Bates
Salt and Pepper” by Garett Groves
Dyed and Gone to Heaven” by Aimee Nicole Walker
Working It” by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Unforgiven” by Ruth Clampett
Who We Are” by Nicola Haken
Left Behind” by Michele Notaro
Embrace the Fire” by Felice Stevens
Deadly Times (Book 3 of the Human Hybrids Series)” by me!!

Release of “Deadly Times”

I’m happy to announce that “Deadly Times“, the final novel in the Human Hybrids trilogy, is released today.  This completes the M/M science-fiction/ paranormal series that comprises a guide, 2 free books and the 3 book trilogy:

  • A free Guide to the world, characters and 5 Human Hybrid species – available when you join my e-mail list
  • A Destructive Power” – the free PDF prequel to the series here
  • Coexistence” – novel 1 – on sale for free at Smashwords, Nook and Kobo and for $0.99/£0.99 at Amazon
  • Kye” – companion novel to “Coexistence” that’s free on my e-mail list
  • Blood and Choice” – novel 2
  • Deadly Times” – the final part of the trilogy

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Amazing Giveaway!

To celebrate the completion of my Human Hybrids trilogy with the upcoming release of “Deadly Times” on 23 March, I have 6 gay M/M paperback novels in the genres of SF, fantasy and the paranormal by 5 amazing authors (and me!) to be won by a lucky winner.

Rules

Given the adult nature of the books, you have to be 18 year old or over in order to enter the Giveaway.  The Giveaway is hosted by Gleam and is open internationally.  To enter you just have to say why you want to win the prize.  (Comments will appear below this post.)  You can read the full Terms and Conditions when you click to enter.

The competition ends on 23 March, when a winner will be randomly selected by Gleam and announced here and by e-mail.

Prize

6 gay M/M paperback novels: “Widdershins” by Jordan L Hawke, “Swordspoint” by Ellen Kushner, “Luck in the Shadows” by Lynn Flewelling, “The Magpie Lord” by K J Charles, “The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries: Books 1-3” and “Coexistence” by Clare Solomon

How to Enter the Giveaway

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Future Giveaways

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M/M News for February 2017

M/M Articles

M/M ‘Comfort Re-read’ recommendations by Kaje Harper at Prism Book Alliance here.

K J Charles has a post here about her upcoming M/M trilogy, “Sins of the Cities”, with some beautiful illustrations.

Judith of Binge on Books has written a couple of new articles for USA Today recommending M/M SF books here and M/M books with geeky heroes here.

LGBT News

The closure of gay publishing company Samhain will make many M/M novels by popular authors unavailable, at least for the present time. There’s a blog post by K J Charles here about how it will affect her books and one by Kaje Harper here.

February is LGBT History month so there have been a variety of articles and events for this across the world.

The Church of England voted in favour of LGBT marriage, refusing to endorse a report by the House of Bishops condemning it.

Popular M/M Novels Released in February

Imago” by N R Walker
After the Fire” by Felice Stevens
An Unseen Attraction” by K J Charles
Code Silver” by Max Walker
Yes, Professor” by Renae Kaye
Between These Sheets” by Devon McCormack
Weight for Happiness” by Jason Collins
Beau and the Beast” by Kay Simone

“Deadly Times”

I’m very happy to announce that “Deadly Times“, the final novel in the Human Hybrids trilogy, is now available for pre-order at Amazon, to be released on 23 March.

Novel Description: The war with the cannibal wendigoes reaches its explosive climax in the last part of this nail-biting trilogy.

Scientists have genetically engineered five human hybrid races known as werewolves, vampires, dragons, sensers and wendigoes. The first four races coexist with humans in relative peace. The fifth one wants to slaughter the others.

Theo has a secret agenda when he joins the Invercade HyCO but which side is he working for? Daelin is suspicious of him but how much of that is due to Theo reminding him of the lover who nearly wrecked his life?

With sabotage from within the group and devastating battles being fought, the HyCO officers must face their worst fears in a war that not everyone will survive.

Here are the Amazon links: UK  US  DE  AU  CA

To celebrate the new book, I’ve made “Coexistence: Book 1 of the Human Hybrids Series” free at Kobo, Nook and Smashwords.  I’m working on getting Amazon to set their price to free too.  I also have an interview at Smashwords where I talk about some of my favourite M/M novels and authors here.

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Romantic Quotes from M/M Books

Here are some romantic quotes from great M/M novels for Valentine’s Day.

‘I felt Ival. Felt his love for me, that didn’t care if I was broken. All the pieces of myself I’d laid at his feet over our years together, all the cracks that still showed where he helped me heal, didn’t matter. He loved me, beyond my ability to understand.’ – “Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin Book 6” by Jordan L. Hawk

‘Andrew kissed him like this was a fight with their lives on the line, like his world stopped and started with Neil’s mouth.’ – “The King’s Men (All For the Game Book 3) by Nora Sakavic

‘Reid was watching him again and, despite the dazzle of light from above, his eyes seemed darker, the brown eclipsing the gold. The look in them washed over Jonah with a heat akin to standing too near a hearth fire’ – “The Only Gold” by Tamara Allen

‘I kissed him, and kissed him again, because I could, because I wanted to, because I was meant for nothing but this, even if nobody else knew it’ – “The Other Guy” by Cary Attwell

‘And there it was. That moment Deacon had been secretly dreaming about since high school. Kissing a boy in the middle of a dance, in a room full of mostly straight people who never needed to worry about making a scene. Deacon didn’t care if anyone was watching. Deacon wasn’t doing this because he was out and proud and didn’t care who knew it. He was doing this because it was Mark, and he loved him’ – “Mark Cooper versus America (Prescott College Book 1)” by Lisa Henry and J. A. Rock

‘He was my safety and my wall, the mirror in whose eyes I somehow looked brave and desirable. If I stayed with Tobin long enough, maybe I could become a man worthy of what he saw in me’ – “Nor Iron Bars a Cage” by Kaje Harper

‘And tomorrow and the day after, there would be a home to go to, even if it was no more than a pair of arms around him and a head tucked close to his in the darkness’ – “Whistling in the Dark” by Tamara Allen

‘He wouldn’t leave. Set against all this common sense was a feeling like roses and gold behind his heart – a firelit sensation of reasonless joy’ – “Once Upon a Haunted Moor (Tyack and Frayne Mysteries Book 1)” by Harper Fox

January 2017 M/M News

M/M Articles and Reviews

Historical M/M Country Estate novels reviewed at USA Today here.

LGBT News

An Irish Government Minister wants President Trump confronted over LGBT rights – read more here.

The UK Government may soon abolish one of its last anti-gay laws, one that says Merchant Navy officers can be fired for being gay.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of LGBT Asylum Seekers coming to the UK recently.

Medical students joined the recent Mumbai Pride March .

Popular New M/M Releases

Painted on my Heart” by Kindle Alexander
Healing Jacob” by Nicole Stewart
Something to Dye For” by Aimee Nicole Walker
Be True” by Stella Starling
Atonement (The Protectors Book 6)” by Sloane Kennedy
Protecting the Soul (Souls of Chicago 3)” by Annabella Michaels
Thrown” by Hope Sawyer
Faking It (Metropolis Book 1)” by Riley Hart
Sweet Deal” by Harper Logan
“The Letter” by Jerry Cole
Grounding Griffin (A Made Marian Novel)” by Lucy Lennox
Watching and Wanting (Housemates Book 4)” by Jay Northcote