Popular Christmas M/M Novels

Here’s a list of some of the best-loved Christmas M/M books to provide you with plenty of reading choices this festive season.

Unwrapping Hank” by Eli Easton – Sloane is the son of two psychiatrists so he thinks he knows people pretty well but, when he joins a college fraternity, he can’t figure out Hank, the brother of his friend.

Let It Snow“, “Sleigh Ride“,”Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Baby” by Heidi Cullinan – four-book ‘Minnesota Christmas’ series, each with a different couple getting together over the holidays.

Blame it on the Mistletoe” novella by Eli Easton – a geeky college student convinces his popular roommate to teach him how to kiss for an upcoming Christmas party.

Christmas Kitsch” by Amy Lane – Teenagers Rusty and Oliver couldn’t be more different but when their friendship begins to turn into something more they face overwhelming problems. (Twenty percent of the profits from this book go to an LGBTQ charity.)

A Family for Christmas” by Jay Northcote – when Rudy invites office colleague Zac to spend Christmas with his family, they are mistaken for a couple and find it increasingly difficult to prevent the fantasy becoming a reality.

A Fortunate Blizzard” by L. C. Chase – Two stranded men spend Christmas together but one of them is seriously ill and it could take a Christmas miracle to give them a happy ending.

Winter Oranges” by Marie Sexton – a young man, sick of his failing Hollywood life, goes to stay in an out-of-the-way house over the holidays, where he meets a ghost… (Twenty percent of the royalties of this book go to charity.)

So This is Christmas” by Josh Lanyon – part of the Adrien English mystery series about an amateur detective. In this book Adrien is asked by a friend to find the man’s missing boyfriend.

The Christmas Throwaway” by R J Scott – a cop finds a young man living on the streets on Christmas Eve and takes him home for a proper Christmas.

Candy Man” by Amy Lane – Adam’s life is at an all-time low when he gets a job at a candy store and meets Finn, but will he find the strength to take a chance on him?

For even more holiday reading, see my personal favourite festive M/M romances here.

M/M Celebrity Romance Novels

The Acting World

No Apologies” and “Acting Out” by Tibby Armstrong – 2-book ‘Hollywood‘ series – “No Apologies” has a screenwriter making a film about his great romance that might not be entirely true. In “Acting Out” 2 actors fall for each other on the set of a coming-of-age film.

Starstruck” by L. A. Witt – a retired action star joins the cast of a TV series and falls for his co-star, but he has promised to stay in the closet…

3 book ‘Hollywood Hotties‘ novella series:
Wrong Number, Right Guy” by Mia Watts – when an ordinary guy phones the wrong number it leads to a romance with a Hollywood star.  The other stories are “Acting Out” and “Heartthrob“.

The Perfect Role” by me! My new actor romance is available for pre-order now and will be released on 12 December. It includes romance, heartbreak, the glamour of the acting world and a touch of festive cheer.  Read the first 2 chapters for free here.

The Music Industry

Perfect Imperfections” by Cardeno C. – A bartender pretends to be the boyfriend of a rockstar, but soon wants to turn the fake relationship into reality.

The Rock Series‘ by Sandrine Gasq-Dion – each novel can be read as a standalone: “FRET“, “Jinxed“, “Harley’s Achilles“, “Falcon’s Fox” and “Stryke First“.

Lucky Moon‘ series: “Moonlight Becomes You“, “The Luckiest” and “Moonstruck” by M. J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn – 3 different rockstar romances in a connected series of novels

A Little Bit Country” by S. J. Frost – a rock singer and country singer clash in the media but when they finally meet there are sparks of a different kind

Every Move He Makes” by Barbara Elsborg – romance between a pop star who’s receiving death threats and his MI6 bodyguard

Other Celebrities

Dance with Me” by Heidi Cullinan – a footballer and ballet dancer fall for each other.

Take My Picture” by Giselle Ellis – a famous photographer falls for his assistant

November 2017 M/M News

Popular M/M Novels Released in November

One Moore Trip” by Alex Miska – this final book in the light-hearted Moore series is a second-chance romance.

Last Bell” by Alison Hendricks – Second in the Glen Springs series but can be read as a standalone. Features a widowed father falling for the teacher of his daughter.

The Consumption of Magic (Tales from Verania Book 3)” by T J Klune – the final part of this gay fantasy trilogy.

The Long Way” by May Archer – Sequel to “The Easy Way” where Damon’s life in pieces and the only person who can help him is the son of the man who destroyed him.

Other Releases

C.S. Pacat and illustrator, Johanna the Mad, have just released a gay M/M graphic novel called “Fence #1“, the first in a series about 2 teenagers meeting in a fencing competition.

New Releases with a Festive Theme

A Very Marian Christmas” by Lucy Lennox – the seventh book in this series features a new couple getting together over Christmas.

A Dye Hard Christmas” by Aimee Nicole Walker – The fifth and final book in this mystery series should be read as part of the series and isn’t a standalone novel. Gabe and Josh want to celebrate their first Christmas as fathers but nothing goes to plan.

The Perfect Role

My new novel, “The Perfect Role” (Amazon links below), will be released on 12 December 2017 and is available while on pre-order for the special price of just £0.99/$0.99.  It is a contemporary gay romance about 2 actors with a mixture of feel-good love story, plenty of angst and tension, some acting world glitz and a touch of festive warmth.  See the full book description below or read the first two chapters for free here.

Book Description

Peter is still reeling from the pain of his ex-wife’s affair and their subsequent divorce. As he takes on a new acting job, all he is concerned about is spending as much time as he can with his children. He is certainly not expecting to fall for charismatic actor, Alex, who is twelve years younger than him – not when his friends and family don’t even know that he’s bisexual.

Alex is hiding problems of his own, but this is his first major acting role and he is desperate to do well. His kind, sophisticated co-star, Peter, is a reassuring presence who increasingly captures his heart, but how will their changing relationship affect their job?

With everything to lose and those closest to them against the relationship, will their love survive everything that is trying to rip them apart?

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M/M News for October 2017

Interviews

Popular, award-winning novelist, Alan Hollinghurst, is interviewed about his new novel – featured below – by The Guardian here.

M/M Novel Reviews

Judith of Binge on Books has 3 new LGBT articles this month at the USA today website here, including recommendations for ghost stories.

Popular M/M Novels Released in October

The Sparsholt Affair” by Alan Hollinghurst shows the lives and relationships of a group of men who meet at Oxford University at the start of World War 2 and continues through the next 60 years.

Bromosexual” by Daryl Banner – In this humorous, slow-burn romance, Ryan and Stefan are best friends in high school before a falling out makes them lose contact. Stefan goes on to become a popular baseball player but a chance meeting with Ryan changes everything.

Safe and Sound (Twist of Fate #2)” by Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy – Playboy, Aiden Vale, isn’t interested in anything more than a one-night-stand until he meets vulnerable Ash Valentine, a young man desperately trying to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend.

Strike First (The Rock Series #5)” by Sandrine Gasq-Dion – Rebel Stryker leaves a tough childhood behind when he finds fame as a rock star and finds himself increasingly interested in Stan Jackson, the band’s new manager, but Stan has a dark secret.

Hexslayer (Hexworld #3)” by Jordan L Hawk – the third book in this compelling supernatural series, with a new mystery to solve by a new M/M shifter and witch.

Jared’s Evolution (Jared & Kieran #1)” by Riley Hart – Lawyer Jared explores BDSM and a daddy kink with doctor Kieran.

Popular M/M Horror Novels

"Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice

Anne Rice is both a best-selling author and the queen of horror novels. Not all her books have major gay characters but most do and her 11-book ‘Vampire Chronicles‘ series has been loved for decades.  The first book in the series, “Interview with the Vampire“, featuring the characters of Louis and Lestat, was made into the 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

Poppy Z Brite is another popular writer of gay vampire fiction. Her first five novels – “Lost Souls“, “Drawing Blood“, “Wormwood“, “Exquisite Corpse“, “The Crow: The Lazarus Heart” and “Are You Loathsome Tonight” – are all horror novels. (Her latest two novels still feature m/m characters but aren’t horror.) The characters are often extremely dark, sometimes showing no conscience, so the books won’t be liked by everyone.

Sacrament” by Clive Barker – a surreal gay horror novel by this best-selling author about a wildlife photographer who experiences strange visions while in a coma.

All Jordan L Hawk‘s novels tend to have a supernatural and horror element, particularly the ‘Widdershins‘ and ‘SPECTR‘ series. The plots are exciting and, at times, scary and the characters and romances are loveable. Anyone who has read a few of my articles will know that I’m a big fan of this author and I’d like to take this chance to once again recommend all her novels!

A Reason to Believe” by Diana Copland – a detective has a shocking vision where a ghost leads him to her dead body. Confused by the experience, he turns to medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Passion grows as they investigate the murder together.

IM” by Rick R Reed – a gay detective hunts for a serial killer who may not even be alive.

 

 

Unmissable Television: “Dirk Gently” (2016)

Dirk Gently Season 2 – copyright: BBC America

The latest TV version of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency“, based on the novel by Douglas Adams, will be airing its second season on BBC America this Saturday, 14 October, and, hopefully, not too long after that on UK Netflix. The first season is available to catch up on at the BBC America website and, for UK viewers, on Netflix.  So why should you be watching it?

The plots are funny, clever and insane. English actor Samuel Barnett stars as Dirk, having previously appeared in the TV and stage versions of gay drama, “The History Boys“. Much of the first season’s focus is on the love/hate friendship between Dirk and Todd, who is played by the wonderful Elijah Wood, who previously found fame in the three “Lord of the Rings” films.  It is their complex relationship and the way it evolves that makes for compelling viewing.

Season 1 Quotes

Todd (to Dirk): I’m not your Watson, asshole!

Dirk Gently Season 1 – copyright: BBC America

Dirk: I don’t have any friends. I am always surrounded by bizarre and frightening states of disaster and I am always alone. Even you keep saying you’re not my friend. But, since you’re the closest thing I’ve had, I’d really appreciate it if you’d stop calling yourself an asshole.
Todd: Okay. You’re right. When we get back in the morning we’ll solve the murder of Patrick Spring, save Lydia and figure out whatever the hell that thing is. And I’ll tell Amanda the truth about everything. And, Dirk, I am your friend.

Actor Quotes

Samuel Barnett: ‘[Dirk] just doesn’t understand social cues. But the universe has told him that Todd is the guy, so he’s just going for Todd. He thinks Todd is his best friend. He really likes Todd and thinks Todd is brilliant … I think Dirk drives Todd absolutely insane. I think if Todd could walk away from Dirk and have nothing to do with him, he would, but the universe keeps leading him back to Dirk.’ – Samuel Barnett interview for “Collider”

Samuel Barnett, re working with Elijah: “I couldn’t have asked for a better acting partner and a better human being to work with. We have to work very closely together, and I felt, in our screen test, that we had really good chemistry, but I wasn’t sure if I was just making that up. Max has written a really finely wrought bromance. I have complete trust in Elijah. To me, he is one of the best actors of my generation. He’s so incredibly present and in the moment, when you’re working with him, and then we just chat away about anything off camera because he’s such a lovely guy.” – Samuel Barnett interview with “Collider”

 

M/M News for September 2017

Sorry about the long wait since my last News post. I’ve been busy writing and editing my novels lately but I’m intending to spend more time blogging and hope to have some interesting articles and News round-ups over the next few months.

Upcoming Gay Films

Call Me By Your Name“, the film based on the novel reviewed by me here is due to be released in UK cinemas in October and US cinemas in

November. It stars Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer and, after being shown at various film festivals, has had a lot of positive reviews.  (Warning: the main character is seventeen so, in some countries/US states the relationship includes underage sex.)

M/M Novel Recommendations

M/M author K J Charles has brief reviews for a number of books, both M/M and not, here.

Popular M/M Novels Released in September

Locked in Silence” by Sloane Kennedy
Jagged Edge” by Jo Raven (content warnings for sexual abuse and violence)
Tate” by Ella Frank
Dragon’s Heat” by Lisa Oliver – paranormal novel with warning for graphic content
Someone To Call My Own” by Aimee Nicole Walker (sexually explicit warning)
Looking In” by Michael Bailey (content warnings for abuse and self-harm)
Living Out Loud” by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

 

 

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