Here is a list of some of the wonderful films released in 2018, some amusing, some thought-provoking, and all entertaining.
This film is based on the wonderful novel, “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. It’s a moving, entertaining coming of age film about gay teenager, Simon (Nick Robinson), as he tries to uncover the identity of the classmate he’s fallen for online. It also stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.
“The Happy Prince”
This film – written, directed by and starring Rupert Everett in the central role – is about Oscar Wilde as, facing the end of his life, he looks back on his relationship with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Colin Morgan) and the indecency trial that ruined him. It also stars Emily Watson and Colin Firth.
This Netflix original film is about teenager Alex (Daniel Doheny), who thinks he loves girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) until he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale). The path to love is definitely not smooth as Alex struggles to understand who and what he wants in this poignant film.
This is based on the book of the same name by Garrard Conley, which tells of his real-life experiences. In the film gay teenager, Jared (Lucas Hedges), is forced to endure conversion therapy. Stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. (Released in November 2018 in the US, UK viewers can watch it in February 2019.)
While this film about the life of pop legend, Freddy Mercury, and the band, Queen, has had some negative reviews for taking a superficial approach to its subject, it still provides an interesting glimpse into the world of this iconic figure. It stars Rami Malek and Mike Myers.
“We the Animals”
Based on an autobiographical novel by Justin Torres, this complex, stylistic film is about 3 Hispanic boys growing up in a difficult home environment in New York and how Jonah (Evan Rosado) grows into his sexual identity. Also stars Sheila Vand and Raul Castillo.
Standalone Books or New Series
A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound 1) by Hailey Turner – Patrick Collins, special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency, owes a soul debt to the gods and when they demand payment he has no choice but to try to solve a series of demonic killings with handsome werewolf, Jonothon de Vere.
Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle 1) by C. L. Polk – Miles tries to escape his fate as a witch by going to war but, when he returns, his secret can’t stay hidden. He also meets Tristan who has secrets of his own.
The Diminished (Book 1) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson – In a society where most people are born as twins, singleborn Bo is destined for luxury, romance and to lead the empire, while Vi, whose twin has died, faces a life of struggle as a servant. They might have more in common than they realise.
Evolved by N. R. Walker – Lloyd struggles in his interactions with humans, so he buys an android to be his companion. Shaun is everything Lloyd could want but Shaun’s ability to learn and evolve proves a danger to them both.
Fractured Truth (Consequences of a Sin 1) by Ashe Winters – Vampire Avery hates humans but when he’s saved by Ryker, a human with unusual abilities, they end up working together and Avery might find a reason to change his opinions.
Ravensong (Green Creek 2) by T. J. Klune – The Sequel to “Wolfsong” brings a new romance to the Green Greek werewolf pack.
Agent Bayne (PsyCop 9) by Jordan Castillo Price – PsyCop Rick Bayne has left his old job and starts work at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program with Jacob.
Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin 10) by Jordan L. Hawk – Whyborne and his husband, Griffin, travel to Balefire Manor in England where evil lurks and devastating emotional revelations are about to be uncovered.
A Wish upon the Stars (Tales from Verania 4) by T J Klune – Sam returns to a changed world and must work with the Resistance to have a chance to overcome the evil that has taken hold.
The Necromancer’s Reckoning (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 3) by S. J. Himes – The High Council of Sorcery puts necromancer, Angel, on trial, putting him and his family in danger.
“Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology (Volume 2)” by various popular authors including Lucy Lennox, Aimee Nicole Walker and A. E. Wasp – 17 authors have contributed m/m stories to this 720 page anthology, with all the proceeds going to LGBT charities.
“Confessions: The Princess, the Prick and the Priest (Confessions 4)” by Ella Frank – The final novel in this series gives the 3 men who are involved with each other their happy ever after.
“A Vampire’s Heart (Ellowyn Found 1)” by Kayleigh Sky – A vampire prince and cop must work together to investigate the murder of a vampire. This is the first book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone.
“The Devil (Cards of Love)” by Ashley Jade – Dark, sexy novel about 3 dangerous men that is part of a series.
“His Saint (Forever Wilde 5)” by Lucy Lennox – When Augie takes self-defence classes to protect himself after an attack, he doesn’t expect to be taught by someone as as caring and sexy as Saint. Final book in series.
Festive New Releases
“All I Want for Christmas… is my Sister’s Boyfriend” by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank – Miles would love to get a boyfriend for Christmas and he even runs into the perfect man… only to have him show up again dating Miles’ sister.
“Mr Frosty Pants” by Leta Blake – 2 former friends, who both secretly want more than that, struggle to reconnect over the Christmas holidays.
“Snowball’s Chance (Ice and Snow Christmas 3)” by Jocelynn Drake – Adam thinks work colleague Jason is dull and Jason thinks Adam is full of himself. Not even Christmas could bring them together… could it?
For more festive reading ideas, try out my recommendations for my favourites here.
Free Halloween Treats
Some of the most popular m/m writers, including Crystal Lacy, Lucy Lennox and A. E. Wasp, have grouped together to release 21 free short stories at Prolific Works here.
“The Bones Beneath my Skin” by TJ Klune – gay science-fiction romance about Nate, a man who feels he’s lost everything, encountering Alex and the extraordinary child Alex is protecting.
“The Truth Within (Pelican Bay 3)” by Sloane Kennedy – After Cam Wells loses his career and lover he becomes sheriff of Pelican Bay and meets Ford, a younger man desperately in need of help.
“Expedition, Estimation and other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings 4)” by Lyn Gala – This is the newest novel in this science-fiction series about lovers, Liam and Ondry.
“Hell on Earth (Hellbound Omegas 1)” by Macy Blake – Meshaq, alpha of the hellhounds and protector of his world, encounters a human who is on the run and they must work together in a magical battle.
“Beautiful Chaos” by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack – Silas is agoraphobic and can’t leave his house; Corey has been abused. They are both struggling with their lives when they meet, so will they be able to help each other? (Warnings for self-harm, depression, anxiety and mentions of past abuse.)
Articles about M/M Books
Author Kaje Harper has an article here about gay romances that feature three or more people at Love Bytes Reviews.
The Independent has compiled a list of nine recommended LGBT novels that are being released in 2018.
Popular New M/M Novel Releases
“Private Charter” by N. R. R. Walker – Stuart Jenner’s high-powered job has left him stressed and exhausted, so he hires Foster Knight to sail him round the Great Barrier Reef for a fortnight. As the temperature rises, will their relationship stay professional?
“Confessions: Priest (Confessions 3)” by Ella Frank – This is the third novel in the Confessions series, depicting a polyamorous gay romance, each novel showing a different one of the three main characters in more detail. This time, Priest’s past with his violent father returns to cause problems for him, his husband and their lover.
“Circle of Trust (Genesis Circle 2)” by Nicholas Bella and Aimee Nicole Walker – Vampire, Lorcan, has to work with vampire hunter, Christian, to find out who is killing local vampires but their relationship soon grows more intimate. Warning for explicit sex scenes.
“Protecting the Billionaire” by Jason Collins – Damon isn’t interested in romance and he’s never been involved with a man. He just wants to earn some much-needed money as bodyguard to a wealthy man. His plans fall apart when he meets Jamie.
“Texas Charm (Aberrant Magic 6)” by Lyn Gala – This new novel in the well developed fantasy series has a detective and his shaman lover investigating corruption in the Talent council.
Articles about M/M Books
M/M author K.J. Charles has an entertaining blog post about her recent writing endeavours, with the novel she began, the one she ended up writing and the original story she later returned to. Read Stuck in the Middle here.
Author Kaje Harper has an article about Bi Characters and the Evolution of the Genre at Love Bytes Reviews.
Popular New M/M Novel Releases
“A Bit Like Desire (South Haven 2)” by Brooke Blaine – When Trent gives up his life as a rock star, a holiday on South Haven Island seems a great idea, but there he meets the one man who refuses to fall at his feet. Part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
“Ravensong (Green Creek 2)” by T J Klune – The second novel about the Bennett werewolves sees pack witch, Gordo, trying to ignore his feelings for Mark while a new threat to the group rises.
“Heart (Ballsy Boys 3)” by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix – What do a porn star, a nerd and a parole office have in common? The answer is this sexy threesome novel.
“His Dirty Secret: A Royal Bad Boy Romance” by Aiden Bates – Ryan, the oldest son in a royal family, has just got out of prison and faces condemnation from everyone except Anthony. Can their budding romance survive the hostility of everyone around them? Warning for Mpreg and aimed at over 18s only.
Articles about M/M Books
Gifted m/m writer, Kaje Harper, has written a blog about her experiences at LGBTQ conferences abroad with other writers here.
Here’s a response to the fake ‘drop the B’ bisexual campaign and how it is hurting people further.
Popular New M/M Novel Releases
“Trick Play (Fake Boyfriends 2)” by Eden Finley – When famous football player, Matt, is photographed at a gay bar his agent convinces him to pretend to have a steady boyfriend to use it as positive publicity. There’s a little problem – the 2 men can’t stand each other!
“Hudson’s Luck (Forever Wilde 4)” – Part of a series but can be read as a standalone. An American mistakenly proposes to his boss’s daughter and is banished to work in Ireland. There he meets a beautiful woman, who turns out to be man. Can he redefine his sexuality or is the relationship doomed to failure?
“Confessions: Julien (Confessions 2)” by Ella Frank – This is the second novel in a 3-book series showing a relationship between the same 3 men. It has a content warning for drug use.
“A Lethal Love (Stonewall Investigations 2)” by Max Walker – Griffin Banks awakens from a drug and alcohol-induced blackout to find his friend dead in the next room. He turns to detective Alejandro Santos for help and sparks soon fly between the men. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
“Sub Mission” by T.S. McKinney- Submissives are being murdered at a gay club and 2 agents pose as a dominant and his sub to lay a trap for the killer, but how close will the men have to get?
‘8 of the Best M/M Romances for your TBR‘ article with recommendations by Trisha Brown
The popular blog, Sinfully MM Book Reviews, has recently decided to close, which is sad news.
The Pixels Project has a YouTube interview with brilliant m/m Nightrunner fantasy series author, Lynn Flewelling, here.
Popular New Releases
“His Cocky Valet (Undue Arrogance 1)” by Cole McCade – A wealthy playboy suddenly has to take over his father’s massive global corporation and struggles to cope, until his new valet gives him someone to lean on and lose control with. (This novel was written in response to the recent ‘cockygate’ uproar.)
“The Weight is Over” by Jason Collins – Evan gets a new hospitality job that surrounds him by sexy men, but his weight esteem issues make him decide to hit the gym. Can gorgeous Nicholas convince Evan that he is perfect the way he is?
“Love Comes After” by Kate Hawthorne – Bennet and Aiden have been friends and lovers for eight years but the relationship is disintegrating. An encounter with Chris leads to a casual threesome relationship – but will it make their lives better or worse?
“Face the Music (Replay 1)” by K.M. Neuhold – Lincoln once thought that being a rock star was all he needed in life but he keeps remembering Jace, the man whose heart he once broke by leaving. He wants a second chance with him but will Jace ever be able to trust him again?
“The Proposal (Single Dad Support Group 2)” by Piper Scott – Mpreg alpha/omega novel where Gage has been raising his child alone for years. Aaron was away at college and Gage didn’t tell him about their son, so Aaron is about to have the shock of his life.
It is the 50th anniversary of the gay Broadway play, “The Boys in the Band“, which will have performances from 30 May until 11 August. The cast includes Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver.
Evolved by N. R. Walker – A unique romance between a man and an android that is capable of evolving.
Love in Spades (Four Kings Security 1) by Charlie Cochet – The new owner of a maritime company begins getting death threats so he hires ex-Special Forces soldier, Ace Sharpe, and sparks soon fly between the men.
Storm (Men of Hidden Creek) by HJ Welsh – A high school dropout and an ex-Marine make an unlikely couple but not when they’re both determined to protect 5-year old orphan, Lyla. (This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.)
Score (Men of Hidden Creek) by A. E. Wasp – Hockey player, Beau Hopper, bonds with ex-Marine, Connor Casey, over Casey’s attempt to gain custody of his siblings, who have lost everything after Hurricane Harvey. (This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.)
Shelter (Men of Hidden Creek) by E. Davies – A second-chance romance between a private security contractor and a dreamer. (This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.)
Articles about M/M Books
Riptide Publishing is releasing a set of books called ‘classics queered’, where famous novels such as “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Prisoner of Zenda” are retold as gay books. There are some great authors, such as K J Charles, involved in this so it sounds intriguing. An article – including cover reveals and book descriptions – is here at USA Today.
New Gay Films
“Love, Simon”, a film based on the wonderful novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, was released in the US in March and will be released in the UK in April. If it’s as good as the book I really look forward to seeing it.
New M/M Novel Releases
“Wilde Fire (Forever Wilde 3)” by Lucy Lennox – Otto and Seth fall in love in high school until Seth breaks it off with no explanation. A decade later new firefighter, Otto, meets the local Sheriff who turns out to be his ex.
“Fake Out (Fake Boyfriend 1)” by Eden Finley – When Damon reluctantly agrees to do his sister a favour by pretending to be the boyfriend of supposedly straight Maddox, the ‘fake’ in fake boyfriend is soon challenged.
“Robbie (Confessions 1)” by Ella Frank – This is the story of Robbie, who was introduced in the Temptation series, and what he decides to do when 2 men, married to each other, want him in their bed.
“Irreplaceable“ by Kate Hawthorne and E.M. Denning – When Kyle meets his perfect man, he comes on too strong and messes it up. Alex is recovering from a painful divorce and doesn’t want to risk his heart but soon discovers that he and Kyle have some kinky secrets in common.
“The Source of Magic (The Other Human Species 1)” by Clare Solomon – My YA magic fantasy was released this month and, in a world where Neanderthals never went extinct, it involves a stranger, darker reality than the one we know and a romance between two teenage boys who couldn’t be more different.
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