Looking over my Goodreads list from 2018, I realize I have read a lot of male/male romance. So I figured I’d better make you a list of all the good stuff.
I’ll only include the smaller-press or indie titles, because, like, yes, I did read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and they were great, but everyone already knows about those and they don’t need a plug from me. So here are others!
On the short side, a few novellas:
Defensive Play by Jamie Deacon: A closeted English football (soccer) player reconsiders that closet when he runs into a cute out player on the opposing team.
Return to Sender by Roberta Blablanski: A pair of men who last saw each other as teens and had love letters go astray reconnect at last.
Peter Darling by Austin Chant: A Peter Pan/Captain Hook pairing, retold in a way that actually might work better for me than the original, by taking some of the disturbing creepiness out of Neverland and replacing it with lovely sweetness. Fantastical and awesome.
Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris: Childhood friends reunite to find there’s something more now, with a lovely music-story backdrop.
And the full-length novels:
Band Sinister by K.J. Charles: If Georgette Heyer had been inclined to write naughty m/m, this might be the result. So fun and endearing (and steamy!).
Pansies by Alexis Hall: It’s not every writer who could pull off a love story between a former bully and that guy’s former victim, but Hall made it work for me, with plenty of emotion and laughter. (And kinky hotness.)
The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin: Non-binary man with anorexia issues finds love and new friends, in hip London setting.
The Enlightenment series by Joanna Chambers: Fabulous early-1800s Edinburgh setting (I love Edinburgh!), and sexy pairing of lowly working man and rich nobleman (I love class barriers). Requires the whole trilogy for the romance to go through its proper arc, but they’re swift and compelling reads.
For Real by Alexis Hall: Warning: super kinky! I wasn’t sure I was up for this level of BDSM, as I don’t know that scene at all, but Hall is so good at making characters real and relatable (and hilarious) that I got right into it with very little difficulty. Much like with the film ‘Secretary.’
Recommend some good reads if you have them, and happy new year!