Reader Book Recommendations for Newcomers to M/M Romances

At the end of 2012, I hosted my annual happy holidays giveaway on my blog where I asked readers to name a non-Sloan Parker m/m romance they’d recommend to a friend who hasn’t read any gay romances but would like to. The final list is below and includes over 130 titles, which I guess goes to show how vast reader preferences are when it comes to favorite reads.

I apologize for any misspellings of titles or author’s names. Each recommendation was copied as it was originally entered in the readers’ comments.

Thanks to all the readers who responded. I hope everyone who checks out this list finds some great new-to-you books to read.

Recommended Books

  • 7 Days of Christmas by Nicole Dennis
  • 911 by Chris Owens
  • A Better Man by RJ Scott
  • A Dickens With Love by Josh Lanyon
  • A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes
  • A Strange Place in Time series by Alyx Shaw
  • A Strong and Sudden Thaw by RW Day
  • A to Z by Marie Sexton
  • Absolutely Eric by Erica Pike
  • Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon
  • After Ben from the Seattle Stories series by Con Riley
  • Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara
  • As You Are by Ethan Day
  • Bareback by Chris Owen
  • Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune
  • Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride
  • Blue Notes by Shira Anthony
  • Bob the Book by David Pratt
  • Brute by Kim Fielding
  • But My Boyfriend Is by  K. A. Mitchell
  • Cards on the Table by Josh Lanyon
  • Caught Running by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban
  • Change of Heart by Mary Calmes
  • Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane
  • Clear Water by Amy Lane
  • Close Protection by Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Coda Series by Marier Sexton
  • Collision Course by  K. A. Mitchell
  • Coming Home by Ava Rose Johnson
  • Companions Nich’ooni by Jed A. Bryan
  • Conquest Series by S. J. Frost
  • Cop Out by KC Burn
  • Crossing Borders by ZA Maxfield
  • Crying for the Moon by Sarah Madison
  • Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
  • Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr
  • Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov
  • Diversion by Eden Winters
  • Duck! by Kim Dare
  • Fair Game by Josh Lanyon
  • Fairy Tales Volume 1 by Megan Derr
  • Fall in the Sun by Val Kovalin
  • Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell
  • First Kiss by J. Tomas
  • Force of Law by Jez Morrow
  • Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino
  • Frog by Mary Calmes
  • Good To Know by D.W. Marchwell
  • Gravediggers’ Brawl by Abi Roux
  • Grey’s Awakening by Cameron Dane
  • Hammer series by Sean Micheal
  • Heaven Sent series by Jet Mykles
  • Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Holland Brothers Series by Toni Griffin
  • Home Series by Cardeno C
  • Hot Head by Damon Suede
  • Hunter’s Moon by M.J. O’Shea
  • I Spy Something Bloody by Josh Lanyon
  • In the Company of Men series by Lynn Lorenz
  • Incursion by Aleksandr Voino
  • Infected series by Andrea Speed
  • Into Deep Water by Kaje Harper
  • Jarhead series by Sean Michael (starting with Three Day Passes)
  • Jay Bell’s Something Like Summer
  • Jewel Bond series by Megan Derr
  • Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane
  • Knitter series by Amy Lane
  • Like the Taste of Summer by Kaje Harper
  • Lost Boys series by JP Barnaby
  • Lost Gods series by Megan Derr
  • Love Means…No Shame by Andrew Grey
  • Love, Hypothetically by Anne Tenino
  • Loving Instincts by SJ Frost
  • Magic Mansion by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Marie Sexton’s Song of Oestend
  • Mark of the Gladiator
  • Missing Butterfly by Megan Derr
  • My Summer of Wes by Missy Welsh
  • Nighttime Wishes and Nighttime Dreams by M.A. Church
  • No Going Home by TA Chase
  • One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shea
  • Pricks and Pragmatism by JL Merrow
  • Prisoner by Megan Derr
  • Promises by Marie Sexton
  • PsyCop series by Jordsn Castillo Price
  • Quinn’s Hart by Cassandra Gold
  • Rayne’s Wild Ride by Jambrea Jo Jones
  • Regularly Scheduled Life by  K. A. Mitchell
  • Riding Heartbreak Road by Kiernan Kelly
  • Rough Stock series by BA Tortuga
  • Sanctuary series by RJ Scott
  • Scarlet and the White Wolf series by Kirby Crow
  • Scrap Metal by Harper Fox
  • Second Chances by T.A. Webb
  • Shadow of the Templar by M Chandler
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
  • Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain
  • Sno Ho by Ethan Day
  • Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker
  • Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
  • Special Forces epic by Aleksandr Voinov
  • Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton
  • THAW by Jordan Castillo Price
  • The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson
  • The Bonds of Earth by G.N. Chevalier
  • The British Devil by Greg Hogben
  • The Cat in the Cradle by Jay Bell
  • The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott
  • The Cowboy Poet by Claire Thompson
  • The Cranberry Hush by Ben Monopoli
  • The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest
  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Shoes by  Josh Lanyon
  • The Guardian by Mary Calmes
  • The Little Boy Lost series by J.P. Barnaby
  • The Missing Butterfly
  • The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban
  • The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper
  • The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters by Amy Lane
  • Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
  • Timing series by Mary Calmes
  • Tinseltown (author unnamed)
  • To Touch the Stars by Jeremy Pack
  • Tough Love by Helen Gabriel
  • Tri Omega Mates Series by Stormy Glenn
  • Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane
  • Turbulence by Jordan Castillo Price
  • Unconventional at Best Anthology
  • Wanting by Piper Vaughn
  • Where He Ends And I Begin by Cardeno C.
  • Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
  • Witness by L.A. Gilbert
  • Wolfman Apocalypse by Brannan Black
  • Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

General Recommended Authors

  • Andrew Grey
  • Belinda McBride
  • Ethan Day
  • JM Snyder
  • Josh Lanyon
  • Lex Valentine
  • Mary Calmes
  • Megan Derr
  • T. J. Klune
  • Vic Winter
  • Zathyn Priest

4 thoughts on “Reader Book Recommendations for Newcomers to M/M Romances

  1. Great list. Some of those I wouldn’t recommend to first time M/M readers though, lol.

    As for non-Sloan Parker M/M authors – I LOVE Cameron Dane and Mercy Celeste and would buy anything they write any and every time.

  2. I have to agree with Karen about one thing; I wouldn’t recommend some of the books to newbies either. It’s taken me almost 4yrs to be able to read some on the books here. LOL

    I’ve read a fair number of the books on your list and btw, thanks for adding more on my TBR list.

    • You’re very welcome, Lena. Glad there’s some new stuff you can try out. I’ve got quite a few on this list I haven’t read and plenty of new-to-me authors to try out. Sounds like some will be quite interesting. Thanks for checking out the recs.

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