Thank you Trix for asking us another question in this celebration month 🙂
Trix: What was your gateway book to m/m (either the first one you read, or the first that made you fall in love with the genre)?
The first book I read in this genre was Razor Burn by Scott Pomfret and Scott Whittier in 2006, I think it was. They were known then as Scott &a Scott. They were a couple who wrote romance geared towards gay men, I think. A decade later, I still have ALL of their paperback books.
As a gay man over fifty, my first reads in this genre were before the genre existed and we still called it gay fiction. I remember reading Gordon Merrick’s ‘The Lord Won’t Mind’ and Mary Renault’s ‘The Persian Boy’ years before the genre was ‘invented’. Were they polished like today’s m/m genre? Not so much, but they were written for a different audience. Then there was Mercedes Lackey’s ‘The Last Herald Mage’ series. Loved that one. And I have to mention C.S. Pacat’s ‘Captive Prince Series’. I tend to read stuff that a lot of the other reviewers at Love Bytes don’t like, and vice versa
Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series has a gay character…Jules Cassidy and I fell for him the moment he hit the screen. Suzanne started putting him in more stories and I just kept falling for him. Hot Target was the one for me to really start to see Jules in a romantic lead way and Jules and Robin have such great chemistry…well…I was excited whenever I knew that they would be on screen together. Their Holiday book: All Thru The Night: A Troubleshooter’s Christmas…that changed my life. She was more the fade to black-that’s perfectly fine..but it totally made me go and look on Amazon for more…And Boy Did I Find It!!
My first foray into the m/m genre was via Carol Lynne’s, Branded by Gold, then I read every book she wrote! I couldn’t/can’t get enough of Carol Lynne’s books.
Mine was: Leonardo Da Vinci is a vampier. It wasn’t particularly great, and it was not my intention to read m/m. I didn’t even realize it was m/m until the two best friends fell in love that it wasn’t m/f, but I was so pleasantly surprised I started to google more books and stumbled on a whole new community.
I discovered m/m when I was going through a major reading slump. I went through a historical phase, a BDSM phase, contemporary, paranormal, you get the idea – but all strictly m/f. I was having trouble finding something to read when Love The Sinner by Avril Ashton popped up as a recommendation on Amazon. I’d previously read m/f by this author and barely glanced at the blurb before buying it. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that Angel was not a girl, but a violent, tatted, muscly gang leader who was suddenly having panty-melting sex with Gabe-the-cop.
I was instantly hooked and there was no going back. And what a book to pop my cherry with!! Go hard or go home I guess 😉
Oh, that’s an easy one! :D. For me it was Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. It remains one of my favorites to this day.
Oh I love this question! My first introduction to a gay character in a book was Mercedes Lackey’s Vanyel, a looooong time ago. My next gay character was Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John. And one of those books had sex in it! That was quite interesting. Then I moved from fantasy and historical romance to paranormal romance books, and devoured JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. In one of her chat rooms I saw a listing for something called m/m romance. What was this? I was curious! Since I was so in to vampires at the time, I saw a series mentioned about vampires and wizards in Paris, written by Ariel Tachna. I bought the first one and….. almost eight years later 95% of what I read is gay romance! I totally blame it on Ariel.
My first gay romance was a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. It was good but not great and the reviews reflected that. So I decided to investigate further and started reading within the genre and got hooked. Of course I still read all forms of romance no matter the pairing as well.
It is a close call between two in my memory between Change of Heart by Mary Calmes up till now my favorite book ever and my second favorite Love Means … series by Andrew Grey.
That would be Without Reservations by J.L. Langley. I still adore this book to this day, though I think the genre has moved on a bit since I first started reading m/m…but man I love going back to reread it. I actually got this for free, and I don’t know if, or when, I would have come to this genre without it coming at a point in my life where poor ol’ college me saw FREE and thought “I’m having that!” It was totally my gateway drug, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful.
My gateway to MM was through three paranormal series I discovered early on – Knights of the Darkness Chronicles by D.N. Simmons, Soul Mates by Jourdan Lane and Master Chronicles by Jamie Craig. I was addicted! My first MM/Romance book was Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield.
What was your introduction to the wonders of reading m/m ?
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