Over the past couple of years, I’ve received that started response many times. Why would a woman want to read or write gay romance? I’m not saying there aren’t plenty of gay men who read and write them as well, but there’s also a large population of heterosexual women writing and filling their ereaders with the genre. Still, there are just as many who have yet to hear about us.
Not too long ago, I talked about a trip I made to Starbucks for a little writing time. While there, I received another a shocked expression followed by “Why would women want to read that?”
I asked myself the same question the first time I learned of the popularity of the books. How could I connect to the characters when neither are a woman? I had to see for myself what all the buzz was about. So I set out to find a few free reads by a popular m/m author. Then I downloaded a novella I’d heard had been very well received, and I dove inside to educate myself. When I finally emerged from the pages, I have to say…I totally got it.
The writing was great, and to my surprise, even though a woman wasn’t in the picture, I could totally get why they loved each other. I’m a woman who loves men. Why wouldn’t I relate?
In fact, as a female reader of m/m romance, I get to fall in love with two men instead of one! Bonus!
That was over two years ago and many downloads later.
Since then, I’ve been asked more than once what is it you like about m/m romance? I’ve given the question a lot of consideration and have tried to nail down what the draw is all about. The best way I can describe it for me is it’s sort of like being given an exclusive backstage pass to an event that as a woman you would never receive an invitation.
The stories are provocative. And as I read along, I feel very special to be allowed behind the closed doors of two gorgeous men lives, witnessing their deepest emotions, their angst, how they fall in love, and how they love each other.
If you haven’t picked up your first m/m romance yet, give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find, and you’ll be coming back for more.
To those of you who have already indulged in the genre, who was your first? What book has made a lasting impression with characters you’ll never forget?
Thank you so much Bad Girlz for allowing me to stop by! You rock!
I’d like to offer a digital copy of Bloodlines: A KinKaid Wolf Pack Story to a randomly chosen commenter.
For an alpha male wolf shifter promised to a female whose goal is to one day be queen, coming out has never been more explosive.
Evin KinKaid, the only son of the KinKaid pack’s alpha, has a secret. One that will tear his family apart. In one year, Evin is to succeed his father as alpha and continue the dominant bloodline of his family. There’s only one problem: Evin is gay. When Evin is pushed into the bed of his intended female mate, he’s forced to reveal the truth. And for an alpha male wolf shifter promised to a female whose goal is to one day be queen, coming out has never been more explosive.
To Mason Thorne II, heir to Thorne Global Inc., life is a lie. To sustain his father’s love, Mason has agreed to stay in the family business and to one day assume his place as CEO. Instead of reaching for his heart’s desire, he’s settled for a life he never wanted. But an unexpected auto accident will send Evin and Mason into each other’s arms and down a path toward a destiny neither man can escape: an eternity sealed in blood.
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