Supernatural hot boys in love with each other? Give us two (or 15).
We can assume that you haven’t read enough romance with male leads falling in love. Probably, we’d be right if we said so. Or maybe you’re just looking for a nice piece of literature that happens to have male-male love in it. Well, we can give you both. Here are our top fifteen picks in the ‘gay love’ genre. It’s got all the best tropes rediscovered, like vampire plots and friends-to-lovers.
All Note Long – Annabeth Albert
One may think that the premise of this story is pretty basic. Well, maybe it is. We don’t want to devaluate any opinion. But once you start reading it, you forget all about the ‘basic’ premise. It’s the author’s style and plot points make a thrilling gay romance out of a simple idea.
Michelin Moses promised his late mom that he will become a singer. But he also promised that it will not interfere with his personal life. That he will find not only fame but love, too. One day it dawns on him that he’s closer than ever to achieving his goals. But there’s no one beside him to share this joy with. And when he starts to think that his promise won’t be fulfilled, love finds him.
The Men from the Boys – William J. Mann
Are you up to some gay romance classics? Because we have some, and we are ready to share. ‘The Men from the Boys’ is unique even in its own genre. It explores the themes of sexuality, how men deal with it, and how age influences sexuality.
Jeff is 33 years old. Only 33, but it feels like more when you search for love and can’t find it. Jeff’s former lover dumped him. Another man, one he loved once, is dying from an incurable disease – AIDS. He is heartbroken and scared and searching for anything that could make him feel better. He meets Eduardo, who is 11 years younger than Jeff and full of life. Will the affair with a young lover be enough to bring Jeff back to life?
Beijing Comrades – Bei Tong
‘Beijing Comrades’ is one of those books which will capture your attention and won’t let go until you finish it. It is set in 1980s China when any hint of any kind of non-heterosexual love was frowned upon. In such dire circumstances for every member of the LGBT community, Handong meets Lan Yu. Handong’s father is a big fish in the Chinese Communist Party. Lan Yu is a boy from a working-class family. Their romance is forbidden, and if anyone finds out, they both are doomed. Will the young love blossom or fade away under the society’s restrictions? Well, dear reader, there’s only one way to find out.
Surprising myself – Christopher Bram
Thanks to his father who works in the CIA, Joel’s life is full of adventures. He lived in Europe but has moved to the USA to work as a counselor in a Boys Scout Camp. He didn’t expect to find anything special there, but he did. For him, his colleague Corey becomes camp’s main attraction. They start to develop feelings for each other. But the romance is interrupted when Joel’s father sends him away. A small American farm, his new ‘home’ surely has its advantages, but there’s no Corey. Joel’s life on a farm seems uninteresting and dull. It would take a miracle to make it better – or not? Perhaps, all Joel needs is love. And maybe – just maybe – the life will give him a chance in love when he meets Corey again.
Leave Myself Behind – Bart Yates
If the reading community was to pick a gayer version of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, this would be it. It tells a story of Noah, who is, to put it simply, a complicated teen. He is outspoken, and not afraid to speak his mind in any situation. The only thing he hides is his sexual identity. It’s getting difficult as he moves to a small town in New Hampshire with his mom. They settle in an old mysterious house, the secrets of which his mother is determined to solve. Meanwhile, in the search for new acquaintances, Noah meets their neighbor. He happens to be about Noah’s age. Soon boys become friends and start to spend more time together. They fall in love, and discover their true selves and figure out how to live this complicated life. Ever wanted to read a coming-of-age story that portrays the described struggles? Then this book must be in your read list.
Trouble and the Wallflower – Kade Boehme
Davy Cooper was raised by an agoraphobic mother which caused him to be a reclusive introvert. When she dies, Davy is left without the most important person in his life. He has to face his insecurities and go out into the unknown world. His first encounter, though, is not what you can call successful. When extroverted Gavin tries to flirt with him, Davy feels pressured. His own comfort zone is narrowing, and he’s not used to that. But, thanks to an unexpected series of events, they meet again. Davy starts to warm up to Gavin – slowly, but surely. He learns new things about himself and the vast world surrounding him. The main question of the narrative is ‘Can Davy fit in’?
Glitterland – Alexis Hall
One more book to explore difficult mental states. This one takes place in England. Ash Winters once was a big figure in the English literary scene, but now he has lost nearly everything. His muse left him, his faith in love vanished, and what he writes is trash compared to what he did when he was young. When he meets Darian, a model wannabe, Ash sees something in him. Maybe it’s the charisma and charm, maybe something else. But it doesn’t matter, because when Ash is around Darian he starts to feel again. The book is about love and figuring out if it can cure the scars in one’s soul.
Nightswimmer – Joseph Olshan
Nightswimmer explores the themes of trauma, and whether true love is not a myth. Will has some old post-breakup scars. Some time ago, his boyfriend disappeared. Or maybe Chad just left? This question haunts Will still, and he’s uncertain that he’s able to let go of that. But when he meets Sean, Will starts to think that there may be a chance for him. Together they fall in love, discover each other’s secrets that hold the men back, and heal.
Hot Head – Damon Suede
Remember we told you there will be a friends-to-lovers plot? Wait no more, because here it is. And, yes, that trope is cute and may be done in many creative ways, but what if we combine cute and sexy? Because, you know, firefighters are both.
Griff has the hots for his bestie, Dante, but he is a player. Dante is in debt, and he comes up with an idea to launch a gay website of a particularly ‘adult’ content (like you do). He is no Hollywood producer, so there are not lots of actors who want to take part in his films. The genius idea Dante comes up with is that he and Griff should be the stars of Dante’s porn website. For Griff, it’s a trap. Or maybe it’s a chance in a million. Will get Griff and Dante together?
Cut & Run – Abigail Roux
Now, if you’re not into the whole friends-to-lovers thing, we can suggest you one more trope that ends with ‘lovers’. It starts with ‘enemies’, though, and its main genre is detective novel. And be ready to read some hot stuff.
Ty Gray and Zane Garret are not what you’d call ‘partners’. But they have to work together despite their differences. Solving crime mysteries, catching bad guys, and having the hots for each other. Maybe, you wouldn’t call this a dictionary definition of an adventurous detective. But we promise you that you wouldn’t be able to put the book down and certainly will not forget it.
The Screwed Up Life of Charlie – Drew Ferguson
Charlie’s life isn’t what a kid would wish for. He hasn’t got many friends, and the one he has, he feels in love with. His family’s dynamic is changing because of his parents’ divorce. Adult life is looming over him. Charlie’s only escape becomes a boy from his school, Rob. Together they experience and live through many uncertainties of youth. It is a sweet, funny story that will take you to the time you were at Charlies’ age. Or maybe it’ll show what it’s like for other teens. This heartwarming coming-of-age romance deserves to be on every bookshelf. Especially the ones dedicated to young adults.
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Lord Won’t Mind – Gordon Merrick
This one could be a family saga if the timeline in it stretched a little bit longer. It tells a story of Charlie, whose main hobby is being in pursuit of happiness. For him, that’s to care about his grandmother. He hopes that it’ll bring him material goods as well as moral satisfaction. As a good grandson, he does everything his granny wishes. His life changes when a man appears in his life. Charlie falls in love with him. He inspires Charlie to do things he’s never done before, and their love blossoms. But the time and place they are living put their love in danger. The first half of 20th century was a time when gay relationships were doomed from the start almost at all times. In such circumstances, loving each is brave and somewhat of a protest. ‘The Lord Won’t Mind’ is one of the classics of gay romantic literature.
Captive Prince – C.S. Pacat
If you want to know what it’s like to stay awake until 3 a.m. because of a book, this is your choice. ‘Captive Prince’ is a series, so we suggest you cancel some of your plans to read it. It’s totally worth it.
Once a great hero and an heir to the throne, now Damen is a slave of a foreign prince. To his surprise, Damen finds himself not all disgusted with the role that was given to him – a pleasure slave. Despite this position, Damen becomes involved in the court’s political play. Now he has to engage in politics and not let anyone know about his real identity of a former prince.
Running with Lions – Julian Winters
‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ author approved of Julian Winters’ book. And that means something. We meet Sebastian, whose ultimate goal at the start of the story is for his soccer team to win. But his plan crumbles when an unexpected distraction appears. Emir, his former friend but present enemy, shows up. And it doesn’t seem like he will go soon. But does Sebastian really want him to? Is Sebastian sure that winning the game is all he wants? As you read, you start to ask yourself these questions. The only way to find out is to keep reading.
Lover at Last – J.R. Ward
And now – vampires! One thing we know is that you must be tired of all the vampire sagas. They are good in their own ways, but popular series are purely heterosexual. You’ll be pleased to know that J. R. Ward’s creation isn’t like it. It’s got vampires, gay romance, and it’s more than just one book.
The first main hero, Qhuinn, is in the relationship with a woman. The second, Blay, seems to have forgotten about his crush on Qhuinn. But when fate brings them together again, they have to face their true feelings for each other. Who knows, maybe the title of the book is not just a hint, but a little spoiler of what awaits Qhuinn and Blay?