Pride: Some of the Best Gay Romance of 2015… So Far.

In honor of June being LGBT Pride month, I wanted to celebrate a few of the exceptional gay romances I’ve read this year. This is by no means a comprehensive list, more of a compendium of a few really excellent books I’ve read this year.


"I’m a sucker for a situational/neighbors romance, which is what we have in Julie James’s SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER. Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade is so freaked out when her apartment is broken into that she decides to move. Her new house won’t be ready until the end of the summer, so she rents a converted loft next door to Ford Dixon, a devastatingly handsome man she spotted at a nearby bar recently."

Lady Jane’s Salon® Author Roundtable

This month’s Lady Jane’s Salon® guests -- Deborah Blumenthal, Katana Collins, Kate McMurray, and L.G. O'Connor -- are a delightful mélange of latecomers to romance and those who’ve been reading the books since tweendom, yet they share a collective passion for championing the genre.

Convention Corner: Kimberly Rocha talks BEA

Book Expo America starts today in New York City. Kimberly Rocha is here with with some tips for making the most of it (along with some highlight pics from last year!)

THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman

"Feminist heroines in historical romance are an interesting paradox. On the one hand, given how restricted women in Regency England were, it’s hard not to wonder how realistic a character that defies societal expectation really is. Would a woman of the period have even thought to forego marriage or sneak out unchaperoned or be with a man before marriage? On the other hand, it’s really nice to see strong female characters that can hold their own, and romances with two partners who feel like equals."

For the Love of the Game: Baseball Romances

"I once went on a forum for romance readers and asked, “So, sports romances?” and got crickets, aside from a couple of NASCAR romances. More power to readers who like those, but I don’t even own a car, so NASCAR’s not really my thing. I read a couple of ex-NFL player romances, but these were mostly heroes with the bodies of linebackers who had retired to become teachers or coaches or whatever, not active players. Nice, but it didn’t really scratch the itch..."
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THE FIRST KISS (Sweetest Kisses #2) by Grace Burrowes

James Knightley's brothers worry he spends too much time at the office. But personal failures have caused James to find solace in his work as a law expert… and in the unfailing comfort of his little black book. Vera is a twice-divorced mom, fiercely protective of her young daughter, and a world-class piano soloist. When threatening messages cause her to fear for her daughter's safety, she turns to James for guidance. Business becomes pleasure until Vera learns of his past. As danger looms, can James convince her that he's not the man he used to be?
A Single Kiss

A SINGLE KISS by Grace Burrowes

So, as Romance at Random’s resident Grace Burrowes super fangirl, I saw this book and was like, “Grace Burrowes wrote a contemporary? Gimme!”


An unmarried heiress arrives in Bath and tells everyone she’s a widow. A man of business has come to Bath at the insistence of his eccentric boss to either find a blackmailer or sell enough land to pay the blackmailer off. What could possibly go wrong?


oday Kate McMurray shares an excerpt from her new release WHEN THE PLANETS ALIGN: Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time. Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.

KALEIDOSCOPE by Kristen Ashley

I read my first Kristen Ashley book earlier this year. It was a strange reading experience. I’m not normally one for the big, brawny alpha heroes, but something about her writing is really compelling, and I kept turning those pages, unable to put the book down. I joked that there was actual crack-cocaine woven into the pages and I had to keep going back to get my fix. So when this book was up for review, I jumped at it.
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I have long suspected that gay romance writers can get away with a lot more than, let’s say, more traditional romance writers because there’s already that “two dudes” or “two ladies” hurdle to clear for the audience. For example, when was the last time you saw a prostitute heroine (or hero, for that matter) in a heterosexual romance novel? Yet rent boys are all over gay romance. Raising the Rent is kind of a take on Pretty Woman. (Or Pygmalion, if you like.) Our hooker with a heart of gold is Nathan, who sells his body at night to help pay for college. (College in the British sense, I should clarify; he’s trying to finish his A-levels because he plans to go to university to study library science.) He has a regular client,… Continue

Five Questions for Tere Michaels

Superhero fans, get excited! Tere Michaels, author of FAITH AND FIDELITY, a gay romance classic, has a new series coming out starting this October. It’s really different from what she’s done before, but still very Tere, so I know I’m excited. She and I are friends, so I asked her some nosy questions about the series and the other projects she has on tap.   Let’s start with the Vigilante series. The first book, Who Knows the Storm is out in October and the cover is amazing and I want it. When you first told me about the book, you billed it as “Batman gets a boyfriend.” Is that still basically the premise? I am so excited about this project! Yes – Batman gets a boyfriend is a good way to put it. It’s also… Continue

Talking FEVER PITCH with Heidi Cullinen

Heidi’s latest book, Fever Pitch, is the second book in her New Adult “Love Lessons” series.  I loved the first book—a romance between an outgoing senior and an introvert with severe allergies who end up rooming together—so I asked her five questions about this one. But first, the blurb: Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school. Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the Continue


I wasn’t sure about this book when it was offered for review. I’ve read a few of Ms. Myles’s other books—I also met her at RT this year and she is British and delightful—so I had a sense for what I was in for and trusted her to take me on a good ride, even if BDSM is not really my thing. What I did not expect, though, was for this book to make me cry. I mean that in the best way; there’s a scene toward the end when the characters confess how they feel for each other, and I was sitting on my bed sobbing like a baby because it just got to me and I wanted so bad for things to work out for these characters. But I am getting ahead of… Continue

THE LAIRD by Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes’s latest series is about three men tangled together during the Napoleonic Wars and the aftermath. These are not light reads; they are romances, yes, but they deal with trauma both at home and abroad and how the characters cope with the horrors they’ve witnessed and their new lives back home in England. I randomly picked up an ARC of the first book of the Captive Hearts series, The Captive, a couple of months ago without knowing what the book was about. I did this pretty much only because I had heard of Grace Burrowes and thought the cover was pretty. My only exposure to her books in the past was a reading at Lady Jane’s Salon in New York during which she had her foppish English audio book reader read her book. (And… Continue
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Outside the Ballroom: Unusual Historicals

I was editing something at my day job on the American Revolution recently and discovered it was riddled with little factual errors. They were the sort of mistakes that probably read as facts to most Americans who gleaned their knowledge of our nation’s founding from textbooks in elementary school. When I mentioned this to my boss, I added, “I only know this is inaccurate because I just read a book on the American Revolution.” (I recently read Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose, on which the AMC show Turn is based. My brother, a Revolutionary War scholar, and I were the only people who watched Turn and it was on against Game of Thrones so you’re forgiven for not knowing about it. The book is fantastic, though; very engagingly written.)  Anyway, my boss made a face… Continue

When Opposites Attract

A few years ago, a friend of mine who was moving across the country decided to get rid of some books, and when she said, “Who wants these romance novels?” I obviously raised my hand. What I got from her were two huge sacks of category romances from the seventies and eighties. And they are so great! I’m not joking! It’s a bonanza of tropes and alpha males and covers with bad feathered hair. And, look, I love trope-y books, I can’t deny it. Give me your secret babies, your rakish dukes, your confirmed-bachelor billionaires. One of my favorite tropes is opposites attract. Two people from disparate backgrounds coming together to find love is like one flavor of book catnip for me… booknip, if you will. It’s a key part of the hook for the… Continue

For the Love of Ladies

A brief note of introduction: I had the great fortune of sitting on an erotic romance panel with award-winning author Kate McMurray last month. She had valuable insights into the current state of gay romances, and I asked her to share some of that with us here. One issue that was discussed was while there is a mainstream embracing of m/m romance, there hasn’t been a huge breakout yet for authors of f/f stories. Kate has some suggestions to help get that ball rolling. — Logan Belle I am a fan of all manner of romance, and that includes books in all sorts of niches. Lesbian romance—or f/f, for female/female—hasn’t caught on the same way that gay male (m/m) romance has, but I think its time is coming. I predict that we’ll see a fantastic… Continue