I’m a book reviewer in addition to being a freelance writer, and so I read and review a lot of books. Prior to 2006 I had never read a gay romance, let alone even known that people wrote them. I was very pleasantly surprised with my first gay romance e-book, and have been reading, purchasing and reviewing them ever since.
Here are my top 10 gay romance e-books, and why I think they should be in my top 10.
1. A Sure Fire Cure by Kate Steele. This gay romance is at the top of my list because of the fantastic way Ms. Steele handled the subject of being gay in a small community. She wove the topic of prejudice, and how it is sometimes treated in small towns, as well as the best way to handle it with finesse and ingenuity. Also, her savvy way of handling the emotions between the two male characters kept me up late reading it.
2. The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson. I really enjoyed reading this gay romance because Ms. Anderson chose to set her book in the 1980’s when homophobia was at an all-time high, and her two male characters are cops, a testosterone laden job if there every was on! Her research and understanding of what it must’ve been like to be gay at a time when it was frowned upon made this book unique.
3. I’ll Be Hot for Christmas by Evangline Anderson is a continuation of her novel The Assignment and takes us a year into the character’s future. I liked it because she addressed the very real problems of maintaining a gay relationship in the long term in a society where you almost had to keep your sexual preference secret if you wanted to keep your job.
4. The Brotherhood 7: Single White Fang by Willa Okati. Ms. Okati writes gay romance with style, and I really loved this book! She addressed several issues with compassion, issues that we all deal with whatever our sexual orientation, such as self-esteem, body image, and the need to be loved.
5. The Brotherhood 10: The Salt of the…Earth? This book is another installment in Ms. Okati’s Brotherhood series, and has become another of my favorites. This was an entertaining read, and she addressed another issue with the same compassion I mentioned before. In this book one of her characters is a real flirt, but it is because he is really quite nervous about meeting potential lovers. The author shows by the character’s emotional growth how it is important to just be yourself, and not hide who you truly are behind verbal banter.
6. What Elves Eat by Cassandra Kane. I initially bought this book because I love anything about elves, and thought I would give the author a try. I was very pleasantly surprised by what a great story this turned out to be. Ms. Kane successfully shows what the life of a movie star can be like, and how even when you are rich and famous sometimes it is not what is best for you. I really enjoyed the resolution to this story as well.
7. Bond of the Maleri’ 3: Between Love and Law by Kate Steele. I will buy anything written by this author, whether it is gay romance or not. This book is the third segment in her science fiction series about the Maleri’, a group of gay men from the planet Belthola who seek mates among the men of earth. All of these stories are imaginative, and special, but I especially enjoyed this one because the author addressed both the issue of being gay, and also being of a different race. In her usual caring and witty style she brings these two lovers together in spite of the odds against them.
8.Oil and Water by BA Tortuga. This is the first book I have read by this author, and definitely belongs on my list of top 10 gay romance e-books. The author gives us a first hand eye view of what it is like to be gay, and alone. One of the characters has money, but a father who believes that his being gay means he is mentally ill, and will even go so far as to have his son put in a mental institution in order to control him. The author successfully shows how scary it can be to be different, and what lengths some parents will go to continue to have control over their children’s lives.
9. Offworld by Stephanie Vaughan. This is the first offering I have had the pleasure to read by this author, but I assure you it will not be the last! While the book is science fiction, Ms. Vaughan paints a very eerie and scary version of the future. In a world where being gay is not only not accepted, it’s illegal, many gay men have gone off world for their pleasure. It is a world where the right-wingers have had a field day, and have actually managed to get laws passed to discriminate against gays. I enjoyed very much reading about these two men and how they solved this and other problems.
10. Sons of Zemlya: Rythan’s Becoming by Kira Stone is great gay romance e-book that also happens to be a fantasy. Set on a world where the humans become something else when they reach sexual maturity, reading about a culture so radically different from our own made for fun reading. The suspense of trying to figure out exactly what the main character was going to become, and how made me turn the pages that much faster!
While I have read other gay romance e-books this past year, these are my favorites for the many reasons listed. If you have never read a gay romance before and would like to try one, I highly recommend trying one from this list.