6 Amazing LGBT Romance Books you need to read!

Here at Lovely Audiobooks, June is really the most exciting month of the year because it’s the perfect time to celebrate all things LGBT Romance Books on Audible! In case you didn’t hear, June is both Audiobook Month and Pride Month!

2020 is a special one, and so the focus of this reading list are amazing Romance audiobooks with trans, gay, lesbian, and bisexual main characters written by and about People of Color!

The following are all happy LGBT books that end with Happily Ever Afters. While most of the protagonists have to deal with some levels of racism and homophobia, overall, these are hopeful stories and they all show Queer People of Color winning, being successful, and finding love!

15 of the Best MM Romance Books on Audible

Below, you’ll find my 15 favorite MM Romance books, and many of my fellow listeners agree with me that these are among the best MM Romance audiobooks out there!

I absolutely love M/M. For a long time, this was a part of the Romance genre I refused to touch. As a bisexual woman, I really wanted to see Lesbian Romance get more attention. And it somehow felt like these two were in competition for M/F readers.

However, after accepting an M/M review copy in 2018, I found out that M/M gives me the same kind of escapism from M/F that Lesbian and Queer Romance offer. I love reading love stories where both partners are on truly equal footing and it’s relaxing to me not to stumble out of the blue over internalized sexism, which still happens too often in M/F Romance.

And there are simply some amazing authors of MM Romance books out there that I would not want to miss out on any more!

So, without further proclamations and explanations, I give you a whole bunch of absolutely beautiful MM Romance books – some scorchingly hot ones, some sweet ones, some super funny ones, and some angsty ones. Two guys for every mood!

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15 of the Best MM Romance Books on Audible

Romance / Gay Audiobooks

Our romance/gay audio collection offers a wide variety of great books. Choose from a broad selection of downloadable audiobook titles including Born Again Sinner and Brave for You to name a few. Our selection of romance/gay books includes great listens from well known authors such as Alexis Hall and Layla Reyne. And you’re assured of the widest compatibility you’ll find anywhere online no matter what portable listening device you own. Browse our amazing selection and get ready to enjoy listening to all of your favorite authors!

Romance / Gay Audiobooks

50 Must-Read Gay Romance Novels

The world of gay romance novels is, if not quite as vast as the world of m/f romance, still quite expansive. Are you looking for a royal-commoner romance? A fake marriage? Something dark and gritty, or something that’s the literary equivalent of a basket of puppies? Whatever it is that floats your romance boat, I guarantee there’s an m/m romance out there that will satisfy.

In making this list, I’ve highlighted as many #ownvoices authors as possible. There’s a misconception that the only people who write m/m romance are straight women, and while it’s true that some of the biggest names in gay romance are straight women, there are also dozens of queer men writing fantastic gay romance. But because of the biases and shortcomings of publishing (and a slew of other complicated factors), it’s straight women who often get the most recognition in the genre.

This is not to say that straight women can’t, or shouldn’t, write gay romance novels. You’ll find several (including some of my absolute favorites!) on this list. You’ll also find many wonderful books by queer men that deserve the same praise and recognition. I’ve tried to make this list as wide-ranging as possible, and it includes books about diverse characters written by queer men and women, queer authors of color, and trans and genderqueer writers.

Over the years, these tales of queer happily ever afters have brought me much joy and comfort. Whether you’re entirely new to gay romance novels, or whether you’ve been reading them for years, I hope they’ll bring you the same delight.

Note: Books marked with an asterisk are #ownvoices, which, in this case, means that the author is a queer man. Many of the other novels on this list are #ownvoices for different reasons. I’ve chosen only to make note of books written by queer men, but it is by no means intended to erase or ignore the many other identities held by the fabulous writers who have produced these works.

50 Must-Read Gay Romance Novels

Best Gay Romance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

Openly erotic and smart, the stories of deliver hope and happy endings. Dale Chase’s „The Early Show“ describes the tantalizing flirtation of two writers who share an eccentric habit of showing up early to Sunday matinees to enjoy the promising half-dark of the theater. S.J. Frost’s „No More Mirages“ is a tale of romantic destiny set in a dojo, an oasis of bamboo, white mats, and stone sculptures where an actor, bitter from his last break-up, finds himself drawn to a charismatic sensei. And in Rob Rosen’s wonderfully funny „Nudie Blues,“ a romance writer discovers a hole in his backyard fence and the hunky new neighbor behind it.

 Best Gay Romance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

AfterElton’s 50 Best Gay Books!

Three weeks ago, we asked you, readers, tovote on what you thought were the best gay books of all time.

readers like novels. Of the top 50 books inthe poll, all but seven are works of fiction, and of the seven non-fictionbooks, five are memoirs. And the BandPlayed On by Randy Shilts and TheCelluloid Closet by Vito Russo are the only two non-memoir non-fictionbooks to make the list.

A number of authors made the list twice, including MichaelChabon, Michael Cunningham, Mary Renault, Jeffrey Round, Alex Sanchez, JimGrimsley, and Alan Hollinghurst. (Readers voted for the other books in theseries that begins with Armistead Maupin’s Talesof the City, but that’s the only book that made the top 50.) No author madethe list more than twice.

Unlike ’s recent gay movie poll where most ofthe selections came from the last two decades, this list includes many booksmuch older than that. Almost half were published before 1990, and four werepublished before 1970. The oldest bookwas The Picture of Dorian Gray, OscarWilde’s only novel, published in 1890.

And while we enjoy good literary fiction and the classics,we appreciate genre fiction as well, with six works of young adult fiction onthe list, four of historical fiction, three mysteries, two fantasy novels, andeven a play, Angels in America.

As with our poll of movies, most of the books on the listare by white authors writing about the experiences of white characters (albeitoften surrounded by supporting characters of color). Exceptions include Giovanni’s Room, written by an AfricanAmerican, James Baldwin (though the book tells the story of two whitecharacters); Call Me By Your Name by Egyptian-born author André Aciman; and Rainbow Boys and Rainbow High, two young adult novels written by Latino author AlexSanchez.

What do some of the authors themselves have to say aboutmaking the list?

„It’s wonderful to know that after 30-some years, Tales of the City still resonates with LGBT readers,“ says Armistead Maupin, author of the top-rated book. „My message back then was a simple one: that, gay or straight, the human heart is pretty much the same organ in everybody. You’d think that once-radical concept would be old news by now, but clearly there’s still work to be done. The brutish new wave of church-generated bigotry that resulted in Prop 8 now makes it imperative for us to defend the very families we have built and treasured over the years. We must do so without equivocation and with all the strength and courage and righteous anger we can muster. I like knowing that Tales might still be useful in that regard.“

“I’mdeeply grateful to all the readers, through the years, who have read The Front Runner and talked it around toothers – as well as all the booksellers who have faithfully kept it instock,” says Patricia Nell Warren, author of another one of our highest rankingbooks. “For a book, this kind of history can’t happen without them.”

“It’s a privilege to be on any list that features JamesBaldwin,” says Jamie O’Neill, author of At Swim, Two Boys, another one of our top books. “Giovanni’s Room and, even more, Another Country, are great works of 20 thcentury literature.”

“I wrote the books I wished I’d been able to read when I wasa struggling gay Latino teen — booksthat would’ve told me ‘It’s okay to be who you are,’” says Alex Sanchez of histwo books on our list. “I’m thrilled to have them on a list with so many gayclassics that have inspired me over the years!”

For the record, several published authors write , but their books were disqualified from the final calculations.

And now, without further ado, may we present ’s50 Best Gay Books:

AfterElton.comreaders picked their top book by a large margin: the first book in ArmisteadMaupin’s epic seven-book series about life in San Francisco in the 1970s. Tales of the City, which is also thename of the series itself, famously started life as a serial in the San Francisco Chronicle. But soon wordof this extraordinary saga was spreading way beyond the borders of the city whereit is set. Tales of the City is theperfect example of a timely story, written during and about a very specificperiod in both gay and American history, which has since become timeless.

Homosexuality was illegal in Britain in 1913, but E. M. Forsterwas determined to give his novel about gay life in that era a happy endinganyway. Still, he didn’t dare publish it, instead showing it only to a fewclose friends. The novel, by the author of such acclaimed works as A Passage to India and Howards End, was finally publishedposthumously in 1971 — and wascontroversial even then. But gay readers saw this extraordinary novel for whatit is, and the 1987 movie (made by the gay filmmaking duo of Merchant/Ivory)propelled this revolutionary novel into the ranks of the classics where itbelongs.

Talk about being ahead of her time! When Patricia NellWarren published The Front Runner in1974, the idea of an openly gay Olympic athlete was virtually unthinkable. Butthis novel about an athlete’s love affair with his male coach went on to becomea surprise bestseller, eventually moving more than ten million copies. Howcould this be? Credit Warren’sdeceptively simple prose and her exceptionally moving story. A garland of olive leaves to the author ofthis breakthrough novel!

Jim is quiet and studious, and Doyler is brash andoutspoken. Jamie O’Neill’s 2001 novel is about the unlikely love affair betweenthese two Irish men in Dublinat the time of the 1916 Easter Uprising. With its stream-of-consciousnessstyle, the challenging, but masterful novel has been compared to James Joyce’s Ulysses. The novel won the 2001 LambdaAward for Gay Men’s Fiction — and has only seen its reputation grow since then.

This mesmerizing 1956 novel tells the story of a youngAmerican man considering marriage to a woman, who goes on a trip to Paris; there he meetsGiovanni, and the two begin a passionate affair. But can two men create anykind of life living together in Giovanni’s room? Baldwin, an African-Americanman, knew something about prejudice, and he’d been warned not to publish anovel on this subject matter. Thankfully, he ignored the naysayers, and thisamazing novel helped establish him as a major literary figure.

Film producer Perry Moore was so upset when Marvel killed agay superhero in one of their comic books that he sat down and wrote Hero, a 2007 young adult novelabout — what else? A gay teenagesuperhero. Thom Creed isn’t just dealing with the emergence of his superpowers;he’s also coming to terms with his sexuality. But what with secret identitiesand bully-like villains, the two things aren’t really so different, are they? Amovie and TV series are reportedly in the works.

Yes, it’s anotherbook about repressed Brits and the secret longing of the gay main character, astudent, for his straight best friend. But that’s the only thing that’s typicalabout this extraordinary 2004 novel that won the Booker Prize in the U.K. — a vindication for those who felt the authordidn’t get the recognition he deserved because his earlier novels dealtexplicitly with gay themes. The novel became a very successful three-partmini-series on the BBC.

Gay teen angst? Notin the young adult novel Boy Meets Boy,which presents a glorious alter-verse where gay people are accepted andcelebrated. There’s no coming out, no gay bashing, no disapproving parents —and coming after decades of doom and gloom in young adult literature,Levithan’s “alternate” take on being gay was downright revolutionary. The novelhas been repeatedly challenged and banned, but that hasn’t stopped it frombecoming the classic it is.

9. A Home At TheEnd of the World by MichaelCunningham

Cunningham won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize in 1999 forhis novel The Hours (which placedfurther down this list), but readers preferred Cunningham’s morepersonal 1990 novel about the tumultuous life and loves of a gay man as hegrows up through the drug-addled haze of the 60s and finally finds a place forhimself in the 70s. What is a home anyway? Cunningham knows what most gaypeople eventually learn: it’s whatever place you share with the people youlove.

Three boys, threevery different ways to be a gay or bi teen. When Sanchez’s gay teen novel waspublished in 2001, the conventional wisdom was that such a book would never once again, the conventional wisdom was completely wrong: Rainbow Boys went on to become asurprise bestseller and heralded the start of the new genre of gay teen lit,currently one of the most rich and vibrant in all of publishing. Sanchez’sfreshman effort led to two sequels (including Rainbow High, further down on this list) and a growing list ofother well received, gay-themed teen and middle grade novels.

Anthony leaves theMidwest behind to embrace “gay” life in New York City. And boy, does he embraceit! This 1978 novel documents a time of wanton sexual exploration and rampantdrug use on Fire Island and beyond, alldescribed in Holleran’s trademark dream-like style. The book was enormouslyinfluential: a gay “literary” novel that met with widespread critical andpopular success.

What do you do ifyou’re a child and have difficulty saying the letter “s”? If you’re humoristDavid Sedaris, you simply plan to live your entire life without ever saying anyword with an “s” in it! What about when you’re an adult and you move to France withyour partner, but you seem to be unable to learn French? Once again, why notsimply avoid ever speaking French? All of Sedaris’ books got votes in our poll,but readers preferred this hilarious 2000 collection of essaysmost of all.

Elio is a youngEgyptian man spending a 1980s summer on the Italian Riviera with his family;Oliver is the young American scholar who comes for a visit. As the lazy monthsslip by, a friendship turns passionate, and the readers of this 2007 novel soonrealize they’re witnessing the arrival of a bold new voice in gayliterature. Those who haven’t read this book, be forewarned: you may never lookat a peach the same way again.

Before the moviethere was this exquisite short story, first published in The New Yorker in 1997, where it drew raves and awards, thenincluded as part of Proulx’s 1999 collection, Close Range: Wyoming Stories, which became a finalist for thePulitzer Prize. “Of course I knew the story would be seen ascontroversial,” Proulx said. “I doubted it would even be published.” But it’s atestament to the power of this spare and understated story that it would go onto be as successful as it has. Rarely have so few words said so much.

This 1988 novel tells of the unabashed sexual exploration ofa gay Londoner in the early 1980s, but it’s anything but mere erotica.Hollinghurst’s first novel is breathtaking in its use of language and was wayahead of its time in its willingness to take a hard look at issues of sexuality,race, and class. In literary circles, some dismissed the book because of itsexplicit subject matter, but for anyone with an open mind, the author’s talent isundeniable.

The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by RandyShilts

As a reporter forthe San Francisco Chronicle, Shiltshad a front-row seat to the devastation of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s.Eventually, he turned what he saw into this 1987 book. „Any goodreporter could have done this story, but I think the reason I did it, and noone else did, is because I am gay,” Shilts said. “It was happening to people Icared about and loved.“ So whowas responsible for letting the AIDS crisis spin so wildly out of control?According to Shilts, everyone played a part: from a homophobic population, toan utterly hostile government, to gay men themselves, who remained in denialfar too long. Tragically, the great chronicler of the AIDS epidemic latersuccumbed to the disease himself.

What does it mean that Oliver Stone barely touched upon thesexuality of Alexander the Great in his 2004 film Alexander — and was harshly criticized anyway — while way back in1972 Mary Renault managed to write and publish this acclaimed story of thepassionate love between the ancient Greek king and his male slave? That thereaders of books are more open-minded than many moviegoers? Whatever the case,Renault’s book rightfully went on to become a classic, and finally helpedreclaim the genre of historical fiction for us gay folks.

18. The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Chabon showedpromise with his gay-themed novels TheMysteries of Pittsburgh (1988) and WonderBoys (1995), but even many of the author’s fans were blown away by his 2000masterpiece about two Jews, a straight artist named Joe and a gay writer namedSam, and their “adventures” working in the golden age of comic books. Many ofthe events in the book are based on the real-life struggles faced by earlycomic book creators, several of whom were Jewish and some of whom were gay. Inaddition to a host of other honors, the book won a very well deserved Pulitzer.

19.Running With Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

There are memoirs, and then there is Running With Scissors, a 2002 book about Burroughs’ insane motherand the bizarrely dysfunctional foster family he is sent to live with (andwhere, as a young teenager, he was involved in a relationship with a much olderman). The real foster family said it was all fiction (though their lawsuit wassettled mostly in Burroughs’ favor). In any event, Burroughs’ shocking,audacious book changed the genre of the memoir for good.

When a book becomesa terrific movie, sometimes the film overshadows its source material. That’s amistake in the case of this 1995 novel, which is every bit as powerful as thewell received 2004 movie. As young boys, Neil and Brian were both abused bytheir baseball coach — an event that pushed the boys in very differentdirections. Brian thinks he was abducted by aliens, and Neil has ended up aprostitute. Only when they meet again as young adults can the truth finallypenetrate the mysterious skin that surrounds them both.

37.Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette

Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies by Vito Russo

I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & MusicalTheater by Marc Acito

Fakers

When returning to Licking Thicket, TN, for the first time in 10 years to reunite with your nosy neighbors, heartbroken ex-girlfriend, and matchmaking mama who never quite believed you were gay, it’s best to bring a fake boyfriend as backup….

When returning to Licking Thicket, TN, for the first time in 10 years to reunite with your nosy neighbors, heartbroken ex-girlfriend, and matchmaking mama who never quite believed you were gay, it’s best to bring a fake boyfriend as backup….

All It Took Was One Look

Aiden is your average 17-year-old senior with crazy best friends and a supportive you count the fact that he’s got a big secret to tell. Aiden is what most people would call a “closet gay”, something he believes he can’t let his school know. And the secrets don’t stop there. Aiden goes through high school the best way he knows how – being invisible. But his perfect survival plan comes to a screeching halt when his cousin, the big bad bully himself, gets dropped off at his home to stay for a few months.

Aiden is your average 17-year-old senior with crazy best friends and a supportive you count the fact that he’s got a big secret to tell. Aiden is what most people would call a “closet gay”, something he believes he can’t let his school know. And the secrets don’t stop there. Aiden goes through high school the best way he knows how – being invisible. But his perfect survival plan comes to a screeching halt when his cousin, the big bad bully himself, gets dropped off at his home to stay for a few months.

10 Best Gay Romance Novels 2021

We all know that romance novels are fun, entertaining, and insanely popular. There’s something about a great love story that will captivate even the most rational person.

One sub-genre that has become increasingly popular in recent years is gay romance. Tired of the same old boy meets girl story, readers are looking for more diversity. The problem is that this sub-genre has become so mainstream that it can be difficult to find a good gay romance novel.

That’s where this guide can be helpful. If you are interested in gay romance but don’t know where to start, don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of the best gay romance novels so that you don’t waste your time with bad stories.

1. Harmless (Pier 70) (Volume 4)

“Harmless” by Nicole Edwards is the overall highest rated gay romance novel.

This story raises the suspense and the steamy action to new heights. What could be more exciting than two powerful men who try to fight their attraction for each other and keep their lives private?

Roan Gregory and Colton Seguine are the two protagonists that will make you swoon and hold on to the book tighter. Although the chemistry between them is so dense that you could cut it with a knife, the two try to keep their composure and ignore their desires.

“Harmless” is the kind of novel where everything’s allowed, and that will make you cheer for them to come together. It will leave you breathless and make you believe that all bets are off when love is involved.

With a captivating plotline and well-rounded characters, “Harmless” is one of the best gay romance novels out there.

3. Borrowing Blue: A Made Marian Novel

In his quest to make his ex-boyfriend jealous, Blue falls for the wrong guy: the brother of the man who is about to marry his sister. Now, the two have to spend one week together helping with the preparations for the wedding and trying to ignore the desire burning in both of them.

They make a pact: they will allow themselves one week of passion to get it out of their systems. Then, once Blue’s sister and Tristan’s brother get married, they will part their ways. But, things don’t go as they planned.

With an engaging story full of steamy action and passion, “Borrowing Blue” is a great pick for romance lovers.

College Boys: Gay Erotic Stories

First feelings of lust for another boy, all-night study sessions, the excitement of a student hot for a it any wonder that college boys are the objects of fantasy the world over? Whether toweling off after a swm, lurking in the library stacks, or engaging in some male bonding at the frat house, these gorgeous undergrads are good for page-turning, arousing action.

15 Dirty Explicit Gay Men Erotic Sex Stories

This sizzling-hot bundle packed full of hot, dirty stories has everything you could want to get you going including swingers, coming out, BDSM, spanking, gangbangs, doctors, vampires, cowboys, space sex, and much more!

This sizzling-hot bundle packed full of hot, dirty stories has everything you could want to get you going including swingers, coming out, BDSM, spanking, gangbangs, doctors, vampires, cowboys, space sex, and much more!

24 Explicit Gay Erotic Sex Stories

This sizzling hot bundle has everything you could want to get you going including coming out, bisexual, BDSM, spanking, bikers, doctors, firemen, cowboys, and much more!

This sizzling hot bundle has everything you could want to get you going including coming out, bisexual, BDSM, spanking, bikers, doctors, firemen, cowboys, and much more!

Gay Taboo Romance Collection: Collection of 3 Hot Gay Taboo Erotica Stories

After Class Lesson: gay romance that revolves around a college student and hot, hung, and young professor. The two of them start having after-class lessons together until finally the teacher makes his move. He can’t resist the younger man’s slender figure and nice hair, and the younger man can’t deny his teacher’s ripped abs and massive chest.

My Husband Takes the Whole Gang: The Complete 21 Book Series

For a gay husband, few fantasies are as strangely arousing and excitingly taboo as sharing his husband with another man, or other men. While some would find the very thought of a gay gangbang encounter to be something of a nightmare, the enlightened have found that there is nothing more arousing than giving your special guy all the shaft he can handle. Of course, nobody knows this as well as Hank Wilder, author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling My Husband Takes the Whole Gang series.

College Boys: Gay Erotic Stories

First feelings of lust for another boy, all-night study sessions, the excitement of a student hot for a it any wonder that college boys are the objects of fantasy the world over? Whether toweling off after a swm, lurking in the library stacks, or engaging in some male bonding at the frat house, these gorgeous undergrads are good for page-turning, arousing action.

15 Dirty Explicit Gay Men Erotic Sex Stories

This sizzling-hot bundle packed full of hot, dirty stories has everything you could want to get you going including swingers, coming out, BDSM, spanking, gangbangs, doctors, vampires, cowboys, space sex, and much more!

This sizzling-hot bundle packed full of hot, dirty stories has everything you could want to get you going including swingers, coming out, BDSM, spanking, gangbangs, doctors, vampires, cowboys, space sex, and much more!

24 Explicit Gay Erotic Sex Stories

This sizzling hot bundle has everything you could want to get you going including coming out, bisexual, BDSM, spanking, bikers, doctors, firemen, cowboys, and much more!

This sizzling hot bundle has everything you could want to get you going including coming out, bisexual, BDSM, spanking, bikers, doctors, firemen, cowboys, and much more!

Gay Taboo Romance Collection: Collection of 3 Hot Gay Taboo Erotica Stories

After Class Lesson: gay romance that revolves around a college student and hot, hung, and young professor. The two of them start having after-class lessons together until finally the teacher makes his move. He can’t resist the younger man’s slender figure and nice hair, and the younger man can’t deny his teacher’s ripped abs and massive chest.

My Husband Takes the Whole Gang: The Complete 21 Book Series

For a gay husband, few fantasies are as strangely arousing and excitingly taboo as sharing his husband with another man, or other men. While some would find the very thought of a gay gangbang encounter to be something of a nightmare, the enlightened have found that there is nothing more arousing than giving your special guy all the shaft he can handle. Of course, nobody knows this as well as Hank Wilder, author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling My Husband Takes the Whole Gang series.

Publisher’s Summary

Brains, muscle, tenderness, kink. Like the perfect lover, captures the raw energy of man-on man desire like no other. Once again, award-winning editor Richard Labonté has gathered hot, heart-pounding, tent-raising, gorgeous stories of no-holds-barred sex between men that will grab your senses, and send you into the sweaty backrooms of your erotic imagination.

As varied as the unique and irreproducible experiences of falling in lust, the sensually rich celebrates the intensity and passion of gay love in all its glory.

4 thoughts on “6 Amazing LGBT Romance Books you need to read!”

That’s some great list to explore . Thanks for this !

Thank you! ? I can’t stop mentioning how much I loved these LGBT Romance books ? Since March, I’ve been struggling with reading slumps, in April I hardly listened to any audiobooks at all. It slowly normalized after that. But these books actually made me really excited again!

Some very interesting sounding books there, I will have to check some out, I think ‘ Work For It’ might be one I’ll go for. Thanks for the reviews.

Good choice for sure! Talia Hibbert is one of my absolute favorite authors!

Boyfriend Material

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Boyfriend Material has to be the book I recommended most often in 2020 so far. It is definitely already one of my favorite books of 2020 and most certainly one of the best gay Romance novels out there! I don’t have to tell you what kind of year 2020 is. And when, in all of this, a book manages to make me laugh out loud countless times, makes me forget about any reading slump I had, and just makes me insanely happy, it’s simply a must-read! If you’re in need of an absolutely adorable Romantic Comedy, get this witty, hilarious, and simply wonderful Enemies to Lovers MM Romance!

Stupid Love

Elijah asks his frenemy neighbor to help him get the guy of his dreams… This is one of my most favorite story themes and Riley Hart did it in an absolutely beautiful and unexpected way! These two guys have such insane chemistry and you can’t help but hope and wait for them to finally admit their feelings to one another.

Related article: LGBT Romance audiobooks with and by People of Color

Two Rogues Make a Right

Cat Sebastian is a go-to author for LGBT Historical Romance. And her Seducing The Sedgwicks series proves that yet again! Two Rogues Make A Right deals with physical and mental illness, with trying to redeem oneself, and viewing oneself as lovable. This is a truly wonderful love story! Also, there is only one bed…

HIM/US

The Him and Us duet is one of the most popular MM Romance books on Audible. Narrated by Romance audiobook darlings Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan, this Sports Romance is very hot, very emotional, and very cute!

Please check out my favorite Lesbian Romance audiobooks and these fantastic LGBT Romance audiobooks by and about People of Color as well!

Tactical Submission by ada maria soto

MCs: a gay SWAT commander who’s mostly in the closet about being kinky and submissive and a bisexual, polyamorous kinky doctor who works for the coroner’s office.Setting: L.A. CountyTropes/themes/secondary plot: BDSM, polyamory, characters dealing with PTSD, lots of on-the-page sex (this one is definitely erotic romance) bisexual, polyamorous MC

* by damon suede

MCs: two lifelong best friends and Brooklyn firefighters (who may or may not have been hiding their feelings for each other for years) who decide to work as models for a gay porn website because one of them is basically broke.Setting: Brooklyn post-9/11Tropes/themes/secondary plot: friends to lovers; total hilarity; a satisfying and authentic secondary cast of friends and family; tasty homemade Italian food described in gay MCs

*Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

MCs: a famous football player who’s spent his life in the closet and a mega football fan who is also kinda lonely and runs an independent film festival.Setting: Melbourne, AustraliaTropes/themes/secondary plot: sports romance; lots of angst; celebrity romance; characters dealing with homophobia (from the public and in their families); a wonderful and heartwarming collection of friends and chosen family surrounding both gay MCs

Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper

MCs: a somewhat grumpy recluse who has MS, which sometimes means his body does not act as he wants it to, and a super cheerful, open and not-at-all grumpy artist/hipster.Setting: Oakland/Bay AreaTropes/themes/secondary plot: adorable opposites-attract romance; a character that deals with chronic illness on a daily basis, especially as his illness pertains to sex; BDSM; a strong sense of queer community and queer disabled MC

*Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote

MCs: a quiet trans college student who’s just returned to university after transitioning and the outgoing ex of one of his friends.Setting: Plymouth, EnglandTropes/themes/secondary plot: college romance; authentic and sweet depiction of friendship among young gay university students; some downright adorable and geeky board game trans MC

Shame and A Disgrace by Holley Trent

MCs: a pharmaceutical sales rep who’s just dumped his much younger boyfriend who he thinks is too young to settle down and commit, and the much younger boyfriend, who is determined to win back the love of his life.Setting: New OrleansTropes/themes/secondary plot: second chance romance; age gay MCs

*For Real by Alexis Hall

MCs: a thirty-something trauma doctor and submissive who’s getting tired of the BDSM scene he’s been a part of for so long and a 19-year-old line cook who is just coming out as kinky and dominant.Setting: LondonTropes/themes/secondary plot: age gap romance; BDSM; lots of angst surrounding the MCs emotional openness; a strong circle of friends and chosen family; a slow-burn romance; a fair bit of on-the-page gay MCs

*The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney

MCs: a rising hotshot lawyer who is forced to return home to care for his three teenage brothers after his father dies and his next-door, small-town, openhearted neighbor.Setting: Austin, TXTropes/themes/secondary plot: parenting; characters dealing with grief; family gay MCs

*Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander

MCs: a detective who’s about to get married and has dreamed his whole life of joining the FBI and a waiter he meets one day at a diner who turns out to be a whole lot more than he seems.Setting: Denver, COTropes/themes/secondary plot: age gap romance; murder mystery; lots of drama and angst and situations where characters frequently in danger; a fantastic supporting cast of friends and gay MCs

*King Consort by J.R. Gray

MCs: a prince and heir to the throne of England and a paparazzi photographer with whom, against his better judgment, he shares a one-night stand.Setting: Toronto and LondonTropes/themes/secondary plot: royal/commoner romance; a character dealing with being closeted due to his position (English royalty); fantastic supporting characters (especially the MC’s grandmother, the Queen); gay MCs

*Galley Proof by Eric Arvin

MCs: a fiction writer and the editor of his latest book.Setting: small town America and ItalyTropes/themes/secondary plot: snarky, hilarious first-person narration; a great supporting cast including the MCs mom and best friend/roommate; engaging depictions of small town gay MCs

*Home by William Neale

MCs: an ad exec who returns to his hometown after the death of his father and the man who bullied him in high school, now the deputy chief of police.Setting: small-town Southern AmericanTropes/themes/secondary plot: characters who share a past traumatic relationship (which involved one MC bullying the other); a stalker situation; a return-to-hometown romance; characters dealing with homophobia from various gay MCs

*Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day

MCs: an event planner and a paramedic (who also happens to be the brother of his newest, most important client).Setting: Wilde City (fictional)Tropes/themes/secondary plot: a man working to build up his business and the challenges he faces; a love interest in an existing relationship; a cast of endearing supporting gay MCs

*Shaking the Sugar Tree by Nick Wilgus

MCs: a single dad and failed writer struggling to make ends meet and a nurse who recently moved to Mississippi from Boston.Setting: MississippiTropes/themes/secondary plot: parenting; complicated family dynamics; lots of interesting supporting characters; a lot of emotional backstory; characters dealing with various gay MCs, deaf secondary character (the son of one of the MCs)

Daddy, Daddy, and Me by Sean Michael

MCs: a single dad who finds himself raising his biological kids after his best friend, to whom he donated sperm, dies and a young man who just finished his degree in early childhood education and is looking for a nannying job.Setting: OntarioTropes/themes/secondary plot: parenting; fantastic depiction of queer family building; an adorable meet-cute (involving screaming children); almost no gay MCs

by Rick R. Reed

MCs: a man who’s given up on romantic love, so decides to marry a woman and (of course!) his wedding planner.Setting: SeattleTropes/themes/secondary plot: marriage of convenience; forced proximity; various relationships explored besides the main love interest; an arc of self-discovery and affirmation that’s separate from the love gay MCs

*Witches of London-Lars by Aleksandr Voinov

MCs: a pagan man and contractor who’s just joined a new circle of queer witches and a man who has just quit his stressful job and bought an old house in the suburbs, due to his failing health.Setting: LondonTropes/themes/secondary plot: a character with a life-threatening illness; queer witches who practice various forms of paganism; an exploration of spirituality and faith; a lovely portrayal of queer family among the gay MCs

The Alpha’s Claim by Holley Trent

MCs: the alpha of the New York coyote pack and an aspiring actor/waiter.Setting: small town New YorkTropes/themes/secondary plot: a condensed time frame (most of this book takes place over a weekend); coyote shifter pack politics; lots of witty gay MCs

*The Lightning Struck Heart by T.J. KLune

MCs: a wizard’s apprentice and a dreamy knight who spends altogether too much time dating other people.Setting: a fantasy kingdom populated by beautiful queer creaturesTropes/themes/secondary plot: a creative and unique cast of characters and creatures including gay dragons; lovely friendships; a totally fun and wacky fantasy world; dangerous quests; many moments of total laugh-out-loud gay MCs

Chaos Station by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

MCs: a spaceship engineer and an ex-supersoldier, both with traumatic pasts, who are also childhood best friends (and former boyfriends), reunited after being separated for years.Setting: a spaceship roaming the galaxy after a major interplanetary warTropes/themes/secondary plot: second-chance romance, friends-to-lovers, a lot of fast-paced action; a truly wonderful sense of chosen family among the spaceship crew; fascinating aliens; characters dealing with PTSD from a brutal bisexual MC

by Michael Barakiva

MCs: a high school freshman from an Armenian family and the brash, irreverent boy he meets at summer school.Setting: NYCTropes/themes/secondary plot: family dynamics; a coming-out storyline that’s not the center of the book at all; first love; so many amazing food scenes; an exploration of culture and heritage and how important their Armenian identity is to the MCs gay MCs

*Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez

MCs: a teenage boy from the South Bronx and his childhood best friend, whom he distanced himself from when folks around the neighborhood started teasing him for being gay.Setting: NYC (specifically the South Bronx)Tropes/themes/secondary plot: beautiful descriptions of the neighborhood and community; characters dealing with homophobia; friends-to-lovers; nuanced supporting characters; exploration of masculinity and Latinx MCs

*The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

MCs: two boys raised as “love interests” (forced to compete for the interest of the same girl) by a secret and powerful organization that trains teenage spies.Setting: dystopian AustraliaTropes/themes/secondary plot: fascinating world-building; lots of high-stakes action; a queer and creative twist on the spy novel; lots of angst;  a creepy dystopian gay MCs

Looking for more gay romance novels? Check out 8 of the Best M/M Romances and A (Semi) Comprehensive Guide to LGBTQ Romance. Gay romance novels also appear on this list of must-read YA romances and this list of must-read LGBT fantasy books.

Him – Mit ihm allein

Puh, auch Tage nachdem ich diese Geschichte verschlungen habe, weiß ich noch nicht so richtig, was ich hier schreiben soll.“Him – Mit ihm allein“ lag zusammen mit seiner Fortsetzung viele Jahre auf meinem Sub, weil ich niemals damit gerechnet habe, das mich Gay Romance so fesseln und faszinieren wird, wie es Ryan und Jamie getan haben, die ich von Anfang an super sympathisch, authentisch, humorvoll und einfach nur süß fand!Mit dieser Dilogie haben Sarina Bowen und Elle Kennedy mein Herz gestohlen, meinen Bauch mit Schmetterlingen gefüllt, für viele Lacher, erotische Momente aber auch für Enttäuschung, Wut und Traurigkeit gesorgt!Der Schreibstil ist modern, fließend, humorvoll und sexy und aus der Sicht von Jamie und Ryan, was einen perfekten Einblick in die Gedanken- und Gefühlswelt beider Charaktere ermö den Flashbacks haben die Autorinnen in einer spannenden Atmosphäre dafür gesorgt, zu erfahren, warum diese einst so innige Freundschaft von Ryan und Jamie, die hier ebenfalls mit Rückblenden thematisiert wird, in die Brüche ging und sich die beiden Sportler erst vier Jahre später Entwicklung von Ryan und Jamie ist zart, authentisch und fasznierend, ich konnte meinen Reader einfach nicht aus der Hand legen und so inhalierte ich jeden Moment in dem sich Jamie zu seinen Gefühlen für seinen besten Freund bekennt und seine Sexulität akzeptiert und ehy wow ich bin immer noch so von dieser erotischen Stimmung, die zwar etwas ungewohnt, aber niemals unangenehm, sondern einfach beeindruckend und völlig neu war, Ende war für mich jetzt kein Cliffhänger und ich fragte mich, wofür es einen zweiten Band gibt, aber ich war wirklich froh ihn ebenfalls auf dem Reader zu haben und gleich verschlingen zu können!Sarina und Elle haben hier wirklich eine wunderbar authentische Gay Romance zu Papier gebracht, die mir für immer in positiver Erinnerung bleiben wird!Schade, das da weiter nichts übersetzt wurde, denn ich weiß , dass da ein Nebencharakter auch eine Geschichte bekommen hat.

The Music of What Happens

Ich habe schon viele Bücher aus dem LGBTQIA Bereich gelesen, aber bisher noch keinen Gay Roman aus dem Jugendbuch Bereich. Darum war ich auf dieses Buch sehr gespannt. 

Und ich finde es wirklich gelungen! Die beiden Protagonisten sind völlig unterschiedlich. Nicht nur in ihrem Aussehen, auch in ihrem Charakter und ihren Interessen. Obwohl sie dieselbe Schule besuchen, hätten sich ihre Leben wahrscheinlich nie berührt. Das tun sie erst mit der gemeinsamen Arbeit in einem Food Truck.

Als Leser bekommt man nur mit, wie die beiden sich kennenlernen und Gefühle füreinander entwickeln. Man lernt sie kennen, sowohl als Individuen als auch als Paar. Dabei ist die entstehende Liebe nicht der Hauptaspekt dieses Buches, die Gefühle bleiben eher wie ein sanftes Flattern. Dafür werden andere Themen sehr deutlich und klar bearbeitet. Sei es Rassismus oder Trauer… man wird als Leser definitiv berührt. Und mir hat dabei die Deutlichkeit und Klarheit sehr gefallen.

Dadurch, dass der Fokus nicht so extrem auf einer romantischen Liebesgeschichte liegt, kann ich mir auch gut vorstellen, dass Jungen dieses Buch lesen würden. Und ich finde, der Autor schafft es auch, deutlich rüberzubringen, welche Gedanken sich auch Jungs über das Leben und Gefühle machen und dass dies nicht nur heranwachsenden Mädchen zu eigen ist. 

Royal Affair – Wie man einen Prinzen verführt: Gay Romance

Nach Elfenprinz und Teach me Hunger bin ich nun auf dieses Buch gestoßen und bin begeistert. Und ich muss sagen, mich können nicht viele Bücher packen. Dass es viele Klischees gibt, ist mir hier vollkommen egal und auch wie unrealistisch das Ganze Buch ist. XD Ich habe schon sehr viele Royale „Prinz von England“ Bücher gelesen. Dass der Prinz dieses Mal Schwul ist, finde ich super. Ich liebe die Charakter Konstellation, die anfängliche Abneigung, die sich in Liebe wandelt und natürlich diese kribbelnden Erotik Szenen. Man fiebert von der ersten Seite an mit und ich werde mir auf jeden Fall noch Teil 2 zulegen. Ein hoch auf Ebookreader. So muss ich nicht warten XD

written by Kacen Callendernarrated by Logan Rozos

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Felix feels like he might have one marginalization too many: He’s Queer, Black, and Trans! He has to experience an ugly situation of his deadname and old photos being shown publicly without his consent. But overall, this book is very positive and cute, focusing on Felix torn between two love interests: his best friend and his enemy, of all people, who he gets to know better anonymously online! This is a love triangle that can make Romance readers’ hearts beat faster.

The audiobook of Felix Ever After is narrated by Logan Rozos, making this a full OwnVoices production. He did a fantastic job and is the absolutely perfect cast for Felix! I was honestly tempted to just start the book all over again when it finished. It’s one of the best LGBT books out there!

written by Talia Hibbertnarrated by Shane East and Chance Thoreau

Talia Hibbert is an incredible author who – fortunately and finally – receives some of the attention she deserves. Work For it is a steamy M/M Romance between a small town hermit and a tourist from London who seems to have it all. Griffin is very isolated and yet he doesn’t seem to be willing to leave his hometown. Then Olu arrives and the two clash!

Enemies to Lovers Romance is such a great trope and this book does it particularly well. Olu brings out the passionate side of stoic Griffin. While Griffin makes Olu question his own form of self-inflicted isolation. This is an insanely passionate, complex, and deep love story!

The audiobook is narrated by Shane East and Chance Thoreau. It’s great when M/M Romance with dual Point of View is narrated by two different voice actors. Shane East is one of the best British narrators. And Chance Thoreau is probably a pseudonym because this narrator is extremely skilled and was definitely not new to voice acting.

This author also has an M/F Romance with a bisexual heroine, Take a Hint, Dani Brown**. This, too, will make another great addition to your collection of LGBT Romance books!

Related article: Find out how to get this audiobook on Amazon for less than the cost of an Audible credit!

written by Alyssa Colenarrated by Karen Chilton

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is a WlW Romance novel by the amazing Alyssa Cole! Set in her Reluctant Royals universe, this novella is the love story between Likotsi and Fabiola who meet through a dating app and hit it off right away… Only for their affair to dwindle out miserably.

As the title suggests, this is a second chance romance. Likotsi doesn’t quite know how to forgive Fabiola for ghosting her. And it’s a very emotional journey to see these two women – who match so perfectly – come together again.

The audiobook for Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is narrated by the amazing Karen Chilton who reads many of Alyssa Cole’s audiobooks. These two are a perfect match as well: Karen Chilton brings these amazing women to life!

written by Leah Johnsonnarrated by Alaska Jackson

You Should See Me In A Crown is a YA novel about a Black Lesbian Girl navigating life in a small town. Liz has big plans for her future! When she hits a bump in the road, her friends support her in running for Prom Queen – a particularly coveted and esteemed title in the town. But being outed as a Lesbian doesn’t make this plan easier for Liz…

You can’t help but root for Liz wholeheartedly! She’s such an amazing person! I also loved her group of friends who – for the most part – went to great lengths to help her reach her goal of becoming Prom Queen. The love story between Liz and Mack is wonderfully sweet and, somehow, at the same time, light and profound.

Even if you aren’t usually a Young Adult Fiction reader, if you’re looking for great LGBT Romance books, You Should See Me in a Crown is worth your time, trust me! This might well qualify as one of the best LGBT books out there, not only for teens, but also for adults.

The audiobook is narrated by Alaska Jackson who was the perfect choice for this story and made the book run in my head like a movie!

written by Riley Hartnarrated by Michael Dean

Stupid Love is an Enemies to Lovers M/M Romance between two neighbors. Eli describes himself as a feminine guy. He’s looking for the love of his life and believes his best friend might be just the one. His hot, hunky, bisexual neighbor Shaw – whom Eli hates with a passion for his manwh*ring ways – should help him with some love advice and coaching. And we all know how that kind of thing goes…

Stupid Love was is stupidly cute and super hot love story! You can’t help but adore Eli for his honest ways. And he and Shaw have insane chemistry! I love the “love advice” trope and it’s done amazingly well in Stupid Love, paired with the Enemies to Friends to Lovers development as well as a good chunk of online flirting.

The audiobook is narrated by Michael Dean who does justice to both Eli and Shaw. Both men sound very different and their chapters are easily distinguishable. This is a very captivating LGBT Romance audiobook that might well become a re-listen!

More romance; less erotica

This book was not what I expected. It’s listed in erotica, so that’s what I was wanting and expected. But the title is honest. It does say the best ROMANCE. And that’s mostly what this book is. There’s very, very, very little actual sex that goes on in the book. Out of about 10 stories or so, maybe 3 of them had an actual sexual encounter included. But, by the end of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the very romantic tales. So, if you’re looking for more romance and less sex or erotica in gay form, then this book is definitely for you. The romance in it is great. And the sex, when it occurs, is a little explicit–for my taste anyway–, but also enjoyable to listen to. It always fits and is never gratuitous.

Not totally gay

What did you like best about Best Gay Romance? What did you like least?

Best: the gay love making. Least: the straight love making.

The best gay romance? For a book of gay romance there was a lot of straight sex in it. If I wanted to listen to straight romance or sex I would first have to be straight, I’m not into straight romance or sex I’m gay that’s why I purchase this book in the first place. Yes there was more gay romance and sex than straight romance and sex I guess I was a little bit disappointed.

Summary:

It is always a delight and an interesting experience reading a story about friendship, relationship and genuine bonding. In this case, the story is about two young teenage boys, by the name Scotty and Dekeon. These lads who are both in their eighteenth year grew up and had their childhood together. They are best of friends. They share fondness for so many things and practically share almost everything together, including emotions. On a certain day, they were sitting at a skate park as their usual habit when a random guy whoose name is Steve approached them. He happens to be an Adult film producer, gay porn to be specific, and it turned out he would be interested in shooting a porn video is Scotty and Dekeon with a compensation attached to it. The boys not expecting something of such sort, struggled with the thought of acting porn, even worse, gay porn. Scotty, Dekeon and Steve had several series of other events together and while they had fun, they also had to deal with the consequences if their decisions even if they they are going to live with it for the rest of theoriginal lives.