M/M Starter Kit

Here is my list for those readers who are new to the M/M genre and are looking for a place to start. These titles most closely resemble mainstream fiction, representing various points of interests and containing well balanced storylines. Sexual content is either limited or paced so that it complements the story without “being” the story.  For these characters, “coming out” plays little or no role in the overall storyline.


If you’ve read a story that you feel fits this criteria, please leave your comment at the bottom of this page.  Suggestions will be updated as necessary.



Action/Adventure/Mystery

  • Gobsmacked – LB Gregg
  • Holiday Outing – Astrid Amara
  • Like Coffee and Doughnuts – Elle Parker
  • Trompe L’oeil – KC Burn

Contemporary

  • Bear, Otter & the Kid – TJ Klune
  • Caught Running – Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
  • Crossing Borders – ZA Maxfield
  • Faith & Fidelity – Tere Michaels
  • Love Ahead – Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
  • Simple Men – Eric Arvin
  • The Hit List – Anne Brooke
  • The Name Of the Game – Willa Okati
  • Tigers and Devils – Sean Kennedy
  • Wes and Toren – JM Colail

Friends-To-Lovers

  • Aidan and Ethan – Cameron Dane
  • Aquamarine – Sara Bell
  • As You Are – Ethan Day
  • By Degrees – JB McDonald
  • Hot Head – Damon Suede
  • Love Means … Courage – Andrew Grey
  • Rules Were Made To Be Broken – Lenore Black
  • The Boy Next Door – GA Hauser
  • The Broken Road – Sean Michael
  • The One That Got Away – Madeleine Urban and Rhianne Aile
  • Time To Do – Kim Dare
  • Waiting For Dimi – Kiernan Kelly

Humor

  • Bartender, PI – Ethan Stone

M/M/M

  • Polar Reaction – Claire Thompson
  • The Strongest Shape – Tessa Cardenas

Paranormal

  • Nut Cream – Jade Buchanan
  • The Vampire Fred, Wicked Game – Vaughn R Demont
  • To Hate and To Hold – Dakota Rebel
  • Truth In the Dark – Amy Lane

Yaoi-esque

  • Heaven – Jet Mykles
  • Incognito – Miho Li
18 Responses “M/M Starter Kit” →
  1. Action Adventure – Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
    Contemporary – Grey’s Awakening by Cameron Dane
    Friends-To-Lovers (more like boy next door story) – Pulling Away by Shawn Lane

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  2. Wow! Thank you for adding “Truth in the Dark”– I’m so very honored!

    Amy

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  3. scarletty24

    July 2, 2010

    I hope you read the comments on Truth in the Dark Amy because it was Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. I was hoping you would announce our new company LazyDay Publishing on your blog! It doesn’t hurt to ask right? :)
    I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
    Thank you for your time.

    Staci Helling, Owner of LazyDay Publishing LLC.

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  5. Rachel Haimowitz

    December 2, 2010

    I know it’s my own book, but I think Counterpoint (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8748031-counterpoint) is a good fit–it’s essentially plotty mainstream high fantasy with a romance in the middle of it that just happens to be between two males.

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  6. I’ll mention my own book (since I get very little time to read anyone else’s lately)…

    Ranch Hands
    and
    Bernard; Diary of a 46-yr-old Bellhop

    Both have one limited sex scene, the rest is building up the relationship.

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  7. Lori Toland

    April 16, 2011

    I definitely have to rec Mary Calmes “Change of Heart” for paranormal. It’s simply a must read. The world building is amazing in that.

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  8. Just finished an historical one by MJ Pearson, Helpless, which although has very little explicit sex scenes, you do know that they are lovers. It’s set against the backdrop of the Oscar Wilde obscenity trial, very interesting.

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  9. Anonymous

    October 19, 2011

    I will suggest Something Like Summer by Jay Bell.
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10213367-something-like-summer
    Loved the characters and the pase of the story.

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  10. Foretta

    May 8, 2012

    OMG I know that she is not going to GRL but Diane Adams has an amazing series out: The Making of a Man. The first book in the series is Our December. She also has character interviews on her website that I would read between the first and second book. Below is a list of the series reading order. I highly rec!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Making 1: Our December (Alex & Jared) [AR ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 1.1: Alex’s First Interview [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 1.2: Jared’s First Interview [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 1.3: Clark’s First Interview [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 2: A Place to Run (Alex & Jared) [SP ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 2.1: Interlude (Alex & Jared) [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 3: Stronger in Your Hands (Alex & Jared) [SP ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 3.1: WWJD (Alex & Jared) [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 3.2: The Color of Pain (Alex & Jared) [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 4: Clark’s Story (Stevie & Clark) [SP ebook- calibre] —- MF
    Making 4.5: Alex and Jared- The College Years [FB ebook- calibre] —- MM
    Making 5: If the Stars Fall (Alex & Jared) [ebook- calibre] —- MM {SOON}

    Happy reading all!! And thank for the list. I read a lot of them alread but was able to find some great new books.

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  11. Foretta

    May 8, 2012

    just realized you would need key to read list LOL
    FB= free book (on her website to read)
    AR= just means I bought it at allromance.com
    SP= just means I bought it at Silver Publishing
    Soon= she finished and submitting and waiting for release date!!!! YAY

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  12. Hey Foretta … I’ve read the first book in this series really liked it. How do the interviews relate? Keep meaning to catch up but haven’t had a chance yet.

    Also … what does the stuff in the [ ] after the title and couples mean? I think I get the publisher abbr but not how it relates to calibre.

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  13. haha Foretta … we posted at the same time :-)

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  14. I think Geoffrey Knight’s The Cross of Sins and Scott Sapphire and the Emerald Orchid should be added the action/adventure/mystery list… says me, Geoffrey Knight :)

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  15. nicstar000

    May 8, 2013

    Great list. I even found a couple of books to add to my to-read list! Thanks.

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  16. Please consider adding my psychological thriller, mystery novel, Blood Brothers, to your Action/Adventure/Mystery List. Many thanks. Jody Zimmerman amzn.to/17PVpnS

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