Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Historical M/M Romances

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten is a freebie, so for my subject I chose Top Ten Favorite Historical M/M Romances.

I know, I know, where the hell did this come from? I've been reading these for months, now, but have never reviewed them here on the blog. I've reviewed historical gay literature, but never the romances. I use these for enjoyment, and while I might write a few words on goodreads, I'd rather not feel obligated to write up a whole review.

This started as a "oh, this is interesting," to a full-blown obsession after I started getting sick of historical romances that feature heterosexual couples. It's nice to read a well-written romance without having to worry about gender roles and all that. Not to mention, they're great escapism. Now, onto the list!
  1. Counterpoint by Ruth Sims - This book is more of a mix of romance and historical fiction, with a twist, of course.
  2. One More Soldier by Marie Sexton - Ok, this one broke me. It's about an 18 year old man who has been drafted to Vietnam. During the span of two weeks, before he's shipped off, he's trying to live a whole life. I'm getting choked up just thinking about it. This is more of a novella.
  3. Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen - This is such a well-written book. It takes place during 1919 New York, and is about two men: one who's trying to keep his shop afloat after the death of his family and the other who left his home in Kansas after being expelled from school for having a relationship with a male teacher. Both are WWI vets, and both are trying to overcome their own demons.
  4. The Only Gold by Tamara Allen - I really love this author. This time she writes is 1880s New York. Johan has worked long and hard at his job at a bank, and is expecting a promotion, only to be passed over in favor of a newcomer: Reid. The two clash at first, but that doesn't last long. There's some great action towards the end, too.
  5. If It Ain't Love by Tamara Allen - Have I mentioned I love this author? This is a great novella, and the best part about it is: it's free to download. I highly recommend it. Give it a try! Here's one place to download it.
  6. The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon - These two have written five m/m romance together and I've read all except the latest. They write great stuff.
  7. Mere Mortals by Erastes - Another great author in the genre. This was an interesting one: a typical gothic romance, except with a gay twist.
  8. An Admirer by Megan Derr - Derr is a HUGE favorite, and I'm slowly making my way through her work. I love her stories because they all take place in a fantasy world where their is no discrimination for being gay. This is a novella about a plain young man going to University to become a mage, who discovers letters from a secret admirer in his post box. It's very sweet.
  9. Bound by Deception by Ava March - Argh, I only had to pick one March book, so I picked this one, which is the first of a great trilogy. Contains some bdsm, which I'm not into with my romances, but it's really not bad in her books.
  10. A Young Man in Paris by Sophia Deri-Brown - A short one, but it's such quality. About two young expatriates in Paris.


Marg said...

I have read a few contemporary M/M romances but no historical ones. I have a book by Erastes on the ereader which I intend to read soon though.