I’m a librarian by day, but libraries, in general, don’t carry self-published books, and they’re even less likely to carry self-published gay romance novels — so I don’t get to talk about the books I read. There are a lot of reasons why that shouldn’t be, but it is, so … it is what it is.
I read a lot, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day of peopling. It annoys my husband sometimes, but between the job and the commute, my brain is just done for the day by the time I’m home. Most days, I read a book in a day, and some I enjoy as I’m reading them, but I’ll move on after, others stay with me for a long time. I like stories where I can learn something about things I don’t have experience with, either a setting, a skill, or about human nature. There’s great variety in fiction.
The one that started it all:
K.J. Charles The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1)
I didn’t start reading romance until a little after I turned 30. I’d always wanted to be the type of person who wasn’t “one of those girls” and by that I mean, I rejected all things girly: makeup, form-fitting clothes, and dresses, romance novels, pop music. Although I liked all those things, I never allowed myself to.
By 30, something changed in me and I just stopped caring. I now wear dresses most days at work, but with leggings, and even though I’ve gained 60 pounds since I used to scoff at the idea at showing my body, I really don’t care all that much, and sometimes my clothes reflect that. I like pop music. I read romance. I started out reading shifter romance because the concept was fascinating, but it got very samey. Even the covers would use the same models over and over. A lot of big alpha types rescuing damsels in distress, or billionaires being so down to earth that they would accept a mate that didn’t have a modelesque figure. It started loosing the luster.
Before romance novels, I read a LOT of fantasy. So when I came across a fantasy/victorian type novel that was mm, I decided to give it a try. And it was fun. The characters didn’t follow the same patterns or have the same assumed roles, there was more variety. I kept reading mf for a little while, finishing up some series’ I liked. But within a month or so, I mostly read exclusively mm.
Friends to lovers, Forced proximity, Fake marriage, Dominant Twink/Gentle Giant pairings.
There are lots more, but these are the top three that the blurb only has to sound kinda good and be written in third person before I click buy.
Firemen, Rockstar or ex-Rockstar, Chef, Hockey Player
I’m not sure exactly why I’m drawn to these in particular. I used to write a lot of fan fiction about boybands when I was a teenager, so there’s that 1. Chefs, because I have a weird relationship with food, and sometimes they make it seem more enjoyable than it is. I can’t really explain it. I have negative interest in sport, but for some reason tough hockey players who are fiercely protective of each other is interesting. The same with firemen, usually tough burly alpha like guys, and yet they have a soft spot for their person.
So, I’d love to start a conversation, what are your favorites?
- The one that started it all:
- Top authors:
- Favorite tropes:
- Favorite Professions: