Gay Romance Report January 16, 2024

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Bound, by Kate Hawthorne

I didn’t think the whole “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” thing was true… until I found out my memory and my marriage license had been there for the past fifteen years.

DALTON

My family is old money and my life has been mapped out since before I was born. Become a lawyer, buy a house, get married, carry on the family name—all of that good stuff that comes with this kind of upbringing. I have the job and the house, but instead of the marriage, I’m happy playing the field with a close-knit group of friends. Finding out that I’ve been secretly married for half my adult life was a plot twist I didn’t see coming.

Carter Emerson Royce IV is everything I used to want to be. I haven’t seen him since college, and now he’s asking me to come to New York and pretend we’re the perfect picture of domestic bliss. Considering the history between us, it’s the least I can do.

***

I’m one divorce away from the life of my dreams, and I’m not going to ruin that by doing something stupid like falling in love with my husband.

IVEY

All I need to do is to win over the co-op board for the most upscale building in New York so I can secure keys to the penthouse I’ve wanted for years. It should be easy, but when they ask about my marital status and produce a marriage license from Vegas, my plans are thrown out the window. I’ve spent fifteen years trying to not think about Dalton Fox, but we’re about to get up close and personal again whether we like it or not.

The plan is simple—pretend we’re really married and in love long enough for my application to get approved, Dalton goes back to LA a single man, and I go on with the rest of my life. Except it doesn’t take long for us to learn there’s more between us than history. Dalton and I are compatible in more ways than one, and the spark between us is very bright and very real.

His life is in California and mine is in New York. Being legally bound doesn’t mean anything, but the way Dalton makes me feel has to count for something. He doesn’t just see the darkest parts of me, he mirrors them, he touches them, he…loves them. Soon it becomes clear, the penthouse isn’t the only thing at stake. The rest of our lives—and the future of our marriage—are too.

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Finding Forever Boxed Set, by Marie Sinclair

The men of the Finding Forever series will set your heart on fire (and possibly your Kindle too).

Whether it’s overcoming a twelve year separation and trauma, figuring out a complex and confusing identity, or learning to see beyond the surface to the heart of gold inside, these three novels and two novellas by Marie Sinclair show how love survives and flourishes even in the darkest of times. HEAs abound but they are always won by heart and heat.

For Ry and Cart (A Winter’s Dance and A Kind of Forever), saying I love you for the first time didn’t work out the way fairy tales told them it would. Together in college, they are accidently outed by a photograph taken at an LGBTQ protest, and separated by Ry’s conservative family. Twelve years later, they’re reunited, but Cart quickly realizes that Ry is no longer the carefree, sensual lover he knew when they were younger. Something haunts and torments Ry, making him run from Cart who has to decide if he’s willing to risk his damaged heart for another chance at love.

When Jake and Micah met (Nothing Like a Summer Romance), there was an instant connection. The month they spent together during summer break was full of first times for Micah. First kiss. First love. First time doing drag. He’s pretty sure he wants Jake to be his first for everything, but Jake’s not so sure he can do a relationship. Nothing Like Forever charts the ins and outs and ups and downs of the tweny years it takes them to figure out that Jake is aromantic and that happily ever after doesn’t have to look a certain way.

After an apartment fire leaves Diego homeless, Jake gives him a place to stay. The only problem, Alex is already living there. In Forever After, Alex and Diego navigate a bumpy road built from bad first impressions, misunderstandings, and close proximity. When Alex’s 13-year old comes out as trans and moves across the country to live with him, Alex sees a different side to queer youth counselor Diego, and the two discover an attraction that burns hotter the more they get to know each other.

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Guided by the Wind, by Leona Bentley

A path through hell is their only way toward a future together.

Star leads a dangerous life. Beneath the brutal sun, he helps his father, Ty, guide settlers through the harshest lands. Those who survive the monsters, bandits, and other omnipresent threats often succumb to the elements. Star has his own demons to worry about—ones from his past that he’s never been able to outride—but so long as he has Ty and the wind at his back, he’s content.

Damien Sole is a wanted man. His ragtag family of outlaws is on the run from bounty hunters who would as happily kill them as arrest them, and they’re in need of a guide. Star doesn’t look like much—with his slim build and cat-like features—but there’s ferocity in his sharp green eyes that Damien can’t resist. What starts as a spark of lust between the two men flares into an inferno.

As ancient secrets surface, they bring new enemies with them. Men like Damien and Star don’t die old in their beds, and they don’t get a happy ever after. With everything against them, nothing will come easy. Especially not love.

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Mr Blue Sky, by Isla Olsen

Jackson

Skyler Mason has had me wrapped around his little finger since we were seven years old. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the situation, how inconvenient it might be for me, or that ninety-nine percent of the time the mess is one of Skyler’s own making, one flash of those puppy dog eyes and it’s Jackson to the rescue.


Bringing him a fresh pair of underwear at work? Check.


Scaring off clingy hook-ups? Check.


Taking a week off so I can look after him when he’s sick? Check.


But now something’s happened, and for the first time in our friendship, I don’t know how to fix it.


There’s no WikiHow on what to do if your best friend suddenly realizes he has feelings for you. And even if there were, I doubt it would help; because no one else is like Skyler and me.


“Best friends” isn’t even the right word for it. We’re just us.


Or, at least, we were…


All I want is for everything to be how it used to. I don’t want Skyler to tense up when I go to touch him. I don’t want him sitting halfway across the room when we should be cuddling on the couch. And I sure as hell don’t want him staying out the whole night and not even texting to check in.


If I could snap my fingers and suddenly be attracted to him, I’d do it without question. But I know that’s not a realistic option. I’ve never been attracted to men. Truthfully, I’ve never been attracted to anyone… Not in that way, at least.


Love, on the other hand? That’s something I know a hell of a lot about.


Mr Blue Sky is a co-dependent best friends to more romantic comedy with an adorably clueless playboy, and an equally adorable and equally clueless acey. Tropes: Best friends, roommates, asexual-awakening, reformed player.

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Drama Queen, by Charlie Novak

Narrated by Dan Calley

Note to self: dumping cocktails into a man’s lap does not count as a meet cute.

Accidentally throwing a jug of Sex on the Beach onto the hottest guy at drag brunch was not how I wanted to start my performance, and forgetting to ask for his name was the cherry on top.

But when he finds me online and invites me out for drinks, it seems like my chaotic shenanigans might have worked out for once. Falling into bed with West is easy, but balancing a gorgeous, rugby player boyfriend with a day job and drag is harder than dancing in eight inch heels.

And when my participation in a local drag story hour draws the ire of certain locals, it feels like everything might fall apart. West doesn’t understand why I won’t step down, but I’ve never been afraid of being myself.

Now I just need West to stand beside me. Because he’s the only man who’s ever loved me as Rory and Bubblegum Galaxy, and I won’t let that slip away.

You can call me a drama queen, but you’ll never dull my sparkle.

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The Red Dragon of Oxford, by Joy Lynn Fielding

Dragons aren’t real. Or so I used to think.

Oxford isn’t exactly what I’d imagined. Sure, the colleges are romantic, and everyone is brilliant enough to trigger my impostor syndrome. I expected that.

The dragon, however, was a big surprise.

I saw him on my first day. The beautiful beast spoke to me, then disappeared. I’ve been looking for him ever since.

When I’m not on a wild dragon chase, I spend my time in the library. I’d like to think I’m only there to study, but who am I kidding?

I’m there for him.

Rufus Mortimer is the world’s hottest librarian. He’s strict, enigmatic, and sexy. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

But he has a secret. One that could destroy everything.

So now, all I have to do is find a dragon, earn my doctorate, and try to not to let my new romance burn my life to the ground. Easy, right?

I wish…

The Red Dragon of Oxford, book 1 in the Wings over Albion series, is a sweet and spicy paranormal m/m romance. Download today, and get ready to fall in love with Mark and Rufus.

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Defy the Future, by Keira Andrews

To protect their pack, they must risk everything.

Adam and Parker are finally safe.

As safe as they can be in a world where the zombie-like infected still roam the night. With other survivors, they’ve built a community—a pack.

Until that peace is shattered.

How far will Adam and Parker go for family—and each other?

Defy the Future is a steamy gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring werewolves, found family, and of course a happy ending.

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First in Series Freebies, by Tara Lain

Knight of Ocean Avenue
What if I’m always kidding myself?

Billy Ballew wants to be married, but he’s been engaged to three women and can’t get to the altar.

He wants to be a contractor, but he’s so dyslexic he has to force himself to read and fears the contractor’s license test more than death.

He wants to please his mother, but all she wants is for him to give her grandchildren.

What Billy doesn’t want is to find out he’s gay.

But then he meets Shaz, the one guy so flamboyant Billy can’t even be seen with him without losing all his friends – and his family. One more thing Billy wants and can’t have.

Maybe he should just stay home with his cats.

KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE is a gay awakening, total opposites attract, trying to please your mother, religious confrontation, learning who you are romance.

Passions of a Papillon
After you’ve sold your soul to the bad guys, can you renegotiate with a dog?

The worst guys pay best and Finn’s willing to defend some scumbags to get the good life his do-gooder parents never gave him. He may have picked up that dirty canine on the street, but why would he want stray Papillon fur on his pricey upholstery?

Still, the dog leads to the vet. Hello vet. After one glance at Em Fairweather, Papillon rescue looks far more attractive.

And, of course, there are those ears.

When the scumbags Finn defends merge with the scumbags Em’s escaping, Finn’s the one who needs rescuing. Em’s got to decide if he’s going to run away from the bad guys – or toward them. Papillon to the rescue!

PASSIONS OF A PAPILLON delivers passionate MM romance, suspense and action, and enough laugh-out-loud, over-the-top moments to make it hard to categorize. But if you love hot guys with secrets, sex in the back seat, dogs escaping scumbag owners, threats to life and limb, and a Papillon with a rock star personality, you’ll want to adopt Passions of a Papillon.

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Dead Man’s Chest, by Pandora Pine

One phone call can change everything.

Sick of snow and ice, psychic Tennyson Grimm jumps at the chance to head to Florida for a little fun in the sun. While sitting on the beach, his phone rings with a call from prison inmate River Ramsey who has a startling claim: “You don’t know me, but I’m your brother.” The man has been arrested for the murder of his business partner and needs Tennyson’s help to prove his innocence.

Detective Ronan O’Mara is stunned by the revelation. He’s determined to discover if Ramsey is a killer or simply a conman on the grift. As he delves into the crime, Ronan unearths devastating secrets someone is willing to kill in order to protect.

Caught in the middle is Tennyson’s mother, Kaye, who must come to grips with the fact that her husband had secrets of his own.

Who is River Ramsey? Did he kill his business partner? More importantly, is he really Tennyson’s brother?

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Hostile, by Nicole Dykes

Grayson

Life has been easy for me. Top of my class. Star quarterback of the football team. Every guy wants to be my friend, and every girl wants to date me.

Yeah, life is pretty sweet.

Except it’s not.

It’s all fake. School comes too easy for me, and I’m bored. Football isn’t fun anymore. The guys I hang out with aren’t really my friends.

And the girls? I don’t want to date them.

The only one I want to date… He’s a little bit…hostile.

Rhett

Life has never been easy for me. A foster kid, lucky enough to be adopted as a teen but who still can’t find a way to be happy.

I have two best friends who are amazing and supportive, and yet, I can’t bring myself to tell them my biggest secret.

Parents who pay for a private school a kid like me could never have dreamed of…that I hate.

It feels all wrong when it should feel right.

And I guess…that’s made me nothing but…hostile.

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When the Wild Whales Wail, by Kris Vanc

When life takes you from the warm Nevada desert to the icy shores of Unalaska, Alaska, as part of the WITSEC program, you can expect your world to be turned upside down. My name is Dominic LaRue, or at least that’s my new identity. In this freezing fisherman’s town, where frostbite is a given, I’ve been given a fresh start, a new life, and a chance to finally be myself.

Warren Philips, my handler, seems to have it all figured out. On the surface, his life appears perfect, but as I delve deeper, I uncover buried desires and a past he’s been trying to forget. Warren and his loyal husky, Jack, attempt to live a solitary life after a recent breakup, but it becomes clear that we’re both unable to stay away from each other.

In a literary stumble, I find myself entering a BDSM dynamic I never thought possible, discovering sides of myself I never knew existed. Along the way, I also find trouble that seems to have a knack for finding me.

*****

“When the Wild Whales Wail” is a full-length MM novel that combines romance, BDSM, and self-discovery. Although it can be enjoyed as a standalone, it continues the story of the Deserted Lilies Trilogy.

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MateHub: Legend, by Marie Reynard

The contract was simple: three months, seven scenes, zero feelings. Following it was not.

Richard Knotz is a legend in the world of supernatural adult entertainment, and he knows it. While most paranormal adult actors shy away from the temporary bonds needed to perform knotting scenes, he’s made them his brand. Bonding a human could never threaten to tear his empire to the ground, no matter how tempting that human smells.

Hunter Savage thinks Richard Knotz is a smug son of a wolf, but when he’s offered a contract to work with him, the payout is too lucrative to say no. Three months bonded to Richard could make his entire career. He just doesn’t expect to find a soft side under Richard’s prickly exterior, or for the apartment they’re forced to share to start feeling like home.

The bonding contract is easy and painless as long as they remember one cardinal rule: don’t get attached. Their employer has no use for unprofessional fools who let feelings jeopardize profits. But in between filming scorching scenes with ridiculous scenarios, they discover they’re more compatible than either could have imagined.

As their limited time together winds down, they face a choice—risk their careers for the unexpected connection they’ve found, or lose their bond forever.

MateHub: Legend is a high heat, arranged bonding, forced proximity, dislike-to-love paranormal romance featuring an arrogant wolf shifter who thinks a little too highly of various parts of his anatomy, the feisty human who finally takes him down a few notches, nosy fans, meddling friends, knotting, and a contract that is destined to fail.

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The Surrogate Omega Box Set, by Jacey Davis

This special edition of Surrogate Omega contains both part one and part two of the original story. It features a new cover and has been lightly revised and re-edited.

Part One:

With all of the changes happening in Lake Simmon’s life in the past year, he’s had to learn how to adapt and adjust, or he’d be lost. Since most of the changes are good ones, like his baby niece, he is learning to come to terms with the lack of stability that he has always relied on. While some of the changes make him uneasy, he finds he is comfortable with the knowledge that he also has the Omega gene, like his twin brother River. After friends receive some devastating news, Lake knows that he wants to help and offers to be the surrogate for them.

There is one change Lake never saw coming: falling in love.

But when events from his past lead to Lake meeting Evander, he feels an instant connection to the man that awakens feelings Lake has never felt before. Then Ev introduces him to his best friend, Logan, and sparks fly between the three men.

Part Two:
If someone asked Lake Simmons a year ago what he imagined his life to be like in a year, he’d never in a million years imagine this. He somehow went from never having a relationship to having not only one but two mates. And if that isn’t wild enough, he’s now helping his friends fulfill their dreams of a family by being their surrogate. He never dreamt he’d want a life like this, but now he can’t imagine anything else.

Not everything is smooth sailing, of course. Between the holidays, busy schedules, long work hours, and undercover work trips, Lake and his mates, Evander and Logan, find themselves fumbling to solidify their new relationship and find their rhythm. When one of his mates has a case at work he just can’t let go of, Lake finds himself getting involved against his better judgment.

When everything comes to a head, and the secrets Lake has been keeping come to light, the three men must come together to fight their battles as one. Because at the end of the day, no matter what struggles they face, Lake, Logan, and Evander know it’s better to face them together.

The Surrogate Omega is an MMM contemporary omegaverse romance with MPreg. It’s the second installment to the Unexpected Omegas but can be read on its own.

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Tempeh for Two, by Karenna Colcroft

Tobias Rogan never wanted to be a leader. But in the past several months, he’s gone from a quiet life as Alpha of the smallest pack in the United States to ruling the entire Northeast Region. With his mate, Kyle Slidell, by his side, Tobias is adjusting to his new normal.

But now, with the future of the entire werewolf world at stake, Tobias must step further out of his comfort zone. The Anax, ruler of all werewolves in the United States, is no longer competent to rule. Only Tobias is dominant enough to defeat the Anax. And when Kyle’s life hangs in the balance, Tobias must choose: Challenge the Anax to claim the rank, or allow the Anax to declare war.

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Protect You, by Ashley Rayne

What happens when you fall in love with your roommate?

Asher
The emotions that I tried to hide behind the constant bickering are finally out there.
Our never-ending fighting stops. The dinners I make for us have become a routine.
The next thing I know, my roommate is my boyfriend, and everything is falling into place.

Noah
Until everything falls apart.
All Asher wants to do is shield me from the hardened world around us, but the one thing he can’t protect me from is myself.

Will Asher and Noah’s love be strong enough to survive life’s twists, or will the imperfections overwhelm the happiness it can bring?

Protect You is the second book in the Beaumont University series, where each book follows a new couple through their journey to an HEA. This book is an MM romance in a college setting with roommates-to-lovers, a size difference, and a virgin MC.

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Follow My Lead, by Cal Cooper

Noah: Losing our sound engineer right before the start of my band’s first tour seems like a disaster. But when Lane shows up instead, it turns out to be a stroke of good luck. I can’t deny my attraction to his musical abilities and his mysterious smile. But this tour is a lifetime dream-come-true, and I can’t afford to be distracted by the handsome newcomer… until a hot night during a snowstorm changes all of that.

Lane: Touring with a band I barely know wasn’t how I expected to spend the next two weeks, but when a last-minute opportunity presents itself, I can’t help but jump on the chance. There’s something else I want to jump on, too… or rather, someone else. The band’s hot lead singer isn’t interested in me, though, or at least I thought he wasn’t. But after a scorching night in a cheap motel, I have good reason to think otherwise. Will we be able to focus on the tour, or will our mutual attraction overpower everything we’ve been working towards?

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Tell Me Our Story, by Anyta Sunday

Icy, standoffish Jonathan Hart always turned towards that laugh. Full-throated, uninhibited, addictive.

Soft smiles encouraging him over swing bridges. Hearty chuckles dancing around a ballroom. Wobbly grins. Double-glances. Eyes that brightened the world. His world.
From the moment he met David O’Hara, Jonathan started forming a smile of his own.

And then O’Hara left.
One lingering look.
No last goodbye.

Seven years later, that laugh again.

Full-throated, uninhibited.

Addictive.

O’Hara. Still all fire and flame, still drawing Jonathan in.

And now he wants Jonathan paired with him in a seven-week social influencing challenge.

Now, he wants to finish melting his heart…

~ ~ ~

“Tell Me Our Story” is a second chance, friends-to-lovers slow burn gay romance. This is a standalone, no cliffhanger story with HEA.
Tropes: second chances bromance, friends to lovers, soul mates, opposites attract, slow burn, sunny and serious, unexpected virgin, forced proximity, one true love, first love / only love, lovers in denial, destined to be together

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