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As a reader and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I believe that gay historical romance is an important genre that offers a unique perspective on history and the human experience. It allows us to explore the past in a new way and to see the struggles and triumphs of our ancestors through a different lens. In this article, I will explore why gay historical romance is so important and what it means to people today.
1. It's a new perspective on history
One of the main reasons why gay historical romance is so important is that it offers a new perspective on history. Historically, the experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ+ people have been largely ignored or erased from the historical record. Gay historical romance allows us to see the past through the eyes of characters who are like us and to understand the ways in which our ancestors navigated a world that was often hostile to their existence.
2. It allows us to connect with our past
Another reason why gay historical romance is so important is that it allows us to connect with our past in a way that is often not possible with other genres. These stories often feature characters who are struggling to find acceptance and love in a world that does not understand or accept them. By exploring these themes, the genre allows us to understand the ways in which our ancestors dealt with similar struggles and to see the progress that has been made over time.
3. It helps us understand the importance of representation
Finally, gay historical romance is important because it helps us understand the importance of representation. When we see ourselves reflected in the stories that we read, it allows us to understand that we are not alone and that our experiences are valid. Gay historical romance allows LGBTQ+ people to see that they have always existed and that their stories and experiences are worth telling.
In conclusion, gay historical romance is an important genre that offers a new perspective on history, allows us to connect with our past, and helps us understand the importance of representation. It allows us to see ourselves and our experiences reflected in the past and to understand the progress that has been made over time. It is a genre that is not only entertaining but also offers a meaningful and powerful experience for readers. It is a way to connect with our past and to remember the struggles and triumphs of our ancestors, and to understand that we are not alone in this world.
Dark MM romance is a subgenre of gay romance that explores darker themes, such as abuse, trauma, and power imbalances. It has become a popular genre among readers and writers alike, and there are a few reasons why it resonates with so many people.
1. It explores real-life issues
One of the main reasons why dark MM romance is so popular is that it deals with real-life issues that many people can relate to. The characters in these stories often struggle with mental health issues, past traumas, and difficult relationships. By exploring these themes, the genre offers a sense of validation and understanding for readers who may have gone through similar experiences.
2. It allows for character growth and development
Another reason why dark MM romance is so popular is that it allows for the characters to grow and develop in a way that is often not possible in more lighthearted stories. The struggles and challenges that the characters face in these stories force them to confront their own demons and work through their issues. This character growth is satisfying for readers and also allows for a deeper emotional connection with the characters.
3. It pushes boundaries and challenges societal norms
Dark MM romance also challenges societal norms and pushes boundaries in a way that other genres often do not. These stories often feature characters who are considered outsiders or societal misfits, and they often explore themes that are considered taboo or controversial. By doing so, they challenge readers to question their own beliefs and prejudices and to see the world in a different way.
In conclusion, dark MM romance is a popular genre in gay romance because it explores real-life issues, allows for character growth and development, and pushes boundaries and challenges societal norms. The genre resonates with many readers because it offers a sense of validation and understanding for those who have gone through similar experiences and also challenges readers to question their own beliefs and prejudices. It may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, it offers a powerful and meaningful reading experience.
I have read a lot of romance novels, and I can say that the emotion is real. I’ve found what I love in these gay romance books; you feel the heat, you long for more and you wish they were real. These books possess you and meet your needs with passion and desire that burns brightly within their pages.
Finding a great gay romance book can be like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The stories are vivid and passionate, the characters are engaging, and the sex scenes are hot enough to make you blush.
1. Boy in the Club: Boy & Billionaire #1 By Rachel Kane
The scarred boy was off-limits, but billionaires don’t play by the rules.
Colby Raines–rich, heartless, cold–has given up on emotions. The last place he wanted to go was the club, surrounded by men who would pretend to worship him. He looks at them and feels nothing.
Enter Finn–sweet but damaged in ways he cannot describe. Disfigured by a scar from a tragic accident, the serving boy should have been invisible to rich and powerful men. But from the second Colby sees Finn, he can’t look away.
But Finn is forbidden, controlled by the club’s evil and powerful owner. Colby knows he should walk away. He doesn’t do emotions, no matter how pretty a package they come in. But he’s got a protective streak a mile wide, and when he learns of the danger Finn is in, he’ll stop at nothing to keep him safe–and make him his.
If you like tear-jerkers, this is one of the best. It’s intense, emotional and truly makes you feel for the characters. There are quite a few twists in the plot, but it’s not too confusing. The storyline has some parts that seem out of character at times, but considering how much struggle the main character goes through you can understand why he does what he does. Overall, a great book!
2. Stalking My Mate: Assassins Inc. #5 By Stormy Glenn
Jojo – I’d given up the dream of a mate in exchange for the life of my son. It was an exchange I willingly gave to have Tommy with me. When our lives were threatened, escaping with Tommy was my only option. I just wasn’t sure where we were going to escape to or who could help us, but someone had to. I’d already lost my mate. I couldn’t lose my son.
[Siren Publishing: The Stormy Glenn ManLove Collection: Alternative Contemporary Paranormal Romance, MM, shape-shifter, HEA]
I love a good stalker romance. Nothing says romance more than following your love interest home. Just kidding! But because I am a lover of all things dark romance, when I stumbled across this tale of the madness of obsessive love, I was hooked.
3. Handsome Death By Sara Dobie Bauer
At least, that’s what I tell myself.
In New York City, a beautiful creature like Tristan Clement should not be walking the streets alone, and I’m the perfect vampire to watch his back.
But what if keeping him safe isn’t enough anymore? What if I want to touch? And taste?
I need him. But I’ve never needed anyone.
In a world where paranormal creatures live amongst us and must follow certain laws, living life as a dangerous loner works for vampire Ethan. Inhabiting his gleaming apartment, wearing his designer suits, jetting around the world as a fanged killer-for-hire, Ethan does it all alone.
That is, until he literally runs into Tristan. Tristan, who is clearly trouble wrapped in skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. Tristan, with his shock of angelic blond curls. Tristan, who plays piano more beautifully than the old masters– and Ethan would know; he saw Beethoven.
Tristan is gorgeous, a little sassy, and irresistible. Also, Ethan is horrified to note, Tristan has no idea how incredibly tempting he is to things that go bump in the night.
Overcome by the urge to keep Tristan safe, Ethan begins to… well, stalk is such a strong word. What starts as an obsession quickly becomes something more, something that Ethan needs. And to his surprise, Tristan seems to need him, too…
This darkly romantic tale delivers steamy passion and a happily ever after. Be advised that Handsome Death includes explicit m/m content, stalking, mentions of past abuse, and graphic violence.
Very good book! I really enjoyed it! You’ll feel like you’re living inside the mind, heart, and soul of a person with this book.
4. Wicked Seal: Wicked Daddies #1 By Neya Wara
With an ex-daddy that doesn’t know how to take no for an answer, Lead singer of Majestic Rage, Silas Jarek, is done with relationships. But forced to visit an auction by his bandmates, he’s instantly attracted to Daddy Mike.
His heart can’t take the scars that his ex left but it can’t seem to forget Daddy Mike either.
Mike is forty, has had more failed relationships than he likes to admit, and somehow gets roped into being auctioned off to help a friend.
Silas is a breath of fresh air. Mike is instantly drawn to him.
The only problem—he won’t bid.
But Daddy Mike won’t let him get away that easily. He’s determined to explore their magnetic attraction and heal Silas’ broken heart.
He’ll do anything to keep him safe.
Wicked Seal is an MM romance featuring two men looking for love, healing their souls, and finding their forever. It’s the first book in the Wicked Daddies series, and it can be read as a standalone. It has a suspense sub plot without cliffhangers. Please check the trigger warnings in the front of the book.
NOTE: Reader discretion is advised. This book contains mature content, and a theme/topic some may find offensive, distressing, and a potential trigger.
Every book in this series will make you want to lock yourself away with your other half. A possessive alpha hero, a sweet and funny heroine, an over-the-top happy ending, and a steamy romance. That’s all I have for now! What’s your favourite book?
There’s nothing like a storybook that blurs the lines between protagonists and antagonists, right?
And if you’re longing for some MM genre, here are the best enemies to lovers storylines that you can find out there:
1. The Captive Prince Series By C. S. Pacat
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
Includes an exclusive extra story!
Written by C.S. Pascat, the series follows Damen and his master prince along treacherous roads and political webs. The reader gets a flavor of both romance and thrill in these three masterfully written novels.
The books have received widespread acclaim and are often regarded as the best MM novel of all times.
2. Just a Bit Wrong by Alessandra Hazard
Tristan DuVal is a young soccer star with a groin injury.
They despise each other from the moment they meet.
As far as Zach is concerned, Tristan is a rich, spoiled brat who is too used to getting his own way.
As far as Tristan is concerned, Zach is a bossy, presumptuous jerk. Tristan hates Zach. He does. The problem is, he also wants to shove Zach against the nearest wall and climb him like a tree.
Note explicit MM content, minor D/s undertones.
The 4th book of the Straight Guys series presents Zach Haradaway and Tristan DuVal that hate each other from the very first instance. But they must continue to frequent each other given that Zach is treating Tristan’s groin injury as his physiotherapist.
But while they Tristan hates Zach, he also finds himself helplessly drawn towards him. It’s a treat to read!
3. Wicked Boys Tell Lies By K. Webster
I’m in love with my best friend.
I’m in love with my enemy.
But they’re the same.
They. Are. The. Same.
Lines in my world are blurry between fantasy and reality.
Truth and lies. Love and hate.
Copeland Justice is my enemy. My once best friend. The sadist in my heart plucking and pulling at every thread of who I am until I’m unraveled at his feet.
His mouth says he hates me. His eyes burn with animosity for me. His heart beats for someone else.
But Copeland Justice is the best liar of us all.
This book comes from the USA Today best-selling author K. Webster and it is unlike anything you have ever read before. The tale of two best friends that constantly blur the lines of love and hate is one of the best enemies to lovers storylines you will find!
Romance is always the go-to genre when you’re disillusioned by the realities of life. But everybody appreciates some extra flavor to their romance.
If there’s one way to add that flavor, it is through queer romances that take place in a paranormal world!
Why Read Paranormal Queer Romances?
For such a genre, you will be exposed to an open or a closed world with some dark secrets and tantalizing romance, which is more than you can ask for.
But even more important are the great plot points that can be seen from different contexts if you have the eye for it.
Best of all is when authors create elaborate maps to help the reader navigate their fictional world. It all adds up to offer a reading experience like none other – quite literally!
Finding the Best Paranormal Queer Romances
As great as the genre sounds, there aren’t many writers that have mastered the art of writing it. At best, you can find too little romance overshadowed by too much paranormal.
When looking for paranormal queer romances in novels, always look at the blurb rather than just the cover.
The cover can be very misleading, and you wouldn’t know until you’ve already invested so much time in the book.
Where can I find them?
1. Change of Heart by Mary Calmes
Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn’t want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them. But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won’t give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.
I loved Jin Rayne and Logan Church together! Their story was full of mystery and intrigue. A well-written piece that kept me guessing as to what was going on in Jin’s head throughout the story.
2. Captive: Beautiful Monsters #1 by Jex Lane
Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrick—a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into the middle of a war between vampires and incubi, Matthew is used as a weapon against his own kind. Although he’s desperate for freedom, he is unable to deny the burning desire drawing him to the incubus general he now calls Master.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
I loved this book! The characters were so vivid, so real. I felt like I really knew them by the end of the story. It was such a heartwarming book that resonated deeply with me. And did I mention spicy? Whew!
3. Exhale by Joel Abernathy
Falling for “the other man” in my marriage was never part of the plan. Then again, according to Nicolae Ursache, I am the other man, and human wedding vows don’t apply. Not to werewolves.
Nicolae is a smug, arrogant alpha male stereotype–and I do mean alpha in the literal sense–but when the same people who killed my wife kidnap my teenage daughter, he’s my only chance at getting her back. The fact that Nicolae was my wife’s rightful mate means that we share a mutual interest in bringing Ellie home, but I never could’ve imagined how he planned to do it.
I will do anything to protect my daughter. Even if it means becoming the plaything, or worse, of the man I loathe most.
This dark shifter romance contains mature subject matter.
**NOTE: There is no mpreg in this universe.**
The author doesn’t hold anything back in this page-turning story. From the first page, it’s action-packed, filled with vivid descriptions and characters. The plot is original and full of twists and turns!