On Thin Ice: Top 5 MM Hockey Romance Novels That Score Big on Love

1. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy:

Kicking off our list is the powerhouse collaboration between Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy in “Him.” Follow the journey of Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning as they navigate the world of professional hockey, friendship, and the unexpected twists that love throws their way. With a perfect blend of heartwarming moments and steamy passion, “Him” is a winning start to your MM Hockey Romance collection.

2. Power Play" by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Picture this: a hockey player, Max Ashford, collides with the team’s quirky librarian, Misha Samarin. It’s a meeting of worlds, a sprinkle of enemies-to-lovers magic, and enough hockey action to keep us on the edge of our seats. Trust me; this one’s a puckin’ good time!

3. Hat Trick by Eden Finley and Saxon James

Best buds Ollie and Lennon discover they have feelings for each other, but as their feelings intensify, so does the complexity of their relationship. Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions – “Hat Trick” is the kind of read that leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

4. Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Picture the sizzle of a forbidden romance between hockey player Tristan Holt and the team’s coach, Sebastian Cruz. It’s the irresistible combination of passion, risk, and the thrill of the game. Get ready to be swept off your feet – or maybe just your skates!

5. Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

So, last but not least we finish with “Us” another one of my personal favorites! Witness Wes and Jamie tackling new challenges in their relationship amidst the chaos of professional hockey. This one’s got the perfect mix of humor, heart, and heat, solidifying Bowen and Kennedy’s status as the MVPs of MM Hockey Romance.


1. Blades of Desire

And now, for the grand finale – a bonus round! Keep those eyes peeled for J.M. Jackie’s “Blades of Desire” in 2024. It’s set to add a fresh layer of passion and excitement to the genre. As the countdown begins, make sure your TBR pile is as ready as a goalie facing a penalty shot – this one’s bound to leave us breathless on and off the ice.

Sizzling Pages: Top 5 Must-Read MM Cop Romance Novels to Heat Up Your Bookshelf

1. Cut and Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

Kicking off our list is the pulse-pounding masterpiece, “Cut and Run.” This dynamic duo, Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban, takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions as FBI agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett navigate not only the treacherous world of crime but also the complexities of their blooming relationship. The banter between Ty and Zane is nothing short of electrifying, and readers are sure to be captivated by the magnetic pull that keeps them coming back for more.

2. Don't Judge by A.E. Via

A.E. Via, the queen of MM Cop Romance, delivers yet another knockout with “Don’t Judge.” Detective Austin Michaels and Judge Xavier James are an unlikely pair thrown together by fate, and their journey from adversaries to lovers is nothing short of breathtaking. Via’s signature blend of passion, suspense, and scorching romance is on full display here, making “Don’t Judge” a must-read for anyone craving a love story that transcends boundaries.

3. Nothing Special by A.E. Via

Honestly, I love her. I thought about putting the whole “Nothing Special” series but refrained. But this series is amazing! From the intense camaraderie among the alpha-male detectives of the God and Day’s narcotics team to the explosive chemistry that ignites between partners God and Day, this series has it all. Via masterfully weaves together heart-stopping action and soul-stirring romance, creating a world readers won’t want to leave.

4. Hot Head by Damon Suede

Shifting gears, we enter the scorching world of “Hot Head” by Damon Suede. While not strictly a cop romance, this novel follows FDNY firefighter Griff and his best friend Dante, a fellow firefighter and aspiring actor. The passion and intensity between these two characters are off the charts, making “Hot Head” a delightful deviation from the typical cop dynamic. Suede’s rich storytelling and magnetic characters make this a worthy addition to any MM romance collection.

5. Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux

Returning to the masterful Abigail Roux, “Shock & Awe” introduces us to Sidewinder, a force to be reckoned with. This spin-off from the “Cut and Run” series follows the passionate relationship between Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott, offering readers a fresh perspective on love amidst chaos. Roux’s ability to craft characters with depth and authenticity ensures that “Shock & Awe” is not just a romance; it’s an unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

Coming 2024!

Dark MM Romance Novels: Why do readers love it?

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.

Popular Possessive MM Romance Books

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

Stalker – I was stalking my mate and I had good reason. He was bonded to someone else, but that didn’t absolve me of my duty to him, or my obsession. Making sure he was happy and safe, even if it wasn’t with me, was just something I had to do. When I discovered he wasn’t, all bets were off.

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

I’m not hunting him; I’m protecting him.
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

A whole heart is beautiful. But, a broken heart… is the talk of legends.
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.

Even kill.

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? 

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