What better way to start a new blog than to explain my love for Gay (M/M) Romance, right?
I’ve actually been thinking about this for quite a while. When I first starting reading and writing romance about three years ago, I was only reading heterosexual romance. As a hetero woman, it was the first thing I reached for, and the first thing I initially felt comfortable writing. I hadn’t ever read any gay romance and I really wasn’t exposed to it either. None of my friends who read romance knew anything about it either. I quickly wrote two hetero contemporary romance novels, but then life got crazy and I let them sit, unedited.
My first foray into gay romance actually came through reading erotic menage romance. At first I was reading M/F/M menage, where two men have a relationship with one woman, but the men do not have any sexual contact. That was fine for a while. But then I happened to pick up a M/M/F menage romance and WOW! It opened up my eyes to something new (for me). M/M/F romance is when two men have a relationship with one woman, but the men also have a romantic and sexual relationship with each other at the same time (so all three are sexually involved with each other). For some reason, this type of romance really resonated with me because it removed the barrier of the men not being willing to show each other physical affection and sexual love. I enjoyed seeing how a man could be loving and intimate with another man. It just seemed beautiful and natural to me.
I just looked back at my Goodreads list of “read books” to figure out when I started reading almost all gay romance. I believe the first book I read in the M/M genre was Caught Running, by Madeleine Urban. I finished it in February of 2014, so that was a little over a year ago. It was a book that was mentioned in a romance podcast that I occasionally listen to, so I gave it a try. I loved it, and that was the beginning of more than a year of voracious reading of almost all M/M Romance. I’ve got ten pages worth stories that I’ve read in M/M romance since then.
M/M Romance is an interesting genre. On the one hand, there are plenty of heterosexual women that read gay romance. On the other hand, there are also plenty of gay guys that read the genre, too. And the writers? Same thing. I don’t think anyone really knows the actual breakdown of how many readers and writers of gay romance are hetero or gay. I have some theories about why each of the groups is attracted to the genre, but I’m going to save that for another post. What I will say is that gay romance is great, and I’d encourage anyone who reads romance in general to give it a try.