Are there well-written gay romantic books

Gay romance for beginners?

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    But I think it's very nice when the protagonists are rather different - in terms of stature and above all in terms of character. I would also have no objection to a larger age difference between the two, a teacher / student ratio so to speak, as long as it does not end in "Lolita" dimensions.

    In FF (see signature) I have already written something similar. That was really exciting because the characters have flaws, are unsure about their relationship and are twenty years apart. And both are really sexy in my eyes, without being so incredibly great and perfect.


    Well, then especially "On Fire I + II" and "Tigers & Devils" are something for you In the former, there is a considerable difference in age (and, as a result, also character and life phase differences) ...

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    Urban & High - Fantasy, Adventure, Mistery. Occasional: Romance.

    They are not books, but as an introduction to this theme I would recommend the mangas by Shoko Hidaka, as they also work a lot with love and detail.

    Otherwise this manga here, which in my opinion is a bit too .. emotional:

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    "No Touching at all" I found a great Yaoi. Far less cheesy than the usual yaois that dominate the German market. Has a correct storyline and doesn't just consist of strung together sex scenes. Something like that is not a matter of course with a Yaoi either . And I liked the artwork too. At least the men look like men ... By the way, there is a free scanlation here, but only in English. Mangafox is always my first port of call whenever I'm looking for a manga.
    While we're on the subject of Yaoi: In December the German translation of one of my all-time favorite mangas will appear: "Acid Town" by Kyuugou. In the beginning the Yaoi part is just a sub-plot, but it develops as the chapters progress. Nevertheless, the whole thing is not without: It's about child abuse, rape, yakuza (Japanese mafia), etc. If you don't like reading about such taboo topics, you should keep your hands off it. Personally, I'm absolutely addicted to the manga because it's just so different from all the other yaois I've read so far. And I've read quite a few .
    By the way, Mangafox has a free English scanlation here too: click. There are currently 20 chapters published in Japanese, all of which have already been translated into English, but for whatever reason the last 3 can only be downloaded.

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    For a while now, I've been reading a lot of free stories online that haven't been published (yet). I already came across some real gems. There are some really great authors / stories that put some published books in the shade.
    Here are my current recommendations:

    • The author Honunjamajust writes terrific. Her stories should also be suitable for beginners, because although none of them are for minors, there are generally few sex scenes. I find "At the End of Everything" particularly impressive.
    • "The Sailor's General Superior":

      Calentine is having a bad day. His head's bashed in, his ship is sunk, and the most important man in the kingdom just fell in love with him in the worst way.

      Sounds cheesy and as if it would get straight to the point, but it isn't. It's really fantastic written fantasy with a very, very slow relationship building. But it doesn't matter, as there are plenty of other things to concentrate on here. Is not as gloomy as the works of Honunjama.

    • "The Dark Prince":

      They call him the Dark Prince, the one destined to destroy the kingdom. They despise him and worship his brother the Light Prince. But he doesn't care. He'll get his revenge on the kingdom that hates him. He doesn't need love ... or so he thinks.

      Again great fantasy with slow relationship building, but of the dark kind.

    • Lilifrey - A not-so-harmless author. Her latest story in particular has a lot of sex scenes. A very different direction from what I usually read, but the author is really great. Sometimes really funny, without getting ridiculous in any way (otherwise I'm not a big fan of funny stories ...).


    First of all, these are all the rather harmless recommendations that come to mind. In general, I can only warmly recommend the site Fictionpress to everyone. There are hundreds of thousands of stories of every genre and for every age recommendation. There should be something for everyone. You can find me under Facella if anyone is interested

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    I could also recommend Jan Stressenreuter. Sometimes also very wacky plot ("And then the sky"), but still well written and if I remember correctly with very few (or none?) Sex scenes. I mentioned his current book below.

    Otherwise I can really recommend the shadow guild series by Lynn Flewelling in the field of fantasy. The fantasy story is in the foreground, but there is also a wonderful rapprochement between the protagonists.

    Otherwise you can look here again: Querverlagor in my bookshelf under the category "gay / queer";)

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    Hello and thanks again for all the recommendations, from which not only I benefit now ... For me it is now the case that I mainly read English gay romance, and I like to be a bit hearty and detailed. Kind of funny how the taste changes so often. I find it a little strange that I have not yet identified a single * author * who writes in this genre - they are predominantly women under male pseudonyms. Sometimes you notice that too, I think. Many stories are almost a bit too romantic (I don't want to deny the gentlemen of creation the romance, but believe that the novels would then be less "soulful"). Still, I like this genre. I liked the last book - with about 115 pages rather a booklet - because it also has a happy ending.

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    there are predominantly women under male pseudonyms.

    I've been reading this genre for quite a while now, and most of the time I've come across women with female pseudonyms. To be honest, I don't know any female authors with a male pseudonym ...
    The only male gay romance writers I can think of right now are Chris Owen and Sean Michael. The two of them write (mainly) quite explicit BDSM books. So far I've only read a few excerpts, but they weren't without them. You just have to like it.
    Gay romance is mostly a female genre anyway. The majority of readers and authors can be found among heterosexual women. Of course there are also gay and straight men and also lesbian women who read such books, but they are a minority. This is especially true for Yaoi and Shounen Ai (the manga form of gay romance). Do not know why. A bad habit of Yaois / Shounen Ais: overly feminine boys. Find this creepy. They look like girls. Personally, I never really liked the "bishounen" principle ... I like my men as masculine

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  • If it is probably because of the fact that women read more than men, one sees that in the book club and among the reading men there is apparently also rarely a homosexual reader. But I still believe that there are men who can write a lot with feeling and there are even men who are very soulful and I also believe that when a homosexual man writes a homosexual book, it is more authentic. But in the end it doesn't matter, I personally don't like it when homosexuality is in the foreground, but should rather be something secondary. Like this book, for example, it is first and foremost a wonderful story and only secondly is it about something homosexual. In the meantime I've also looked a little and ordered books, let's see when I get to read them.

    The Freemasons (John Dickie) 120/544 pages

    And I shine with the clouds (Sophie Bichon) 236/447 pages

    Distraction (Nicole Stranzl) 10/312 pages

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    I also prefer it when romance is more of a minor matter than the main topic.
    By the way, there are also straight men who read gay romance, but they are quite rare.
    I have another sci-fi recommendation. It's a whole universe called the Phoenix Empire. There are all kinds of relationships (not just gay or straight) and a whole host of different stories. The chronological order can be found here. You can read it here. Can also be downloaded as an e-book. I am always excited about the new stories. The two authors always manage to create something new and exciting.

    "If you have never said" Excuse me "to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time."
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  • I like to read gay novels, not just romance, but also gay in general, insofar as it is not just about porn (i.e. books that are written man for man). I've read a lot in the last few years, and there was a lot of botch, but I still remember some things very positively:

    Adrian Mayfield Trilogy by Floortje Zwigtman
    Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling
    A perfect waiter from Alain Vlaude Sulzer
    The middle of the world by Andreas Steinhöfel
    You me too from Michael Borlik
    Jan Walther's room becomes quiet
    Maurice by E.M. Ranger
    Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse (one of my favorite books)
    Staub und Stolz by C. Dewi (basically all books from Incubus Verlag are recommended)
    The kiss of the spider woman by Manuel Puig (I should have to review ...)

    There are quite a few good books out there, especially among the classics.

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