As I’ve spent this past year or so blogging and venturing out to a couple of conventions, I’ve also spent it broadening my horizons with the types of books that I will read. Do I happily not subscribe to the single genre newsletter? Oh heck yes! Have I now started to learn that I can enjoy titles where there is BDSM, mènage, and non-traditional pairings? Yes! One of the most surprising things that I have discovered is I really do enjoy mènage stories where there are two men that are as in to one another as they are their heroine. Why is that surprising to me? Well, as much as I have no issues with non-traditional families in my personal real-life world I didn’t think I would be completely comfortable with reading about those relationships during my relaxation time. What I’ve found is I don’t tend to care about the sexes of the main pair, triad,etc as long as I can believe the story and become invested in the characters. This is a great thing as there are some incredible works out there for people who like non-traditional M/F match ups. I know I am missing quite a few but here are some authors that do a great job with this and who I admire for their honesty in the stories and the lives of the main characters:
1. Tiffany Reisz – Original Sinners Series – I mean who can resist Søren, Nora and Kingsley? Yes I do know there is a major sensitive spot for those who cannot see beyond the fact that there is a priest main character but the mental games and stories that were told in the first 4 books have me hooked . Give me more more more…
2. Lauren Dane – Well almost anything by her is HOT but I’ve enjoyed the stories surrounding the Brown family and the truth that they show when there isn’t a pair hooking up but there is a triad that has the men just as hot for each other as they are for their lady love. Lucky women!!
3. Alexis Hall – Glitterland is an amazing book that tells the story of a man battling bi-polar disease and major depression who gets lucky and finds an incredible man who is just what he needed and what he didn’t think he deserved. This was an amazing story that isn’t easy to read but oh so beautifully done.
4. Heidi Belleau – While I did try the first Flesh Cartel and decided it wasn’t for me (might try them again soon) I found that Apple Polisher told a very time worthy story of what it is like to be a gay man trying to make it in teaching for younger children. There is such a trend to believe the worst about people when you fear their alternate lifestyle and for someone who has relatives and friends who are gay it just makes me sad/angry. I’m looking forward to more from this series and I will definitely keep an eye out for more from her.
5. Kit Rocha – Dear Lord… If you haven’t read stuff by this brilliant author you need to but I must warn you – HAVE EITHER A WALK-IN FREEZER or ICE MACHINE HANDY! The Beyond series has to have some of the most scorching scenes I’ve ever read and can I just say…. 6 way!! YES 6-WAY!! They have produced an amazing series thus far and I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to more. (Yes I know the cover is the old cover but…)
6. Katie Porter – The Vegas Top Guns series exams different fetishes in each of the books and while some have made me cringe I have enjoyed how far they have been willing to push the envelope. I’ve got my hands on the last in the series and I cannot wait to dig in. Oh and they have another little series with a dancer that made me swoon – DIMA!! 😉
7. L.A. Witt – Covet Thy Neighbor was probably one of the best books that came out of me going to the RT Convention this year. I got to meet a lovely lady who introduced me to a publisher I’d never heard of and in particular gifted me this title which to be honest helped sway me to trying more M/M titles than I might have been willing to before. To read how I got this title please click here. This is a wonderful story that may not end with a traditional HEA but ends with the pair in the right spot for all the issues they’ve had. I loved this story and still need to get caught up with the series.
There are a lot more authors out there that I’ve enjoyed over this past year or so who have pushed my boundaries but I wanted to share a few that opened my eyes and helped me be more willing to take chances than I might have if I had never lucked in to reading them.
In honor of these reads and what some of them represent as far as representing the LGBTQ community I am going to give away a $25 gift certificate to Riptide Publishing to one lucky commentor. Comments must be received by September 15, 2013 by 11:59 pm US Central to be considered.
What books have you read recently that pushed your comfort levels and made you think about things outside of your normal boundaries?