I am a kinda m/m virgin (you’ll see why the “kinda” below).
Those who have been living under a rock and don’t know what m/m is, here is a very official (insert sarcastic snicker) definition: “m/m stories are romance stories with male protagonists” as in hero&hero instead of a hero and a heroine.
Lately m/m stories are in a boom and now not just specific publishers like Dreamspinner Press are releasing this romantic subgenre, but mainstream publishers like Harlequin as well (their Carina Press imprint has a wide variety of m/m novels. Be it contemporary, historical or supernatural m/m you’ll find it.).
I first heard of this set-up in romance novels and that it had its own subgenre qualification through blogging: some of my favourite romance bloggers like Sophia from Fiction Vixen and Mandi from Smexy Books are big fans of this subgenre, but until recently, despite their praising reviews though my curiosity was piqued, I was happy with my more conventional m/f romances. But then two things happened: I read a romantic ménage erotica novella which explored the love and affection between two men beautifully and everyone’s glowing reviews of Ava March’s Brook Street series intrigued me. So now I am embarking on an m/m adventure, I’ve packed my bag and I’m ready to discover this subgenre. I think I’ll start by Thief by Ava March as it’s a historical m/m romance and with HR you can’t go wrong, right?
So tell me,
Have you ever read an m/m story?
Are you a fan of the m/m subgenre?
In your opinion what is its appeal (since it seems it is mostly women who read it)?
Why do you think they became so popular recently?
Any good recommendations in the genre you could give?