February 7th: Favorite M/M Couples –Who are your favorite dudes loving other dudes? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis gay couples, but also applies to couples that include bi men, trans men, pan men, ace men, etc.)
Celebrating the romance genre in February is pretty fitting so I’m very excited for this week’s topic. I only started reading LGBTQ+ romances about 1.5 years ago but I quickly found favorites! If you’re new to this genre of romance and want some recommendations, feel free to comment or you can check out the LGBTQ+ Romance that I’ve reviewed on my blog by going to my Genre and Theme page.
Jeremy & Charlie – Hard to be Good (Hard Ink #3.5) by Laura Kaye
I loved Jeremy’s character from the very first book in this series and he quickly had me wishing for his happily ever after. He’s charming, goofy, and raunchy and he pretty much steals the scene any time he’s on page. As a counterpoint, Charlie is introverted, contained, and very careful with his words and emotions. I loved both these men and really enjoyed watching them fall in love and learn to balance each other. Though you can read this book as a stand alone, I highly recommend you start from the beginning of the series because it’s just amazing!
Pike & Zack – Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert
This is probably my favorite Annabeth Albert book and this couple is a big reason behind that. Pike is openly gay and he has no problem speaking his mind and enjoying life, while Zack is in the closet and deeply concerned with how he’ll be treated by his conservative family as well as his SEAL team if he were to come out. I loved watching Zack come to accept himself for who he really is as he falls in love with Pike.
Tristan & Sebastian – Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale
This is a newer book but it quickly moved to my favorites list! Featuring some forbidden love between a professor and a student, this book was so enjoyable. Tristian is an NHL hockey player and keeping his preference for men quiet. But he can’t resist Sebastian, and once the semester is over, Sebastian can’t resist either. I loved that these two really communicated and didn’t let drama or misunderstandings get in their way.
Ravi & Tristan – Beta Test (#gaymers #2) by Annabeth Albert
I love a good nerdy couple and this makes Ravi and Tristan perfect in my eyes. A bit of an opposites attract romance, Ravi is outgoing and spontaneous while Tristian is methodical and uber-organized. Stuck together in a work van as they drive across the country, these two start out rocky but then they begin to understand each other and appreciate what the other has to offer. They have a few ups and downs but I love the acceptance they find together.
Rex & Daniel – In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhere #1) by Roan Parrish
A great small town romance, I really enjoyed Rex and Daniel’s development from a fling to a real relationship. And if you love tattooed men, then Daniel is your guy because he’s hiding A LOT of tattoos under his professor clothes. He might not have the tattoos, but Rex was a giant with a heart of gold and I loved the way he was always trying to take care of Daniel. As Daniel goes through some rough experiences and truly finds his place, Rex is there to provide support and stand by his side.