Five-ish Reasons I Love M/M Romance
by Samantha Ann King, author of Waiting for Ty (Carina Press)
I have a confession. I am captivated by two men falling in love … with each other. It started with a movie. You know the one. And then I discovered a whole genre of books dedicated to these wonderful romances. Cowboy or scientists. Jocks or CPAs. Massage therapists or plumbers. Geeks or bad boys or better yet a combination of the two. Sweet or sexy. I read them all, and I’m hooked.
So when I learned that Landon from Sharing Hailey was in love with his best friend—a man—I was more than happy to write his story.
Why do I love m/m romance? Let me count the ways.
- Hard bodies and soft squishy hearts.
- Even if they can’t find the peanut butter on the shelf in front of their noses, I want men to find true love … if for no other reason than to have someone help them find the peanut butter.
- Because Ennis and Jack didn’t get their HEA. How many of you rewrote the end of Brokeback Mountain in your imaginations? Yeah, I knew I wasn’t the only one. It was a daunting task. Our brains knew they couldn’t be together, but our hearts insisted. We want a world where Ennis and Jack can be together.
- Did I mention hard bodies and soft squishy hearts?
- The dynamics are different with two men. When a man and a woman dance, it doesn’t work if the woman leads. (I know this because I’ve tried!) So when two men dance, one of them must lead. And sometimes, the leader isn’t the man we expected.
- Back to those soft, squishy hearts. Who can resist two men expressing tenderness toward each other in their own rough, tough, taciturn way? Or that special moment when they become soft and vulnerable? Sigh…
I’m sure I missed something in this list. So tell me, why do you love M/M romance?
About the Book
Book two of Lovers and Friends
Tyler Coil doesn’t do men. But it’s harder to remember that each time he visits his best friend, gorgeous Landon Burke. As a political reporter, Ty is good at reading people, and he can tell the lust is mutual. But giving in to it could mean alienating his ultra-conservative family.
Landon never desired a man badly enough to explore that side of his sexuality—until he met Ty. He’s waited four long years for a sign that Ty wants him too, and he can’t deny his needs much longer. So when a career opportunity arises out-of-state, Landon wonders if maybe it’s time to move on.
Then Ty crashes at Landon’s while working on a story—and a searing kiss ignites a night of mind-blowing sex that’s better than their most erotic fantasies. Forced to face his feelings, Ty must decide if love is worth the risk after all—before he loses Landon forever.
In 2010 Samantha wrote her first erotic romance and entered it in Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight Contest. That contest win led to the ultimate writing goal–publication–in 2011. Her first novel was nominated for RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Award. Samantha enjoys helping her characters find their happily ever after, even when they resist.