Hubs and I are watching Game of Thrones again this season. I’m really excited the new season is underway and I’m really enjoying the fantasy aspect in the historical setting. The plot is thickening, war is coming and no one is safe! **I miss you Khal Drogo!** While there is sex I wouldn’t necessarily call it a sexy series, *cough*incest*cough* but I have found the sprinkling of gay relationships quite intriguing. Last week there was a nearly intimate—and by intimate I mean hot—scene between the characters Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon. (For a little tease go here but promise to come back!) After I splashed a little cold water on my face it occurred to me that I should definitely read more historical m/m starting now.
I wouldn’t say I’ve read a lot of historical m/m but I have read some. My favorite historical m/m author is Ava March. I think I’ve read around 10 of her books and have loved them all. There are many reasons to like her stories but here are my top two:
The forbidden attraction
This is not exclusive to Ava March’s books of course. Gay relationships during the regency period were very dangerous indeed. Ava March really captures that and creates love stories that are forbidden and dangerous, but believable. She creates emotional angst and sexual tension between her characters and finds a way to give them a happily ever after…or at least a happily for now.
Most (maybe all?) of the m/m books I’ve read by Ava March are not full length novels. My most consistent complaint is always in the ending. Her books tend to end too abruptly for me. But, she never skimps on the character development. With each book I’ve read I come away feeling like I know the characters well and what makes them unique and special. Some of them have stayed with me for a time after their story was told.
Convincing Arthur is my favorite Ava March book followed closely by Convincing Leopold. Arthur is an upstanding solicitor and insists on discretion. Too much starch in his cravat I think. Leo needs to mess it up. Leopold has a taste for drink, debauchery and Arthur and he fully intends to not only seduce him, but to keep him. Leo is my favorite drama queen.
So tell me, what other m/m historicals are a must read?
Fill in the blank: If you like Ava March’s historical m/m romance, then you should read ________.
(I’ll update the post later with everyone’s recs)