A reader contacted me and said they liked my writing but they'd run out of my books and which MM Romance would I recommend for them to read next. After I stopped blushing I wrote back with some recommendations. Then I decided I would hone the list and make up a blog post… I didn't realize when I set out to compile this list of my favorite romance books that it would be so hard. In fact it is an impossible thing to try and do!
What is MM Romance?
MM is shorthand for Male/Male, and I think the term originates from fan fiction. All I know is that I found it through Supernatural MM RPF (real person fiction) and haven't looked back since I read my first romance featuring love between two men!
The list is more than ten.
So I began to compile the list on a notepad and quickly saw I have more than ten books, and in fact for some authors I auto-buy everything they have ever put out.
So in no particular order I give you the first author on my list… Eli Easton
Eli Easton – Everything
I particularly love Eli's Christmas books, her Seattle Series, and her wonderful Howl at the Moon series. Eli has a wonderful skill at world building, and her men are so real. Start with the Seattle series, move onto Unwrapping Hank, then Blame it on the Mistletoe, and then on to the fabulous Howl At The Moon series… There is so much more as well… just read everything by Eli Easton, you won't be disappointed!
The Trouble With Tony (Sex in Seattle, Book 1)
This MM Romance book was wonderful, funny, sexy, and I loved the two characters so much I didn’t want to stop reading them even after they got their HEA. You should read, I did and I loved it.
As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo.
Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?
Also in this series
The Enlightenment of Daniel: How i wish I had written something like this story. Beautiful. A must read. I read this in one sitting and could not put it down. I loved how much thought went into creating Nick’s family, and the connections between generations. This can be read as a standalone but you should read book 1 for the full experience.
The Mating of Michael: I have read three books this year so far that have broken me… ripped out my heart and made me want to reach into the book and hug every character.
The first was Glory Lands by Vastine Bondurant, the second Hainted from Jordan L Hawk, and the third is the latest book from Eli Easton, the third book in her Seattle series, The Mating of Michael.
This to me is a perfect Christmas book… love… holidays… family… animals… more love… a *bad* guy… the *good guys* and most of all humour. I love Eli Easton’s books and this one is just the right book to sit with the Christmas tree and lose yourself in a funny, endearing, happy, loving and it left me smiling like an idiot. 6/5
Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Blame it on the Mistletoe
Perfect Christmas Read. I loved both characters so much. Told from Mick’s POV we see Fielding, an isolated brilliant geek genius, transforming in front of our eyes. He hasn’t done much in his life–his mother is controlling and wanted Fielding to achieve academically and up until now he hasn’t had freedom. Then Mick happens in his life. Kind of a gay for you story, until you read more and realise that Eli is cleverly filling in back story. Highly recommended, and a good solid length story for a MM Romance. 5/5, the writing is excellent and the story of the geek and the jock is perfect!
When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.
It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn't understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.
Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
How to Howl At The Moon
I love the world building in this book. Sexy and gorgeous with a beautiful town as a backdrop… brilliant concept and a wonderful book…
Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.
Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.
Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.
Others in this series that I have reviewed
How To Walk Like Man: Beautiful story from a wonderful MM Romance author. At times I laughed out loud, at others I wanted to cry for Roman. Roman is a wonderful character and I fell in love with him. Gorgeous emotional richly described book.
How To Wish Upon A Star: This book is just one long feel. I fell in love with Milo, and could not put this book down. And OMG, the way Eli describes this town… I want to visit… Milo and Jason are perfect and this story is highly recommended by me… ? A gorgeous romance, and appearances from old characters is win/win.
Falling Down: Stunning. A beautifully written journey. Highly recommended.
A Second Harvest: As a huge Eli Easton fan I was so excited to read this new MM Romance from her. I loved the dynamics and the story, and hell, I loved everything about this book. A proper romance, with solid family dynamics, and a forever romance. Lovely.
Midwinter Night’s Dream: I loved this book so much… in fact I have loved every single one of Eli’s Christmas books… I think I fell in love with Micah, oh and we get an awesome visit back home to the farm and the barn… oh, it’s just all sparkly yummy Christmasy goodness…. Highly Recommended