My top dozen 2019 m/m romances

This list is focused on m/m romances released in 2019. I’m listing these in alphabetical order by title, except for the last one which I’m listing separately, as it’s a bit of a cheat. This list definitely shows my bias towards contemporary adult romance, but there is a graphic novel, a romantic suspense, a historical fantasy romance, a police procedural serial, and a paranormal romance as well. I link to reviews where I have written them; and also where I have only posted content warnings, so you can easily find those. If I have not yet reviewed, I am using affiliate links to Amazon. If you buy through those links, I will make a small amount of money on that sale (which I plan to use to buy more books to review), but it will not add any to the cost of your product. It comes out of the company’s profits.

I’m listing marginalized representation at the end of my descriptions. If you spot something incorrect, please do feel free to let me know. Also, I am not intending to out anyone; I get author info from the web and the book bio. If an author would like me to remove any info listed, please do let me know. I want to note that I use the word fat as a neutral descriptor when listing rep, and use the word queer when a character or author identify that way or when I am unclear about their identity but know they fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. For folks looking for stories with no on-the-page sex, I am putting three asterisks*** at the end of the description.

American Love Story.audioAmerican Love Story by Adriana Herrera (2019 contemporary m/m romance novel) I loved this a lot, & really appreciated the complexity & nuance in the story. This may be my favorite 2019 romance, it’s at least in the top 3. This is my fave so far in a very strong series, a second chance, neighbors-landlord/tenant, activist romance. I read this in ebook, and then re-read in audio about a month later. The audio performance is completely wonderful. (Rep: Afro-Latinx Haitian American gay man MC. Gay white man MC. Afro-Latinx Dominican American bisexual woman author.)

American SquireAmerican Squire by Sierra Simone (2019 contemporary m/m romance novella) This is one of the more lovely service-focused queer D/s romances I have read. I esp appreciate how it plays with the idea of service to a monarch like a squire or knight would offer, something that I have found to be very resonant for some service based submissive folks I have known. I did wish it was longer and we got to see more of the Dom’s sadism, but I still loved it. I should note that it’s part of a kinky Arthurian retelling series that seems to be mixed orientation, with some polyamory. (Rep: Queer white man MC. Queer white man love interest. White woman author.)

bang and burn by katrina jacksonBang and Burn by Katrina Jackson (2019 contemporary m/m romsusp novel) I devoured this in big gulps and couldn’t put it down. It was a really fun read! I fell really hard for Caleb and Lamont, and am looking forward to them getting an HEA in a later book; this felt right, kinda like a prequel for that, because the timing was off. I really liked that the author honored that need, to wait for the right time. I liked seeing glimpses of the characters I know and love, especially Chante. It was fun to see Lane go off on his own on a mission. I also really liked the way we got to see Lamont reacting to all the ways his relationships at work go sideways; I think sometimes in spy stories we don’t get to see that, and it made me really feel for him. (Rep: Black queer men MCs. Black queer woman author.)

Check, Please! by Ngozi UkazuCheck, Please by Ngozi Ukazu (2018 contemporary m/m romance graphic novel)*** I enjoyed this so much! It was utterly delightful. It centers the most adorable gay boy hockey player ever. He figure skates! He bakes pies! He has a crush on the captain of the team! He is new to college, and new to college hockey, and so completely charming that I fell really hard for him. It’s more a story about his experiences playing hockey in his first two years of college, but there is a romance plotline that was really sweet. It has a YA feel to it, though technically I guess it’s New Adult. (Rep: Gay white man MC. Queer white man love interest. Nigerian American woman author.)

FrostbiteFrostbite by J Emery (2019 paranormal m/m romance novella) I really enjoyed this vampire/monster hunter snowed in New Years m/m romance! It’s full of tropetastic goodness, lovely chemistry, and hits the enemies to lovers aspect just right. Really delivers on the snowed in aspect, from the trapped and someone’s coming after you part that is a staple when snowed in meets romantic suspense, to the nearly frozen MC gets cared for by other MC until he regains his health, to the sense of being the only two people in the universe. (Rep: Fat queer white man MC. Fem queer white man MC. Queer white non-binary author.)

play it again by aidan wayne audioPlay It Again by Aidan Wayne (2019 contemporary m/m romance novel)*** This hit the mark for me. It’s not a completely light story, I wouldn’t exactly call it fluff, as Sam’s arc has trauma elements woven into it pretty strongly, but it’s got a fairly light adorableness to the romantic relationship aspect that was exactly what I needed on a rough day. I especially appreciated the way Dovid and Sam negotiated around sex. Sam is not sex repulsed; he’s also not really interested in sex, and Dovid carefully draws him out when he gets a soft yes for sex, in a way that I really liked. The audio performance is wonderful. (Bisexual Jewish white blind man MC. Homoromantic ace white man trauma survivor MC with social anxiety. Aroace Jewish white woman secondary character. White non-binary author.)

Raze audioRaze by Roan Parrish (2019 contemporary m/m romance novel) So I just want to say that yet again Roan Parrish wrote a book that grabs my heart & gives me so many feelings. I feel all tender and protective of this book, which has more quiet angst, a slower pace, and is less action oriented, but grabbed hold of me hard and felt like a super intense story to read. I don’t really have words yet for this one, but I loved it. The audio was really lovely, too. (Rep: Bi white man MC with addiction. Queer white man MC with trauma. Queer white secondary characters. White woman author.)

Spellbound

 

Spellbound by Allie Therin (2019 historical fantasy romance m/m romance novel) I adored this romance full of intrigue and magic, with MCs I fell really hard for. Tiny angry scared younger hero falls for tall protective cinnamon roll older hero; they both think they couldn’t possibly deserve each other and they are exactly right together. I was rooting for them so hard. (Rep: Bisexual biracial man MC. Queer white man MC. Latinx woman author.)

 

Team Phison Forever

Team Phison Forever by Chace Verity (2019 contemporary m/m romance novella) This story spoke to my estranged-from-family queer heart. It was substantially more angsty than book 1, and a romance about staying together instead of getting together. One that’s told from the POV of a sunshine character who is not feeling so sunny, because he’s dealing with complex familial dynamics and depression. Tyson grabbed hold of my heart, hard. I felt so deeply for him, connected with him. (Rep: Fat bisexual white man MC with depression and trauma. Older gay white man MC. Non-binary white queer author.)

Work for It

 

Work for It by Talia Hibbert (2019 contemporary m/m romance novel) I loved this angsty romance so so much. I fell really hard for both of the MCs and their complex nuanced arcs gave me so many feels. The sex was also really lovely, loving, and hot. (Rep: Black man MC with depression. Autistic white man MC. Black Anglo-Romani autistic queer disabled woman author.)

 

Slow Moves

 

Slow Moves by Elliott Junkyard (2019 contemporary m/m romance novella with a trans man lead) I adored this rock star romance to pieces, really loved the one night stand to lovers arc, the way the characters built connection, the friendships in the book, the trans representation. (Rep: Bisexual white trans man MC. Queer white man love interest. Queer white trans man author.)

 

And to get that dozen, allow me to recommend Cole McCade’s Criminal Intentions series, which began in 2018, and continues on this year. 2019 saw the closing of the first season and the kickstart of the second season of this m/m romance police serial which is really wonderful, with characters I adore. (Rep: Bi Persian American Mizrahi Jewish man MC with PTSD. Gay demigray ace Korean American man MC with PTSD. Genderqueer/Two Spirit Lumbee secondary character. Aro Black Cubano American woman secondary character. Native AmeriBlAsian POC demibisexual queer trans man author.)

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