Please give a warm welcome to the lovely Melanie Hansen to Ever After Book Reviews! She has graciously agreed to stop by and answer the question: Why women love M/M Romance? She share her first experience with M/M Romance (Male/Male), why she reads it, writes it and loves it! Take it away Melanie...
I’ve only been reading M/M romance for a little over two years now. Like most women I’ve talked to about it, I was lead to it through a beloved series that introduced an M/M couple. For a lot of my friends, it was the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. For me, it was the Nature of Desire series by Joey W. Hill. Rough Canvas, her one and only M/M to date, is AMAZING, and I highly recommend it!!
About 10 years ago I was writing a lot of M/F erotica and posting it to an erotic stories site. There was a whole separate category for M/M stories, and I always felt so naughty when I clicked one and read some ‘illicit’ man-on-man action. Most of the stories were along the lines of “Home alone with my sister’s boyfriend” or “In the gym shower with my straight friend.” So when I thought about anything M/M, it was usually hardcore erotica, basically porn without plot.
When I got to Marcus’ and Thomas’ story in Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill, I had no idea what to expect. A gay romance? Before I read that book, I’d never thought of M/M stories actually being love stories; all I knew about was the erotica. Of course I knew that gay men loved each other, my own uncle has been with his partner for over 20 years now, but I didn’t know that a whole romance genre existed that featured gay men, stories that were nuanced and emotional.
After reading M/F romance for years, M/M romance seemed so fresh and exciting. A whole new world of books opened up for me, including some now very beloved series and couples. There are so many subgenres and tropes to get lost in, such as ‘gay for you’ or ‘out for you’, in the closet, coming out…each one featuring men falling in love with each other. And oh, my, the sex is just so hot! *fans self*
Another benefit of reading gay romance is that it’s made me even more aware of the issues facing LGBTQ people today, and I feel that through my reading and through my interaction with the gay romance community, I’ve grown so much more informed about what’s been done and still needs to be done. With a gay couple in my family, that’s become very important to me for many reasons.
Now how I came to be writing M/M romance, well, that’s a very different and very long story. I wrote a blog post about it on my own blog, which I’m linking here.
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The reason I love reading M/M romance is because I love men of all shapes, sizes, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation. Their happily ever afters are just as important and just as passionate (if not more) than Male/Female romances. Thank you, Melanie for sharing with us today!
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She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.
Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
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Resilient Love #3
Resilient Love #3
By: Melanie Hansen
Releasing January 22, 2016
Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.
Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.