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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Welcome Mandi from Smexybooks!

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf,  Mandi from Smexybooks has stopped by to chat with us.  Recently I started reading more books in the M/M world of Erotica.  There is just something about them that has always intrigued me and I knew if I needed a recommendation, Mandi would have it.  She is just one of maybe ten of the first blogs I started following when I started my blog.  I always check her reviews when I want to buy a book and she hardly ever steers me in the wrong direction.  I have always trusted her opinions on books and my wallet cries whenever she puts up a new review.  So when I was trying to locate some books to add to my pile of M/M books, I immediately thought of Mandi.  I asked her to guest post on my blog with her recommendations of books in this genre and what is the allure for her to them. So welcome Mandi and enjoy adding new books to your to-buy pile!

Smexy's World of M/M

When Amy asked me if I would write a guest post about my love of male/male romance books, I said sure! I’m always on the lookout for great m/m recs and like to share the books that have touched me over the years.

I get asked the question a lot of - why do I like m/m books so much? I don’t know if I necessarily like them more than any other type of romance book, but I do find the dynamic within the relationship to be different than your standard m/f book. For one thing, I’m a woman, so reading about two men coming together and finding love intrigues me. But more than that, because a m/m relationship is not always accepted by the public (boo!) often times these books don’t just have internal conflict within the relationship, but conflict resulting from family, friends or even strangers. So I’m drawn to the books that hold more angst and drama within the pages. And who are we kidding, the sex and romance in these books can be very hot as well.

A few of my favorites include:

The Cut & Run series by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux is an amazing romantic suspense series featuring two FBI agents – Ty and Zane. When they first start working together, they hate each other. Yet they start to lust after each other. Every book features a new suspense plot, yet you have to read in order to understand the build up to their relationship. So much angst in these books…I love.

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham features a hero that has a crippling shyness disorder. He meets a zumba instructor, and slowly works his way out of fear of talking to others, in order to pursue a relationship. Very well done stand alone romance.

Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan – Injured football player takes dance lessons to help him recover. Need I say more? *grins*

Bad Boyfriend by K.A. Mitchell – This one is the naughtiest of the group. It’s kinky and while it took me a little bit to accept the kinky part, once I did, I loved it. More serious older Quinn, meets younger, kind of crazy Eli. Well done romance. 

Do you have favorite M/M books I need to read?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll give away one of the ebooks above to one random commenter! Open to all (I can give Kindle or Nook E-Books away).

CONTEST ENDS: May 5, 2012

Thank you so much Mandi for stopping by the blog today!


Blogger Rebe said...

I love, love, love Josh Lanyon! Come Unto These Yellow Sands is one of my favorites - I highly recommend it! I have to try Bad Boyfriend, because I've read one of KA Mitchell's novellas and loved it. Thanks for the recs, Mandi!

May 3, 2012 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

Ty and Zane are my favorites <3
also Promises by Marie Sexton, still my favorite Coda book (I can't resist a "straight" guy that falls in love with a gay guy for the first time). Grey's Awakening by Cameron Dane was very hot (2 hunks and a cabin in the woods.

May 3, 2012 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Amy J said...

OMG! I just finished Grey's Awakening and LOVED it! That was another one that Mandi recommended to me! See?! She rocks when it comes to rec's!

May 3, 2012 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Brie said...

One book I really, really loved, and is a great choice if you’re new to the genre or for people who don’t like graphic sex, is Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy. It’s about a nerd and a football player (Australian football). Also, anything by Marie Sexton is a great choice, she was the first m/m author I ever read. If you like paranormal mystery I would say try the Irregulars Anthology, is a PNR/Romantic Suspense, the stories are by excellent authors, including Josh Lanyon and is a very cohesive anthology, one of the best books I’ve read this year. And finally, I love, love JL Merrow, you should read Muscling Through, what a great story.

Please don’t my name to the contest since I’ve already read and loved all those awesome books, Mandi has great taste!!

May 3, 2012 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

Tigers and Devils is one of my all time favorite books. <3 it hard.

May 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

Omg - and the Coda series from Marie Sexton. LOVE. I tried to include a few of the newer ones I've fallen for recently (above). There are just too many I <3 ;)

May 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Rina said...

I absolutely loved Hot Head by Damon Suede. Sooooo hot!

May 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Bark At The Ghouls said...

Keeping Promises Rock by Amy Lane will rip your heart to shreds. Loved it!

May 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I have quite a few recommended books from friends that include the above, but these were highly liked, Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville and St Nacho's series by ZA Maxfield. I've been wanting to read this, thanks for your top picks!

May 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger JenM said...

I have to admit, I don't read much m/m, but I have read the Dev Bentham book and loved it. I also really liked Pricks and Pragmatism by JL Merrow. I've got Muscling Through on my TBR pile, just haven't gotten to it. I would also recommend Duck! by Kim Dare. I haven't read any of her others, but I absolutely loved this one, which is a twist on The Ugly Duckling.

May 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't really have a fav that I have found but looking for good ones all the time.

Thanks for the Rec's...


May 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger The Literary Darling said...

I know nothing about this genre. I have to secretly admit though...after reading this blurbs, I am curious. Maybe I will try one soon. Dumb question though...what does m/m stand for?

May 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

Lol just two weeks ago I was looking for M/M recs but since I mostly follow teen blogs since I'm mostly a YA blogger I just never found a place to find good M/M stories.

Thanks so much Mandi for all of the recs I can't wait to read more about each one and pick out something that will work for me. The kinky one does sound fun of course :)

May 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Amber Hughes said...

Great post! I've read books with m/m romance in them, but they haven't been the main couple or if it's YA I'm reading, it's toned down of course. I will definitely be checking into these recommended books!

On a side note though, I can't wait for Qhuay's book! So glad JR is finally writing their story!

May 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Jen B. said...

Crud, I think I missed the giveaway. I have Bad Boyfriend on my Kindle but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. One of my favorite m/m authors is Erastes. Her stuff is really well written and not overly graphic.

May 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM  

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