neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

another "new to me" author

     I got Amazon gift cards for Christmas, and decided to try some m/m romance authors who were new to me.  In my last post, I mentioned trying the "Heaven Sent" series.  It didn't take me long to get through the first four books.  They're easy to read, not too much angst, just basically fun.  I liked Hell the best.  I loved Hell the character.  The story is told in Brent's tight third person viewpoint, but Hell's personality comes across very clearly.  And, boy, does he have a ton of personality.  I'm such a sucker for tiny but feisty men.  Keaton Reynolds was a big part of why I like J.L. Langley's Without Reservations so much.  He's another character who's small in stature, and almost girlish in his beauty (I'm starting to recognize yaoi influence), but he's very strong-minded and has a hot temper.

     There were other reasons I liked Hell so much.  Both of the heroes are clearly established as having had sex with men before -- none of a "formerly heterosexual character turning gay" plotline in this one.  Both heroes have their faults, but also complement each other well.  And although Hell has a rather feminine beauty, he doesn't act girlish at all.  He's really pretty forceful, happy to take charge of a situation.  Even though he's twenty-three at the start of the book, he usually acts relatively mature, very professional about his music.  It's nice to see romance heroes serious about their jobs, which was the case with both Brent and Hell.

     With the other books, I liked aspects of them.  Tyler of Heaven, Reese of Purgatory, and Chris of Faith are all pretty serious about their jobs -- well, Reese is (*spoiler alert*) until Luc gets him fired.  Heaven was maybe the most purely yaoi of the books, from my limited knowledge of the genre.  Although there were a couple of straight-until-they-meet-that-special-guy characters in the series, at least Johnnie was established as bisexual to start with, Reese was established at the beginning of Purgatory as basically being gay, and Chris was openly gay all along.  Whether a character has previously had inclinations towards men is definitely a thing with me.

     That's a major point where I differ from a certain strong fan fiction and yaoi trend -- I'd just as soon read about heroes who don't seem to have ever really wanted to have sex with a woman.  Victor Bayne of the PsyCop series is like that, and so is Michael Davies of Channeling Morpheus.  Nick O'Malley of the Taking the Odds series seems to be that way.  So does Adrien English, and so does Nathan Doyle from Partners in Crime 2.  The previously mentioned Keaton Reynolds is blunt about having no interest in women in that way.  For that matter, Jules Cassidy of the "Troubleshooters" series is very openly gay, and could pretty much go on that list.  Although Jules experimented with a woman once in college, he didn't seem to really count that experimentation in his self-definition.  If I'm reading gay romance, I'm quite happy with reading about characters who are very clear about being gay.  I don't mind protagonists who are established as bisexual; or gay male characters who have had sex with women, if they're aware that they'd prefer to be having sex with a man.  For me, it has something to do with giving the characters the dignity of knowing their own minds.  If that made sense.

More later... 
Tags: m/m, reading, romance

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