Brought A. along with me on a trip to Giovanni's Room. She's quite straight, but was fascinated by the books on women's history and gay history. I told her I had a good number of the gay history books. She borrowed my copy of Hard Fall. A. was raised Mormon, and is now Wiccan -- she told me she'd let me know if she found the Mormon aspects of the book like what she is familiar with. I am not sure what I think about Hard Fall being the first m/m romance she reads, as parts of it are very...earthy. (Of course, I enjoyed the heck out of those parts.) I don't know if I should have eased her in more gently somehow. But I have a feeling she'll like the bits about hot, sweaty men. And it's one of the books I give high points to as far as having realistic gay male characters.
More thoughts on it all later...
Edited to add: Just wanted to list some of the books in men's fiction. Laura Baumbach's Details of the Hunt and A Bit of Rough. The Hearts from the Ashes anthology, which has stories by Ally Blue, Willa Okati and J.L. Langley. A book in Ally Blue's Bay City Paranormal Investigations series. J.L. Langley's Without Reservations and My Fair Captain. Josh Lanyon's A Dangerous Thing, The Hell You Say, and a couple of copies of Death of a Pirate King. Partners in Crime 1 and 3. I thought about getting Partners in Crime 1, but I have it in e-book. So the person or persons ordering for Giovanni's Room got a number of books from MLR and Samhain. In the mysteries, Mahu is back in print and there were two copies of Stain of the Berry.
Edited again: A. liked Hard Fall. She said it was quite accurate to what she knew of Mormon rituals and beliefs. Apparently she wasn't thrown by the sexual aspects of the book, either. If she could deal with that, there are quite a number of books I could lend her. She's more into non-fiction: crafts and hobbies, design and history, than she is into fiction generally or romance particularly, but I tell her about the books I read and work on.