Get ready to unlock the ultimate guide to gay romance novels with this book list.
No matter your pleasure, this book list gives you 60 gay romance novels that cover contemporary romance, new adult romance, young adult romance, fantasy romance and more!
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I still remember the day when I discovered gay romance novels and became a fan for life.
Love is love and I devour romance in any shape, size, color, or orientation but there is just something about gay romance novels that I can’t get enough of.
As the list of gay romance novels I read increased, I realized that I also don’t discriminate about the category or trope of MM romance I love.
Many of my favorites fall into the sports romance category, but I also love historical, fantasy, young adult, you name it!
That’s why this book list is designed to be your ultimate guide to discovering all there is to read within gay romance.
Here’s what you’ll find on this ultimate list of gay romance novels:
- Contemporary Gay Romance Novels
- New Adult Gay Romance Novels
- Young Adult Gay Romance Novels
- Sports Gay Romance Novels
- Historical Gay Romance Novels
- Fantasy Gay Romance Novels
- Paranormal Gay Romance Novels
- Gay Romance Graphic Novels
My favorites are interspersed within each category but you can’t go wrong with any title on this list.
Many of these books also feature some of my favorite authors (both men and women) in gay romance.
While I may only feature one or two titles from each author, don’t be shy in exploring their entire catalog of gay romance novels.
Be sure to also check out my list of #Ownvoices romance books for more gay romance novels written by authors who identify with their characters.
Have your own favorite gay romance novel? Share it in the comments below!
Contemporary Gay Romance Novels
Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz isn’t one to hide his disdain for Prince Henry, but when photos of an altercation at a wedding are leaked to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations, he agrees to a fake friendship with the Prince as damage control.
Only the fake relationship leads to a secret relationship that could derail his mother’s re-election campaign and upend two nations.
I had to start off this book list with one of the gay romance novels to make my list of all-time favorite romance novels!
I loved this opposites attract love story but there was so much more to it with the political angle, amazing side characters, and take on public responsibility versus private desires.
Henry will forever be one of those characters that stick with me. His love for Alex was beautiful.
I can’t recommend this gay romance novel enough! Read it then check out more books like Red, White and Royal Blue. My Review.
by Alexis Hall
One compromising photo too many puts Luc’s job in jeopardy. His one chance at redemption turns out to be a fake relationship with a respectable boyfriend to clean up his image.
That “job” falls to Oliver Blackwood, a barrister, who is the opposite of Luc in every way.
But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.
This was a poignant gay romance novel between two opposites who were each struggling with their own issues.
Luc was admittedly a trainwreck and I loved Oliver who stood up for Luc when he needs it most.
The witty banter was spot on and there were several clever one-liners, jokes and little tidbits dropped along the way that I enjoyed to make this one of the best gay romance novels worth reading. My Review.
The Charm Offensive
by Alison Cochrun
Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales, which is why he loves working on the reality dating show Ever After.
But this season may be his toughest yet, when disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw is cast as its star.
Charlie doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image.
In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off.
As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars.
But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.
I fell hard for this gay romance novel which instantly became one of my favorite books of 2021!
A book that weaves a sweet, slow burn romance with beautiful writing and exquisite character development with a much-needed look at mental health.
This book has made me a Cochrun fan for life! My Review.
by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
When the lead singer of the world-famous rock band, TBD walks out of the studio one day, it leaves the rest of the band members scrambling for his replacement.
After months of lackluster auditions, Viper, the lead guitarist and resident bad boy of the group, is ready to find solace in the bottom of a bottle. But then Halo walks through the door.
With a voice to match his stunning good looks, it isn’t long before Viper’s taking notice. But there are several reasons this is a bad idea but the main one is that Halo is straight.
This is hands down one of the steamiest gay romance novels that I’ve ever read. Halo and Viper are not only two of the hottest rock stars ever, but they are one of the hottest couples to grace a romance book.
Once Viper had Halo in his sights, there was no going back though Halo honestly didn’t fight his own feelings too hard.
You won’t be able to put this book down and then you’ll be instantly grabbing the next book in the series to get more of these two characters. I LOVED it!
Love, Hate & Clickbait
by Liz Bowery
Cutthroat political consultant Thom Morgan is thriving, working on the governor of California’s presidential campaign.
If only he didn’t have to deal with Clay Parker, the infuriatingly smug data analyst who gets under Thom’s skin like it’s his job.
In the midst of one of their heated and very public arguments, a journalist snaps a photo, but the image makes it look like they’re kissing. The photo goes viral—and in a bid to secure the liberal vote, the governor asks them to lean into it. Hard.
Thom will grin and bear this challenge, but as staffers push the boundaries of “giving the people what they want,” the animosity between them blooms into something deeper and far more dangerous: desire.
Soon their fake relationship is hurtling toward something very real, which could derail the campaign and cost them both their jobs…and their hearts.
This book combines two of my most favorite tropes: enemies to lovers and fake relationship. If that’s not a recipe for some intense chemistry for this gay romance novel, I don’t know what is!
I also love the political angle to this story and how public image plays a role in Thom and Clay’s relationship.
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by Eden Finley
When the pressure to marry his childhood sweetheart became too much, Maddox told her he was gay and then fled to New York.
Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, he finds himself invited to her wedding. And he has to bring his boyfriend—the boyfriend who doesn’t exist because he’s straight.
Yet, meeting the guy he’s bribing to be his boyfriend for the weekend makes him question everything about himself.
Damon has no choice but to agree to a fake date because he needs Maddox’s help in return.
Forty-eight hours with his sister’s best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client shouldn’t be too hard. If only Maddox wasn’t so hot and if he didn’t kiss me.
I admit that I fully enjoy gay romance novels where the straight guy realizes he may not be as straight as he once believed.
Throw in a fake relationship and a hot baseball player and I’m all in with this romance book.
Eden Finley has no shortage of gay romance novels so read this and check out her other books as well.
by Riley Hart
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner.
Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given.
But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles.
Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that’s determined to trip them up at every turn.
Riley Hart is another one of those go-to authors for gay romance novels.
I love how the relationship between Nick and Bryce sort of takes them both by surprise and forces them to navigate this newness together when their families aren’t on board.
Plus, give me a dirty talker any day of the week and I’m in heaven!
by J.R. Gray
One day River Wade is slinging pizzas and the next he’s the drummer of the most popular alternative band ever.
Despite being world-famous, River was no connection in it and can’t find a place to be normal. He’s lived his entire life straight-edged while watching obsession destroy his best friend.
Obsession terrified him until he met Emory Ker. After a night with him, Emory vanishes into thin air, and all the money in the world can’t help River find him.
But he’s determined to find him and convince the beautiful boy he’s pretty obsessed.
A gay romance novel with a dirty-talking, obsessive rockstar who falls for a cinnamon roll writer? Yes, please!
Sometimes books about instalust just work. I love a great, opposites attract love story so let’s see what a little world-class fame can do for this pair. Bring them together or tear them apart.
by Damon Suede
Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir wrestles with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly.
For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.
There’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do for his friend so when a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes that they appear together on HotHead.com, he agrees.
Griff will have to guard his heart while living out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?
I will say that this is definitely one of the steamier gay romance novels once Griff and Dante start getting it on for the camera.
I mean, just picturing these two shirtless fire fighters doing what they do to each other is flaming hot!
Suede doesn’t hold back with this popular gay romance novel so check it out!
by Kris Ripper
Preston “PK” Harrington the third is a writer, toiling in obscurity as an editorial assistant at a New York City publishing house. And, he’s been secretly in love with his best friend, Art, since they once drunkenly kissed in college.
When Art moves in with PK following a bad breakup, PK hopes this will be the moment when Art finally sees him as more than a friend.
But Art seems to laugh off the very idea of them in a relationship, so PK returns to his writing roots—in fiction, he can say all the things he can’t say out loud.
In his book, PK can be the perfect boyfriend. Before long, it seems like the whole world has a crush on the fictionalized version of him, including Art.
But when his brilliant plan to win Art over backfires, PK might lose not just his fantasy book boyfriend, but his best friend.
A secret crush, especially among friends, gives this gay romance novel the best angst.
I love how PK turns to his work as a writer to express his feelings for Art and can’t wait for the moment when the truth of his feelings in real life is revealed.
A Little Bit Like Desire
by Brooke Blaine
Shaw Jennings has built a life he’s proud of and has plenty of men to keep his bed warm. Only no man has ever made him take notice for long until he meets famous rock star, Trent Knox.
Trent Knox walked away from the biggest band in the world and his hoping to find himself and his love for music on South Haven Island. But what he never expects is to find his muse in a six-five, tatted-up hottie.
But Trent’s a notorious womanizer, and Shaw isn’t interested in being someone’s experiment.
Yet in a town as small as this one, Shaw is finding it more and more difficult to keep the rocker at arm’s length.
As the tension between them builds, maybe it’s time to finally give in and get carried away with something a little bit like…desire.
I love how Blaine gives us Trent’s story after having fled the band TBD (which I came to love in Halo). It’s the perfect small town, gay romance novel to give you all the feels.
Blaine and Trent’s first meeting was H-O-T and just escalates from there. Definitely give this one a go if you love tattoo artists and rock stars!
The Geek Who Saved Christmas
by Annabeth Albert
Gideon Holiday is the perfect neighbor. And he’s waited years for his hot, grumpy, silver fox neighbor, Paul, to need him. For anything.
But this December, Gideon would be happy if he could just get the Scrooge-like Paul on board with the neighborhood holiday lights fundraiser.
Paul Frost has no intention of decking his halls. But when his beloved younger brother announces an unexpected visit, Paul needs all the trimmings for a festive homecoming—and fast.
Luckily, Gideon is there with a color-coded plan to save Christmas. Soon Paul’s hanging lights, trimming trees, and steaming up his new flannel sheets with Gideon.
It’ll take some winter magic to preserve their happiness and keep these rival neighbors together longer than one holiday season.
This gay romance novel is perfect for the holidays or any time of year if you love grumpy/sunshine, neighbors to lovers romances.
I also love that this is a romance book featuring heroes in their forties because I dig books with characters who find love later in life!
by Sloane Kennedy
After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery.
But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.
The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun sane after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty.
But when it comes to ending the young artist, he can’t do it.
After years of fighting, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to find answers about the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.
Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen danger that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.
This is a gay romance novel that brings in some MMM action if that’s your cup of tea. Why keep things limited to just two men?
The storyline to this one also looks a bit darker given each man’s personal and family struggles so be forewarned.
by Adriana Herrera
Nesto Vasquez is taking a huge gamble moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York.
He’s got six months to make it a success so the last thing he needs is a distraction.
Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake, if only he wasn’t so lonely.
When he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot he can’t get enough of Nesto’s food or of Nesto.
Only staying together may not be so easy. Can Nesto remember that happiness isn’t always measured by business success? And can Jude overcome his past and trust that his man will never let him down?
Herrera had me at food truck with this gay romance novel! 😊
But honestly, what I love most is that we have a Afro-Latinx hero because we need more gay romance books with persons of color in my opinion.
Read this and then check out all the books in the Dreamers series for more MM romance.
IRL: In Real Life
by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox
It starts with a drunken text pic. Only, instead of it going to the flirty hotel bartender, it goes to some random stranger who actually responds.
Little do I know the man on the other end of the line is none other than Wells Grange: the most controlling, egotistical, emotionless SOB I’ve ever met.
I spend my days squaring off against Wells in the boardroom, and my nights succumbing to the hot stranger’s commanding texts in the bedroom.
Within days, I’m falling for someone I shouldn’t, and I have to remind myself that none of this is real.
I devour romance books that have great banter. I especially love those that have great banter via text.
Plus, I dig that Wells has no problem telling Conor what to do and what he wants in the bedroom.
Bring on the hot alpha maleness in this gay romance novel with an office romance twist.
You and Me
by Tal Bauer
Landon Larsen is the envy of all the dads in Last Waters, Texas. He’s cool, confident, and put together. He and his son have the perfect father-son relationship.
I’m not cool, or confident, and my relationship with my son couldn’t be worse.
Landon’s son and mine are best friends and teammates on the football team. To rebuild my relationship with my son, I’m now spending all my free time with the team—and with Landon.
Only I never expected to fall for my son’s best friend’s father.
I am already in love with this gay romance novel because it’s got a story I haven’t read before. Bring on the single dads, friends-to-lovers, bi awakening MM Romance if you please!
The fact that it brings in some football is definitely a plus too. 😊
by Marley Valentine
Earning a full scholarship to King University was my hard-earned ticket out of the small town and away from the small-minded people who live there.
Diving head first into new experiences, new friends, and parties, I didn’t expect to run straight into the one thing I wasn’t ready for.
Cole Huxley is everything I could fall in love with, except for one problem… I never wanted to fall for my professor.
Elijah, the 18-year-old freshman actually made this book for me.
He just came across as way more mature beyond his years, probably due to the fact that he was ostracized by his family and lonely for the last few years of high school until he could get away.
He pretty much brought Cole, the 31-year-old professor and guy who never did relationships to his knees.
If you love age gap, teacher student romances, you’ll want to put this gay romance novel on your to read list.
A Guy Walks Into My Bar
by Lauren Blakely
One night a hot NHL hockey player walks into Dean’s London bar and it’s chemistry at first sight.
It was only supposed to be a fling but love had other plans.
This book was Lauren Blakely’s first foray into writing gay romance novels and she hasn’t looked back since.
While the love story only takes place over the course of a week or so, it totally worked for me.
You too will love the American hockey player who is one heck of a dirty talker and one equally hot Brit who can banter with the best of them.
by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov
I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.
I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us ignites one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real there.
But he does. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.
He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.
I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.
This book made my book list of best MM romance books because I loved reading about Derek’s journey and the patience that Maxim showed him.
Derek was a man who had been struggling with his orientation for some time and it all came to a head when Maxim moved it.
With a bit of an age gap, I found their story to be one of my favorite gay romance novels.
You & I Rewritten
by Chip Pons
After accepting a dream promotion at one of New York City’s most renowned publishing houses and moving in with his oldest friend, Will Cowen is ready to dive headfirst into this new chapter and take the literary world by storm – that is, until he crosses paths with Graham Austin.
No matter how hard he tries, he can’t help but put the wrong foot forward in front of the all-business and inconveniently gorgeous heir to the publishing empire.
So, when a heartbreakingly beautiful manuscript lands on his desk, Will seizes the opportunity for a win. Could this prized new author be his big break or his downfall?
At the moment Will’s confidence and hope for his professional future is obliterated, the normally cold and distant Graham steps in.
This small glimpse behind Graham’s icy exterior is the spark that sweeps these two up in an epic and unforeseen romance.
It doesn’t take much for me to sweep up a romance book that has to do with an author or the publishing world. I love it when authors write about their own craft!
This will be my first book by Pons and I’m so game. Here’s hoping it comes out on top as one of the best gay romance novels!
by Ella Frank
For Logan Mitchell, men and women alike fall into his bed. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?
And he wants to try Tate Morrison.
Just coming out of a four-year marriage with a horrible ex-wife, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind.
The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar where he works and a man who always gets what he wants.
Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?
Gah! I just want to meet Logan! Is that a possibility in real life? I wish.
I can’t believe that this is Ella Frank’s first gay romance novel because I LOVE her work.
But back to Logan who is so confident and HOT and just brings it in this novel. A must-read.
by Emma Scott
Max has spent that last ten years rebuilding his life after being kicked out by his family for being gay.
He’s survived addiction and living on the streets so he should be able to handle working as a nurse for an ailing billionaire.
He just didn’t expect the spark he felt upon meeting the billionaire’s son who he soon learns is hiding secrets in order to inherit his family’s fortune.
I’ll admit that my heart hurt while reading this gay romance novel. I just wanted to reach in and give Max and Silas a big hug and never let go.
This book explores two men just looking to live lives true to who they really are.
It’s an opposites-attract story that delves into some serious mental health topics as well and I can’t recommend it enough!
by Rhys Everly
My readers expect me to chronicle my very real, very steamy encounters in my novels. I’d never want to disappoint my fans, but the creative well has run a bit dry.
Burlington, Vermont, seems like a good place to fill it up. This town offers a tempting array of artists, craftsmen, farmers. . . and so many beards.
But no one prepared me for Brody. He’s young, hot and definitely a grump. And he’s getting under my skin. Where I want him is under my bed sheets.
When my friend bets I’ll never be able to get Brody there, I make winning my mission.
Turns out being with Brody is more than a plot device. He’s so very wrong for my life, but is he right for my heart?
This is another gay romance novel featuring an author (a romance author to boot!) which instantly earned it a place on my TBR pile.
Plus, Rhys gives us a fun, grump/sunshine pairing with a bet that launches a relationship so I’m all in.
Dear Mr. Brody
by A.M. Johnson
Donovan Brody, recently divorced, single dad sees his single status as an opportunity to explore the attraction he’s always felt toward men, but never pursued having married his high school sweetheart.
Unsure how to proceed or even enter the dating world, he takes up his friend’s suggestion to try a dating app.
He just never thought he’d make a connection so quick. Nor did he anticipate the man he’s falling for to be his student.
This was a wonderful age gap, teacher student romance that shows how important communication is to a relationship.
It’s one of my favorite gay romance novels because I liked how Van is so open to exploring this new side to himself and how wonderful Patrick was with him.
Plus, I loved the use of an anonymous dating app helped them to grow closer to one another. I definitely recommend it!
New Adult Gay Romance Novels
by Neve Wilder
Living with four other guys, it’s bound to happen. Every guy’s been caught taking care of business at least once, right? It shouldn’t be a big deal.
I’ve been happily subsisting on the typical frat guy diet of booze and sorority girls. But the way Eric looked at me that night? There was something there. Something that’s got me curious.
Something that’s making me think I’m not as straight as I thought I was.
I can’t get him off of my mind. I don’t think I want to. So, when he offers to help me study for a midterm, I take him up on it. It’s innocent. Probably. Maybe.
This is one of the hottest gay romance novels I’ve ever read.
Eric and Nate explore each other over and over again across campus as they slowly fall for one another.
If you’re in the mood for something extremely hot, definitely give this one a read. My Review.
Never Been Kissed
by Timothy Janovsky
Wren Roland has never been kissed, but he wants that movie-perfect ending more than anything.
On the eve of his birthday, he sends emails to all the boys he loved before he came out. Morning brings the inevitable panic, but no one will actually read the emails, much less respond. Right?
Enter Derick Haverford, Wren’s #1 pre-coming-out-crush and his drive-in theater’s new social media intern.
Too bad he doesn’t feel the same way about the infamous almost-kiss that once rocked Wren’s world.
But as their hazy summer becomes consumed with a special project that may just save the struggling drive-in for good, Wren and Derick are drawn ever-closer and maybe, finally, Wren’s dream of a perfect-kiss-before-the-credits is within reach.
This gay romance novel had me wanting to sprint to the closest drive-in theater! It totally brought me back to my childhood.
I actually really enjoyed the side story about a long-lost film and recluse director but it was also a sweet friends to lovers romance. My Review.
by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Keaton wants to give his college girlfriend a birthday present she always wanted and will never forget – inviting someone to join them.
Looking for a guy to join their bed, he turns to a hookup app. Yet he soon discovers that texting with SinnerThree turns him on a little more than he’s willing to admit.
Bowen and Kennedy are my favorite writing duo of gay romance novels so it was a no-brainer to read this college romance.
I loved this MM enemies to lovers story between housemates where neither guy saw their relationship coming.
Keaton totally surprised me with his openness and I totally felt for Luke’s predicament given his horrible family. Check it out.
Damaged Like Us
by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Maximoff Hale is headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible. The twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life, having been born into one of the most famous families in the country.
When he’s assigned a new bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst-case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who fills Maximoff’s fantasies.
Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. But when feelings surface, protecting the hot, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.
Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.
How can you resist a gay romance novel where the bodyguard and his charge fall for one another?
I love how Moffy and Farrow aren’t strangers to one another so the attraction and feelings are strong from the start.
The Understatement of the Year
by Sarina Bowen
Michael has made an art of hiding his true identity from everyone. Including himself.
And what happens in high school should stay in high school, right?
Only his former best friend, John, is now his new teammate and has the power to out him.
Sarina Bowen can do no wrong when it comes to gay romance novels in my mind. I love how this is a sort of friends to lovers story but set on a college campus.
I can only imagine the loneliness and fatigue that can consume someone trying to hide their identity.
John doesn’t have it any easier as the only “out” Division One hockey player so I am all about the happily-ever-after for these two.
Young Adult Gay Romance Novels
What if It’s Us
by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Arthuris only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. What if it’s us?
This is definitely one of the more popular young adult gay romance novels because who doesn’t want to read about young love and first love that all starts with an adorable meet-cute?
Plus, if you love a ton of NYC references or are a fan of Broadway, then you’re going to love it too.
by Christina Lauren
When Tanner Scott’s family moved from California to Utah three years ago, he was forced to push his bisexual identity back into the closet. Now he only has one semester left of high school before he can move out of state.
But when his best friend encourages him to take the coveted Seminar at Provost High, he meets TA Sebastian Brother.
Now Tanner has to not only write a book in four months, he also has to try and not fall in love with his mentor.
I’m a huge Christina Lauren fan, but OMG did they just blow me away with this young adult gay romance novel!
It seriously is one of their finest works (and that’s saying something) not only because it’s so well written and tugged on all my heartstrings but because it flowed with the most amazing slow burn love story.
I cannot recommend this one enough.
Boy Meets Boy
by David Levithan
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl, and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he ruins it.
The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud.
How can you not want to pick up this gay romance novel after reading that blurb? I mean Levithan creates this modern, high school utopian world that I’m eager to check out.
Read it for a story about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.
Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical.
But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.
Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
This is Becky Albertalli’s debut novel so it deserved a place on this list of must-read gay romance novels.
A funny and beautiful coming-of-age, coming out story – it’s one to add to your TBR list.
by Ella James
Josh Miller is my new stepbrother but I call him DG for Do Gooder. When he’s not being scouted to play college soccer, he’s playing in the band, earning Boy Scout badges and front-rowing it at the First Baptist church.
I’m starting senior year a whole year late, but I’m keeping the reason why a secret and letting everyone think I just came to play varsity football.
Unfortunately, DG is making my life worse than it already is. But I found out a little secret that he plays for the “other” team and that he wants me.
If you’re up for an emotional, forbidden gay romance novel, you’ll want to check out this one from Ella James.
I love a good, opposites attract love story, but throw in that these boys are step-brothers and things get interesting!
If This Gets Out
by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America.
Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartthrobs in front of the cameras and best friends backstage.
But privately, the pressure to stay in the closet has Ruben confiding in Zach.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe with an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, the two come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance.
But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben realize they will never truly have the support they need.
How can they hold tight to each other when their whole world is coming apart?
I’m a sucker for rock star romance books though I have yet to read one about teen-age rock stars!
I love how Zach and Ruben find love with one another but it’s a question whether that love can withstand the pressure of fame.
Sports Gay Romance Novels
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. So what if things got a little weird four years ago on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen?
Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship.
Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.
When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.
This is one of my all-time favorite gay romance novels that I could reread again and again.
I loved how Ryan is trying to manage the feelings he’s always had for his best friend while Jamie is exploring his own feelings that he didn’t know he had.
It is such a great, friends to lovers story that I cannot recommend enough.
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend.
There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.
When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel.
With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?
There’s no way you’ll be able to read Him and not immediately want to pick up Us to continue the story of Wes and Jamie.
Just because they are together doesn’t mean it’s easy given Wes’ career in the NHL. You’ll love more time with Wesmie and you’ll adore Wes’ teammate too.
Everything for You
by Chloe Liese
We’ve been teammates for two years, but it feels like a lifetime that Oliver Bergman’s been on my last nerve.
A demanding captain and veteran player, I’m feared and friendless, while he’s the beloved rising star, all sunshine smiles and upbeat team spirit.
But when Coach notifies us that we’re now co-captains, avoiding him becomes impossible, and keeping the truth from him–let alone my distance–is harder than ever.
If you love a grumpy-sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, age gap sports romance with a steamy slow burn love story, then this is the gay romance novel for you.
There is so much going for it, plus you get Liese’s amazing writing so it’s a no-brainer that this should take a spot on your TBR list.
by Marie James
Senior year, two hockey championships under his skates, and parents who didn’t freak out when he swung the proverbial closet door open and stepped out.
Damon Grant’s life couldn’t get any better. At least that’s what he thought.
When Jonah Kingston showed up at the barn as the new hockey coach, Damon couldn’t believe his luck.
What was it about the dark-haired, bright-eyed, former hockey star that made him want to grind on and off of the ice?
This was one hot, enemies to lovers gay romance novel.
I’m a big fan of hockey romance books so this one scratched that itch too.
Damon knows he’s got it going on and it didn’t take much for Jonah to give in despite the forbidden nature of their relationship.
This is a quick read that I really enjoyed.
by Rachel Reid
Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov are the most talented men in pro hockey. The media may hype up their rivalry but out of the spotlight these two men heat up the sheets.
When secret hookups are no longer enough, it may be time to walk away rather than risk it all.
Shane and Ilya are definitely one of my favorite couples and this is one of my favorite gay romance novels.
Rivals on the ice, the animosity between these two is intense which only makes their chemistry off the ice just as strong.
Because they need to keep their fling a secret from the league and their liaisons are few and far between given their game schedules, the times they are together are super hot.
I could reread this novel again and again – it’s not to be missed.
The Long Game
by Rachel Reid
Ten years. That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other.
How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family, from the league.
If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret. He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?
Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist.
The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.
It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.
Because Heated Rivalry became such a fan favorite, gay romance novel, Reid dazzled her fans with a follow-up novel for Shane and Ilya.
I always enjoy romance books that look at an existing relationship and with all the complications that come after the initial “falling in love” phase and this one didn’t disappoint.
Reid also gives a very poignant look at depression as well which I thought was very well done.
It’s just as hot as Heated Rivalry and gives the perfect happy ending to an amazing couple. My Review.
Power Plays and Straight As
by Eden Finley and Saxon James
My brother asked me to keep an eye out for his best friend on campus and keep my hands to myself.
Even if Zach is a quintessential nerd, who I’ve always thought was cute, I don’t have the time to think with my … stick.
There’s only one stick I should be focused on this year, and that’s my hockey stick. My goal once I graduate is to get an NHL contract.
Only, keeping to the rules is harder than I thought it would be.
This is another hockey gay romance novel worth reading, but this one is set in college.
Though I love Foster as the hockey hunk, I’m all about Zach, who’s the nerdy brother’s best friend and still carrying his V-card.
by Riley Hart and Neve Wilder
McRae has had a crush on his brother’s best friend since the moment he laid eyes on him four years ago.
Warner Ramsey is 225 pounds of pure hotness, a media darling, and one of the best NFL quarterbacks in the league.
It was easy to keep his crush under control when he was in college. Now, they play for the same team, and he should be focusing on dominating his rookie year, not crushing on his teammate.
Besides, Ramsey’s straight.
This is another brother’s best friend gay romance novel but among football teammates. I love that the characters are both bi and play professional sports.
When Neve Wilder and Riley Hart, two of my favorite MM romance writers, said they were teaming up, this was an instant add to my TBR list and it should be for you as well.
by Avon Gale
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career.
Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach to the worst team in the entire league.
But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending years guilt ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook.
But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
I found this to be one of the sweetest gay romance novels. There was just something about Misha’s guilt and his approach to helping his players that I fell in love with.
I really liked the simplicity of the story and how it was really an opposites attract kind of love that develops pretty quickly with Max being like, oh I guess I’m bi….
If you love hockey gay romance novels, check out this one about two coaches!
by Tal Bauer
Wes Van de Hoek clawed his way off his family’s West Texas ranch under the Friday night lights, earning a football scholarship to the state’s best university.
Three years in, he has it all: he’s the starting tight end, team captain, and, according to ESPN, maybe the best college football player in the nation. But he’s been keeping a secret from everyone.
Justin Swanscott has three certainties in his life: he’s gay, football is overrated, and he really, really doesn’t like cowboys.
He should never have fallen into Wes’s open-range eyes or let his heart run wild when Wes gave him that shy little smile over summer.
With stadiums packed, ESPN all over him, and the NFL wanting him, Wes is feeling the pressure, but all he wants is to love Justin.
If you’re looking for a good, opposites attract, gay romance novel, you’ll want to meet Wes and Justin.
I love romance books where one of the main characters is facing tough pressure and is somewhat of a loner in his/her strife.
But it’s the moment that they finally find solace in the arms of someone they “shouldn’t” that things get really interesting. This is another must-read Bauer gay romance novel to check out.
Scoring With Him
by Lauren Blakely
I’ve gotten by in the big leagues keeping my one rule in check – don’t date another baseball player.
That all changes after one look when the new rookie walks into my locker room.
Grant may get me in ways no one else ever has but that is no excuse for kissing him one night after a game.
It’s also shouldn’t be a reason I’m ready to break my own rule when he reveals he’s a virgin and wants me to help him around the bases.
Blakely never lets me down when I’m in the mood for something hot and spicy. She’s been cranking out the gay romance novels of late and this is book one is a must-read triology.
This MM romance makes the best summer beach read if you’re a baseball fan!
Historical Gay Romance Novels
by Alexis Hall
Valentine Layton, the Duke of Malvern is trying to fulfill his father’s wish that he marry Miss Arabella Tarleton.
Unfortunately, a marriage of convenience will not do for the romantic and she flees into the night determined never to set eyes on Valentine again.
Despite copious misgivings, Valentine finds himself on a chase to Dover with Arabella’s twin brother, Bonny, by his side.
But being with him makes Valentine question everything he thought he knew. About himself. About love. Even about which Tarleton he should be pursuing.
I was so impressed that this is Hall’s first historical romance because it just read like a wonderful historical romance.
While there is a bit of ridiculousness to the story, I was all about Valentine’s awakening and Bonnie’s sweetness and overarching joyousness.
I give it to Hall to create a historical world where love is love (no matter with who) and where EVERYONE is queer.
I highly recommend it!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzie Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end.
Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
So, Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome.
But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
This is another gay romance novel where two men gallivant on a journey together.
Disappear into the 1700s with a bi British lord and his secret crush of a best friend. It’s bound to be one fun, crazy ride.
The Soldier’s Scoundrel
by Cat Sebastian
Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London’s slums, willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe.
Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide.
His distrust of the nobility runs deep and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be.
After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a gentleman’s life-one that doesn’t include sparring with a ne’er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn.
But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic thief is only matched by Jack’s pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they’re together.
This historical gay romance novel has so much to uncover and enjoy: a disabled hero, a look at class divides, a hero who is a commitment-phobe and the best banter.
Give it a read and then check out more of Sebastian’s historical gay romance novels!
Fantasy Gay Romance Novels
by C.S. Pacat
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos.
But when his half-brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and dangerous, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere.
He has reason to hate the Prince of Akielos but finds himself working with Damen against a common enemy.
If you’re a fantasy romance lover, this is quite the popular gay romance novel.
Definitely an enemies to lovers fantasy story, you’ll have to endure Damen’s humiliation and torment from Laurent before getting anywhere close to his happily-ever-after.
Know that this gay romance novel is the first in a three book series.
The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.
Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions.
When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been taken, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name.
Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows.
Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
Get ready for an epic, slow burn romance that still stands the test of time.
If you love Greek mythology, you’ll be swept up in this love story between Achilles and Patroclus making it an exquisite, historical gay romance novel you don’t want to pass up.
by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen, according to his roommate, Baz.
And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire.
His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face.
Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
This is a gay romance novel that is a mix of ghost story, mystery and love story wrapped up in a young adult package.
It also made my list of enemies to lovers fantasy romance books so check it out if that is a favorite genre to read.
The Magic Between
by Stephanie Hoyt
In a world where everyone has magic coursing through them, legend says magic itself craves a mate.
Legend says those with opposite magics have the greatest chance of forming the unbreakable Bond it desires.
A.B. Cerise is an obsessive-compulsive pop star with the ability to turn invisible. He’s an out bisexual with absolutely no belief in Bonds.
Matthew Hellman-Levoie is the NHL’s number one goalie prospect, the youngest in a hockey dynasty, and one of the rare few who can see the unseeable.
He’s a straight man who wears his heart on his sleeve, has grown up searching for a Bond, and dreams of finding the love of his life.
Their magic is magnetic. Their touch is electric. They’re the textbook case for Bonding. But legend never said anything about what to do when sparks fly between people opposite in more ways than magic.
I love everything about this book which is why it instantly made my TBR list.
A bit fantastical, with a hockey player and rock star, I am already in love with this opposites attract romance.
Stephanie Hoyt is a new-to-me gay romance novel author and I’m so excited to check this one out.
Paranormal Gay Romance Novels
by T.J. Klune
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
When Ox was sixteen, he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked.
He found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
He was twenty-three when came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
If this book blurb doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will. This is one extremely popular werewolf romance book that I cannot wait to read.
It’s a gay romance novel that I have a feeling will just draw me in and make me feel. This is a must-read for sure.
Lover at Last
by J.R. Ward
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has found an identity as a brutal fighter in the fight against the Lessening Society.
But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another.
Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young.
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions, but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn learns the true meaning of courage, and two hearts meant to be together finally become one.
This is one of those gay romance novels that you probably shouldn’t read as a standalone.
Qhuinn and Blay’s story is a long-time coming and begins a lot earlier in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
If you’re a fan of this series, you’ve no doubt already read it, but if not, give this series a go if you love paranormal romance with vampires!
by Alice Winter
When I bound Havoc to me nearly three hundred years ago, I never realized how difficult he’d make my life.
Havoc is handsome, mysterious, and somehow my closest companion, even if we don’t always get along.
He’s more interested in bedding attractive women than protecting my life, which defeats the main reason a mage like me would have a demon.
When danger finds us, Havoc and I are forced to face our past and sort through our differences. We start to realize that there’s something more to this relationship, something that has kept us by each other’s sides for so long.
There is a wide mix of paranormal elements in this gay romance novel, but you’ll want to read it for its humor.
Winter must have had so much fun writing this romance given the banter that ensues between Havoc and Miles. Check it out if want some laughter along with your heat!
by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly
Bookish, snarky, and fiercely independent Nate Boudreaux leads a solitary life.
Between teaching classes at the university and working toward his PhD, he doesn’t need a partner to occupy his time.
Alistair Drake, black sheep of the tremendously wealthy Drake family, is more interested in adding another notch to his bedpost than another zero to his bank account.
When a Grindr message brings him to Nate’s doorstep, then straight to his bed, he has no reason to believe that what they share will be more than a simple hookup, until, three months later, a tug on his soul informs him otherwise.
For the Drake family has a secret—one that will force Nate and Alistair together as much as it will demand that they be torn apart.
One that Alistair and his brothers have carried all their lives… and one that Alistair and Nate’s future children will carry, too.
This is definitely a gay romance novel unlike any other I’ve read and I’m so curious to check it out.
If you’re up for a steamy omegaverse, mpreg-ish romance, I think you’ll want to read it too. Plus, how can I turn down an MM romance that contains a Grindr hook-up?!
Gay Romance Graphic Novels
by Alice Oseman
Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning.
A warm and intimate friendship follows that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn’t think he has a chance.
But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.
After reading the entire series of this young adult, gay romance graphic novel, you’ll want to check out the TV series adaptation on Netflix.
by Kevin Panetta
Illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau
Now that high school is over, Ari is excited to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery.
But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it.
As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.
This gay romance graphic novel has me at baking scenes and young love. A great LGBTQ+ comic to explore.
by Emma Vieceli and Malin Rydén
Cortland Hunt has made some dangerous mistakes. Now he’s waiting quietly for those mistakes to catch up with him.
Ian Tanner coasts through life denying the spark of anger beneath his laid-back exterior.
When school politics and personal lives become a battleground, the pair find that what they share may just be their only safe haven.
For those looking for a gay romance graphic novel that is a bit darker and an enemies to lovers story, check this one out.
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2 thoughts on “60 Gay Romance Novels That are the Best in the Genre: The Ultimate Guide”
This was a great list thanks!
Thanks Ashley! Happy reading!