By Eva LeFoy
What do you think about variations on love?
For many, many years – too many to count – the standard in the romance world has been M/F pairings. Love between a man and a woman. For example an Earl and a gentlemen’s daughter. Or maybe a fireman and the girl that once got away. Or perhaps even a pirate and a lusty wench! But with the recent release of the eleventh book in J. R. Ward’s popular Black Dagger Brotherhood, “Lover at Last,” the newest pairing on the block isn’t M/F. It’s M/M.
With this book, M/M romance has earned a hardcover spot on bookstore shelves across America. Although the reviews for this book are mixed, Ward has certainly opened the doors for M/M writers that will one day follow her. It’s possible M/M romance will eventually to mainstream. So for romance readers, what does this change mean?
More books to read! More variety! More options on where and what to buy!
Of course, Decadent Publishing already offers M/M romance, in just about every genre imaginable – science fiction, western, contemporary, paranormal, etc.
They also offer F/F pairings too.
So my question to readers is, what do you read? Are you a strictly traditional M/F reader, or do your tastes vary? Do you prefer M/M or are you hooked on ménage? (M/M/F or M/F/F or M/M/M or F/F/F) What stirs your decision to buy? Is the pairing, or the fact it looks like a really great story?
Personally, I read and write across all genres. I’m a sci-fi fanatic by nature, so Science Fiction Romance always intrigues me, no matter what the pairing. Paradoxically,Historicals of any pairing also fill a need. I love to sink back on the couch on a rainy day and immerse myself in the style and language of a previous era. Urban Fantasy is another favorite, and Paranormal Romance. Especially with the Paranormal genre, it’s possible to see all sorts of love combinations! Readers familiar with those genres already know this, and hopefully appreciate the diversity.
For other readers, now could be the right time to take the plunge into new territory. J. R. Ward is a #1 New York Times best seller. I’m sure she’s taking a risk at alienating some readers with “Lover at Last,” but undoubtedly a lot of fans will remain loyal.
My first release with Decadent Publishing was Sweet Cravings – a Contemporary Foodie M/F pairing. For those that read M/M romance, I’ve already contracted with Decadent Publishing for a 1NS due out later this year. I’m also self-publishing a F/F serial, the first installment of which will be out later this month. You can see previews of both on my blog, http://writery.wordpress.com/
Thanks for your comments, and happy reading!
Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.
Riding the waves of a sugar high, Violet Cunningham seduces the town’s newest pastry chef, slathering him with whipped cream in his secret kitchen. But all that is made of sugar melts, and her brazenness vanishes soon after their tryst, leaving her battling old insecurities about her waistline and appetites, courtesy of her mother. Positive she’s only made a fool of herself, she’s mortified when her boss sends her back to sexy Chef Max’s kitchen and into the proverbial frying pan.
After a red-hot date, her chef disappears, and Violet’s emotions simmer to a boil, forcing her to confront the awful truth: there’s more to life than pastry.