by Tracy Timmons Gray
The library is a wonderful place to find love stories, and now more than ever, you can find romance titles that are representative of the many different relationships you see in real life, including LGBT romance.
One of the first authors I recommend to readers who are interested in reading gay romance is Josh Lanyon, especially for mystery-lovers. His books are often a mix of mystery, suspense, and romance. His stories are riveting, his characters engaging, and romance is always a key component without ever overwhelming the plot. Local readers might get a kick out of his romantic suspense thriller Fair Game, which is set around the Puget Sound region and focuses on an ex-FBI agent whose university teaching job is interrupted when he gets pulled into a case involving a missing student.
Lanyon is also a contributing author to the wonderful shared-world urban fantasy romance anthology Irregulars, which boast stories also by three Bellingham writers–Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, and Nicole Kimberling. Irregulars is set in a world like ours, but involves a secret government agency that maintains order by preventing mysterious beings like demons and goblins from running amok.
For sci-fi and fantasy fans, there is also The Shattered Gates, the first volume in Ginn Hale’s epic fantasy romance series The Rifter. For something a little more urban fantasy, I recommend local author Andrea Speed’s Infected series, which starts with Infected: Prey. For sci-fi fans you can’t go wrong with Aleksandr Voinov’s Incursion. And for you werewolf lovers, there’s Oregon writer Ethan Stone’s Wolf Moon.
If you’re looking for something more contemporary, there’s Seattle author Rick R. Reed’s Epic eBook award-winning Caregiver, the romantic Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton, or the spy thriller The Jesus Injection by local author Eric Andrews Katz.
For something light and fun (and sexy), I recommend Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino or the spicy-hot short Giving an Inch by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley. If you like your love mixed with music, there’s Megan Derr’s The Missing Butterfly and M.J. O’Shea’s Catch My Breath. (Fans of boy bands like One Direction may especially enjoy that latter one.)
To check out more local gay romance sightings, come join us at the University Book Store on September 5 and September 13 for free reading events with local gay romance authors. We’d love to see you there!
Tracy Timmons-Gray is an over-enthusiastic LGBT romance fan and the event coordinator for the Sept. 14 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up.