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Manlove Books That’ll Rock Your Reading World

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Never fear KC is here (straightens super hero cape). Some of you might be wondering what manlove book should I be reading this week. I know, I’ve been told I have a ‘six sense’ or was it sick sense, not sure…

Anyhooseris, below are my recs for male/male books that a. actually have a plot and b. also make your toes curl.

Shade of Gray by Brook  McKinley

Genre M/M Suspense, Gay for You

Dreamspinner Press Ebook

I swear I bought this on Kindle, you might want to double check.

At first glance reading the blurb I said ‘no thanks, moving on’. A drug addict turned state witness from the Mexican mob, is not my usual cup of man love tea. But, after reading so many great reviews I decided to ‘man up’ and buy Shades of Gray.

I love when I am proved wrong (in my book life, not real life).

Shades of Gray is just plain awesome. The author did a wonderful job of writing Danny who is not your run of the mill squeaky-clean hero. It takes a lot of skill to endear me to such a shady character.  If you are looking for a meatier (yes, I said that), character driven male/male fiction book, you can’t miss this one.


Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years.

Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence. But he reluctantly agrees to cooperate, and as he suspects, it doesn’t take long for Hinestroza to figure out the betrayal.

Miller is surprised to discover Danny’s not the career-criminal lowlife he expected; at the same time, Danny finds himself helplessly attracted to Miller’s innate goodness. They barely begin to explore the sparking attraction between them when Hinestroza’s hitman tracks them down, and then they’re on the run, both for their lives and for any kind of love

Other Reviews

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Kris N Good Books (Goodreads) 5/5

Truth in The Dark by Amy Lane

Genre: M/M Fantasy

Publisher Dreamspinner Press


Think Quasi-Modo meets Beauty and the Beast.

I had seen Amy Lane’s books, Little Goodess around Amazon – I about peed myself when I saw she also writes m/m.

5 words: You Need To Read This! Seriously, people would I steer you wrong?

Truth in the Dark pulls you in immediately

I was not beautiful.

I may have been at birth- most babies are beautiful at birth. But my food was twisted and deformed as I emerged, and my spine eventually tilted to accommodate my limp.  My teeth grew in oddly spaced, and at twelve. I developed your average pubescent skin condition, only with me, it assumed freakish proportions.  By the time I was twenty, it had pocked and cratered my face beyond repair and beyond redemption. My hair grew thin on my scalp, and overall, no one had uncovered a mirror in my house, in my viewing, since I was fifteen.

It is not every day that I am blown away by an author’s writing and ability to draw me in to a world where a disfigured man meets a beautiful beast. For those of you who love Beauty and the Beast type of stories, Truth in the Dark, is a successful spin-off of this fairy tale – only the main hero isn’t a beautiful young virgin. He is a monster in his own right.

I love the ending. I absolutely cannot stand when ugly, imperfect people are turned into beautiful people at the end of a book. Sure, we all love a good makeover, but why can’t the Beast stay like the Beast? Truth in the Dark is about finding love on the inside, with unique twists and beautiful writing this is easily one of my favorite books I’ve read this month.


Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.

Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.

Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.

Other Reviews

Kassa (Goodreads) 5/5

Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane

Genre: M/M Epic Man Love


I’m making genres up.  I don’t think this is a classified as epic manlove, but hey, this is Smokinhotbooks we make crap up as we go along.  Now, as one of the 5% of the human female population who abhors Gone with The Wind type epic love stories, I was surprised how much I liked Keeping Promise Rock.

Keeping Promise Rock is a story about a boy who fell in love with a young man that saved him from a life of abuse and trouble. As the boy grew up he fell more in love with his rescuer until after one disagreement he signs up for the army and goes off to war.  Deacon, left behind, numbs his pain by drinking. Can love survive war, addiction, and adulthood…?

This is an epic love story not to be missed. Seriously, I mean it. Emotional, gripping, at times heart wrenching, but so frigging worth reading – Keeping Promise Rock will have your heart saying ouchie a few times but the writing is absolutely beautiful.


Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick’s sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon’s father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to help Deacon as Deacon has helped him.

Deacon’s greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick’s determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick’s life.

It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick’s family did in the past. When Crick’s knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.

Other Reviews

Well Read- Jenre 5/5

Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield

Genre: M/M Gay for You


I’m a sucker for gay for you type themes. I’ve been devouring most of this author’s work in the past few months but a few of books stand out from the rest. Drawn Together, despite the heinous cover, is about a young man who sets off to meet his long time crush only to find out she is a he…


Rory might just be a simple southern boy from St. Antoine’s Parish Louisiana, but he knows what he wants. He’s been in love with the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane, since junior high school. And now he has the chance to meet her. He’s going to chuck everything and travel 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach to tell her, and no one and nothing is going to stand in his way.

Ran Yamane is not a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He’s trusted fans in the past and been tragically wrong. So when he meets Rory he’s understandably wary, but resigned. What he’s not prepared for is his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory’s apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the fact that their lives are both thrown into chaos when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.

Other Reviews

Erotic Horizon 4/5

Family Unit by ZA Maxfield

Genre: M/M Romance


This is a really cute m/m story and just what I needed after eating too much birthday cake. I was at first a little turned off about reading a love story involving a grandfather (the cover dudes look a little like Bob Hope, huge turn-off. The actual hero descriptions are much different, thank god.) but he is actually only 45. Not that it should matter, but I don’t think I’m quite ready  to read about 60 year old gay guys knocking boots, makes me think of Burt Reynolds in Strip Tease. Not pretty.

Richard has sole custody of his grandson Nick when on Halloween he spies the cute but crazy neighbor Logan. Logan a retired marine is instantly attracted to Rick and has been trying to get up the courage to ask him out.

My favorite scene has to be when Logan decides to approach Rick while out jogging, when he leans in to ask him out, Rick hits a metal pole and has to be taken to the hospital. Both men are embarrassed, awkward, and just plain cute.

If you are looking for a light m/m story about family and second chances with love, Family Unit is a funny, emotional read that had me smiling on my birthday


A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine and it isn’t long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver’s seat—even if it seems like each man is driving a different car.

Richard Hunter is parenting his grandson, and the kid—Nick—has had it rough. Richard vows nothing will stop him from creating a loving and stable home. Not even a tempting, red-hot relationship with a very attractive man. However, when Richard looks into Logan’s blue eyes it’s tough to stay focused.

It’s never easy to become a family, what with a temperamental eight-year-old, disapproving outsiders, and outright extortion attempts. But when push comes to shove, both Logan and Richard are committed family men who want to make a loving home for a little boy who needs them

Jessewave Reviews 4/5

Honorable mentions Cut and Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux – Kindle Description

What’s on your m/m radar lately?

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  1. I just read the YA book ‘Beastly’ by Alex Flinn, and loved the Beauty and the Beast modern spin. Mind you, that was PG13 YA and I do like me some M/M… so I’ve bought ‘Truth in The Dark’.

    Also bought ‘Keeping Promise Rock’, mostly because the drawing on the cover reminds me of what Diana Gabaldon’s Jamie Fraser looks like, for some reason.

    P.S. – Burt Reynolds in ‘Strip Tease’… thanks a lot for mentioning that one. I need to take a shower now.

  2. I haven’t read any of the books you’ve mentioned, but they’re so seriously going onto my TBB list. I love erotic romance, but sometimes I despair of finding one that has any substantial plot. Thanks! Love your review.

    The Romance Reviews

  3. Great recs! I have Shades on my tbr, but while I have read Lane and Maxfield, I haven’t read those. Family Unit is on my wishlist. I have to admit, I wanna faint when I see he’s a grandfather and he’s the same age I am! lol

  4. YAY, I’ve got Keeping Promise Rock on my e-reader for a few weeks now, I will move it up my e-book TBR pile ;) Now I have to have TRUTH IN THE DARK too…a 5 star read for you…wow!

  5. Nice recs!! I never realized how popular Amy Lane is

  6. Just read Truth in the Dark over the weekend and loved it! Also loved Keeping Promise Rock (the sequel comes out this month!!) and Jet’s Drawn Together. I have Shades of Gray and Family Unit on my reader – just have to get started. :) I read Jacob’s Ladder (St. Nacho’s, Book 3) over the weekend and really enjoyed it.

  7. Thanks for all of the recs! Just getting started in this genre and am loving it.

    Is that really a She-Ra pic up there? LOL And OMG no!!!! I now have a visual of Burt Reynolds wearing cowboy boots and vaseline stuck in my head.

  8. @Danielle87 Gasp, a YA with Beauty and the Beast overtones, me likey!

    @Carole :)

    @Renee LOL, it makes sense in the Family Unit how a 45 year old man could be a grandfather.

    @Leontine bring your tissues for Keeping Promise Rock, I’ll hold your hands through the sad parts.

    @Mandi me either, Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos held a ebook giveaway for Amy Lane and that is how I came upon this author.

    @Chris Awesome there is a sequel to Keeping Promise Rock!!!

    @Amber Heck yeah that is She-ra loved her growing up. Now when I think of Burt Reynolds I will forever remember him in striptease…with Vaseline and cowboy boots.

  9. I may have to check out the Beauty and the Beast one. I too don’t like it when, in the end, the beast turns into a handsome prince. I think that is why I liked PC Cast’s Goddess of the Rose. In fact, that was the dedication. Something like to those who were disappointed when the beast turned into the handsome prince. Not a direct quote, obviously. ;)

  10. @Melissa I loved Goddess of the Rose!!!!

  11. The first three books are on my ereader, but I srsly need to bump them up to the top of my TBR! :) ZA Maxfield is on my radar now (I feel the urge to go shopping again *sigh* I’m past praying for). I <3 your m/m recs! :)

  12. @Janna there is no hope for me I just give in. Somebody really awesome rec I read Victor J. Banis *wink wink*

  13. I saw all the good ratings Shades of Gray is getting on GoodReads. I think I needs to reads. :)

  14. @Fiction Vixen you gots to FV!

  15. The Amy Lane book is the only one I haven’t read, and it’s on my TBR list. I loved all the others. I can’t wait for the sequel to Keeping Promise Rock.

  16. I loved Keeping Promise Rock and I’m so looking forward to the sequel. Drawn Together and Family Unit were nice. I’ve got Shades on my TBR and Amy’s new one on my wish list.

  17. *big serious blush*

    Wow–thank you, K.C.– I’m so very pleased that you enjoyed both those books! Thank you so much for featuring them in your blog!


  18. @Eyre Chris mentioned the sequel is coming out pretty soon so yaaaay!

    @Lily I think you’ll love Shades, main character has as snake tattoo le growl.

    @Amy Lane if not for Chris (I won a ebook at her blog) I would have been deprived of your awesomeness.

  19. LMAO!!! The cover for FAMILY UNIT has me dying over here!! There’s just something about their happy smiles that has all kind of naughty thoughts rushing to my brain in explaination for why that is. LOL!

    Glad you loved are you man lovin’ books, KC!

  20. Wow, I really butchered the last sentence there. Nice goin’ VFG!

  21. @VFG I sweat they took Bob Hope’s photo and reworked it in photoshop for Family Unit cover. I almost didn’t buy it…O_o

  22. Thanks for the recs! I read An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride that was great. Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux I LOVED and Cooking With Ergot by Luisa Prieto is a great fun read.

  23. I have Shades of Grey on my reader waiting and I downloaded Keeping Promise Rock yesterday. I’ll have to shift them up the list.

    I’m thinking that I’ll have to get a hold of Truth in the Dark too.

  24. Hi there I sort of came across your recommendation’s while searching for ne e-books to read I have just finished reading Truth In The Dark very different to what I normally read but the storyline was definitely something that I wouldn’t mind reading again

    I have to say Shade of Gray sounds like something I should read already lol I think I may order it next week and see if I can add some more e-book’s to my TBR list