As the end of 2021 approaches, along with a flurry of holidays and family commitments, it’s nice to take a few moments to oneself. Reflect on what you’re most thankful for, practice a little self-care, and if the opportunity presents itself, curl up with a great book. Below are a few recommended reads that will help relieve a little of that holiday stress and sweep you away with tales of swoon-worthy romance.
Rogue Royal by Megan Slayer (Nov 2)
King Charles of Lysianna needs a husband, and he’s running out of time. Throwing a royal ball to find a suitable man seems like the only option. Dating isn’t on the radar of single dad Nathan until he sees Charles in the castle solarium and his heart goes out to the sad-looking man. Once they meet, he starts to think love might be possible—but can he handle the glare of the spotlight, or will the notoriety that comes with dating a royal be too much?
Not Until Noah by Lisa Henry (Nov 5)
Noah has a plan. Work as a nanny for six months, make some extra cash, and move on. He doesn’t expect his new boss to be a Hollywood star. And he certainly isn’t prepared to fall for the guy. They both agree it can be nothing more than a fling. But when their feelings continue to grow into something deeper, Carter has a decision to make. Would he rather carry on living a lie, or risk it all to stand in his truth?
Frat Wars by Saxon James (Nov 8)
Two bros from opposing frat houses fall for one another. It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but without all the dying. Chad is the VP of his fraternity and Bailey is a legacy at his. They should hate each other. But after meeting at a party, rivalry becomes a secret romance. It’s only a matter of time before the bros will need to choose between brotherhood or a love that defies tradition.
His Precious Bear by Joe Satoria (Nov 10)
Nice guy Santo is looking for someone special—and that someone just might be muscle bear Logan. Santo knows he’s worth more than a one-night stand, and Logan hasn’t been tied down in over five years. Is it possible for them to ignore the spark or will it combust in this sexy start to a brand-new series?
House on Fire by Jenn Burke (Nov 16)
In the continuation of the fated mates Ashes and Dust series, vampire private investigator Evan is eager to explore his connection with Colin. Their new bond makes it dangerous for them to be apart, but he must investigate the latest in a series of murders. If he doesn’t find the killer soon, the paranormal community will seek retribution on all humans. As tensions escalate, Evan and Colin find solace in each other. But love might not be enough to keep them safe.
The Professor’s Dragon by Louisa Masters (Nov 16)
When a four-thousand-year-old dragon from another dimension decides to clean up his act… the answer is college. He just has to keep from falling for his irresistibly strait-laced professor. But when professor and dragon wind up at the same party, it suddenly seems that love’s not completely out of reach. Except, the adorable flirt nobody wants to rely on must convince him that he’s a changed dragon and they should be together. Good thing he’s up to the challenge.
Who We Were by EM Lindsey (Nov 22)
When an awkwardly revealing video is posted on social media, Aden must lie low until it blows over. His next-door neighbor Noah is nothing short of perfect in Adan’s eyes, and he wonders if maybe giving up his celebrity life might just solve all of his problems. He just has to convince the former professor that, despite all the mess that comes with his past, Adan’s love is worth it.
Romantic Hero by Jeris Jean (Nov 25)
It’s sexy professor vs. hottie librarian in the first book of the new Coleridge Cliffs series. Calum has done his best to avoid the object of his affection ever since their bold make-out session in the stacks. But, as faculty advisor for a student project, with meetings held in the library, he can no longer avoid Theo. It’s a fight to remain professional when all they really want to do is to explore the primal passion they share.
Rake I’d Like to F… by various authors (Nov 30)
This new romance anthology includes two m/m stories that are sure to fan the flames of passion of any historical fan. Sierra Simone spins a tale in which a revenge driven highwayman gets more than he bargained for when he kidnaps, and attempts to ransom, the handsome son of his greatest enemy. Author Adriana Herrera’s story concerns an artist looking for inspiration, which he finds at a masked ball. Will falling for the elusive X prove to be his undoing or his greatest masterpiece?
The Life Revamp by Kris Ripper (Nov 30)
Mason is looking for his happily ever after and thinks he may have found that with fashion designer Diego. There’s just one thing: Diego is already married and in an open relationship. Mason thought he knew what would make him happy, but it turns out the traditional life he’d expected has some surprises in store.
A Criminal Seduction by Winter Blackthorne (Nov 30)
Johnnie has been reporting on bootleggers for five years. Falling into bed with a mob boss may be the worst idea he’s ever had. As a rival mobster makes increasingly unveiled threats, Johnnie knows he needs to untangle himself from his criminal kingpin lover, but giving up Vincent proves to be excruciatingly difficult. If he’s going to survive this, the one thing he can’t afford to lose is his heart.
About the Authors:
Jeff Adams & Will Knauss are husbands, authors of m/m romance and podcasters. Big Gay Fiction Podcast, their weekly show, is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can learn more about them at BigGayFictionPodcast.com, jeffadamswrites.com and willknauss.com