[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to welcome authors Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday to the site today. They have plenty of great romance recs that you need to check out. Take it away, guys!]
It’s Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday here, the authors of the upcoming contemporary gay romance trilogy, Harrison Campus! Book one, Better Be Sure, is out June 1st (this one is a re-release, while book 2 & 3 are new releases).
We met quite a while back over our mutual love for storytelling (in the Gay Authors online writing community), and that’s what we want to share with you today: which novels make us swoon, make us cry, and give us the best Happy Ever Afters!
There are many, many amazing slow-burn romances out there in the world, so narrowing this to one list is mighty challenging. But here are some that stick out for us.
Andy’s Pick: Perfect Day by Sally Malcolm
I read this because someone I follow recommended it. Now I can recommend it to you. Not a true slow burn – it’s more of a slow second chance burn – but it’s one I’ve read more than once. Every so often you read something where the characters just pop off the pages and their world stays with you. This is one of those.
Andy’s Pick: Cowboy’s Law by B.A. Tortuga.
I was never a fan of cowboy romance until I met B.A. Tortuga. This is one of her best. Cowboys, soldiers, kids and healing hearts. This one feels like family you can’t wait to come home to.
Andy’s Pick: Powder and Pavlova, by Jay Hogan
Some books are great because the characters are so alive and real. Ethan was that for me. His heart and soul are balance perfectly by his wit and sass. Toss in the stunning location and this one makes you sad when you reach the end.
Andy’s Pick: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain
I’m a huge fan of Tara’s so it was hard to pick just one, but Ian and Braden’s journey stands out as one of my favorites. There are too many thing I loved about this one, but a cat name Anderson (Cooper) cause its white, a precocious five year old, a hot daddy and his new much younger boyfriend. And the beach.
Andy’s Pick: My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister
So, remember how I mentioned, I wasn’t a fan of cowboy romance before I read B.a. Tortuga? Well, here’s another slow burn cowboy story. Tanner and Mason both carry a bit more hurt than any of the others, but their HEA is just as satisfying. Even if you don’t like cowboys, this one is still worth the read.
Anyta’s Pick: If We Could Go Back by Cara Dee
Wow what a powerful story, my favorite in the “Camassia Cove” series, and probably my favorite by Cara Dee as well. This one’s going very deep, asking profound questions – how far are we willing to go for love? How much will we even hurt other people in our lives to fulfil a burning desire? How can a forbidden love turn into something real? Highly recommended, one of my favorites of 2019!
Anyta’s Pick: Coin Tricks by Willow Scarlett
This lovely story is set in my home country of New Zealand. I’m always partial to reading stories set in Aotearoa, but there’s much more to love here: absolutely adorable main characters (a tough on the outside, soft on the inside security guy and a cute librarian / part-time magician), slowly developing feelings and a big HEA! For your evenings that need warm, fuzzy feels!
Anyta’s Pick: Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen
Oh this one made me so emotional . . . There’s a lot of loss and grief in this book, but also the hopefulness of coming out of a dark place and finding new light in your life. Tears are guaranteed, but it’s oh-so-worth it.
Anyta’s Pick: Sticking to the Script, by Stella Weaver
If you’ve read my “Signs of Love” series you know that I love romance with lots of humor and banter mixed in, and that’s exactly what Stella Weaver delivers here. A super cute workplace romance that made me laugh out loud!
Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.
Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.
Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.
Connect with Andy:
A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.
Connect with Anyta:
Sign up for Anyta’s newsletter and receive a free e-book: http://www.anytasunday.com/newsletter-free-e-book/
Join my Facebook group to chat all things Slow Burn Romance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SlowBurnSundays/
You can also find me here: www.anytasunday.com
For information about new releases and freebies, follow me on BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/anyta-sunday
Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday, out now!
Orphan Jackson Murphy just staked his legacy on a bet.
Holy shit, his impulsive ass is in trouble.
Bring a guy to the fraternity formal? Pfft. Easy. Won’t be him kicked out of the house. So what if his luck with guys on campus has been shitty? Ed Knowles is Jack’s winning ticket.
Tall, handsome, hardworking—and he doesn’t go to Harrison. With every stolen look, every secret kiss, every clandestine touch Ed becomes more than just an answer to a bet.
These cloak-and-dagger meetings that set Jack on fire? They mask one tiny, enormous obstacle: Ed’s not out. Can’t attend the dance. What does Jack do now? Hold on to his legacy… or his heart?