Here’s a list of my favourites! Organised by genre, with very broad summaries. All of them have HEA, all the m/m romances are the central ones.
Names in bold have POC protagonists, names in cursive have disabled protagonists (be it physical disability, mental illness or chronic illness). In series with multiple couples, it’s usually one or more.
Feel free to ask me about triggers for any of them!
Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian
regency war vet aristocrat decides to hang around a self-proclaimed ex-criminal
helping those who need help. Said ex-criminal tries not to be charmed, ends up
catching feelings instead
Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
artist grows a conscience and angers dangerous people, so he needs to pose as a
secretary to a scientifically minded, but eccentric Lord. Really beautiful
portrayal of people on autistic spectrum and anxiety.
of a Rake by Cat Sebastian
straight-laced gentleman has to help a famous scoundrel aristocrat to restore
his image after a raunchy novel supposedly based on his exploits gets
published. Contains ridiculous amounts of adorable kittens, tasty pastries and
also wonderful portrayal of chronic illnesses
the Cities by KJ Charles
set in victorian London, during the horrible London Fog of 1873. Three
wonderful and diverse couples (one is half-indian with dyspraxia, one is
non-binary, one was born with partial arm, one is near-sighted), murder
mystery, fake mediums, lost earls, intrigue! It’s so good
a Gentleman by KJ Charles
delightful and frankly hilarious regency romp through British countryside. An
unlikely couple of men need to travel to Gretna Green to save a young girl from
potentially dangerous marriage. One of the protagonists is a black ex-slave
merchant and the book touches upon his experiences (very respectfully!)
of Gentlemen by KJ Charles
Society of gentlemen who like other gentlemen, centered around Lord Richard Vane
and his friends and acquitances. Set during the radical uprising during the
Regency, it has everything- friendships and families, sedition, intrigue,
bookstores and good wine, valets being the mightiest strategists and amazing
lovable radicals. This trilogy is honestly my favourite thing EVER.
England by KJ Charles
during the Boer war, seemingly because of treason and betrayal, Archie Curtis
sets off to a countryside mansion to get to the bottom of the matter.
Completely unprepared for the task, he teams up with Daniel da Silva, the
elegant jewish poet, who is much more capable than he seems. Absolutely
and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk
adventures of a shy sorcerer linguistic nerd, his detective husband, the most
badass lady archeologist (the actual love of my life) and more, as they save
the world from otherworldly beings bent on destroying it. Will make you cry
about found families, strong and wonderful friendships and broken people
finding strength in each other. Has magic, archeology, monsters, reluctant
travels, lesbian warrior fishes and the best ginger cat in the world.
series by Jordan L. Hawk
of the century New York witch detectives and their familiars must fight to
uncover a conspiracy plan to change the world. Really amazing worldbuilding,
the magic system is very cool and it will make you furious about the treatment
of familiars. The familiars are, generally speaking, fucking hilarious.
Charm of Magpies by KJ Charles
dominant earl falls in love with a stubborn and heroic wizard, together they
create magic. A lot of people want that magic though, and it gets ugly. First
KJ book I’ve ever read and I fell in love instantly. Has two more books set in
the same universe with different protagonists and those are also amazing. (Rag
and Bone is the one with black protagonist)
Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
friends need to figure out their confused emotions, while investigating a
murder that brings out bad memories. Very good and soft, with even a better
by Tamara Allen
in London for a case, FBI agent gets sent back in time to Victorian London. While
there, he finds out magic is real. Decides that since he’s there anyway, might
as well investigate who Jack the Ripper was. Very sweet and soft
Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk
medium and a scientist bent on proving said medium to be a fraud get chosen to
be in a contest to prove which side is better. They end up having to team up to
save lives of people around.
Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
and writer Robert Caldwell has been a close friend and lover of ghost hunter
Simon Feximal for years and has been chronicling their adventures. Now, he
finally writes the true story of their life together. Warning: this book will
absolutely ruin you for years to come. You will be a mess whenever you think of
the book and you will enjoy every second of it.
Men by KJ Charles
in the world of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. Only few years after WW1,
Britain is still recovering from the war. Having lost an entire generation of
youth and most of the sorcerers the country had, those left are completely
unprepared for what’s to come. Wonderful characters, the softest romance I’ve
read possibly ever and beautifully melancholic. Best KJ book, in my opinion.
of the Templar by M. Chandler
agent and his team are tasked with catching a famous international art thief,
they end up kinda sorta accidentally adopting him instead. One of the funniest
series I’ve ever read, honestly.
by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
incredible adventures on an unlikely pair of FBI agents go from enemies to
lovers. Includes serial killers, undercover luxury yacht trips, tiger trafficking,
drugs, marine buddies and one of the genuinely best character developments I’ve
read. Warning, the first book is a bit shit. The rest is absolutely incredible
General and the Horse-lord by Sarah Black
ex-military lovers need to figure out what to do with their relationship, now
that they’re civillians. A soft look at older gay people still figuring out
Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
Josten is on the run from his mafia murderous father and gets signed up for a
professional college sports team, while people are still after him. It’s a
really powerful emotional journey, but contains a large amount of a very
triggering content, so be safe please.
series by Charlie Cochet
like team consisting of shifters and their partners must investigate conspiracy
and threats against the new shifter population. Ridiculously hilarious at
times, absolutely heartbreaking at other.
Magic by Gillian St. Kevern
story steeped in welsh folklore, with beautiful mermaid princes and knights who
will save them. Shows the power stories have to change our lives. Plus it’s free
so what are you waiting for?
series by Jordan Castillo Price
medium detective and his partner investigate a series of supernatural crimes.
People are horrible, corporations are horrible, ghosts are horrible and lbr,
everything is kinda horrible, but it gets better.
and Sparkle by Megan Derr
adventures of Lynn the Kraken shifter and Anderson the unicorn shifters, their
detective careers, and their life together. Honestly adorable. And when I say
adorable, I mean sparkles-on-rainbow-filled-cupcake kind of adorable. Also,
Lynn’s gender-presentation is fluid and it’s absolutely wonderful.
Prince by C.S. Pacat
gets betrayed and sent as a slave to his sworn enemy, they end up working
together to save their countries and fall in love. The best enemies to lovers
example. Has amazing and complex politics, unreliable narrator and great
worldbuilding. You’ve probably already heard of this book, but if you’re
worried about triggers, please ask someone who actually read it, because there’s
a lot of misinformation flying around.
series by Lynn Flewelling
fantasy series of your dreams. There is ancient evil being revived, war is
coming, everyone is bisexual and the kingdom is ruled by an ancient line of
warrior queens. Everyone is wonderful and charming, characters are complex and
the story will make you laugh and cry.
God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek
world, where gods are reborn as humans, and one of them tried to control the
whole world. It doesn’t go exactly as he planned.
of the White Hell by Ginn Hale
genius inventor gets accepted to a prestigious boarding school in enemy
territory. His room-mate might be demon-possesed and there’s some evil magic
of the Scarlet Wolf by Ginn Hale
sequel to Lord of the White Hell. Disgraced noble travels to a faraway country,
where he saves an injured dog. Turns out the dog isn’t just a dog, magic is
everywhere around them and there’s a witch war coming.
Slashed vol. 1 by Megan Derr
collection of gay fairy tales. All kinds of stories with all kinds of
characters (my favourite one is the one with the jester <333)
with the Devil by Megan Derr
of half-ghost detective, his demon husband, imp partner, witch colleague and a
vampire. Really cute and intriguing, with mysteries and conspiracies.
in the Dark by Megan Derr
in the same universe as Dance with the Devil (there’s an entire series). Human
son of a dracula becomes a detective, moves out to the city to help others, and
gains a lover who only visits him in the dark.
Rapier Brothers by Megan Derr
collection of short stories centered around swordsmen. Three different couples,
three really cute stories. Love it.
They camp in an open field, lying on their backs in sweet smelling grass a few yards from the yellow brick road.
“Everything is so much brighter here,” Charlie says. “Even at night. I feel like the grass is practically glowing.”
Dorothy laughs. “At least you fit in, Red.” She tugs on a lock of Charlie’s hair.
“How long did it take you to get used to it?” Charlie asks.
“I’m still surprised sometimes, honestly. The stars are the worst. I look up expecting to see Orion or the Big Dipper and instead I see…” She waves her hand at the sky.
Charlie snorts. “Yeah. Not exactly normal, those stars. It never made it into the books that the stars in Oz are green. A bit too sci-fi, I guess. And whoever made the constellations here was seriously lacking in creativity. I mean seriously, ‘The Ladder’? ‘The Window’? I’m honestly surprised there isn’t one called ‘The Cluster of Stars.’”
Dorothy giggles. “Did you know they made new constellations in my honor a few years after I got here? There’s one called Twister and one called House.” She rests her head on Charlie’s shoulder and points them out.
“Wow,” breathes Charlie, “immortalized in the stars. That actually impresses me more than having books written about you. Stars are so…well, not eternal, but close.”
Dorothy rolls on her side and props herself up on her elbow. “I have no doubt your great deeds will be written in the stars,” she says, smiling.
“Oh please,” says Charlie, waving Dorothy’s words away with a flick of her wrist.
Dorothy catches Charlie’s hand, twining their fingers together. “You killed the witch. Wait ‘til I tell the Munchkins. Within a few days they’ll be a new constellation–”
Charlie groans. “Oh great. I get to be remembered in the stars, and they’re going to call it The Shoe!” Their laughter echoes into the darkness.
“Sleep now,” says Dorothy, placing a soft kiss in the center of Charlie’s forehead. “Adventures await in the morning.”
“G’night,” Charlie whispers.
They fall asleep, fingers intertwined, under the emerald stars.
charlie essentially lives in the same few pairs of skinny jeans. he prefers looser tops and jumpers, as he’s quite self-conscious about being very slim. he’s most often seen in checked shirts, particularly when he’s younger, but when he gets a bit older, he wears that fur-collar denim jacket literally everywhere. his favourite shoes are a pair of battered yellow adidas originals. he doesn’t really have a favourite brand, and doesn’t go clothes shopping very often (he doesn’t enjoy it) but usually buys his clothes from topman. nick loves seeing him in baggy, oversized jumpers (especially when charlie hasn’t had a haircut for a while, a la the first outfit).
again, he’s 20/21ish here, whereas he’s only 14 at the moment in @heartstoppercomic. all the references are from the urban outfitters website!
THIS THIS THIS THIS. Both are beautiful and well-done stories in their own ways. The book really makes you feel for Charlie; you get to know him so very well that you can’t help but want to be his friend and make everyone else around him understand him the way you do. And his parents & sister and his relationship with them is my absolute favorite aspect of the book… and while the actors chosen for their roles in the movie did a FANTASTIC job of playing them, I felt like that aspect of the book was pushed aside for other things in the movie.
However! THIS GODDAMN MOVIE IS INCREDIBLE. Not just by itself as a work of film, but as an adaptation specifically. It captured the essence and heart of the book. Probably due to the fact that the book’s author Stephen Chbosky directed & wrote the movie. Logan Lerman nails it. He is a cupcake. It is a heartwarming, funny, but also surprisingly raw and difficult movie.
Like I said though, it stuck to its source material. Some things were changed for the movie (like the importance of his individual relationship with his family), but it didn’t make the movie bad in any way, it just shifted the focus. By the end of it though you are still left with the same feeling and message as you are in the book.
Charlie’s relationship with his 2 closest friends is something that was much more fulfilling for me to watch rather than to read. I just couldn’t help but love them even more because they were real people in front of me.
Other than what i’ve said above, I don’t quite know how else to pinpoint why I think this movie is my favorite book-to-movie adaptation. If you haven’t seen it, please go watch it. I recommend it over the book tbh. <3
What is one book-to-movie adaptation you absolutely love??
- (this is more of mathedpotatoes ‘s headcanon but i want to share bc it is cute) Panda watching Solar Eclipse of The Night with Charlie. Charlie doesn’t understand what’s going on with the vampire love drama or why Panda insists that Christopher is the obvious choice but he goes along with it anyway.
-Charlie getting a flip-phone somehow and texting Panda at 3 AM about a big pinecone he saw
-Addition to that, Charlie and Panda being friends on social media and Charlie likes all his posts and comments on his selfies like “LOOKIN GOOD!! 👍👍”. Stuff like that.
- Addition to that 2, Panda inviting Charlie out with his brothers more often but Charlie is still hesitant so sometimes he declines and says he’ll hang out with some friends in the woods (aka Nobody really) but Panda still sends him a couple texts and updates here and there. It makes Charlie’s heart happy.
- Charlie wearing snazzy outfits everytime him and Panda go out in the city bc it makes him feel safer (He looks so good)
- Charlie just lifting Panda off the ground without warning when he is excited or lifting him up and squeezing him in a big hug bc affectionate Charlie
-Alternatively, Charlie awkwardly leaning down all the way to hug him even though it hurts his back