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.
Uni work is making me depressed so I want to talk about one of my favourite Rowdy 3 scenes (I have to say one of them because let’s be honest all of their scenes are my favourite but this one is possibly my top scene tied with the shopping one). So I want to talk about the scene where Friedkin threatens Amanda and all the Rowdies lose it because to them threatening a girl, particularly a girl who has nothing to do with Blackwing, is just beyond wrong. And also by this point I think they’ve pretty much already decided that Amanda is one of them and you don’t fuck with one of them unless you want to deal with all of them.
Anyways, all of them immediately become ready to fight when he grabs Amanda, but not in their usual way, they become almost still, watching and waiting, doing nothing to provoke Friedkin so that he won’t hurt Amanda. And I love this because it’s so different from how they usually are full of movement with no regard for safety but with Amanda they are all immediately cautious. And while I love all of this and I love them as a whole my favourite reaction is Martin. Martin who was standing head to head with Riggins without a weapon is suddenly holding a bat and is on the defensive. Friedkin yells ‘Drop your weapons’ but Martin does the complete opposite and in the blink of an eyes is ready to protect Amanda no matter what. I love how disgusted he is that they would threaten her (all of the Rowdies are - they immediately start to threaten Friedkin and you know that he is now on their top list of people they want to stomp into the ground) and you can see that any semblance of respect he may of had for Riggins has just disappeared completely. But I love that in all of that he seeks to reassure Amanda and tell her that she will be ok but not only will she be ok but that they will see her again. What he’s basically saying is that they don’t blame her for the situation and that they will continue to protect her. And I think that’s beautiful. And while that is such a gorgeous Martin / Amanda moment it’s not even why it’s my favourite scene.
No the reason it is my favourite scene is because before the scene starts you know that Riggins is AFRAID of the Rowdy 3. That he would have preferred to come up against them with at least 10 men for each one of them. So we KNOW that the Rowdies could totally take them out. That they could completely destroy them if they wanted to. But instead Martin and the Rowdies retreat. They do this because they want to protect Amanda. They want to make sure that she won’t get hurt and they don’t want her to be scared. But more than that they don’t want to get her more involved. At this point she’s only just met them but if they were to engage with Friedkin and Riggins she would be in the middle of it. Of a fight that could scare or hurt her or even trigger one of her episodes and they don’t want that. But mostly they want to give her the choice to join them, to be one of them. Because if they fought she would be a part of it whether she liked it or not and they just wouldn’t do that to her,
Character A religiously writes everything down and keeps track of pretty much every minute in their day in their schedule book. However, when Character A misplaces their sacred pocket calendar somewhere in the city, they have to learn to adapt and improvise in order to find it.
Today is my birthday and i wanted to do something different!
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