Readers’ Favourite Gay Books 2012

Here it is – our newest update! Thank you for submitting your recommendations for the Readers’ Favourite Gay Books 2012 which are combined with the original 118 books. This time Wren Boudreau was not available to help out and no one volunteered to compile the revised list so I did the initial cut and Lynn worked her technology magic afterwards with Excel. Christian also got into the act by ensuring that I didn’t screw everything up. 🙂 I love getting him excited when I mess with stuff. 🙂 We grouped series books together wherever possible, so although the list is 550+ books there are probably another 200 or more if you count series books individually.

We have maintained the same categorization system to make it easy to sort the books and I hope that this list will continue to be an excellent reference source for you.

Like last time around, all paranormal and fantasy books have been grouped under Speculative Fiction, which should now be familiar to you.  A few books on the list are extremely violent and some have no HEAs so buyer beware and check the reviews! If there are any names misspelled or other errors, please leave a comment on the post. I’m sorry but no additions are permitted at this time.

Many of the books on the list have withstood the test of time and have been around as readers’ favourites for 25 or more years (Angels in America by Tony Kushner, The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt, The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren, Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley are excellent examples).  Recent favourites include the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price, Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger, the Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon, The Coda series by Marie Sexton, the Cut & Run series by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux, and The Draegan Lords series by M.L. Rhodes, to name just a few. Enjoy and happy shopping. 🙂

Interested in getting the entire list in a file?




S=Speculative Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy
Social History=SH

Favourite Gay Books

– – The Classics

(for this purpose books released more than 15 years ago i.e. 1996 and earlier)


Angels in America by Tony Kushner (P)
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts (SH)
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette (SH)
The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias (M)
The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley (C)
The Charioteer by Mary Renault (H)
The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal (C)
City of Night by John Rechy (C)
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran (SH) (C)
Dancers of Arun by Elizabeth A. Lynn (S)
David Blaize by E.F. Benson (H)
A Different Sin by Rochelle Hollander Schwab (H)
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham (H)
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley (H) 
The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt (C)
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren (C)
Gaywyck by Vincent Varga (H)
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (MEM)
Kiss Of The Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (SH)
The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy (series) Titles: Magic’s Pawn; Magic’s Promise; Magic’s Price; by Mercedes Lackey (S)
The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault (H)
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (C)
Maurice by E.M. Forster (H)
My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy (H)
The Night G.A.A. Died by Jack Ricardo (M) (SH)
The Object Of My Affection by Stephen McCauley (C)
The Persian Boy (series) other books: Fire from Heaven; Funeral Games by Mary Renault (H)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (S)
Social Disease by Paul Rudnick (SH)
A Queer Kind Of Death by George Baxt (M)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (S)
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (C)
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (SH)
Teot’s War/Bloodstorm by Heather Gladney (S)
While England Sleeps by David Leavitt (H)
Vampires Anonymous by Jeffrey N. McMahan (S)

– – Current

(for this purpose books released 15 years ago or less i.e. 1997 or later)

9-1-1 by Chris Owen (C)
According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux (H)
The Administration (series) titles: Mind Fuck; Quid Pro Quo; Games & Players; Control; Quis Custodiet by Manna Francis (S)
Admit One by Jenna Hilary Sinclair (C)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (S)
An Agreement Among Gentlemen by Chris Owen (H)
Always by M.L. Rhodes (includes Never Let Go and Hearts & Bones) (C)
The Angel of Thirteenth Street by Eden Winters (C)
The Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara (S)
The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson (C)
Adagio by Chris Owen (C)
Adrien English Mysteries (series) Titles: Fatal Shadows; A Dangerous Thing; The Hell You Say; Death of A Pirate King; The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon (M)
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger (C)
Aloes by Chris Quinton (C)
Amor En Retrogrado by A.M. Riley (C)
And Call Me In The Morning by Willa Okati (C)
And the Two Shall Become One by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael (S)
Angel 1089 by CC Bridges (SF)
Angel Land by Victor J. Banis (S)
Angel’s Evolution by T.A. Chase (H)
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow (S)
Any Excuse by Acer Adamson (C)
Any Kind of Luck by William Jack Sibley (C)
Apples and Regret and Wasted Time by Cornelia Grey (C)
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann (H)
As You Are by Ethan Day (C)


B. Quick by C. S. Laurel (M)
The Back Passage by James Lear (H)
Back Where He Started by Jay Quinn (C)
Backtrack by Joseph Hansen (M)
Bad Boyfriend/Bad Company (series) by K.A. Mitchell (C)
Bad Case of Loving You by Lainey Cairo (C)
A Bar Tender Tale by Melanie Tushmore (C)
Bareback by Chris Owen (W)
Basic Training by Marquesate (C)
Bay City Paranormal Investigations (series) Titles: Oleander House; What Hides Inside; Twilight; Closer; An Inner Darkness; by Ally Blue (M,S)
Bear, Otter and the Kid by T.J. Klune (C)
Bellingham Mystery (series) titles: Primal Red, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Black Cat Ink, One Man’s Treasures by Nicole Kimberling (C)
Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton (C)
Big Diehl: The Road Home by George Seaton (C)
A Bit of Rough by Laura Baumbach (C)
Blessed Isle (included in the Hidden Conflict anthology) by Alex Beecroft (H)
Blind Desire by I.D. Locke (S)
Blind Space by Marie Sexton (SF)
Blood Claim (anthology) Laura Baumbach, Angela Fiddler, Jet Mykles (S)
Bloodraven by P L Nunn (S)
Blue Ruin (series) Titles: Some Kind of Stranger; Close to Me; Chains of Love; Need You Tonight; by Katrina Strauss (C)
Boats in the Night by Josephine Myles (C)
Bonds of Earth by G.N. Chevalier (H)
The Bonds of Love by J. M. Snyder (S)
The Bones of Summer by Anne Brooke (C)
Border Roads by Sarah Black (C)
Bound and Determined by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow (C)
Bound in Blood by J.P. Bowie (S)
Bound to Him by Ava March (H)
The Boy I Love by Marion Husband (H)
Boys of Summer/Taking You Home by Cooper Davis (C)
Boystown (series) by Marshall Thornton (M)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Lynn Lorenz (C)
Breakfast With Scot by Michael Downing (C)
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx (W)
Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson (S)
Broken by Dawn Kimberly Johnson (C)
Brook Street (series) titles: Thief, Rogues, Fortune Hunter by Ava March (H)
Buddha on the Road by Jeff Pearce (C)


Cambridge Fellows Mysteries (series) Titles:  Lessons in: Love; Desire; Discovery; Power; Temptation; Seduction; Trust; All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane (H, M)
Captain Harding’s Six Day War by Elliott Mackle (H)
Camwolf by JL Merrow (S)
Captain’s Surrender by Alex Beecroft (H)
Casa Rodrigo by Johnny Miles (H)
Catch Me if You Can by L.B. Gregg (M)
Caught by Surprise by L.D. Madison (C)
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (C)
Change of Heart (series) by Mary Calmes (C)
Channeling Morpheus (series) titles: Payback; Vertigo; Mannikin; Rebirth; Tainted;  by Jordan Castillo Price (S)
Chase In Shadow by Amy Lane (C)
Chip in His Shoulder by L.A. Witt (SF)
Clear Water by Amy Lane (C)
The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt (C)
Chrome by George Nadar (S)
Coda (series) Titles: (Promises; A – Z; Strawberries for Dessert; Paris A – Z; Letter Z; Putting Out Fires) by Marie Sexton (C)
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell (C)
Come Onto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon (C)
Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley (C)
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family by Dan Savage (MEM)
Conquest by S.J. Frost (C)
Cop Out by K.C. Burn (C)
Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims (H)
Cowboy Blues by Steven Lewis (M)
Coyote’s Creed by Vaughn R. Demont (S)
The Cross of Sins/Riddle of the Sands (series) Geoff Knight
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield (C)
Cultivating Love by Addison Albright  (C)
The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest (C)
Cut & Run (series) titles: Cut & Run, Sticks & Stones, Fish & Chips, Divide & Conquer by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux; Armed & Dangerous by Abigail Roux (M)


Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan (C)
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran (C)
Dangerous Ground (series) titles: Dangerous Ground, Old Poison, Blood Heat, Dead Run by Josh Lanyon (M)
Dangerous Moonlight by Mel Keegan (H)
Dark Horse and Out of the Darkness by Kate Sherwood (C)
The Darkling Thrush by Josh Lanyon (S)
Dash & Dingo by Sean Kennedy and Catt Ford (H) (M)
Dave Brandstetter Mysteries – 12 books (Fadeout; Death Claims; Troublemaker; the Little Dog Laughed; The Man Everybody was Afraid of; The Boy Who was Buried Yesterday; A Country of Old Men; Gravedigger; Skinflick; Nightwork; Early Graves; Obedience by Joseph Hansen (M)
Dead Rock Stars by Wes Funk (C)
Dear Mister President by Adam Fitzroy (C)
Deadly (series) titles: Deadly Nightshade, Deadly Wrong, Deadly Dreams, Deadly Slumber, Deadly Silence, A Deadly Kind of Love by Victor J. Banis (M)
Death’s Head (series) Titles: Death’s Head; Equinox; Scorpio ; by Mel Keegan (S)
Details of the Hunt by Laura Baumbach (S)
Detective Lane Mysteries (series) by Garry Ryan (M)
Deviations (series) Titles:  Submission; Domination; Discipline; Bondage;  by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne (C)
Devlin and Garrick by Cameron Dane (C) 
The Dickens With Love by Josh Lanyon (C)
Diplomacy by Zahra Owens (C)
Dirty Kiss by Rhys Ford (M)
Discreet Young Gentleman by M J Pearson (H)
Diversion by Eden Winters (M)
Dominion of the Eth by J.C. Owens (S)
Donald Strachey Mysteries (series) by Richard Stevenson (M)
Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan (C)
Downtime by Tamara Allen (H)
The Draegan Lords (series) Titles: True of Heart; Lords of Kellesborne; Fires of Ballian; by M.L.Rhodes (S)
Dragon Streets by Jeff Pearce (S)
Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield (C)
Dreaming of Dragons/Here be Dragons by T.A. Chase (S)
Dreaming of You by Ethan Day (C)
Driftwood by Harper Fox (M)
Duck! by Kim Dare (S)
Duty and Devotion by Tere Michaels (C)
Duval’s Gold by Chris Hunt (H)


Easy by Ally Blue (C)
Edward Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz (S)
The Elegant Corpse by A.M. Riley (C)
End of the Trail by Jane Elliot (H,W)
Enough to Let You Go by Willa Okati (C)
Errors and Omissions by Lee James (C)
Escape Velocity by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox (SF)
Esprit de Corps anthology (H)
Every Good Thing by Jules Aedin (S)