Gay Romance written by Straight Women

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    Jun 09, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    A few years ago I picked up a book called "The Price of Temptation" by M. J. Pearson. Looking at the cover I expected a lot of sex. I was surprised that the story was really good and there was only one or two sex scenes. Then I was surprised again to see that the author was a woman.

    Since reading that book I've read about twenty gay romances by female authors. My favorite is "Counterpoint: Song of the Fallen" by Rachel Haimowitz.

    Do you guys read gay romance and if so does it matter if the author is a man or a woman?
  • calibro

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    Jun 09, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    do interweb sex stories count as gay romance?

    do rj help threads count as gay romance?

    do sending dirty messages to people count as gay romance?

    if so, then i am a connoisseur
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    Jun 09, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    A woman has no business writing a love story about two men. She quite literally, can't know even the half of what she's writing about.
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    Jun 09, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    It's funny you mention this. I find it hard to buy ANY novel written by a woman. I want to see a story through a man's eyes, the way it should be.

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    Jun 09, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Animus saidA woman has no business writing a love story about two men. She quite literally, can't know even the half of what she's writing about.


    I used to think that too. But now I seek out female authors. The stories are just so good.
  • calibro

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    Jun 09, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidIt's funny you mention this. I find it hard to buy ANY novel written by a woman. I want to see a story through a man's eyes, the way it should be.

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    just as men have written some great female characters, women have done the same with male ones.

    but of course you wouldn't find flannery o'connor, alice munro, or toni morrison in the self-published book section on amazon... so why should i expect you to know that?
  • UncleverName

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    Jun 09, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    I've read a bunch. I can't say there's a definite trend, really. Ok, not entirely true.

    I find that gay romance written by women tends to be, but is not always, much more chick flicky. Meaning, there's some almost meaningless conflict, followed by an easy resolution and happily ever after.

    But, to be honest, I'm really not sure if it's a woman vs man author thing, and more of a good writer vs bad writer thing.

    The other interesting thing about that particular space is that there are male authors writing male male romance for female readers. Think Josh Lanyon.

    What I really want is well written male male romance (plus thriller/sci-fi/whatever), written by a man, for a male audience. And by male audience, I really mean me.
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    Jun 09, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    calibro saiddo interweb sex stories count as gay romance?

    do rj help threads count as gay romance?

    do sending dirty messages to people count as gay romance?

    if so, then i am a connoisseur
    You aint sent me no dirty messages!
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    Jun 09, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    calibro saiddo interweb sex stories count as gay romance?

    do rj help threads count as gay romance?

    do sending dirty messages to people count as gay romance?

    if so, then i am a connoisseur
    You aint sent me no dirty messages!


    that's a complete lie.
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    Jun 09, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    calibro said
    TropicalMark said
    calibro saiddo interweb sex stories count as gay romance?

    do rj help threads count as gay romance?

    do sending dirty messages to people count as gay romance?

    if so, then i am a connoisseur
    You aint sent me no dirty messages!


    that's a complete lie.
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    Jun 09, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    I agree that they can be chick flicky. But sometimes thats what I happen to be in the mood for. When I want something darker I read somebody like Michael Schiefelbein.
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    Jun 09, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    Animus saidA woman has no business writing a love story about two men. She quite literally, can't know even the half of what she's writing about.


    So does that mean a man can't write about women?
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    Jun 09, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    As much credibility as a rich white man writing about the issues of the minorities in the ghettos. They know what they see, but they don't KNOW what truly affects their subjects. I don't buy such nonsense.
  • starboard5

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    Jun 09, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    Stranger still, what I've noticed from reading reader reviews on Amazon: not only are the bulk of M/M romances written by straight women, they seem to be read by straight women.
  • Puppy80

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    Jun 10, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Many years ago I had a good female friend online who wrote this awesome gay love story. I guess its just my hopeless romantic side that comes through but I love reading the romance and love stories. I don't think it matters one way or another. As long as the story has substance I'll read it.

    If you want to check it out, it's called The Magic In Your Touch.