Best Gay For You Romance

Best M/M romance featuring a "gay for you" storyline.
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755 books · 1,836 voters · list created July 18th, 2009 by Lori (votes) .
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message 1: by Loopy (new)

Loopy Take My Picture
I liked it but it's not 'Gay For You'


message 2: by Lori (new)

Lori Loopy wrote: "Take My Picture
I liked it but it's not 'Gay For You'"


You're right Loopy it's not so I've removed it from this list. There are other lists more appropriate for this book.


message 3: by Loopy (new)

Loopy Wild Raspberries
They were both already gay in this one too if I remember correctly.


message 4: by Loopy (last edited Jun 04, 2010 03:04PM) (new)

Loopy A Hard Habit To Break - KC Kendricks - both already gay.
Same with Bareback by Chris Owen (loved it but not GFY)


message 5: by Lori (new)

Lori Thank you Loopy. I removed them.


message 6: by Loopy (last edited Jun 24, 2010 03:38AM) (new)

Loopy More that aren't GFY
Natural Disaster - Chris Owen
Top Men by G.A. Hauser
ReneCade (Hawkins Brothers/Quinten, Montana, #3)by Cameron Dane
Breaking the Devil by Bailey Bradford


message 7: by JenMcJ (new)

JenMcJ Lori, Keeping Promise Rock was GFY? I don't remember it that way. Also, A Note in the Margin was? I don't think it was...Maybe I am remembering them wrong.


message 8: by Lori (new)

Lori This list has some books that shouldn't be on it. I'm going to need to go through it. I've already deleted several. I haven't read all of them so if anyone spots one that doesn't belong, please let me know. I'll remove the two you mentioned.


message 9: by BeCullen (last edited Jun 26, 2010 07:04AM) (new)

BeCullen Please, please excuse my ingnorance...but what does Gay for You mean exactly? Thanks


message 10: by Lori (new)

Lori a character who previous identified as heterosexual and had never had a homosexual experience until they met someone they were so attracted to that they became "gay" for them


message 11: by Lori (new)

Lori Now that I think about it, I probably should not have deleted Keeping Promise Rock. One of the characters had a girlfriend in High School for a couple of years and I think he considered himself heterosexual. Oops!


message 12: by BeCullen (new)

BeCullen Moderatrix Lori wrote: "a character who previous identified as heterosexual and had never had a homosexual experience until they met someone they were so attracted to that they became "gay" for them"

Oh I get it now...gay for YOU. lol Thank you so much. I learn something new everyday. :)


message 13: by JenMcJ (new)

JenMcJ No, Deacon knows he is at the very least, bisexual. He knows he loves Crick and I think he even had an incident with his other best friend who marries Deacon's high school sweetheart...if I remember correctly


message 14: by Lori (new)

Lori Yep, you're right. I forgot about the incident with his best friend.


Nichole (DirrtyH) Well, if we're pointing out books that dont' belong... Reese knew he was gay when he first came on to Luc, and Luc came to terms with his bisexuality long before he and Reese finally got together, so I don't think it's really a gay-for-you.
Neither is Crossing Borders. Zack decided he was gay and went out trolling for men.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Lori, maybe your criteria could center on how much the story is about one of the MC's admitting that he is gay and the fact that the admission takes place only because he loves the other MC. If it is the main theme, then it is GFY. If it is a minor theme or background story, then it isn't. So Promise Rock isn't one.

A lot of people would see the Adrien English stories as GFY because Jake tries so hard not to be gay and to have a normal hetero life and he has to finally give in to the gay side of himself only because he loves Adrien. It might not fit your more exact definition, but I think it fits in this category.


message 17: by Lori (new)

Lori This is probably the hardest one to classify and I think there will be differing opinions on what should be included on the list. To me, if they have struggled with being gay even though they never acted on it, they are not really GFY. JMHO :)


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Yeah, this one is really individual isn't it? But Improper Holiday isn't GFY under either your definition or mine, but I can kind of understand why someone might stick it on the list. Makes it tough to decide which ones to weed out.


message 19: by Nemesis (new)

Nemesis Scarlet and the White Wolf, Mariner's Luck and The Land of Night because Scarlet, the main character, knew for some time that he was attracted to men;
I second that Crossing Borders shouldn't be here because Tristan was already planning to pick up a gay guy in Borders before beginning a relationship with Michael.

It would be helpful to add a description to what this list expects from a book labeled as GFY, especially for the people interested in this theme.


message 20: by Lori (new)

Lori I put up a definition and deleted the books that were mentioned. Thanks everyone for helping me clean up this list.


Nichole (DirrtyH) Tristan. Where on earth did I come up with Zack? Maybe the kid on the cover looks like a Zack to me?


message 22: by Rossy (last edited Jun 26, 2010 11:15AM) (new)

Rossy Lori, the Andrew Grey series is not GFY. Both MC either were openly gay or in the closet. Also the G.A. Hauser Naughty series is REALLY not GFY. They were just in the closet. Capital Games is the only one that qualifies.

Cutting Cords is also not GFY. One of the MCs was openly gay, the other in the closet with a girlfriend.


message 23: by Ravyn (last edited Jun 28, 2010 08:08AM) (new)

Ravyn Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't really think these qualify as GFY either:
- "The Boy Next Door" by GA Hauser
- "Kei's Gift" by Ann Somerville
- "Gatekeeper" by Rayne Auster
- "When Irish Eyes are Sparkling" by Tom Collins

It seems to me like a lot of people are classifying "coming out" or "in the closet" or "adolescent discovery" type books as "gay for you" because they involve first time gay relationships. So I think that it's important to point out that a first-time gay relationship DOES NOT necessarily mean "gay for you."

Personally, I think "gay for you" romance means that at least one character previously believed himself to be straight, and only begins to have homosexual inclinations upon meeting a specific man. (Therefore, said character becomes "gay for you" specifically.) So characters who have previously lived in the closet don't count as "gay for you" because they aren't really suddenly becoming gay.

Although, I suppose I could see how one might argue that closet cases deciding to finally come out and engage in a gay relationship upon meeting a specific man might also be thought of as "gay for you" because the closet case decides to finally act on his homosexual feelings. But like I said before, I personally don't think that this situation is really what "gay for you" was termed to describe. I think "gay for you" was meant to describe romance where a legitimately "straight" guy (or maybe a seriously deluded closet case who honestly thought he was straight) becomes gay. Ok, so I guess it's a fine line. But the bottom line is that I think "gay for you" means one of the characters honestly thought himself to be straight previously.

Now this might just be me, and isn't necessarily always the case, but I also typically think that "gay for you" involves a certain amount of angsting and examining of these new, homosexual feelings.

For example, I think that Tere Michael's Faith and Fidelity is classic "gay for you" -- two guys who previously identified and acted as heterosexuals, one had been married and honestly loved his wife...but then when they meet, they slowly begin to have these unfamiliar romantic feelings toward each other. Then there's a lot of angsting and emotional turmoil over these new feelings, etc etc.

Anyway, sorry that's so long, but I just couldn't help adding my two cents. It really is hard to define what GFY really means! :)


message 24: by Rossy (new)

Rossy Ditto, Ravyn!


message 25: by JenMcJ (new)

JenMcJ I am pretty sure that Diplomacy was not GFY. I think the MC was bisexual. Although he was married, if I remember correctly, his relationship with the other guy was not a case of GFY....


message 26: by Rossy (new)

Rossy It's not.LOL


message 27: by Mabz (new)

Mabz i wish more more books were on this list. its my favorite


message 28: by Enny (new)

Enny I'd definitely include Corruption by Jack Greene in that list.


message 29: by Lori (new)

Lori You're welcome to add any books that fit the criteria as "Gay For You"


message 30: by Janet (new)

Janet vL Cop Out is not GFY. In the description it may seem so, but if u read the book you'll notice it's not.


message 31: by Kayla Samuels (last edited Jun 28, 2012 04:44PM) (new)

Kayla Samuels Breathe is not GFY. If you read the book. He knew he liked men, even his wife knew he liked men before he met "the one" it was just the first time he actually did anything


message 32: by Loopy (new)

Loopy Twilight?? Someone put Twilight on this list .......... ah, no, I'm pretty sure it's not GFY


message 33: by Raevyn (new)

Raevyn Loopy wrote: "Twilight?? Someone put Twilight on this list .......... ah, no, I'm pretty sure it's not GFY"

It seems they either did it as a joke or they meant this book... Twilight (Bay City Paranormal Investigations, #3) by Ally Blue


message 34: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper Hot Head is on here twice at 6 and 59 - I don't know if they can be combined.


message 35: by Loopy (new)

Loopy Kaje wrote: "Hot Head is on here twice at 6 and 59 - I don't know if they can be combined."

3 duplicates removed


message 36: by Kaje (last edited Aug 31, 2012 07:37PM) (new)

Kaje Harper The third page has a couple of great Amy Lane books that aren't really GFY either (like Making Promises, Living Promises, and Sidecar. You could argue Chase in Shadow maybe is.)


message 37: by Loopy (new)

Loopy Kaje wrote: "The third page has a couple of great Amy Lane books that aren't really GFY either (like Making Promises, Living Promises, and Sidecar. You could argue Chase in Shadow maybe is.)"

Fixed.


message 38: by Sat (new)

Sat I love _Caught Running_, but it's not GFY.


message 39: by Loopy (new)

Loopy Sat wrote: "I love _Caught Running_, but it's not GFY."

Thanks - removed.


message 40: by ttg (new)

ttg Falling by M. L. Rhodes isn't GFY. Chris is just very closeted at the beginning, but he acknowledges that he is gay. He just hid it for so long. (Would be good for an "Out-For-You" list though.)


message 41: by Loopy (new)

Loopy ttg wrote: "Falling by M. L. Rhodes isn't GFY. Chris is just very closeted at the beginning, but he acknowledges that he is gay. He just hid it for so long. (Would be good for an "Out-For-You" list though.)"

Removed - thanks!


message 42: by Asmaa (new)

 Asmaa Blind Faith by N.R. Walker is ofy not gfy


message 43: by Loopy (new)

Loopy AsmaaaGH wrote: "Blind Faith by N.R. Walker is ofy not gfy"

Deleted from list - thank you!


message 44: by Brook (new)

Brook Ravyn wrote: "Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't really think these qualify as GFY either:
- "The Boy Next Door" by GA Hauser
- "Kei's Gift" by Ann Somerville
- "Gatekeeper" by Rayne Auster
- "When Irish Eyes are Sp..."

I would disagree on Gatekeeper... They don't necessarily 'turn gay for eachother'more fall in love. But at the same time, they had both never thought of entering into a relationship with a man, they fell in love with eachother, dealing with the fact of being mates, they never would of been with a man if it weren't for eachother so it kind of enters into GFY/Forced mating.


Heather K (dentist in my spare time) I'm deleting the second time "Try" is listed.


Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog Love these librarians at work ;)


Heather K (dentist in my spare time) LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog wrote: "Love these librarians at work ;)"

:D ;)


message 48: by Runell (new)

Runell I could be mistaken, as it was a while ago when I read it, but I don't remember Ethan, Who Loved Carter as GFY . . . right?

Also, Caught Running, isn't GFY either. If I remember correctly, Jake recalls how he had came out to his football coach as possibly bisexual.


Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Runell wrote: "I could be mistaken, as it was a while ago when I read it, but I don't remember Ethan, Who Loved Carter as GFY . . . right?

Also, Caught Running, isn't GFY either. I..."


I think you are certainly right with Ethan. I'll look into Caught Running.


Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) wrote: "Runell wrote: "I could be mistaken, as it was a while ago when I read it, but I don't remember Ethan, Who Loved Carter as GFY . . . right?

Also, Caught Running, isn'..."


I think some might consider Caught Running GFY so I'll leave it for now.


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