There’s little doubt that GLBT books are leading the pack in reader popularity. Look at the Bestseller lists at most publisher and eseller sites and you’ll probably find that GLBT fiction is heavily represented in the top 10. Readers LOVE reading about gay romance in all genres, the hotter the better. Is this trend reflective of the steady change in public opinion about gay love? Or is it partly responsible for that change? It’s a fascinating question of the chicken and egg variety, but there’s no question the two issues are connected.
Without an ongoing change in public opinion it is unlikely gay fiction would be seeing such a climb to the top of the charts. And without great books that represent healthy, loving gay relationships, many readers might not understand the reason that change is important. Books about gay relationships illustrate how important love is to human happiness and development, no matter the sex of the parties involved in that love. But this type of fiction does much more. It also highlights the challenges inherent in the gay relationship, the personal insecurities and the public mask many gays don in their personal interactions. Showing that side of the gay lifestyle attaches a face and form to something the reader might not have considered or understood before.
However, there’s more than negativity in gay fiction. Not all gays are conflicted. Not all gay relationships are challenged. Gay fiction also celebrates the joy of self-acceptance. It heralds the growth that comes from having met and overcome the obstacles in finding love within your sex. And when you add into the mix the thrill of suspense, the captivating mystery, or the adventure of a paranormal you have something that really draws a reader in and immerses him or her into the story.
So is gay fiction leading people toward understanding, or reflecting an understanding that already exists? My guess is it’s a mix of both. One thing’s for sure, whatever the reason for its popularity, this sub-genre of fiction has broadened the world for many readers, and created a sexy new type of fiction for us to savor!
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Sometimes it’s harder to be together than it is to be apart.
Rabb is an alpha shifter, a werewolf, who likes to defy both the odds and authority. He prefers the city lights over the open spaces most shifters enjoy.
Brant is a politician with a secret that’s becoming harder and harder to contain. As mayor of Bright City, he’s determined to keep the city free of shifters to protect his secret.
The two men share a fair amount of distrust, along with a smoldering history that threatens to drag them under again. But when shifters begin to die in Bright City, Rabb and Brant need to find a way to work together again. Especially when one of them inadvertently steps right into the murderer’s deadly path.