Why I like M/M romance by Catherine Lievens

Today in the run up to the Book Blast Tour for Kjartan the Gentle, I welcome Catherine Lievens, author of the Whitedell Pride series. She writes about why she loves M/M romance stories.


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Like many readers, I discovered MM through an MF series—it was the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward if you want to know—Team Qhuay! I didn’t even know there was such a big choice in MM books before then, but it got me interested and I went looking for more. The first MM author I read was J.L. Langley, and she got me hooked to the genre. It was fresh, it was different—a good kind of different.

I’m not even sure I could explain precisely why I love MM so much. I just know that while I’ve always read a lot, the MF romance part of the books usually left me uninterested. They all felt much of the same after a while, and I didn’t often find heroines I actually liked and that I didn’t want to strangle through my Kindle. I always used to mentally pair the main character with another male character and jumped the sex scenes—I still do that, actually, but mostly with movies and TV shows since I don’t read much MF anymore. I tried, but there’s something missing for me to get really involved in whatever love story I’m reading.

Let’s make a list, okay?

  1. In MM books there’s an equal relationship, at least most of the time. Sure, there can be a more vulnerable character, or even one who likes to dress like a woman, but the main characters are still on equal footing. No gender molds, no excessive wooing. Sex is a lot more straightforward because no one is treated or afraid to be treated like a you-know-what for having sex after only a handful of hours (or days).
  2. It’s a way to see into men and feel with them when in real life I have to torture my husband to get an I-love-you. There are a lot of interesting themes you can’t have in MF, like the gay-for-you. Oh, the angst of the not-so-straight guy when he realizes he has the hots for his male roommate/best friend/nurse!
  3. I love reading about acceptance, and reading MM books gives me that. It also opened my eyes to problems I never thought about before I discovered the genre and I think it made me much more accepting and open-minded than I was before.
  4. And last, (I could actually still go on, but I’m sure Catherine doesn’t want a novel instead of a blog post!) my inner voice, or Muse, or whatever you want to call it, is male. No idea why.

One last thing. I’ll be turning thirty on April 19 and I’ll be running a giveaway from April 13 through 19 on my blog. I’m giving away two fifteen dollars/euros/pounds Amazon gift cards and two e-books of your choice from my Whitedell Pride Series, so make sure to pass by my blog and give it a try!

You can find me on my blog: https://authorcatherinelievens.wordpress.com/, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorCLievens and on  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.lievens.9

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2 thoughts on “Why I like M/M romance by Catherine Lievens

  1. I love getting to know another fan in the genre. I am glad there is such a surge in the storylines available these days and yours appears to defy the typical mold. I find it interesting that your muse is male – ironically so is mine. Keep writing and proving there are books that show acceptance and that every character should land on equal footing.

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