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Five Favorite M/M Couples

EverAfter Romance

I have been reading a lot of queer romances lately and as you can imagine I have a number of favorite M/M couples by now. Here is the list of my latest Top 5 favorite M/M couples, arranged in a totally random order.

  1. Raffi and Denny from Level Hands by Amy Jo Cousins

I love a well-done New Adult – all the turmoil of youth, the process of finding yourself and your place in the world. And I particularly enjoy young romance – first (big) love, first time having a steady significant other, first time navigating a serious relationship. Raffi and Denny are both great characters on their own – complex, multi-layered and their coming together was no easy feat for either of them. I liked that they managed to be open about their feelings (fears included). They share more than one heated encounters but also had a few quiet romantic moments which make me smile and swoon – two big muscled rowers dancing bachata in the empty locker room is a sight to see in my mind.

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Top Five M/M Character Types

EverAfter Romance

…or There’s No Accounting for Taste

I’m an avid reader of the M/M romance novels.  There are many paranormal, urban fantasy, dystopian and military-themed books amongst my favorites.  The biggest allure of the genre stems from the fact that it delivers a vast array of fascinating and lavishly written fictional male characters.   Not only are they often incredibly physically attractive but also – and more importantly – lusciously psychologically complex and multi-dimensional.  Naturally, there are certain characters types that I, as a reader with a psychology training, feel more drawn to than others.  As I tend to cruise within the darker, edgier and grittier spectrum of the genre, my personal preference often leans towards the heroes with flaws, emotional scars and issues or even downright antiheros.

I’ve compiled a list of my Top Five M/M Character Types, solely based on the men I enjoy reading about, taking into consideration the qualities and personality traits I find most appealing.  These are the characters, who capture my attention and make me burn the midnight oil while draining my Kindle’s battery.  I set about this task with alacrity, mindful, however, of the fact that creating any synopsis requires categorizing and it may therefore stink of generalization and resemble a pathetic attempt of fitting square pegs into round holes.  It is not my intention to fetishize in any way, either. Nevertheless, here it is.

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Guest Post: Amanda Bonilla’s Top 5 Favorite Assassins

Shadows at Midnight Amanda Bonilla

Amanda Bonilla’s deadly assassin Darian returns in the fifth book of the Shaede Assassin series, Shadows at Midnight. Amanda is somewhat of an assassin connoisseur, and she’s here to share her Top 5 Favorite Assassins (because everyone has that list, right?). Is your favorite lethal weapon here? Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!


I’ve always been fascinated by assassins, the way they can sometimes be portrayed as gray area characters. The complexity of putting the character’s conscience on hold to carry out a hit while later retaining his or her humanity enough to interact with other characters always has a way of drawing me in. In the Shaede Assassin series, Darian has spent the past five books working her way from cold and apathetic to a deeper and more relatable character. In SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT, she’s got to hold on her to tough edge if she wants to save the people she cares about. And now that book 5 is out in the world, I thought I’d share my list of top five fictional assassins:

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