Another favorite sub-genre of mine are romances that feature men with kids, pets, or stories with family drama. These were my favorite this year:
Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey – My favorite Andrew Grey. Ken is caring for his gravely ill young daughter and his neighbor, Patrick, who is mute due to an injury, becomes their knight in shining armor. Has so many elements I love in a good romance – hurt/comfort, disability, kids… Lovely book.
Family Man by Heidi Cullinan – Vince, at 40, is just figuring out he’s gay. With his big Italian family, it’s not going to be easy to admit, even after he falls in love with Trey.
Family Unit by Z.A. Maxfield – Lovely love story between two mature men – one is a liberal gay artist raising his grandson and the other is his new neighbor, a recently retired marine who is now free to be out of the closet.
Hairy Harry’s Car Seat by Sue Brown – Divorced straight man Peter loses his beloved dog Harry and is tempted into a relationship with the gay vet who helps him heal. Dogs and gfy!
DILF by twentysomething – This is actually free fan fiction, but since I don’t know the TV series, I just read it as straight romance. Wonderful slow build, USTy relationship between a man who is guardian to his two young nephews and one of their teachers.
Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael – I’ve read a few books featuring gay male nannies this year and this was my favorite. Slayde is nanny to 3 small kids while their mother is overseas in the military. When her cop brother decides to move in and ‘help’ tempers are frayed and sparks fly.
Nothing Ever Happens by Sue Brown – Andrew is a gay man married and with a kid. He falls for his straight neighbor who has a baby on the way. An angsty, realistic, and well-written family drama.