I love m/m romances set in high school and college, particularly when they don't shy away from sexuality. Here are my favorites from this year:
By The Creek by Geoff Laughton – A high school boy who moves to the country meets an Amish boy at the local watering hole. They become friends and then more. Interesting setting/theme.
#First Impressions #Second Chances by Heidi Belleau (free story from the LHNB event) – Set in college so it’s going in my YA bucket. Introverted, online fashionista Jonah is courted by an athletic jock. Very funny.
Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker – Lucas is a brilliant, sensitive musician who is picked on in high school. His mom and best friend are determined to set him up. Lovely writing and characters.
Silent by Sara Alva – Heart-wrenching story of love blossoming in a group home between an abused latino youth and a boy who is mute and believed to be mentally deficient. Lovely writing.
Social Skills by Sara Alva – Set in college. Connor is a sensitive violinist with no social skills. Jared is a football player who’s in the closet. Lots of sparks and angst and excellent writing.