I decided to create a list of free LGBT books ranging from romance to erotica, fantasy, and Sci-fi. I plan to cover as much as I can in the LGBT spectrum.
One more thing. The books featured in these lists are not chosen by preference or bias but from analyzing the book reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and in some cases Smashwords and All Romance Books. Each featured books will include it’s Amazon rating, Goodreads rating, an average rating ie (Amazon rating + Goodreads rating)/2 and a featured review.
A featured review is an in-depth review of the book posted on Amazon or Goodreads that explains the book without giving much away but still gives us enough to decide whether or not you’d like the book. The reviews are not mine and as such the reviewer will be credited with a link to the original review.
And now to the list…
New Armour by Noah Harris
After learning that his husband Mike is a ruthless assassin, mild-mannered Kevin is forced to go on the run. But after finding out that Mike’s next target is a high-profile Metahuman rights activist, Kevin teams up with Lt. Ted Fridolf, a military security expert with a secret of his own. Will this team be able to thwart a hit man who’ll stop at nothing to take out his mark?
Tags: Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Assasins, Drama, Suspense, M/M Romance
Amazon Rating: 4.6 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.21 stars
Average Rating: 4.405 stars
New Amour by Noah Harris is a short hot read. There is no sex in this book, but there was plenty of sexual chemistry between Kevin and his husband Mike and Kevin and Ted. Kevin thinks he has a perfect marriage with a wonderful husband until the day he discovers a secret hideaway in the wall.
All that is inside is a flip phone. When it rings, he makes the mistake of answering it and learns that his husband is really an assassin. Before he can put the phone back, his husband comes home and finds him with it. His husband is pissed but instead of outright killing him he gives him 24 hours to disappear. If he still hasn’t left by the time he gets back home, then he will kill him. Kevin isn’t sure what to do.
He could just disappear but what about the person who his husband is supposed to kill. It turns out the person he is to kill is a senator and after some liquid courage in the form of red wine. He decides to go find the security detail and let them know about his husband and the threat to the senator’s life. When he meets Lieutenant Ted Fridolf, he is surprised at how attracted he is to him.
Ted believes Kevin and they go to find the senator. Lots of twists and turns and secrets yet to come. Did I mention that a couple of the characters are shifters also? Read the book to find out all of its secrets. I am hoping that Noah Harris does a sequel to this book. I would like to see what happens to Mike, Ted, and Kevin next. Thank you, Noah Harris, for another great short story. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Read original review on Amazon by Carrie Krogh
Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker
Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley are advertising executives who have Sixty Five Hours to pull together the campaign of their careers.
Sixty Five Hours to get along. Sixty Five Hours to not kill each other. Sixty Five Hours to fall in love.
PS: In the spirit of full discloser, I admit to reading this book and giggling like a schoolgirl. God, I loved this book so much!
Tags: Contemporary Romance, Fluff, Drama, Advertising, M/M Romance
Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.23 stars
Average Rating: 4.365 stars
What would you do if you were CEO of a company and your two best advertising geniuses don’t get along? The solution in ‘Sixty Five Hours’ by N.R. Walker, is to entice them into an opportunity to win a gigantic account. The catch is, they only have sixty-five hours to develop an advertising campaign. Having such a short time to prepare, forces the men to put aside their differences and act as a team. Their boss is hoping that this will break the ice between them and that they will end up working well together when the project is over.
Cameron Fletcher is brilliant, tall, dark, handsome, and miserable. He’s the younger son of his boss which puts him under a lot of pressure. He’s gay, but presents himself as straight believing that that’s what everyone expects. Putting on this mask every day is taking its toll, but he doesn’t see any other way. Cameron is terrified to come out for fear of disappointing his parents, so he stays in the closet feeling wretched and lonely.
He resents Lucas because he sees him as everything he wants to be, an out and proud gay man who is successful and happy. He’s also jealous of his father’s interest in Lucas. Being forced to work with Lucas for this project incenses him, but the carrot being dangled in front of him is far too important to resist. He digs in and perseveres, at first not liking it one bit, but familiarity has a tendency to bring out true feelings and he soon can’t avoid hiding them anymore.
Lucas Hensley is proud, cocky, and smart. He loves advertising. Lucas makes it clear from the start that he is gay and won’t tolerate any discrimination. Lucas can’t understand why Cameron has always been hostile with him since he’s never done anything to provoke it. He reacts to this unfriendliness by being as indifferent as possible, while secretly bemoaning the fact that he’s physically attracted to Cameron.
As the resentment builds, they become rivals and are even more uncooperative. When assigned the task of preparing a marketing presentation with him, Lucas is uneasy but tries to approach it as professionally as possible. Being together for such a short amount of time necessitates that Lucas spends far more time with him than he ever intended. The bickering and picking on each other ensue as they try to continue their feud, but it fades into being more objective and truly seeing each other for the first time.
In spite of himself, Lucas begins to admire and appreciate Cameron, even to the point of rejecting his physical advances under inappropriate conditions. He realizes at this point that he wants more than a quickie with Cameron; he wants to do it right.
I loved this story. Cameron and Lucas are marvelous characters and play against and with each other spectacularly. The details on marketing were informative and enlightening; I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into a marketing presentation. Being yourself was also an important theme in this wonderful story as Cameron wrestled with coming out and was delighted when he faces his fears and makes his announcement in such a spectacular fashion.
I was easily enticed to become emotionally involved with the men and was cheering them on at every step. I recommend this romantic comedy to everyone who enjoys marketing, humor, wit, and spicy sexual encounters involving handsome men. Thanks so much, N.R., for allowing me to follow Lucas and Cameron on their journey to happiness.
Read original review on Amazon by Lena Grey
The Slave by Kate Aaron
Freedom is only an illusion.
At twenty-seven, Tamelik has been a slave more than half his life. Submissive by nature, he can’t help but fall in love with the master who treats him kindly.
When the mistress walks out, Tam dares to hope his love will be enough.
Then he’s ordered to purchase another slave.
He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the same race as the men who murdered his family. For being his eventual replacement in their master’s bed. But it’s hard to hate a man who cries himself to sleep, flinches at the slightest touch, and blushes beautifully when he’s kissed.
Tags: Slavery, Erotica, M/M Romance, M/M/M, Threesome, Cliffhanger
Amazon Rating: 4.3 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.95 stars
Average Rating: 4.125 stars
There are stories that just suck you right into their world, and this was definitely one of them.
Sweet Tam is in love with his Master and longs for that love in return. He has a pretty good life, as slaves go, and his Master is caring and fair. He has chosen Tam exclusively over the years, even over his wife who left with most of the staff to their other home. Not wanting Tam to be alone as his duties call him away more and more, Master sends Tam to the slave markets to purchase another pleasure slave. Tam is rather conflicted over his Master’s wishes, fearing his is going to be purchasing his replacement but does as he is told.
Kai is a captured soldier new to slavery. He is a fighter and rather unruly as slaves go. Knowing what could happen if he gets bought by any of the other bidders, Tam makes the purchase, hoping to save Kai in the process. It takes quite some doing to win Kai over, not only to himself but to his new position as well. Tam has been a slave since he was a young boy. He barely remembers life before living with the Master and feels he has all he could ever want where he is now. Kai struggled a lot with understanding this. How could being a slave be better on any level than being a free man? Well, over time, he learns, just as he learns to love Tam and eventually the Master as well. Kai has also never been with another man. He was in love with his best friend who was killed on the battlefield, but his feelings were never made known. There is a lot at play between these guys, but it was fabulous to see Kai open up and accept Tam as his lover.
On the other side of things, Tam and the Master were sweet and sexy but also rather heartbreaking at times. Master is a bit of a big mystery. He obviously cares for Tam, but the bottom line is that they can’t be more than what they are, Master and Slave. But when they are together, there is not much doubt about how everyone feels. He continually pushes Tam and Kai together which confuses Tam. At the same time, Master is extremely patient with regards to Kai, waiting for Kai to warm up to him, showing trust by allowing him freedoms within the walls, etc. It was really enjoyable to watch them all together leading to some pretty steamy scenes. I loved watching the trust and love grow with these two and eventually three.
I was a bit captivated by this story and was extremely thankful that the next one was all lined up and ready to go. It ends on a cliffy, and I couldn’t get the next one opened fast enough. I just had to see how things played out for these guys. This story reads really fast and the world is vividly detailed. If you’re a fan of fantasy stories, slave or not, I definitely recommend you give this gem a try.
Read original review on Amazon by JustJen
Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Kaje Harper
First I was a sorcerer. Then I was a hermit. For so long—for years that seemed to go on forever—I couldn’t bear to be touched. I put up not just walls but whole stone bunkers to keep everyone out, emotionally, and physically as well. I was protected from people, from ghosts, from specters real and imagined. Sure, I was alone. But I felt safe. Only, after a while, I wasn’t sure any longer whether a totally “safe” empty life was really worth living.
Then Tobin came along. Out of the blue, out of my past, with a summons from the king that he wouldn’t let me ignore. I tried to cling to my isolation, but he wouldn’t give up on me. Tobin never believed in walls.
Tags: Paranormal, Abuse, Ghosts, Disability, Fantasy, Medieval
Amazon Rating: 4.6 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.13 stars
Average Rating: 4.365 stars
Lyon, a “hermit” sorcerer ” lives by himself due to a past that leaves him both emotionally and physically scarred, although the focus is more on the former than the latter.
He trained under Meldov, who later was possessed by a wraith which imposed both physical(sexual) abuse on the character and psychological abuse because of it. Lyon is a man who is still haunted and has to prepare himself for conversations before talking to the few people he is in contact with, that help gain his profit and allow him to live put this isolated life.
This is lifestyle is blown to bits when his childhood best friend Tobin comes to his home on orders from the King. Lyon is wanted for his expertise in the translation of old/dead languages needed to prevent a war with oathbreakers on the bordering land. Tobin clearly realizes Lyon is a damaged soul and his firm, gentle and patient nature propel the story and Lyon’s reemergence info the real world.
Throughout the story, Lyon struggles with his memories and how they play a huge role in his interactions with Tobin. The romance between him and Tobin grew at a slow pace, which worked well with Lyon’s trauma of people getting too close or touching him. I also loved how Tobin viewed Lyons damaged hand as a treasure and not as an interference. This spoke volumes of Tobin’s maturity and his love for Lyon.
Although, this story was incredibly long, I felt it worked well with the story and I love how the ghost Lyon took into himself, made him realize how strong he actually was and how he would put himself at risk for the safety of others; which came as a huge surprise to our extremely isolated and damaged Lyon.
Read original review on Amazon by lleana
When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan
For many in war-torn 1944, love blossoms in the dance hall, and airman Arty Clarke is no exception. He’s a thinker and a dreamer; however, it’s not the beautiful, talented dancer in his arms—his best friend Jean—who inspires his dreams. For when his gaze meets that of Technical Sergeant Jim Johnson, Arty dares to imagine a different dance.
Their love is forbidden, by both the armed forces and the law, but with Jean’s cunning and support, Arty and Jim try to bridge the distance between them and find true love despite the danger and a life-threatening disaster that could destroy Arty’s dreams for good.
Can the pair stand strong together, no matter how many skies have fallen?
Tags: Historical Romance, Military, War
Amazon Rating: 4.7 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.04 stars
Average Rating: 4.37 stars
This is the sweeping story of Artie and Jim, two gay men trying, like everyone else, to survive during WW2. It is obvious right from the start that the author has taken great pains to be historically accurate, giving this epic story validity as a gay historical romance so realistic it will take your breath away.
Have you ever made a snowball, then rolled it around until it gets bigger and bigger, taking away all the snow and leaving behind only freezing, ruined grass? This story, that is what it does. It starts off sweet and gentle, then gains momentum and grabs every molecule of snow, like an enormous avalanche encapsulating history, morality, friendship, loyalty, and love.
It is a story that is indeed about the sky falling, and the world going mad, but in the middle of that maelstrom there are two people and a light that never goes out. To me, that quiet and clever gentleness is Debbie McGowan.
I read this story in parts as it was written, then again last night. Each time I noticed something else, another aspect to this intricate world that the author depicts so starkly. Although it is set almost eighty years ago, too many of the issues in this story are still shouting their nasty voice loudly today. LBGT people around the world are still dictated to by political, economic, religious institutions. Who is the enemy and who is the friend?
I cried a few times when I read this, and so will you. It is a very beautiful story about ordinary people trying to do ordinary things. Does anyone ever win a war? Maybe not, but sometimes, love can triumph 😀
Read original review on Amazon by Scarlet Pimpernel
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