[Fic Request] MM Cowboys?

We have a request from @marinliliz! 

Requesting: I’m looking for m/m stories with cowboys. From the conquest of the west to modern day cowboys. The story doesn’t even have to be about being a cowboy, just have the characters living the cowboy lifestyle.

Would also like: Preferably long and well written. Happy Ending desired but not necessary.

Must not have: BDSM and dominant/submissive dynamics. Non Con.

Similar stories: The only one I recall is Falls Chance Ranch

[Request] Middle-aged falling in love?

We have a request from @ziusura!

Requesting: 

Stories where the leads are middle-aged and falling in love. The aura and general feel of that is what I’m requesting, so if the leads are 30 but it still has that middle-aged feel – that’s cool with me. Any genre – so scifi captains or pirates or bankers that live down the street, it’s all good.
Would also like: As much as the ‘coming out’ trope is overused…I’m a huge sucker for middle-aged folks coming out, so if they include that I am yours. Going back to old home towns, or school reunions is a big trope button for me too. As long as they include middle-aged ppl, I don’t care if they hit those tropes though.

Must not have:

Age gaps where one party is significantly younger than the middle aged person (younger than 25 is…generally too young for me, but if it’s a good story I can reconsider). I’m really not into the trope where someone finds romance with someone they saved from the streets.

Similar stories:

I’m about to list solely m/m, but f/f and trans folks are fine as well. Special Forces is one that I like a lot for this aspect, and went up until they were in their fifties. McDanno fanfiction consistently hits this button for me as well. I tried to include stories but I’ll admit I can only really think of movies right now. Big Eden really hits my favs here. Pit Stop did it as well, even though the two ‘leads’ didn’t [spoiler] meet until the last 10 min [/spoiler]. The Mulligans also did it, [spoiler] especially since it was mostly a coming out story for the middle-aged dad and the guy that inspired him to finally take the plunge seemed uncomfortable with the whole thing (other than making middle-aged dad comfortable with coming out) so their ‘relationship’ ended before it even started.[/spoiler]

Rec: Consorting With Dragons

Title: Consorting With Dragons
Author: Sera Trevor
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 41k
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Not really anything I don’t think. Characters smoke weed, father has an alcoholic and gambling problem.
Link: http://www.mmromancegroup.com/consorting-with-dragons-by-sera-trevor/
Summary: Lord Jasen of Grumhul has a gambling problem. Or rather, his father has the problem, but since he’s gambled away everything that was rightfully Jasen’s, it’s become his problem, too. With no money and no skills to earn a living, his best bet for getting away from his father is to present himself for marriage at Court in the Draelands, the kingdom at the center of the Allied Realms. Jasen’s courtly manners aren’t the most refined (to say the least), but he hopes he’s still capable of attracting at least a minor lord.

He isn’t looking to cause a scandal, but that’s exactly what happens when he immediately attracts the attention of both a powerful dragon and King Rilvor himself. The King serves as the mystical link between the magic of the dragons and humankind; since the death of his wife two years before, magic in the Allied Realms has suffered. He must take a spouse this year, and the fight for his favor has gotten downright vicious.

No one, including Jasen himself, thinks he’s a proper match for the king. But the growing affection between them can’t be denied. Jasen loves Rilvor, but he’s petrified about becoming lord consort to a king. Unfortunately, the two can’t be separated, and Jasen must decide if true love is worth all the trouble

Review: I really liked this. I like that the father wasn’t made out to be some violent horrible person. Yes, he has flaws (alcohol/gambling) but I found him rather amusing. I in no way doubted that he loved his son. And vice versa. Jasen could totally hate his dad but he didn’t. He just found him frustrating and maybe somewhat embarrassing.

This story isn’t very long. It’s almost novel length but I really wished the author wrote more. We could’ve done with a tad bit more development between Jasen and the King because them falling in love was somewhat quick. And more dragons would be nice 🙂 we didn’t get as many scenes as I’d been hoping for.

Overall I really liked it. It’s a light read and free. The author is writing a sequel (or has, I don’t know) with one of the secondary characters, Larely, so we’ll probably see Jasen again in that.

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Rec: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Title: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Author: Michael Chabon
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 639 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Warnings not provided
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Kavalier-Clay/dp/0312282990/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308229645&sr=8-1
Summary: Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America – the comic book. Drawing on their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men. With exhilarating style and grace, Michael Chabon tells an unforgettable story about American romance and possibility.

Review: This is an author rec for slash fans who want something a bit more literary to read in public. 😉 Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh both have a non-straight main character and obviously, great plots. Even if you’re just looking for gay romance, there should be enough in both books to keep you satisfied. I haven’t read his other books simply because I’m not into their genres (he writes pretty much everything), but I’m sure they also deal with homosexual themes.

Mysteries has a bit more slash to it (although I probably shouldn’t call it slash, huh). But if you only read one, I’d definitely suggest Kavalier and Clay, especially since it’s about comic books, escape artists, and World War II, AND it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. It’s funny and fast-paced and amazingly well-written. Guh. What more can you ask for in a book?

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Rec: No Apologies

Title: No Apologies
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 267 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Warnings not provided
Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10999091-no-apologies
Summary: Cheerful and friendly, Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. He wants to get to know his roommate, but it seems the only way past his shell is through it. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?

So goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves.

At the end of the evening, will Greg’s risky venture break a relationship that’s already foundering? Or will the real life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with no apologies?

Review: Honestly? Just read it. It’s that good. Intelligent, touching, sweet.

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Rec: Vellum: The Book of All Hours

Title: Vellum: The Book of All Hours
Author: Hal Duncan
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 480 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Het content
Link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Vellum/Hal-Duncan/e/9780345493613/?itm=1&USRI=hal+duncan
Summary: It’s 2017 and angels and demons walk the earth. Once they were human; now they are unkin, transformed by the ancient machine-code language of reality itself. They seek The Book of All Hours, the mythical tome within which the blueprint for all reality is transcribed, which has been lost somewhere in the Vellum–the vast realm of eternity upon which our world is a mere scratch.

The Vellum, where the unkin are gathering for war.

The Vellum, where a fallen angel and a renegade devil are about to settle an age-old feud.

The Vellum, where the past, present, and future will collide with ancient worlds and myths.

And the Vellum will burn… .

Review: I’m not sure what just happened, but it was fucking awesome. That’s how I felt when I finished Vellum. I only appreciate it more now that it’s had time to sink in and all the little pieces have clicked into place. This is an exhausting read, but it’s an experience. You get the story in fragments, all in different times, different places, different universes. The characters themselves are archetypes with different incarnations running around all over the place. It’s like Duncan wrote a hundred books that tell the same tale, and then mashed them together with his badass powers. It helps that Duncan writes beautifully, because often times, it’s what urged me to keep going when I wasn’t sure where the plot had gone. Take it as it comes and enjoy the experience. I’m sure there are better ways to describe it, but it’s best to just pick it up and give it a shot.

This isn’t a typical slash novel, but Jack and Thomas are probably the most prominent couple in the book, and their relationship receives a lot of focus. On that note, yes there is also heterosexual content, in case it’s something you prefer to avoid.

Also, it has a sequel.

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Rec: The Man Who Doesn’t Take off His Clothes

Title: The Man Who Doesn’t Take off His Clothes (脱がない男)
Author: KONOHARA Narise (木原 音瀬)
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 250 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Dub/non-con, occasional OOCness
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Doesnt-Take-Clothes-Vol-Yaoi/dp/1569708770
Summary: After leading anything but a fashionable collegiate life, Kaitani is entering his third year at a major cosmetics company. His boss is the Adonis, Fujiwara. Although any number of women have had their eyes on Fujiwara, Kaitani can’t think of him as anything but an ill-mannered snob. Word around the office is that Fujiwara keeps his clothes on even when making love! Things start to heat up when the two clash over a marketing campaign for a new line of men’s cosmetics.

Review: Am I glad to have found this fic. Ah, I knew I could count on those Japanese when I’m craving the ‘Subordinate topping Superior’ theme. This is what I call a competent, jerk-ass superior! Okay, so the sex part was rather OOC and gave me that typical yaoi feel, but yeah…at this point, I’m not too picky. At this point all I want is a competent boss bottoming, and, as I said, this is one of the more satisfying ‘Subordinate topping Superior’ fics I’ve read > < I haven’t read any since the Mirage of Blaze. Anyhow, I think I should break my review down a bit more.

Pros:
-A competent, jerk-ass superior bottoming! Need I say more?
-Solid characterization and growth.
-Witty and fun! Had me laughing out loud quite stupidly a few times.
-One REALLY unique character trait.
-Details that make up for the confined setting. Actually, the novel focuses more on workplace life than the romance, which made it realistic and immensely enjoyable for me.
-Has a plot

Cons:
-I’m not sure about the quality of the English translation, as I’m reading the Chinese version (which has its fair share of typos but is translated smoothly). According to some reviews on Amazon, there were some grammatical mistakes and typos.
-As I’ve mentioned before, smut is not very sexy because of the massive OOCness. Had that unrealistic, not-so-great yaoi feeling, so I just skimmed through the smex. Vol.2 also has a bit more smut than I would prefer, and the fluffiness was…too sweet…too sweet for my tastes, anyway, since I’m not a fan of fluff
-There is one particularly nosy side-character…I had to suspend my disbelief for his rather unrealistic behavior.
-The plot in itself isn’t THAT original, as some clichés abound, but I think the overall execution is satisfactory.
-Has a questionable gay-for-you thing going on.

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Rec: Zero Hour

Title: Zero Hour
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 240 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Warnings not provided
Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11913047-zero-hour—a-dystopian-adventure
Summary: Ernest just turned thirty. It’s time for retirement, freedom from the tedious drudgery of his job as a data clerk. Time to explore parts of the city he’s never seen before, and hopefully meet some people other than his Deacon or his health monitor. And at the end of the month? Time to die.

Will runs the counter at the historic coffee shop, and when he talks, he sounds just like an old-time data feed. He’s nothing like anyone Ernest has ever met—which isn’t saying much—but still, something about him simply doesn’t parse.

Review: I read a review of this book where someone wrote that it is a cross between the movies The Island and Equilibrium, but I would also add a bit of Wall-E with its consumer-oriented society. It’s a really good sci-fi book.

I was scared for Ernest. Not really about what others will do to him, but what he will allow them to do.

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Rec: Reunions

Title: Reunions
Author: Aska J Naiman
Format: Novella
Published/Free: Published
Length: 21k
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Homophobic society
Link: Click here
Summary: When you have someone who means the world to you, it’s hard to let the rest of the world in. Hadrian is happy with what he’s got with his boyfriend, so happy he can’t see anything but a threat in a visit from his ex. Still, he cannot ask for what his lover cannot give and there is much he is ready to give to keep what he’s got.

An erotic shape-shifter novelette including mature rated material. Book II can be read as a stand alone.

Review: Established relationships aren’t my favourite thing in the world, they seem somehow too safe. But there’s plenty left unresolved once the guys get together, especially if the guys are shifters who had a whirlwind romance and have histories a mile long. Reunions explores some of those issues, including how the opinions of the rest of the world can affect the relationship, both emotionally and sexually.

Rec: Siren

Title: Siren
Author: Suki Fleet
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 23 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Fantasy mutilation
Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469731
Summary: Grey is an English teacher at a boarding school and Si is a half-fairy resident assistant. Tonight they are going to admit that casual sex is not really what either of them likes.

Review: Even though this story is short, it is full of emotion — longing, tenderness, and desire are conveyed powerfully in just a few brief scenes. Even though the reader is given only the barest hint of the characters’ histories, the moment they share still feels important and touching.