14/12/2013 by Basia Rose
The Goodreads Popularity contest (oops, Goodreads Choice Awards) were decided the other week, and I have to say I’m damn relieved with the result in the romance category. Not only was it a book free of sexism and slut shaming (which can’t be said for many of the finalists), but it is also a romance between two men.
We seem to have come a long way as a genre!
‘Romance’ is far too broad of a term to encompass everything, and I’ve already complained about this! How can you put erotic BDSM/Ménage romances in the same category as a book about vampires, and also as books about Christians quoting scripture and saving themselves for marriage, and also as books about people living in the 18th century, and also, and also, and also…?
We need some more categories next year, Goodreads. I don’t care if you’re book snobs; we represent a huge part of the market (more than most other genres put together) and we deserve it!
Here’s the winner:
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….
Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.(