What are the best fiction books with a gay protagonist?

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    #1Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain
    Annie Proulx's masterpiece narrates the story of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands that find themselves working together through strong attraction. After some sexual meetings, they both get married and have children, but the attraction between them cannot be denied anymore. 



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    Nicole Welch
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Is this the best or just the most well known ? I'm sure there are other books out there with gay protagonists in them. While I have yet to read this one, the movie made it fairly mainstream."
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    #2As Meat Loves Salt

    As Meat Loves Salt
    Set in the 17th century, this novel tells the story of Jacob Cullen, a man that had to flee from his own wedding with her bride Caro and her brother Zebedee, as he was about to get caught accused of murder. Jacob eventually finds himself alone in the world, until he meets Christopher, who rescues him: the starting point between these two gentleman living in London. 





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    Terry Woods
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "While this deals with contemporary social issues, it is actually set in England in the 1640s. The main characters are nevertheless instantly relatable and the themes explored should be familiar to everyone. It's a love story, but also a war novel, and epic in scale. It doesn't pound the reader with ideology, but allows the characters to be fully human, and we as readers merely observe and care about them. "
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    #3The Charioteer

    The Charioteer
    After an injury during WW II, Laurie Odell finds himself in a hospital where he meets Andrew, a young conscientious objector working there. Soon they become more than friends and Laurie lives a happy life, but everything changes when Laurie mentor visits him, and takes him to an exclusive social circle of gay men. 



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    Howard Palmer
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "I love a good sexy book that has a gay protagonist. One that fits my criteria is The Charioteer because Laurie Odell after WW2 finds himself in a hospital where he meets Andrew, a young conscientious objector working there. Soon they become more than friends. This was spicy as all get out!"
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    #4The Line of Beauty

    The Line of Beauty

    Set in Britain, this novel separated in three different parts narrates the story of Nick Guest, a middle-class young male that takes part in the Fedden family's parties and holidays. Homosexuality, hypocrisy, privilege and the rise of AIDS are many of the topics covered in this 2004 book.

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    César Zavala
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a wonderful book. Not always the happiest but still a very good book. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes good well-written drama."
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    #5A Single Man

    A Single Man

    George Falconer, a middle-aged teacher living in California is still coping with the loss of his partner eight months ago due to a car crash. One morning, unable to handle it anymore, he schedules his suicide for that evening, but a series of events will made him think about that twice. 

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    Ralph Walker
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "My friend was having his birthday party and I wanted to get him a book that he or his partner could enjoy. A Single Man was exactly what I was looking for, and he definitely was appreciative of it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for that kind of book."
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    #6The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)

    The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)
    This book narrates the last years of Alexander the Great through the eyes of Bagoas, his eunuch lover. Sold to King Darius of Persia, Bagoas found freedom after Alexander and his army conquered Persia, and they both became lovers. After Alexander's death, this young Persian boy is the only one who might have fully understood Alexander's desires. 



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    Roy Obrien
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "My son is gay, and I've been trying to find him positive role models to inspire him. I came here looking for fiction books with a gay protaganist. I was told to try The Persian Boy. I bought it and gave it to him and he loves it!"
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    #7Middlesex

    Middlesex
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides follows the life of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but became Cal in his teens. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003.
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    Julia Salazar
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "I was looking for a good book to read when I came across MiddleSex by Jeffrey Eugenides. It is really an interesting read but not exactly what I had in mind. It did win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003 so it is well written. The main character is a gay protagonist and he weaves a compelling tale of a generational saga with engaging characters. I love parts of the 500 page story but I just could not relate to it as much, especially the gender stuff."
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    #8Brideshead Revisited

    Brideshead Revisited

    This book is the story of Charles Ryder and his romances, life and of course his friendship with the Flytes brothers, Sebastian and Julia. The novel covers many topics, including Sebastian's homosexuality.

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    Zachary Stanley
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Gay protagonists are severely underutilized in today's society, but this book about a gay protagonist shows just how much they are vital to the human experience. "
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    #9At Swim, Two Boys

    At Swim, Two Boys
    Set in Dublind before and during the Easter Rising, this book tells the story of Jim Mack and Doyler Doyle, two friends that made a pact while swimming naked in a lake, creating a strong bond between them that will last for years. 






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    Lawrence Alvarez
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Looks like a great book; However, i do not think the protagonist is gay, which is what i was looking for. It seems this book centers around two friends, but not a sexual relationship. I will keep searching. "
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    #10Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a book by Benjamin Alire that tells the story of Aristotle. He is an angry teen whose brother is in prison. He will meet Dante, his exact opposite but as they get along, things will change.

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    Kenneth Stevens
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I have really been into books with a gay protagonist and they are really fun to read, and really interesting. I have to really look around to find them, or maybe it's just me. Who knows. I did come across this Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I absolutely love it. It is a really great book. I couldn't put it down myself. "
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    #11Mikey and the Chickadee

    Mikey and the Chickadee

    Mikey and the Chickadee is a standalone male-to-male romance novel written by Kid Boise which follows the journey of Wyatt who explores his sexuality after meeting Asian man Mikey. 

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    Jared Montgomery
    Written on October 25, 2018
    "This book is an unconventional but really cool gay love story, with a lovely gay speaker, Wyatt, at its heart."
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    #12The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 

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    Johnny Hayes
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "at first i thought this was an entirely different book. upon clicking and reading the link i see its a different story but it does seem like it would be something i read though"
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    #13Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name is a romance fiction novel written by André Aciman. It was published on January 23, 2007. This novel has won the Gay Fiction award at the 20th Lambda Literary Awards. It was adapted into a movie in 2017.

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    #14Dangerous Desires (Tri-Omega Mates)

    Dangerous Desires (Tri-Omega Mates)

    Dangerous Desires is the seventh book in Stormy Glenn's gay erotic series for adults, the Tri-Omega Mates series. It was originally published in January 2013. It is about three men in a woeful world of love and fighting.

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    Richard Robertson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I'm not really sure why I picked up Dangerous Desires (Tri-Omega mates). A friend recommended it to me and gave me the book. I was bored over the weekend and gave it a read. It's definitely not for everyone. It's a gay erotic series for adults. I don't think there needs to be more said about this but I'll go on. The story is about a love triangle between three men. I have nothing against erotic novels or gay romances but this story in itself was kind of trashy and not in the good sense. I wasn't fan. I felt it lacked substance and it was just written as some kind of erotic fantasy."
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    #15The Satyricon

    The Satyricon

    The Satyricon is a Latin novel written by Petronius Arbiter published by Oxford University Press in 1999. It is about the Encolpius,  his lover Giton and his friend Ascyltus. 

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    Crystal Perry
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The Satyricon is a must read for anyone that's into the LGBT scene. The book features a fictional gay protagonist that has many adventurous affairs throughout the book. I recommend it whenever I get the chance."
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    #16Lost Souls

    Lost Souls
    Lost Souls is a fantasy novel by Poppy Brite. It tells the story of a trio of vampires, Zillah, Molochai, and Twig, as they introduce a boy named Nothing to their world of sex, drugs, alcohol, and blood-drinking.
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    Reyansh Jindal
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "if you like glitter this is for you"
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    #17A Memory Away

    A Memory Away

    A Memory Away is a male-to-male romance novel written by Taylor Lewis which follows the life of Kyle Gerritsen and Jonah Goldman after their one night together which centers in a world where men can get pregnant.

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    #18A Shadow of Wings

    A Shadow of Wings

    A Shadow of Wings is a paranormal gay romance novel written by Linda Gayle which centers between Dylan and Cam Coburn following their first meeting when Cam saved him during a violent attack. 

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    Grace West
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Purchased this for my nephew. Very well written. Great gift!"
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    #19Mickey's Duke: The Wilgrin Chronicles

    Mickey's Duke: The Wilgrin Chronicles

    Mickey's Duke is the first book in the gay romance series The Wilgrin Chronicles written by Vicktor Alexander which follows the romance between Michael "Mickey" Monroe and Evander Cavendish. 

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    Jeffrey Hamilton
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A 2012 book from a major site with 6, count them, 6 reviews, can't be on any best of list. Hey, it got published, so kudos for that, but it's just a meh it seems to many."
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    #20Dance With The Devil

    Dance With The Devil

    Dance with the Devil is the first book in the gay paranormal series Dance with the Devil written by Megan Derr which centers on detective Chris White who investigates his world of demons, goblins, witches, and more.  

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    Tiffany George
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you like supernatural M/M novels this book is a wonderful deviation from the normal. The romance is not the traditional type but very engaging. "
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    #21Elian (The Marriage Groups)

    Elian (The Marriage Groups)

    Elian is the first book in the male-to-male romance series The Marriage Groups written by Vicktor Alexander which centers on Elian Glinkobia in the planet named Kardalusia after he was chosen as coracao to three kings. 

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    #22The Prince's Consort (Bred For Love)

    The Prince's Consort (Bred For Love)

    The Prince's Consort is the first book in the male-to-male romance series Bred for Love written by Revella Hawthorne which centers on Prince Edward who finds more than just a warm body to sate his lust and carry on his lineage as a royalt. 

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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I don't think this is the best solution for this topic. Upon further research, there is a whole list of books that deal with the more complications of a gay protagonist. Finding someone to sate his lust sounds nice, but it also won't resonate as well because we are still in a time period where being gay is not as accepted. Therefore, I don't think this book meets the criteria for best fiction books (especially since an LGBTQ+ group does not have this on their reading list)"
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    #23The Broken H

    The Broken H

    The Broken H is a romance novel by J.L. Langley. It tells the story of Shane Cortez and Grayson Hunter, as the two of them try to move on from their past mistakes and begin life anew.

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    Joe Green
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is an easy-flowing love story with a few twists. It is romantic and heart warming at the same time. Even though this isn't my typical genre of book I still found myself enjoying it. It's perfect to read during a light rainstorm with a warm cup of tea or coffee (whichever you prefer)."
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    #24Cut & Run (Cut and Run)

    Cut & Run (Cut and Run)

    Cut & Run is the first book in the Cut & Run Series by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux. After some murders catch the attention of both FBI and NYPD, two special agents are assigned to the case: Ty Grady, who is cocky and unpredictable, and Zane Garrett, who is more serious and sober. These differences will create mixed feelings, that will surely be an obstacle to find out the truth about the murders. 

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    Pari Jain
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "More about the relationships than the actual plot, should be under romance."
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    #25A Royal Rebellion (Bred For Love)

    A Royal Rebellion (Bred For Love)
    A Royal Rebellion is the final book in the male-to-male romance series Bred for Love written by Revella Hawthorne which centers on the romance between Prince Edward of Cassia, Percy, and Edward. 
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    Harini Jaiteley
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is exactly the book that I was looking for. The gay protagonists are well written and interesting. It is a great love story that leaves you wanting to read more. It would probably fit better in the romance category, but is still a nice pick. "
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    #26Luck in the Shadows (The Nightrunner Series)

    Luck in the Shadows (The Nightrunner Series)
    Alec of Kerry has been taken prisoner for a crime he did not commit, but his cellmate, Seregil of Rhiminee manages to take him out of there as his apprentice. Together, they embark on an adventure with many obstacles, and a strong bond between them will be created.





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    Timothy Moore
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "More infodumping than I like, but that's so common in fantasy it hardly seems fair to criticize a single book for it. Otherwise, it's well-written: the characters are complex and interesting and the romance doesn't fall into either of the irritating literary tropes of "so overwhelming it overtakes the plot" or "obviously shoehorned in for the sake of having a Love Interest". It actually comes across as a natural relationship. The plot has the standard epic fantasy "we're on the brink of war" thread but steps back a bit further than usual, which provides an interesting change."
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    #27Talent Like Yours

    Talent Like Yours

    Talent Like Yours is a gay erotic romance novel written by Ben Courger that tells the story of Nick. He is approaching college and his relationship with his boyfriend becomes more sexual. His boyfriend becomes fatter too. 

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    Emma Phillips
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Talent Like Yours is a great story featuring a gay main character. This romance novel is riveting and kept me turning the pages to the very end. I recommend this book."
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    #28Man in the Crescent Moon

    Man in the Crescent Moon

    Man in the Crescent Moon is a gay romance book by M. Kei that tells the story of Isam Tangueli. He is a young man who left home to become a corsair. He will then fall in love with a slave and this might stop him achieving his dreams.

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    Jeffrey Warren
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Man in the Crescent Moon is a perfect solution for best fiction books with a gay protagonist, because it is a popular fiction book with a gay protagonist. "
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    #29All Bets Are Off

    All Bets Are Off

    All Bets Are Off is the gay romance series Mountain Boys written by Marguerite Labbe which follows the love story between Ash Gallagher and Eli Hollister. 

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    Liu Li
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I was lucky enough to meet the author at a recent real-life get together of an online group, so when All Bets Are Off showed up as a review copy on Netgalley and since I had never read anything by this author, I jumped at the chance to read something by her. One of my favorite tropes in books is the forbidden student/teacher relationship, but they are so often hard to find in a way that seems believable. That is one of the things that I loved about All Bets Were Off, the trying to avoid the relationship and the building of sexual tension through-out rather than a quick fling."
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    #302FAT2BFIT

    2FAT2BFIT

    2FAT2BFIT is an erotic gay romance book written by Sebastion Faust that tells the story of Dane. He is a health buff who is making a name in Los Angeles. He will let himself be fat to inspire others but things will go the other way. 

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    Charvi Sen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I was looking for some books to get for my son who just came out. He loves reading and I want to be supportive. This is completely inappropriate though, just awful. "
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    #31Sidecar

    Sidecar

    Sidecar is a standalone gay contemporary romance novel written by Amy Lane which centers on Josiah Daniels who rescued teenager runaway Casey and now their love for each other has grown into more. 

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    Mildred Hawkins
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Novels like this are incredible important for representation in media. The fact that the protagonist is gay and it isn't that much of a big deal is super important."
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    #32Dreamlands

    Dreamlands

    Dreamlands is the first book in the gay fantasy romance series Dreamlands written by Felicitas Ivey which follows the romance between Keno Inuzaka and Samojirou Aboshi.

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    Mary Howard
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Dreamlands is a curious tale of a gay man who travels to the ancient Dreamlands after being attacked, and finds true love and embrace, but it is threatened by a real-world attack. A mysterious, complex, and fantastical story, it's worth the read."
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    #33The Order of the Poison Oak (Volume 2)

    The Order of the Poison Oak (Volume 2)

    The Order of the Poison Oak the second book in The Russel Middlebrook series written by Brent Hartinger that tells the story of Russel and his secret society that helps members see the truth in life.

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    Sandra Chavez
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "The Order of the Poison Oak (Volume 2) is the best fiction book series with a gay protagonist. I've never connected with such a character before. It added a real breath of fresh air to my reading list."
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    #34The Cruise

    The Cruise

    The Cruise is an erotic gay romance book written by Anthony Hulse that tells the story of a couple who will meet another couple on a cruise. The friendship that developed turned into cannibalism. 

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    Kathryn Harvey
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Once again Faust makes his characters come to life. After reading Fridge Magnet I was excited to pick up this book and was pleased that I did. "
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    #35Hold Me Closer (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

    Hold Me Closer (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)
    Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story is a young adult book by David Levithan. It is a spin-off of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, featuring Tiny Cooper. It is a two-act musical written in the book as a screenplay.
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    James Berry
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Here is an eccentric follow-up to Will Grayson, Will Grayson that delves deeper into the life of Tiny Cooper. This one is not just a book, but a musical."
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    #36Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa is an erotic western romance novel by Tory Temple. It tells the story of Teagan, a rodeo cowboy, and his new cowboy roper, Cash. The two of them give in to the instant attraction between them and attempt to weather all odds.

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    Anna Lawson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This book is great for all of my gay friends. They love reading it because the main character is a protagonist and they feel it embodies them well."
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    #37Riding Heartbreak Road

    Riding Heartbreak Road
    Riding Heartbreak Road is an erotic western romance by Kiernan Kelly. It tells the story of Brent Miller who falls in love at first sight with Jake Goodall, a bull rider. However, their relationship is threatened by close-minded people.
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    Steven Nguyen
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Riding Heartbreak Road is the perfect title for this angst filled story. Jake and Brent go through the pain of injury and intolerance as well as the joy of unconditional love and acceptance. I love the instant and deep attraction Jake and Brent have for each other; they are very loving and passionate men. Riding Heartbreak Road is an emotional story with an incredibly moving ending that left me speechless"
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    #38The Dream of a Thousand Nights

    The Dream of a Thousand Nights

    The Dream of a Thousand Nights is a fantasy romance book written by Shira Anthony. The Dream of a Thousand Nights was published on September 26, 2011 by Dreamspinner Press.

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    Andrew Carpenter
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Dream of a Thousand Nights is an engaging book with a great plot line. While I was unable to relate to the character on gay romance, I could connect with him on a number of different levels. Overall a very accessible book and one worth checking out."

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Best What are the best fiction books with a gay protagonist
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Brokeback MountainBooks 19 Paid
2As Meat Loves SaltBooks 18 Paid
3The CharioteerBooks 16 Paid
4The Line of BeautyBooks 14 Paid
5A Single ManBooks 14 Paid
6The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)Books 12 Paid
7MiddlesexBooks 10 Paid
8Brideshead RevisitedBooks 9 Paid
9At Swim, Two BoysBooks 6 Paid
10Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBooks 5 Paid
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