What are the best gay historical romance books?

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    #1The Song of Achilles

    The Song of Achilles

    Song of Achilles is a book by Madeline Miller that tells a story of Achilles and his life story based from Homer's The Iliad. It contains all his sufferings and triumphs during Trojan war. 


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    Heather Phillips
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The setting around the Trojan War is unique for this type of book. The dynamics between the characters are very real. The story line is not as smooth as it could be. "
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    #2The 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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    Crystal Freeman
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Fantastic read. This book has just the right amount of historical content to make you want to explore that time more. "
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    #3The Only Gold

    The Only Gold
    Jonah Woolner thought he would be the one to get promoted, but he was passed over in favor of Reid Hylliard. His progressive ideas seemed to be liked by everyone but Jonah, who thought they would cause the ruin of the bank where they worked. But Jonah had no choice but to fall for his charms, both the financial ones and the romantic. 



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    George Soto
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Only Gold is an interesting take on historical romance, mostly because it does consist of a gay perspective and romance. Seeing this type of romance in a historical setting is a bit intriguing and helps elevate the book beyond a basic romance novel."
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    #4The Gladiator's Master

    The Gladiator's Master
    Caelius, a Roman politician, has inherited a stable of gladiators, but there's one who has caught his attention. Gaidres has always been forced into slavery, and plans to kill his new master in order to escape that life. But what he would have never expected is that he doesn't want him to be his slave: he wants him as his lover. 


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    Angela Chavez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Gladiator's Master is an excellent piece of historical fiction set in ancient Rome, and one of the best gay historical romance books out there, although I hesitate to label it as a gay book because of the Roman times, regardless it is a wonderful story. "
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    #5At 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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    Julia Sotelo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Based on a love and friendship for each other the two characters form an eternal bond with each other. The trials and tribulations share and experienced by both are clearly depicted throughout the story in great detail. A very good read."
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    #6The 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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    Gloria Alvarez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Storyline is said to be slow. This is not a book I would be interested in reading. Many people think this is a great story however and has a lot of great reviews."
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    #7Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)

    Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)
    Ransom is a medieval Scottish romance about Gillian, an English woman, and her fight against the cruel Baron who killed her father. With Scottish chieftains and Bridgid Kirkconnell as allies, Gillian triumphs and finds love.

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    Yuan Li
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I tend to really enjoy medieval stories and this one fit the bill quite nicely. I will say that this is not the typical fare of fantasy and there are some unusual story beats which definitely surprised me. Everything from homosexuality to revenge can be found here so I'm sure anyone will find something to enjoy."
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    #8Brokeback 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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    Xiang Feng
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you liked the movie, you will like the book. A must have."
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    #91: Brethren

    1: Brethren

    1: Brethren is a gay adventure romance novel written by W.A Hoffman that tells the story of and disenchanted English Lord who is crazy. He met someone who changed him but not for good. 


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    Linda Reed
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you are looking for the best gay historical romance book, you should consider 1: Brethren because it fits just what you are looking for. It is the first novel of four that explores a relationship between two men set in Jamaica and it shows a crazy adventure of romance and pirates. I definitely enjoyed this book for its originality. "
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    #10Cry to Heaven

    Cry to Heaven
    Cry to Heaven is a fantasy historical fiction book written by Anne Rice. This horror fiction novel is first published in 1982. 

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    Adam Carpenter
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Anne rice is a fantastic author because her descriptions are so detailed and her ability to describe is just phenomenal. This novel is a perfect example of that. This is not a read for the feeble heart. She pushes boundaries hard in this book."
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    #11Discreet Young Gentleman

    Discreet Young Gentleman
    Discreet Young Gentleman is a historical romance book set during the Regency period and written by M.J. Pearson. Discreet Young Gentleman was published on October 1, 2006 by Seventh Window Publications. 

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    Billy Walsh
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I thought this book was very telling with great writing, great characters, and shone a light on homosexual relations which we aren't privy to so easily. Happily recommend it as it is well made and the characters stick with you."
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    #12The Passion

    The Passion
    The Passion is a historical fiction novel written by Jeanette Winterson which centers on French soldier Henri who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin. 

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    Grace Bishop
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Umm, I think you have this in the wrong category? This is a male/female romance. The writer did write DIFFERENT book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which has gay characters, but this book did not. Good book, wrong category."


Best What are the best gay historical romance books
1The Song of AchillesBooks 44 Paid
2The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)Books 40 Paid
3The Only GoldBooks 39 Paid
4The Gladiator's MasterBooks 36 Paid
5At Swim, Two BoysBooks 33 Paid
6The CharioteerBooks 31 Paid
7Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)Books 30 Paid
8Brokeback MountainBooks 28 Paid
91: BrethrenBooks 10 Paid
10Cry to HeavenBooks 10 Paid

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