I took advantage of a sale at Dreamspinner Press to pick up some works of fiction with asexual characters. Last month, I reviewed titles from their Harmony Ink Imprint. This month, I’m review titles from their main imprint.
Here’s the catch – Dreamspinner Press, in its main imprint, only publishes M/M and M/M/M+ romance. This is unlike Harmony Ink Press accepts all kinds of LGBTQ+ stories, not just M/M+, and not just romance.
A lot of asexual readers, for various reasons, are really into ‘M/M’ stories. I am not one of them. I have no objection to M/M, and I can enjoy an M/M story on the same terms that I would enjoy an M/F story, but a story being M/M is not a draw for me.
Actually, M/M does have a disadvantage when it comes to appealing to me – the lack of prominent female characters. All else being equal, I enjoy stories which prominently feature female characters more than stories which don’t. It’s not because I’m trying to be politically correct – I just naturally prefer reading about female characters. M/M, by definition, tends not to feature characters. M/F, by definition, does feature at least one female character, which means that M/F has a slight advantage over M/M for me. F/F, of course, has an even greater advantage.
However, there are M/M stories out there that I like. I want there to be more (good) asexual representation in all fiction, and if the M/M genre is doing it better than other genres, then add oil to keep M/M burning!
These are the stories I will review at some point this month:
I did not buy every Dreamspinner story with an asexual character. Here are reviews of the ones with asexual characters which I haven’t bought (and thus will not review):
Ace by Jack Byrne – review #1 (positive) and review #2 (negative)
Taking the Long Way by Max MacGowen – review #1 (positive) and review #2 (positive)
Coffee Cake by Michaela Gray (review at Just Love)