30 amazing gay mm romance couples

Written by Silke, updated 20 Jan 2023

There is a lot of romance for m/m romance in the romance book community. In romance books 'M/M' or 'MLM' is used refer to romantic relationships between two or more men. M/M stands for 'male/male', and 'mlm' is a shorthand for 'men-loving man' which personally I find rather charming as a descriptor.

Even though the male protagonists in these books can be either gay, bisexual, or pansexual, the central love story will be between men.

I have compiled a great list of romance books featuring male protagonists in love with each other, and I hope you'll enjoy them too.

  • #1 Him - Sarina Bowen,Elle Kennedy

    Him - Sarina Bowen,Elle Kennedy

    athletes funny m-m (gay) young adult contemporary

    Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

    Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever... more

  • #2 Heated Rivalry - Rachel Reid

    Heated Rivalry - Rachel Reid

    athletes enemies to lovers grumpy & sunshine forbidden love

    Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

    Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

    Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great... more

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  • #3 You & Me - Tal Bauer

    You & Me - Tal Bauer

    sports athletes friends to lovers

    We're a puzzle made of two pieces.

    Landon Larsen is the envy of all the dads in Last Waters, Texas. He's cool, confident, and put together. He and his son—the high school's all-star quarterback—have the perfect father-son relationship. He’s such a Super Dad, it's almost sickening.

    I'm not cool, or confident, and my relationship with my son couldn't be worse. He's barely speaking to me, and a year after my wife died, we're both clinging to the wreckage of our family.

    Landon's son and mine are best friends and—of course—Landon is the football Team Dad. And though I know nothing about football, Landon convinces me to volunteer to be closer to my son. Volunteering might give him and me a chance to rebuild what's broken between us... more

  • #4 Priest - Aiden Bates,Ali Lyda

    Priest - Aiden Bates,Ali Lyda

    bikers friends to lovers

    I’ve been Ankh’s Old Man for as long as Hell’s Ankhor has existed. But Ankh’s been dead for two years, and I need to live my life for me. I love the guys of HAC, but no one’s keeping me warm at night. No one except Mal, and that’s only in my dreams.

    He doesn’t do long term, and he’s one of my oldest friends. Hooking up could risk the club, yet when it comes to him, I don’t care. I’m ready to live and love again.

    Priest makes me want to sin.
    I can’t ruin thirty years of friendship because of a little lust. But nothing about Priest is little. The old bear is just as muscular as me, and I’m sure he could pin me. Damn, I want him in the sack.

    Making a move risks not only our friendship, but potentially our MC... more

  • #5 Tate - Ella Frank

    Tate - Ella Frank

    m-m (gay) contemporary erotic romance new adult

    Logan Mitchell has always been a man with a plan. One for work. One for his relationship. And one for his life. Which is exactly the way he liked it—until recently. Now with words like marriage and weddings floating around his head, Logan’s plans have suddenly changed course, and where they want him to go has him feeling somewhat distracted.

    Tate Morrison knows Logan better than anybody else—or so he thinks. So when his lawyer is finding it hard to sleep at night, he chalks it up to the craziness that has recently descended on their lives.
    Never in a million years would he guess what’s really on Logan’s mind... more

  • #6 Wilde Love - Lucy Lennox

    Wilde Love - Lucy Lennox

    military friends to lovers age gap

    After running away at the age of seventeen, I found a home in the Army. It wasn’t long before my fellow soldiers became family, giving purpose to my time in Vietnam.

    But everything changes when Doc Wilde joins my medevac crew. A night alone in the jungle after a helicopter crash forces us to rely on each other for survival, the secrets we share cementing a bond between us deeper than any I’ve ever known.

    Doc begins to play a starring role in my late night fantasies even though he can never be anything more than a friend, a brother-in-arms. He’s straight, with family back in Texas, and I could kiss my career goodbye if anyone in the Army discovered my secret... more

  • #7 Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

    Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

    funny enemies to lovers royalty

    A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

    First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.. more

  • #8 Blood & Thunder - Charlie Cochet

    Blood & Thunder - Charlie Cochet

    men in uniform urban fantasy futuristic

    When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable.

    Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily.

    Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos... more

  • #9 Wolfsong - T.J. Klune

    Wolfsong - T.J. Klune

    shapeshifters m-m (gay) paranormal magic friends to lovers

    Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

    Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road. The little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

    Ox was seventeen when he found out the little boy’s secret and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega... more

  • #10 Ethan - Nicole Edwards

    Ethan - Nicole Edwards

    contemporary erotic romance paranormal demons friends to lovers

    How long did it take you to find your place in the world?

    For Ethan Walker, going through the motions of life, keeping his distance and never getting attached has become the mantra he lives by. Success is measured by how many hours he can work and how little attention he can draw. That was until he landed on Beau Bennett’s radar. Until Beau, Ethan had never met a man who could get him to question his own logic and even consider taking a different path.

    Beau Bennett knows exactly who he is - now. It might’ve taken him some time to figure it out, but now that he has his bearings, Beau has set his sights on the mysteriously sexy Ethan Walker... more

  • #11 Rise & Fall - Charlie Cochet

    Rise & Fall - Charlie Cochet

    shapeshifters m-m (gay) paranormal urban fantasy mystery

    After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost... more

  • #12 Redemption - Sloane Kennedy

    Redemption - Sloane Kennedy

    erotic romance m-m (gay) abuse enemies to lovers angst

    At 33 years old, Phoenix Jones once had a stellar military career ahead of him. But when tragedy struck his family, he walked away from the path he'd chosen to be there for the one who needed him most. Except fate is a bitch and when she once again takes Phoenix's future in the cruelest of ways, he must find a new path.

    When a former army buddy introduces him to Ronan Grisham, the leader of an underground vigilante group, Phoenix knows he's found a new family and nothing and no one is going to take that from him again... more

  • #13 Tied Up in Knots - Mary Calmes

    Tied Up in Knots - Mary Calmes

    m-m (gay) military suspense friends to lovers mystery

    Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.

    Work isn’t the same without Ian... more

  • #14 The Dark Tide (Adrien English #5) - Josh Lanyon

    The Dark Tide (Adrien English #5) - Josh Lanyon

    contemporary men in uniform suspense mystery angst

    As if recovering from heart surgery beneath the gaze of his over-protective family wasn’t exasperating enough, someone keeps trying to break into Adrien English’s bookstore. What is this determined midnight intruder searching for?

    When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective... more

  • #15 Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1) - Abigail Roux,Madeleine Urban

    Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1) - Abigail Roux,Madeleine Urban

    contemporary suspense alpha male men in uniform military

    A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

    Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight... more

  • #16 Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) - J.R. Ward

    Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) - J.R. Ward

    contemporary vampires paranormal mystery demons

    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... more

  • #17 Zero at the Bone (Zero at the Bone #1) - Jane Seville

    Zero at the Bone (Zero at the Bone #1) - Jane Seville

    contemporary erotic romance alpha male military enemies to lovers

    After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies. Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was... more

  • #18 Captive Prince: Volume One (Captive Prince #1) - C.S. Pacat

    Captive Prince: Volume One (Captive Prince #1) - C.S. Pacat

    abduction suspense rape royalty bdsm

    Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

    Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

    For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity... more

  • #19 Hot Head (Head #1) - Damon Suede

    Hot Head (Head #1) - Damon Suede

    alpha male men in uniform erotic romance friends to lovers contemporary

    "Where there's smoke, there's fire..."
    Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies' man, and the FDNY isn't exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.
    Griff's caution and Dante's cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there's nothing Griff wouldn't do... until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty... more

  • #20 Breaking Cover (Life Lessons #2) - Kaje Harper

    Breaking Cover (Life Lessons #2) - Kaje Harper

    contemporary erotic romance men in uniform suspense mystery

    For homicide detective Mac, it's been a good year. Having Tony to go home to makes him a better cop and a better person. For Tony, it's been hard being in love with a man he can't touch in public. Evasions and outright lying to friends and family take a little of the shine off his relationship with Mac, but Tony is determined to make it work.

    As the Minneapolis Police Department moves into a hot, humid summer, Mac is faced with a different challenge. A killer has murdered two blond women, and the police have no real clues. Mac hates to think that another murder may be the only way they'll make progress with the case. But when that murder happens, it hits close to home for Tony... more

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