Please say hello to Bru Baker with
Hiding In Plain Sight
a Dreamspun Beyond title
Camp H.O.W.L #3
Happily ever after is right under their noses.
Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.
Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.
Their chemistry is through the roof, but they're setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can't figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice.
I’m here on My Fiction Nook today talking about one of my favorite things to read--category romance! I’ve always been a big fan of Harlequin, and I was beyond excited when Dreamspinner Press started offering its MM category romance lines, Dreamspun Desires and Dreamspun Beyond. I wanted to write for them, of course, but I also wanted to read them all!
Category romances are perfect little story capsules. There’s something comforting about knowing you’re guaranteed an HEA and a low level of angst when you curl up with a category romance. The tropes are familiar, but they take on new and exciting twists when you play with them in the MM romance world.
It’s easy to guess my favorite tropes because they’re the ones that show up in my own Dreamspun books. You’ve the fake relationship trope that’s always good for some twists and turns and fluffy sweetness as true feelings are revealed (Tall, Dark, and Deported falls into this category), and the reluctant commitment trope (Camp H.O.W.L. and Hiding in Plain Sight) which is usually good for a slow simmer and some light angst, and the opposites attract trope (Under a Blue Moon), which generally has sizzling chemistry and hard-headed heroes who frustrate the hell out of you (and each other!).
I mentioned earlier I’m not just a category romance writer, I’m an avid category romance reader. Here are some of my all-time favorite MM category romances. These are my feel-good reads, the ones I take off my shelf when I’ve had a crummy day or I just need the book equivalent of a hug. (In no particular order because I can’t play favorites with my favorites!)
BA Tortuga’s Leaning N series, because there’s never a bad time for cowboys, single fathers, and stories about coming home. (And cowboys. Did I mention cowboys?) Really, you can’t go wrong with any of BA Tortuga’s books, but that series is my favorite.
MJ O’Shea’s A Duke in Hiding for that opposites-attract, two-worlds-collide kind of fairytale vibe, and A Marriage of Inconvenience for that always-satisfying fake relationship trope.
Kris T. Bethke’s Requiem Inc. series because reluctant romances are the best kind, whether the friction keeping them apart is internal or external. I love romances where a complication makes getting together a bad idea and they do it anyway!
There are many more, but those are a few highlights. To be honest, there hasn’t been a book in either Dreamspun line that I haven’t liked!
About Bru Baker:
Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.
Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
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