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Initial post: Oct 28, 2010 10:41:52 AM PDT
Sirius says:
Hi guys,

If anybody knows any gay romance with this theme, recommendations are highly appreciated. It could be set in any setting, could be historical (love them), could be contemporary, could be mystery, anything. I only ask that non con was completely absent between the protagonists, I am totally okay if one of the guys is raped by the villain at some point of the story, but I absolutely despise love story that grows out of rape and avoid it at all costs.

Thank you so much for your help!

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 10:10:36 PM PDT
D. Stumpf says:
To Hate and to HoldThis is PNR between 2 vampires.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 3:30:30 PM PDT
Sirius says:
Thank you! I will check it out, I was beginning to think that besides few books that I read with this theme, there is nothing else lol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 11:25:40 PM PDT
Timing by Mary Calmes

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2010 1:14:06 PM PST
Sirius says:
Thank you very much, I have read Timing :)

Now I feel like I would like to make another clarification to my request if possible. What I am asking for is for two guys to start as *real* enemies, what fascinates me is the journey, you know? I do not feel that this is what is happening in To hate and to hold (thank you again for rec) or Timing, I think basically in these books two guys THINK that they are enemies, because SPOILERS

one of them (or both) fail to recognise that they are attracted to each other.

If anybody happened to read "Kei's gift" by Ann Sommerville, this is much more along the lines of what I am asking for.

Thank you so much guys.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2010 5:41:11 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2010 2:04:53 PM PST
Sirius says:
Thank you! These two novels are definitely what I am looking for, especially Zero at the Bone, I am not sure if I would call two guys in the protector enemies for real, but I have read both of them :)

Hee, I hope I have not read all stories with this trope.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2010 7:18:55 AM PST
Avesraggiana says:
A book that I can't recommend highly enough isn't available on amazon. However it is available for free as an online download. "Special Forces", written by Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate. Special Forces is actually divided into three books: "Soldiers", "Mercenaries" and "Veterans".

I urge you to go to and download this book. It would take too long to explain to you but this epic novel is over three thousand pages long and the beginning is exactly what you are looking for; enemy combatants who first encounter each other under the most violent of circumstances.

Let me once more point out that "Special Forces" was written by two people. Since their collaboration they have both gone on to re-edit and publish their own versions of this three-part epic. I happen to be partial to Aleksandr Voinov, whose website I directed you to.

I can guarantee you, once you read the first several pages of Special Forces/Soldiers, your gay male romance reading life will never be the same.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2010 7:24:56 AM PST
Sirius says:
Sigh. I thank you for recommendation, but I have read it and most other work by Alexandr Voinov :) I am starting to feel that maybe I have read all that was written in this genre with this trope :( Amazing book though, totally agree with you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 6:42:38 AM PST
Avesraggiana says:
Aaaahhh....I think we're attempting to feed an addiction here. Those guys really got under my skin, and even to this day, a few weeks now since finishing "Veterans", everything I pick up is looked upon in the refracted light of Dan and Vadim in Special Forces. Setting the premise of their initial encounter and their later relationship aside, Dan and Vadim's story is going to a pretty hard one to match in future reads.

Good Luck finding stories of enemies turning into lovers. Wow, that's intoxicating just thinking about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2010 4:08:27 PM PST
Alan H. Chin says:
Have you read The Lonely War by Alan Chin. This is a gay WWII story, of Andrew Water's, an American being held in a Japanese POW camp on Singapore Island. In order to acquire the drugs that will save his commander's life, Andrew agrees to become the Japanese commandant's whore. As the war drags on, their relationship develops.
It has gotten nothing but 5 star reviews.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 8:58:39 AM PST
Donna says:
A new book you might enjoy is The Aisling Book One: Guardian by Carole Cummings. It is a wonderfully drawn fantasy with two marvelous male leads - Dallin and Wil - but the focus is on characterisation and the story of their rather difficult relationship set against an intriguing political and religious battle in the world around them. It meets with this request because Wil starts out as Dallin's prisoner with Wil perceiving Dallin as his potential 'executioner' and Dallin perceiving Wil as a possible practitioner of dark magic. This is the first book of a trilogy and well-worth the read. The author is a very skillful story-teller.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2011 6:04:06 PM PST
Sirius says:
Thank you, the summary definitely fits what I am looking for, we shall see if book lives up to my expectations. Thank you again.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 11:42:58 AM PST
Donna says:
On my prior rec of The Aisling Book One: Guardian, I HAD to post part of a review by Jessewave: "I want to say, first off, that if the subsequent books to be released in this series are as good as this first installment, I believe that this series will go on to be one of the great series that people remember. There are certainly series that everyone knows and loves (for example, the Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewellyn), that have grown in popularity because of the time in which they were written or other outside influences. As a fan of that series and many like it, I can say that the writing and the characters are just as good as those, and if this series can gain the kind of readership that those types have, this story will be a huge success." The review is over at "".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 2:25:12 PM PST
Sirius says:
Yes I saw the review, I love this site. Thanks for the recommendation, the book is excellent, hopefully next parts are just as good.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 9:01:21 PM PST
Denni says:
If you liked Zero at the Bone, you might enjoy the series that starts with Cut & Run. The authors do an excellent job of relationship development.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 9:44:30 PM PST
Avesraggiana says:
Yes they do. I enjoyed Zero at the Bone and I've been enjoying the Cut & Run series very much, just having finished the third and latest book, "Fish & Chips".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 7:25:32 AM PST
cgibson says:
You might like Tin Star, J. L. Langley

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 6:57:49 PM PST
Sirius says:
Thanks I do enjoy these series and I love Ty and Zane, although for me it will be exaggeration to call them enemies, even from the beginning. I mean, they certainly started disliking each other, but I would not call them enemies, IMO of course.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 6:03:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 29, 2011 6:11:24 AM PST
Alisse says:
Fireheart: Volume One of the Chay Trilogy by Gloria H. Giroux (in print or e-book), although has some elements of non-con, is a great sci-fi book featuring two strong male characters and their journey to love and mutual respect.
Middle Ground (Gay Modern Classics) by Ursula Zilinsky (unfortunately out of print) is a wonderful romance between a German camp commander and a Jewish prisoner.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 8:32:05 AM PST
Sirius says:
Thanks, could you please clarify whether the elements of noncon in Fireheart mean that one of the protagonists rape each other or the noncon is with somebody else? The book is quite expensive and no matter how much I crave "from enemies to lovers" trope I would be very annoyed if I ended up buying my most hated trope instead "rape him till he loves me".

Thanks. Middle ground sounds wonderful, but I am also wondering, on one hand I am afraid it may cheapen the events of the Holocaust on the other I just do not see how the romance can end well. But more likely than not I will try to get this one. Thanks again.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 1:21:03 PM PST
Alisse says:
The non-con part begins with the bargain proposed by Pyke, the other main character, represented by an improvement of the imprisonment conditions in exchange for companionship and sexual favors, and hopefully, from Vin-Chay side, obtaining information for the escape. Later, the agreement becomes a survival matter. So, the non-con doesn't include rape, it's about the limited choices that Vin-Chay has, and from his point of view it's something that he is forced to accept in order to survive. But, as I said they are both very strong-willed, so in no way Vin-Chay lets Pyke dominate him. It's great to see how respect, trust and love transform their relationship.
Amazon doesn't offer this title as an e-book, but you can find it on other online places.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 5:32:13 PM PST
Sirius says:
Thank you.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 4:50:13 PM PDT
J. Brooks says:
The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott. Sons of two feuding families (one ruined the other) strike a reluctant marriage arrangement (one blackmails the other). Murder, rape, arson, etc. ensues. Good book.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 7:42:25 PM PDT
jinnette says:
Captive Prince Trilogy by C. S. Pacat


I have read most of the books on this list, and my two favorites are Special Forces (Book One), and Captive Prince (book two) Most of those characters really hated and hurt each other.

Here is the blurb for Captive Prince Book one

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful 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. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else...Includes an exclusive extra story!
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