Historical

Hear ye, hear ye: anyone craving stories of old with a naughty twist will find romance aplenty in historical ManLove romance! Transport yourself to long, long ago with tales of knights and kings where courtly duties and the pressures of ruling a kingdom might complicate a forbidden romance, find old-school ManLove in Greek and Roman times, or read about courageous men as they fight in grueling battles or endure tests of strength.

Recommendations:

Guardians of the Gray Tower (series) by Britt Kenley, Winterwood by Jade Astor, Reluctant Surrender by Jana Downs, Honor Bound by Stormy Glenn, The Iron Warrior (series) by Erin O’Quinn

 

Why Provincetown?: May Water

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Featured Article, Historical | 3 comments

Why Provincetown?: May Water

Holding hands while strolling along the surf, salty kisses in the waves, tanned faces sporting smiles, matching outfits. Some couples nervously new and cute in their partnership, others more comfortable and secure. They look like couples in any summer tourist town right? Nuh uh, look again. A huge number of the couples I spy are same-sex couples. Eye liner and bedazzled clothes are seen equally on men and women. I’m told that the banner for Bear Week does not mean teddy bear picnics. I’m also told that if I visit in October I would see a...

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Sneak Peek: Conor’s Mate by Jade Astor

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Fantasy, Historical, Sneak Peeks | Comments Off on Sneak Peek: Conor’s Mate by Jade Astor

Sneak Peek: Conor’s Mate by Jade Astor

Conor is a nervous wreck. His impending nuptials to King Lyndor are a big deal—not only will he be meeting his future mate for the first time, but the arranged marriage is also in place to unite two formerly feuding kingdoms. His journey to Quellaria is grueling and unpleasant, and since the dawn of a new day rests on the shoulders of his happy marriage, he hopes this isn’t a sign of things to come. Conor couldn’t be happier when he meets the king and shares an instant connection with the kind and incredibly handsome ruler, who will...

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Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Featured Article, Historical | Comments Off on Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

My purse, my person, my extremest means, Lie all unlock’d to your occasions. —Said by Antonio to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (1.1.46). While Shakespearean scholars disagree whether or not Antonio and Bassanio were lovers, there is no doubt that Venice has a history in which homosexual acts were common enough to trouble the authorities greatly during the time of the Renaissance. Whether this means there were homosexual subcultures and gay communities as we understand them or whether these acts were institutionalised in the...

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Gay Relationships Through History: The Symbolist Movement

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Historical | Comments Off on Gay Relationships Through History: The Symbolist Movement

Gay Relationships Through History: The Symbolist Movement

Death, desire, and decadence. These three concepts provided the framework for a period of artistic and literary growth known as the Symbolist Movement, which initially came to France from England in the latter half of the nineteenth century, some sixty years after the French Revolution first decriminalized homosexuality with the Penal Code of 1791. The pioneers of the movement rebelled against what they saw as the base materialism of the Realists and Naturalists, who prided themselves on distilling the truth of everyday life through gritty,...

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The Importance of Oscar Wilde

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Historical, Out and About | 1 comment

The Importance of Oscar Wilde

Comedy, tragedy, love, discrimination, simplicity, decadence—all can be used to describe the paradoxical life of Oscar Wilde. His life is a complicated one, but all the more interesting for it. Since his death in 1900, Wilde has become a rallying point for the gay community after all the persecution he faced for nothing more than loving another man. His writing speaks for itself, and it’s easy to get lost in his words for hours at a time, but the best way to truly appreciate the genius behind the words is to take a look at the artist...

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Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient China

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Historical | Comments Off on Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient China

Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient China

The relationship of homosexuality to any culture is often complex, bearing the weight of that culture’s religious traditions and family structures. Before the influence of Christianity, eastern countries such as China had a very different experience of homosexuality than their western counterparts. In ancient China, strict distinctions between homosexual and heterosexual desires were not emphasized, and for men at least, it was often not unusual for these relationships to exist side by side. In fact, for much of China’s early history,...

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Gay Relationships Through History: Twelfth-Century Europe

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Historical | Comments Off on Gay Relationships Through History: Twelfth-Century Europe

Gay Relationships Through History: Twelfth-Century Europe

With so many sweeping changes in the sociopolitical landscape this past election, 2012 has proven to be a pivotal year for the LGBT community. Yet the debate for equality continues to rage on, and even these days, it’s not uncommon to hear some opponents of same-sex rights attribute their antigay stance to a firm grasp of Christian values and devotion to the traditional family.  The country stands at a serious turning point in the fight for LGBT rights, and it seems apropos to take this discussion one step further and consider the role...

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Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient Greece

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Historical | 2 comments

Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient Greece

The practice of an older man taking on a younger lover is one that has occurred for thousands of years. One particular variety of this type of relationship dates all the way back to the 7th century BCE in Crete. The concept is called pederasty, and consisted of a relationship between a mature male, who had already established himself in society, and a younger man. In ancient Greece pederasty was seen as a rite of passage for boys. While the relationship was often sexual (but not always), it was also the way that boys could learn how to...

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Sex Toys Series Part II: Cock Ring

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Historical, Sex Toys Series | 1 comment

Sex Toys Series Part II: Cock Ring

As Seen In… Lover’s Obsession [Bloodkin 2] by Scarlet Hyacinth Brats in Training 4: Training Michael [Tasty Teasers] by Lynn Hagen Jacob at the Break of Dawn [Dreamcatcher 3] by Ellen Ginsberg Training TJ by Tatum Throne When things feel good, you want them to last as long as possible. Or maybe longer. That’s where the cock ring comes in. Designed to enhance your experience by making it harder to stop, cock rings are definitely one of the more popular sex toys in ManLove. It may be hard to believe, but cock rings have been used for over...

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Sex Toys Series Part I: Butt Plug

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Historical, Sex Toys Series | 4 comments

Sex Toys Series Part I: Butt Plug

As Seen In: Dangerous Desires [Tri-Omega Mates 7] by Stormy Glenn Accidentally on Porpoise [Placida Pod 1] by Tymber Dalton My Fair Dork [Men of Holsum College 8] by Daisy Harris Eight-Second Fall [Sexually Awkward 3] by Gabrielle Evans …and many others It feels right to begin the series on sex toys with information about butt plugs. Readers are no doubt familiar with this particular toy, and it makes an appearance in many ManLove bestsellers. Made of vinyl, silicone, rubber, latex, or glass, a butt plug can add an exciting level of...

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