Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday are back with the re-release of their Contemporary New Adult Romance, Better Be Sure, and to celebrate, Andy and Anita put together a list of their favorite romance recommendations.
Never: By Tara Lain – I have a great affection for Tara’s books, but this is one of my favorites hands down. Peter Pan meets Wendel Darling. It was low on angst, hi on good feels. To steal a page, the characters flew off the page they felt so real. –Gallo
Running With Lions: Julian Winters. “The sky spits out stars as time slips between them.”
This book is full of beautiful imagery, and even more beautiful characters. Sebastian and Emir’s romance is a delicious slow burn that has your skin breaking out in goosebumps as it builds and builds. The feelings jumped from the page, and the use of third person present tense is well done and refreshing. “To every LGBTQIA+ person who has questioned their place in life: You’re strong. You’re important. You’re a lion. Let the world hear you roar.” –Sunday
A Kind of Romance: Lane Hayes – Be hard to have a list of favorites without a Lane Hayes book. Zeke needed a smack, and Benny needed someone good. Together they made it work. Lane writes book with such great characters that you reach the last page and don’t want to let go. –Gallo
Work For It: Talia Hibbert. “Is a lie a thing we say,” I ask, “or a thing we let people believe?”
There is depth to this romance that pulls at the heartstrings. So many times one aches for Griff and the way his community treated him, and Olu’s broken past brings on the tears. Together they forge this unlikely love story that is heart-pounding and beautiful.–Sunday
Soft Place to Fall: B.A. Tortuga – So yeah, another good friend, but she’s an awesome writer too. I love characters and their lives. And Cowboys it seems. I was never a cowboy fan until I read a B.A. Tortuga book. Now, I love them. Stetson has such a rough time, you just ache for him. And Curtis finally comes through and makes things right. –Gallo
The Road To Silver Plume: Tamara Allen. “Emlyn wondered if the day would come when everyone lost interest in his unwed state.”
This is an author who really knows how to write slow burn romance. The banter between Strickland and Darron is off the charts and the sexual and romantic subtext is deftly executed. The slow, realistic development of their relationship from adversaries to companions kept the pages turning. –Sunday
String Boys: Amy Lane – Amy is hands down one of my favorite authors and maybe partly because she’s a good friend. Picking one book is hard, but this one stayed with me. It follows Seth and Kelly and their family for years. through the ups and down. and the even the lows. Nothing is easy in an Amy Lane book, but the payoff is very satisfying. –Gallo
Like A Love Story: Abdi Nazemian. “The most important four-letter word in our history will always be LOVE. That’s what we are fighting for. That’s who we are. Love is our legacy.”
This is not an HFN/HEA, but it is highly romantic and one of the most touching love stories out there. Set in 1989 at the height of the AIDS epidemic, this coming of age story follows Reza’s courageous journey through fear of AIDS, while also wanting to explore his attraction to Art.
Such dynamic and flawed characters that leap of the page. Prepare to cry, prepare to come away feeling the rawness of love. Like a Love Story gifts us every shade of the emotional rainbow. –Sunday
Love Around the Corner: Sally Malcolm – this might be a bit of a cheat in that I grew up in the area where this mythical town exists. So no, I couldn’t grow up there, but the real places mentioned are real and I remember them. That said, Alfie and Leo are wonderful together. But what really makes it special is all the Jane Austen undertones that really made this shine. I’m not a classic book buff, but reading how these two bonded over Austen’s books, make me re-think that. –Gallo
About the Book
Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday
Orphan Jackson Murphy just staked his legacy on a bet.
Holy shit, his impulsive ass is in trouble.
Bring a guy to the fraternity formal? Pfft. Easy. Won’t be him getting kicked out of the house.
So what if his luck with guys on campus has been shitty? Ed Knowles is Jack’s winning ticket.
Tall, handsome, hardworking—and he doesn’t go to Harrison. One serendipitous meeting, and sparks—and coffee cups—are flying.
But with every stolen look, every secret kiss, every clandestine touch Ed becomes more than just an answer to a bet.
And these cloak-and-dagger meetings that set Jack on fire? They mask one tiny, enormous obstacle: Ed’s not out.
What does Jack do now?
Hold on to his legacy… or his heart?
“Better Be Sure” is a sweet, slow burn M/M romance with a heart-pounding HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite sides of the tracks novel can be read as a standalone and in any order.
About the Authors:
Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.
Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.
Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.
Connect with Andy:
A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.
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