We’re sure you’re all interested in the people behind the reviews and the blog……….
~ SO HERE WE ARE! ~
Find out why we all like reading M/M so much and how we got hooked. If you would like a little more personal information about us then you can read a few of our personal facts below. Go on……. have a nosy! We have nothing to hide and if we do we’re not telling anyway – HA!
Your Sinfully Team
From: Llandudno in Sunny Wales! Ha… I’m kidding, it’s always raining.
Role: Blogger / Reviewer
Likes: Coffee… I couldn’t possibly get through the day without it ☆ My family, I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful husband and two great kids ☆ My two dogs; an aging and very dignified old man and a pesky pup who thinks she’s the boss of all of us ☆ My friends who keep me sane ☆ Sun, sea and sand. Luckily I live on the coast which indulges my other love of walking on the beach ☆ I’m sure I have forgotten something… Oh yes… READING, be it audiobooks or my kindle, you will never find me without either.
Dislikes: Intolerance of any kind ☆ Condescension and disdain grate on my nerves ☆ I really dislike the cold, which makes me think I should be living in a warmer climate ☆ Bad coffee… I’m such a coffee snob ☆ And not forgetting my own OCD tendencies, I can be such a pain in the arse… haha… something I’m sure the rest of the team can attest to.
Favourite Genres in M/M: The reason I fell in love with the genre is because of the diversity within it. So I’ll read pretty much anything apart from historicals and high fantasy, for some reason they just don’t appeal to me. If I’m honest, I tend to be drawn more to the darker side of any sub-genre but really, what I look for in a book is a story that makes me feel.
Why I read M/M: For me, getting a kindle and having so much more choice at the click of a button was an innovation in itself. It opened up a whole new world for someone who usually just picked up her reading fix from the best sellers on the supermarket shelf. So when I fell in love with Vishous and Butch, from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, who I’m still convinced should be together, I just started searching for gay romance and stumbled on Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and from that point on it turned into a full blown obsession and I was like a kid in a sweetie shop. So much choice and lots of flavours and I’m still working my way through them all. Plus… there is just something about the honesty and raw passion between two men that I don’t think you find in het romance. I just LOVE IT!
From: Northern lass from Manchester, UK
Role: Blogger / Reviewer
Likes: Reading (of course! - lol) ☆ My Kindle, iPad and laptop (anything happens to those...PANIC STATIONS!!!) ☆ My PJ’s ☆ Spicy food ☆ Sour fruit ☆ Cats ☆ Moleskine diaries/notebooks and Kipling handbags (erm...slight obsession with both)
Dislikes: My curly hair! ☆ Homophobia, intolerance and bigotry of any kind ☆ butterbeans (Ugh!) ☆ The sort of ‘big misunderstanding’ that could be easily be resolved by just communicating—but NO ONE does—OMG! That drives me potty!!! ☆ And Zombies...Sneaking WAY underage into the cinema to see the original “Night of the Living Dead” back in the day gave me nightmares for life! *shudder*
Favourite Genres in M/M: I'll read most things M/M but I especially have a love for Slave Fic ☆ Paranormal (especially urban fantasy/ALternative History) ☆ Psychological thriller ☆ and Ménage/Poly relationships
Why I read M/M: I just love to read full stop! But when I discovered the world of gay romance in 2011, something clicked into place and I fell hard for this amazing genre; devouring everything I could. I much prefer the dynamics and interactions between two (or more) men, and call me shallow but the love scenes?...HELLO! Haha. Plus I love the diversity within the genre; lots of sub genres to choose from, so whatever you're in the mood for, you can always find something to satisfy it. Over the last couple of years I've found myself leaning more towards the darker side of M/M but I still love a sigh worthy HEA where the “Prince gets his Prince” and I get the warm and fuzzies! ;)
From: Cologne, Germany. Originally from Camborne in Cornwall, UK. How I got to Germany? Long story.
Role: Blogger / Reviewer
Likes: My garden and sunny days ☆ German beer (It’s seriously the best.) ☆ Marmite (Google it if you don’t know what it is - lol!) ☆ Geocaching (basically hunting for Tupperware in places you would never believe and trying not to get lost) ☆ Teaching English (have to as it’s my job) ☆ My mother-in-law (Yes, really! One fab person).
Dislikes: Bad grammar and editing (goes with the job!) ☆ My typing skills! No they are not spelling mistakes in my reviews I just can’t coordinate my fingers – lol! ☆ Anything too technical (that includes math!) ☆ Spinach ☆ Stress ~ normally leads to me having a flap, ask the girls! ☆ Also I’m with Macky on the bigotry front.
Favourite Genres in M/M: ☆ Contemporary ☆ Historical ☆ Crime / mystery ☆ Thriller.
Why I read M/M: As a teenager of the 80s although the Gay Rights Movement was gaining ground in strides there was still a considerable lack of gay literature at least on a fictional basis. No stories of love and gay couples coping with the daily emotional stresses and strains of being in a relationship. Why did James Bond always get the girl at the end and not the boy just for a change? - lol! You know you’re gay but the whole media world is telling you something different. If there were any books out there with gay themes at this time they never ever really had an “happy ever after” anyway, especially considering AIDS was at its peak too. When M/M fiction started to take off then I discovered a world of gay characters and stories where people like me also got their HEA and James Bond does get his guy ~ YES! I guess I’m making up for a time when such wonderful literature wasn’t ready available about gay characters. I’m now so happy that there are so many wonderful authors and their books out there making this guy a very happy one!
From: I’m a lifelong New Yorker.
Role: Blogger / Reviewer
Likes: Reading of course! I’ve been a reader as long as I can remember and they’ll probably have to pry my kindle from my cold dead hands ☆ There’s always music on in my house or car and I love going to concerts ☆ I like snark and sarcasm and am raising my daughter to appreciate it as well ☆ I look forward to our family beach weekend each summer although I like sitting by the ocean more than getting in it ☆ If I open a bag of potato chips it’s done for!
Dislikes: I don’t like drama for the sake of causing drama ☆ Dressing like a grown up (I'm a jeans and t-shirt girl) or talking on the phone ☆ I’m also with Mark on bad spelling and grammar.
Favourite M/M Genres: I’ll read almost anything contemporary ☆ My favorite genre depends on my mood ☆ I like dark and disturbing as much as sweet and fluffy ☆ Mystery ☆ Humor ☆ BDSM ☆ Paranormal ☆ poly ☆ Horror ☆ Second chances and broken MCs all have spots on my favorites list ☆ I don’t generally read high fantasy or historical, but I never say never!
Why I read M/M: It’s hard to pinpoint just why I fell in love with this genre, but in 2012 when I read Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune a whole new reading world opened up for me. Growing up my circle of friends has always been more guys than girls and even now I feel more comfortable hanging out with the guys. I’ve read plenty of M/F romance but often found the heroines hard to relate to as they rarely reflected the way I thought and acted. I just love the dynamic of the m/m relationship. It often feels more realistic with more to overcome than "will they or won’t they".
From: Chestermere, Alberta, CANADA! I think I win the prize for living in the coldest country out of the Sinfully team.
Likes: READING, READING, READING! ☆ I try and throw in a few other activities everyone once in awhile. Kidding…..sort of ☆ I do enjoy a good run as well as spending family time with my hubbie and two amazing kiddies ☆ I am a little bit of a foodie and love creating different dishes that are healthy and free of everything I am allergic to. :)
Dislikes: I don’t dislike much ☆ I’m a pretty easy going individual who is able to shrug most things off ☆The one thing I can not stand is any sort of prejudice or bullying, particularly towards one of my children. I can be a mean mama bear if I have to be.
Favourite Genres in M/M: I truly love reading most genres; however, I am definitely a romantic and love super gushy and sweet romances ☆ Those are definitely my favorite! ☆ If it’s light, fun, sexy and sweet - I am all over it!
Why I read M/M: I am not sure I can really pinpoint a reason as to why I love reading the M/M genre. I do also read M/F books and everything in between. If it is a romance, I will read it! I guess you can say that I love romance and love. I love getting wrapped up in a book where I get to experience a passionate love story.
From: Abergavenny, Wales UK in one the the lush green places that are so lovely other people go there on holiday
Likes: Peace, quiet and lots of reading time ☆ Learning new things about new people
Dislikes: Cruelty, whether physical or verbal, drama and posing. I’m not fussed on it in fiction either.
Favourite Genres in M/M: Sci Fi ☆ Historical ☆ Military, but anything where masses of plot balances the romance
Why I read M/M: I’ve always read those fantastic testosterone heavy genres with massive casts of male characters, most of whom would willingly die for each other. It’s great to have finally found a genre where they are equally brave but would prefer to live for each other instead.
From: Birmingham, UK is my local.
Likes: OHHHH - there’s not enough space here to tell you them all. But, I will say - I love my computer. I’m lost without it. ☆ Other than the TV, it’s the last thing I switch off at night and the first I fire up in the morning. I know that makes me a sad B******, but meh.☆ Of course I love reading, and am a filmoholic. ☆ Oh, can’t forget bamboo, shoes and stationery, either. ☆ Lastly, for this list anyway, please don’t offer me profiteroles - it’s like a scene from When Harry Met Sally.
Dislikes: This could be a long list too. But, I’ll give you the short version ☆ White Van drivers ☆ The words smirk and taint (with a vengeance) - I think there’s so many better words out there ☆ Gaping holes in stories ☆ Intolerance, and people who always believe they are right ☆ The cold - I’m a heat seeking bunny ☆ And, driving in the frost/snow.
Favourite Genres in M/M: I’ll read just about anything with a good plot and a dose of angst. ☆ I love crime stories ☆ sci-fi ☆ friends to lovers ☆ occasionally sword and sorcery ☆ the odd historical.
Why I read M/M: I read M/M because I got bored reading the Sinner meets Saint style HET stories. When I read my first m/m it was like the doors opened to a new world of reading and I haven’t stopped. I think m/m books are seriously underrated, and belong in every bookshop. I’ve also found that the stories are so much more interesting.
From: Northamptonshire, UK.
Likes: Visiting places of historic interest, exploring new places, especially castles, stately homes, and the surrounding landscape. I also enjoy walking near water: lakes, woodland streams, reservoirs. As much as I like travelling to somewhere new, I prefer spending time at home, gardening, or just relaxing or reading in the garden. I also enjoy swimming and walking my dog.
Dislikes: ☆ Posers and people who lie to impress others ☆ Ignorance and the intolerance associated with it ☆ Poorly edited stories ☆ People who friend me on social media only to plug their own work ☆ Loud music ☆ Days where I feel I have wasted my time, although as I get older this seems to matter less.
Favourite Genres in M/M: I’m willing to try most genres under the romance umbrella. I love stories with angst as this concentrates the emotions the guys are feeling for each other and gives me lots of lovely tingles. ☆ I tend to mostly read contemporary stories, some with paranormal elements such as shifters and vampires ☆ Friends to lovers and enemies to lovers ☆ Taboo, kinky, and dark stories ☆ May/December relationships ☆ Mysteries where the romance is a prominent part of the storyline. ☆ Not a genre, but I adore listening to audiobooks too.
Why I read M/M: I discovered M/M stories via fanfiction over six years ago and in that time I’ve read more books than I’d read previously in my entire life. What grips me is the connection and the dynamics between two (or more) guys. I love the emotions and intensity of feelings that men can share, along with the sizzling ‘bedroom’ scenes.
From: South Wales valleys. I’ve lived here all my life but plan to move in the next few years when my son goes to university..
Likes: My children. Coffee. Writing is my main love (after my children). It’s like air; without it I can’t breathe properly. Coffee. My animals - three cats, a dog and a dragon. Reading. Coffee. Helping people. Coffee. Anything gothic. Coffee. I drink far too much coffee.
Dislikes: Bad grammar and editing! It’s one of the few things I rant about. Injustice. Inconsiderate people. Prejudice and discrimination. Rules. (I’m the sort of person who if I see a sign saying “Don’t press the button” I HAVE to press the button.
Favourite Genres in M/M: Young adult, adventure, contemporary (although I’m not too keen on sex and won’t read slushy romance. I need something to get my teeth into, especially angst and torture)
Why I read M/M: This is a little hard to explain. I have written stories since I was old enough to write. They were short on the romance, and when I did write romance it felt wrong. Then a friend read an m/m scene I’d written as a one off for my brother, who is gay, and he suggested I try to find somewhere online to post. I discovered Gay Authors and started to write prolifically. I also started to read the other stories and loved them. I went through a phase of reading only the stories on GA and it spoiled me for m/f forever.
From: Newcastle in North East England. A Geordie!
Likes: My family. I am married with 3 children 15, 12, & 7. I love being a full time mum. However I was a psychologist pre kids & would love to get back to it at some point. Wine & cheese. A large glass of ice cold Sauvignon Blanc is my tipple of choice & any cheese ( though not with fruit in it). I love watching all sport, especially rugby and Formula 1 & I have an M/M reading obsession & also love watching films & tv shows featuring gay couples.
Dislikes: Ignorance, prejudice and bullying of any kind. Films & tv shows which kills off one of the gay characters. Also cheese with fruit in it.
Favourite Genres in M/M: Contemporary, YA, BDSM, Sports, Music, Military, actually, I’ll read pretty much any genre. I love books that are slightly darker & angstier too. Any book that makes me ‘feel’ something is a winner.
Why I read M/M: I fell into reading m/m after a friend recommended the Cut and Run series way back. At the time there were 5 books out and I read them back to back in 3 days. After that I was hooked, don't think I've read a het book since. I just love the emotions and the feelings of guys together, something about the dynamics melts me. The relationships they have seem to bring out the psychologist in me and then you get the hotness! Holy hell *fans self*