Pride Month 2023: 5 m/m romance books to read in June

Best Men. Image courtesy Berkley
Best Men. Image courtesy Berkley /

Pride Month 2023 is here and lots of us are looking forward to picking up some queer romance books.

In particular, we’re talking about some exciting m/m romance books and ones you need to make sure to add to your June TBR. This is going to be a mix of both new releases and some backlist titles so no matter what you’re looking for, there’s a bit of everything.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like there are a ton of m/m romance recommendations out there so I’m going to try and keep this as original as possible. Hopefully, you’re able to find something you haven’t heard of or something you’re excited about. I know how annoying it can be to try and find something original and only see repeats again and again.

Of course, I’d love to know some of your favorite m/m romances and if there’s anything you think I missed for Pride Month 2023.

These are 5 m/m romance books for your 2023 Pride Month reading list.

1. Best Men by Sidney Karger

I usually don’t feature romance books I haven’t read, but I didn’t end up getting to this one yet but I wanted to feature it. The first reason is that Sidney wrote a guest post for Culturess and I adored it. Secondly, it’s an m/m romance written by a queer male author and that can sometimes be a rarity.

If you didn’t know, this book follows Max and Chasten who are both “best men” in a wedding for the bride and groom respectively. With all the forced proximity, feelings start to fly and it goes from there. Best Men came out in May and honestly, I’m so sad I didn’t get to it but it’s definitely on my June TBR.

The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen
The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles. Image courtesy Sourcebooks Casablanca /

2. The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles

This is a book I’ve talked about even before Pride Month but I did love it. This is a historical romance between Gareth and Joss who meet in London before eventually meeting again. The connection between them is undeniable so they decide to start up a relationship and it ends up becoming an adventure for both of them. Honestly, I don’t know why this book has under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads but I need more people to read it.

Now is also the best time to get caught up on it before the sequel comes in September.

3. Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

Moving onto the next m/m romance, I had to feature Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This is easily one of my favorite m/m romances and I need to revisit it. This is a romance between Jordan and Rex who meet after Rex pokes fun at him for having a romance book club. Jordan invites him and the two end up striking up a friendship and eventually, having a romance.

This is a relatively short one so I don’t want to give too much away. However, if you’re a huge romance reader, then I think you’ll love this one. Plus it’s just so incredibly cute and fun that I couldn’t not feature it.

The Gay Best Friend
The Gay Best Friend. Image courtesy Sourcebooks Casablanca /

4. The Gay Best Friend by Nicolas DiDomizio

The next Pride Month read I have to recommend is The Gay Best Friend. This is about Domenic who is straddling being the gay best friend with his childhood friend and his fiancé. We watch as Dom tries to balance being a good friend to both while also giving up parts of himself. It’s honestly hard to read sometimes, especially with a possible romance looming with one of the other groomsmen.

This one was recently released on May 30th so there’s no better time than now to grab this one and dive in. I’m not sure how this author identifies, but I wanted to include this one in my list because it was such a fun read.

5. American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

The final romance book I’m recommending is American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera. This is a romance between Nesto and Jude who meet after Jude tries Nesto’s new food truck and can’t get enough of it or him. Honestly, this one was incredibly cute and made me so hungry so make sure you have a snack nearby.

This one did have some intense themes as Jude’s family is extremely religious and doesn’t accept him while Nesto is dealing with a complaint of epic proportions. Either way, this was a pretty quick read and a lot of fun. Plus the audiobook is narrated by Sean Crisden so you really can’t go wrong with that.

What are some m/m romance books on your TBR for Pride Month 2023? Share with us in the comments!

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