I am especially interested in hearing from reviewers. As a reviewer do you have an issue reviewing gay and lesbian books?
As for how popular M/M is, I don't read romances (unless it has some mystery and suspense in it). I'm a mystery and suspense kinda chick so a romance that's just about a romance is not my thing. But, I will read a romance if it interests me. I especially love interacial romances dealing with black women and white men and I incorporate these types of relationships in my stories.
Back to the topic, some people are surprised how popular M/M is. Not because it's gay, but because it's mainly written by women and most of its readers are women and they love M/M romances. I am kind of shocked at how women have taken to the genre. A few years ago I wouldn't have thought readers were comfortable admitting they read gay books (especially when they weren't gay). Wow, how times change huh? I think there are many reasons this is popular with so many people/women. I've read excerpts from gay romance (we're not talking erotica, but strictly romance here), and I must say most of the books are very interesting and yes, I would read some of them. The writing is very good and it impresses me that female writers are writing these books in a way they can be appreciated by the public.
My opinion why M/M is so popular is because I think it turns women on more than many believe. Obviously it does for so many women to be reading it right now. The market is hot! Women loving M/M romance reminds me of when men fantasize of two women having sex. Men are extremely attracted to the idea of women being together, so why is it a stretch that some women are attracted to two men being lovers? Not too far fetched if you asked me.
I think a lot of women find it just as sexually arousing to read about men (especially hunks) going at it, LOL. I really think it's a similar situation. Female readers are loving these books right now and they have made a big mark in the romance genre.
What do you all think of this so-called boom? Do you read M/M romance? Would you ever if you haven't? Do you write M/M romances? Why do you think it's so popular right now? Think it's just a trend or here to stay?