Why Straight Women Love Gay Romance by Geoffrey Knight

MLR Press will be releasing an ebook September 7 called Why Straight Women Love Gay Romance. This book was Geoff Knight’s brilliant idea so if you hate it, blame him. πŸ™‚ Geoff had the balls fortitude to interview 32 women for the book – all of whom are fans of gay romance. Here’s the blurb:

It’s one of the world’s biggest secrets, and it’s about to come out … Why do straight women love gay romance?

What is it that attracts straight women to the idea of two men falling in love? Is it the muscles? The mystery of the male mind? The idea of true love overcoming all odds? How has it changed who these women are and how they see the world? And how powerful is this once-silent army of readers in the fight for equality.

32 women across 9 countries and 4 continents – from the world’s best selling romance authors to the biggest female fans of Gay Male Romance — are about to reveal — Why Straight Women Love Gay Romance.

Suzanne Brockmann has written the introduction for the book, an essay called “Redefining Normal”. I can’t wait to read what she has to say, although she gives a few glimpses of some of the things on her mind on her Facebook page. These include issues such as why all LGBTQ romance is considered to be erotic, which leads to the ghettoizing of these stories, and she’s also advocating “sweeter” gay romances. I can’t believe she and I are on the same page. πŸ˜†

Poor Geoff – this must have been his toughest gig ever and I’m sending him a virtual case of champagne for the ulcers. BTW I was one of the lucky women Geoff interviewed for the book;Β  :blush: I’m sure he hasn’t recovered.

The print book will be released later in September.



  • Looking forward to reading this, altho w/o the quality of writers that are in this genre, it would not be the same.
    I really do wish more people would be open to m/m, so many of the stories are better than “mainstream” stories…

  • I had the pleasure to read over Wave’s part for the book before she sent it off to Geoff and she’s right — she was unusually good. πŸ˜‰ I’m eager to read all of the interviews!

  • Wow, can”t wait to read this one and compare those other women’s reasons to my own! Thanks Geoff for writing it & Wave for letting us know about it! :skoal:

  • Wave and uncontroversial opinions? I will believe it when I read it and I definitely want to read it, all of it. πŸ˜€

    And other interviews too of course :).

  • Geoff, this is a brilliant idea, congrats to you and all the ladies who volunteered into creating it. It will be a good reference to point out the next time I find myself without words to explain why I read what I read or I write what I write. Yeah, it happened to me. I can’t wait to read it.


  • Ooooh, this sounds good, will get it asap πŸ™‚

    (For me it boils down to the dangly bits and a more equal relationship)

    Mmmmm, dangly bits :sex4:

  • Lovely to be in the same book with Wave & Elisa, and many thanks to Geoff for such a great set of questions and for really making me think! Can’t wait to read the whole book! πŸ™‚


  • Wave you were a joy to interview! I love your opinions and your passion. And I’m popping open one of those virtual champagnes right now, more so to toast the 32 women in this book whose responses are so honest, real, and at times very, very personal! xx

    • Hey Geoff

      You rock! You survived floods in Oz and maybe a dingo or two and now these interviews which must be up there in terms of danger… and you’re still standing. πŸ˜† Thank you for letting me be me without putting my feet in a pile of you know what :censorship: :blush:
      Looking forward to seeing the final product. πŸ˜€

  • Quote: “… from the world’s best selling romance authors to the biggest female fans of Gay Male Romance …”

    “Biggest female fans” is bad usage, isn’t it? I always prefer the word “keenest”, and that is subjective. πŸ˜€

    Elisa Rolle is also included in this list of keen fans, and I can’t wait to see what you both have to say on the subject. :girl:

    • Good call, Gaycrow! πŸ˜†

      This book definitely sounds like it will be interesting, and I’ll be very curious to read it. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Gaye

      Well whoever else Geoff interviewed I’m sure the opinions will be different (that’s one way of saying controversial??) 😯 I think this is one book that should turn gay romance on its ear. πŸ˜€

    • Hi Diane

      I was on my best behaviour. Yep. Best behaviour. :censorship: I’m sure that the other 31 women will be more interesting subjects. πŸ˜€

      Suzanne will have a lot to say since she’s very passionate about LGBTQ issues.


Please comment! We'd love to hear from you.


I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports - especially baseball
%d bloggers like this: