I agree, and on top of that, I would like to read LGBT+ stories with male MCs as well, because the opposite-sex stories on Episode are growing stale and repetitive at this point.
I mean, I sure as hell would love to read even a bad boy romance with a male MC because why not? lol The advantage with such a story would be that, the protagonist would have less of a hard time understading his love interest because their ages, minds and societal positions (as boys, I’m not talking about socio-economic places, which is another story) are more or less the same. Their relationship would be less complicated compared to the same story with a female MC.
An oldie but a goodie for male MC plus queer (a more fitting umbrella term than gay, IMO) romance Episode story is “Bruise Me” by Miss Piranha. The author has last mentioned that she is revamping it, but her IG page (@starfey) has recently got deleted, so maybe it will unfortunately remain an unfinished story.
Many suggest “Fragile Bonds” by Human Bean as well, but I personally don’t like it, for the characters frustrate me and the themes (rape by blackmail, love (?) born out of a Stockholm/Lima Syndromes hybrid) make me uncomfortable, but aside from that, it’s an admittedly well-written story. Perhaps it’s my age (I’m only 22, damnit) but I honestly have no patience anymore for under-18 characters (cue flashbacks of high school horror years).
I would also like to give a massive shoutout of love for Episode authors who give us options on how we want to play our MC and their love interests: you’re all the real MVPs. These are a few of such stories with male MC and queer romance options:
- Fugue by Alvar M.
- Feening & Mr. or Mrs. Right by M. Black (HUGE RECOMMENDATIONS)
- Senior Design by Andrea Elle
- Equality by Amanda Michele (not romance-centric, more of an adventure and social commentary story)
- Spotlight: A Selkie’s Kiss by Human Bean (very short, but still pretty good)
- Treasure Hunt by TORIAH (I would die for you, @toriah)
- Lost to the painted city by MEA (unfortunately on hold for now)