Trent kissed him gently and firmly and directly on the lips for a very long time.
He held his gesture of thanks for endless moments. They barely moved, barely breathed.
He wanted this security to go on and on. In this still embrace, he could feel
Dan's heartbeat. He felt it race against him, his own heart. He wondered which one
Picture a world where the heroes are always hot, the sex is always good, the drama
is high, the faghags are loyal and fierce, the queeny gay sidekick is exquisitely
bitchy, and Mr. Right never ever cheats. That's the world of Romentics, the name
given to a new breed of gay romantic novels created by a real life gay couple from
Scott Pomfret a 35 year old lawyer and Scott Whittier a 29 year old advertising
copywriter believe there's a gap in the market.|
"Everything in gay bookstores is self-help," says Whittier, "How to come out to your
most parents, how to deal with AIDS, or it's hardcore erotica." They think it's not
just women who enjoy romantic novels, but gay men would to.
Scott Whittier (left) and Scott Pomfret|
say romantic fiction isn't just for girls.
Photo by Bob D. Ward.
Their books, which they've coined Romentics, have all the traditional but hugely
enjoyable, elements of the romantic novel. Plots often revolve around hidden secrets,
coincidence and that stalwart, amnesia, though in this case they're not so much bodice-rippers
as jock-strap rippers. A hunky mechanic falls for the ex boy next door who's pretending to
be a prostitute. A celebrity chef finds himself in a gay love-triangle with a jealous
ex-lover and a hot fashion designer. A young businessman falls in love with an unemployed guy
who can't remember his past. He gives him job in the family business and nothing will
keep them apart, not even his wife.
Scott Pomfret told OutUK that a lot of gay men don't just want hardcore sex when they read gay fiction:
"We think there are a lot of gay guys who are "out" as gay men, but haven't
yet let their romantic side come out. They worry that it's not cool for a
gay man to be head-over-heels in love. We're out to change that, and those
are the guys we especially want to sell books to."
But that doesn't mean that the lights go out when the sex starts in their books.
"We write pretty good sex scenes, but it's only fun if Scott and I haven't
had sex for a day or two and some sexual tension has built up ... if you've
had an orgasm within the hour, writing sex scenes is MUCH, MUCH harder."
But it's the romance that's the key. "The romance is the best part, because it's the part we agree on for our
characters, whether it's food or wine or mood lights or sex toys or starry
nights. We like making those romantic cliches fresh --- and a little more
fabulous to fit a gay sensibility."
They've written three books already Spare Parts, Razor Burn and Nick Of Time which
are available from on-demand publisher Booksurge, and a fourth Hot Sauce has been
picked up by paperback major Warner Books and is due out next year.
So far they've picked up a loyal readership not just of gay men but women too.
"We have a loyal bunch of straight female readers out there, who
pick up our books for their gay friends or siblings, and end up reading them
themselves. Our Romentics heroes become what these women want for the gay
men in their lives.... and our sex scenes turn out to be what these women
want in a man as well -- tenderness, handsomeness, firmness, and, of course,
a hard ... well, you know what we mean!"
And how far do the books reflect their own relationship?
"Our novel Hot Sauce does end in a fabulous gay wedding between a
celebrity chef and a fashion designer ... but with a big twist at the
So does that mean you'll be getting married? "We believe the long
courtship has a lot of romantic
elements ... plus we want to keep the readers guessing! But you can bet if
we get married, we'll have to invite all our Romentics readers and have the
biggest party ever!"
Like all the most successful romantic novels their books are easy to read and
move at a cracking pace, and there's plenty of this too...