Is it a stereotype to say that men don’t read romance novels? No. Research done by Romance Writers of America has shown that only 16% of romance readers are men. I could argue (and probably will) that men can and should read romance novels. You know how I know? Because men are writing romance novels.
Keith Thomas Walker is a man who is comfortable writing, promoting, and selling his romance novels, like Hotline Fling (that could only mean one thing).
Another male author comfortable in his skills is Keith Kareem Williams. Check out The Higher Learning Curve.
And author J.J. Murray is not only comfortable writing about romance, he also writes about interracial romance! Talk about pushing boundaries.
Even rock-em-sock-em author James Patterson has written romances.
So, my next step is to talk to one or more of these men and find out what attracts them to write these novels and if they have personally noticed the disparity between female readers and male readers.