Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday’s Quick Bites and Giveaway

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As M/M Reviewers, between us we have read thousands of m/m romance novels over the years and we would like to share our favourites with you, those reads that have been 4+ stars for us. So every Monday we bring you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have five great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Amy Lane, Sherrie Henry, Jay Northcote, Rhys Ford and Greg Howard. Don’t forget you can can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

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The Locker Room by Amy Lane

51jyukvzeVLRating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

An oldie but a goodie, I read it back in 2012 and still think about this book. A gorgeous but gut-wrenching friends to lovers story that follows Chris and Xander from boyhood to the NBA. While their love is strong, it seems that outside forces are always against them.  From a troubled childhood to the pressures of putting up a false front to save their careers, Amy Lane had me a sobbing mess through most of this book. It’s the author at her angsty, emotional best as these boys suffer ups and downs that could easily tear them apart for good.

This is an epic love story that will have you emotionally invested from the start.  Be ready for heartache, tears and joy and a love story you won’t forget.

Debra’s Quick Bite

An oldie but a goodie, I read it back in 2012 and still think about this book. A gorgeous but gut-wrenching friends to lovers story that follows Chris and Xander from boyhood to the NBA. While their love is strong, it seems that outside forces are always against them.  From a troubled childhood to the pressures of putting up a false front to save their careers, Amy Lane had me a sobbing mess through most of this book. It’s the author at her angsty, emotional best as these boys suffer ups and downs that could easily tear them apart for good.

This is an epic love story that will have you emotionally invested from the start.  Be ready for heartache, tears and joy and a love story you won’t forget.

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Last of the Summer Tomatoes by Sherrie Henry

51C f8KvxiLRating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law… again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.
Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectly normal and that he doesn’t have to hide from his feelings. In turn, Sam’s parents show Kyle that his abusive stepfather and battered mother are not the norm. With their love and support, Kyle finds his place in the world—by Sam’s side.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a very sweet young adult novel. A voyage of discoveries. Kyle Jackowski gets in trouble for petty crime again but instead of being sent to Juvie he can work out his sentence in a work release program on a farm. On the farm Kyle learns what it means to be part of a loving family with caring, accepting parents. He discovers the joy of connecting with where his food comes from and how delicious this can be fresh from the source. The descriptions of the farm and country and the food are delectable. He also discovers Sam, the son of the farm’s owners Glenda and Walt. Sam shows Kyle what it is to be loved for who you are and that the way he’s been raised and the things he’s been told about himself aren’t right. The beautiful relationship that develops between Sam and Kyle is adorable, but also realistic and I loved that Kyle got to experience something other than the abuse and neglect he had back home in the city. A very sweet, coming of age, easy to read to story that will leave you with a big smile.

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The Law of Attraction (audiobook) by Jay Northcote

Narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies

31123483[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.
Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Karma can be a bitch and this is definitely the case for Ed and Alec after a one night stand! First I have to say that the embarrassment factor of both of these characters was delicious, knowing that Alec, someone who just does one night stands with no strings attached, has to confront Ed, someone he thought he would never see again, who turns up at his work place the week after as a new trainee. OMG! I could feel the discomfort that this must cause, thankfully when I was young all of my one night stands never came back to haunt me and that’s good, believe me.

This story for me was a great example of coming out, people accepting you for who you are and those who don’t can go to hell. But this takes a lot of courage and still keeps a lot of people in the closet. It also shows us that the decision to come out is always a personal one and absolutely no one should try and force another to do this. We have to be sensitive to people’s choices and decisions as we never know what the underlying factors are for their choices in life.

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Hanging the Stars (audiobook) by Rhys Ford

Narration by Greg Trembley

61x09UhgpQL._AA300_Rating ~ 4 stars

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Synopsis

Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

Sue’s Quick Bite

In addition to being a second chance romance story, this is also an action-packed mystery with quite a few intense and violent (but not gory) scenes. The chemistry between West and Angel is hot almost from the word go. Like in Fish Stick Friday (#1) a child draws much of the focus. This time it’s Angel’s younger brother who needs protecting. I’m glad to say Deacon, Lang, and Zig also feature in part of this story and add some light relief. What I especially like about Rhys’s writing are the flowery descriptive sentences that act as a backdrop to the settings, the realistic dialogue, and the well-drawn characters.

Great narration by Greg Tremblay made this a very enjoyable listen and not too nerve-racking. His soft voice is ideal for this type of story and he puts extra sizzle into the steamy sex scenes.

This can be read as a standalone, and in fact, I listened to this story before Fish Stick Friday. Both stories are well worth a listen/read.

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Blood Divine by Greg Howard

BLOOD DIVINE Official Cover[2]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

Freya’s Quick Bite

Blood Divine is a story of vampires and other things that go bump in the night. At the time I described it as Gone With The Wind meets Underworld.

Set in a planation in Georgetown, from the start, the story hooks the reader by gettings into the thick of things with young boys venturing onto ghostly land and finding more than they bargained for. After leaving home, as soon as he could, Cooper returns when he receives news that his grandmother has gone missing. She leaves him a note saying ‘he was back.’

Among the large and exceptional cast is, Randy, Coopers brother’s best friend, ex-SEAL and now a deputy sheriff. Cooper finds himself in the middle of a supernatural war, where the lines between good and evil are become blurred. Both sides want need Cooper as a tool, instead of caring about the man himself.

The scene descriptions put me right in the book with the characters. There is nail biting and emotional action from beginning to end. And I loved that Cooper wasn’t some damsel in distress.

The ending is one that some will want to scream at, some cheer at, and for other’s – the air will be blue. It’s one of those ending where on the main feature you stay to the end to see if there’s a thirty-second extra. Mostly, though, I didn’t want the story to end. It’s a must for any self-respecting vampire story lover.

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Giveaway

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*N.B. As we are unable to give away audiobooks, we will give away the Kindle ebook for any audiobooks featured in our Quick Bites posts.

17 comments:

  1. The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote would probably be my choice. I don't really care for young adults/coming of age stories at the moment, and I'm not in the mood for PNR. And I usually agree with Mark's reviews and ratings so...
    Thanks for the chance.

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  2. Hanging The Stars because... Rhys Ford!

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  3. Last of the Summer Tomatoes by Sherrie Henry would be my choice this week.

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  4. I've been wanting The Law of Attraction for a while now, it's been sitting on my wish list for a long time!

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  5. LAW OF ATTRACTION would be great!

    --Trix

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  6. The Locker Room by Amy Lane. Love Amy Lane!!

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  7. Hanging the Stars (audiobook) by Rhys Ford

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  8. Thanks for your bites. There is a lot to relate to about Law of Attraction - the boss-trainee dynamic, the awkwardness after the one night stand, the push and pull about if and when to come out. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  9. I would love the audiobook Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford!

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  10. Last of the Summer Tomatoes for me.

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  11. Hanging the Stars. I'm reading the first book and loving it.

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  12. I would love the audiobook Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford. It sounds really good. colby69@verizon.net

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  13. Hanging the Stars. It sounds great and I'm not sure how I haven't read it yet. Thanks for the chance!

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  14. Such good choices this time!!!! Locker Room is a treasure and a must read for all M/M lovers. I think I'd pick Law of Attraction but Hanging the Stars is running A VERY CLOSE SECOND.

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  15. The Law of Attraction (audiobook) by Jay Northcote
    Narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

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  16. Hanging the Stars because I love Rhys Ford's writing, and I haven't read this one yet.

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