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 A.M. Arthur, Annabelle Jacobs, Rhys Ford, Eli Easton and L.A. Stockman. 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.
The Truth as He Knows It (Perspectives #1)
by A.M. Arthur
Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.
When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.
The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
Debra’s Quick Bite
A.M. Arthur does angst so well. Here I wanted angst and that's what I got, along with hot sex and some secondary relationships that I was equally or more invested in. In fact, this is just the start of a series I’ve come to really enjoy. If you like a story with a lot going on and a lot of drama within the relationship you’ll love this one.
Shane and Noel both come with heavy baggage, but their chemistry is super hot. Noel is a sweetheart and I was really rooting for Shane. So many bad things have happened in his life that he had little or no control over, but there are also some bad decisions that he makes as an adult. When it comes down to it though, all of them are made out of concern and love for Jason, the brother that saved him more than once and as a result is living in debt. Noel and his best friend Tristan survived a gay bashing in college and while they both had, and recovered from serious physical injuries, Tristan now has short term memory loss and has been abandoned to a care facility by his horrible parents. Add this onto a new relationship that may not be a good idea to begin with and you can only imagine the problems that arise.
There are lies and misunderstandings, hot sex, and relationships that will bring tears to your eyes, my favorite being Noel and his friend Tristan. I imagine after this you will want to snap up Tristan’s story.
A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs
Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.
Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.
Jane’s Quick Bite
I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy British tale. Patrick has had a crush on his older brother’s friend forever. When he goes to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother he's surprised to find Will Adams, his long term crush, staying at Ben’s house. With Ben on holiday for 2 weeks Patrick tries to convince Will that they could hook up, no strings attached, keep things strictly casual. It is painfully obvious that Patrick wants and feels more and when he thinks Will feels the same he lays his heart on the line. There is one angsty moment in the book but otherwise it's British dialogue between mates at its best. There's a bit of ‘piss taking’ between mates and also between the brothers which I loved. Ben and Patrick have a great brotherly relationship and the developments between Partick and Will felt totally organic. This is a short, sweet, sexy read with a decidedly British tone and we are left with a hfn situation. There is a free sequel A Serious Thing which you’ll definitely want to pick up to see how things have progressed with Will and Patrick. Highly recommended.
Murder and Mayhem (Audiobook) by Rhys Ford
Narration by Greg Tremblay
Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he'd never see Rook Stevens again - not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he'd fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn't bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook's feet, he's forced to reach out to the last man he'd expect to believe in his innocence - and the only man who's ever gotten under Rook's skin.
©2015 Rhys Ford (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Mark’s Quick Bite
Entertaining; this is the word I would personally use for this story. A story that I enjoyed, had me laughing at time, had me wondering about what was going. Dante is sex on legs, a rock of a character, stable and supportive. He has a huge heart but Rook is no easy character. Due to his past he is slippery to get a grip of, no I’m not talking physically - lol! But a lifetime spent wheedling his way out of the clutches of the police and a childhood spent in what can only be described as not the most desirable to bring a child up makes him what he is today. The character dynamics between both of these tow MCs is super, you couldn’t get more opposite if you tried but on the other hand they fit each other like like yin and yang. A thoroughly entertaining read that will not leave any reader disappointed.
The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton
Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.
James Gallway's life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he's lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can't believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.
Sue’s Quick Bite
This is another story that has been on my to-read list for several years. I finally managed to read it this week and adored both the connection between the characters and the well-developed storyline. Eli’s writing always pulls me in from the start and she has a way of engendering such wonderful feelings and heartfelt emotions.
Michael is such a loving and caring person, not only to James, but also to his surrogate clients. I could totally understand why he wanted to keep knowledge of his work from James as he had so many trust issues and negative feelings about himself. His backstory and the excerpts from James’s writing had me in tears several times. This is such a beautiful story, of friends to lovers, of sensual lovemaking, of gaining the trust from the person you love. Highly recommended.
In the Twist (The Wild Hunt Book 1)
by L.A. Stockman
Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.
David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.
They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.
Freya’s Quick Bite
A venture into the paranormal world of crime solving is what I found with this story. In The Twist starts with a scene of horror - the latest in a series murders. Representing the local police, is David, a former priest, and exorcist. The other man is Dallan of Interpol.
David’s family is an integral part of the story. And though the world may consider them misfits, David rightly points out to them, “There’s nothing wrong with you.” I thought this was a lovely angle, adding a very human element to a story containing, sprites, spirits and elementals.
From the start, In The Twist was engaging, with a secondary undercurrent of dialogue that hints; both men are more than they appear on the surface. There is the case, the family, the history of David and Dallan, and the burgeoning relationship between them. The sexual tension between the two is scorching. They make excellent heroes. The fae foe in the story is worthy of the title, too.
Merging the case and personal lives works well, and the gradual escalation of the physical relationship between David and Dallan is nicely done. The typeface and spacing made the story easy to read, and the only strain on the eyes was knowing when to put it down in favour of sleep. The build-up to the end is good with a coming together of every story undercurrent and a suitably evil, non-redeemable bad. If you like detective stories into the otherworldly, then you are going to love this.
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