Monday, September 11, 2017

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

PicMonkey ImageAs 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 Avon Gale, A.M. Arthur, Harper Fox, Eli Easton and Jamie Lynn Miller. Don’t forget you 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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Let The Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

FitToBeTiedLG_thumb12Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center — even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Debra’s Quick Bite

By now almost everyone knows Avon Gale for her hockey romances, but her debut book is what made me a fan. Let the Wrong Light In stars snarky, impulsive junior architect Avery Hextall and his uptight manager Malin Lacroix. The two embark on a dysfunctional, kinky relationship that had me wondering just when things would go horribly wrong and require a visit to the emergency room.

Told from Avery’s point of view, Malin remains a mystery for a good part of the story as Avery relentlessly pursues him and Malin makes things very difficult. These two fail at communicating so hard at the start, it’s a wonder they ever got together at all. It’s part office romance, part rom-com and has a heavy dose of kink that’s not always safe or sane.  I loved Avery’s voice and his commentary which is in sharp contrast to the quiet, intense Malin, whose character does come to life as a real person later in the book after the two have a few ups and downs.

With wonderful secondary characters and a good dose of humor, it’s a story that pulled me in and kept me wondering where it would go and had me naming Avon Gale as my 2015 debut author of the year.

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The Truth as he Knows it (Perspectives #1)

by A.M. Arthur

51fbEES6rJLRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

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.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is a contemporary romance and the start of a really great series. Shane is working a few jobs along with his older brother Jason to pay off crippling debts they've been left with following past events. One of those jobs is stripping and it's on a stripping gig that he first meets hot cop Noel Carson. They have an intense connection but the relationship that develops takes its fair share of hits on both sides as their pasts and presents collide and secrets and lies unfurl. The resulting fallout threatens not only Shane’s tenuous relationship with Noel but also with that of his devoted brother Jason. This story is quite angsty and you will definitely need tissues handy. There is a great cast of secondary characters, especially Noel's best friend Tristan, who your heart will break for, as he's suffering with severe short term memory loss following a bashing. You will desperately want Tristan to get his own slice of happiness. If you enjoy an emotional rollercoaster read with fallible, but likeable characters that have an intense connection and a willingness to make it work, coupled with romance and some hot sex thrown in, then this might be for you. Just don't forget the tissues!

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Last Line 2: Ring Around the Sun (Audiobook)

by Harper Fox

61pJ2dp3t6L._SL300_[4]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

MI5 agents Marina Griffin and Leo South are made to be together. But their mission's-end encounter with Ashkeloi gypsies the Russian forest reveals a terrifying prophecy - a fate that will tear them apart, and re-echo into the lives of their sons, John and Mike.

Thirty years later, a deadly climate shift has opened up a seaway through the Arctic, and nuclear war is imminent as the global superpowers make a grab for the oil reserves suddenly exposed. Like everyone else, Mike and John just want to ride out the storm and protect the people they love, especially their boy Quin. But love isn't enough when the stakes are this high, and Mike and John too are in the grip of a destiny they can't avoid. Summoned from their Glastonbury farmhouse to the office of their ex-boss, James Webb, they discover not only the truth about their heritage but the forces they will have to encounter if the war for the Arctic - and the future of humanity - is to be won.

Mark’s Quick Bite

Well, after listening to the first book in this series which I featured in our Quick Bite from 7th August then it was a no brainer that I went on to listen to book two after such a riveting start. The second book in this series took my breath away. A story so big in scope and magnitude it really was difficult to know where to begin my review. An intricate plot with so many twists, turns and revelations it drives the reader on wanting to now what comes next. To be honest I listened it to it twice just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, not that it is confusing, but just to savour the smaller details that may have been forgotten in the first listening. Second time round was just as enthralling and deepened my understanding of the smaller intricacies contained within in this storyline.

John’s and Mike’s love for each other and their relationship is going to be put to the final test. Together they are strong, the loving and caring they have for each other oozes off the page. The sex is hot, if not a little kinky, as Mike finds that some of the things he did with Anjel in the first book is also a little bit of his own tastes, but that’s fun too. Can they both survive what  is required of them? There is no denying in order to find peace they are going to have to face down their arch enemies or opposite numbers. This leads to one part in the book where they have to go their separate ways. The book is excellently plotted, it’s suitably labyrinthine for such a thriller style story but never loses the reader, rather keeps the intrigue going until the final scene has played out. Loved these two books from start finish and if you haven’t managed to get around to them yet then it’s high time you do.

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Faliing Down by Eli Easton

falling down[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.

Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.

Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.

The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?

Sue’s Quick Bite

I always enjoy Eli Easton’s writing and this story was no exception. From the start, my heart went out to Josh and his sorry plight. For one so young to see no point in living brought tears to my eyes and did so throughout the story. This wish to end it all had me wondering will he or won’t he try even after he met the lovely Mark. I kept saying to myself, Eli wouldn’t have such a tragic ending. Even so, I worried what effect any attempt would have on Mark, whose own life had been tragic in many ways.

The setting was wonderfully painted in words, both the beautiful fall leaves in New Hampshire and the snow-filled landscape towards the end of the story. I could picture the scenes and the emotions they stirred within Josh.

Josh and Mark’s blossoming friendship progressed at a delightful pace—perfect for them and their situation—and when they finally express their desire for each other, the days afterward are filled with affectionate and steamy love-making. And all through the happy times they share, I was anticipating the snow with a sense of dread and what it would mean for Josh.

The final chapters of the story had me on the edge of my seat for what seemed to be a long time. I was willing for things to turn out well for them. And thank goodness they have their happy ending.

This is such a beautifully written story—definitely one of my favourites of last year. I loved the characters and everything about the story.

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Rogue Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 2)

by Jamie Lynn Miller

rogue soldier[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Shadow Unit may have overturned the illegal arms cartel in Kuala Lumpur, but the harrowing undercover op left emotional scars on Sergeants Shawn Weller and Connor Finley. Slowly, patiently, they piece their partnership back together, closer now than ever before.

But the arrival of Julian Montgomery, Shawn’s former CIA handler and lover, threatens to tear them apart. Julian knows all of Shawn's secrets as well as the past Shawn has kept hidden from Connor. Now the self-serving Julian wants Shawn back—with the CIA and with him. No one will get in his way. Including Connor.

When the joint Shadow Unit/CIA mission to stop the supplier of a deadly biological weapon goes sideways, Connor is captured, tortured, and used as a human test subject. It’s a race against time to save his life. But who can Shawn trust?
And who has gone rogue?

Freya’s Quick Bite

This is the second book of the exciting Shadow Unit series. Connor and Shawn are members of the Squadron who do what other armed forces can’t.

The story opens with a shock, and the boys fighting to capture a man with information on a Jihad terrorist cell. This fast pace continues through the chapters. Add in the arrival on base of a person who wants to separate Shawn from Connor, not necessarily in a pretty way either, and there lies a story with a wealth of layers. There are personal, operational, and covert issues. Think, special forces, uniforms, manoeuvres, weapons, evil and two men deeply in love, who others are trying to separate. What could conceivably happen?

The action, both military and intimate is awesome. If you are one of these readers that isn’t happy unless your inner adrenaline junkie is sated during a read, then you will love this.

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Giveaway

*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.

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17 comments:

  1. Let The Wrong Light In by Avon Gale. I need a good dose of humor.

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  2. Last Line 2 because of... Harper Fox!

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  3. I'd go for Falling Down. Beautiful cover and the book deals with a topic that speaks to me and where I want to find out how the author deals with it.

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  4. The Truth as he Knows it (Perspectives #1)
    by A.M. Arthur----I just love am's books

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  5. Let The Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

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  6. Love Avon Gale but haven't read her first book. Let the Wrong Light In is it for me.

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  7. LET THE WRONG LIGHT IN sounds fantastic!

    --Trix

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  8. Last Line 2 because Harper Fox books are expensive. I have Avon Gale's book and A.M. Arthur's. Falling Down was really good.
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

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  9. I'm most interested in Eli Easton's FALLING DOWN.
    Thank you for the chance!
    (Already own, read, and also love A.M. Arthur's PERSPECTIVES series)

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  10. I've read 'Falling Down' and 'The Truth as He Knows It' so I'd like Avon Gale's 'Let the Wrong Light In.' So many good books to choose from.

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  11. I have to go with Falling down because I have been wanting to read it but didn't add it to my list and forgot about it.

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  12. Let the Wrong Light In would be my pic.

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  13. Lots of good choices. I think Falling Down by Eli Easton

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  14. Last Line 2: Ring Around the Sun by Harper Fox

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  15. Falling Down by Eli Easton. colby69@verizon.net

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  16. Thanks for the bites. I was especially attraced to the complex action/thriller with the resurrected MI5 agents in Ring Around the Sun by Harper Fox. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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