Monday, November 06, 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 J. A. Rock, Jacyln Osborne, Harper Fox, B.G. Thomas and J.C. Long. 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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Wacky Wednesday by J.A. Rock

51lVvNG A8LRating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Things have been rocky lately for brat Jayk and his dominant partner Amon. Jayk, a college dropout, recently returned to school, while Amon, the HR director at a major financial firm, faces pressure at work. Their D/s partnership suffers as Jayk deals with his stress by acting out, and Amon deals with his by cracking down.

When Jayk and Amon wake one morning to find they’ve switched bodies, each is determined to prove he can handle his partner’s life for a day. But as the chaos builds, their swap proves more confusing, enlightening--and sexier--than they’d anticipated.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements (bondage, flogging, spanking), male/male sexual practices.

Debra’s Quick Bite

If you didn’t figure it out from the title, this is an m/m take on the Freaky Friday body-switch story with a kinky twist. This book was a lot of fun, but it’s not just full of fluff.

I enjoyed the use of the body switch for the two MC's to spend a day in the other's shoes and the fact that they just accepted it and moved on. Bratty sub Jayk's POV was hysterical and reading about the older, dominant Amon struggling to get through a day at community college was a joy. While the premise is nutty, the actual story was full of emotion as the couple, who have somewhat lost their footing with each other, work to gain back the trust and communication that is the basis of their relationship. In alternating chapters we get the points of view of both Jayk and Amon, as well as flashbacks to the start of their relationship and some super steamy sex scenes.

With plenty of witty banter, humorous moments and a touching storyline this book grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go.

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Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn

51g8OJsWNL._SY346_2Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless.

But, I craved something greater—a life I could never have.
Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed.

However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This book is EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved it, I can't say enough about it. Drop any preconceived ideas you may have about this book, it's more than military or historical or romance, it transcends genres. It's an epic tale of boyhood to manhood spanning decades. It's about accepting your fate, your culture and what is expected of you. It is at times bluntly brutal and gory but it's also a tale of beautiful, enduring love. It's about camaraderie and being “brothers” with whom you serve. It has a tenderness and heart that I never expected, but be warned you will need tissues. You will do all of the ugly crying, yet I was left so fulfilled and satisfied with the ending. If you enjoyed the TV series Spartacus, this is a must read for you. If this didn't strike you as a book you would usually read, I implore you to give this one a go. It is an astoundingly well researched novel that totally touched, moved and transformed me after reading it. Not many books have that power but the size of the book hangover I had after finishing this is testament to the author and the sheer brilliance of the writing. Please, please read it!

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Underhill: A Tyack & Frayne Halloween Story

(Tyack & Frayne Mysteries #8) by Harper Fox

51pkGcuUoqLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

It’s Halloween, and Lee is wrapping up a TV special at Underhill, a haunted house on Bodmin Moor. There’s only one problem – despite its terrible past, this house doesn’t seem to be haunted at all. Not great for the fans of Spirits of Cornwall, but all Lee wants to do is get home to Gideon and Tamsyn in time for their family party. Gid and Zeke are due to pick him up at any minute, so Lee sends his film crew home to enjoy their own Halloween plans .

The moment he’s alone, everything changes. When Gideon and Zeke arrive, they find the house deserted and dark. Zeke thinks Lee must have left with the film crew, but Gid’s instincts tell him otherwise.

The policeman and the preacher must set aside their differences and pool their gifts to pick up Lee’s trail. Will they be in time to save him from the ghosts and strange forces at work in Underhill House?

Mark’s Quick Bite

I would have missed this Halloween Tyack and Frayne short had I blinked on Halloween but delighted that I saw it in the very last minute. I had a little squee of excitement, one-clicked immediately without a second thought and curled up on the sofa with Gideon and Lee for the evening.

What a little treat for Halloween this book turned out to be. I love this series and to get the chance to read more about these two was a bonus. Suitably spooky but not frighteningly so that I was hiding behind a cushion or afraid to go to bed alone in the dark after. More a journey beyond the veil between the worlds as Lee gets a surprise while filming in an old house where apparently a violent murder had happened and was known for its occult rites that took place there back in the day. Not what I was expecting nor Lee to that matter either but it was an entertaining read to see how assumptions about past happenings can be completely wrong once we have all the facts revealed to us. In this case by someone who had lived in this house before.

An enjoyable short read for Halloween adding to a further mystery solved in Tyack and Frayne style. Trick or Treat? Well, most definitely a treat! For those of you who have not started this series yet then I can only recommend you do.

Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Once Upon a Haunted Moor (Book #1)

REVIEW | AMAZON

Tinsel Fish (Book #2)

REVIEW | AMAZON

Don’t Let Go (Book #3)

REVIEW | AMAZON

Kitto (Book #4)

REVIEW | AMAZON

Guardians of the Haunted Moor (Book #5)

REVIEW | AMAZON

Third Solstice (Book #6)

REVIEW | AMAZON

Preacher, Prophet, Beast (Book #7)

REVIEW | AMAZON

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Spring Affair by B.G. Thomas

61wYBc0f95L._SY346_Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Seasons of Love: Book One

Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back.

Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay, but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason....

When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?

Jay’s Quick Bite

Finding oneself is difficult and the Fab Four have a lot to discover.

Spring Affair is the first book in the Seasons of Love series, which centers around four friends, who call themselves the Fabulous Four.  Though it could have been contrived, the series has very wonderful, diverse stories centering around one of the individuals in each book.  The four friends individually and together are striving to become their fully realized selves in the world.

Spring Affair introduces all of the four but focuses mainly on Sloan, who’s dealing with the death of his mother.  His friends rally around him for help and support with his grief.  Sloan has been pining for one of his friends, Asher, and must reconcile that the relationship is just not meant to be as Asher has many issues he needs to work through.   His neighbor, Max, also reaches out to help Sloan and start a friendship that might become more.  When Max’s wife is away on a two month business trip, he has to confront finding out that his son is gay, and that he might possibly be gay himself.  What are Sloan and Max to do, especially since they start to develop feelings for each other?  They grow organically in dealing with the ups and downs in their lives.

B. G. Thomas does a wonderful job of creating fully rounded characters, with all their thoughts, feelings, and flaws.  Many of the characters are similar to people that I know and this gives the book (and the entire series) a great sense of grounding and realism.  To get varied stories about men that are all have very different personalities and types is a wonderful and relatable treat.

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Broadway Babe by J.C. Long

broadway babe[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

Tate O’Connor has worked hard to realize his dream of dancing on Broadway, and it’s about to pay off with a premier in his first show. He doesn’t expect the distraction of sharing the stage with his celebrity crush: Broadway superstar Mike Chang. Drama ensues both onstage and off as Tate and Mike work closely and realize there could be something between them. However, there are those who don’t think an up-and-coming dancer is good enough for someone with Mike’s talent and fame, and rumors and misunderstandings might lead to broken hearts if Tate and Mike can’t work through their confusion and insecurity.

Freya’s Quick Bite

Tate and Mike, a Broadway dancer and Star to lover’s story with a bunch of insecurity thrown in.

Broadway Babe isn’t a long story, but be ready to don your leg warmers before you turn a page.

I was taken on a journey from auditions to opening night. Through rehearsals, forging friendships, and the ‘he’s out of my league’ moments. The theater bitch has an impressive presence too throwing a few spanners into the mix.

While the heat rating isn’t high, the story doesn’t need it. This is one of those tales where less is more. There’s emotional anguish and miscommunication aplenty without throwing in any extras.

If you are a person who likes musicals, this is a must. If not, and prefer the ‘I love him, but he’s out of my league’ story, this is also a must.

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16 comments:

  1. Broadway Babe by J.C. Long. I love musicals!

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  2. Wacky Wednesday because it sounds fun and I think every dom and sub should change places at least once to see what life is like for the other.

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  3. Difficult, so difficult... I think I'll go for Spring Affair

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  4. I have Spring Affair and don't have any Harper Fox yet, so I'd probably choose Axios. I've heard nothing but love for this book.

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  5. Underhill because I've been wanting to try this series for a while now!

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  6. I'd choose "Axios: A Spartan Tale" by Jaclyn Osborn I've heard so many great things about the book and it's at the top of my wish list.

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  7. Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn

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  8. Underhill: A Tyack & Frayne Halloween Story
    (Tyack & Frayne Mysteries #8) by Harper Fox

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  9. Thanks for the good bites. I like what Jay said, and have heard other good things about the series. I'm intrigued by the series also having a group of 4 friends, and not being just about an m/m rom between two lovers. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  10. I would choose Axios because it's pretty unique & it sounds interesting.

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