Monday, December 04, 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 four great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Heidi Cullinan, Krista & Becca Ritchie, R.G. Thomas and Harper Fox.  Don’t forget you can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this week's Quick Bites.

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Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2)

by Heidi Cullinan

51RL6ZFHPgL._SY346_Rating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.
Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.
It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the story-time idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.
As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Completely enjoyable sweetness with a side of light kink around the holiday season. Arthur’s best friend and roommate with benefits Paul has finally had enough and moves out leaving Arthur alone and surprisingly lonely in his cabin. Town librarian Gabriel seems to have it all together but is insecure and emotionally fragile thanks to a lifetime of being put down.

Arthur, the kinky man-whore, is knocked for a loop by his sudden attraction to librarian Gabriel, who is much more than the uptight nerd Arthur expects him to be. Neither of them could be more surprised by their first encounter, but it leaves Gabriel shaken and withdrawn while Arthur does everything he can to woo him back and try to gain his trust.

I fell in love with Gabriel and his struggles and Arthur was an unexpectedly romantic surprise.

The men are helped out by their friends Paul, Frankie and Marcus (who will be familiar if you read the first book, but you can read this as a standalone) along with Arthur's matchmaking mom. The chemistry between the two men was explosive, but their quieter moments were just as good. Of course there’s a Heidi Cullinan HEA to round it all off, just right for the holiday season.

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Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

51iwqwH6UeLRating ~ 4 Stars 

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Synopsis

Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

Jane’s Quick Bite

This is book 1 in the spin off series Like Us. You don't have to read any previous books as this is the start of a new series about billionaires and bodyguards. This book is based on the offspring of three rich and famous families and it focuses on Maximoff Hale, the eldest of the four Hale siblings. Coming from the world of celebrity all family members have their own security detail. Maximoff Hale has lusted after Farrow Keene, his mother’s bodyguard, for a number of years and is shocked to find himself paired with Farrow after some shuffling within the security team.

This is the start of a hidden relationship between the two and both characters are absolute sweethearts. Their banter is sharp and they spark well together. What you also get with this story is how much impact the paparazzi and the public have on ‘celebrities’ and their lives. Also with the advent of social media, it offers a real insight into the horrors it can hold and just what some people have to put up with. It also highlights parental behaviour and reputation and the marks it can leave on their children. A fascinating read of a well written subject and a great start to a promising series with really engaging characters. I really enjoyed it.

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Midnight Gardener by R.G. Thomas

51narLUVfiL._SY346_Rating ~ 4.5 Stars 

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Synopsis

The Town of Superstition: Book One

At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.

Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.

Jay’s Quick Bite

We are living in the golden age of books for LGBTQ youth. There was nothing like these books that were available to me growing up and now we are seeing YA books that tell a different story - one of characters who more reflect LGBTQ lives, whether they reflect real life or fantastical tales. Midnight Gardener fulfills the fantasy aspect in the first book of Thomas’ wonderfully enchanting series, The Town of Superstition.

Teen Thaddeus Cane has just moved to the town of Superstition with his father.  They have had quite a transient life and the town seems like another stop in their constantly moving from town to town. But this place seems to be different than any other before. The location and the people seem to be a bit more off the beaten path and his neighbors, behind a large wood fence, appear more mysterious as time goes on.  Thaddeus begins to notice that his neighbor only appears at night to tend to his garden with fireflies announcing the visits.  As he eventually slowly makes contact with the gardener, more mysterious things begin to happen including menacing and strange creatures in the forest.  Part of the interest in this first book is the unwinding and realizations of Thaddeus’ young life.

I can’t give much more out without spoiling the joy of this first short fantasy book.  It does end in a cliffhanger, but fortunately the next 2 books have been published to satisfy the cliffhangers and the 4th book is coming out at the end of the month.  This is a perfect book to kick off the series for a young reader.  It has all the joy, mystery and magic of a good book.  My only wish was that it was written when I was young as I would have devoured the entire series and it would have been a favorite read.  The relationship that develops is sweet and age appropriate. I am glad that we are seeing books today that youth can read that are interesting, treat MM couples as a regular part of life and doesn’t have the huge angst nor whining that many of other YA books sometime embrace.  I’m just giddy that such excellent books these days can be published to satisfy the hunger of young readers and still give us adults a good read.

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Preacher, Prophet, Beast

(A Tyack and Frayne Mystery #7) by Harper Fox

f091387c1641d498d07eb8fb8c4b9ebf1f95a5a0[6]Rating ~ 5 Stars 

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Synopsis

This is the seventh book in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.

Lee would gladly trade all his psychic gifts for a chance at ordinary life with his husband and his little girl. Three years into their marriage, they’re settled in their new home – but the House of Joy can’t shield them from an oncoming threat with the power to uproot their whole world.

Lee can’t define it further, and even his beloved Gideon can’t unmask a monster with no face at all. Gideon is mired in problems and secrets of his own as he struggles to adjust to his new rank and the complexities of plainclothes police work with CID, and for once the devoted Tyack-Frayne partnership is failing to communicate.

Turbulent times in the world at large reach deep into the Bodmin heartland, and the village of Dark is without its guardian constable. More than Lee and Gideon can possibly know has been depending upon their rapport, and as the summer rises towards the longest day, a new and unfathomable kind of Beast is afoot on the moors...

Mark’s Quick Bite

I just love this series and just when you think you have read the last book Harper always surprises me with another one causing a yelp and squee of delight from yours truly.

Gideon and Lee are now settled in their new house with their daughter Tamsyn and you would think that they can now get on with leading a normal life. But as we know nothing can be really “normal” where this family is concerned. Lee has a vision but can’t define it, but knows that something big, evil and very threatening is about to test their happy little world. He keeps this to himself even though it is a presence that is brooding in the background. I love the paranormal aspect to these stories, always within the realms of belief, but gives the mysteries an edge that keeps me fascinated all the way.

In this book Harper captures the Zeitgeist of our current time and I was left reading a story that had me enthralled from beginning to end. But more than that, I fell in love all over again with these two Cornish lads from my home county, battling on all fronts to keep their little family together. Will there be another book? Well, I hope so and it is hope that keeps us going.

Series Reading Order
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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)

AMAZON

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16 comments:

  1. Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2) by Heidi Cullinan. I love Christmas stories.

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  2. Damaged Like Us, because I've been wanting to read it but haven't had the chance yet.

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  3. I already have the Midnight Gardener, so I'd pick Sleigh Ride to add to my Christmas collection.

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  4. The Midnight Gardener would be my choice

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  5. Damaged Like Us. I have been wanting to read this for a while and keep forgetting to put it on my list.

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  6. Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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  7. Preacher, Prophet, Beast by Harper Fox. I like detective mystery series like this.

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  8. Damaged Like Us looks fantastic.

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  9. Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas 2) by Heidi Cullinan. Love the cover.

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  10. I always like to see what will be bitten off each week. Tough one this week, but I'd go for Preacher, Prophet, Beast by Harper Fox. I like gay mysteries, psychics, and it's a chance to see what this series is about. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  11. Preacher, Prophet, Beast
    (A Tyack and Frayne Mystery #7) by Harper Fox

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  12. I enjoyed Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2) by Heidi Cullinan, it was a 4* read for me too. I'm not that much into fantasy and I didn't start the Tyack and Frayne Mystery series by Harper Fox yet, so book #7 doesn't seem the best place to...
    So my choice will be Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Damaged like us appeals most this week

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  14. Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie. colby69@verizon.net

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  15. I'd pick Sleigh Ride or Preacher, Prophet, Beast

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  16. Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie... Because it's already on muøy TBR pile.

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