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 will be bringing you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads.
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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The legend begins...
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.
When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.
Mark’s Quick Bite
I really loved this book from beginning to end. A truly beautiful story that kept me enthralled all the way through and reduced me to tears and a sobbing wreck at the end.
This story deals with the life of Achilles from childhood, to manhood and to the very Greek style tragic but bittersweet ending as seen through the eyes of Petroclus. It wouldn't be Greek if it wasn't a tragedy. The enduring love and relationship Achilles and Petroclus have runs a thread through the whole story with a backdrop of Greek mythology, battles and political intrigue. Patroclus would lay his life on the line for Achilles and invariably does. Contains everything an historical romance could wish for.
The narrative flows nicely and is well written, right up until the teary end and keeps the attention of the reader all the way. This story has no pornographic descriptions of lusty, uninhibited gay sex, but deals more with the relationship on an emotional level and its development from childhood crush to mature love. I think this is very fitting as any graphic gay sex descriptions would be totally out of place here, but this in my opinion adds to the emotion and doesn't detract.
This book really is well worth the read, if you like your historical fiction combined with a gay relationship.
Hushed by Kelley York
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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Buy Link ~ http://amzn.to/1gRtlDC
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another - Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants... And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
Tina’s Quick Bite
There are a lot of things going on in this book that make it a real page turner. Kelley York creates a bad guy - there are no illusions about how messed up Archer is - and portrays him in a way that we find ourselves loving him and only wanting good things for him. Archer has reasons for doing what he's doing. In love with his best friend Vivian and put through so much in his life, he kills for her. Vivian is evil and cruel, a master manipulator and controlling freak. I literally wanted to reach into my Kindle and hurt her.
But then Evan shows up, the calm to Archer’s chaos, the yin to Archers yang and absolutely adorable. He has a special presence, a shyness and a goodness that balances out Archer’s dark side. It's interesting to watch them becoming friends and finally lovers. Evan is the best thing that could have happened to Archer, together they are achingly sweet.
Hushed is a gripping, suspenseful story that made my heart race and kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s dark, twisted, chilling and heart-melting, a brilliant, outstanding story. Highly recommended!
Fish & Ghosts by Rhys Ford
Rating ~ 5 Stars
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When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.
Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Whoooooooo! This was a frighteningly fantastic read! Spectral, sexy fun with some real shivers thrown in to up the creep factor! I shivered, sighed, gasped and giggled all the way through and some of those shivers were brought on by some delectable love scenes between gorgeous sceptic paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid and the beautiful blonde clairvoyant owner of the haunted Hoxne Grange, Tristan Pryce. The two of them really generated some sexual tension that if it could have been converted into psychic energy, would have any ghost hunters EMF reader jumping off the scale! Add likeable quirky supporting characters...some in the land of the living, some not... and you get exciting, spooky goings on that felt fresh, fearsome, fun and freaky, leaving me (and quite a few of its 'inhabitants') "dying" for more. And good news...more is definitely on the cards. Wolf and Tristan will definitely be back and so will Hoxne Grange and it's ghostly guest's. I loved every fantasmagorical minute. Rhys Ford rocks it!
OMG!! Did you hear that???
The Square Peg by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Rating ~ 4 Stars
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Benedict, a successful accountant, who's just been dumped for being boring, is surprised and pleased to learn that he's inherited half ownership in a gay bar from his estranged father, seeing it as a chance to get out of his rut. That's until he meets his new partner, a mouthy, disturbingly hot Brit called Shane, and discovers that the bar's in the red and Shane's not interested in renovations that could drive away their regulars.
When a late-night confrontation turns into the hottest sex either of them has experienced, they realize there's one way to fit a square peg into a round hole, but are they solving problems or papering over the cracks? As they explore the new dynamic between them, pushing their limits until Ben's shocked at where his desire to dominate Shane takes him, the renovations to the bar begin. They're building something new, something good -- but fear and an unexpected act of violence may tear down what they've created.
Monique’s Quick Bite
Ben our mild mannered accountant finds it hard to compute the man he becomes when he’s with Shane. And Shane, with all his attitude and fight, really just wants to be controlled. Two complete opposites who when they collide rub each other up the wrong way… However, when it comes to sex all that rubbing has a totally different effect!
This is my favourite type of kinky fuckery… HOT AS HELL! There is so much sexual chemistry and lust bubbling between these two men the tension was palpable! But what I liked is that there is no label for what these two men share, BDSM, D/s, none of that comes into it, they just go with their natural animal instincts, one who dominates and one who submits. Plus, any book that mentions Stevie G (Liverpool Football Club Captain) is going to be a winner in my eyes!
Now, I can’t wait to see Vin, our tattooed and pierced barman in The Broken Triangle.