Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

21st April

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.

There are so many AMAZING books in this genre to tempt you with and we have four more the whet your appetites today… sheer coincidence that both Mark and Tina picked Josh Lanyon this week, which goes to show that he is definitely an author that you MUST have on your reading list. Macky picked Tom Webb an author that we all know and love, and my choice was a very delightful and pleasant surprise from Lynda Aicher an M/F author, who more than delivered a fabulous M/M read.

Plus… don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

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Don’t Look Back by Josh Lanyon

 

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

He was chuckling, a deep, sexy sound as he pushed Peter back on the satiny cushions. Was this for real? Was he going to go through with it? Peter blinked up as his tie was unfastened, tossed aside, his shirt unbuttoned, laid wide. The evening breeze -- scented of smog and jasmine -- felt cool against his overheated skin, like the lightest breath...
Peter Killian, curator at Constantine House in Los Angeles, wakes in the hospital to find himself accused of stealing a tenth century Chinese sculpture. Peter knows he’s not a thief -- but that’s all he knows. Why is hot and handsome Detective Mike Griffin so sure he’s guilty -- and so hell-bent on seeing Peter arrested?
And why is Peter having these weird dreams about an unseen lover who somehow reminds him uncomfortably of Michael Griffin?

Tina’s Quick Bite

Don’t look Back is a typical Josh Lanyon novel: it provides mystery, danger, drama and sexual tension well mixed together into a divine cocktail. It’s exciting, sensual, gripping, and highly entertaining.

The reader is left in a fog about certain events, the amnesia device used in this novel is very cleverly done.  It would be a crime to reveal too much about the storyline because there is no way to discuss the characters or what happens that would come close to matching the thrill of watching how things unfold.

Definitely a very intense and angsty read that kept me on the edge of my seat. So lean back and enjoy!

Macky ~ 5 Stars

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His Name was Harley Manfield by T.A. Webb

 

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopis

They were the Three Musketeers.
College friends, they bond quickly. Time passes, and each man chooses his own path in life. One goes to Maine, one to New York. Harley stays in Atlanta, keeping their home safe.
When tragedy strikes, secrets are revealed and hearts are broken, The glue that held them together is tested, but in the midst of all their pain, Harley's love still binds them together.

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

His name was Harvey Mansfield. He was the one who brought the three of us together in the first place…

This might be short in length but it’s big in heart and huge in its emotional impact. Beautifully written, this bittersweet, poignant story is about lapsed friendships, regrets, hidden feelings, new beginnings and finding love in the last place you'd think possible.... out of the ashes of loss.

I cried unashamedly on more or less every page but was still left feeling warm, contented and hopeful. The love scenes were some of the most emotional, heartfelt ones I can say I've ever read and even though I guess you would class the ending as HFN, it still felt like a HEA to me. Coming In at 561 locations on my kindle, I was more emotionally connected to the characters in this than I have been in books three or four times its length. Mr Webb never fails to deliver, I devour everything he writes and this is proof that great things come in small packages!

Monique ~ 5 Stars

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Fair Game by Josh Lanyon

 

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Rating ~ 4 Stars

Synopsis

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer's obsessive game...

Mark’s Quick Bite

I really liked this book and it was my first read from Josh Lanyon and definitely won't be my last now. What I loved about this book was the antagonistic nature of the relationship between Tucker and Mills. A good thing was that the main story line / thriller aspect was not sacrificed or used as a vehicle for copious amounts of sex, the sex was there just in the right amount, written realistically and adding to the overall effect. The crime story was enthralling and I was kept in suspenders until the end.

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Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play #5) by Lynda Aicher

 

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Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Book five of Wicked Play
It's been twenty years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Now a grown man with a military career behind him, Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long.
Carter has just four months left on his contract with an escort agency, and he doesn't know whether to feel relieved or afraid. Being an escort is all he knows. Adding to his confusion is the way his latest client, the sexy but stoic Rock, makes him feel things he hasn't wanted in years.
One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?

Monique’s Quick Bite

Carter is a sophisticated, charming, gorgeous god of a man who’s profession leaves him hiding the true Carter locked deep inside…  Rock, and the man IS ALL ROCK! …is ex military and as an army brat has spent his life in training to be a soldier. Guilt ridden, ashamed and unable to face the fact he is gay, he has spent his entire life denying himself of the simple pleasure of love and affection… that was until Carter!

The main focus of this book is our two MC’s and their slow dance and exploration of something far deeper than either of them had ever experienced. It’s not an angst filled drama, it’s more about them building on that ‘something’ between them, neither understands, learning to trust someone other than themselves and help each other to crawl out of the loneliness of their solitary existences.

This book is part of The Wicked Pleasures BDSM series and the other books have been M/F M/M/F, which I haven’t read… Bonds of Denial has no BDSM, and in my opinion, as a standalone M/M novel this definitely works… and I LOVED IT!!!

Macky ~ 5 Stars

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Giveaway

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72 comments:

  1. I think I would pick His Name Was Harley Mansfield :)

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  2. I would like "Don’t Look Back" by Josh Lanyon fabulous author.

    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

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  3. Hi. If I'm lucky enough to win this week, I'll choose Don't Look Back by Josh Lanyon. Thanks for the chance.

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  4. Haven't read any of them but all added to my TBR. I especially like Don’t Look Back by Josh Lanyon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. The only one I don't own is Bonds of Denial. Great choices! Thanks for the chance!

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  6. Haven't read any but Don't look back sounds really good

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  7. I would love to read Bonds of Denial this week.

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  8. I'd like to try Bonds of Denial.

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  9. I haven't ready any of these books and would love any one of them!

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  10. Not read any of these - but 2 Josh Lanyon books! And a great title from Tom Webb. I think I'll go with Dont Look Back.

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  11. I haven't read any of these books. I think I'd pick Bonds of Denial.

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  12. Loved Fair Game. I would pick either Don't Look Back or Bonds of Denial. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. All these are new to me and I really like the sound of "Bonds of Denial". Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Fair Game and Bonds of Denial were both good. I can't go wrong with wither Tom Webb or Josh Lanyon but I would choose Don't Look Back.

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  15. I have not read any of the books. If would love to read Bonds of Denial. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. I'd go with Don't Look Back! =)

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  17. My choice would be Fair Game by Josh Lanyon. Haven't read any of these books yet.

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  18. I've read Bonds of Denial (which I really liked a LOT)
    my choice is Don’t Look Back by Josh Lanyon

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  19. Haven't read any of the books. But I'd choose Fair Game by Josh Lanyon.

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  20. I've read Fair Game and I loved it. Don't Look Back is already downloaded and in my TBR list. Josh Lanyon is one of my favourite writers. I would choose Bounds of Denial. It sounds really good

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  21. I thought Fair Game was awesome! Would really like to read Bonds of Denial. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Don't look back, fair game, Bonds of Denial, His name was Harley Manfield all the books sound great.

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  23. I would choose Don't Look back, but they all sound great.

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  24. I haven't read any of these but I love Josh Lanyon!

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  25. I haven't read any of them but Don’t Look Back by Josh Lanyon and Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher both have caught my eye.

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  26. I have not read any on the list this week, but would pick Don't Look Back. Thanks!

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  27. Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play #5) by Lynda Aicher

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  28. Sheila Shepherd22 April 2014 at 18:55

    I think I would choose Fair Game but will also be checking out Bonds of Denial too.

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  29. I haven't read any M/M books yet but I love these "bites" and I've found a lot of books/authors I want to try! Out of this week's offerings, I like Don’t Look Back by Josh Lanyon best! :)

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  30. I haven't read any of these books. I'd pick "Bonds of Denial'

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  31. Jennifer Thompson22 April 2014 at 20:11

    I have read Bonds of Denial and I loved it! This week I would pick Fair Game

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  32. I read both of Josh Lanyon's books. They were fantastic.

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  33. BONDS OF DENIAL and DON'T LOOK BACK are both really tempting!

    --Trix

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  34. I would like Don't Look Back. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  35. Either Don't Look Back or Fair Game... <3 Josh

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  36. I've not read any of these but the collection of authors is awesome! I'd love to read Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play #5) by Lynda Aicher!

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  37. Don’t Look Back by Josh Lanyon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. They all look good, but bonds of denial

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  39. Haven't read any of these yet. As always, I want to read them all. How about Bonds of Denial. Thanks for an opportunity to read one for free.

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  40. Would love to win any of them as I haven't read any of these stories.

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  41. I'm interested in Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play #5).

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  42. I have not read any of these, but have read the first 4 of the Bonds of... By Lynda Aicher. I would like to read 'Books of Denial'

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  43. Have not read any of these, but would love to read Don't Look Back.

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  44. Don't look back sounds good to me.

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  45. Fair Game is my favorite Josh Lanyon book. I haven't read any of the other books. I guess I would pick Don’t Look Back.

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  46. I haven't read any, however I have added them all to my TBR! I would choose Bonds of Denial.

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  47. I haven't ready any of these yet. I'd have to go with Fair Game but Bonds of Denial looks tempting too.

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  48. I haven't read any of these & would be happy with any of them.

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  49. I would pick Don't Look Back. I have read the others and loved them all

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  50. all books all sound good

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  51. they all sound great, I would choose Bonds of Denial

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  52. Not ready any of these. I would start with Bonds of Denial

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  53. Fair Game or His Name is Harley Manfield sound the best to me.

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  54. I have not read any of these yet I would pick Bonds of Denial!

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  55. I have not read any of these but Fair Game sounds good.

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  56. i have not read any of these. I would choose Fair Game. I really liked the other ones, but I only read books less than 200 pages if they're a novella of a series that I already know and love. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  57. I have not read any of these books. It would be a pleasure to win any one of them. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  58. I've already got the other three books, so I would love Bonds of Denial - I read about it somewhere else and was intrigued. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  59. DON'T LOOK BACK would be my choice.

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  60. I would pick bonds of denial1 thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. Haven't read any of them but Bonds of Denial sounds awesome! Thanks!

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  62. Haven't read any of them nor hear of them so thanks for the introduction!

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  63. Bonds of denial sounds great:)

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  64. I'd like to try out Fair Game by Josh Lanyon.

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  65. They all appeal for different reasons, so I'll only decide if I'm lucky enough to win :D Pamela

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  66. Lori Daamen Jolly

    Fair Game by Josh Lanyon sounds like a very interesting read.!!

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