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.
So many fabulous books and today we have four more of our favourites for you from JL Merrow, Heidi Cullinan, LC Chace and Tinnean… ALL AMAZING!!!
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Houseboat On The Nile: Spy v Spook By Tinnean.
Rating ~ 5 stars
Mark Vincent is WBIS—Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security. Quinton Mann is staunchly CIA. Mark thinks the CIA is full of dilettantes who leave him and the rest of the WBIS to clean up their messes. Quinn thinks most WBIS agents are sociopathic loose cannons. So they don’t exactly get along.
Of course, just because they don’t like each other doesn’t mean they can’t play mind games on each other. Or sleep together. But when an explosion at Mark’s apartment sends Quinn to the morgue to ID a body, he has to reevaluate his position on denial.
Macky’s Quick Bite
Ah, be still my beating heart! Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann! What a pairing. Rivals in the world of espionage but outside of it? OMG! These two guys generate some serious chemistry and watching them try to get one over on each other whilst trying to juggle their sizzling attraction, was not just hot and sexy but also fun, entertaining and full on! There was a great storyline, fantastic supporting characters and as the series went on, a really engaging romance that turned into a gorgeous love story, making Mark and Quinn one of my most favourite m/m couples ever and because of that, 'Houseboat' has become one of my most favourite crime based series. I enjoyed everything about it but one thing I really loved was the way Tinnean switched their POV's on the same scene. It cleverly showed the differences in their personalities and for me, made the story feel really unique, giving a different insight into how each of them viewed their growing romance and the intrigue filled plot that threw them together.
There's not much that T has given us that I haven't enjoyed but these guys wormed their way into my heart and they're still top of my Tinnean list. So... Spy v Spook...wonder who will end up rocking your 'Houseboat'? Ice Man Quinn or Hot Head Mark? Never mind 007.... this is more 0069... If you get my drift! Haha!
Pickup Men (Pickup Men #1) by L.C. Chase
It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light—and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.
Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.
But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.
Tina’s Quick Bite
Tripp Colby is a bull riding champion and deeply closeted. Very deeply closeted, thanks to his intolerant father. He has learned to hide who he truly is but falling in love with Marty has complicated that.
Although Tripp can't bring himself to confess or show his feelings Marty is trying to be content with their secret relationship. A Brahma bull changes everything in a few minutes and Tripp and Marty are sent on a whirlwind of heartbreak...
Marty is just wonderful. I fell in love with him instantly. Tripp comes a long way by the end of the book and even though he stumbles along and sometimes takes one step forward and two steps back he's a loveable character.
The story takes you on an emotional, sometimes angsty trip out of the closet. There are some big dramatic moments and you see the misery and anxiety hate and homophobia can cause.
Highly recommended for lovers of rodeos and hot cowboys!
Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan
Genre: LGBT BDSM/Fetish
Roe Davis is a man who works hard, keeps to himself, and never mixes business with pleasure -- until he takes a weekend away from his new job at Nowhere Ranch and runs into the owner at the only gay bar for two hundred miles. Getting involved with the boss is a bad idea, but Travis Loving is hard to say no to, especially when it turns out their kinks line up like a pair of custom-cut rails. As Loving points out, so long as this is sex on the side, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.
The truth is, there’s good reason Roe never settles down and always spends his birthdays and holidays celebrating alone. Shut out in the cold by his family years ago, Roe survived by declaring he didn’t need a home. As his affair with Loving grows into more than just sex, Roe finds out what happens when he stays put a little bit too long: the past always catches up with you. Eventually, even a loner gets lonely, and home will grow up through whatever cracks you leave open for it -- even in a place called Nowhere.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, strong BDSM theme and elements, fetish play.
Monique’s Quick Bite
"My name is Munroe Davies and this is the story of how I found Home"
This story is beautifully and poignantly narrated by Roe - he isn't well educated, but he's smart and doesn't need fancy words to illustrate his emotions and feelings, he's just straight forward and genuine, with no corruption or insincerity. There is only one language for Roe and it is simple honesty in black or white - no grey areas.... his words just broke my heart and made me smile at the innocence of the rendition of his tale.
This relationship takes place over a few months and along the way we have a few problems with communication which inevitably leads to misunderstandings with a family feud and argument... Ohhh and lots of kinky BDSM sex to top it off! Roe is constantly in fear of any attachments, although there ends up being quite a cast of characters which endear themselves to him, in particular... Haley! Who at first I really, really did not like at all, her exuberance wore me out, never mind Roe! But as it turned out she was quite the force to be reckoned with and I ended up loving her.
This is a HEA and the epilogue at the end had me bawling like a baby... I love Heidi Cullinan’s writing, I really believed this story from Roe, she gave him a voice so pure and innocent, wanting only to belong, to have a home and she gave that to him along with a man who's love was so complete I was moved to tears.
Macky ~ 5 Stars
Hardtail by JL Merrow
Finding love can be a bumpy ride.
His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: dead in the water. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon.
The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob.
There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.
Contains an out-and-proud klutz, a closeted, karate-loving accountant—and a cat who thinks it’s all about him. Watch for a cameo appearance from the Pricks and Pragmatism lovers. May inspire yearnings for fresh air, exercise, and a fit, tanned bike mechanic of your very own.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Just simply; a delightful story with a not too soppy HEA.
I really liked this book, it's real characters and subtle British humour, a very refreshing read that left me feeling good.
My favourite character? Has to be the cat, Wolverine, what a great name for a sassy ginger!
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