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.
It’s Monday! …and we have four more recommended reads from three very talented authors, as both Macky and Tina have picked Cate Ashwood as their Quick Bites for this week. Mark continues his author crush with Harper Fox and I reminisce over Lem and Anderson with Brandon Shire.
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Cold (Cold #1) by Brandon Shire
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Prison is a brutal, heartless, and demeaning environment. No one knows this better than a man sentenced to life in prison for murder. Lem Porter is a high-profile prisoner who had a solid career ahead of him in a field he loved until he killed his brother. He has spent almost eighteen years behind bars and doesn’t have much hope left.
Anderson Passero had it all. He built a career, a name, and a relationship with a man he thought he loved. Only after he very publicly landed in prison did he realize how ignorant he’d been. He has eight months left on his sentence and he is eager to go home and put prison life behind him. He doesn’t know it yet, but he will always carry these eight months with him, and they may just help him to understand what love really means.
Monique’s Quick Bite
This book is an excellent example of great storytelling, and I was totally enthralled from the start… there is no flowery prose, nor is this a raw and gritty tale. It is not a roller coaster ride and you will not find any angst or gratuitous sex thrown in for the sake of it, and for the most part we don’t even get to see the romance. So, by now you are probably wondering why I would even read this book. Simple… the WOW factor for me was the writing, just amazing and at times beautiful, especially watching the relationship grow between Lem and Anderson, their character development had me captivated and swept along on this journey with two men I just fell in love with.
Driftwood by Harper Fox
Rating ~ 4 Stars
What the tide washes in, the past can sweep away.
All Dr. Tom Penrose wants is his old life back. He's home in Cornwall after a hellish tour of duty in Afghanistan, but while the village is the same, he isn't. His grip on his control is fragile, and it slips dangerously when Flynn Summers explodes into his life. The vision in tight neoprene nearly wipes them both out in a surfing mishaps and shatters Tom's lonely peace.
Flynn is a crash-and-burn in progress, one of only two survivors of a devastating rescue helicopter crash that killed his crew. His carefree charm is merely a cover for the messed-up soul within. The sparks between him and Tom are the first light he's seen in a long, dark tunnel of self-recrimination, which includes living in sexual thrall to fellow crash survivor and former co-pilot, Robert.
As their attraction burns through spring and into summer, Tom must confront not only his own shadows, but Flynn's before the past rises up to swallow his lover whole.
Warning Contains explicit m/m sex, hot helicopter pilots and skin-tight wetsuits. Also, in true British tradition, a tiny bit of joystick innuendo.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Sea, sand and surf. Throw in a RNLI rescue, a Cornish gale and gun running, you have a super Harper Fox story. Tom and Flynn are damaged goods and when Tom rescues Flynn from a surfing accident or attempted suicide then you have two characters that are desperately in need of each other. Tom suffers from PTSD from his time in the Army in Afghanistan and Flynn is in an obusive relationship with no way out. These two unlikely characters find the strentgh they need in each others arms in order to cope with the suffering they are both experiencing. However, Flynn's partner David is possessive and tries to hold Flynn in a poisonous relationship with what can only be described as a form of blackmail and guilt. Everything comes to a head when on a stormy night David flies out with Flynn on a rescue mission and tries to kill him. How the story pans out then you'll have to read it.
☆ TINA ~ 4 STARS ☆ MACKY ~ 4 STARS ☆
Brokenhearted (Hope Cove #1) by Cate Ashwood
Rating ~ 4 Stars
Oliver Parrish has been alone in the world since he was born. So when Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin shows up on his doorstep to deliver the news that Oliver’s sister has died, he’s beyond surprised. Still, Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, hoping to get to know the sister he never knew he had. As he tries to snap these new elements into his solitary life, he’s not sure how they might fit.
His life is shaken up further as he falls in love with the irresistible town of Hope Cove, and with Mack, its equally irresistible sheriff. But when he receives devastating news about his sister's cause of death, Oliver doesn't know whether to stay and fight for love and a good life, or cut his losses and run.
Tina’s Quick Bite
Before reading Brokenhearted Cate Ashwood was a new author for me and I think the first book of the Hope Cove series was a good starting point for me. The premise sounded promising and I was looking forward to read the story.
I'm really glad I did because it was lovely, gentle and sweet. The main storyline circles around Oliver's dead sister Maggie, a sister he never got to know. Oliver is one beautiful, lonely and sweet guy. Maggie’s best friend since 4th grade, Mack goes to Seattle to find Oliver and tell him the news about her. He convinces Oliver to come back to Maine with him, to see where his sister lived, and try to figure out if there might be a life there for him as well.
The story of Oliver and Mack is a journey of acceptance and love, of finding yourself and how love can conquer anything no matter what. Those guys were so easy to fall in love with, I laughed and cried with them, and the ending was perfect. So if you are looking for a nice romance with a little angst, then I can recommend the book wholeheartedly. So don't miss your opportunity to visit Hope Cove, Maine.
Keeping Sweets by Cate Ashwood
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Days away from high school graduation, with hardly a penny to his name, Evan Lowry needs to earn money for college. When he comes across an ad for modeling, he thinks his luck has changed—until he learns he’s interviewing for an adult film and will be expected to have sex. On camera. With other men.
For gay porn star Brandon Court, the shine has worn off of regular shoots. He and his producer, Les, decide to try something new: a reality-show porno set at a beach house. When he meets wide-eyed and naïve Evan for the first time, Brandon isn’t sure if he wants the kid to get lost or get naked. Naked wins.
On set, Brandon takes Evan under his wing, and over the next month, they are thrown together in every intimate way conceivable—except emotionally. Both Brandon and Evan are terrified of trying for anything deeper, and insecurities and doubts wear on their hopes, but the chemistry between them won’t let them slow things down.
Macky’s Quick Bite
18 year old Evan Lowry needs money if he's to graduate college. His mum has died and his crappy stepfather wants nothing to do with him so when he sees an advert for a male modelling agency he answers it only to find out that the interview he's agreed to is actually for a gay adult films studio. He's practically down to his last dollar so whats a guy to do? Desperate, he goes to the interview and meets the gorgeous but jaded porn star 'Noah Conway' — cue sizzling sex scene number one!! Before he knows it, he's signed up to do a reality style porno with Noah and five other hot guys, in a house where they'll be filmed in a voyeuristic setting over a few weeks. Initial lust turns to heavy attraction and attraction to romance as Noah, real name Brandon, takes sweet, inexperienced Evan under his wing and they begin to fall in love. These two are absolutely made for each other, Evan craves love and affection and Bran needs the 'freshness' of someone like Evan to punch through the distant persona that he's built up around himself. I adore anything to do with porn stars, studios and gay for pay stories so picking this up was a no brainer. Considering the subject matter, the sex is hot but still tasteful, the chemistry sizzles, the sexual tension is electric and the passion palpable. I loved it! Felt a little bit rushed at the end hence the slight drop in rating but still a super read and definite keeper. Recommend highly!
☆ MONIQUE ~ 4.25 STARS ☆