Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

16th June 2014As 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 four very talented authors… Aleksandr Voinov, Mickie B. Ashling, Jeni Decker and Chris Scully.

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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Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling



8262437Rating ~ 5 Stars
 

Synopsis

When bestselling novelist Mick Henley contacts his editor and former lover, Paul Alcott, after a seven-year absence, hearing Mick's voice reinforces what Paul has known all along he still loves Mick. The possible reunion entices Paul into considering a dinner invitation, but his hopes are dashed when he learns Mick is in a loving relationship with Spanish Jai alai player Tono Garat. Paul still accepts the invitation, and Mick asks Paul to help Tono through the final revision of a love story he's written, inspired by his affair with Mick. When Paul refuses, Mick reveals he's been diagnosed with a fatal disease, and the novel is Tono's only means of coping with the eventual outcome. Paul and Tono resent each other, but they can't deny the strong sexual attraction between them. Can the past blend with the present to ease the way for Mick's inevitable future? Will they overcome their differences to provide the loving support necessary to sustain the man they love or will their collision destroy Mick's final days?

Tina’s Quick Bite


Loving Edits is the first story in Mickie B. Ashling's Basque series, a book series I still can't think about without tearing up. It's emotional, beautiful and bittersweet, simply brilliantly done!

It took me quite long to start reading these books because I thought they would be too sad and I wasn't sure I could handle it. But once started I couldn't put the books down anymore.

Yes, Paul, Tono and Mick's story is sad but the series is more a celebration of the love between those guys and Mickie's story telling is focused on beauty and finding happiness in the moment. Oh boy, it wrecked me at some parts but Mickie's magical writing style made me want to keep reading to see how their love would grow and how they would break through all obstacles and live and celebrate their love.

Thank you, Mickie for a powerful and impressing series that shows us how love doesn't know any limits, it can blossom even beyond death. You may think a series with this kind of subject can't have a HEA? Yeah, you just wait and see,..

Paul, Tono, Baxter, and especially Mick will always have a very special place in my heart.

Note: Loving Edits it's the first book in the Basque series that includes three books.


☆ MACKY ~ 5 STARS ☆
 

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Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov



15734010 Rating ~ 4 Stars

Synopsis

Love soars.
Germany, 1945. The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who’s attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He’s especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there’s no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.
When Baldur narrowly cheats death, Felix pulls him from his plane, and the pilot makes his riskiest move yet. He takes a few days’ leave to recover, and he takes Felix with him. Away from the pressures of the airfield, their bond deepens, and Baldur shows Felix the kind of brotherhood he’d only ever dreamed of before.
But there’s no escaping the war, and when they return, Baldur joins the fray again in the skies over Berlin. As the Allies close in on the airfield where Felix waits for his lover, Baldur must face the truth that he is no longer the only one in mortal danger.

 

Mark’s Quick Bite


Berlin 1945, the war is coming to a close and a last frantic attempt to stave of the allied air strikes. I was transported right back in time to a dark and foreboding Berlin where hope has been defeated and it's only a matter of time. In this desperate backdrop of resignation Baldur a German Messerschmitt pilot falls for Felix a member of his ground crew. In a time where being gay would never have been accepted these men find each other and only love for today as there may never be a tomorrow for them. The only way out of their dilemma is surrendering to the allied forces.

I really liked the way the author painted a dark, hopeless and resigned Berlin but even through all this the love that Felix and Baldur find shines like a beacon of hope. Due to the military rank and roles there is also a slight inference to a sub / dom relationship but also sweet in its nature and never destructive. The syntax I found fascinating as well, relatively short, simple sentences with a minimum of tenses being used. Therefore I felt the sentences were very staccato giving me a feeling of how short-lived lives could be then and it also felt like the short bursts of machine gun fire. Just my personal feeling. I enjoyed this short story very much, highly recommended.

☆ TINA ~ 5 STARS ☆ MACKY ~ 5 STARS ☆

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Far From Happy by Jeni Decker


20574831Rating ~ 4.5 Stars


Synopsis

There was no smoking gun. No horrible family secret behind why I left. No reason at all for me, at nineteen, to leave for New York, ready for anything life had to offer—especially if it involved certain proclivities. In the time required to walk to Times Square from the Port Authority Terminal, my naiveté was wiped away. I witnessed a prostitute performing her nightly hustle. In the days to follow, I was mugged twice, ripped off while trying to purchase pot, and beaten to the point of soiling myself. But a chance encounter with a young hustler led to a meeting with Mr. B, mob-connected owner of multiple clubs on Times Square, all under fire from a new mayor embarking on an anti-sleaze campaign directed squarely at The Deuce.
I spent the next twenty years of my life coming of age on the streets, but now, as I speed south across the countryside, heading for my native New Orleans and a dying sister, I make a pact to leave New York in New York, only to find coming home proves harder than coming out

Monique’ Quick Bite


My heart bled for Jackson in this incredibly moving story from Jeni Decker, a character so lost it takes his sister dying for him to face up to his past and find his way out of the darkness.

This isn’t really a romance, but we do get a happy for now. We see Jackson as an observer of his own past, its a self reflection on a wasted life as he learns to accept himself, warts n all, and embrace it rather than looking in from the outside. Does he find love? I like to think so… more that he finds peace and self acceptance.

The writing is excellent and if I had balls they would have been well and truly grabbed as this book kept me transfixed and mesmerised. It’s a dark read and the words are haunting but I just couldn’t stop reading. The imagery was vivid like watching a movie with his his past filmed in black and white, giving it that feel of darkness with the filth and depravity of that time. The present in more muted colours of indecision and confusion… with his future full of hope and happiness like bright sunshine and smiles.

Jeni Decker more than impressed me with Far from Happy and I look forward to reading more from her. Fabulous read and highly recommended for those that like dark, atmospheric and emotional M/M fiction.


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Inseparable (Inseparable #1) by Chris Scully



16192930Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
 

Synopsis

After a car accident, Adam wakes up in a hospital room with no memory and a man named Joe, who acts like his boyfriend. So when Joe says Adam is straight—and Joe’s not—and they’re just best friends and roommates, Adam is more than a little confused. But as Adam starts to fill in the gaps, the one thing that becomes apparent is that Joe is the missing piece that can’t be replaced

Macky’s Review


I picked this up because I'd heard great things about it and at the time had just finished a really hot and heavy BDSM series so this was absolutely perfect for what I needed next and that was a short sweet, comfort read that left me feeling all 'Awww' and sappy! I adored this. The amnesia wasn't annoying, the gay/straight conundrum was pitched perfectly and the fact that the only sex involved in the story was hot, tingly kisses was just lovely, it just made me feel happy and contented and I didn't want it to end. Treat yourself because this is Delightful!
☆ TINA ~ 4 STARS ☆

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Giveaway

54 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of these books. I think I'd pick Inseparable.

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  2. Oooh, these sound so good! I'd love Loving Edits or Inseparable! Thanks!

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  3. Four new books to look out for, thanks.

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  4. Haven't read any of these, but Inseparable looks good.

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  5. Haven't read any of them, all sound great but I really want to read Loving Edits.

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  6. These are all going on my TBR list! As always it's so hard to pick just one. I guess my top pick would be Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling.

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  7. Haven't read any but love, love, love Mickie B Ashling and can't wait to read this series!

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  8. I havent read any of these yet but nseparable (Inseparable #1) by Chris Scully sounds really sweet and a good read! thanks m8231m@aol.com

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  9. Inseparable sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. I haven't read any of these books yet. I would choose Loving Edits. Inseparable looks good, but it's too short for my taste. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. I haven't read any of these. I'd probably choose Loving Edits. Inseparable looked really good until I saw it was only 48 pages. Thanks!!

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  12. haven't read any of these
    my choice would be Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling

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  13. Haven't read any but inseparable sounds good.

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  14. I actually have not read any of these yet, but Loving Edits sounds good!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. I haven't read any of these yet. It will hard to choose if I'm the lucky one. Inseparable looks really sweet, but I would probably choose Skybound because it's a standalone.

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  16. I haven't read any of these books yet, though I have Skybound in my kindle. I haven't read it so far because I wasn't in the mood for a war story... Though after reading Mark's Quick Bite I think I am ready for it. :)

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  17. I've read Inseparable, haven't read anything by Mickie yet so I'd pick Loving Edits.

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  18. I have not read of these titles, but I would probably pick Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling. Not only is it part of a trilogy, but each book portrays the perspective of each of the main characters.

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  19. Haven't read any of these but I think I'd pick Loving Edits.

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  20. Haven't read any of this week's but I'd pick Inseparable.

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  21. I'm a big fan of Mickie B. Ashling's writing. Would love to read Loving Edits. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I would like to check out Far From Happy.. sounds like it'll be a great read!

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  23. I haven't read any of these yet, but they sound great.

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  24. I have not read any of these books, but I would be interested 'Loving Edits'

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  25. I haven't ead anyo f these but Loving Edits looks like its just up my street

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  26. Havent read any, but Inseparable calls to me this week
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  27. Haven't read any of them but Inseparable (Inseparable #1) by Chris Scully sounds interesting!

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  28. I haven't read any of these yet but I would love to and I am adding them to my tbr :D

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  29. I have not read any of these but they all sound great. I would choose Skybound because I love historicals.

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  30. I've not read any of these but am a big fan of Aleksandr Voinov and have Skybound waiting to be read. Of all the other books I'd love Inseparable (Inseparable #1) by Chris Scully.

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  31. Inseparable sounds just right for what I feel like reading now.

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  32. I think I'd pick Far From Happy by Jeni Decker.

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  33. I haven't read any of these yet. I like Inseparable. Thank You.

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  34. Oh would Inseparable by Chris Scully.

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  35. I haven't read any of the books, Would like Far From Happy
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  36. I haven't read any of these. I'd pick Far From Happy. Thanks

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  37. They all sound good but I think Loving Edits and Inseparable would be at the top of my list.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  38. Haven't read any of them. I would have to say Inseparable or Loving Edits would be what I would pick. Thanks for the chance.

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  39. I love Mickie B Ashling...Loving Edits is super sexy...I've not read Far from Happy though.

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  40. Loving Edits please!

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  41. I have read Skybound and really enjoyed it! Out of the others I would pick Loving Edits.

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  42. I haven't read any of them, but I'd have to pick Inseparable, because amnesia is one of my favorite tropes. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. I haven't read any of these books. I choose 'Inseparable.'

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  44. havent read any of these books but Inseparable looks good

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  45. I haven't read any but Far From Happy looks really good!

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  46. I haven't read any of them they all look good but I leaning toward either Inseparable or Loving Edits

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  47. Haven't read any of them, but Far From Happy looks very good

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  48. Not read any of these. Loving edits sounds great!

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  49. I haven't read any of these. I would like Loving Edits or Inseparable.

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  50. Haven't read any but Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling sounds good!

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