Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday’s M/M Quick Bites & Giveaway

30th June 201

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.

What a fabulous Quick Bites we have for you this week, with recommended reads from Lynn Kelling, Damon Suede, Vanessa North, Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane! …And here’s a first, this week I have read and LOVED ALL of these books! How about you?

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites, and let us know if you have read and loved any of these books or which one might be tempting that one click finger!

Good Luck!

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Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling

 

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Rating ~ 5 Stars

Synopsis

Brayden Clare never wanted to return to small town life. Blond, athletic, and struggling with his sexual identity, a casual relationship on the beach in Florida suits him much better. When a family emergency calls him home, he is forced to trade his personal freedom for a job as a bartender in a town where everybody thinks they know who he is, and nobody has a clue—including Brayden.
Jenner Parrish is the owner and operator of Parrish Pub, the social hub of Robertsville, Pennsylvania. Jenner is charming, dominant, and popular since they were both in high school together. Brayden finds his new boss intimidating, and is daunted to find that turns him on. Jenner finds his new recruit intriguing but mustn’t dare to ask an employee to submit to him.
The two men find what they’re seeking at a masked BDSM ball in the next town over, and are startled to discover their desires rest much, much closer to home.

 

Monique’s Quick Bite

This is a D/s, S/M, slave/master relationship… one that I can envision as being real, a true to life exploration of each other’s wants and desires, and the difficulties and traumas that I imagine would be part of it, compounded by being gay in a small town community. But it’s also what their personalities dictate they need, that side of the relationship doesn’t overwhelm you in the book either, it is there but it's not the complete focus. This is also an emotional journey for Jenner and Brayden with all their vulnerabilities laid bare and I was captivated by it, watching their relationship grow, seeing the strength they draw from each other to confront their fears, to finally shake off the shackles that had weighed them down… to at last be free. This is not a conventional relationship but it’s theirs and they both embrace it with commitment… to belong, to be seen for who and what they truly are was breath-taking and beautiful to watch… and yes, I was crying!

If you love BDSM that is not sugar kink, Lynn Kelling has created two characters that will pull on your emotional heart strings, a big bad ass Dom, and an adorable sweetheart of a slave. Two lost souls, repressed and in denial of what is truly in their hearts and who also happen to be… Off. The. Charts on the hotness scale, as in the panty melting, puddle of lust kind… and Jenner, Oh my God… I WANT HIM!!!

☆ TINA ~ 3 STARS ☆

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Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede

 

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Synopsis

"Where there's smoke, there's fire..."
Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies' man, and the FDNY isn't exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.
Griff's caution and Dante's cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there's nothing Griff wouldn't do... until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there-"together." Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

 

Macky’s Quick Bite

I bet if you ask most m/m readers to name their top ten favourite books I'm pretty sure Hot Head will be in there. Its another one that's a must have if you're thinking of venturing over to man on man action and its just an absolute delight to get lost in. Griff and Dante are two gorgeous firefighters so that's a big incentive to start with, and Griff wears a kilt so that should get the blood hotting up a bit more but most of all its their journey from friends to lovers that makes this the fabulously hot but engaging read that it is. Probably one of the most enjoyable GFY (gay for you) stories that's out there and one of the most re-read books I've got in my own kindle keepers. The chemistry and sexual tension crackles, especially in the scenes at the porn studio. Oh.my. god... Talk about a turn on! Its hotter than hell when Dante's on his own but when he finally persuades Griff to join him...Hooo Boy, its time to get the cold shower going!!! But this isn't all about sex, its still a very romantic love story with a great backstory and its one that deserves the cult status its got. Love, love, love this book.

☆ MONIQUE ~ 5 STARS ☆ TINA ~ 4 STARS ☆

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The Dark Collector by Vanessa North

 

19182373Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Jeffrey Kuyper was a once-in-a-generation talent and I was his muse.
Jeffrey's death shocked the art world and upended my life. His last portrait is an intimate reminder of our final weeks together. Now it's up for auction and I want it more than anything. When a cold-mannered man in a dark suit outbids me, I'll agree to anything to buy it from him--even a weekend in his bed.

 

Tina’s Quick Bite

OMG! Vanessa! You surprised me with this one! It was hot, is was wonderfully intense, and I want mooooaaar of these guys!

The sad, lonely, beautiful muse meets the man who is more than perfect for him and a dark and erotic tale of grief and healing begins, it’s gritty and sexy and full of raw emotion.

I enjoy reading kink and The Dark Collector was simply breathtaking! I fell instantly for Oliver and Henry, the characters are well developed and left me wanting more. The writing… well, the writing is spectacular, as always when Vanessa North is the author. I was so engrossed in this that I didn’t want it to end. It’s hard to believe so much could be said in a short story and I would love to see more of Henry and Oliver. Pretty please, Vanessa?

Definitely recommended as a quick fix of kink lovers.

☆ MONIQUE ~ 4 STARS ☆

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Mark of the Gladiator by Hiedi Belleau & Violetta Vane

 

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Rating ~ 4 Stars

Synopsis

After an inconvenient display of mercy in the arena, the gladiator Anazâr is pulled from the sands and contracted to nobleman Lucius Marianus to train his new stable of female gladiators. His new charges are demoralized and untested, and they bear the marks of slavery and abuse. Anazâr has a scant four months to prepare them for the arena, and his new master demands perfection.
Anazâr’s surprised by how eager he is to achieve it—far more eager than a man motivated by only self-preservation. Perhaps it’s because Marianus is truly remarkable: handsome, dignified, honorable, and seemingly as attracted to Anazâr as Anazâr is to him.
But the rivalry between Marianus and his brother, Felix, sparks a murder conspiracy, with Anazâr and his gladiatrices caught in the middle. One brother might offer salvation . . . but which? And in a world where life is worth less than the pleasures of the crowd or the whims of a master, can there be any room for love? As a gladiator, Anazâr's defenses are near impenetrable. But as a man, he learns to his cost that no armor or shield can truly protect his heart.
This title is part of the Warriors of Rome collection.

 

Mark’s Quick Bite

Back to Rome with a romp. I was at first a little sceptical about this book, but pleased to say that I was proved totally wrong. A great read that transports you right back to Rome in all it's glory, debauchery and thirst for blood. I liked the idea of the gender angle with this book. Gay male gladiator training female gladiators to fight. This is handled well and made totally believable. The writing style transports any reader right back to Rome with all its might and grandness, but also its seediness and depravity.

☆ MONIQUE ~ 5 STARS ☆

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Giveaway

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62 comments:

  1. havent read any but Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede sounds hot

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  2. I would pick Hot Head. I've wanted to read it for a long time, because I keep hearing such great things about it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. I haven't read any of these, but I just bought Hot Head yesterday, so I'll have it read soon. I'd pick Bound by Lies if I won.

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  4. I have read Hot Head & I have Mark of the Gladiator on my Kindle but not read it yet. I would love to read Bound by Lies.

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  5. I read part of Hot Head (and didn't like it :-X).

    Mark of the Gladiator sounds interesting!

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  6. I have heard great things about Hot Head so I would want to read that one. :-) Haven't read the others yet.

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  7. Haven't read any of them but Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling sounds good!

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  8. I'd love to read Hot Head or The Dark Collector. Thanks!

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  9. GAH! I hope whomever wins, if they don't have it already, gets Hot Head. Damon Suede is so talented! I haven't read the other three, but I'm willing to give all of them a read if they're so highly recommended.

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  10. I've read Mark of the Gladiator and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading Bound by Lies.

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  11. haven't read any of these books
    Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling would be my choice please

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  12. I've read Hot Head by Damon Suede & LOVED IT!!!!

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  13. Read 3 out of the 4- lobved them all but Hot Head may have been my favorite!! would live to get a chance to win The Dark Collector.

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  14. I haven't read any of them. I'd like to win Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling.

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  15. I have read Hot Head and really enjoyed it! I would want Bound by Lies.

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  16. I already have The Mark of the Gladiator (bought when free on Kindle ;-) but not read yet) and I would love to read Hot Head (often recommended). To be honest I also find interesting the blurbs of Bound by Lies and The Dark Collector, I just don't like the covers... Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  17. I would love to read Hot Head this week.

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  18. I think Hot Head would be my choice. It's been in my TBR list for ages

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  19. I would pick the Dark Collector or Hot Heat.

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  20. Haven't read any, would most likely pick Hot Head.

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  21. I've read Hot Head & it's one of my favorites ever. I think I'd choose Bound By Lies

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  22. I loved Hot Head! The other two I ahven't read yet

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  23. I haven't read any of these books yet. I'd pick Hot Head as my next read (between the review and comments, it sounds great).

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  24. I'd pick Bound by Lies. I've read The Dark Collector, very enjoyable.

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  25. I loved The Dark Collector and Hot Head. I would really like to read Bound by Lies.

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  26. Jennifer Thompson30 June 2014 at 18:18

    I have not read any of these yet. I would really like to read Bound by Lies or Hot Head. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. They all look good but I think bound by lies or the dark collector might be my choice.

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  28. Haven't read any of them, but Mark of the Gladiator looks delicious. :)

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  29. I would love hot head! M8231m05@gmail.com

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  30. Gosh difficult choices again, but please may I have a chance to win Bound by Lies by Lynn Kelling. I obsoletely loved the review and look forward to reading a book that charts on the hotness scale, as in the panty melting, puddle of lust kind... :)

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  31. I would like to read Hot Head or The Dark Collector. I own Bound By Lies just haven't got to it yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Havent read any, this week going for Hot Head as I have been very remiss and not read books by Damon Suede!

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  33. I haven't read any of these books. Hot Head looks great.

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  34. Would love Mark of the Gladiator.

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  35. I have read and loved Hot Head!

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  36. they all sound good. Hot heads or Mark of the Gladiator.
    Nrdricoll@aol.com

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  37. nrdriscoll@aol.com. I hate my coputer

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  38. I haven't read any of them yet, but I like the sound of Hot Head.

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  39. I've read Hot Head & Mark of the Gladiator and LOVED them for their intensity and for the unique time period in Gladiator especially. I'd love to get my hands on The Dark Collector by Vanessa North!

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  40. No, I haven't read any of them, but sure want to! The one I really want to read is "Bound by Lies" by Lynn Kelling. I have to find out how they discovered each other at the party! Was it that night or at work or glimpsing each other in naughty ways?!

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  41. I would love to read Bound & Lies. Thank You for this Giveaway.

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  42. I haven't read any of them. But I'd choose either Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede or mark of the gladiator. Thank you for the giveaway.

    marsh10(at)netzero(dot)com

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  43. Thanks for the chance. I haven't read any of them but Bound to Lies & Hot Head (Head #1) would be ones that I would pick.

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  44. These all sound great! This week I think it would be Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede.

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  45. I think my comment got eaten! Oh well. HOT HEAD is possibly my favorite ever--I have it in all three formats, including audiobook! I need to read MARK OF THE GLADIATOR (it's on my Kindle). I'd pick THE DARK COLLECTOR.

    --Trix

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  46. I've not read any of these. Bound by Lies is where I want to start with this collection.

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  47. I love the sound of The Dark Collector by Vanessa North.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  48. Bound of Lies is my pick!

    LOVED Hot Head!! can't believe so many ppl haven't read it!

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  49. I have not read any of these and I would pick The Dark Collector.

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  50. Read & loved Hot Head. Want to read The Dark Collector

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  51. I would pick Hot Head this week. I haven't read any others. Thanks!!

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  52. I would like to read hot head sound interesting ...................jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  53. I'll like to give Bound by Lies a read. It sounds interesting.

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  54. I haven't read any of these and I don't honestly know which one I'd pick. Maybe close my eyes and point at one to choose? Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  55. The Dark Collector or Bound by Lies. I loved Hot Head and have Mark of the Gladiator waiting for me on the Kindle... Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. I haven't read any of these books but will have to put them on my list. My pick would be The dark collection.

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  57. No, I have not read any of these. I would choose - Hot Head! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. I have read both Hot Head and Bound by Lies. Loved them both. My pick would be The Dark Collector

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  59. I've read Hot Head. I loved it from beginning to end! Super hot book! If I win this week, I'll choose Mark of the Gladiator. Thank you!

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